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#1 Aleq


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 11:55 AM

Dear fellow underwater photographer,

  I'm humbly asking you for your opinion, what's best to upgrade/add in my set-up based on your experience? What would you recommend?


I started with DiCaPac plastic flexible housings on standard compact (Canon Ixus), then advanced to DiCaPac for SLR and wrapped (while being worried) my beloved full-frame Sony A900. I managed to get some reasonable photos while snorkeling, that made me more into this area. Quickly after that my fiancee got DSC-RX100 (enthusiast level compact camera) so I decided to go for real housing this time - so our last vacation was covered by RX100 in Ikelite housing, wide angle (W30 ie. not fish-eye) and macro adapters. We tried diving for the first time during this vacation so it came handy (I wouldn't go deep with DiCaPac housing, the actually say 5 meters). On the other hand I encountered the limits of this set-up - the lack of light down there + the color cast.


What would you recommend as an accessory / accessories to Ikelite RX100? Color filter is for sure, but what handles and lights? Somethings, that's reasonable investment for beginners who go to diving once a year, yet they are interested in UW photography. Something with good bang to buck ration.


I'll appreciate any tips. I'm attaching my best shots made with mentioned RX100 so far.




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Edited by Aleq, 10 December 2013 - 11:56 AM.

#2 dpaustex



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:21 PM

At that depth, don't worry about a light.


Get a red filter, first.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:49 PM



I assume you are thinking about diving deeper than your previous pictures? The colour filters only work to certain depths, in my opinion you would be better off looking for a handle and tray from ultralight and buy a strobe to add the light. Depending on your budget I would look at the Inon or Sea & Sea.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:09 PM



If I am correct in thinking that you already have the wide angle lens and macro lens for the housing, then I would recommend a strobe. Something like a Sea & Sea Ys-01 is a great strobe to start off with.




Going from no strobe to having a strobe makes a huge difference to images, and then you don't have to worry about the colour filter. If you choose to stay with no strobe then I have found the Magic Filters (http://camerasunderw...s/filters/magic) to work well in the top 10m if there is good sunlight. If you are going to be going much deeper then if think the strobe is important. 

Other than that, the pictures you have posted look great! :-)