The Sea & Sea Motormarine II-EX is a film camera that I enjoyed using for many years of diving. Some of the underwater photographs on this site were taken with this camera. I liked shooting with slide film, which had great colour saturation. Also, I could share large images of marine life using a 35mm slide projector – yikes that really shows my age!
The MM II-EX has additional wet lenses that can be changed underwater. These wet lenses attach with a bayonet mount, so basically just a quick twist and they are secured.
The descriptions below correspond with the numbers in the photo:
1) These macro or close-up lenses come with a base that extends forward to easily measure the focal distance between the camera and subject. Also, vertical extensions provide proper framing.
2) This 16mm wide angle lens is great to have on dives when photographing larger subjects or for scenic reef shots.
3) These lens caddys are very handy to have on a dive and provide a good place to store the lenses until needed.
4) I built this arm out of loc-line tubing, so when using a wide angle lens the strobe can be moved away from the camera to reduce backscatter. Backscatter is caused by light from the strobe bouncing off of particles in the water back towards the lens, creating white points of light in the photo. This arm is also great for moving the strobe closer to the camera for macro photography.
5) The Sea & Sea YS60 strobe produces a good quality light (5100 Kelvin) for photographing subjects underwater. When the strobe is connected to the camera it has a TTL (Through the Lens) feature which allows the camera to set proper exposure.
6) I attached this modelling light to the strobe so that during deep dives or night dives the subject is lit up for me to see, and the strobe is correctly positioned for the shot.
7) This viewfinder allows for proper framing of subjects whether the camera is used without an attached lens, or if using the 16mm wet wide lens.
8) The Motormarine II-EX is made out of sturdy acrylic and can be used on land as well as underwater.
9) An aluminum base tray is used to support the camera and strobe arm.
10) This lanyard is basically for piece of mind so that if the camera is released underwater it doesn’t sink into the abyss!