Today, I received a phone call from one of my fellow underwater photographer in Kuching, Malaysia. Sad news,a fellow diver drowned his Nikon D3 due to improper cleaning on his housing seal. The cost of clean up and re-investing his camera would take around 2-3 months of his paycheck.
But all these can be survived. As some of you have purchase Canon housing. Due care is important. Especially clean up procedures must be consistence with extra care. Even a spec of sand or hair around the seals would compromise the whole housing! That is how delicate it is for underwater photography.
The truth is, there are ways in surviving a leaking underwater housing. Better to have some chances than 0%. Well most men might think this is crazy but even well known divers do use the same tactic. The trick is, Sanitary Pads/Napkins! What a miracle.. Yes, I use them every time I go for a dive. Just cause you can’t see it doesnt mean that its not there.
And quit complaining about sanitary pads/napkins. They do absorb water well and prevents water moving about. For less than a couple of cents, it would save your couple of hundreds or thousand dollars equipment. And you think as men, you never use it in your life. If you decide to think ALTERNATIVE, well diapers could be use however, fitting it into your underwater camera housing could prove very challenging! Especially compact sizes.
I use around 4 pcs each month during peak diving season (I wonder if my wife found out) whenever I pull my dslr housing out. It works for Canon Underwater Housing too.
At least the chances of surviving a leaking housing is there. To further prevent total lost, I would suggest installing a Leak Detector. It can be obtained from Jeff Mullins. For all those dslr users or Canon Powershot G series user who dive with them, SERIOUSLY, you should consider it for just USD$27.00 (excluding postage to Brunei)
Drop into his website and have look. Other brands that are available there.
One might say, it will never happen or perhaps I spend $$$$$ to prevent this from happening. Well, if you read your manuals during scuba diving courses, 4 bars is good enough to compress anything underwater. Why not a dirty seal or crack seal? Anything can happen!
And there have been enough of these happening in Brunei.