October 21st, 2012

Homemade Water Housing

Jay Lafferty from San Diego sent us a few photos of a water housing he made for his Canon 30D in which he used a pvc cap as the brunt of the housing.

Jay writes:
So why did I built my own water housing when there are quite a few housing companies that already make really radical housings? Because they are really f***ing expensive, and I’m too cheap to dish out that much cash for one. But I do love surf photography, and I knew if I ever wanted to shoot again in this lifetime, I would have to make one on my own. So I did, and I’m glad I did, but make no mistake, this was a pain in the ass to build.

Build Time: Part-time for a week or so. There is a lot of drying & curing time needed.

Tools: Power Drill, Jig Saw, Hack-Saw, Sauder Gun with Sauder Wire, 1 ¼” Bore Bit, assorted other
Drill Bits, two C-Clamps, and maybe a few random tools from the tool box.

Parts List:
6” PVC end-cap / sheet of rubber gasket (hand cut to size later) / one piece of 1 ¼” PVC pipe / eight (24 #8) stainless nuts /eight 1 ½” stainless machined bolts / one 1” PVC elbow / one 1 ¼” PVC end-cap / one 1 ¼” PVC female (smooth) to male (with thread ends) / one push button electrical switch & some speaker wire ( get both at Radio Shack) / your cameras accessory cable / two ½” sheets of plexi-glass (cut to 9”x9”) / 6 pack of super glue / tube of clear silicone / one tube of “Quick-Set”2 part epoxy (mixes clear) / about 3 or 4 tubes of “Marine” 2 part epoxy (mixes white) / 1 can of enamel spray paint / 1 can of foam sealant / about a square foot of squishy packing foam
The only part I didn’t make, or buy off the shelf is the bubble-port. I cut that off my old housing. I’ve heard you can buy bubble-ports, not sure of the cost.

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