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SCUBA Test: Samsung PL120 and SH100 WiFi Camera with Seashell Housing

Above: Jan in his complete pro UW setup

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. The irony is that a lot of the action happens in the city Manila. In its odd state, you would think that for a country that is surrounded by water, we would have at our disposal a stable of underwater cameras or housings with underwater cases for sale in most gadget stores. Sadly this is not the (underwater) case. **Pun Intended**

If you take a look at the UW housing landscape in the Philippines, save for a dedicated store that deals with UW housings, it is quite rare to find manufacturers outfitting underwater cases for cameras. The reason isn’t so much as lack of demand, but warranty. It is very hard to put a warranty tag on a decent acrylic housing that can be submersed at depths of 100+ ft. Not that it would flood. But the risks may be bad for business.

Nonetheless, bringing down a camera to the underwater depths has its rewards. I for one have been diving for more than 2 years, shooting amateur UW video for a little more than a year, and indulging myself in underwater photography for a little over six months.

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Deciding between 60mm and 100mm macro lenses for underwater photography

Scorpion Fish
A Scorpion Fish sits on the Dari Laut wreck, a once floating casino. Photo taken with a 60mm macro lens (manual focus). Apologies for the backscatter — still trying to figure out how to avoid the dust particles.

On the surface, there’s no question about it. A 100mm macro lens would have been an excellent choice for shooting macro. The closer you can get, the better. Underwater, it’s a different story.

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Canon Sale and Philips Bodega Sale!

Boy oh boy, Christmas sales are rushing in time for the early Christmas shoppers! Here are two technology sales happening in the metro. Philips will be doing a bodega sale this weekend with up to 70% off and Canon will be doing a sale from the 15th to the 26th of the month.


CANON SALE SEPT 15 – 26 2008

Please note well that from the 15th to the 16th, the venue for the sale will be in the PBCom Building Food Court in Ayala Avenue, perfect for those who work really near there! From the 16th onwards, the sale will be in the new Anson’s beside Landmark across Greenbelt 4.

Also, today was the first day of the Trinoma Style Therapy sale! It’s cool that Trinoma has a regularly updated blog that keeps consumers updated on what items they had for the sale. Ah, technology, I loves it!