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  1. There is no point, depending on your location it'll be quite expensive to get them updated... And they have some issues like the pilot light on max causes them to shut down. This was with the original firmware, I inquired what was the procedure while they were in warranty and it was somewhere around 40€ per flash without the shipping. So with shipping included it was pointless to bother, rather not use the pilot light at max than pay 100 and more €.
  2. I am using IKEA's LADDA batteries, 6 euros 4 pack - same characteristics as eneloop, they are probably made by the same factory... So i would totally recommend them, but i guess amazon basics are the same - so whichever is easier to get.
  3. I checked it out, what light and lenses do you use (wide and macro)? How much did that setup run you? --- last post explains the wet lenses, as for how much is difficult to say, I prefer not calculate it, too much for sure, but the most important thing beyond the housing are the flashes, and then you can slowly buy the other things like lenses, bayonet, etc. Also is the Lx10 and Lx15 the same? , I've read that is just another name in some markets and Lx10 is not sold where I live only Lx15. ---lx15 is the european version of lx10 You wrote as well that you can't change from macro to wide uw, I thought that was the advantage with wet lenses? Is that a problem with the other cameras and housings as well? ---you can using bayonet, though the wide angle is really impaired this way, read all my posts there for details, basically the best working conditions i found for hte moment are only wide angle directly screwed to the housing, or with bayonet switching between macro and normal use. As for other cameras, on theory there are working versions, though i have my concerns, as when you add a macro on bayonet you have to really zoom to the end so the macro wet lens should work without problem. the issue is mainly with the wide angle, if you use a bayonet there will space between the camera lens and the wide angle lens, so vignetting appears and you have to zoom in, in that case you lose some of the wide angle quality. hence mounting the wide on the housing directly improves compared to a bayonet, and in my case i still have to zoom in order to remove vignetting from the angles, but it is just a little bit - as lx10 is 24mm and the wide angle lens is also made for 24mm, zooming to 28mm i have good working conditions Also could I check out some of your pictures with your setup? ---yes of course, there should be links in my profile - i have posted here the link for selection of the pictures and also a video, but some of the latest macro and wide angle are not there, send me a private message and i will try to share them, or better check my instagram - www.instagram.com/sbonev mostly all the latest pics are with the lx10, all the underwater especially, including the best of the macro and wide angle, though i had the wide only on 2 dives in total, same with the macro wet lens. Thanks!
  4. Check this topic on my take for the lx15 - for all parts from housing to flashes and wet lenses. : http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=63116&do=findComment&comment=400847
  5. I'm using an Asus ROG for all video and photos editing, no issues at all with any editor I've tried so far Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  6. For macro I went with inon ucl-67 m67 lens, which after you remove the base of the lens and put it on a nauticam bayonet fits perfectly on the housing and is literally on top of the port, so no vignetting or issues when totally zoomed. I haven't played with it a lot, only 2-3 drives... Though I recently bought a ucl-165m67 wet lens, which mounted on top of the other inon for even bigger magnification, I haven't tried it yet unfortunately, but it should be good... The other option is to go with the cmc1 lens of nauticam, it does good job when mounted on bayonet, I didn't choose it because in the store recommended the inon and it also allowed more flexibility when focusing, while the nauticam really needed to close in on the subject... For wide I bought a weefine wfl 01 lens, as I mentioned is impossible to get decent really by mounting it on a bayonet, only option is to screw on the housing directly, it is made specifically for 24mm lenses as they state, though due to the little space between the camera housing and the wet lens there is a slight vignetting when used on 24mm so probably it is advisable to zoom to 28 to get perfect images, I tested it only on a couple of dives but I think having in mind the bad conditions, visibility, swell and stuff, some good shots came out so it looks promising. You can mount it on bayonet, I have all set up but available great deal of the wide angle is lost and you'll end up coming up to 32mm and more in order to get shots without vignetting... Also have in mind it is also write heavy lens, almost 2-3 kg.... Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  7. He's asking for wide angle wet lens, not strobe [emoji33]@OP - Which one did you go?,I just bought the weefine because it seemed a bit better in paper, pending to test it Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  8. The more light the better, so it is up to your budget. I am using it with 2 retras for example. