I currently use a Canon G10 in an Ikelite housing with a single DS-125 strobe. I have the WD-4 wide angle adapter (which I’m not very impressed with) and the M67 adapter and Inon UCL-330 and UCL-165 macro lenses (which I am impressed with). I use the camera year-round mainly in UK waters, with occasional trips abroad. I like the flexibility the wet-lenses provide, and the fact I can operate the Ikelite housing and strobe with gloves that cold water diving requires. I get good macro and close-up results, less good wide angle results.
I am looking to upgrade my set-up. My “requirements” are:
• Improved image quality
• Improved low light capability
• Dual strobes for more even lighting
• Better wide angle capability
• Equivalent or better macro capability
Short of a DSLR, I had been considering the following two options, with what I consider to be the pros and cons.
Olympus PEN-EPL3 in Olympus with dual Sea&Sea YS-01 and an Inon UWL-H100
Pros: Underwater flexibility; compatibility with the Inon UCL-330 and UCL-165 macro lenses; price (my estimate ~£2.5K inc. strobes)
Cons: Use with gloves; sensor size (micro 4/3); 40m limit; lack of eTTL
Sony NEX-5N in e.g. Nauticam with dual Sea&Sea YS-01
Pros: Sensor size (APS-C); camera capability; flexibility for choice prior to diving
Cons: Lack of underwater flexibility (i.e. stuck with lens chosen prior to dive); lack of eTTL; price (my estimate >£3.5K inc. strobes)
(The Panasonic GX1 & Nauticam NA-GX1 is another option, but I have done little research into this)
I’m pretty sure that I have decided on dual Inon S2000s, which I think are compatible with each option, but I do have a concern over my ability to use these with 3mm gloves on.
Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on which I should choose?
Thanks in advance.