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  1. Don’t know if you dive with a significant other, friend, or child but I recently came to the epiphany that we could carry different rigs setup for different subjects. I have a WA M43 for stills with strobes (and video in good available light in the shallows), my son carries a Olympus TG6 set up for macro with a video light which provides continuous lighting and makes the rig really simple and easy to use. I have to admit I partially chose to use the m43 system because I use it topside and already have some lenses and know how to use the camera. But I think it’s a good compromise UW just like it is topside. The only cameras that could tempt me are FF mirrorless like your Sony but physics being the way it is you have the huge lens issue (and very few choices of native lenses). No way would I buy a DSLR today.
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  3. Just bought the TG6 for my 13 year old son who also is a Junior Open Water diver. I set it up with a video light on a flex arm with a tray and handles. This apparently is a great set up for macro and portraits. Also the Olympus housing is not too bulky or expensive. Down the road you can add strobes and a wide angle wet lens. I’ve got a GH5 (similar to the other m43 camera you mentioned) with a zoom wide angle to medium lens in a dome with two strobes. So together we have every type of shot covered. I think this is a perfect setup because my son won’t have to worry about much but focus and pressing the shutter button, which is just as well as he is trying to maintain neutral buoyancy! Here is a video worth watching on a similar setup, select Part 2: https://www.backscatter.com/reviews/post/Olympus-TG-5-Best-Underwater-Camera-Settings# I went with a single flex arm rather than a ball arm because again it’s easier to adjust. Backscatter also has a tether to attach the camera to a BCD, so it doesn’t drift away. The setup above has no floats and will sink. We will be trying out the TG6 in French Polynesia in a few months.
  4. Sounds like the 14-42 with WWL and CMC is the way to go for both WA and Macro on a m43 camera. For now I think I’m going to have my dive buddy carry and use a TG6 for Macro and use my GH5 for everything else. But at some point I’ll probably make the switch. By then we may have more options available.
  5. GH5 w/ Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 in a Nauticam housing and dome. Use my GH5 topside so now it’s going underwater! Learning a lot about uw lighting right now - strobes and LEDs. This forum is a great resource.
  6. This is the feedback I got from Backscatter on the MWL-1 with a 30 on m43: “If you wanted to use the 30mm macro with the MWL-1, I’d recommend using the CMC-2. Otherwise, the minimum focus distance is too close with the CMC-1. You’d basically have to be touching the subject to achieve focus. This is a pretty cool setup, but a little limited. The MWL-1 doesn’t provide the best image quality unless you shoot at really small apertures.” So not much of an endorsement for the combination. Seems like the Pana14-42 with WWL-1 and SCS make a better if larger and more expensive combo.
  7. I’m using the na-36133 Nauticam N85 6 inch' Wide Angle Dome Port. It’s the standard plastic dome without manual focus knob. Housing is the standard Nauticam NA-GH5SV.
  8. I’m a warm water tropical diver. So it sounds like the Pana12-35 with strobes is a good starting point. It vignettes pretty badly at 12mm and I imagine the dome will only make things worse but otherwise it should do the trick as an all rounder. My son, my diving buddy, can bring along a simple TG6 setup for fish portraits and macro using a Sola video light. That will keep it simple, he’s only 13 and maintaining neutral buoyancy is a skill he is still working on.
  9. Which 8mm lens are you using? I have the Oly 8mm 1.8 already for land photography, but I suspect you are talking about the f3.5 lens which is quite a bit smaller.
  10. Good idea. I have the Oly 8mm already but am starting with the Pana12-35 and plastic dome for now. Wonder what you would do if you had to choose between those two lenses? Having a TG6 in my BC sounds like a great option. Thanks for the idea.
  11. Thank you for the info. I’m going to start out with my Pana12-35 (which I already own) in a plastic dome. But down the road I expect to upgrade. Just wondering what the best route is. The WWL-1 seems like a good route. Perhaps more info on the MWL-1 will be available at some point. No one seems to have experience with the GH5. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  12. Thank you for your thoughts. Just thinking 30mm on 1” sensor is equivalent to 60mm on full frame which isn’t a bad size for portraits top side (usually 50-85mm is used). The WML-1 wet lens gives a 150 degree FOV which seems plenty wide. Just wondering what the disadvantage is on a prime versus zoom - when you have so much other complexity while diving already and can zoom with your fins in many situations. I’m a newbie shooting underwater but quite experienced in air.
  13. The Pana30/MWL-1 seems like a more manageable system underwater for wide and macro/portraits. Wondering if the Pana30 can be used with CMC1 for better macro performance. Anyone have experience with both set ups trying to do wide and macro on the same dive? Thanks for your help.
  14. Panasonic m43 systems are great for still photography and 4K video. The whole system is a lot smaller and somewhat cheaper than full frame. I’d go with used equipment through the classified. Then you have to decide if you want to take macro shots of small critters or go with a more generalist set up with a zoom lens.
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