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Member Since 06 Sep 2008
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In Topic: Newbie Rigs: What camera system did you buy?

07 September 2008 - 08:25 AM

I've been using a Nikonos III and one of the last surviving SB-101's for about 15 years, and I finally lived up to my long ongoing threats to go digital. I've got a Nikon D80 and an Ikelite housing with a DS-160 strobe. The Nikon was driven by my own bias towards Nikon SLRs. For some reason, their controls just make more sense to me than do Canon's. My first SLR was a Nikon FE2 back in the 80's, and I've used them ever sense. The choice of the Ike housing was heavily influenced by financial considerations. I live in the desert of Arizona, and I don't get the chance to dive more than a couple times a year.

Given my infrequent dive schedule, I also picked up a Sigma 18-50 f2.8 zoom, so I have at least a fighting chance of getting a variety of shots on each dive. It looks like it's going to be a nice topside lens, as well.

My first chance to get this setup in the ocean will be on a cruise next month - assuming I don't flood it on the first dive, I'll post some results. In the meantime, I've been spending time with it in my pool, to get used to handling it and working the controls. There are a few more things to fiddle with than on the Nik III.