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  1. I've been thinking of the same things, and while I have not yet tried it out, I will be packing 10 rolls of Ektar in my bag when I go off in a few days, along with some Velvia 50, just because I've always wanted to try it. From what I read, Ektar is the closest thing to transparency in terms of contrast and saturation. My camera shop sales guy kept trying to push Kodak Portra in 160, 400 and 800 ISO but I don't think it will match my desired style. Hopefully I will have some semi-decent results to show for it
  2. Resurrecting a very old thread, but have a highly related question. Would I be asking for trouble trying to do a split over/under photo with this lens (the S&S version)?
  3. $3000 may be enough, but it's way more than what I'm willing to plunk on it at this point. And I certainly agree with your last point, which makes it even harder to justify spending tons of money For now, I'll focus on reading tips and looking over all the beautiful photos with the sole purpose of stealing ideas for my upcoming trip GoPro and a rusty Nikonos will have to do.
  4. I'm a newbie, and have a Nikonos V with 35mm and 15mm lenses, and a single SB-105 strobe in my arsenal. Never tried shooting Velvia 50 before, but am tempted. Will it give me good results or will I struggle with insufficient light? I'm planning to do some shallow dives with rays and sharks, and but may venture out deeper to some sea mounts (25-35m).
  5. My local Nikon service centre quoted me $150 for servicing the Nikonos V. It's only slightly less than this camera can be purchased for on eBay, but when you buy it used, you really have no idea how well it was treated over the years and if those O-rings were ever greased.
  6. That confirms my fears I might just borrow an old Nikonos from a friend, and see what happens. The multi thousand dollar set ups would bite into my snowboarding fund (hey, at least we have snowy winters here ). If Damselfish says compacts tend to do better in macro and not as well in wide angle - that is a bit disappointing, as macro is what I'm interested the least. The Nikonos has a 15mm lens so that should be nice and wide. Just wish I didn't have to deal with processing film.
  7. I enjoy photography as a hobby and mainly use it in as a way to document my travels with varying degrees of artistic efforts. A little less than a year ago I tried scuba diving and it was love at first sight. Naturally, I have a great desire to bring photography into the mix. The problem is that I live near the cold and boring Great Lakes and only venture out to warm seas once or twice a year. While I have spent more than I'd like to admit on my photo gear so far, it's hard to justify the steep costs of underwater gear when I can only use it a couple of weeks a year. I have a Nikon D7000, and it looks like the Ikelite housing for it goes for about $1500. Plus it's huge. Another camera I have is a Fuji X100s, but there is no housing for it as far as I know. Then there are the strobes. I've actually inherited a Nikonos SB-105 from a friend, and I think I could use it with digital cameras, but with limited functionality, and the better modern ones seem to be well over $500. What kind of money can I realistically expect to spend on gear that will produce photos on the same quality level as my X100s/D7000? I have a suspicion that after all is said and done (housings, strobes, shipping, taxes) I will probably have spent close to $5K. At that point, I think I'll just throw a red filter on my GoPro and be content with that. What other inexpensive options do I have? Under $1K for a kit that's basic, but covers all the ... basics.
  8. Aside from smaller groups, I think it also helps that underwater you can take advantage of other photographers as subjects, too, at least for some types of shots.
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