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  1. Hey guys, I'm getting into underwater macro and super macro photography. I've done many dives with GoPro but have not taken any UW photography with a proper rig. I want a camera that takes excellent photo on land (significantly better than iPhone) and great macro photos underwater. I'd also like occasionally record UW video too. The rig should be fairly small and packable for travel. After looking into so many options starting from compact cameras to mirrorless with the helps of other members on my other thread, I'm leaning toward the Sony A6400 because the reviews for on land and underwater are great. There are a variety of housing options available. I can either shoot with the 16-50 mm lens and macro wet lens then upgrade to the Sony 90mm lens later. The price is not more and the size is not significantly larger than compact rig. What do you think about the A6400 setup for my use case? Could someone share their experience with their A6400 rig? Thanks
  2. Hey Koba1, did you buy the GX9 and the Nauticam housing? I’m also considering to buy the same rig. Could you share your experience with them? Does the GX9 battery last for 2 dives? How does it perform in macro and super macro? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I also looked into the LX100ii but as you said, it’s not great at macro. Feel like I’m getting a rabbit hole and still don’t know which camera to get lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Also what about the Sony A6400 / A6500 that has a bigger sensor. Price wise it’s about the same but the lenses are more for Sony. How does A6400 / A6500 perform in macro and super macro? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Tim, Hyp: I want to focus on macro and super macro first but would be nice to have the ability to flip the macro diopter lens on the side during the dive to catch a ray or turtle and shoot video. I don't need to get into wide angle lens yet. That said, I really like the idea of MFT as Hyp said since it will have room for me to grow and also take better photos on land compared to the compact camera. Looks like there are only 2 MFT compact options for me atm, Olympus EPL9/10 or Pany GX9. Seems like the GX9 beats the EPL9/10 in every aspects except for the battery life. Can the GX9 battery last for 2 dives? Which camera do you guys think is a better choice for me? Thanks
  6. I found this article about the gx8 with a nautica housing that can shoot macro, portrait and wide on the same dive in a fairly compact camera!!! Can the gx9 do the same too? I don’t mind paying more to get the best rig for my need. Have you used the gx9 rig before? Could you share more details about this rig? Thanks https://reefphoto.com/blogs/photography/the-new-panasonic-gx8 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. For macro subject size, I’ll probably start out with golfball size then move to penny size or smaller later. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks for all the great suggestion. MFT cams other than EPL10 or LX100 are too big for me. I’m also considering the RX100 VII or VA, the VII can take super macro with SMC lens and flip the lens on the side for native lens to catch ray, turtles... and video. That is a good setup for me. The VA can also do macro on the same dive but the VII is probably better at macro. Does anyone have this rig and can share their experience and some sample photos? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you for all the replies. I knew i was too greedy in my requirement list . Seems like the consensus is M43 is a better option for me. What do you guys think about the Olympus EPL10? Backscatter has a raving review for this rig https://www.backscatter.com/reviews/post/Olympus-E-PL10-Underwater-Camera-Housing-Review#:~:text=The Backscatter E-PL10 Octo,looking cool while doing so. Looks like the kit lens can take macro and wide with different wet lens and I can also upgrade to Olympus 60mm macro lens for super macro later on. I couldn't find many reviews for this camera for on land usage. It has ok review on DPReview at 72%. The MP is low at 16MP. Would this camera still take good photo on land and a big upgrade from iPhone?
  10. Hi all, I’m seeking help on what to get for my new underwater compact camera and rig that satisfy the requirements below. 1) 1 camera to shoot on land producing better results than iPhone and underwater during travel. 2) Compact/light weight, not too bulky and good for travel since I only scuba dive when I travel oversea or out of states. 3) Very good at super macro and macro and good for video underwater. 4) Ability to not have to switch port and lenses as much as possible to shoot macro, normal (not possible with wide?) angle and video on the same dive 5) Room to grow as I get better at underwater photography. I have been reading a lot of articles and review videos but still have a really hard time to decide on what camera model and housing. The TG-6 was a really good choice that could satisfied most of the requirement about but it doesn’t have manual mode so it won’t meet 1 and 5. I really like the Sony RX100 Vii but doesn’t meet 4 and may be 2 since the full rig with light strobes looks pretty bulky. The Lumix 10 is also a good choice but I read review online said the lens can get dirt in after some use, it is also not very good at macro from review. The Olympus EPL9/10 also seems like a good candidate but it is slightly bigger than compact camera and can’t shoot macro and wide on the same dive, also require more lenses and ports, and it has lower MP. Any suggestion for a good camera and rig setup that could meet all the requirements above or at leastclose enough? I really hate having to set up the gear between dives. The goal is to travel with these gears, take good underwater macro and super macro photos and on the same dive occasionally capture some fish portraits, large creatures (manta, sting ray, turtle…) and take videos. Also take good photos on lands. I don’t mind paying more to meet all theserequirements but prefer to not overspend on compact rig at the price of a DSL full frame rig Thank you
  11. Hi all, I'm a diver from California. I'm joining this forum to seek help what to get for my new underwater compact camera and rig that satisfy the requirements below. 1) 1 camera to shoot on land producing better results than iPhone and underwater during travel. 2) Compact/light weight, not too bulky and good for travel since I only scuba dive when I travel oversea or out of states. 3) Very good at super macro and macro and good for video underwater. 4) Ability to not have to switch port and lenses as much as possible to shoot macro, normal (not possible with wide?) angle and video on the same dive 5) Room to grow as I get better at underwater photography. I have been reading a lot of articles and review videos but still have a really hard time to decide on what camera model and housing. The TG-6 was a really good choice that could satisfied most of the requirement about but it doesn’t have manual mode so it won’t meet 1 and 5. I really like the Sony RX100 Vii but doesn’t meet 4 and may be 2 since the full rig with light strobes looks pretty bulky. The Lumix 10 is also a good choice but I read review online said the lens can get dirt in after some use, it is also not very good at macro from review. The Olympus EPL9/10 also seems like a good candidate but it is slightly bigger than compact camera and can’t shoot macro and wide on the same dive, also require more lenses and ports, and it has lower MP. Any suggestion for a good camera and rig setup that could meet all the requirements above or at least close enough? I really hate having to set up the gear between dives. The goal is to travel with these gears, take good underwater macro and super macro photos and on the same dive occasionally capture some fish portraits, large creatures (manta, sting ray, turtle…) and take videos. Also take good photos on lands. I don’t mind paying more to meet all these requirements but prefer to not overspend on compact rig at the price of a DSL full frame rig :D Thank you
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