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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Fujifilm F30, Canon S60, Nikon F100, FM, FA
  • Camera Housing
    FujiFilm WP-FXF30
  1. Did you try it (changing EV)? The "under" happened during WB I think is because there is not enough reflected light from the white/gray card or whatever you used (it happens even if you are in shallow water). e.g. if the card is v. very close to the lens. I tried to move the card a bit further away from the camera then it worked (if the card is small and cannot cover enough, you can zoom in a bit). If I continued to move the board even further, it said "over".
  2. Are there any chance that you can get the old filter they made before, the white diffuser can get you from 5500 to 5400 close to sunlight. Also, diffuser is not hard to find, right? Lens diffuser, strobe diffuser etc.
  3. This is what I meant by "the pic quality for many compact dc is already v. good" Sample, not taken by me, Fuji F30 with Swaroski telescope Another one with Fuji 30 with Swaroski telescope Sky With decent lighting, a small camera can still deliver some good pic's.
  4. DesertEagle and Carol, I am using Inon 105. About how sharp... maybe it's better if you can see it. I think you can search around for other users pic's or if anybody want to see some samples, send me your email address. I took same pic's with a group of Salmon. alo100
  5. Shutter lag and slower focusing speed could be a concern, but I do like the functions provided by the camera. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonp5000/page4.asp May not be ideal for fast moving critters capture, that's another draw back besides the RAW.
  6. Here's the other side of the opinion: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=19294 I think there are some v. reasonable factors being reminded. Something related, one of the reason why I am still using Nikon SLR only is because I think the image quality brought by DSLR is not yet comparable to the film camera yet. Still waiting. By the mean time, I can see that the nature of digital products get obsolete fast. Please don't get me wrong, I am working for this branch of the industry.
  7. Nikon P5000 has a lot of real good features, but unfortunately, the shutter lag and slow focusing issue is a big draw back, esp for UW photography (critters capture): http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonp5000/page4.asp Canon G7, I saw some v nice UW pictures taken by others, impressed. The draw back of G7, however, is the housing WP-DC11, it's not supported by Inon ( http://inonamerica.com/ ) if the setup is fully supported you may be able to get a full setup looks like any of these: http://www.inon.co.jp/product/recommended/recomended.html More about the G7 setup: http://www.scubaboard.com/showthread.php?t=193068 Or I just found out that there's a new choice, but I haven't received any feedback from the new product yet: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=18903 A lot of people are talking about G7: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=17747 Besides the above two choices, you still have other Canon models, Olympus, Fuji.... as alternatives; and there are really some famous compact cameras esp suitable for UW photography, I am sure after a quick search, you will be able to find them. After using SLR for many years, I never regret starting UW photography by using a small dc, first the size of the small dc is really good for travel (it can be in my case or attached at my belt), I use my compact dc together with the housing in many other occasions e.g. during hiking or taking photo's at the sea shore (sand), so that even if it's raining I know it's going to be alright. For DSLR, I need another setup if I want to do the same. then the cost of it, esp for the housing, is only a fraction of that of the DSLR's. So, I haven't brought any insurance for my setup but I don't really worry about what might happen. I won't do this for my SLR's, you know. Wet lens for wide angle and macro are widely available. I don't worry about which zoom/prime lens to bring and modification for my housing back on the boat; I simply switch my lens underwater, whenever. This is similar to what I did before when I use SLR on land -- switch lens whenever a new topic showed up. With a decent strobe, the pic quality for many compact dc is already v. good. Battery good enough for, say, 580 shots per charge. I still keep all of my SLR cameras, lens etc. and I do miss the days when I did manual focus all the time, get my fingers pale in the black and white labs. UW with a mini camera is a different experience. I am sure DSLR is good for UW photography, but I think at this moment I've by passed a lot of overhead, and as a result, the simplified solution is enjoyable for my case.
  8. There is another thread about similar setup, for 2 x SB800, and I think the solution is link the two flash with fiber optics: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9439
  9. Sorry to bring back the old thread, a lot of people asked about this interesting question related to SB800, Jack and other guys have shown how to use duel SB800, and I did learn from it. Like the Inon Z240 or other strobes, in general, TTL works better for macro. For WA, I have heard from some of the Z240 users, TTL doesn't work as well. In terms of power, here's some links, hope that it's useful for some of you (the other knew already). Some back and white specs: You can find and compare the Z240, DS125, DS200 from here, http://www.digitaldiver.net/strobes.php I do not have a v. good site for SB800, so I just refer the info from Nikon: http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1...;productNr=4801 If you look at the GN for these several strobes (Z240, DS125, DS200), SB800 IS powerful, MAYBE the angle coverage may not be as good. I just wondered, if anybody have try to add optics outside the SB800 housing for better coverage, reflector, lens etc. It may sound silly but I think if the flash is powerful, why not? Maybe it's not hard.
  10. Any opinion about Ikelite housing? http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/nik_d40.html AF lens can be used as well, e.g. AF 10.5mm http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/focusleeve.html
  11. Same as this? $899 http://cgi.ebay.com/FANTASEA-1132-FD-40X-U...1QQcmdZViewItem
  12. "The 10.5mm and older 16mm are the two most disappointing lenses not usable for UW shooters." This is a AF lens instead of AF-S, may I ask, why is it on the list?
  13. Maybe I shouldn't be too sure about the AF-S fixed focal length and macro, eh? It might be Nikon strategy to restrict the lens available for the low end models, esp when we see that the low end models now can have some 'marginal' adv with the new sensors. Mid, and low end models are supposed to change faster comparing to the high end models and therefore we are going to see this happen again. Do the 3rd parties have to gain permissions from Nikon? From another point of view, D40x is competiting with 400D, if people like 400D because it has more selection of lens... Hope that Nikon or 3rd parties would add a few good lens.
  14. Thanks Eric! I think it would be a while before the successor of F31fd shows up, so it's good to get one now if there is a need.
  15. The image quality provided by F40 is not as good as F31fd nor F30, the price of it is a bit lower than F31fd. Please search around for the reviews, and you will be able to see...
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