I'm currently using an olympus stylus 1020 w/ case and am looking for the least expensive way to improve the color plus reduce backscatter in my photos.
Without a strobe, I understand my options as a) shoot no-flash only in daylit shallows, b) light with dive torches + no flash, or c) use the built in flash but limit to macro
From what I understand adding a strobe (with proper use, as always) would help both the color / backscatter problems.
I'd like to get more into underwater photography, but know I will have to buy a better camera (the stylus has manual iso, but no aperture priority mode, etc, etc) - at that time I would be spending a lot of money and would be more willing to go for an enthusiast setup. So right now I am most interested in some bang for the least buck.
I'm not finding any real details on the intova... I see it supports the *camera's* TTL flash, eg you can set it to still fire for the actual frame, however i can't tell if it will itself TTL flash.
If it won't TTL flash, I'm worried it won't do me much good as my camera will auto adjust for the built in flash (which, in this case is necessarily not covered and thus giving backscatter as well) and then the shot will be overexposed with the larger flash from the intova?
I'm know there is lots to the picture I'm not getting, but I'd greatly appreciate your thoughts on
a) using a flash with the stylus (no aperture priority or manual mode)
b) your review of the intova iss 2000 if you have experienced it
c) thoughts on what differences I would notice in the $175 intova + fiber cable vs the $350 sea&sea ys-17 + cable setup
As a side note: I'm a seattle native, so 99% of my diving is in lower-vis (eg 'high backscatter' water). I'm heading to Hawaii soon, though and I'm considering getting the flash asap to be able to improve the vacation photos I'll be taking...
Edited by mboard182, 11 May 2010 - 04:30 PM.