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07-15-2011, 02:00 AM   #1
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submarine 6x7

I saw this underwater housing for the pentax 6x7. This must be crazily big; I have an underwater housing for a very small slr and it is about 10x bigger than the camera.
I would love a housing like that for the pentax if I didnt already spend money on another housing

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also, has anyone every had any experience with underwater medium format?

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Medium-format underwater was really limited to a few. Housings were really expensive. Hasselblad was another camera with UWH.
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It is supposed to protect you in case of a shark attack.

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I am using the Ultima Digital underwater housing for the Hasselblad line of digital cameras which is large , but smaller than the old 6 X 7 housing which I also had some experence with. I have also used the Nauticam housing for the current PhaseOne digitals. Both housings are a bear out of the water and can be used with one hand underwater. Most of my images have been taken with the wide 28 mm lenses and the Hassy 120 macro.

I hope to see some housing maker stepup and design a Pentax 645D. I am still holding the 120 AF 645 lens and would love to be able to shoot the new 25 F/4 lens.

These are great systems for U/W photography if you need the upsides of giant file sizes and fashion shoots in the pool are growing as an art medium.

Hasselblad Underwater Fashion Workshop

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I definitely would love to see this kind of U/W device adapted to 645D too...
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those hassy housings are nearly as expensive as the camera!
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Yes, particularly in the case you have shown with the P67.
But they would cost less if we were more to buy them.

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I the case of the Ultima Digital housing for the Hasselblads I would guess that +/- about 20 housings were made and sold world wide. In the case of the Nauticam housing the number is half that amount. R & D cost for these housings is high and passed along to the buyer based on the number of housings being sold. Keep in mind that the new RecSea/SeaTool housing for the K-5 is around $3400.00 without any dome ports, strobe trays or other accessories. U/W photography is not cheep and I would guess that a housing for the Pentax 645D would need to cost at least $7500.00 in aircraft grade aluminum without any options. A quality 230mm dome port and a macro port would add another $2500.00 to $3000.00 to the cost not including any lens gears.

I am sure the number of buyers would be very limited as it has been with the other two housing brands and would be based on the numbers of cameras sold.

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Phil, what are you talking about? A zip lock bag and some desiccant and you are in business!

There are certain type of photography that are really gear dependent and extremely expensive. Underwater photography is one of those. Not to mention you need to buy a boat and scuba gear.

Although one good thing, in a shark attack, your camera has the best chance of surviving...
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Hi Yamanobori,

Sorry if you were not able to keep up. The topic is underwater photography with current and past MF cameras and the current line of MF housings. I agree that U/W photography is somewhat gear intensive but so are several other types of photography.

Shark are among some of the most popular subjects for U/W photographers and they have been more damaging to equipment than to most divers.

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Phil, ever since seeing Jaws, I suck to the advice and stayed out of the water. I am happy just to see the work of underwater photographers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PHIL RUDIN Quote
...I would guess that a housing for the Pentax 645D would need to cost at least $7500.00 in aircraft grade aluminum without any options. A quality 230mm dome port and a macro port would add another $2500.00 to $3000.00 to the cost not including any lens gears.

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Well, thanks for the informations, these are quite refreshing price tags !

Making by-the-way P67 used U/W equipment offer including gear, very commercial.
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Yeah, I dive when I can, but I've never been able to get into underwater photography beyond a P&S and housing. If anyone here is tempted, first realise that any housing can and will flood. So don't start unless you can honestly consider both camera and lens as an expendable cost! In any case, the housing will very likely cost more than both of them (sometimes combined!). Good luck to the people who can afford it though - I'm glad there are people who get to bring the flavour of why diving is such a rewarding pastime to the non-divers!
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This image of the Peacock Flounder was taken with the Hasselblad H3D-II-50 and the 120 mm macro lens in the Ultima Digital housing with macro port. The fish is appox. eight inches (200mm) long.

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