Liquid Eye C6000 unboxing – water housing for Sony a6000

I received my Liquid Eye C6000 water housing earlier this week and I’ve now had a chance to do a proper unboxing so you know what to expect if you’re thinking of ordering one yourself.

You can order the C6000 through the Liquid Eye website, just go to the contact page and fill in the form.

The Liquid Eye C6000 water housing with pistol grip and dome port

What do you get with the Liquid Eye C6000 water housing?

I ordered a couple of extras, but Liquid eye realise that you might want to order a similar package so they offer the full kit that I show you in the video for $950 US.

Here’s what you get:

  • Liquid Eye C6000 water housing body
  • Removable two stage pistol grip
  • Small dome port (designed for the Samyang 8mm f2.8 fisheye V1)
  • Small flat port (designed for the Sony 16-50mm kit zoom lens)
  • Wrist lanyard
  • Port covers
  • pdf instruction manual

What controls does the Liquid Eye C6000 have?

There are quite a lot of controls on the C6000, here’s the full list:

  • On/off
  • Physical shutter button
  • C1
  • Mode dial
  • Top dial
  • Zoom (designed for the Sony 16-50mm kit zoom lens)
  • Menu
  • AEL
  • Video start/stop
  • Fn
  • Top, right, bottom, left and centre of rear dial
  • Playback
  • C2
  • Two stage pistol grip

I’ve never had a surf housing with this many controls on it before, I’m really interested to see if I end up using them much once I’m in the water with it.

Can you take flash photos with the Liquid Eye C6000?

Eagle eyed viewers might have spotted a little slot cut into the housing around where the pop up flash would be, well I’d noticed that too and was interested to see what it was about.

There’s a cavity built into the housing that gives you space to pop up the flash whilst the camera is inside. The slot in the housing is left without a hole or window as standard, but you can get it opened up if you make a special request to Liquid Eye when you order. This would allow you to use the pop up flash through a window that was inserted I’d guess.

Luckily even without the window it looks like there’s enough light getting through the housing body to trigger a slave flash so I should be able to use it in a similar way to my other housings to do some budget flash photography.

Do Liquid Eye make a housing for the Sony a6300?

Yes they do, it’s called the C6300 and it uses the same ports and pistol grip and features the same controls as the C6000.

I haven’t upgraded to the a6300 myself, you can read my reasoning here, but I might do in the future and if I do there’s a chance I’d see if I could get just the housing section of the C6300 and use my existing pistol grip and ports.

What do you want to know about the Liquid Eye C6000?

If there’s anything that I haven’t covered that you want to know about the C6000 housing let me know by leaving a comment below this post, or by emailing ben@learningsurfphotography.com and I’ll do my best to cover your question in my review video.

Comments

  1. Hey Ben, awesome video. You know if the Samyang 8mm 3.5 lens with the removable hood would fit in that housing? Thanks

    1. Thanks Stephen,
      The Samyang 8mm f3.5 is quite a bit bigger than both the f2.8 versions so I doubt it would fit inside even without the hood.
      The f2.8 V1 is a great kens though, I’d go for that one if you’re thinking about getting this housing.

      1. Thanks for the reply Ben. After looking at the size of the 8mm 3.5 I figured it was too big. So I edited my question wondering about the 12mm f2.0. The length of the 12mm 2.0 says it’s only .33 longer than version 1 of the 8mm. Though it does say how wide the 12mm is

    2. Sorry – replied to your original comment about the 8mm f3.5 fisheye below.

      The 12mm f2 has a wider lens hood than the 8mm V1, and that hood is very close to touching the dome port already, so I very much doubt the 12mm f2 would fit in this dome port.

      But – I would shoot the 12mm through a flat port as it’s not a fisheye, it would still be a close call as to whether it would fit inside the standard flat port or not though.

      I’ll do some measuring when I’m at home and try and find a reliable source for the length measurements of Samyang lenses and see if it will fit inside the flat port or not.

      Personally I’d prefer to shoot the f2.8 V1 fisheye or something longer like the Sigma 19mm, 12mm (19mm full frame equivalent) isn’t a popular focal length for shooting in the water.

