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Nikon D80 Underwater Housing
Sea & Sea DX-D80 Review - Page 2/6
Nikon D80 Sea & Sea
Shark Diving
Published : Friday, December 14th 2007
Written by Karin Brussaard
Installation & Operation D80 Housing
The Sea&Sea DX-D80 is a professional underwater housing, but because it is very easy to use the beginner underwater photographer can use it as well. It is quite robust; it can be taken down up to 60 meters. Without the camera it weighs 2700 grams, which is still quite heavy. Luckily it is easy to handle, and because of the neutral weight underwater, you do not notice that it is heavy. The back of the housing is made of polycarbonate and the front is made of corrosion-resistant aluminium alloy, for maximal stiffness and a solid grip. It is too bad that it is not made completely of aluminium, because this makes it more robust. The accompanying NX-ports fit onto the body so that you can choose a different lens each time you take a dive. Normally the underwater housing comes with a leak sensor which gives off a sound signal to the photographer when water leaks into the body. Luckily I have never heard this sensor give me a warning!
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Operation Shooting Viewfinder
Operation buttons Camera Housing Viewfinder
Sea & Sea DX80 Operation Sea & Sea DX80 Shooting Sea & Sea DX80 Viewfinder
The on and off button, the compensation button and light metering button are found on the top of the housing. It is very pleasant that the metering can be changed with one hand, by pushing in the compensation button and then turning the wheel. A transparent plate is mounted onto the back of the housing, so that you can read the camera settings. Unfortunately the plate is not mounted exactly above the screen, which makes some of the settings, such as shutter speed, hard to read. It is pleasant that the lighting of this screen can be turned on. This makes the settings easier to read. All the essential functions of the camera can be operated in the underwater housing. The underwater housing is comfortable to handle. An ergonomic hand grip ensures that even small hands can operate the camera easily. The shutter release button on the housing is large. The button can be pressed halfway to focus and then pressed all the way to shoot. You can even hear it click underwater. I must say I really like this typical SLR feeling. It is a pleasure to photograph with. Luckily Nikon used the same large viewfinder for the D80 as the D200. It has a remarkable clear view for the camera as well as the underwater housing. This makes it really easy to compose my photographs. Although the viewfinder does not show 100% of the image, it did not bother me at all. You have the option of mounting an interchangeable viewfinder onto the housing, which increases the view.
Sea and Sea underwater case Sea and Sea Nikon D80 case
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Bahamas underwater world Caribean reef shark
Underwater Photo
Tiger shark
Sea & Sea DX-D80 Detailed briefing Nikon D80 SLR Tiger shark with camera
After the rough passage from Florida to the Bahamas, the captain, Jim Abernethy, gives us an extensive briefing. He tells us how to deal with the sharks. Our clothing must not contain any light colours and we have to wear gloves. White hands in movement would look like fish to the sharks. And if there is one thing we do not want is that a shark bites into a diver by accident. During this trip we might see lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, bull sharks, silk sharks, tiger sharks, nurse sharks and great hammerhead sharks. When we go into the water we have to slide in carefully and then sink down vertically to the bottom quickly. According to Jim, all sharks are harmless, but we have to keep our wits about us with the tiger sharks. Tiger sharks are curious and make contact with the divers. It is important to maintain eye contact with the shark and to work together as a team. This way everyone will know where the tiger shark is. And lastly, you always have to hold an object between you and the shark. Everyone gets a stick (a meter-long tube), and the photographers can use their camera as a shield for curious tiger sharks. Finally Jim gives us a clear instruction: do not look through the viewfinder longer than 5 seconds so that you can look 360 degrees around you again. I use the first day to get used to the camera set, and to get used to all the Caribbean reef sharks that are circling around me. During the third dive I notice that I am the first one ready to go overboard, and I am even starting to enjoy myself. I see my first tiger shark. He is swimming by at about a 10 meter distance from us. I am so overwhelmed by this shark of five meters in length that I hide behind Jim for protection. The shark does not even pay attention to us and swims by beautifully. The next day we see more tiger sharks and I slowly start to get used to these enormous beasts. During a dive at sunset we are treated to four great tiger sharks. As a team we work together and take turns taking photos. At a given moment one of the sharks gets in too close to one of the divers and Jim intervenes. He gives the shark a push with the camera. The tiger shark is not impressed. He grabs hold of the camera and swims aggressively away with it. I am feeling uncomfortable and go through my notrox quickly. Luckily the shark eventually lets go of the camera and swims away. Once we are back on board Jim asks if anyone made a photo of it. I ask him if he's crazy. When I look at my photos that night I realize someone did take photos...
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