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Canon WP-DC21 Waterproof Case For PowerShot G9,
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I owned the Powershot G7 and have recently upgraded to the G9. The G7 behaved extremely well under water and the manual functions are easy to use under water as the Canon WP-DC11 housing for the PowerShot G7 is very user friendly, the DC21 model is the same which is good news. However, before investing in this housing carefully consider the use you wish to make of the equipment under water! The in-built flash is of course useless for wide angle photography (other than possibly up to -7m). For macro shots it's ok but rather limited. This is perfect equipment for "point and shoot" stuff, good price-quality and user-friendly. However, if you are "into" photography you will want to work with an external flash (which fits this UW housing) then you ought to seriously consider investing in more professional equipment(e.g. Ikelite) The Canon housing is not adequate in my view to support the considerable additional weight of the external flash to the small plastic frame. This view is based on a rather painful personal experience - my housing flooded when an external (INON STTL) flash was added. It had been correctly mounted and the housing was in perfect condition and the seal properly greased, cleansed etc. A friend of mine then decided to use the flash with his camera housing (also a Canon original for a powershot) a few days later and suffered the same fate. I am really looking forward to "getting wet" again with my new camera but I'll give this housing a miss. Happy bubbles :-)
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2008 15:40:31 BDT
Very interesting.. as I was considering buying this combination to replace my Sony P200 and ikelite housing on the grounds of weight for flying with the hassle of hand baggage restrictions etc. But since I use the ikelite DS125 strobe I defineatly won't be changing, I'll suffer the weight!
Posted on 18 Jul 2008 15:43:21 BDT
Sorry if this sounds ignorant, but don't the external strobes usually mount onto a tray (with grip) which is then attached to the bottom of the camera housing? If so, how can the strobe (flash) be too heavy for the housing? The tray and arm support both the strobe and the camera+housing.
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