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What to do with a maximum $4000 budget

30 September 2018 - 04:16 PM

I've been using a canon first generation g7x in a fantasea housing. It's worn out. I'm primarily going to use the camera for macro, and wide angle is secondary (but not unimportant). I'm a solid diver but my photography skills leave a lot to be desired so I'll have a steep learning curve. I'm interested in mirrorless for a lot of reasons including portability and have been looking at the Sony a6500 and Olympus omd em1 mk2 but prefer a nauticam housing. The a6500 seems to make more sense, but then the lens options appear to make the economics of the 2 pretty similar. Also looking at a used a7r2 but that seems overkill. Not really interested in much other than basic video. Not interested in using the camera on land. I have all I need in strobes and decent enough video lights so lighting isn't an issue. Camera, housing, and general starter lenses only with emphasis on good macro capability. I'm hoping to make this my last camera purchase in a long, long time but of course can add lenses as time goes by.
Any and all thoughts are appreciated up to and including it can't be done or I'm asking for too much or I'm crazy.
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Ok to buy a Sony nex-7?

14 June 2018 - 10:00 PM

Greetings,
I'm currently using a canon g7x (original, not mk 2) and have thousands and thousands of snaps on it. A few even look good. It, and the fantasea housing, are beginning to give me trouble. (For example, getting good focus is becoming more difficult, and the camera freezes at depth - which I think is a housing problem caused by pressure on the controls. Both units are well used and tired.) To top it off, I'm just not happy with the g7x performance top side. It's time to move along.
I have a chance to buy a sony nex-7, with 2 lenses and flat port, and a nauticam housing, both of which are represented to be low use and in excellent shape, at about 30% of the new price. If this is in fact true, is the nex-7 still worth buying? Or should I be looking in another direction? For about the same money I can get a Sony rx100v in a nauticam housing. Any thoughts would be appreciated.