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  1. I tried having a conversation with Backscatter about this but they weren't very forthcoming in suggestions and my emails eventually went unanswered. I tried chasing them up but IDK, maybe they realised they weren't going to make a quick sale so they dropped the ball. I was teetering on the edge of buying the EPL9 setup but during this time I had a rethink. On the one hand I already own m43 lenses and am comfortable with the format, on the other was a dated sensor and limited video capabilities (on Sony I shoot HLG, on the GH5 v-log). I wasn't convinced it was the way forward for me. Meanwhile, I already own a Sony A7C and various lenses so I'm waiting on either Ikelite or Seafrogs to get their housing on the market, by which time I might have the budget to invest in a FF setup with excellent video capabilities. I'd need to buy a macro lens in either scenario so both options come down to cash flow! In the short-term I have purchased the TG6 to replace my TG-5, which at least allows aperture control in macro mode, which was my main goal in the short-term. The $300 investment (versus $1000+) will tide me over for the next season.
  2. Thank you both, Chris and Phil. That's useful info re the ports, and I appreciate the Tamron recommendation too. In anticipation I have been window shopping for lenses. My main issue is that I want to do a combination of macro and video and obviously would like to find a lens and maybe diopter that would allow me to do both on one dive. Perhaps this is too much of a compromise? I'm not yet at that stage where I would go for a dive specifically for one or the other. I'm not so interested in super-wide angle stuff atm. IDK, any thoughts on that?
  3. Indeed. Ports is something I've not yet got my head around as I've not used them yet. Perhaps I'll get in touch with Ikelite and see what they recommend.
  4. Thanks for this, Phil. I'm aware that Rokinon brought out the AF versions of some of their wide-angles and they are reasonably priced too. I wonder how easy it would be to use the 28mm FE with the fish-eye adapter instead. The 28-60 is a neat and inexpensive lens. It only opens up to f/4 but this isn't an issue with good low-light performance and the fact I wouldn't open up this much anyway. It's a shame it's not a 24-70 though! Anyway, I'll grab that PDF. By the way, my interest in the A7C has been roused by the fact that Ikelite are currently testing their prototype housing for the A7C. The Nauticam version is WAY outside my budget but nice to see housing manufacturers are taking the A7C seriously. I love it as a stills camera for land-based stuff. It's a really underrated camera.
  5. In my continuing quest to upgrade my UW gear (TG-5), one option I have is to use my Sony A7C. I bought this mainly for land-based stills with my legacy MF lenses, plus as a video b-roll camera, so I have a few AF lenses for it - the 28mm FE with both the 20mm and fisheye adapters, a cheap tele-zoom and the Zeiss 35mm 2.8. What I'd like is either a half decent macro lens or advice on using a diopter for one of my current lenses. Also a standard 24-70 for video work. I'm not looking for high-end glass, the FE range or third party is good enough. Maybe a kit lens with a diopter on a flip fitting might be a good start? What are your most used lenses for macro stills and general video work? Bear in mind this is a FF sensor but with the ability to shoot aps-c. TIA
  6. Yes, the 10bar is compatible with the S2000. I might just pull the trigger and get it sent over before my next dive. And yes, I'd be happy to post up my experience with it.
  7. Hmmm, I only bought the S2000 from Backscatter recently! I wonder if they'll do a trade-in? The 10bar is certainly the cheaper option in the short term.
  8. Hi, I've been thinking of purchasing a snoot for my Inon S2000, used currently on my TG-5. I came across this review which looks at the 10Bar laser pointer, Reefnet Fibre-optic and the Retra LSD. Before looking at the other two I was thinking of buying the 10-bar, but the Retra appears to give the best results. It does look quite big though, while battery life on the 10bar laser is a bit disappointing. Anyone have any experience with any of these models? Any others out there I should consider? Will I get decent results on the TG-5, what with not being able to control aperture in microscope mode? Or should I wait until I upgrade my camera, which could be a while? TIA
  9. Thanks for the info. TBH since posting this thread I've gone off the RX100 altogether. I can't budget for the later models anyway so I've been looking at the EPL9-10 instead, especially as I already own the GH5 and various lenses.
  10. Yes, I'm getting better at avoiding stirring up the sand myself. I'm frequently diving with another photographer so we're conscious of not messing up the shot for our buddy, but this clip was shot on a busy dive and there was a queue of people lining up to get this octopus, which could explain some of the backscatter. If I can I'll post up another clip of the same dive where there should have been no or little backscatter.
  11. Hi again, I said I'd post up a video clip of the offending backscatter and forgot I'd put the clip up on Instagram. You can see it here. Since then I've taken a few more clips but been angling the light away from the camera. It helps a little but I did another dive today up the coast and the water was generally clearer, so I do wonder if there was an excessive amount of particles in the octopus clip.
  12. I've just had another thought: maybe I could set the video mode to MF as a custom setting. That way I could use the up/down buttons to set the focus as I like, knowing it won't change. I'll give that a go...
  13. Hi Bill. The half shutter trick doesn't work on the Seafrogs housing. Believe me, I've tried many times and end up taking a photo instead. The hunting issue on the TG-5 is well-known (the TG-4 was slightly better) and my experience of snorkeling with it while moving was always to lock focus, otherwise footage is unusable (static shots aren't so bad). I was just wondering if it's possible to preset the focusing distance and save it as a custom setting but I've tried and it doesn't seem to lock focus and save it, unless I've done something wrong.
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