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    Hey everybody, I've currently got a PowerShot G1X mark III with the Canon housing. All I'd need would be the addition of 4K video to the G1X mark III and I'd have my perfect underwater camera. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that Canon will ever update the G1X at this point. P&S cameras are becoming a rarer sight outside of the underwater photo community. So I've been thinking about going down the Sony route. Almost all of my underwater footage is wide angle stuff, so I don't think the new lens on the RX100 VI and VII would help. That's why I've been looking into getting the RX100 V. I really enjoy the benefits of the APS-C sensor in the G1X mark III. During post processing I frequently push my images quite a bit. So I'm concerned that that's going to be an issue with the RX100 V's smaller sensor. Has anybody used the two cameras and can provide some insights into how they compare? -robotr0n
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    Hi Horvendile, I dive a lot in the Red Sea since the 80ies and can comment generally on the focal lengthes and lens types (that I personally like), but cannot talk specifically about Nikon FX lenses (I have a MFT system). First, autumn is a great time for seeing and photographing sharks, but on a one (?) week Safari it may happen as well that you do not see any of them and/or just very far away. So it is advisable to make plans for other photography as well... "Nikon 14-30/4 S, with Sea&Sea correction lens, to be used with a Zen 230 mm glass dome. I guess this would be the default lens for the entire trip." => great for longimanus, big reef scene and caves. Too wide for other sharks as e.g. thresher or hammerhead that do not come close (the sharks must not be baited/feeded in Red Sea)... "Sigma 15/2.8 fisheye, behind the same 230 mm dome, manual focus only. Could be fun to try, but could also be too wide for skittish sharks and manual focus could be difficult. I have not had an opportunity to try this lens when diving." => As above, even better for reef scene and caves. When longimanus come close they not seldom come very close. Optimum for longies will be with 1.4x Kenko TC, in case you have it and this lens/domeport combination gives good results... "Nikon 24-70/4 S, also behind the 230 mm dome. Normally I would expect you to say "meh" about this lens, but what about the sharks tho? An oceanic whitetip may come close enough for the 14-30. Other sharks, probably not. On the other hand I'm not expecting to photograph sharks with good quality at very long range." As you suppose this lens will be very good for other sharks (e.g. hammerhead; but be aware that you have to be lucky and have a very good guide, who knows where to find them (e.g. on Deadalus there can be many dozens with good luck). This focal length range behind a domeport is also great for fish portraits and turtles, night dives etc. I would not want to miss this range on a trip to the Red Sea, I think this range is often underestimated... "Nikon 60/2.8 macro on FTZ adapter. When I tried it in Swedish water I thought it was difficult to use as macro, because of the short working distance. But I figure that on this trip it could work as decent macro and also for fish portraits. Possibly sharks but not always the whole shark." This lens I would leave at home. Too short for real macro and for fishportrait the 24-70 behind a domeport is much more flexible and probably (I do not know this specific lens) also offers better IQ... "Nikon 105/2.8 macro on FTZ adapter. In Swedish waters with no current I liked this for macro work (of course). I'm more skeptical for this trip. The currents I expect probably make close macro work quite difficult. For more distant, larger subjects it could work but probably not better than the 60 mm macro." Macro photography in the Red Sea is great fun and this is the lens for it (if you have, also a close-up lens on a flip adapter). Even on a Safari to the offshore reefs you may want to make one macro dive per day (out of 3-4 dives; Bad luck for the whaleshark in case it comes then, but we cannot please everyone ). Why not spend an extra week on a resort with great house reef (e.g. Mangrove Bay or Rohanou) and celebrate macro while housereef diving? The extra cost is almost negligible, you just need to have the extra time... Wolfgang
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    Just as an aside, Might want to look into an A6100 in an A6400 nauticam housing. The A6100 has a lot of AF improvements and features from the A6600, and it looks to be identical in dimensions. I shoot an A6100, and will be ordering an a6400 nauticam housing soon to try it.
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    Sorry for the omission, Davide. This gear is in Oregon, USA.

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