In general, flat lenses are a great choice for capturing images that start and/or end above water. Today’s array of excellent variable zoom lenses also works well with flat Outex lenses since it gives the user a great range of choices in capturing above, split level, and underwater photos with a single lens, without having to exchange gear. Long lenses (greater than 24mm) also work well with flat lenses underwater in most conditions. The example below taken with a regular Outex flat lenses illustrates this point.
I’m not going to lie; the first time people use Outex they are nervous. There’s something un-natural about exposing your baby (I mean camera equipment) to the elements, or even submerging it in water for the first time. It’s normal. We get it.
We get a lot of questions about installation, and we always encourage users to watch the installation videos more than once.
But as with all things, practice makes perfect. And because it’s a frequently asked question, I decided to publish a short video with tips for installation to help you feel more confident.
#1. Cover Roll
#2. Even, smooth Cover lip around the rim of the inner Outex components (optical lens, viewfinder, etc)
#3. Using both hands to secure a strong seal;
In this video, I walk you thru some of the basic installation tips. I specifically decided to show you how to create an Outex seal withOUT using a camera inside the housing, for a few reasons. First, it shows that you can do the same, and get comfortable applying the seal without even using your camera. It helps you get comfortable before go time. Second, it emphasizes the importance of step #3, which is arguably the most important. In step 3 you’re using both hands to tighten the Outex seal by threading the outer o-rings onto the inner thread, and therefore creating an air/water tight seal at both end. It’s important to use 1 hand to hold the inside portion of the Outex mechanism while the other hand threads the o-rings. This not only increases your ability to apply enough pressure for a tight seal, but it also reduces/eliminates any pressure onto your lens’ filter thread, which you don’t want.
Let us know if you have further questions. Enjoy it.
People like to think underwater photography is a new phenomenon, but it’s been around since the 1800s, with pioneers like William Thompson and Louis Boutan attached cameras to polls and started developing housings to protect capture equipment underwater.
Outex is a water, wind, sand, snow, mud, rain, paint and underwater camera housing designed to seal SLR equipment from the elements that harm your camera. Our patented seal design and modular product line allows malleability, flexibility, light weight and easy installation.