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MarctheShark

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About MarctheShark

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    Canon SX240
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    Sea&Sea YS-01

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  1. I am strongly considering getting the Sony a6400 with Nauticam housing as my first semi-pro underwater rig and have been looking at the e mount lens selection for Sony mirrorless cameras. I would like to eventually shoot dedicated macro and wide angle lenses but have to start somewhere and would like advice on a mid range zoom lens that will be versatile underwater as well as above. Preferably the lens should be compatible with wet wide angle and macro converters so that I have that flexibility as well should I choose to go that route before I get the 90mm macro lens and Tokina 10-17mm fisheye for wide angle. I was looking at the 16-50mm and 18-135mm kit lenses. Does anyone have experience with these or have a recommendation on an alternative lens? I do not mind paying a bit more for a high quality lens, and as mentioned this lens will be used above and underwater so I am looking for a compact, high quality mid range zoom.
  2. Thank you all for your comments. Based on the information received I have re-evaluated what I am looking for in a camera, and I have narrowed my search to the Olympus E-M1 mk ii and the Sony a6400. It seems like the M43 model would be a better all-round solution with nice additional features at the cost of a smaller sensor, slightly lower resolution and slower autofocus. The a6400 however is cheaper, provides a higher resolution and larger sensor but at the cost of less dials for ease of use, slower flash sync, poorer weather sealing and no image stabilization. I think my best bet would be to locate these models, hold them, play around with them and decide from there. If anyone has input regarding image quality comparison between these two models feel free to comment. This forum has been most helpful
  3. I'm interested in this package if it is still available. Feel free to PM me to discuss.
  4. Thank you for the info it looks like the E-M1 mk II is a contender. Since this is my first proper camera purchase I think it would be foolish to go straight for the large and expensive D500 when there are smaller options available that would fulfill my needs, at least for now. The size of these rigs would be significantly smaller and lighter than that of a Nikon D500 making them easier to travel with and as you say, the tools don't make good images they merely help. All I need now is to get my hands on the models and make my final decision. One more question about the Olympus M43 models, how do they work with lenses of other brands such as Sigma, Nikkor or Tokina? Is it an option to buy some lenses that would be compatible on other brands and systems if I choose to upgrade down the line?
  5. I have no experience with Olympus cameras but I hear good things about their lens selection. Can anyone comment on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark ii and on Olympus optics in general when compared to other camera brands? Is it worth investing in an Olympus system?
  6. Hi Adam Thank you for your comments. Regarding the Z6, I am glad that I have posted in this forum to get information from people with hands on experience with these cameras; the reviews for the Z series' autofocus have generally been good (but not as good as the Sony mirrorless range or higher end Nikon DSLRs) so it is interesting to hear that the autofocus is in reality not up to scratch for underwater photography.. Regarding the Canon M series, most sources I have read say that the M series works as well with an adapter and EF/EF-S lenses as it would with native lenses, so I do not see how this would be a problem (please correct me here if I am wrong or if I am missing something). It does however seem from the people I have met that there are not many Canon shooters for underwater photography. It seems like if I wish to have a more travel friendly system I would have to be looking at a crop sensor mirrorless system, as full frame mirrorless systems have large and heavy lenses (at least currently for underwater that is the case) and DSLR including cropped sensor generally have large, heavy bodies although lenses could be more compact. Is there no middle ground that maintains performance? As mentioned before my focus is macro and for that reason fast and accurate autofocus is crucial, focus peaking is also something that I have been looking for (not available in the Nikon D500), I do not really take videos (although this would be a nice extra).
  7. Your information is very helpful and I will definitely be looking into the D500, however based on my research thus far the camera and housing combinations for the Z6 and the D500 are also very similar in price. I have been looking at Nauticam housings as I really like the ergonomics, although they are quite pricey. So if there is no clear winner between price and size how would you say image quality compare between these two models and would you still choose the D500 (as I know you own both of these models)? Is there not a more compact solution that could produce similar quality in a smaller package? If I choose to shoot wide angle with the Z6 I would use a FE lens so would not need a large port as with rectilinear so the size of dome for the larger sensor camera will not be an issue. Another difference between the models is more depth of field with DX over FX for macro but on the other end of the spectrum there is a lot you can do with bokeh and shallower depth of field with a large sensor for the same f stops (correct me if I am wrong here). I think the best thing for me to do is to narrow my search to 3 or 4 models and then find them and physically hold them and test them to see which I prefer, the only problem is narrowing my search haha. Can anyone comment on the Canon M50 for underwater?
  8. Hi TimG Thanks for your comments. I am aware of the expenses associated with the hobby, and that it makes more sense to invest in higher quality lenses, strobes, ports etc rather than an expensive body and skimp on the optics. I am willing to build my setup over time, even if I get the body now and play with it topside before getting a housing and new lenses etc as I can afford them, but for now I am just so confused by the amount of options for bodies that I no longer know what to look for. Ideally would like to find a camera that would not need replacing after 3-4 years but rather that I can keep while I work towards obtaining the lenses, lights and ports to play with. The Nikon d500 for example is still reviewed as a top camera for above and under water and it is now already 3 years old (also one I have considered but the size and weight has held me back - if anyone has experience with this camera I would also love to hear your thoughts). One large factor for selecting a body and optics is that if I eventually do upgrade my camera body, the optics will be compatible with the newer camera systems and I wouldn't have to start over. For this reason the Z series from Nikon has confused me as the larger lens mount shows promise for future optical capabilities but limits compatibility of older lenses even with the FTZ adapter. Why is this so hard??! haha
  9. For a few years I have been looking for a new camera to improve my underwater photography with a more professional setup. I want a camera that can take crisp, professional images with good dynamic range, fast auto-focus, focus peaking, is compact for travel and can be expanded or customized with lenses to be able to photograph the smallest critters on the reef to share my love of the ocean with others. I focus more on photography over video, and prefer macro over wide angle with my passion being super macro. For these reasons I have zeroed in on mirrorless cameras for their compact size and high quality capabilities. For some time one camera that stood out for quality and value was the Sony a6400 mirrorless, however the colour science of Sony cameras has a bad rep and I would like to minimize the editing required for RAW images. I have also spoken to some photographers that have used this camera and weren't happy with the colour reproduction (if anyone disagrees please feel free to share your experience with this camera). I've looked at the Nikon Z6 which seems like a great option but really expensive (I would only be willing to spend so much if I can be absolutely sure that it is great value). One other mirrorless option that I have stumbled on is the Canon EOS M50 which has good reviews online and a great price point but no reviews in respect of underwater photography. The M50 is also a crop sensor so I wouldn't be able to use the native lenses if I choose to upgrade to full frame down the line, but the additional crop would help me get closer to those tiny critters?Ideally I would like a camera that can grow with me as a photographer; I would not want to discover limitations down the line and feel like I have to upgrade again. Can you shed some light on the subject and help me make a decision?Any advice would be much appreciated.
  10. Hi I'm South African new to this forum. I started underwater photography a few years ago when I got my Canon SX240 digital camera with housing. Got a great deal but later discovered the reason. The shutter speed and aperture had to be adjusted with a dial but the housing only had buttons, so I had to guess what would be required for the dive pre-descent leaving only ISO to play with. Nevertheless I got some really nice pictures and loved underwater photography. I've been looking to upgrade for the past few years but havent been able to afford it until now. Looking to buy the Sony a6500 as it's compact for travel. Anyone with experience with this camera feel free to contact me with some tips/reviews
  11. Hi All I am from South Africa. I love the ocean and diving and want to learn all I can about underwater photography
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