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12-05-2016, 11:42 PM - 13 Likes   #1
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Pentax K3 ocean and surf water photography

Taking your Pentax K3 into the ocean is not the usual photographic recommended exercise, but this type of ocean/water photography is what I love and the tough Pentax K3 is ideal.

All my shots are taken with the Pentax K3 in a Dave Kelly custom made water housing with custom knobs and buttons to change the speed, F stops and ISO in the surf if needed. Focus is manually set with the camera on manual with two housing ports available: one Dome Port for the Pentax 10-17mm fish eye and one Flat Port for the Pentax 70mm or 18-55mm Pentax Lens. A typical manual setting for surf photography will be 1000/F8 ISO 200 which will capture a fast moving surfer whilst still give a good depth of field on the fish eye, set at around 10-12mm. The manual focus is set for around a dangerous three feet as you have to get in close and personal with the fish eye. (I sticky tape the lens focus). With the longer lenses, you keep them as dry as possible and I often take shots off a surfboard or paddleboard from a distance.

A hassle in the ocean is water drops on the ports, so I lick the port with saliva (yuck) to get it free of drops and duck into the water prior to every shot.

Another type of ocean photography is the specialised underwater wave photos and the split water above and below water shots, all these have there own best settings with lots of experimentation to get keeper shots. Here are a few different examples of my water shots as well as a photo of the K3 in water housing with a link to my web page for further photos and shots of my bloody expensive obsession: Hewysurf | Surf Photographer

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Very very cool. Can you tell me more about the waterproof housing?
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Thaks for the great pictures.

Can you give us a lot more pictures of this housing?
How deep can you dive with the housing?

What was the price roundabout?

Can you give us a link to the Web page?
Can you get a housing for a K-70 or K-1?

Thanks

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Dave Kelly Seaview Photo. Tech/Argonautica Media
http://www.x4media.com.au/blog/surf-camera-housings/
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QuoteOriginally posted by tvdtvdtvd Quote
Thank you tvdtvdtvd, my google search wasn't sucessful.
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What I'm more curious about is how reliable they are. I looked into the ones B&H sells, and the reviews were full of leaking housings. I'd certainly hope you'd get more when you pay $1200 for one, but I'm also not seeing any of these sites offering numbers on depth or time submerged or care instructions or warranties.

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Thanks for that link, the 2nd item detailing the housing for Jack Mccoys movie " a deeper shade of blue" is interesting!....I know Jack and he told me before that movie was released to view it "in cinema".
Well, so glad I took his advice.The visual experience hes captured is STUNNING.Highly recommend everyone to see it(I bought it and project it wall size).

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Well done tvdtvdtvd...Dave Kelly in Newcastle Sydney is the guru of Surf and Dive Water Housing's for all cameras, with already a mould and measurement's for the Pentax K5 and Pentax K3, he can change also for other cameras. His housing's are tough as and can take surf punishment and dive depths, I've had mine for over seven years+ I think, and not a problem, although I take care to wash it down and lubricate seals regularly. I have not got the price recently but AUD $1500+ should be right, as the housing's are a engineering marvel's and you can get new ports which are perplex if they get scratched...a few more housing shots are attached, it be good to have a few more Pentax water pics!!
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Another housing pic

This is the fish eye port with my water transport of choice, flippers...
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Great stuff and info on the housing! Picking up a K1 soon and will definitely get a housing for it. The Gopro/Knekt no longer cuts it!!!!!!!!!
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Great stuff and info on the housing! Picking up a K1 soon and will definitely get a housing for it. The Gopro/Knekt no longer cuts it!!!!!!!!!
K1 in a housing would be great, not as good on the frame count as K3, but images would great...post a shot if you get one Hewy
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Newcastle Sydney
Is that a northern suburb?
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