If you love summer, the beach and your LC-A like I do, you MUST have a Krab Underwater Housing! Don't worry if you don't exactly swim and dive like a fish... it is called Krab for a reason, it works in both land and sea!
I always wanted to have a Krab Underwater Housing for my LC-A despite the fact that I can’t properly dive or attend to pools, where the water is clearer and therefore better for underwater photography beginners. The pictures I saw from the community were so beautiful that I mistakenly assumed that I could do the same right off the bat.
While reading some information about the Krab, I found out the first thing to do if you are planning on buying a Krab Underwater Housing for your LC-A is to check if your camera has a screw on the bottom to fit the Krab’s advance wheel. Mine hasn’t, so it was only when I was lucky enough to win a LC-A+ and a Krab that I got to try this little wonder.
Before taking your Krab to the water, you must admire this vibrant red piece. The Krab looks GREAT. It’s one of those design pieces that seem to have a personality. And it is no toy, this little red submarine can go up to 20 meters (65 feet) below water! Not that I will ever take it that deep… well, you never know!
For my first time using the Krab in the water, I took it to an island in the south part of my country where I go every year. Paradise isn’t enough to describe this place and I always imagined the water would be still and clear enough for underwater photography. Well, it isn’t. Also, I can’t say the color negative 400 ISO film someone advised me is the best option for me. You will probably get better results if you try it in a pool.
Inserting your LC-A+ inside the Krab is easy, you just have to check if the screw is properly aligned with the Krab advance wheel. Close the Krab and the worst part comes: submerging your dear, expensive LC-A+ underwater for the first time. I think I even screamed, it was an awful sensation! But after you realize the Krab properly protects you camera, you can start playing!
Don’t forget you are not able to change the focus setting with the camera inside the Krab. I read 1.5m is the best choice and that’s what I did. The black thing above it, I’m not sure but I guess it is a viewfinder? The case itself has a viewfinder that allows you to see through the LC-A+ viewfinder. Anyway, I don’t care much about it, I can’t even open my eyes properly underwater.
I tried some pictures above water, too. The Krab is nice to use in other situations, not only underwater. It protects the camera from bumps and I heard people use it when doing sports and in the snow. Now that I think of it, that’s why it is called the Krab and not the Dolphin or something, it works in both water and land!
The story of my Krab would be a short one if it wasn’t for my boyfriend. He was born in an island and he swims like a dolphin. He is able to take cool underwater self-portraits and dive near the rocks to photograph the fishes. He also used 100 slide film, which I think worked much better underwater.
Once after my boyfriend’s underwater photo shoot with the Krab I accidentally exposed his frame with a view of the island. The result was a magical image with soft fishes in the sky, above the lighthouse and the fishermen. It is one of my favorite pictures ever!
Inspired by this picture, the next year I decided to make an entire film with underwater doubles. I believe that if you think a picture will not be that good, the way to save it is by doubling it. So instead of taking more or less underwater pictures, this time I went for the thrill of unpredictable results. My boyfriend mostly shot the first layer underwater with the Krab and I shot the second layer with the LC-A+ around the island.
I was really pleased with the results. For me, this is the way to go with the Krab. Doubles are always surprising and I love the juxtaposition of the two worlds, sea and land. Nothing represents the mix of this two worlds better than a crab, right?