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    Sony A6000
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    1 x Inon Z330 + 2 x Scubalamp V6K
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    Mares EOS rz12 video light
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  1. No problem Dave. Started off with the kit lens 16-55 if I recall, not very sharp at all. I did loads of research on lenses too. Went for Sigma 19mm f2. 8 which is pretty sharp for the price. Great at f8 which is what I mostly use it at. F9-f11 I find it hunts quite a bit for focus. Good luck. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  2. Hi Dave, yeah sure, here are a few. Like I say, taken on the A6000, Sigma 19mm f2.8 lens, Meikon housing, 1 strobe (InonZ330, some of them may have been taken with one Sea&SeaYs-02 strobe before I had the Inon). I've got a Meikon wet lens attached to the housing. The A6000 is 1.5 crop, therefore the Sigma lens is effectively about 28mm, but the wet lens widens it a bit, I'm guessing to about 20 or 22mm?? Not sure. Anyway, it's a total workhorse. Been used for I'd say about 600 dives over the last 3 years, as well as daily blasted on land. I dread to think how many clicks its done and (touch wood) it's still going. People argue that the Sony's have that 'weird colour science' but I've found it's totally fixable in LR. Here are a link to some sample images... (can't upload them direct here as it's saying I can only upload max 0.98mb. Sample images **edit** Oh and forgot to mention re video, obviously there's no 4k but it does have zebras which I use constantly and it absolutely enables you to nail exposure every time. No complaints about the auto focus either.
  3. Excellent film. The colour and lighting in this are just beautiful. I see your equip list above, can I ask if you are setting your white balance to the same kelvin as your lights? Whatever you're doing it's working very well. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Interested if you ever went ahead with this setup? Did the WWL1 work out on the housing with the adapter? Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  5. Don't write off your A6000. I've been using it UW with a Sigma 19mm and Meikon housing for a couple years now. It's a lot of bang for your buck. Don't get me wrong, I'm hoping to upgrade soon but would still recommend the A6000 to anyone. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  6. I've not been able to post via Tapatalk app either. Have to go in through a browser.
  7. Just bought a set of Scubalamp V6K (not pro's). (From Dreifish, highly recommended BTW, thank you). Massive upgrade from my previous single Mares EOS rz12 1200 lumens. Had a quick chance to briefly test them on a couple dives. My initial impression is just wow! I need a few more dives to play around with different white balance options however the spread and quality of light is just beautiful. I'm very impressed. I'll continue to test them over the next few weeks and report back. Initial impression is they are great. I'd be interested in finding out about the remote trigger Dreifish mentioned. That would be the icing on the cake.
  8. This is a scientific paper published in 2019 on the subject. Behavioural and pathomorphological impacts of flash photography on benthic fishes. Very interesting read.https://crittersresearch.com/2019/01/25/new-publication-flash-photography-impacts-on-fish-to-flash-or-not-to-flash/?fbclid=IwAR25HrTgKmqoOOpTJ_3FTfzmSKvMBiLKxCGap17Scg8jcuUss7hoO5E_iTE
  9. Hi Abhi, I have and use this same set-up. Sony A6000 in Meikon housing with the Meikon/Neewer Dome port. I also started with the 16-55 kit lens but now use the Sigma 19mm f2.8. I also had this same problem in the beginning but it's (mostly) fixable. I'm not sure exactly what causes it. I've had it shooting into the blue water column and also many other circumstances. I can't diagnose all of the problem but I can help a bit with what to do to correct it. I initially had this problem prior to having the dome port so I think you can rule that out. I've taken your RAW photo and processed it as I normally would. This is what I got (sorry not quite sure how to directly imbed an image) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZgQEHcegphFTmYBVNQvyoeFrAJXs8PHs/view?usp=sharing or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zT8YrqPCQI-lk0JSYeEA_mU8pKYDS0gT/view?usp=sharing Here's how I got there; 1 - Imported into Lightroom. 2 - Lens correction: Enable profile corrections (that gets rid of some of the vignette and lines you're seeing) and select the lens you are using or the closest one you can find to it. 3 - Take the White Balance dropper and use the free divers leg as a sample point (that gave me a a temp: 36,000 and tint +112). 