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    Sony A6000
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    1 x Inon Z330 + 2 x Scubalamp V6K
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  1. Hi, I do not have this setup but am considering it. Phil Rudin has the A7riv with 90mm and has written two excellent articles in UW photography magazine episodes 111 and 112, free for download. He has found a fix for your hunting lens issue which he explains how to use in detail. http://www.uwpmag.com/ Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  2. I had LR 5 for a long time but any time I had issues with my ageing Mac, it got harder and harder to re-load. Bought a LR subscription and never looked back. Yup you're paying a lot over a lifetime but if u use it professionally, or even as a serious amateur, it's worth it. If you want to own software outright, look at Luminar 4. I also have and use this. It does pretty much everything LR does with a sprinkling of PS thrown in too. Very intuitive. Basically the same layout and features of LR (don't know how they got away with it TBH as to me it's just a copy of LR with a few extra artificial intelligence features added). That aside, it is amazing software. Yes, they ask you to pay for new features, but at the level Luminar4 is now at, I cannot imagine anything else you would need to add. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  3. I upgraded to version 4 but in all honesty version 3 or even Luminar Flex is good enough. I work 90% in LR, then sometimes export to Luminar for an odd tweak, back into LR for final adjustments. I likely won't upgrade to the next version unless it's a gamechanging one. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  4. I use LR sub which I also think is worth the money. But can also recommend Luminar 4. It's a one off payment for life and in a nutshell is virtually identical to LR, with a lot of the functions of PS thrown in and a sprinkling of AI throughout. It's library function is more or less like LR too. Worth looking into. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks for your response David that is very good to hear. Fantastic. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  6. Good to know, thanks. I'm also considering the A7riii. Can I ask David if you have tried it UW for video and if so how did it fare? Thanks in advance. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  7. Lol. I guess "amazing" is subjective. They sell their work daily to customers on the boat primarily (make a good living from it too), 99% of it isn't made public, some of them have IG accounts they post on from time to time but thats about it. But yeah I'll leave it at that and not hijack the thread any longer. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  8. I hear u Interceptor121. Trouble is I also do photography and a lot of work on land. Don't have the finance for different kits for different needs so there will be sacrifices in certain areas. I've got 3 friends where I live (all full time UW photographers/videographers) who use the A7iii or A7rii. They've all made the switch in the last year or so from Canon and Olympus backgrounds and they are all delighted. I've seen their work for years and now seen the difference moving to FF has made to them. It's astonishing TBH. The great thing is about the A7riii is the super 35 mode, where you can still get the 1.5 crop if you want. It's a big commitment for me which will have to do me a very long time, so believe me, I'm not going into it with my eyes closed. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  9. I've been working (yup you heard that right) with the very humble Sony A6000 for 3.5 years now. On land and underwater. Early 2020 is when I'm finally making the switch to full frame. I shoot images and video and will always try to get both on every dive. If images were my only consideration. Right now, today, I would buy the Sony A7riii, Aquatica housing, Sony 28-70mm 3.5-5.6, with Nauticam WACP1. Reasons: 1 - I've spent a long time using and mastering the Sony menus, and don't want to spend ages 'learning' another system. 2 - Sony AF is great (IMHO), yes I'm even happy with the A6000 AF. 3 - I'm invested in Sony lenses (although if I wasn't its easy to adapt). 4 - I'd prefer the Aquatica housing over Nauticam because it's smaller (female with small hands) and looks indestructible (only yesterday my friend had an issue with his 1 Yr old Nauticam housing video button spring going caput). Despite this I'll buy the Nauticam as there is no current way (that I know of) to adapt the WACP onto Aquatica housing (not sure if that's a deliberate move by Nauticam or there is an adapter in the post?) 5 - although the WACP is hugely expensive, when I add up the cost of how much it would cost to get wide, medium and close, with different lenses and ports, it's not hugely different in the end (especially given the savings on lens costs as I just paid £100 for the 2nd hand Sony 28-70 kit lens that coupled with the WACP gives astounding IQ). 