Canon S3IS u/w housing?

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  1. DarenN

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    has anyone heard if there is an underwater housing available for the S3 yet? any news when?
     
  2. Dan_Millsip

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    Oh boy. Here we go again. :wink:

    Take it away Mark...

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  3. Mark_Schilling

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    Nope. My fingers are still crossed (the S3 shares the same body, button locations etc. as my S2). Canon won't tell you one way or the other if they have anything planned... but I rather doubt it.

    Recently I've done a bit of research, and have found that the S1 is one of a very limited number of high (optical) zoom cameras for which a waterproof housing is made. This is just me thinking out loud, but I wonder if there's an issue with pressures when the zoom lens is extended and retracted. Perhaps the displacement of air from the housing into the camera (when the lens is extended, and the opposite when retracted) causes stress on the seals of the camera lens? I don't know - just an idea. But look around and I think you'll find that almost all dedicated housings are made for cameras with limited (3-4x) optical zoom.

    You do have a few options though... Ewamarine makes a waterproof 'bag' that has a glass lens. Features are simply accessed by pressing on areas of the bag. Steve has one of these for his Panasonic hi-zoom camera - he can tell you how good it is.

    There's another company that does make a housing specific to the S2 / S3 - it's called Ikelite. The cheapest I've found for this housing is (hope you're sitting down) US$650.

    I'm going to order a $15 semi-waterproof housing for my 'spare' camera (a Panasonic DSC-LZ2) and try it out; it's a 6x 5MP camera that takes reasonably good shots. Hopefully the cheap 'waterproof' bag is good enough for the occasional underwater shot and surf bit - it's not like I'll be taking it snorkelling or diving...
     
  4. Dan_Millsip

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    I doubt that there's any pressure displacement as the camera itself is not watertight. As such air would be able to enter the camera from within the housing and take up the space that the lens occupies when retracted, there would be no pressure change.

    My guess is that there weren't a lot of S1 housings sold -- if there were a profitable market for the product, I suspect it would be available. Maybe if everyone who owns an S2 or S3 were to e-mail Canon about a waterproof housing it might happen. So send those letters...

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    that's a good idea Dan. i think i'll sign up with all the free email sites i can find. :)
     
  6. andreas

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    i know i could ask google for that but i thought "first ask the guys" :lol:

    @ mark , where did you find the waterproof housing for the S1 ? price?

    does anyone of you guys have it already?

    btw, so far i'm more then pleased with my new camera. i took some stunning pictures over the weekend...... i still don't know if it was me who got the setting right on the camera OR if it was the smart little canon OR if it was just luck to make good pictures. :lol: :roll:

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  7. Dan_Millsip

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    Darren, Dave, and I bought S1 housings together on e-bay -- Dave found a company in Ontario (?) that we got them from. We ended up paying just over $200 each for three of them.

    I'm sure Dave could give you the name of the store where we got them from.

    I've gotten lots of use from mine and although I'm now looking at soon getting a new camera, I'll keep the S1 and the housing just for underwater and rough water shots.

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    Did you get an S1 Andreas? Since they don't make the camera any more they probably don't make the housing any more either, so it might be a bit tricky to find one. But keep your eye on eBay - I'm sure you'll be able to find one somewhere!