      But maybe it would work really well, there’s only one way to find out.

  2. Hey Ben,

    Very intetested to see how you find the pistol grip. I had alot of issues with the pistol grip jamming due to sand.. As you know there is no physical wire into the housing.. it uses magnetic plastic to activate the shutter.. once you push the pistol grip button the rode inside the grip slide back inline with the rode inside the housing and completes the circuit. I shoot alot in heavy beaches.. once the sand enters where the rode slides it gets stuck and often does not spring back,even with a stiffer return spring.

    1. Hey,
      That’s interesting, I’ve only used it once in the sea so far over reef, so there was no sand to interfere with the mechanism.

      Thanks for the heads up, I’m hoping to get in again tonight at a beach so I’ll see if I run into the same issue.

      Hopefully there’s a solution because so far I’ve been really happy with how the pistol grip works so far.

      I’ll report back in the next video with any feedback on how to avoid the issue.

      Cheers.

  3. Hey Ben. I was wondering how that zoom control works with the kit lens and if you’ve tried it out? Thanks

    1. Hi Stephen,

      I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, I don’t have the kit lens myself, but my friend has one so I’ll make sure to test it before the next video.

      The control itself feels solid and it looks like it engages with the rocker switch on the side of the lens so you should be able to do some smooth zooms just as you would without the housing.
      Ben.

      1. Thanks Ben. Any chance do you know the model number of version 1 Samyang 8mm? Trying to find it on amazon but mostly see v2.

        1. Hey Stephen,
          I’ve just had a look at both my lenses, there doesn’t seem to be a model number on the lens itself, and all I can find online is that the original one often doesn’t have the V1 in the title, it just has the lens name with no version number.

          Best way to tell from the photo of the product is that the V1 has alternating bands of lines and smooth surface on the focus ring and the V2 has a solid ring of lines, if that makes sense.

          In any case I think there will be a dome port for the V2 fisheye in the very near future, I’d ask Liquid Eye to check when it’ll be ready, but that should make life easier if you’re purchasing a fisheye for this housing.
          Cheers.

    2. Hey Stephen – just an update, I’ve used the kit lens in the housing now, the zoom control engages with the rocker switch on the lens and it works really well.

      If you’re careful you can control the speed of the zoom just like you can with the switch on the lens. I think it would require a bit of practice to get a nice smooth zoom when shooting video, but I’m sure you’d get used to it pretty quickly if you used it a lot.

      The review video has some footage of me testing out the zoom control and I hope to publish it in the next couple of days.

  4. Hey Ben. Was wondering if you’ve had an issue with losing control of all the buttons on the a6000 once you plug in the trigger cord in? Happens to me but seems to happen randomly and will stay until I unplug it multiple times and turn my camera on and off. I’ve looked to see if I have a setting turned on but can’t locate it.

    1. Hey Stephen,
      I noticed this a couple of times too, but I think I figured out why it was happening.

      In my case it’s because the trigger on the pistol grip was pulled in a little bit – so the camera was continually trying to find focus. When it’s like this you can’t change any of the settings – all you can do is release the shutter.

      It also prevents the camera from going into power save mode and keeps it continually hunting for focus so it runs the battery down and can cause the camera to heat up if you leave it like that for a while.

      The reason my trigger was pulled in slightly was the neoprene dome port cover – there’s such a tight gap between the port and the trigger that I have to pull it in a bit to get the cover on, and if you don’t push it back out again it can get wedged in the focus position.

      Now I know I just make sure to push the trigger out again after the camera’s in position and it goes back to normal.

      Hopefully it’s the same issue for you and just pushing it out will prevent the issue happening in the future.

      There’s a couple of little quirks like this that I’ve come across with both housings so I’ll make a list and make sure to mention them in the next video.

      Let me know if that’s not what’s causing the issue for you and I’ll investigate further to see if I can recreate the issue here.

  5. It seems that liquid eye’s website is down right now, do you know somewhere I could buy it?

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