There are several other threads that address similar questions to mine but none that were quite on point. So rather than hijack someone else's, I'm starting de novo.
Short story: I'm a relatively experienced DSLR user, both for stills and video. I have a project coming up in August which requires me to get some underwater footage. I will be on a fishing boat in Mexico. When the anglers pull the fish near to the boat, my plan is to hop in and start rolling. For fish like tuna, I will be filming them as they are gaffed and brought aboard. For billfish, I will film the release. I will be shooting at depths of no more than 5-6 meters for as long as I can hold my breath.
My research up to this point had me set on using my 5DMII with a 15mm fisheye in an Ikelite housing with the 8" domeport. No lights, no filter.
But every time I do more research I encounter more conflicting accounts about the wisdom of using a DSLR underwater. And just a few threads down, there is a topic on just that. But, I think that my shooting environment is sort of a "best-case scenario" for using a DSLR. I will be at depths of less than 5m, there will most likely be full, bright Mexican sun, and I will be shooting large pelagics in open water.
Am I wrong to think that this type of shooting environment ameliorates some of the DSLR shortcomings? Or does shooting fast-moving, unpredictable pelagics require a traditional video camera? If not, is a 15mm fisheye the wrong choice for this? I have no problem getting up close to a hooked tuna, roosterfish or dorado, but I'm keeping my distance from angry billfish.
I would love to get some feedback on this. FYI, I do not own an Ikelite housing yet, so I am not commited to using it or the 5D.
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10 May 2011 - 12:39