Sea and Sea CX600 - Earth Sea Publishing

Sea and Sea CX600 - Earth Sea Publishing
enerally, when a manufacturer introduces an underwater housing
designed for a specific land camera,
there are trade-offs. In an effort to
simplify and streamline the housing,
many of the camera's functions are eliminated. That's not the case, however, with
the CX-600 housing for the Canon Rebel
G camera. Sea & Sea Underwater Photography USA has produced a compact
camera housing that is not only streamlined but retains all the Rebel G's capabilities. This makes it one of the most versatile
camera housings on the market today.
When you pick up the CX-600, you will
be amazed at its size. Since it uses few mechanical controls, the aluminum housing
is tightly molded around the camera. It
fits like a glove, with very little space between the housing and the camera. The
housing breaks down into three basic
parts: the lens port, the backplate and the
main housing. The port screws onto the
main body and uses a wall type O-ring to
maintain the seal. The backplate is held in
place with two catch and carry latches
with safety locks that cannot be opened
accidentally underwater. Simply push
forward on the safety locks, move the
latch to the side and the backplate easily
separates from the main body.
Two large screws at the bottom of the
main housing hold twin handgrips. The
tops of each handle have a slotted fitting
t h a t mates to Sea & Sea strobe arms.
These fittings can be removed and replaced with a variety of arm adapters. The
strobes connect to one of two bulkhead
connectors (on each side of the viewfinder). Thus, if you use two strobes,
there is no need for a dual connection.
The shutter is in front of the right
handgrip. It is placed so that by gently
pressing your index finger the camera will
autofocus the lens and trigger the shutter.
Nine controls on the CX-600 give you
full control over the Rebel G camera.
With all the camera controls at your fingertips, you can easily set it for full automatic, semi-automatic or manual. As
each control is operated, the information
is displayed in a large window on the top
right of the housing. The mode dial, on
the top left of the housing, operates 14
separate functions: ISO film speed, automatic, depth of field, program exposure
mode, aperture exposure mode, shutter
exposure mode, manual exposure mode,
power off and six specific snooting situations, including full auto mode, portrait,
scenic, close-up, action and backlighting.
The electronic dial, on the top right of the
housing, allows you to modify the selections using the mode control. For exam-
ple, you might select aperture priority
with the mode control and then select a
specific f/stop using the electronic dial.
Two small buttons on the left edge of
the viewing window give you access to
some of the Rebel G's more advanced features. The upper left button, the autofocus selector, allows you to choose one of
three focus points in the viewer or all
three. The function button lets you select
red eye reduction, beeper sounds, multiple exposures or access the exposure
bracket function. A single lever on the
back right hand side of the housing also
allows you to make exposure compensation up to plus or minus two stops.
If you are planning on using a zoom
lens or want to manually focus another
lens, a large mechanical control next to the
left handle both rotates and pulls out from
the housing to make the necessary adjustment to the lens inside. This control mates
with a special focus/zoom ring that slides
over the lens. If you don't plan on using either function, the ring is not needed.
There is a silver button on each side of
the housing back. The right button locks
the exposure when depressed; the left one
turns on a small viewing light inside the
housing. The light stays on for ten seconds, then goes out. This is a great feature
for night or deep diving.
The best way to open the housing is to
set it face down on the lens port or between your knees. Release the safety catches and undo the two clamps so the backplate can be set aside. As you set it down
you will notice a moisture detection circuit
built into the back of the housing. If moisture is detected, a light will be displayed.
To change film, remove the backplate,
open the camera back, load film and close
the back. You don't have to remove the
camera, align gears or make adjustments.
If you do want to remove the camera,
simply press a small lever at the bottom
right of the camera. This releases a quickdisconnect device on the base of the camera. Next, remove the hotshoe connector
on the top of the camera and slide the
camera out.
Each time you open the housing you
should check the soft blue O-ring. This
new type of O-ring is being used on all Sea
& Sea products today and provides im-
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3.5 pounds
8.5 by 5.7 by 4.5 inches
aluminum alloy with hard-almite
galvanized pearl-white finish
Depth rating
200 feet
proved protection against leaks and flooding. Make sure you use the special Sea &
Sea grease that comes with the housing.
Since most serious underwater photographers use more than one lens in their
quest for the ultimate photo, Sea & Sea offers four lens ports. They accommodate
lenses from 14 to 100mm, including the
28-80mm zoom lens.
Other accessories include a focusing
light holder, camera straps and an adapter
ring that fits around the lens port. This
ring can hold a focusing light or a small
electronic flash in a variety of positions.
The best part of working with this housing is reduced preparation time. Most
U/W photographers would agree you can
spend as much time getting your gear
ready as you do diving. The CX-600 requires a few minute's preparation. Open
the housing, load film, check the O-ring,
close the housing—you are ready to dive.
Sea & Sea is w o r k i n g hard to prove
themselves a leader in the U/W photo
marketplace with innovations. If your
photo plans include a new housing, take a
good look at the CX-600. With a suggested retail price of $ 1,595, it's a winner.
For more information, contact Sea &
Sea Underwater Photography, USA, 2105
Camino Vida Roble, Suite L, Carlsbad,
CA 92009; (760) 929-1909, fax (760)
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