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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Oly 5050
  • Camera Housing
    Olympus PT-020
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Ike DS 50
  1. These small and light dslr sized-sensor interchangebale lens cameras are already being actively sold by Olympus and Panasonic. And when Olympus announced its third Pen Model, the Pen PL, slated to sell for around $600 (the earlier two were/are around $1000), they also anounced the UW housing for it. For those of us who dive and take along a camera, rather than dive mainly or just to take pictures, this - in terms of size and complexity and expense - is just about the perfect solution. Of course the manufacturers housing never have all the bells and whistles of third party ones, but in my experience, they work quite well for the occasional UW photographer. Just as there still are Nikonos users, and Ansel Adams work-alikes (a couple of dozen of them even bearded look-alikes) shooting the things he shot with monster 8X10 cameras. Each to his or her own, but I really don't see much point in such archaicisms, evem if the result is sometimes quite beauitiful. Life is to short to repeat what otthers have done - and especially to endlessly go on doing so - even when more expeditious and pleasant alternatives are available. I prefer to devote scarce carry-on space to such vital equipment as dive computers and sometimes regulators, rather than monster camera rigs.
  2. I'm 58 and have produced reasonable pics with the smaller and lower res LCD on the Oly 5050Z. While I I greatly prefer optical viewfinders for land photography, I think that they have real problems --which the Olympus rep does a good job of outlining--for UW photography. And, judging by my Olympus E500, Olympus's "hypercrystal" LCD has impressive resolution, colour and viewing angles. Also, according to several divers using the Olympus E330 in a couple of different housings, Live View works really well underwater. Finally, based on my own experiences trying to dive and take pictures in challenging situations, the compactness of the new camera/housing/flash outfit will also be a huge help. Your remark on the SIMGA rangefinder is interesting. The Foveon sensor, with its lack of Bayer arifacts, is an attractive technology which I've looked at a number of times. Unfortunately, Sigma's implementations to date don't seem to have been all that successful in producing an effective *general purpose* camera. Depending on cost and availability, I'll be taking a close look at an Olympus E-410 dive camera outfit.
  3. Based on my struggles to combine diving and photography, I found the video about Olympus's presentation of their new UW offerings--especially the E410 housing and accessories--- very insightful. Please scroll down the following site and see and hear for yourself. http://www.imaging-resource.com/EVENTS/PMA...MAS07VIDEO.HTML It almost seems that the Olympus rep has actually done some diving with one of the huge rigs he mentions, under less than ideal circumstances. It is certainly a camera/housing/flash option that I'll considering seriously, both for its compactness and also the great help of Live View. (It does seems that this Olympus innovation is now available on Canon's latest flagship, too. but I neither want to pay for nor have to carry, let alone dive with such a huge camera!).
  4. Actually, my *decent* PNW photos were mostly shot in late October, when the water was pretty clear. So clear that, ironically, the 5050's little onboard flash was enough for most subjects. Some of the better images are in my Scubaboard gallery. The blue cast seems to be a real problem with the Caribbean shots, though. Simon Walsh of Dominica's Nature Island Dive is a wonderful UW photographer who has taken many excellent and quite saleable images with the same little rig I was using, without even bothering with external flash. he was generous with his time and advice and suggested locking exposure--including auto-white balance, I guess, with the camera pointed diaginally at the surface and then reframiing and taking the picture. Unfortunately, my buoyancy control in the current and surge of places like Gordon's Rocks is not usually up to such maneuvers, especially when shooting with one hand (the other is usually needed for hanging on. I'm still experimenting with external flash, but found even the DS-50, throtled right down, was usually too much rather than too little in the brightly lit waters. To get back to the topic, even the aged, 5 MB Oly C5050 is certainly capable of salable, professional images for a diver who really knows how to use it. The senors may be small, but the optics (especially the fast 1.7 ap ratio of the aspherical lens) and extensive control options make them a quite usable tool.
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