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nokie

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About nokie

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  • Birthday 03/17/1980

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    Belgium
  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon G9
  • Camera Housing
    Canon WP-DC21
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon Z-240
  1. Well, that depends really. I also shoot 550D topside, but I don't take it underwater (still using my old G9 because it is just fine, I don't want to spend the money to upgrade). Some questions: - What's your budget? Shooting DSLR UW can be a steep starting point (and I don't want to buy your 2nd hand housing if you find out you hate it after 2 months, well maybe...) - Lenses is all about (budget and) what you want to shoot: wide angle versus macro is a huge difference. Which ones do you have already? Where are you going and what kind of marine life are you expecting to see or likely to photograph? With lenses come domes, be prepared for that too... - Besides housing and lenses, have you thought about strobe light(s) too? Just as a personal opinion (feel free to disagree), I'm not sure a 7 year old (not top-of-the-line) DSLR is the right "starting point" for an UW photograpy adventure. Topside it wouldn't really matter, but the UW housing adds a lot to the price, and personally I wouldn't be ready to spend that money. Also, I'd say there is a lot on the market today that will outperform your 550D, the first things that come to my mind are focus and video (if you care about that). If you can find a housing for a reasonable price (and i think all the brands you mention are fine, I like Nauticam but the others are fine as well), I think that can be a good start. I'd add a strobe to that first, and even with the kitlense (18-55) - if it fits the housing - you will be able to take very nice pictures. From there, there is plenty to invest
  2. Maybe try to find a diving club in your city, I am pretty sure they exist. They probably train in a pool weekly, will have excellent instructors and teach you everything you need before you can go for the "next level" which is taking pictures. Also, most likely they will do regular trips to lakes or shore dives. Guessing you live in Scandinavia, there are so many places to dive there. Do not underestimate the beauty, it is different but just as good. And you will get used to the cold water. I personally still dive in a wetsuit in water well below 10 degrees Celsius, and I've done that since the beginning with no issue (and my wife too, so it has nothing to do with testosterone ). Evidently, it is not the same as in 30 degrees water.
  3. Have you considered one of the "converitbles" like the ASUS Transformer Book? They are not very fast and don't have an extremely high res display, but should be in your price range (even combined with a external hard drive, some come with a 500GB hard drive internally but probably a version with SSD and an external drive will be better) and have a very good battery life. LR should work ok-ish on the most recent models. Don't know about other brands, but I am very happy personally with ASUS.
  4. I don't know for sure, I suppose macro makes the most sense when diving at home: we usually see shrimps, lobster, crabs, fish portraits, nudibranch and all sorts of things attached to the ground (not too many whalesharks around here in Belgium and the Netherlands) On diving trips, yes, I would like to capture the occasional shark as well (admittedly, given the shore dives we do usually, we don't see them very often) or if my wife wants a portrait with a tortoise or a gorgone. My gut feeling says lower priority (although I really admire those fisheye/swa pictures), for sure as long as I stick with my G9. And as far as I can see while quickly searching the internet, a wide angle wet lens for my UW housing is not really an option anyway. It exists, but you need to zoom in too much to avoid vignetting that the view angle becomes the same as without the lens (or buy a specific G9 one, but I don't want to do that for such an old camera). Unless you have different information (I see that for the ikelite housing it is possible with a different port)? For macro, with the dyron 67mm I have some options (but I haven't got the time yet to better understand the difference between brands and types + what would be generic & good value for money).
  5. Hi both, thanks for the quick feedback! Seems like you are confirming my feeling about the expert's advice (although I don't blame him, it was his opinion, my decision). I haven't considered wetlenses, honestly. I'll dig into that as well (unless there is anything you can simply advice?). At first sight, I see that the shop nearby still has a Dyron 67mm adapter for my UW housing. I'll need to search around to see what I can do with that.
  6. Hi all, Fairly new to this forum (lurking for some time now, but just joined to get more "active"). I have a Canon G9 with standard WP-DC21 UW housing. I have it for 7 years more or less now. I am happy with some of the photos it took, but honestly failed to use it as much as I wanted as the results here (Zeeland in The Netherlands) were often dissappointing, usually due to the amount of dust/sand... In the end, i didn't take it underwater anymore (except on diving trips abroad). And because someone I consider an expert told me you better buy "a full set" rather than upgrades afterwards, I never invested in a seperate strobe. So theoretically I am probably not a newbie, but I feel like one. Topside, I also have a Canon 550D, but I don't think the next best thing for me to do is to go shooting DSLR under water (I have the money, but not ready to spend it). But now I am struggling. My first idea was to buy a new camera with housing (considering something in the range of the G7X, RX100, LX100 or maybe a PEN EPL7 m4/3) and add a strobe. However, the more I read about it, the more I wonder if I shouldn't just go with a strobe first. I won't become a better photographer with a newer camera. Also looking at the pictures I take, I am not sure I have already decided which kind of photographer I want to be. I've tried a lot and failed almost just as often. I wished it was faster, and I think newer (larger?) sensors would improve IQ, although that is also related to my struggle with lighting. Video could be improved too, but I am not too worried about that at the moment. What would be your opinion: would it be stupid to just buy a strobe (I was looking at the Inon D2000 or Z240)? Although I am really careful with my stuff, I am sure one day my G9 will die, and i don't want to end up limiting my choices later by taking the wrong decision now. Or would you recommend something completely different? Really happy with all your thoughts!
  7. Another newbie, from belgium and diving since 2006 if I remember correct. I've started UW photograpy around 2008 but honestly never really picked it up (without a strobe, making pictures in the Netherlands where i usually dive is often very dissappointing). I have a Canon G9 with Canon UW housing. I bumped into this forum in my quest for an "upgrade" (whatever it will be) and found so much information that I wished I didn't come here No, seriously, there is so much I can learn still, that I want to stick around here. And maybe one day I can help someone else...
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