My first experiences with the Hugyfot were in the cold water of Zeeland with currents and average to poor visibility. The Hugy performed very well. The ergonomics are excellent and together with two Inon float arms (ML) the buoyancy was slightly negative with the macro port and the Canon EF 100 mm macro USM. Being on a ship for a couple of days and diving twice a day the Hugycheck also performed very well. It is truly a great relief to go diving with a green led blinking indicating that the housing is closed and no leakage will appear. There are more than enough other things care about when you make boat dives in cold and rough water!

One little inconvenience with the hot shoe of the Hugy housing appeared on my first dry tests, but was solved quickly. The Hugy hot shoe disables the internal flash of the camera, which is perfectly ok when using the flashes with electrical connections. I use my flashes only with the optical adapter of Hugyfot and therefore the pop up flash of my 7D needs to trigger the Inon strobes via the optical adapter and cables. It is basically an optical slave system. Also the Hugyfot hot shoe needs to be on top of the camera because the red and green led’s of the Hugycheck are attached to it and needs to be visible through the viewfinder.

The hot shoe of the Hugyfot house therefore needed to be modified by my Hugyfot dealer (carved out a little bit) to prevent to disable my internal flash. It worked perfectly, but it is something to take care about when buying a Hugyfot housing and using the optical flash possibilities with Canon equipment.