As underwater photographers, it could be argued, that our camera housings are our most precious tool. If the housing fails, then the rest of the equipment goes down with it.
Cameras, just like all electronics, were not designed to go into saltwater. However, at some point, someone decided it would be a good idea to take a camera underwater and a simple make-shift housing was created. Since that day, housings have become very complex, allowing us to take our cameras down hundreds of feet underwater and create our art.
Given how important a tool the underwater housing is, it makes sense that all underwater photographers should understand how they are created. Therefore, we present to you, " The Making Of A Housing," a series of articles which offers a behind the scenes tour of how an Aquatica housing is made, start to finish, written by Aquatica's Technical Adviser, Jean Bruneau.
Aquatica is one of the major housing manufactures that specializes in high end SLR housings as well as housing accessories. Jean is technical expert and takes us through the entire process, from concept to final testing.
The series is broken up into 5 chapters that will be published in 3 different installments. The three installments are as follows:
- Designing & Machining: November 9th, 2010
- Treating & Labeling: November 11th 2010
- Assembly & testing: November 13th, 2010
If you are an underwater photographer, this is a unique opportunity to get a better understanding of what is perhaps your most vital, and certainly your most unique, tool.
Canon 15mm f2.8 Fisheye
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