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Fruitographer

Member Since 17 Aug 2016
Offline Last Active Jul 17 2018 06:41 AM
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In Topic: Ikelite strobes or strobe/video light combination

17 July 2018 - 06:40 AM

look for a used Iron Z240. You can find them for around $350 a piece for used and would be your best option. I've read great reviews about them. I've got Ikelite strobes now and they work just fie but are bigger and bulkier than a Z240. Do not get Sea and Sea, they have had many issues with strobes and I've had one flood the main part of the housing and it took them several months after returning it to tell me there was nothing they could do and it happened 2 months after my warranty expired so they wouldn't replace it. So unless you want to spend a bunch of money on a piece of garbage in my opinion, stay away from Sea & Sea and go for a used Z240.


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

29 June 2018 - 07:37 AM

The best photography book I've ever seen is by Kodak titled "How to Take Good Pictures". It has nothing to do with underwater and is a bit outdated but the concepts and explanations are excellent. It will cover all the topics and setting you need to understand about your camera and provide examples of how these settings change the image. Definitely worth picking up.

 

Congratulations on your new camera.


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

22 June 2018 - 12:08 AM

You can get a non z240 strobe for around $300-$350 and you can start with one. Setup with two arms as if you were using two strobes. Place the one strobe you get on the left side and mount a white plastic card on the right arm. when shooting, you can position the card to reflect light back into the subject you want to photograph and the card will act like a second light if it's held close enough. You're better off shooting with one light anyway until you understand how lighting works. It can get very confusing rather quickly if you jump into using two lights right away. Try to understand the behavior of light with one strobe first or you'll be chasing you tail in circles. 

 

If you want to learn more about photography and the concepts we're talking about, Kodak makes an excellent book that explains everything better than any other book I've ever seen. It's a little out dated but the concepts are still the same and it gives examples and comparisons, of everything it talks about. The title is (How to Take Good Pictures). The most recent version has a yellow cover with red text. 

 

Your option is to get a nicer camera that's current and usable for land or get an outdated version that can go underwater. It depends on what you really want to do. If you just want to get into photography then get a nice camera and wait to get the housing until later. there would be some benefits to getting a nicer camera now and a housing later. You would have a better understanding of how the system works and how each function affect the image. Trying to figure this out underwater would be pretty frustrating. Since the Nikon D850 just came out, many people were getting rid of there D810 setups. I scooped up a Nauticam housing and camera body which looks brand new for $3,200. So if you already had the camera you want the best time to get a housing is right when the same manufacturer announces a new model that will replace the one you have. Then you'll see a surge of people trying to update their kits and get rid of the housing you want to get.

 

I'm actually getting ready to get an older kit from someone for an outstanding deal. At the price I'm getting it for you could have a nice camera for land and a cheap kit for underwater and still be within your budget. 

 

Link to book

Kodak's How To Take Good Pictures.

 

My Olympus TG4 doesn't have manual mode which drives me nuts. I want to control everything in my camera to get the exact image I see in my mind and know is a possibility to produce. Since it doesn't have manual I have to trick it into doing what I want which requires an in depth understanding of how a camera functions. 


In Topic: FS. Nauticam 8.5 Acrylic Dome port with Neoprene Cover

19 June 2018 - 08:07 AM

Does it come with the extension ring and zoom gear?Is $500 the price for everything? If so I'll take it.


In Topic: Complete, like-new, NauticamNA-NEX7 System with lots of extras.

13 June 2018 - 09:29 PM

You can't read the attach list as a download and nothing is listed out what does this kit actually come with?