6 - I live in Thailand and I can get Nauticam housing serviced here without having to send it, or take it, out of the country (consideration re housing). 7 - Sony A7riii is 42mp which I think is almost perfect (I reckon 36 would be the ultimate sweet spot), more than enough and probably at the limit of being able to work quickly with files and storage in terms of computer capabilities. However (and I know this is a bit off topic, sorry my bad) this isn't my only consideration. I have the major issue of video which is the one thing holding me back from the above system. I am one of the faithful (or foolish, depending on your views. Right now it's almost akin to believing in the tooth fairy!) holding out for the Sony A7siii. The reasons? All of the above. If it fails to materialise in the next 5 months, I will go with the Sony A7riii. Common sense in terms of video (sorry again my bad).. I should be looking at Panasonic S1H but points 1 and 2 above are my main reasons (albeit not particularly valid) not to. PS - If money was not a consideration, I'd get the WACP2 instead (but I'm not convinced that split shots and focusing above the water is worth an extra $2k-ish). Ill submit this post and also send a copy to Santa, you just never know!! ;~p PPS - This is just my opinion/thoughts but I reckon in the same way that mirrorless has shaken up the DSLR market (like I say just my opinion) I think the engineering behind the WACP is the way forward. If it wasn't for cost and weight it would have had a lot more interest. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  10. Ocean Quest Global is a grass roots organisation rehabilitating coral reefs organically around SE Asia. Training local people in coral Propogation and management. Maya Bay in Phi Phi, Thailand is one latest example, where the area has now been closed to tourism indefinitely and thousands of corals been planted where they were previously destroyed. Highly recommended. https://www.oceanquest.global/ Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  11. Really enjoyed that String. Nice one. You can never get tired of seeing Mantas hey. Black Rock is a trip Ive wanted to do for years now but I work Ko Lanta, so our high season runs the same as yours and I can never get away. You got some great underside ID shots there too, do you upload them to Manta Matcher? I'm sure these Mantas travel between here (Hin Daeng/Hin Muang) and Black Rock but who knows. Anyway, sounds like an amazing trip. I'll make it there one day! Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks Pavel, that's good to know. There's a bit of a price difference between this and the turtle, with the turtle being about $80 cheaper. I don't suppose you know of any benefits of having one over the other? Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for the reply Gyrex. Yeah I'm beginning to wonder that myself. I'd have bought the A7iii long ago had it not been for the A7siii/A7iv rumors. Reason I'm looking at Nauticam is I'm being lured by the WACP-1. IQ with close/med/wide all on the same dive for both video and photo floats my boat, but yeah cost, blah. This setup needs to be right as it's gonna have to last several years with no further upgrades after it on the horizon. So re Seafrogs, it's a no can do for the WACP I'm afraid. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks for the reply Pavel. Excuse my ignorance but does that mean I'd need to buy the Nauticam flash trigger then add this UW Technics converter to it? Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
  15. Hi folks, I'm in the process of planning a new system purchase in the spring of next year. My interest lies mostly in video but I also do photos on the same dive. Currently I'm using Sony mirrorless A6000 in Meikon housing with dual Inon Z330 (fiber optic) and dual scubalamp v6k Pro video lights. I'm holding out for the (almost mythical) Sony A7siii (or whatever it will finally be labelled) however if it doesn't turn out to have the specs I'd like, I'll revert to getting the Sony A7riii. I'm as yet undecided if I'm going with Nauticam or Aquatica housing. I always shoot in manual but would like the option of TTL. I understand Nauticam mini flash trigger doesn't offer TTL. I'm not sure Aquatica does either. So I've been looking into the Turtle ttl by trt electronics. Does anyone have any experience with this good or bad, or any other recommendations? Thanks in advance. Sent from my CLT-L29 using Tapatalk
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