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  9. I have that setup lx15 with nauticam housing and bayonet and inon ucl67 macro wet lense and looking to upgrade it with ucl67 165 on top for greater macro. Unfortunately didn't like how are the wide lenses mounted on the bayonet as they stay a bit away from the port, so you have to zoom... But I'm about to choose one soon hopefully. As for flashes I have a pair of retra, for me they do great job, and this is the most important from the whole rig, this sensor definitely would benefit from as much light as possible. Check my profile, I have shared some photos from the first trip with that setup, there is also one video, mostly from test footage nothing special. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  10. The tg5 is probably best for learning, though it has its limitations. Also the tg5 will have the least burden on your budget... The RX are what everybody uses, you can't go wrong and there are a lot of accessories, so it's good option, the Canon also, and is cheaper than the rx100v for example. Also there is another option - Panasonic lx15, though the number of accessories is a lot smaller, and the housings are also limited. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  11. Here is a link to a short video I scrambled from the test footage I shot with Panasonic LX15 on my liveaboard trip to Sudan in may. All is shot with ambient light, no additional lighting, all color corrected and edited in Hitfilm Express. I was mainly doing photos, as it were literally my first dives with the new rig, hence the quality of the video is mediocre, just to test the capabilities of the camera. Enjoy
  12. In that case get a couple of good flashes and buy an older Sony, a 4 or 5 and that's it. I assume the main reason you want to use wet lenses is to limit the hassle, as with interchangeable lenses you get into a myriad of combinations, also a lot more to be taken care of, maintenance and of course luggage handling... There are also cheaper versions in the advanced camera market - for example the Canon gx7 I think was the model,I personally have the Panasonic lx15, that is of you want to buy a new camera and be light on the budget(though if you are used to Sony probably would be best to stick to that brand as there is a learning curve with different camera brand). Another option would be to buy second hand Sony and if possible the whole rig. And of course the best would be a second hand 4/3 rig for the fraction of what it costed. Check what people are selling and decide what would be the best for you budgetwise, also travelwise, and from a handling point of view. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  13. Flashes are a must for any camera underwater, better get a couple of flashes and keep the Sony... And also if you want to use wet lenses probably the best would be any compact camera set, not a camera with interchangeable lenses. The disadvantage being with wet lenses, especially the wide ones, you will need to do a bit of a zoom to avoid the ugly vignetting. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  14. Here is a selection of my photos from my recent liveaboard trip in Sudan: Flickr link Rig used - Panasonic lx15 in Nauticam housing plus 2x Retra flashes. Enjoy
  15. and here is mine: www.instagram.com/sbonev [emoji1305] Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  16. I used it like that.The results were very shaky videos ... so you better not do any pics while shooting video, which proved a little bit difficult with this particular setup Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  17. do you have photos of the housing and camera???? Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  18. and can you please provide some photos of housing and camera also?Thanks. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  19. I have the same dilemma - how to keep things small and quality good... Unfortunately the advanced compact cameras options are quite limited between the Sony rx100 series, canon g7x and Lumix lx10/lx15. I was personally leaning towards the Panasonic, due to better image quality, menus and functions, also is quite versatile and can do everything from wide to macro with the correct wet lenses. The one drawback I found is that probably the macro with wet lenses would not be that great, and as there are not many people using it, there is no way to confirm that. From the 3 I think the best for overall performance is rx100m2 as it has 100mm zoom and in the macro it'll best them all wet lense. Unfortunately is a bit old, difficult to find housing and the image quality is one idea worse than the others. The canon really lacks on macro and video. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  20. I meant the camera and housing also? Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk I meant the camera and housing also? Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  21. what's the price of the set? also judging by the prices i assume you are in the States, do you ship to Europe? also can you send some photos of the housing and camera? Thanks Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  22. Perfect, your feedback would be much appreciated, as I'll be diving South Sudan second week of May! Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  23. Here is a video I just checked, from this year. From what I see, it seems fine, no bleaching, at least in the video didn't notice any... https://vimeo.com/259566187 Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  24. And what exactly made you think I would rather engage in pointless discussion with you, instead of testing it myself if I could? Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
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