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  1. Thank you for all the replies. Yes, Canon EOS R is rated poorly for battery life, but I read that in practice , the number is actually higher. Buying a new housing for my Canon 80D does not make sense for me since I only own the kit lens. The Ikelite housing is huge and if I am diving with something huge, it might as well be full frame camera. 80D's ISO performance is abysmal. Anything over 800 ISO is unusable (ambient light ). If I could find a good used cheap housing, then its great. However , buying used housing is a gamble(on line), since you never know how people took care of it or if they banged it hard on a rock. Also, if I invest in New lens, I want then to be new RF mount Canon L lens, which won't work with 80D I read that Sony is coming out with A6600 for $1400 and it will be a small camera with APS-C sensor and the battery last for 810 shots. I want to buy a full frame regardless for land photography. The dilemma is , do I buy 1 or 2 cameras and treat my under water small camera like a wetsuit, I use it when I go diving. I need to go to BH and feel the housings in my hands to compare their sizes. Ultimately, I can keep 80D just for under water, so if I flood it or loose it, I won't get a heart attack. Does anyone know where to look for a used Ikelite housing ? Thank you
  2. Thank you for your replies. Great idea about the bag! I am leaning more and more towards Canon EOS R. It is $1520 on Abes of Maine (If one can trust that company). Olympus E1 Mark II is $1500. Olympus is 4/3 and EOS R is full frame. They are not even in the same league , but cost the same (i am aware that the Ikelite housing for Canon is $400 more and their lens are more expensive). Daan Verhoeven (a professional underwater photographer/videographer) has a very interesting video on youtube where he discusses the full frame and going for a bigger sensor over features is what he recommends. I also looked more at Olympus E5 Mark III. I$1200 it's battery life is bad (310 shots). This camera is even smaller than E1 Mark II (that's great for underwater photography) The last thing I want is to change a battery on a boat on a 2 tank dive trip. This is definitely asking for trouble.I always seal my camera in air conditioned room. I want to buy a full frame mirrorless regardless, so I might as well buy 1 camera instead of 2. I am going to Iceland this Christmas (not for scuba), I will take my Canon 80D and rent an L lens (EF 16-35). Since my next diving trip wont be until the summer, I have more time to shop around for different prices and see if any other interesting models come out or are announced. Its an amazing pic Interceptor! I think that having full frame over 4/3 sensor will be a tremendous help in low light situations , definitely more useful than IBIS..
  3. Thank you so much for your responses. I have looked at the Olympus mentioned (EM1 MK II) and it is a very interesting camera. The Ikelite housing is much smaller and lighter than for Canon EOS R. However , I found this Olympus Camera that is coming out on Nov 21st (olympus om-d e-m5 mark iii) It is almost identical to EM1, but the new Camera has much worse battery life (310 shots), but it is also smaller. I hate changing batteries on the boat(no air conditioned room). I wonder how much smaller the housing will be once it comes out. This camera is also $300 cheaper than EM1. I suppose when this camera comes out, I will go to BH Photo and see the housing for myself and compare it to Canon EOS R. My problem with having an overly expensive camera (EOS R) on a commercial dive boat , is that many boats don't even have a rinse bucket and people throw their stuff all over. I suppose that diving with $7000 camera (for a hobby , not for work) setup will induce anxiety. It is not like i work for National Geographic and I know my crew and everyone is respectful and the boat is properly equipped . I dive with strangers with different companies and lots of times , the conditions on dive boats are abysmal.
  4. Hello everyone. I have been doing a lot of research about new cameras. The last time I went diving with a proper camera was back in 2010 (Canon Powershot Pro 1 with Ikelite housing). I have been diving every year since then (500+) dives, but I only have a Go Pro and Canon EOS 80D for land photography, which i am eager to upgrade to full frame. I am aware that Canon EOS R does not have IBIS. According to https://www.uwphotographyguide.com/canon-eosr-review The reviewer claims that IBIS could be a deal breaker. I am not interested in macro, I like wide angle prime lens and I was looking at RF 15-35 mm for $3300 (i know this is not prime, I was going to buy it for landscape photography), which has IS built in. Since I do not use zoom underwater at all, I will be getting wide angle prime lens to take it underwater and I won't get the Image Stabilization of any kind. (it will be a much cheaper lens since I do not really want to take $3300 lens underwater) I understand that I do not need IBIS when using high shutter speed when using a strobe and I might need IBIS for wreck low light photography at great depths. I also read that Canon filed a patent for IBIS system , but that high end camera might cost way too much than the $1700 Canon EOS R. I have to make my buying decision very wisely since the Ikelite housing is $1700, meaning I will stick with the same camera for a very long time. Does anyone have any experience with Canon EOS R underwater. Do I really need IBIS for scuba? uwphotographyguide is adamant about usefulness of IBIS. I have no problem waiting for the next wave of Canon Mirrorless cameras, however, if they release a really Pro grade level camera at $4000 or more, than it is not for me. I was also looking at compact cameras, but only for diving. The problem is that I want at the very minimum an APS-C sensor with a minimum of 20 Megapixels. and this is an extra camera to buy on top of full frame. On top of that, all advanced compact cameras has zoom lens and I do not need it, all it will do for me is add size to my dome and introduce barrel distortion. I have looked at Sony mirror less, but i do not like their ergonomics. Maybe Nikon Z6 in this price range? I understand that everything has Pros and Cons. I prefer to stick with Canon since I have been with them for so long and they have the best autofocus system. Thank you everyone for all of your responses and all the best to you. PS Does IBIS help you in any way when you are not stationary in the water, or is it only for low shutter speed in low light? (for photography only)
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