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Testing Empty Housing

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by divinh, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    @divinh What housing do you have for your G12?
     
  2. caruso

    caruso Banned

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    My posts in regard to the camera filling up the empty space within the housing and thus decreasing the tendency for the camera housing to flex inward, crack, lose it's seal, or even implode is just speculation based on my knowledge of physics, nothing more.

    I'm sorry that I cannot provide you with further evidence, I have nothing more to add.
     
  3. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    Canon WP-DC34
     
  4. Chris Ross

    Chris Ross Barracuda

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    Going back to the OP question, if you've been testing the empty housing and it works fine, it just proves what we've been saying - it is not a problem to test an empty housing - but it's giving you a false sense of security - anytime you open the housing you risk getting something on the o-rings.

    I note you said you did a bucket test and that passed but the housing leaked at depth - was the bucket test with the camera inside?
     
  5. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    I'm not testing for an o-ring failure after a flight, but housing cracks, button or lever breaks. My housing goes into checked baggage. I do my best to pad it, but you never know.

    The housing was flawed in the first place. There were molding lines that were hair width, which in a bucket, caused no problems. At depth, they created an entryway for water to seep by the o-ring. I've sanded down the molding lines, according to a web page I found, and it's been working fine. The o-ring seals. The only concern is damage from transport.
     
  6. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    Have you considered carrying it with you? Is there a particular reason you check it in? I travel with camera gear and the only thing I would ever consider checking are the clamps/arms/ball mounts/floats.
     
  7. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    I'm already dealing with a travel backpack, a roller and a camera backpack. The roller is carry-on size, but always over the 7 kg limit.
     
  8. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    My camera roller is 18kg :) I have always been let on with it even after weighing, once I explain what it is and that it’s fragile, and how much it’s worth. Maybe it’s worth a try for you.
     
  9. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    My housing cost $100!

    My roller has my main diving gear, so I either go bigger to include the housing, which would likely put me over the size limit, or I have another bag, which becomes too unmanageable.

    What do you do for puddle jumper flights, where the overhead only fits small backpacks, the same size as what's available under seats?
     
  10. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    Your housing may not cost much, but if it’s damaged and floods, your camera is worth a lot more, plus the hassle. It just takes a little something out of alignment.

    I have flown little Embraer “commuters” and I am able to stick my backpack in the tiny overhead and put my rollerboard (intl size) under the seat. :D
     

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