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In Topic: E-M5 set up!

20 July 2014 - 02:57 AM

First of all, if you haven't done so already, you'll want to read the comprehensive OM-D thread and the comprehensive set-up instructions at these links:






Then in answer to your question . . . 


 Or really.. will I even use the 12-50mm underwater?


. . . lots of us do exactly that.  I use mine almost exclusively as I like the combination of decent wide angle, zoom capability, and good macro functionality. It is certainly true that prime lenses and the ports to go with them will make technically better images in the appropriate circumstances, but when circumstances change or unexpected targets materialize you also can't change your objectives once you're under water like you can with the 12-50.

In Topic: Working through my options

12 July 2014 - 08:52 PM

If you have never shot underwater before, my guess is that your biggest mental adjustment will be about lighting. You have to have external lights, and their diffusion and reach behave very differently under water than on land. Good underwater lights (strobes or video) are also a lot more expensive than land photographers think they should be.  Many beginners start out cheap and often with only one light, but eventually upgrade.  I would advise starting with one good strobe, experimenting, then see how you like the results.  

In Topic: Traveling with underwater camera to international destination - packing tips...

12 July 2014 - 08:35 PM

Agreed, the airport security staff don't seem to worry about the size or weight of bags during transit, my point was only that there is in fact a security check.


Another factor is that gate staff do have the authority to check bag size and weight.  It is rare for them to intervene, and I have never seen a scale to verify weight, but I have seen gate staff for several airlines require obviously oversize bags to be gate checked.  

In Topic: Traveling with underwater camera to international destination - packing tips...

12 July 2014 - 12:46 AM

The way make it through HKG is to stay in the transit area, that way you do not need to pass security with two carry-on's.


This is not correct.  HKG separates arrivals and departures and there is no way around it. After deplaning, you must pass through a security check to get through to the departures side. 

In Topic: Underwater camera gear shop in Singapore

10 July 2014 - 05:16 PM

Another vote for Scubacam!  Use the "info@" address and Sanah will generally answer very quickly.  She and David really do know their stuff and are an absolute pleasure to deal with.  Their pricing is also more than fair.  


Remember that if you buy anything, you can get a tax refund at the airport.  If the new gear needs to go in your checked baggage, have it inspected and ticked off at the tax counter *before* checking in and passing through security.  If you can hand carry you can do this once inside the transit area.