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Barmaglot

Member Since 30 Mar 2017
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In Topic: Brand new to underwater photography, looking for advice to get started

Today, 11:05 AM

Thing about buying a used system though, from someone who is upgrading, is that unless they're changing systems entirely, or retiring from diving, you're unlikely to get a full, ready-to-dive set. Take that D810 deal you reference - sure, it's a tremendous bargain for a high-end full-frame DSLR with a top-end housing - but $3200 is quite a lot of money no matter how you slice it, and it still needs several thousand dollars worth of extras (lenses, ports, extension rings, strobes, arms, handles, etc) to actually go underwater, not to mention the part where maneuvering a huge DSLR rig with a 230mm dome will almost certainly overwhelm someone who is just starting out.

 

I don't like sounding like a Meikon fanboy, but in the past year or so, they've really stepped up their game, producing housings that are still attractively priced, yet have close to feature parity with other manufacturers' much more expensive offerings. Their single biggest weak point is lens gears, but so long as you can live with autofocus, and, in some cases, fixed focal lengths, they provide a very affordable entry point into UW photography


In Topic: Brand new to underwater photography, looking for advice to get started

Yesterday, 10:58 PM

$3K (assuming US$) is plenty.

 

Sony A6300 with kit 16-50mm lens is $900 new; you can get it for ~$600 used.

SeaFrogs Salted Line housing with basic flat port is $327 shipped from meikon.com.hk.

Tray with two arms and four clamps is about $130 on Aliexpress

Archon D36V lights are no longer listed on Aliexpress for some reason, only D36VR, but I see them on Ebay for $283 apiece.

 

Later on you can add a 10-18mm lens with a dome (a six inch dome is available now for $255, eight inch dome is supposed to come out in a few weeks), a macro lens and/or diopter(s) with the appropriate ports, strobes, etc. In fact, if you buy the camera and lenses used, an A6300 with 16-50mm, 10-18mm, 90mm, housing, ports, tray, a pair of strobes (assuming Meikon's ST-100) and requisite accessories (covers, batteries, memory cards, etc) should come out to about US$3500.


In Topic: Ok to buy a Sony nex-7?

15 June 2018 - 09:46 PM

Thing is, if you buy, say, a NEX-7 with 18-55mm and FP72, then replace the lens with 90mm macro and the port with macro port 60 + adapter, then replace the body with A6500/A6300 and the housing with appropriate model... what do you have left of your original purchase, and why make it in the first place?


In Topic: Ok to buy a Sony nex-7?

14 June 2018 - 11:08 PM

It kind of depends - what kind of photographs do you want to take? What lenses and port does the NEX-7 kit come with? Any wet lenses in the deal? Overall, unless the NEX-7 comes with really nice lenses, I'd be inclined to go with RX100V. It has PDAF for faster focusing, much better burst capability, 4K video, up to 960fps slow-motion capture, and although the sensor is smaller, it incorporates five years' worth of improvements by Sony.

 

If the NEX-7 comes with 18-55mm and/or 16-50mm lenses, then RX100V will have better image quality, and in order to go wide or macro, you'll need wet lenses with both of them, or a change of lenses/ports on NEX-7. If, however, the NEX-7  deal includes Sony 90mm macro (unlikely, but not impossible), then it's a whole different ballgame.

 

For the reference, my personal choice is a Sony A6300 in a Meikon/SeaFrogs housing. While Nauticam's housings are certainly nice, I don't need the 100m depth capability or the wide-ranging lens support matrix.


In Topic: NAUTICAM WWL-1 WET WIDE ANGLE LENS-FOR SALE.

14 June 2018 - 08:25 AM

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't. WWL-1 for $600...