In general

How to order a BS Kinetics underwater housing?

The order can be made directly by phone or e-mail. Additionally you can order it from our german distribution partner www.UW-FOTOPARTNER.de

I have got a BS Kinetics housing but the camera doesn´t fit.

In case of electronic controlled video cameras made by Sony the successors can be mounted. Therefore the position of the mounting plate must be changed by using the mounting screw.

In all other cases the conversion is only partly possible.

I haven't found my camera on your homepage. Is there a housing nevertheless?

One of the advantages of BS Kinetics housings is the enormous flexibility. So the installation of nearly any camera is possible. Therefore we need your camera for about a week.

Is the camera needed for the installation?

The cameras and sometimes additional equipment are needed for special fittings.

Technique

To how many meters the housings are leak-prove?

All cases are tested on 80 meters of water-depth (8 bar) within our standard quality assessment procedure. If desired we can upgrade the maximum depth up to 160 meters.

Can wide angle close-up lenses of the camera be used?

Yes. For mounting the close-up lens we need your camera and the corresponding lens for adjusting the housing.

Is the mounting of the flash arms standardized?

The flash shoe and the international T piece of different manufacturers are standardised.

Is the handle bar of the housings removable?

The handle bar is fastened to the case at the video cases with knurled screws and can be removed easily.

The handle bar isn’t removable at the photo housing Dahna, Sechura and Simpson.

Is the leakage warning signal visual or acoustic?

It is visual at the video housings with insight and the digital photo housings, it is acoustical at the analogous photo and video housings with LCD.

Which lenses can I use underwater?

There are three categories:

1) standard lenses
KIT lenses like the 18-55mm, 18-70mm or the 28-80mm at full format are the standard lenses of any photo equipment and can be used underwater. Because the near focal length is reduced to about 55 (80),this has to be seen as the limit. The problem of these lenses is the length while zooming. If the port would have the needed length that would result in vignetting in the wide angle area. That´s why the lens sometimes touches the glass while zooming. Lenses like the 18-200 mm doesn´t work! The standard lenses are the first step into the two further areas.

2) macro lenses
Classical lenses for underwater photography. Common macros are 50 (60) and 105 mm. Cameras with APS-C Sensor has a crop factor, that means that a 105mm lens becomes a 160mm lens. Underwater this can lead to some problems because there is no more depth of field. So it´s better using a 50mm macro in addition with a macro close up lens. Mostly the 50mm macro can be installed by using a standard port.

3) wide angle lenses
Second classical area of underwater photography. For almost any lens there is a port.

What kind of control is there for LANC?

According to the models from Sony and Canon camcorders, there are different Lanc control units. These differ in the software and by the hardware. Reprogramming of control to another version is not possible. It must be replaced the complete controller. For Sony camcorder since 2011, no data from the camcorders is shown on the external monitor. All Sony models not listed since 2014 can be only operated via a special multi-controller in the basic functions.

Controller 2014:

2014: CX900 und AX100 (Adapter VMC-AVM1 is necessary)

Controller 2012:

2014: PJ810 (Adapter VMC-AVM1 is necessary)

2013: PJ780, PJ650, PJ420, PJ430, PJ510; CX410 CX400, CX430; CX510, CX220, CX280; CX320, TD30 (Adapter VMC-AVM1 is necessary)

2012: CX190, CX200, CX210,CX250, CX260, CX570,CX730, CX740, PJ200,PJ260, PJ580, PJ740, SR21E, SX21, SX65, TD20 (3D), XR160, XR260,

Controller 2011:

2011: CX360, CX560, CX690, CX700, PJ10, PJ30, PJ50TD10 (3D), XR155, XR350

 

For camcorders FS100, FS700, XF105 and PXW X70 there is a special controller.

Maintenance and care

Which O-rings do I have to grease?

The main O-ring which seals the case halves is made of silicone and must not be greased. It is charged only by pressure. If you want to grease it only use grease for silicone O-rings. Other grease will destroy it. The O-rings of the ports from NBR must be greased since they are charged also on turn. Otherwise the O-ring tumbles itself when it is turned of the port from the groove.

How to care for the case?

After diving always clean the case with a lot of freshwater so that no salt crystals can form. Move all operating devices and press all buttons while doing that.

If no freshwater available, hold cases damp (wrap up into cloth) until freshwater is available.

Please do not use sharp cleaning agents, if necessary use commercial car polish to clean the case. If there is dust or sand in the case it can be wiped out with a damp cloth.

Clean the monitor insight and the port glass only with water and soap.

Please do not expose the housing to the blazing sun because the camera and the case can be damaged by the warmth arising inside. If the housing is not been used for longer please open the closures and remove main O-ring. Accumulators may be stored only in the full state and must be reloaded every 3 months.