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Hugyfot HFC-40D
Published : Friday, June 27th 2008
Written by Karin Brussaard
Operation "Hugyfot EOS 40D Housing"
The Canon 40D is my companion on this trip to Coiba. It is the successor to the 30D. A striking feature of the Canon EOS 40D compared with its predecessor is the introduction of Live View. Also almost inevitable is the increase of pixel amount on a new camera. This is also the case with the Canon 40D. It has the disposal of 10.5 million pixels; its older brother has to settle for 8.2. A more important difference is the faster processor (DIGIC III) enabling to work with 14 bytes. It delivers improved dynamic range and thus nicer pictures. The LCD monitor has increased from 2.5 inch to 3 inch. The amount of pixels on the LCD monitor however remained the same, 230,000. And although Live View could offer a solution for underwater photography, so far its use is still rather limited. You can use the auto focus when you use the AF-ON button. Unfortunately the monitor turns black when pressing the AF-ON button, (since the mirror needs folding up in order to focus) which makes it difficult to decide your composition.
Hugyfot HFC-40D Canon EOS 40D Camera Housing
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR EOS Camera Housing
Canon EOS 40D
EOS Housing
Canon EOS Dust protection system Green Force Hugyfot underwater housing
The good thing about the Canon EOS 40D is its fast start-up time. After activating the camera, the filter in front of the sensor vibrates to get rid of dust. It takes not even a second and it didn't give me the feeling I missed a shooting moment. If you do get that feeling however, then it is good to know that the cleansing gets skipped the moment you press the shutter release; this button holds a priority position. And finally the camera is well-sealed and protected against water and dust. The sealings have been vastly improved compared to the 30D and you don't have to hide the 40D from a rain shower. It is a welcoming feature in the wet environment of a boat, a place I often find myself in as a diver. The underwater housing that will take the Canon EOS 40D underwater is the Hugyfot HFC 40D. The first Hugyfot's underwater housing was built in 1953. The latest underwater housing, the Hugyfot HFC 40D appears on the market 55 years later. One can state for sure that Hugyfot has a lot of experience in developing underwater housings. Underwater housings are manufactured by Green Force since 2004. Characteristics of the Hugyfot housings are their round curves. This goes for the HFC 40D as well, it has a nice round shape and the housing looks more than sophisticated. The matte black combines extremely well with the red colour of the shutter release button. Besides that the housing is astonishingly small. It fits the camera like a glove.
Scuba Diving Panama
Hugyfot High-End sea-waterproof aluminum housing
The Hugyfot 40D housing is milled out of a solid block of High-End sea-waterproof aluminum with the aid of a 5-axis CNC milling machine and computer aided design (CAD). The underwater housing weighs 2649 grams (without camera or port) and has been tested to a pressure of 300 feet depths. This is deeper than the underwater housings of most brands. And because the housing is made of aluminum, less humid will appear inside than in a plastic housing. During our dives we encountered large temperature changes - 33 degrees Celsius on the surface and sometimes only 16 degrees on depth - and I was very happy with the latter feature. My housing never suffered from humid, not once, while my buddy's plastic underwater housing became completely steamy at times.
Hugyfot Wide Angle port Tokina Fisheye lens
Fisheye
Tokina Fisheye lens
Hugyfot Lens support Tokina 10-17 3.5-4.5 AT-X DX
Hugyfot offers a neat number of three ports: a macro port, a wide angle port and a fisheye port. In combination with a port adapter of different lengths many lenses can be used underwater: Canon (100 and 60 mm macro, 10-22, 16-35, 18-55 en 17-40), Sigma (50, 70 en 105 mm macro, 10-20, 12-24 and 17-70) and Tokina (100 mm macro, 10-17 fisheye and 12-24). For other lenses you can contact Hugyfot and they can advise you as to which port you should use, eventually in combination with an adapter. The ports connect to the underwater housing through a bayonet mount. This system works excellently. The ports connect flawless to the underwater housing and they are so firm that I was never scared I'd loosen one accidentally. Furthermore zoom rings and focus rings are available to enable using the zoom function of the lenses or to manually focus underwater. In Panama I used the EOS 40D for diving combined with the Tokina 10-17 3.5-4.5 AT-X DX fisheye lens in combination with the fisheye port of Hugyfot. The lens is the first fisheye lens with zoom function. The crop factor of 1.6 makes the lens a classic 16 mm fisheye lens on 10 mm. While increasing the zoom, the angle of view gets smaller and the deviation characteristics of a fisheye lens disappear. The 17 mm equals a 27 mm lens. The fisheye port is suitable for this fisheye lens without adapter. The top and bottom contain a lens hood. Not only very convenient for blocking the reflection of sunlight in the port but also to place the housing upside down on a surface. Thanks to the extended sun hood the round port is well-protected. The port is made of acrylic. Acrylic is just a tad more scratch-prone than glass but it's easy to wipe off the scratches. The fisheye port works excellently with this fisheye lens and does not suffer from any distortion in the corners.
Underwater Photography
Panama Underwater Photography
In order to capture the small species I took the Canon EF 100 2.8 USM macro lens and the macro port with me. The minimum focal distance of this lens is 31 cm. Compared with the 60 mm macro lens, you can capture a shrimp in a 1:1 ratio from a larger distance. Normally I would keep the distance between the lens and my object as small as possible because colours underwater fade fast when the distance increases. When trying to capture shy animals a larger distance is an advantage. In that case the flash has to work a bit harder. The combination of the Canon 40D with the 100 mm macro lens delivers a quite fast auto focus. A lens such as this macro lens, does tend to find it difficult to focus and lingers a while sometimes but I did not experience any of this.
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