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    Olympus EPM-1
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    Olympus PT-E06

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  1. They are great if you have buoyancy and trim issues with your set up. I've seen them on many trips. I finally got a set for my heavy and no trim set up. The glass dome always pulled forward and down. Bam! No more!
  2. I'm ambivalent on 4/3 or full frame. I examine photos from both and are equally impressed. Two important factors jump out when doing this. The person behind the camera and the ability of the camera to produce consistent sharp focus. Many of the other capabilities of the unit itself are certainly important. However, cannot be appreciated without the skill and the focus. In the end the buyer has to be satisfied with the results and the ease of handling the set up. No one like buyers remorse. So, if I was starting from scratch, I would likely choose FF. Why? Sensor size for me enables capabilities that smaller sensors cannot achieve. All other features are now available on both systems. Gather the best advice you can get and then make a decision you feel is right for you and is future proof!
  3. I have used the vacuum system on all my housings without an empty housing test. The vacuum proves the same - properly sealed, no leaks. I've known NO company that recommends releasing the vacuum before the dive. Proof? Try to open or remove the port while under vacuum. Unless you are King Kong, I doubt you will be successful. Have fun with your new gear!!
  4. To add to the above, I have fellow divers that switched to both the A6400 and the full frame A9. Go here to see the specs. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compare/Sony_A9_vs_Sony_A6400/BHitems/1333228-REG_1453768-REG Good Luck!
  5. These are some great ideas. I found this worked best for me. I've been shooting video for years. Most of the time I want the tripod to disappear. Big is bad, small is good. Mostly for macro. Otherwise, good buoyancy is my friend. Current? Muck stick works well. https://www.amazon.com/Rienar-Flexible-Portable-Adjustable-Cellphone/dp/B00XTHBE6A/ref=lp_499308_1_16?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1571321380&sr=1-16
  6. I had the same question a number of years ago. Here is a very good source and light reading. https://oceanity.com.au/learn/understanding-flat-port-and-dome-port-theory/
  7. I've come across two interesting POVs. One, is the camera lens is focusing on a "virtual" image produced by the dome wide angle lens. Secondly, I know an individual that builds Dome Wide Angle Lenses for most any housing. He calculates the "nodule" point for the lens in the housing and constructs the dome accordingly. I've used his domes successfully. However, I cannot afford his custom domes. They are top drawer and cost as much. I shoot Zen wide angle lenses and have no problems with vignetting or sharp focus.
  8. My sister in law uses this cannon and I have been on dive trips with others that use the same. They have taken some great shots and in 4k video! https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Waterproof-Underwater-Digital-Camera/dp/B071ZMDBKL/ref=asc_df_B071ZMDBKL/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312111900416&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10090671465358889597&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015622&hvtargid=pla-469719117837&psc=1
  9. Actually I did not know about the Black Magic until after I bought the AX100 kit (including housing). With that outly $$ I cannot afford another rig. I found that cameras cannot match the quality of a camcorder in video. The Sony sensor is a killer and hard to beat. If I shoot 4k (and I do) the difference is amazing. With the Gates housing, I have access to all the controls. The killer is the AX100 sells for more than the Black Magic! Oh, well, I'm much happier with this rig than a high end 4/3 camera. Now my wife is getting shots in raw photos, that put me to shame. She has an eye for composure!!
  10. I have used various 3/4 format cameras with wide angle lenses (7-18, 9-18) Focal length was just okay. However, my major issues was video quality. I finally switched to a dedicated video camera [ Sony AX100 with Gates housing, wide angle port] . The difference was very pleasing. Even shooting in 1080p was superb. The focal length is f = 9.3–111.6 mm. I would not go back to a standard photo camera 4/3 or full frame after getting this. A tad on the $$$ side, but if you want good video, you are going to have to pay for the equipment. Hope this helps.
  11. Two locations in UK. Here is one Ocean Leisure Cameras11-14 Northumberland Avenue WC2N 5AQ City of Westminster LondonPhone: +44 (0)207 9305051www.oceanleisurecameras.cominfo@oceanleisurecameras.com
  12. I have been using the stick on + lens for 20+ years. I'm on my third pair (getting older!). Since they are removal, you can change them into a new mask and adjust the for what works best for you. Here is a link Dive Optix
  13. Full frame is in a class all its own. That does not rule out 4/3. Many professionals are moving to 4/3. It is an personal choice. This is not putting down one over the other. I've been shooting for over 20 years. I see about everything on the camera table and each owner has their own personal story about "why". So, Tantrum, read the advice and thoughts here and make your choice. I hope you are happy. Dive often and dive safe.
  14. MIrrorless is a no brainer. Question is 4/3 or full frame. 4/3 for me would be Sony, Panasonic or Olympus. Olympus is a good one for cost - Housings are excellent and cheap. Nikon and Cannon appear overpriced and housing likewise. Low light? That is more about a fast lens, not the camera. Any 1.8 - 2.0 lens will give you good ambient light. However, Strobes are where it is at. Sea&Sea D2's are highest with a "32" rating WITHOUT going bankrupt. Build your kit completely and then price it out. I don't like used, so I look for "closeouts" i.e. last years model. If you bought it last year, you would not sell/buy just because your kit is one year old. Good luck!
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