Edited by Lucid, 26 November 2018 - 07:06 PM.
Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6000
Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:06 PM
Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:29 AM
adding light helps a lot under water ;-))
Even for your TG4.... Maybe a set of used middle class strobes?
The Sony is a much better camera, with the same amount of light, the results will be much more impressive.
So first step would be strobes, and then a housing for the Sony...
But that means a lot of money, first the housing, then ports and maybe other lenses....
So what is your primary interest? Macro or wide angle?
Will wet lenses be fine, or just the best prime lenses?
Posted 17 December 2018 - 06:06 PM
I didn't have a primary interest yet.
Posted 19 December 2018 - 09:33 PM
Also bear in mind just because you own a camera does not mean it's the best option to put in a housing and take underwater. In order of improving quality you would have the compact like a TG-5, then a 1" sensor like an RX100, then micro43 like Olympus, then the APS-C Sony. As you increase sensor size you go from the 1" compact with inbuilt zoom and no ports, to mirrorless m43 where a typical dome port is the 170mm Zen, to APS-C where you are looking at a 200-230mm port for a rectilinear wide angle. As you go up in sensor size, costs go up. Also consider the lenses available. There are two fisheyes in the m43 lineup while the Sony doesn't have a native fisheye lens, only an adapter and the WA lens range is more limited. As you go up the olympus and 1" semsor cameras and also possibly the m43 could use the smaller cheaper S&S YS-01 or INON S-2000, while the Sony would benefit from the full size Z-330 which is near twice the price. The Sony has Auto flash only while the olympus will do manual flash. The battery life also varies among models.
I would suggest tabulating your options like this: the table shows the prices to setup for macro with an A-series Sony, m43 and two 1" sensor cameras, assumes Nauticam housing and port from Aus distributor and camera/lens prices from Digi direct.
You could buy your strobes now to use with the TG camera and work out which direction you would like to go. Then price up the whole system, lenses, ports etc to see what you are up against
Edited by ChrisRoss, 19 December 2018 - 10:19 PM.
Posted 22 December 2018 - 06:25 PM
I should also add looking at your shots, a lot of them could be improved by getting closer and employing different settings. for example your cuttlefish shot, is well lit but quite noisy. The settings used were :
Posted 02 January 2019 - 08:26 PM
Thanks Chris. That's super useful information, especially the keeping the ISO low and getting closer to the subject.
I'll look at getting a strobe or 2 for the current setup as well as a wide angle wet lens.
The barracuda was shot in RAW and then post-processing with the white balance. It probably got made too blue in the edit.
Might bring a white card down next time so that it's easier to set the white balance in the water then try to do in lightroom
I guess I'm on the search for strobes and a wet lens
Posted 02 January 2019 - 08:36 PM
Posted 02 January 2019 - 09:46 PM
Your pictures are great! I would recommend thinking about composition and how to make the subject more interesting, but overall great pics, well done!