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croerig
01-04-2012, 01:31 PM
I am looking at the new SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo. It appears to be a good upgrade from my old Canon G1 camera and Ikelite housing.

Does anyone have experience with SeaLife products?

ModCecil
01-04-2012, 03:29 PM
I had one years ago and will never buy another one, very disappointing. Now this is not one of the newer models and they have gotten a lot better. Previously they were inferior cameras with superior pricing, not so much anymore.

Now if I was buying I would get this.
http://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/compacts/oly_tg810

With this housing.
http://www.housingcamera.com/Olympus-TG-810-Housing-p/ol-228101.htm

I like the idea of a small camera that will fit in a pocket and at the same time is waterproof. Then you can snorkel or swim without the housing. Also when it floods there may be a possiblity of saving the camera.

You can look in my galleries for examples with a similar camera.

Cecil
01-04-2012, 03:31 PM
Wrong profile look here for examples.

http://www.bonairetalk.com/forums/album.php?albumid=50

croerig
01-04-2012, 03:36 PM
Thanks, Cecil. I checked out the Olympus - similar price to the DC1400 Pro Duo when you include housing and flash

Kimfair
01-04-2012, 05:44 PM
I use a Sealife DC1200 (no external flash as I don't dive, I just snorkel), and have liked the results. See pictures taken by one by looking at my blog (linked in the Snorkeling French Polynesia thread in the snorkeling section of Bonaire Talk). Since I didn't buy the external flash, there's a huge price difference between the Sealife camera/housing, and the Olympus.

oshendvr
01-04-2012, 08:59 PM
I use the DC800 with a single strobe and have had some great success with it. I will be using it in Puerto Rico next week while diving with the Humpbacks. A friend of mine uses the DC1000 but has no flash. You definitely need the extra light under water. Good Luck.

Nick F
03-02-2012, 11:09 AM
I've been using a Sealife DC 800 the last few years and have been very happy with it's performance. I just sold it and bought the DC 1400, look forward to using it this April on Bonaire.

ModCecil
03-02-2012, 01:32 PM
One more comment. Sealife...

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c235/kimfair/French%20Polynesia/17.jpg

Kim's picture from Bore Bora and very nice.

Olympus...

5415

I tried to pick similar subjects to show the difference.

Your call.

Suuntodiver
03-05-2012, 07:55 PM
Have used the Sealife for many years and have had absolutely no problems. I even have my old film Sealife that they originally made and low and behold. It is still working. Purchased the DC1200 last year and use it without flash. Pictures are right on spot. Now, my dive buddy uses the DC1200 as I gave it up to use the Canon G11. Magnificent camera and quality pictures however I do miss the Sealife and it's ease of use. No problems with either camera. Also, the first Sealilfe DC1200 sprung a housing leak for some reason and not user error and Sealife replaced everything for nothing. They are great to deal with and stand by their products.

Kimfair
03-05-2012, 10:32 PM
ModCecil, thanks for including my pic in the thread, but it's not really a fair comparison as my shot is cropped as I wanted the fish to fill the frame, and the coral and sand about it were pretty dull in comparison to the other photo. Also, the other photographer is a far better one than I (and I would bet that pic was taken in deeper water with a external flash).

ModCecil
03-06-2012, 09:47 AM
Deeper water yes, no external flash, all of my pictures are without an external flash. More skill does make up for an inferior camera, I don't know maybe I'm just too picky about pictures and need a case of getting over it but I don't see a Sealife ever taking the two pictures below, no matter the photographer.

5479

5480

Both with the Olympus.

Suuntodiver
03-06-2012, 11:17 AM
Just being an amateur photographer, I still will defend the excellent pictures taken by the Sealife. I use a Canon now, as I have said, but still get very excellent results with the Sealife and I will usually not use a flash of any sort. It does have alot to do with the actual mastery of the person taking the shot. Bouyancy, capture, light etc. I have never used an Olympus but by the pictures taken, it seems to be a good camera also.

Kimfair
03-06-2012, 10:12 PM
Here's two pictures taken by Dee on the Woodwind with my old DC500. They may not be quite as nice as the Olympus shots you showed, but they do show that the Sealife can take a high quality picture. Any blurriness can be attributed to her free diving while snorkeling, and not diving where she could have regulated her bounancy.http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c235/kimfair/Bonaire Snorkeling 2009/Bonaire09457.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c235/kimfair/Bonaire Snorkeling 2009/Bonaire09459a.jpg

ModCecil
03-07-2012, 08:48 AM
Quite nice shots Kim, yeah I don't know where I'm going with this, for 99% of the people out there it does not matter and the Sealifes are just as good and due to being customized for UW probably better.

Suuntodiver
03-07-2012, 10:36 AM
Wow, the DC500. I truly miss mine but traded up for the 1200 last year. Gave the 1200 to my friend and I bought a Canon G11. The sealife pictures are coming out much better because we are use to that camera and my G11 is still being tested. In one week we will compete with the camera duo again on Bonaire.