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  1. I would like to thank everyone for their replies here and perspectives shared, quite helpful. Massive special thanks to bghazzal for his reply that is not only comprehensive, but really answering my exact question, taking into account my specifics. Indeed, since my main pursuit is and will remain still photography, it will take precedence and i won’t want to restrict my photo artistic options by having setup a lens that will allow video. If i see spinner dolphins... guess what i will choose between photo and video I did try the TG6 videos this WE during shallow snorkelling, Great Barrier Reef, and footage seemed of decent quality, but these really were easy/ideal conditions. I straight away noted the battery life issue, and too narrow field of view (no housing, no extra lens). I will review the video examples shared with attention, but see myself most likely go with the GoPro7 option. I do shoot mostly in darker waters though (temperate Australia) so noted the IQ will suffer on a small sensor like the GoPro’s when light is missing. With my modest needs, i think this will be ok. One point bghazzal raised and that interests me is the autofocus performance. I suspect it gets more critical on a DSLR’s shallow DOF, and more forgiving/no brainer on a small sensor, especially if using a wide lens like the GoPro’s. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. hi all, Just to set the scenes, I am a newbie in videography (topside & underwater) but my wife and I have 13 years experience shooting underwater photos. Our UW cameras have had video capabilities for the past 10 years (Nikon D7000, Oly OM-D EM5, Nikon D500, D810), but we have never pressed the record button, except by mistake! We are just getting started into videography, watching through tutorials and the good work of some of you. I will start recording videos myself soon, though I don't have high ambitions, I'd need advice on the gear to start with. My needs are recapped hereafter: -my wife and I are both photographers, and this will remain our main underwater imagery focus (we're going down with a Nikon D500 and Nikon D810) -from time to time, one of us will be taking videos, essentially these will be filming the other one while he/she takes photographs or just dives around. -most of our diving is shallower than 25 meters -occasionally, if a rare encounter/behaviour shows up and our DSLR lens aren't a good fit, we might capture a video -occasionally, record a family video when our kids try snorkelling -occasionally (maybe), some vlogging videos -at some point I might get video lights, probably not at the start The options I see: 1/ Using my son's Olympus TG-6. He's not using that camera too often yet so we can borrow. However we have zero accessories so far, so thinking I would need to get a housing, plus maybe a WA conversion lens. 2/ Getting a recent GoPro, such as the Hero7 Black or more recent I will need to get a housing too. I take that GoPro have a single fisheye lens, so field of view will be wide enough for underwater scenes by default. 3/ Using the built-in video functions of our Nikon D500/D810. I doubt this would be the right course of action as A/ I may not have the right lenses mounted (still diving for photography as a priority) and B/ even if I have the right lens mounted (e.g. a Tokina 10-17mm), adding video lights at some point would make our DSLR rigs really too bulky. I am really hesitating between the TG-6 and GoPro. Not sure which has the best image quality, and any other considerations I should look into? cheers Nicolas
  3. I too wouldn’t bother with a bag. Orginally I was fitting my gadgets in large drysuit pockets, and I must say the LSD was nearly filling one cargo pocket. Then i had a few wetsuit dives, seeing me clipping that much accessories on D-rings: -1x LSD + 1 mask -2x Reductors + macro rings -Backscatter coloured filtered system (for another strobe) Very easy to grab gear and use my Retras in different ways during the dive. I would just clip/unclip, sometines leave an accessory on the seafloor for a while if i will be stationary (all are slightly negative). I like to keep macro rings and masks in pocket when i have one though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Hi there I think the range of accessories make a lot of the Retra flash’s advantage. During a dive i happily switch from a snoot to a diffuser to reduction rings, depending on subjects, and do so for macro and WA/CFWA. ypu mignt want to look at the detailed review I have published in Underwater Photography Mag #117 (http://www.uwpmag.com/), of the Retra flash pro + accessories. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Super useful real-life test Gudge, thanks for taking the time! I watched this thread with curiosity as whether it would change my mind on Mirrorless Autofocus being a showstopper for me to use one of these cameras. I started UW photo with a Nikon D300, striking AF, and then moved to a mirrorless Olympus (2013) only to rush back to Nikon DSLRs in 2014, after missing too many shots due to disappointing AF. In 2016 I bought one of the first Nikon D500 out there and enjoyed shooting it since then. Specs sheets aside, my shooting style means I challenge autofocus to its limits: some silty dives, with current and sometimes surge bouncing left & right, I like to shoot at dusk or under rocks, or at the entrance of ocean caves. In those dark places, I turn OFF my focus light (more used as a dive light), as I noticed countless situation where, even in red mode, it would impact how close I get to a subject, and how comfortable the subject is to display a behavior. Oh, and I use ALL the time continuous AF tracking. It compensates my own movement in current/surge, as well of movements of my photo subjects, brilliantly (Nikon D500 + Nikon 60mm AF-S macro, or Nikon D500 + Tokina 10-17mm fisheye). Not sure if it was designed for my usage, but it surely works well, and makes a big difference in bringing that memorable shot home. My observations and frustrations over the years, when it comes to researching the mirrorless offering: -the test benches that reputable photomags would use to compare autofocus is just irrelevant: I stopped reading these when I realized a few years back all modern cameras would nearly get top mark -testing AF in a store is useless: those are brightly lit spaces to make sure all cameras look & perform great -limited "field" observation shared by users of those new cameras, at least in situations comparable to my shooting style: tracking a bird in bright daylight isn't the same game, and snapping a few fish portraits in a bright tropical reef with 20 meters viz isn't the same game neither. So, thanks again for sharing your experience. I think in the next few months I'll try to borrow/loan a recent mirrorless setup to try and see for myself, if it matches or beats my D500 in my shooting style.
