Where did you buy it? I didn't even know stores sold them around here. Always thought it was direct-order from the owner's website. That's how I've gotten all of my EOM housings. Crazy question but could yours have been a counterfeit? Strange that the shop that exchanged yours couldn't just give you the leaky one back, or that they didn't try to exchange it or take it up directly with EOM.
Bought it from a local dive shop and they were super cool about exchanging the housing for free.....They said they would send the housing back so I thought nothing of it and just figured mine must of been defective....I didn't know EOM needed the housing directly back from the customer figured if the shop was gonna send it in then same thing right? I have used a EOM housing on my HD1 and had no problems so I thought maybe the HD2 was just slightly bigger..Could it have been a counterfeit? Shoot I dunno but came with the EOM instructions and looked identical to my previous housing.
Sounds like you know what you were doing so most likely not an user error. I like to think I'm an expert, but admit that I once flooded and killed a HD2, and it was not EOM's fault in any way.
Do you know where the leak came from exactly?
No I don't know where the leak came from exactly....I took a real shallow drop to just look around maybe 20ft or so and when I came up I adjusted my head strap and looked at my camera...that's when I had noticed it had water in the housing not completely flooded...But definitely water...I couldn't pin point it but it didn't seem to continue coming in either....I was on a boat so I swam back took my camera out the housing and dried it off and put it in a dry box....But after that my camera never turned on again.
Strange about the blurring at 40+. I've used about 6 EOM housings so far and not one of them has caused this (or leaked) with either the HD2s or HD1s. I've used more HD2s than HD1s btw. That's what set off a flag and made me ask my silly question up above about a counterfeit. I did notice that the HD2 sometimes does need a little "jingle" to get it to sit all the way into the housing if it's not inserted straight into the housing. That could cause the back door to not close all the way but never had a problem with that because when I notice the back door resisting, I open it up to sort it out and then close it again. I don't force it closed except for the last few millimeters to minimize the chances of breaking the GoPro clamp (which I have broken twice).
As far as the blur....I asked EOM if it was possible for the housing to compress slightly because it didn't seem like it sealed as flush as the HD1 cameras....The second housing did seal enough to prevent leaks but then I was having these blur issues for some reason with the HD2....I couldn't figure it out because I wiped the camera lens clean and the housing lens...There where no scratches no condensation..And the vid would be blurred while on the bottom and clear on surface...So it had to be a pressure issue....I emailed EOM was told they are aware of this problem but only with the HD2 cams...And the solution was using a plastic washer to create enough gap so the camera lens doesn't get pushed agains the housing lens...
Man, I wish you still had that housing. I'd love to check it out myself. Any chance you have photos/vid that show it leaking or something?
I deleted most of the footage I got and pretty much just stopped filming after I had the issues...But in this video if you look towards the center there is a blur...Everything around it is still clear but the center isn't...Then on the surface or swimming up the whole shot is clear...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbxYKDSmvhg&feature=g-upl
I know, lots of questions for you. To answer your question, the new GoPro housing does have a fair bit more drag. Not enough to affect freediving/hunting performance or speeds but enough to make housing wobble when diving at normal speed when used with the stretchy headband. If you're going to use it for spearfishing, and you're a dusting/laying on the bottom specialist and most of your footage will reflect that, then it's a no-brainer to get this housing. If you're an active hunter, covering a lot of ground and crawling/swimming through cracks/caves/holes like me, and most of the footage captured are "at speed" then the headband won't work out very well. A different head mount of some sort, or mount it to the gun, a weight or a pole would be the solution.
Thanks for the feed back I'll probably go with this housing laying on the bottom is more my style...
Hope I answered your questions...