4 - Tone: Auto tone (sometimes this give you a good start point, sometimes not). This time it worked OK. 5 - Tone: set black and white points so they don't clip but give a better contrast to the basic 'auto tone'. Use your histogram for this. Now you're problem lines are really visible and a horrible purple colour. Let's sort that. 6 - In HSL section, take your Purple Hue slider and drop it to -100. The A6000 has a tendency to have this weird Purple thing going on, doing this gets rid of it easily. 7 - To get a better water colour, in HSL section use the sample button (sorry not sure what it's called) in Luminance and click on the blue water column, drag it down to something you're more happy with. In this case I took it to Blue -40, Purple -22. 8 - There were at least 3 large sensor spots and a bunch of backscatter which I removed most of. 9 - Use a radial filter over the Whale and the free diver to sharpen a little to give focus. That's it. A top tip is to block off the light coming back into your camera. It stops weird reflections coming back into your sensor. I normally place the camera in the housing then use a cardboard business card. Insert it over the top of the lens and push it as far towards the glass of the housing as possible. That stops light getting in and (if you use your internal flash to trigger external strobes, or just use the flash on it's own) the internal flash light escaping through the front of the housing causing extra backscatter. I also covered any clear plastic on my housing with black electrical tape for this reason. Don't be disheartened. The Sony A6000 is an awesome camera. Don't get me wrong if I had the money I'd upgrade (hopefully this will happen this year) you've just got to know how to use it and how to process the images. Always shoot RAW, if you're doing video shoot in XAVCS not AVCHD. Hope this helps.
  10. Very beautiful video Miru, as always, wonderful. Sorry to hear about the camera flood, that sucks. Just wanted to ask for the video work, did you prefer using the A7sII or the A7rII? I'm guessing your first choice would be the A7sII but just interested in the real life pros and cons since you had a chance to use both in the same environment. Thanks.
  11. Hi String. I'm sooo glad to hear that as I've just bit the bullet and bought 2 (non pro) yesterday. Dreifish kindly had a couple for sale and has even got a friend (even kinder) who is bringing them into Thailand for me. Can't wait to get my hands on them. I'll let you know how it goes. Many thanks for the reply.
  12. Hi TaxiDiver. Happy new year! I'd also be interested in the price. Is the 90 degrees preferable to 120? Is that so the light is less scattered? Sorry for the Newb question but only ever worked with 1 basic video light and looking to up my game. Thanks.
  13. Hi folks, not sure if I should have started a new thread but decided to jump on this one as there are a lot of good suggestions for video lights. I'm also looking to fork out for one (possibly two) video lights. I reckon its the best thing I can do to improve my video until (hopefully) going FF later this year. The SUPE/Scubalamp V6K pro look great so I'm swaying towards them. I might drop Dreifish a PM to see if he has any left. I'm in Thailand and there seems to be a new kid on the block: X-Adventurer M6000-WRBT. It's 6000 lumens, scores 90 CRI, 110 degree flood, and seems very adjustable. Just wondered if anyone has had experience of them? They are a bit cheaper than the VK6's but not a whole lot given the VK's are more powerful. Not too many youtube video's available for M6000's so difficult to decide. I'm no expert in video lights (given I'm presently using one Mares EOSrz12 I found on a reef!) so any advice is appreciated. http://www.xadventurer.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=90
  14. Hi String. I'm in the market for similar video lights and would be interested to know how you're getting on with the Scuba lamps? Thanks in advance.
  15. Hi Ricardo, I use this wet lens. My very humble setup is this... Sony A6000 in Neewer housing. Sigma 19mm f2. 8 Meikon kit dive wet lens on 67mm flip adapter. I'm on my 2nd wet lens. The first one, after about 100 ish dives, got what I can only describe as mould. It's semi circular in shape but it's on the inside of the flat glass, not the dome itself. Weird. I bought it off ebay so understandably Meikon didn't want to know. Bought a 2nd directly from Meikon. It hasn't done the same. The dome gets a lot of flare. So I use it only when light is favourable, hence the flip adapter. It's cheap and I guess you get what you pay for. It good when you are very close to your subject. But I find myself using it less and less as it does affect image quality. As an aside, I used the 16-50 kit lens at first, then saw a huge improvement when I got the Sigma. There is some vignette but I find it mostly correctable in LR. The wet lens makes the IQ very soft in the edges. 2019 is (hopefully) the year I upgrade to FF.
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