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  1. I'm going to hold off just a while longer before purchasing my Nauticam XT-2 housing; I'm waiting for the new Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR to come out later next mid-year. Love my 14-24mm f2.8 Nikkor and was hoping Fujifilm would come out with an equivalent.
  2. Nauticam has finally released it's underwater housing for the XT-2: http://www.housingcamera.com/id4795-nauticam-housing-4-fujifilm-x-t2.html.
  3. Absolutely love my X-T2 and would love to try it out underwater, but haven't found any housing for it yet. I was searching the net again and came across this company. http://www.subal.com/a450c103c2c1/Housing/Photo_Housings/Fujifilm_GoPro/XT2.aspx
  4. Overcoming your fears takes time and you will eventually conquer it. I helped my husband conquer his fear of the ocean by taking him to aquariums with "touch and interaction pools" frequently. Then as he became more and more comfortable, we tried places where he's in the water (ankle deep to start, then deeper with confidence); feeding stingrays. He didn't touch them while on the beach, just allowed them to brush up against him; eventually he touched the rays with time. Out in the open waters, you're not suppose to touch anything living; coral, fish, marine mammals, etc. Two years ago I re-certifed myself in scuba (after a 15 year hiatus) when our two teenagers expressed an interest in learning how to scuba. After hearing how much our kids had so much fun diving in Turks & Caicos; seeing sharks, turtles, and rays without fear. *Keep in mind the majority of sea creatures would rather leave you alone, or avoid you altogether, than attack.* This past summer, my husband took the plunge. He actually completed a PADI scuba course in Punta Cana! He stuck close to the dive master, and that's completely fine. My advice for you is to master your diving skills and gain confidence, plus visit aquariums with interactive pools so you can experience the wonders of the sea in a controlled environment. Start off with touching starfishes, small lobsters, crabs, scallops, or urchins for example. Then move onto bigger marine creatures like rays, skates, seals, or dolphins; again in marine parks or aquariums. "Allow them to be part of your world, before you go into theirs."
  5. Hello. Classically trained documentary photojournalist and personal travel for 35+ years. Two years ago I re-certifed in PADI, after a 15 year hiatus, when my two teenagers wanted to learn how to scuba; so I thought, why the heck not. Shoot Canon for 25 years and Nikon 18 years but also Fuji 4 years and Olympus. My son is planning on going to college this Fall in digital media production, so while he's videoing underwater; I thought I give photography a try. I never had the opportunity to shoot underwater during my initial diving experience; too busy learning and mastering my underwater diving and buoyancy skills. As much as I want to use my Nikon D4s or Fujifilm XT-1; I just can't justify renting or acquiring housing for them just yet. With baggage restrictions on airlines now, and lugging my travel dive gear..... I decided to go as light as possible for now. For travel UW: I purchased an Olympus TG4 stylus with it's PT-056 housing, color balancing circular gels, tray and arms (interlocking socket joint which I hate, and will later change), Sea & Sea YS-D2 strobe, Olympus PTWC-01 UW wide conversion Lens, and set of Light & Motion Sola 1200 photo lamps. Unfortunately my trips to Turks & Caicos and Punta Cana weren't ideal for photography; T&C visibility was less than 40 feet and murky from off shore storms. Punta Cana we endured really strong and rough currents; despite having extra weights, we were all tossed around. One positive note: my kids did absolutely awesome on their first drift dive.
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