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In Topic: Gear Update Confusing! Any input appreciated

16 May 2016 - 05:50 AM

Hi Sue!


I guess what you need to consider is the pros vs cons of upgrading.


An SLR based system will make it easier to get better images, but it is a more complex and complicated animal. Understanding settings will still be a prerequisite to getting the images you want. 


If you feel that you have exhausted the creative potential (for you) with the G12, it is definitely time to move on....


My feeling is that the G16 will probably produce marginally better images, but will not be a huge leap over the G12.


My only other thought is that if you are finding that camera settings and figuring them out is a challenge, perhaps try and get on a  workshop or hire a pro photographer for a few sessions. This will also help you decide whether the upgrade path is one that you wish to embark on.


All the best




This would echo my advice. I think you say/admit that you are not exhausting the potential of the G12 since you see much better images taken with it. Instead of spending thousands on new gear, spend a few hundred and get some one on one advice from a pro. I did this a couple of years ago and besides the money I spent on my very first P&S housing, it was easily the most effective money I spent to improve my photography. I too did the G10 -> G12 -> G15 route and the gear made, at best, a minimal difference. When I did finally switch into a u4/3 system, honestly my images suffered for a trip or two until I learned my *new* system.


If you are having trouble taking the images you want with a G12, you'll struggle with something "better". Sure, some things become a bit easier, like focussing, but I'd really suggest you try to milk as much out of the G12 as you can and identify a real shortcoming of it that's holding you back before you spring for something new.

In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

10 March 2016 - 11:06 AM

Carry on my entire m4/3 system plus mask, dive computer, all batteries and charger. I wrap everything in a couple of days of clothes and put it in a roll-aboard. Always get a laptop in there and sometimes my regs.

In Topic: Wet lens handling

06 March 2016 - 03:49 AM

I use one that rotates/swings in. What I do is rotate it to the point where the holder will press up against the metal surround of the port rather than the port glass if the wet lens and mount is pushed in. Then for protection, I just use a "hood hat". These are neoprene "cups" for lack of a better description. They come in a ton of sizes and are cheap. They are used to slip over the end of an SLR lens hood so you don't have to keep futzing with the lens cap. You just need to find the right size.


N.B. They are also great for their intended purpose.

In Topic: Do I need a flash?

19 January 2016 - 07:25 AM

Hi Sarah


I'm sure someone who knows Canon lenses will chip-in - but one thought: the EOS Rebel T2i is, I think, an APS-C size chip, i.e., not an "FX" type sensor the same size roughly as 35mm, but slightly smaller.


Generally speaking, if you're relatively new to u/w shooting and macro, the advice is to use a shorter macro to start with on an APS-C camera. So (as a Nikon user) to start with a 60mm macro and then at a later date maybe move to a 105mm macro. The Canon EF100mm will be the broad equivalent of the Nikkor 105mm.


The longer macros are a bit trickier to use to start off with - and the shorter length gives good fish portraits as well as macro.


But doubtless someone will chip-in with helpful advice from the Canon perspective.

OP has a Sony RX100 compact. Where does the Canon SLR discussion come from?

In Topic: Upgrade my current (old) Canon G9 setup or replace it completely?

04 January 2016 - 11:09 AM

I don't understand the advice to "buy a whole set". I would absolutely invest in a strobe first and save getting a new camera for some time later. Neither one of the strobes you mention (I have one of each) will really limit you down the road. The Z-240 has the option of working with cameras without an onboard flash. That's the reason I bought it, but I've since decided I too am never going to take an SLR underwater and really the Z-240 is superfluous to me. I *have* decided I am more of a macro photographer than wide angle :-)

I've used the same set of strobes for a G10, G12, G15, E-PL5, and expect to use them on my next camera or two as well.