martcerv wrote:I haven't seen anyone with the Backscatter housing yet, they're test videos look ok but it will be interesting to see what general users think of the setup. Not sure if its plastic or metal but I wont be getting this setup myself as I'm happy with the Blurfix and its a very high quality aluminum part which has served me very well. If they get in touch with us here and want an honest review we can do that for them and it would be interesting to compare against the Blurfix in performance and build quality.
I may get the magic filter from them though just to do a comparison against the URpro ones but again this filter being plastic is the only real difference price wise between the 2 options and even though its good to have that wet option its not a huge deal for me. The backscatter has borrowed much from the design of the Blurfix and made the wet filter option which is a plus, but I do like the quality of the blurfix adapter and URpro glass filters underwater even though they aren't wet swappable.
Recently, I have been closely looking at both the the Blurfix and Backscatter options and I find myself slightly preferring the Backscatter for the following reasons.
1. Lens port is glass vs the original plastic + glass in the Blurfix. Less lens/air interfaces should theoretically give a better image quality to the Backscatter version. The glass is well protected by the filter mount and is pressure tested beyond the OEM case.
2. Backscatter has wet swappable filter options. Great if you are on a multilevel dive or have changing light conditions up top, or if you want to shoot video partly in natural light / partly wth UW lights.
3. One or two stories have cropped up of the UR Pro filters cracking under pressure. It's true that the camera is protected, but it would be a bummer to lose the use of your video camera part way through a dive, especially if like me, there are not so many opportunities to dive. These are just everyday camera filters that are not really up to the job of taking the pressure so it is not surprising to see one or two failures.
4. The Backscatter case will also accept the low profile modified UR Pro 55mm screw in filters being sold by SRP so you can get the best case (IMO) with the best filter options and with no pressure on the filter, no risk of cracking under pressure.
Having said all that, the Blurfix does look good and is building a good reputation so it is not that easy to choose between them.