A bit of an update to this post.
I accidentally removed the original album that I posted so here it is again:
Photos with lights can be found in this album:
After much research I ended up settling on:
- SeaLife Dragon Video Lights, 2 @ 2500 Lumens - https://underwater.com.au/shop/sealife-sea-dragon-duo-5000.html
- SeaLife Wet Lens for the housing - https://underwater.com.au/shop/sealife-0-5x-wideangle-dome-lens.html
This setup meant that I could shoot macro and wide as well as photos and video. All on the same dive. Not sure if that's necessary but worked for me.
The light really makes a difference to the colour
When I was diving I thought that I was missing the extra brightness of strobes but after reviewing the images and video I'm happy. Having the continuous lights meant that the videos also had colour in them (if I wasn't too far away)
The wide angle lens was OK. I have a love hate relationship with this lensPros: Takes good photos when you can frame the scene. Closer mean colour was much improved.
Cons: 52mm ring attachment is a pain to get on and off, burping with a ring tedious, really need to be very close, had issues on where to store while shooting marco
I also worked a lot of settings, keeping ISO < 200, exposure comp, not zooming too much. Backscatter.com has a really good printout to take on the trip: https://www.backscatter.com/reviews/post/Olympus-TG-5-Best-Underwater-Camera-Settings
All in all I found the setup pretty cost effective and flexible. If I could work out a good way to mange the wide angle lens that would be ideal. There is a quick adapter for the sealife camera and lens holder. This would be really good. Something to work on for the next trip.
Lastly, I started having issues with the housing. It started fogging up. I checked the o-ring multiple times but always ended up fogging around the 50 min mark of the dive. Have ordered a new o-ring so hopefully that solves the issue.
For anyone interested, a write up of the trip can be found here: