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    Canon G9
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  1. Need some help. I sold my old g9 setup in favour of a new camera. Everything points to a RX100 with a recsea POM case. Question is which rx100 Cost is a. Issue to some extent. But I'm hoping this is my last camera for a while I have a tray and strobe and my concentration will be on wet lenses etc once bought. I want video for the few occasions it's real useful. Mainly I take close up and portrait shots. Landscape is less often but I do at times do this. Looking at it the m2 is good and the m3 does not seem to have a huge improvement. The m4 seems to only benefit from 4K video really. The m2 does have the hot shoe but is this needed. Surely fibre activated strobe will work just as well. (It's what I'm used to. Any help will be useful.
  2. Thanks every one. WOW... that video has some great shots. Seeing that it seems the better option due to size. the issue is the housing costs on the RX makes it such a hard sell. Im soooo confused right now and lost on what to do! What is the battery life like using a strobe on the RX100? as its FO only option?
  3. Hi I'm still 1 year on looking at what to buy. Lurking on here has given a lot of insight but im still lost. The Rx100 is seeming great but is not cheap for the fact its macro is not 100 percent. I do want a semi versatile camera and as im investing I do want to ensure its going to be future proofed. I do know I want more than 12MP as I have a large set of walls I would like to display a few bits of my work as I get better. A0 on 12MPs is not quite enough! So The RX ticks 99% of the boxes but its macro is soft. The other option in the PEN Olympus that seems to get a lot of attention. There seems to be some questions on viewfinders and ease of function but not clear on which models to steer away from. I like the idea I could change a lens if my photography type changes or my dive is going to be more in the blue than near coral or rocks. The total cost is similar and both seem very portable still and that is a key want. Thoughts? thanks
  4. I thought about a 30 or 40d as i have a range of lenses already. Would not want to use the 50d underwater as its my only aboveground body. But I do think its a bit bulky to carry on holiday. Im deffinatly looking P&S or mirrorless. It will double as a portable above ground camera for days a full dslr is to much to carry but any UW camera i get will do fine for that function. I think i need to go and play with a few Mirrorless cameras and then look at the cases available. Thanks Wow... Great shots from the camera. worth looking at. Thanks
  5. Valid questions. I do have a limit to what i want to spend in the start of it. I have about £1000 to spend right away and another £1500 due from a friend that is to go toward this. so £2500 is my budget for now. Im willing to not have a full setup with all the bells from day one and then build on to it with future budget over the years. I have had my G9 as a camera since about a month after it came out so i keep things for a while. Im still wanting portability as I dive abroad not in the UK at the moment. So realisticly it is either P&S or 3/4 Mirrorless. I want the option to build on the setup over the years if and when I need to or take a few extra steps. SLR of any sort is just too much cost after you add ports, cases, ETC £2500 will get me little more than a case and body. Im not trying to spend every penny but if it needs to be then it does. I have been tempted with a G12 and case as a cheap route knowing its a good camera for quality but I hear the lag is no better just the macro and resolution. I have really only had Canon Camera's all my life so its all I know. The New G15 will be interesting to get a review on. Sony NEx seem to get similar Lag revews on the shutter. The Olympus range seems to get some good reviews for a cost perspective. Also i need to look at features on the mirrorless cameras. I believe some are only semi manual. Im gutted the new Canon is touch based. Hope that gives some direction. Thanks
  6. Ahhhhh someone on my wave length! thats exactly it. Im not a bad land photographer (No competition winner but better than average!) so control of the flash, Aperture, shutter, RAW shooting is a minimum. This allows me to apply my knowledge and adapt it under the water. As you say second hand is definatly where im looking for strobes. One to cut cost a little but also to gain maybe an older model that is better than the lesser current models at a similar price.
  7. No in some cases NO cropping is required but its still not got enought DPI to blow up over A3. And at A3 its relying on good quality photo paper to help the blend.
  8. I don't disaggree the camera is not good but it bent up and is not 100% working. Relying on this underwater would not be good. I could buy another G9 and use my housing but I might as well start over. Im not a fan of the housing anyway. Its not a great layout and so if both are being replaced then i might as well look at something better. As i stated the Resolution is just not enough to print out large. I have a big office at work and a few places at home i would like to do large printouts for but the quality is not great zoomed in for mainly resolution. Noise is not great but its not terrible. I appriciate you all saving me a few pennies. But the camera WILL change so the question is what to.
