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 Post subject: Underwater Cam
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:38 pm 
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Hi Guys,

Anyone of you ever tried to make a underwater cam at home? I've had a bulb go off to use a web cam or a regular handy cam in a waterproof casing... question is... how long can i stretch the usb cable to get a live feed? Is it possible to join ten 5 Mtr usb cables together and still get a signal?

Me thinks it'll be a neat idea to watch the fish go about their business at the bottom of a lake/river!!!

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Dhruv


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:32 pm 
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Hi Dhruv

I was thinking on the same lines. It won't be easy since the webcam uses power off the USB cable. Unless you boost the current supply, the extra length will cause a drop in current supplied to the webcam. Besides at greater depths the webcam will not be able to show anything due to insufficient lighting.

There are already cameras in the market that can do this.


Bopanna


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:28 pm 
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hi Bops,

Like they say... great men think alike!!!
i was thinking along the lines of a DIY... will try to figure something out with my handy cam... will let you know once i work something out!!!

Cheers!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:38 am 
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Hi
As Bops said the webcam will not work, mean not practical.
For those who have handycams there are guys who make housings
specially for specific models
Ikelite is one such company, check out the site on
http://www.ikelite.com
they are pretty expensive tho
I have an Olympus 5050 5megs and an underwater housing upto 100mts
Never really got a chance to use it. It even got me to do a diving course which I didnt complete

Cheers
Lenny


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:40 pm 
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Was working on this with a cheap old USSR built Zenith for a little while. Then got distracted. Next time we meet I will fill you in on the details, screw ups and other glitches you might face.

In the meantime here are some links that deal out some cool solutions.

http://www.shutterbug.com/equipmentrevi ... 01sb_doit/


cheapo condom option

http://www.diyphotography.net/diy_the_c ... er_housing


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:38 pm 
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ken this is a great solution, but I doubt it will work with my Nikon d70, I wont even try :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:03 pm 
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Was speaking to a few friends who are involved with film production in bombay. They had a different take on the whole thing.

According to them "making a waterproof housing is not the problem. What really is difficult is getting the camera to point in the direction you want once you have got it into the water. The camera will spin, pan and wobble. To stop this you have to start experimenting with fins and other stabilizing planes."

Sorry to add to the problem but every thing must be thought of. This is a good project and should be taken forward.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:29 am 
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Hi Derek

unless your willing to shellout a lot
there are housing for the Nikon D70 from Iklite and Sea and Sea
they probably cost more than the camera

Lenny


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:06 pm 
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Lenny wrote:
Hi Derek

unless your willing to shellout a lot
there are housing for the Nikon D70 from Iklite and Sea and Sea
they probably cost more than the camera

Lenny


Yes lenny I have explored the option but works out very expensive, I hire the housing from the Dive center I goto and take pictures with that, I have taken some decent pictures with that.

I plan to upgrade my camera soon, we will see about that.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:06 pm 
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Hi
have you done a PADI certification?
which dive center do you go to?

Lenny


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:56 pm 
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Lenny wrote:
Hi
have you done a PADI certification?
which dive center do you go to?

Lenny


yes I have finished both Open Water and Advanced Open Water certification, Im planning to finish Dive Master next year. I dive in Srilanka very often otherwise I dive in Andamans and Goa (Bad Diving place).

In srilanka I dive at Poseidon Diving Center - Hikkaduwa


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:10 pm 
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:idea: You want a Googly! Try, ABS, blister wrap. :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:15 am 
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Found a cool video on making an underwater cam. here it is :

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/859081/fishing_webcam/


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