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#1 ickledevil

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 02:23 AM

Hi all im a freediver, and recently wished i had a decent u/w camera so im now in the market.. i know all the talk is digital these days but the prices are scaring me somewhat.. i want a camera i can do both close up and scene work with to a depth of 30m and being in the UK as most places a strobe is essential. The pictures will mostly be for me and my familys enjoyment but ive seen a few things that if photographed i'd love to have blown up for a nice framed picture. Thing is ive been offered a Motormarine II-EX amd strobe for £50 i know they are discontinued now and cant find much info on them anyone used one and how do they perform.. is it gonna be suitiable or should i bite the bullet call the bank and go digital?
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Posted 17 July 2006 - 02:53 AM

Joe, having been there myself, start with digital...if you look at the classifieds and email some of the sponsors on this board you can probably pickup a used digital system at a good price... Save your money and get a small digital system with strobe..

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 04:17 PM

I was discussing this the other night. My wife and I started with simple sealife film cameras. The cost of film and development was $300 for the first trip we took. Needless to say it was the last with a film style camera. The cost of my digital camera with a small external strobe just under $600.

If you're freediving you'll no doubt be looking for something really compact. If its money that you need to save and still have a decent camera, I found the Oly SP350 with Oly housing very wallet friendly. Add a simple Sunpak G-Strobe (small and comes with a small arm and base) you'll have a compact unit for around $600 that will take decent pics. You can purchase everything on Ebay rather reasonably.
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 01:16 AM

Thanks for that, guessed as much... anyone got some shots with this camera or simila that i can check out?
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 01:58 AM

Joe -

If you go to my website and look at the Truk Lagoon and Bonaire photos they were all taken with an inexpensive 5mp Olympus camera... I think you would get about the same results with other small systems provided you get something that allows you to add different wet lenses..

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