  6. Be it Sony's or another one, Nikon announce their Z9 will have a stacked sensor, see from the official Nikon press release: It utilizes a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor Can't wait to see what will happen. Hopefully Nikon can challenge the Sony offering and offer healthy competition for us consumers.
  7. My understanding: stacked sensors yield higher data bandwidth, and these mirrorless cameras manufacturers may choose to use these extra/faster data in a number of ways. One is for the autofocus to "see" the scene more often/with more details and react quicker/smarter in terms of driving focus. We're understanding that Nikon won't be using exactly the same design as the Sony A1 + it's totally up to them to decide how they use the faster data. So there is opportunity for Nikon to differentiate themselves. My personal hope is that they put a focus (haha) on the autofocus - I mean Nikon are leading autofocus performance in DSLR land. Yes the architecture is different on a mirorless camera (no more dedicated AF sensor), but surely they can re-use some of their knowledge, algorythms, etc. Being late doesn't mean you cannot catchup in the race and take the lead. Up until 2007 Nikon was using CCD sensors whereas Canon was on CMOS. Nikon was lagging in image quality because the signal-to-noise ratio is harder to manage on CCD (so quicker image degradation/more loss as ISO increased). End 2007 Nikon launched their first CMOS DSLRs (D3 and D300) and overtook Canon in noise management / High ISOs. Exciting anyways!!
  8. Hi all there is a proposal for shark culling in Western Australia because... well they eat fish. If you care to learn more, here's a summary: https://www.scubadivermag.com.au/western-australia-shark-cull-proposed/ Please sign the petition, and share: http://chng.it/rzpswtBNHJ @adamhanlon worth putting on Wetpixel front page?
  9. hi there, I thought i would bump this thread, i am after a Zoom gear for the Nikon 10-24mm lens, into a Nauticam housing. I will very scarcely use this lens, so would like to avoid buying the full blown regular gear that Nauti sells... Else if i could borrow from someone in Australia...
  10. Thanks Chris! Indeed a square frame around a circle makes sense and would be visually pleasing. Still the 8-15mm is a pricey option for that one usage... So would you know if the Sigma 15mm fisheye on a full frame Nikon would get me the snell window in full? Or similar "cuts" as i get with my Tokina 10-17 on Nikon D500?
  11. Thanks all for the replies. Matt, great manta shot indeed! In all examples i see the snell window "cropped" on the sides, similar to what I get too on my D500 + Tokina combo.
  12. Hi there, I read somewhere (or think I did…) that you wouldn't be able to shoot the full Snell's window on a cropped-sensor camera (e.g. my Nikon D500), even if using a fisheye lens (such as my Tokina 10-17), however you could if using a full frame camera. Indeed, all the photos I have of Snell's window have some of the circular top-side view cut. Researching a bit through the topic, Snell's window is a physical phenomenon that appers, below the surface to be a disc seen with a 97 degrees angle. So, to fully record it on a camera sensor, one would need a 97 degrees coverage not on diagonal, but on the shorter dimension of the sensor. Intuition tells me there are not lots of lenses/camera combos that would allow this (if any). All-in-one, my questions are: 1/ what are the Lens/Cameras/Domes combinations allowing to capture the full disc of the Snell window on a single photo? 2/ I am reading the Snell window is only visible a few meters below the surface, due to light absorption. Would this depend on how clear the water is? I am going to dive a freshwater spot soon with crazy lots of viz (40+ meters I am told), so wondering if Snell's window might get visible at depth. Cheers Nicolas
  13. And i am interested in arms and clamps Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Ditto! We’re very lucky down here Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Still looking... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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