I have been using a Canon S45 in the Canon WDC300 housing for all my underwater photography. I initially chose digital based on price, after trying a Nikonos system and missing the option of autofocus! Ideally, I wanted a housed SLR (like my
Minolta 7000i ) but the costs were prohibitive!
Since then I have had no reason to regret my choice. The system is NOT perfect but certainly, for a novice, it is very easy to get started-with acceptable early results that I believe are superior to those I would be getting with a film based system.
I sincerely believe that a good Film based SLR with appropriate media, strobes AND experience produces superior quality pictures to digital. I just don't have the time or money needed to get both the equipment and the experience! However - digital is QUICKLY catching up as resolution increases, sensors improve and lens quality is
acknowledged as increasingly important.
Digital systems have their own advantages of course. Instant feedback being a major advantage - especially for a novice. The old rule of shoot one roll of film and hope you get one good shot is a thing of the past now. Cost is substantially cheaper - both for the initial equipment and "running costs". At last the major companies see Underwater digital photography as more than a niche (read - not very lucrative) market and are producing decent housings, lenses and strobes. Digital SLR underwater is now an economically
The next few pages will outline my specific equipment and what I see as the pros and cons of it.
Tray and arm,