  9. Thanks all for your constructive comments. Steve thanks its taken some time above ground to learn how to take a photo before it translated. TDPriest/lwang I appreciate I'm not diving a lot but when I do I want to take photos. It adds to the enjoyment. I'm also looking at some dedicated diving holidays next year and from then on so hope to use it a bit more. I appreciate its not going to be used as regular as some but no harm in having the kit for when do want it. I also snorkel a fair bit and next year I'm looking at trying to practice some free diving. I already drop 2-3m when snorkelling and sometimes manage to hold position with no weight belt so hoping to better that with one. Some of my favourite shots are snorkelling. I get a better camera will not make a better shot in the right hands(or wrong) Had it not been for breaking the G9 I probably would not be thinking so hard about it. I was all ready to buy a strobe and tray after my last holiday. The Canon G9 housing is not great with the inbuilt flash. You get a dark quarter from the port. I'm not a fan on the canon housing as its difficult to add attachments to with out modification. I'm not wanting to go SLR. It would be a sensible route as I already own many lenses and a body. But the costs add up. The biggest issue with the G9 is resolution and shutter lag. I'm unable to blow up some photos of mine as they go grainy to soon. Part due to ISO noise and part lack of MPX. With mirrorless now available it was looking at if its a sensible way to go, or to stay P&S and just get a better camera. I do want manual functions as I do use them underwater to adapt to the environment. I want to start on learning macro underwater too for added variety in my shots. Hope that makes sense of why I'm doing this. My budget is not super high but it's not bottom of the barrel either. Im open to second hand not just new. Reviews only go so far. Real life use and pet hates are invaluable. Again thanks all for your comments so far.
  10. Hi there My name is Antony and I have been diving for about 6 years on and off and have covered about 40 dives. I dive only a few times a year at the moment but want to change that. I use my G9 as a portable camera when I'm not wanting to lug my canon 50d around on land and after hearing good things about it underwater has become my weapon of choice up till now. In the last 3 years I have started photography underwater with a G9 and canon case. I take photos on dives and snorkling and have had some good results recently now I have gotten to grips with lighting and composition underwater. I have been looking into strobes for a few month for next year when I hope to do a holiday more focused on diving than sunning like the wife usually wants. I have been toying with upgrading in a year or two for a better camera and a better case that allows direct cabling of the strobe for better control but that plan has now been moved forward after a quad bike accident damaged my G9. It is repairable but I'm using it as an excuse to just start over. So I'm now needing some guidance on what to replace with. I like the canon platform but am willing to move. The question is should I stay compact or go mirrorless. I'm after a better case. The canon cases are great as a starter case but its not that ergonomic. I'm really at a loss. I have read many reviews but not really got me to a decision. I want to start som macro shooting too so that's important. I'm not fused about uing the camera above land anymore as a primary role. Finally is the strobes. I'm looking at strobes too. Probably a single for now. I think I have narrowed it to the ys-110a or the D2000. Any comments on those would also be nice. Link to some of my most recent photos I took underwater can be found here. All with a G9 some diving some snorkelling. My Pics Comments and constructive critisim welcome. I'm here to learn. Antony
  11. Interesting thread. I Only remove and clean my o-ring once a holiday unless I get it dirty. I will clean and grease the back side of the ring and after each open I will wipe the front and regrease. I'm carefull to open where there is no dirt to avoid sand or grit. If I do get it (once in 3 years ) ill remove it and wipe down. What I see it you need to ensure no splits or foreign objects. That's gonna cause the leak. JM2PW
  12. Hi My name is Antony and I'm trying to find a forum which responds!! I have tried a few and activity is either light or only resend to long term members. I have come here as it looks like a friendly bunch. Hope I'm welcomed!!! Little abut me. I have been diving casually for about 6 years and the last 3 I started photography with a Canon G9 and a Canon case. I am also a casual photographer above ground with a canon 50d and a range of Lenses. I'm now looking at taking my photography up a level after an accident with my G9 above ground had rendered it not great for use now. At the same time up my kit to a better solution. I'll post in the relevent forum for that.
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