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  1. May I ask what housing, strobe and dome/lens set-up you got for the A1?
  2. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your responses. I can already see this is a great community with a lot of very friendly and helpful members! I appreciate the time all of you took to answer my questions! I currently think the Nauticam Housing with a Nauticam N100 Flat Port 45, the Sony 28-60 and a WWL + CMC might be a good housing option in combination with a TRT-Electronics Turtle trigger and INON Z-330 strobes. @ChrisRoss Yes, I thought that may be the case. I travel internationally a lot and was afraid the Sony a1 set-up would be a bit big. The downside of buying a dedicated underwater system is that I would have to carry it in addition to my a1. I do also have a Panasonic LUMIX G9 which could be a potential option for a dedicated underwater set-up. Thank you for this information. I was actually looking into the Sony 28-60 in combination with a flat dome and the Nauticam WWL-1b and the CMC-2. I was thinking this could provide me with a somewhat travel friendly set-up and give me the flexibility to swap underwater between wide-angle and macro. Do you have any experience with this set-up? Would this provide satisfactory results? I do not have a fixed address. I travel full-time. I am currently in South Carolina. After that I will be in Costa Rica for 1 month. My next big trip is to the Galápagos Islands in May 2023. I usually like to dive with larger (pelagic) animals like manta rays, whale sharks and different kinds of sharks. I am currently debating staying for multiple months in the Maldives to work there (tiger sharks and manta rays). Other than that, I do like the idea of being flexible with what I am shooting since I am traveling a lot and visit very different dive sites. For example, I lived a year in Indonesia and dived Raja Ampat where I would have loved to have had the possibility to shoot macro. @Barmaglot Thank you for all this information. Chris mentioned that the INON Z-330 strobes are more compact and after looking more into them, they seem to be a great option! In this case I would need the TRT-Electronics Turtle trigger and a case that supports fiber optic bulkheads if I want to use TTL, is that correct? That's a great question! I do make a (small) part of my living from my above-water photography and I definitely would like to transition to diving to take photos, but I am also aware that I am at the beginning of my journey and will need a lot of time and practice to get where I want to be. The biggest concern with the a1 is that the underwater set-up is on the bigger side. Since I travel full-time, I would rather not have to carry a pelican case with me everywhere - the a1 itself with the telephoto lenses are already painful to carry. I am looking more and more into this and it seems to be a great trade-off between weight, size and quality. I appreciate this information. You are probably right, but I have to admit that I don't think I feel confident enough to use a SeaFrog Housing with my a1. I already feel this way with the Ikelite, which is probably why I will just save up a bit longer and go for an aluminium housing. I don't want to end up saving money in the wrong places. @WK's Gone Divimng How do you like the WWL-1 and SMC-1 so far? Also what made you decide between these two housings? I have to admit I didn't look a lot into the Marelux housing. @lambee01 Haha. Thank you very much. Yes, I can already tell that this won't be a cheap passion to pursue That's actually very interesting. I feel like everything in this thread has convinced me more and more to go for the WWL-1 as an option over a 230 Dome and the 16-35. Can you talk a little bit about your experience using both of these set-ups? I would highly appreciate that! I feel this way about photography in general and I can't wait for the highs and lows of my underwater photography journey. Thank you very much! @adamhanlon Thank you Adam. I will keep this in mind. Since I don't have a fixed home address, It' sometimes quite difficult to develop a productive and lasting relationship with someone local to help. I will see if I find an option here in South Carolina where I am currently at. I definitely understand that this is the case. I very much feel this way about photography in general and underwater photography is just a whole new level of it. For this reason, I will try to research as much as I can before I commit to anything. @hyp Yes that's very similar to my situation and the reason why I am trying to find as much help as I can here. I will look a bit more in used UW Housing options. It's a bit difficult for me, since I move spots so often. I really like the Idea of the WWL-1 since it allows me so much flexibility with changing my set-up later on and not spending a large chunk of money for something I won't be able to use in the future.
