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Member Since 13 Dec 2012
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Moving from a G11 to a dSLR

23 June 2013 - 08:52 AM


I've been doing UW photo for a couple of years and used my last camera, Canon G11, since 2009 and added external equipment over time (2 Inon UCL-165 M67 macro lenses and Inon S-2000 in 2010 and Sea & sea YS-D1 in 2012). Now I won a Canon EOS 650D in a photo contest and was thinking it might be time to move to a dSLR and I'm looking for some input.

I've talked macro lenses with my friends who own D800s and they recommended Nikon AF-S VR 105/2,8G IF-ED Micro-Nikkor or Canon MPE65/2,8 1-5x. Both of them are however non-diving friends so I'm not sure how well the lenses fare under water. I have no preference when it comes to brand. I can always sell the housing I won and buy another. With the UW housing itself being quite expensive I'm thinking it might be better to go for a better housing from the start if I'm going to a dSLR.

Since I only do macro photography I'm only looking for a housing, 1 macro lens, UW housing and a port for the lens. My budget is roughly USD5000 / EUR4000. How would you make a setup with that kind of budget, the fact that I only take still shots, and what pros and cons would you say the setup will give me?

Best Regards,

ID of pygmy pipefish?, Arrow crab? and two shrimps

13 December 2012 - 04:23 PM

Hi guys,

Sorry for the double posting.
I spotted this tiny (2-3? cm) pipefish on a day dive in a bit of current in Lembeh, Indonesia.
A friend thinks it's Pygmy Pipedragon [Kyonemichthys rumengani], but I don't think so. I checked poppe-images.com (despite it being for Philippines) since it had quite a few pipefish, but no luck :/

The second one (fairly big so maybe 5-8? cm incl. the legs (from Malapascua, Philippines)) I'm trying to ID someone called an Arrow crab, but shouldn't he have a longer chainsaw-like snout to be an arrow crab or can they be without them?

The third one I'm trying to ID is some sort of anemone shrimp (1-2 cm? from Dauin, Philippines)

The last one is a quite common shrimp (a few cm and also from Lembeh) that usually doesn't bother too much about cover.

Sizes are pure guesses on my part.
Best Regards,

Seasonal greeting from a snowclad Sweden

13 December 2012 - 04:09 PM

Hi guys,

Been a diver since the mid -90s. Have worked as a DM, but now I'm content with bringing my point and shoot into the water and marvel at all the new creatures I spot on every trip. Try to head out on one dive trip to the SE Asia region each fall to get a healthy dose of muck diving.

Remember to be good and do a good deed or two to avoid getting stuck on Santas backlog :)