Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Underwater Photography - Slightly OT
From: John Collier <>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 13:35:37 -0700

The Canon A1 camera is fixed focus when you are underwater. I picked up a
Nikonos IVa which is scale focus and more than sharp enough. It is very
useable on the surface but the lenses with their huge flat built in
protective filter flares very easily. Nikon still services the IVa, V and
all the lenses. I had my optical group replaced for $180CAN!!!! Unbelievably

John Collier

> From: Paul Chefurka <>
> I just got back from a trip to Belize with that very camera (and saw one other
> snorkeler with the same one).  I used both Supra 400 and Supra 800 underwater
> with good success exposure-wise.  I wasn't as impressed with the sharpness of
> the UW shots when I looked at the negs with a loupe, but then what was I
> expecting - a 35 ASPH?  On land it's a decent but not outstanding P&S.  For
> underwater shooting I think the extra snap of the Supra films makes them a
> pretty safe choice.
> The day after I got back a Nikonos IV arrived in the consignment case of a
> local store, but I didn't spend too much time pining - in retrospect I think
> the little Canon is a good choice for someone who doesn't have much experience
> with UW photography and wants to being back *something* from a pricey
> vacation.