A Q U A S H O T
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the innumerable changes in disposable cameras since the introduction of this system, we are no longer able
to recommend any compatible cameras.
An extremely out-dated listing of usable cameras can be found here.
Update to the current Auto 35 system:
Since the Auto 35 system was discontinued in 2006, the update of older Aquashot housings is no longer available.
Should I use flash or non-flash cameras?
Flash model cameras are definitely preferred for underwater photography
to illuminate the colors. The AquaShot will accept non-flash model
cameras, but the pictures will be blue, green and "blah" without flash. Remember to set the camera positioning tabs inside the housing front for
the correct camera model. The correct position choices are printed inside the housing body.
Why does it look like snow in my pictures?
The first precaution is to avoid stirring up the silt with your
fins. This "snow" is particles suspended in the water that have been
illuminated by your strobe.
The camera lens is looking through these illuminated particles,
accentuating the problem. Fewer particles will be illuminated by moving
the strobe farther from the lens. This is the advantage of using the
optional Substrobe AQ/S. It comes with a shield that blocks the flash on
the camera, redirecting it to trigger the Substrobe AQ/S which is mounted
away from the camera on an arm.
Why doesn't the camera flash work sometimes?
Failure to turn the film advance knob slightly in the wrong
direction after advancing the film may keep the strobe in some Kodak
cameras from firing.
Can a cracked lens be replaced?
Lens failure seldom happens, but a replacement lens will be
installed no charge if you return the housing. Pressure will not cause
this failure; the best explanation is some "built-in" stress in the special
Can I use my AQ/S slave strobe with my new digital camera?
The Substrobe AQ/S is NOT compatible with digital cameras. The strobe is
triggered by the camera's pre-flash and unable to recycle quickly enough to
fire properly for the actual image. Digital systems require the use of a "DS"
digital Substrobe. Refer to our Strobe
Index for information on our newest digital Substrobes.