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Functions in Canon U/W housings don't work properly below 10 meters

Discussion in 'The Canon Corner' started by limbo, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. limbo

    limbo Course Director

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    Having had a Ixy 80 with a WP-DC3 housing and currently an Ixy 85 or 25IS with a WP-DC23 housing, they both have the same problem, After a while the buttons just stop working if I go deeper than 10 meters.

    Anybody else having a similar problem and are there any ways to fix this?

    Any input is appreciated.
     
  2. smellzlikefish

    smellzlikefish Marine Scientist

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    It sounds as if you have a button that might be sticking. Try checking the buttons in your living room to see if any are sticky. If so, simply lube with silicon grease and work it for a bit. The other thing it might be is the pressure pressing and holding a button down. In that case, you should probably contact Canon. I have had nothing but over-the-top positive encounters with Canon's customer service in the past.
     
  3. flareside

    flareside Manta Ray

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    Had my WP-DC35 at 155' in the blue hole in Belize with no problems. Sounds like it is time to lube your buttons. The latter part of this guide has some good information: Underwater Camera Maintenance
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  4. Bubbletrubble

    Bubbletrubble Regular of the Pub

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  5. Wantonmien

    Wantonmien Loggerhead Turtle

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    limbo,

    Used to get the same 'sticking' buttons - but invested in a bottle of silicon oil, and a tiny drip applied to each button from the outside of the housing has elminated problem.

    Cheers
     
  6. limbo

    limbo Course Director

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    Thanks every one for your advice, highly appreciated. Will start looking into a bottle of silicon oil as Wantonmien suggested, otherwise it's the more elaborate option of taking it apart and putting it together again without having a few parts left over.
     
  7. Gilligan

    Gilligan Great White

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    One drop of pure food grade liquid silicone to the exterior of each plunger and wotk it in by pushing the plunger several times. I bought this one at a dive shop.

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  8. limbo

    limbo Course Director

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  9. dolesorchard

    dolesorchard Barracuda

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    I had a similar problem with my G10 and Canon housing. Below about 30' the macro button would hit the wrong place on the dial. I used the custom settings for macro and it solved my problem.
     
  10. KelnKelp

    KelnKelp Angel Fish

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    I've had trouble with the canon housings in the past too... truthfully they are not that well made. If you can't solve the issue, maybe an upgrade to a different housing?
     

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