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    CHEAP underwater cameras

    Hope i am not breaching protocol here -

    Just got this email from amazon - i have no interest here other then making people buy more film
    This seems like a cool way to get to do that along with some summer fun:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._email_1p_0_ti

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._email_1p_1_ti
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    These are analogue cameras, and can be refilled/reused, if you're a bit handy.
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
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    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    woooooha - this is even better!!!!
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    But what is hard to find is disposable camera with B&W film ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkosaric View Post
    But what is hard to find is disposable camera with B&W film ...
    Reload with your favorite B&W.

    I've re-used "single-use" cameras. It's not too difficult, and they are cheap enough that you aren't risking much. Actually, you get what you pay for, and anything after that is a bonus.

    Cracking one of these open and re-sealing it so it remains waterproof may be a bit more challenging, but I'm sure not much more.
    Truzi

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatLABS View Post
    woooooha - this is even better!!!!
    Yeah took a dozen to Hawaii a couple years ago.
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    Don't bother. They have no flash. A flash is an absolute necessity for underwater shots (if you want to see the real colors, that is).

    I used one on vacation a few years ago. Aside from the scratched lens (a common problem in single-use cameras), the images were almost all "black and blue".

    My suggestion? Go d*g*t*l. Canon makes some nice P&S models, all come with flash and there are 30m housings available for almost all of them at around $150. The photos you'll get will have real colors (you do need to be right on top of your subject - under 2 ft because of the weak built in flash) and there's no worry about running out of film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Simpson View Post
    Don't bother. They have no flash. A flash is an absolute necessity for underwater shots (if you want to see the real colors, that is).
    Yes they do.

    http://www.ecamerafilms.com/product_p/cc103.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    I stand corrected. That is the first one I have ever seen with a flash. I never understood why Kodak and Fuji made all their regular single-use cameras with flashes but left them off the underwater versions, where the flash would have been useful.

    Of course, if you just want a kayaking camera, any of them will do fine. My interest is sub-$3K underwater shots of coral and fish while snorkeling. I have thought about a Nikonos rig, but from what I read, they're "needy"...lots of hard to find o-rings to be replaced regularly, and some issues with the construction that make the Nikonos V the only really viable choice.
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