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Cosmographer

Member Since 04 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 01 2012 04:28 AM
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In Topic: DSLR for a beginner?

12 January 2012 - 07:13 AM

Thanks for the advice, everyone. After a lot of consideration, I am now leaning towards a compact camera. Below are my reasons (if any of the reasons are based on faulty knowledge or information, please let me know!)

1) While recycling the D200 into an uw camera is attractive, its replacement (D400?) probably won't be out for at least another year
2) Even if they do come out with a replacement, lugging 2 DSLRs is probably too much (esp since we travel to dive)
3) A compact uw camera can double as an above-water camera for my wife
4) Micro 4/3rds cameras (looked at the EPL3 in particular) are just too big to easily fit in a small purse so my wife wouldn't use it (spending $1000+ on gear that will ONLY be used uw seems like a waste considering my noobness to uw photography)
5) Tho photography is a hobby of mine, I suspect that I will be diving to dive, not diving to photograph (at least not in the near future) so smaller, simpler setups would seem to make more sense

As much as I would like to have my D200 double as an uw camera, the reasons above have steered me towards a compact (in specific, the Panny LX5). I can get a 10bar housing (used once) for about $450USD which brings the package sans strobes to about $800. And I suppose if and when I upgrade my DSLR, I might get more serious about uw photography, at which time I can splurge on a new system while selling the LX5 system for not too much of a loss (I hope).

Any opinions on this tentative conclusion?

In Topic: DSLR for a beginner?

05 January 2012 - 02:31 AM

Btw, for wide angle wreck pictures, I assume strobes are useless? I really want to get better pics than the ones I took on my very first wreck dive (with the dive center's camera):

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In Topic: DSLR for a beginner?

05 January 2012 - 02:20 AM

Thanks for the input, everyone. Since I'll only be doing diving trips 3-4 times per year (and even then, probably only 3-4 dives per trip) I'm leaning against the DSLR option now - it's beginning to seem like overkill for a casual diver. It's just that the cost of the more popular digicams (EPL3, XZ1, LX5) with accessories seems comparable to buying the housing and accessories for my D200.

For example, for about $1500, I can get either the EPL3 + housing or a housing for my D200. Strobes and other accessories, I assume, will be similarly priced regardless of whether I go with digicam or DSLR? The digicam seems a more reasonable and practical choice, but if I can get a DSLR setup using my D200 for a similar price as a quality digicam setup, would it be crazy not too? I'm not even sure how a D200's IQ and speed will hold up to these more modern digicams anyway.

In Topic: DSLR for a beginner?

04 January 2012 - 05:15 PM

While it might seem like I'm leaning towards the DSLR, I really am open to digicams as well. I'm just not sure how long they will last me before I feel like I've outgrown them. (Even though I've used DSLRs for about 10 years now, I still consider myself an amateur at best - but even so, I feel very limited whenever I need to use someone else's compact) - I have no idea if this will still hold true for u/w photography, and I have to admit, some of those setups look rather complex and intimidating, hehe.

In Topic: DSLR for a beginner?

04 January 2012 - 05:08 PM

Thanks for your advice and the welcome!

After looking around, I found a new Ikelite case for the D200 for about $1500 and Nimar case from B&H for about $1200. With a basic strobe, it would seem like I might be able to stay below $2000 since I already own the camera. Is Nimar any good? Of course, as you both indicated, just because I can afford it doesn't necessarily make it a good choice.

I took a quick look at the EPL3 + housing and that alone would be about $1500, I think - not to mention the strobes.

I've had no problems diving and shooting with an Olympus TG-810, though I've never used a DSLR underwater yet. One of the main reasons I like to dive is for the pictures, so I'd like to get something as soon as possible since many dive centers don't seem to have a working u/w cam. I do like the suggestion of getting a housing for the new camera but 1) I'm worried about flooding what would be my only camera while on a trip, and 2) they haven't even announced the new camera yet, so even though many expect it early this year, no one really knows. On the plus side, it would be nice to only travel with 1 camera.