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Hi guys, 

First I would like to congratulate all new members that took less time than me to figure out how to post in here. It took me half a day searching through this site to figure out how to post lol.

 Anyway, my twin brother has been doing underwater photography for a few years now with a Nikon D800 and I've been extremely jealous of his pictures. I've been following him around on dives for the past 8 or so years with a gopro, then a Nikon J1, then a Panasonic LX10. I didn't want to spend the money on a big rig like my brothers D800. But now that Sony has been releasing these crazy full frame mirrorless cameras every other week causing the prices of the older cameras in their full frame series to drop, I'm taking the plunge. With the power of all my credit cards combined I'm now going all in and I am currently building my rig for the Sony A7rii. I'm really excited to learn from everyone on this forum and I love looking at everyone's pictures, even though they usually make me jealous.  

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Morning from Dubai everyone!  I was just in Lembeh and spoke with a friend about selling my old camera set-up and he suggested that I look up this forum....  apparently I have been living under a rock - there is so much content here!  Will definitely get into more of it, but as for me I'm a semi-retired instructor, been diving since 1998 and love all things under the water (especially if they are tiny and adorable).   I am thinking that I will get "sucked down the internet rabbit hole" here with all of the chatter, but can't be a bad thing.  Now to process over 2000 pics from my trip!  Looking forward to participating. 

 

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hello

my names Cory. Lucky enough to spend most my days in the water off the Kona coast on the big island of Hawaii. Most all the diving I do is Freediving and I spend most my time offshore.

 

Cheers!

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Hi everyone !

 

I'm César, from France. I've been diving for the last 10 years and taking underwater photos for the last 6. I've been shooting for many years with my Canon S95 and I'm currently looking to build my rig for my little Fuji. Not that easy as there not that many Fuji underwater photographers.

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I had the same problem trying to find a way to post something on the site.  Thanks to Adam Hanlon for pointing me in the right direction.

Now, back to ordering my new setup from Backscatter.

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Hi, my name is Tobias living in London. I began diving 35 years ago. I have a Panasonic LX7 in Nauticam housing with Sea & Sea YS-D2 strobes.

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Hi I'm Nick from Surrey in England. I am currently at Leicester University studying Medicine and spend almost all of my student loans on scuba diving. I started diving when I was 18 and have been obsessed since, I am a keen and very amateur underwater photographer! I intend to use this forum to pick up useful bits of advice on underwater photography and equipment use as well as using the excellent classifieds forum! 

Nick

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Hello All,

 

Quick intro...

 

My name is Scott and I live in Virginia (USA).I got certified in the '80s, lived for a time in Grand Cayman in the late '80s but only became an active, avid diver since my wife got certified in Grand Cayman in 2017.  Since then we've taken diving trips to Cancun twice (diving the Cenotes and snorkeling with whalesharks), Hawaii, West Palm Beach  (Blue Heron Bridge), Bonaire (Buddy Dive Resort) and Roatan (Coco View Resort) (ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!).  We have upcoming trips on the Cayman Aggressor V, Coco View Resort (Roatan, Honduras) and Wakatobi (S. Sulawesi, Indonesia).

see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xuDUDl-owTKqFR3LayWOGIxF5UVXrs4h/view

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Hi, my name is David from Brisbane, Australia.

Long time amateur photographer and diver hoping to spend more time now doing both. Glad to now be part of the wetpixel community.

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Hi All, My name is Rich from Baltimore, Md USA. 

Been diving for over 20 Years on and off, Above water photography for well.. since film was our only option haha. Switched to Digital when the Nikon D100 came out. Over the last 5 years my interest or want to get camera underwater has really grown, GoPro then I purchased the Sea Life DC2000 with strobes a few years ago for compactness and travel and just have not been very happy with it. Ive gotten decent images considering but its just not my camera. I recently got the "bug" to get my current camera underwater. I shoot a D850 and Z7 and for my shooting style I hardly grab my D850 anymore so I made the plunge to get my Z7 underwater. originally thinking Id save a little size but I realized that was just not gonna happen haha. 

Still working on my kit set up but so far im With Z7 in Nauticam housing, Ported Nikon Fish Eye, Ultralight arms already purchsed and Im pretty sure Ill go with Inons Z330's. I still got some time before any trips so Im keeping my eye on the reviews of the new Sea & Sea as well. 

I have a internal debate on going with a 60 Micro with the wet lens, but Ill probably make that decision after a few dives. 

Anyway..... WetPixel has been a huge resource and Im glad to have found and joined these forums. Thanks to all the members that post for indirectly helping me haha and Ill do my best to give back as my knowledge grows here. 

