|Alec tests the new Outex system|
|The Outex system is modular, making additions or replacements easy.|
|Putting on the washer that seals the cover around the lens.|
|The LCD cover allows a good view of camera functions.|
|Fully assemble, with an 18-200 mm. zoom lens.|
|The first we took.|
- Auto focus works most of the time with the cover on (though it sometimes has a hard time in lower light without the auto focus light).
- Because of the depth of the lens ring, there is some vignetting when using wide angle lenses.
- On our Nikon D90, the big LCD lens on the back of the camera can make it difficult to operate all of the controls on the back of the camera.
- The wrist strap system is very comfortable and secure. We wish the strap was a bit longer; 12 more inches would make a normal forward stroke easier with the camera at the ready in your lap. Practice capsizing with this system if you are going to be using it on the water. Rolling worked fine for us, but your camera and lens may get knocked against your boat.
- Depending on your comfort and balance, this system is great in rough water. But unlike point and shoot cameras, a DSLR requires both hands and is heavy, and if you use a zoom lens or telephoto lens it can throw off your balance (due to a loss of depth perception). For these reasons, it won't completely replace our small, one-hand-operation waterproof cameras.
- The whole system is modular. This means that if you puncture a cover or change cameras, all you have to buy is a new latex cover. The Outex website has a very friendly shopping system that will help you to choose the right parts for the camera and lens your have.
- How much does it cost? Depending on the options you choose, the basic setup for a Nikon D-90 runs about $330.