  3. Hey everyone! I am a wildlife photographer and diving enthusiast, and I finally want to combine both of these passions. I have to admit that I am a bit overwhelmed by trying to figure out all of the gear I’ll need in order to do so, and I am thus seeking a little bit of help with some questions and with ensuring I don’t make any mistakes buying my first round of gear. If I state anything wrong in my post please correct me, as I am here to learn! Camera I own a Sony a1 Camera. Lenses From my research, the 2 most important lenses for underwater photography are a wide-angle and a macro lens. I currently don’t own a macro lens, but I would probably buy the Sony FE 90mm F2.8 macro lens sometime in the future. For now, I want to start with a wide-angle setup. From my understanding, the Sony 16-35mm F4 is highly recommended. I already own the Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM and believe I should be able to find a suitable dome for it? Housing I have been researching different housing options and so far there are 3 housings I am debating: Ikelite 200DL Underwater Housing: This is the cheapest option, with the biggest downside being that it’s heavier and not as sturdy as a full aluminium housing. Nauticam Sony a1 & a7S III Underwater Housing NA-α1: The most expensive option. With Nauticam being the biggest player in the underwater housing world, it seems to be an amazing option with the only “downside” being the price and that it’s hard to fix any problems with it myself, since the internal workings are very complex. Aquatica Sony a1 Underwater Housing: Priced between the Ikelite and the Nauticam. What I currently think may be the best option for me- if anyone has any experience with this housing, or a reason I shouldn’t get it, I would love to know more! Strobes and TTL This is what I’m struggling most with. I tried to make a list of all of the gear I need for a full working wide-angle set-up with an Ikelite Housing and Ikelite Strobes: 200DL Underwater Housing for Sony a1, a7S III Mirrorless Digital Right Hand Quick Release Handle with Extension Vacuum Pump with Gauge ikelite DL 8" Dome Port for Wide-Angle and Zoom Lenses in DSLR and Mirrorless Housings ikelite DL 28mm Port Extension DL 50mm Port Extension Zoom / Focus Gear 5509.16 Ikelite Anti-Reflection Ring for Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 (Type I) GM Lens in Underwater Dome Port 2x Ikelite DS-161 Strobe with NiMh Battery DL2 DS Link Sony TTL Converter Ikelite ST1 Hotshoe Kit Sync Cord Two Ikelite Strobes to Ikelite Bulkhead 2x Wide Angle Ball Arm for Quick Release Handle So what I am not completely understanding is: Do I need the DL2 DS Link Sony TTL Converter Ikelite ST1 Hotshoe Kit and the Sync Cord Two Ikelite Strobes to Ikelite Bulkhead to make the Strobes and TTL work? If I use the Aquatica Sony a1 Underwater Housing, what would my set-up look like and what dome port can I use? Apparently, Aquatica works with Ikelite Strobes TTL? Do I also need the Ikelite Hotshoe Kit and Sync Cord or is something like this already included in the underwater housing? Could someone help me with a list of suitable strobes, the required cabels and TTL adapters and with a dome for the Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM when using the Aquatica Sony a1 Underwater Housing? Also, does it even make sense for me to invest this amount of money at the start and take my a1 underwater? Since I already own the G1 it feels like it, but I know it’s a big and expensive set-up. So far, I have only used a GoPro underwater and I was debating if I should start “smaller” before going for an a1 Housing. Maybe a point and shoot like the Olympus Tough TG + Housing or a cheaper Sony full-frame camera. Perhaps someone with a bit more experience could help guide me on what the best option is. I appreciate any help!
  4. Hello everyone! I am originally from Hannover, Germany, but have been traveling full-time for the past 5 years. I am an avid diver and worked as a divemaster in Byron Bay, Australia. I absolutely love wildlife photography and am now trying to combine these two passions. Cheers, Kevin
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