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Hey Rich

Welcome to Wetoixel. We hope you find it a great resource.  I thought I’d chip-in on your macro lens thinking. 

it’d be well worth you searching on WP for views on a 60mm micro lens on an FX camera. It’s been discussed quite a bit and the merits of the 105 mm v 60.mm. Well worth a read before you invest. A lot of FXers question whether a 60mm is worth it on FX  

 

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Thanks Tim, yeah my only reason being the use of the Wet Wide... my logic has me at this would be great in theory but not sure in practice if I would be happy with that set up... verse the fisheye and like you said just having the 105 and coordinating dives with Ports. I have a lot of interest in Bug Eye as well, and when I go macro I might just go in to that realm. 

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Hi all, my name is Simon and I am a recreational and commercial diver located in Ibiza, an island in Spain, Europe. My passsion is underwater photography, and this is what I do every single weekend or in diving trips. It's nice to join such a big forum of underwater photgraphy passionates.

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Hello Wetpixel community!  The first time I dove (after getting certified) I took a camera with me. My photography equipment remains unsophisticated, but I feel like a crucial part of my gear is missing if I don't have my camera with me. 

I now spend more hours on Lightroom than playing solitaire ...to me that's a good thing 'cause every fish, coral, sponge, algea and wee beastie I peer at helps me remember my dives and also works my grey matter over. 

i joined Wetpixel because, every now and then, I come across something that I cannot identify, nor even guess at.  So the majority of my posts will likely be in the Critter Identification Forum.

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Hello everybody!

My name is Valtteri, I'm from Finland but luckily leaving to South East Asia again in about a week. I've been diving for a few years now, but as it is freaking cold here and I haven't had the money to buy a dry suit - or any scuba gear of my own - yet, I've been diving while traveling.

My go to destination has been and probably will be Koh Tao in the gulf of Thailand. I've grown to hate the place as much as I love it and if there were another place where I could get the courses done in my native language even close to the prices on that island I wouldn't find myself there almost every year. I've always felt the most safe and comfortable diving with Koh Tao Divers, which I can't say about all the dive centers I've dove with. Finnish people speak relatively good English - some might do Swedish too - so highly recommended for all. ;)

I don't do one or two week vacations - it's between one to four months for me - and to do that I cannot be tied to a full time job. Thus my yearly income is quite low, thus my budget for gear is quite low as I try to prefer eating over shiny things.

I have a Sony A6000 and I'm pretty sure sticking with the series. Last year I bought the Meikon fixed port housing and I actually got a few almost decent shots on the very first dives with the camera in Komodo national park in Indonesia (amazing place, skip the lizard, go for the dives). At that time I realized I know nothing about underwater photography - you really do need a light source, a faster lens only gives you more blur.

I still don't have that light and for this coming trip I'm stuck with the kit zoom underwater, but I'm going to start building something a little more serious around the camera. And that's why I'm here - to ask all the stupid questions! :D

Here's the few almost decent shots that I got. Heavily Photoshopped to hide the flaws.

1. Green turtle, Sony A6000 + 16-50 mm @ 50 mm - f/5,6 - 1/80 sec
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2. The same green turtle, 17 mm - f/4,5 - 1/125 sec
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3. White tip reef shark from above, 16 mm - f/4,5 - 1/80 sec
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4. Manta ray, 16 mm - f/4,5 - 1/250 sec
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Sorry for a long post, thank you in advance for bearing with me and my stupid questions.

Valtteri

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 Hi there! Michelle from Florida. I have been diving for over 20 years and been a professional photographer and videographer for 15. Looking forward to learning new tips and tricks from all of you!

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Hey! I’m matt, I’m a diver from California although I currently am landlocked living in Colorado :( I am a semi pro photographer and am finally ready to take the plunge (pun intended) into underwater photography after years of dreaming!)

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Rick here from Mumbai. New to the forum, have some great gear I'll share for recycling shortly.

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Hi everybody,

Theis from Copenhagen here. Just starting doing UW photography, and have some questions for the veterans :)

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Hi Everyone

Been diving with a camera for a while (from 35mm days), but its become the reason for diving, even here on the South Coast of England..

Cheers

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Hello to the Group! 

Although I've been diving since 2004, I just learned about Wetpixel, so feel a little late to the party. My husband and I try to go diving twice a year. Our favorite dive spots are in the Philippines and Indonesia. A local friend talked me into trying underwater photography a few years ago. You would think that by now I'd be more expert than I am, but I'm still learning and still making mistakes. Fortunately, I do get a really good shot every once in a while -- that encourages me to keep trying! 

I look forward to learning from everyone here.

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Hello,

Name is Jason and I am just getting into UW photo in a big way.  Just upgraded my kit from a Compact Cannon GX7 to a Panasonic S1.  Wow, talk about an upgrade.  Looking forward to learning more and getting some new gear.

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Hello fellow photo-holics.  My name is Brant and I currently reside in the Chicago area.

I started taking pictures underwater in 1979 while working on a live aboard in the Bahamas.  I have gone thru several upgrades over the years and I currently shoot with an Olympus OMD E-M5.  I am looking forward to sharing and learning here, I really want to progress from my current level.

I’ll post some of my recent work in the appropriate forum.

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