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Hi all,

 

I'm a diver from California. I'm joining this forum to seek help what to get for my new underwater compact camera and rig that satisfy the requirements below.

1) 1 camera to shoot on land producing better results than iPhone and underwater during travel.

2) Compact/light weight, not too bulky and good for travel since I only scuba dive when I travel oversea or out of states.

3) Very good at super macro and macro and good for video underwater.

4) Ability to not have to switch port and lenses as much as possible to shoot macro, normal (not possible with wide?) angle and video on the same dive

5) Room to grow as I get better at underwater photography.

I have been reading a lot of articles and review videos but still have a really hard time to decide on what camera model and housing. The TG-6 was a really good choice that could satisfied most of the requirement about but it doesn’t have manual mode so it won’t meet 1 and 5.

I really like the Sony RX100 Vii but doesn’t meet 4 and may be 2 since the full rig with light strobes looks pretty bulky.

The Lumix 10 is also a good choice but I read review online said the lens can get dirt in after some use, it is also not very good at macro from review.

The Olympus EPL9/10 also seems like a good candidate but it is slightly bigger than compact camera and can’t shoot macro and wide on the same dive, also require more lenses and ports, and it has lower MP.

Any suggestion for a good camera and rig setup that could meet all the requirements above or at least close enough? I really hate having to set up the gear between dives. The goal is to travel with these gears, take good underwater macro and super macro photos and on the same dive occasionally capture some fish portraits, large creatures (manta, sting ray, turtle…) and take videos. Also take good photos on lands. I don’t mind paying more to meet all these requirements but prefer to not overspend on compact rig at the price of a DSL full frame rig :D

Thank you

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1 hour ago, imacro said:

Hi all,

 

I'm a diver from California. I'm joining this forum to seek help what to get for my new underwater compact camera and rig that satisfy the requirements below.

Welcome imacro!

There are subforums specific for beginners & gear on Wetpixel - I'd recommend you posting there for more visibility

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Hi Everyone,

I'm a very keen underwater photographer and have been diving for 15 years logging more than 5000 dives - mostly done with a camera in hand. (Well, at least when I'm not teaching!). I am a PADI IDC Staff/SSI AIT and have previously managed dive centers in both the UK and Egypt (Sharm el Sheikh).

I'm living in Denmark now and dive all year round both here and abroad (travel restrictions permitting) but my favorite location is the Red Sea .....it just has so much variation to offer!:fishred:

I have focused predominantly on stills in the past - the video I have done has left a lot to be desired!.....but now, with current technological capability I really feel it's time to try again with video.

 

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Hi all!

I am a Pacific Northwest resident making my way in freelance photography and filmmaking primarily of freshwater salmon ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska and Washington. I got my start as a salmon researcher with the University of Washington and have really enjoyed paring my experience in the environmental sciences with camera work!

Thanks for having me. 

JasonSChing.com

instagram.com/Jasonsching

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Hello,

my name is Martin, from Czech Republic. I am very new to UW photo, just bought my first camera and strobe. But I really love diving and taking photos. I am here looking for inspiration and tips/advices for improving both my skills and equipment.
I am a little skilled in post-prod. Right now considering switching from Lightroom to Luminar

thanks for accepting me and hope to talk to you guys more

Martin

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Warmwater diver, been shooting for about 6 years, a couple of times a year. Been reading the forum when I needed some ideas and thought it was probably time I joined! 

Cheers, Justin

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Hi everyone,

I am Tasha and live in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia for those of you who may not know where that is).  I have been diving for about 10 years and really love underwater photography.  I have recently upgraded from a compact camera to the Sony a7R3 in a Isotta housing.  I am loving it, and learning something new each dive.  Hopefully I can learn lots of tips and trick from everyone here.

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Hi All,

my name is Erik from Northern Germany. I'm a marine biologist and diving instructor, diving for about 30 years and bought my first Nikonos 25 years ago. After not shooting UW for a couple of years I picked up the Nik V last year and having tons of fun using it again. Pretty much old school but I will surely be up to date soon reading this forum ;-)

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Hi all, 

I'm Par from Sydney, Australia. I started taking underwater photos about 2 years. While I am still a newbie, I'd like to do my best to produce the best images that I can do with the equipment that I've got. To do so, I understand that there are many areas that I need to study and learn more. Hence, I joined Wetpixel to be able to learn from your knowledge and experinces.

Cheers,

Par

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Hey there! 
I’m Matt and I like shooting sharks! Currently I shoot with canon 7d mark ii but recently picked up the new r6. Trying to figure out what housing to pick up for the r6! Hoping to learn more and grow as a photographer!

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Hi there,

I'm Michael from South West Ireland. Been diving since 2002 and more recently been getting into underwater photography. Working from home has allowed me to go diving more and more which is fantastic. Hoping to get lots of advice and learn from this forum.

All the best,

Mike

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Hi All,

I'm Richard from Northern California.  I learned to dive and got my first underwater camera back in the early 80s - Nikon N2020 in an Ikelite housing.  I'm just returning to the sport after a couple decade hiatus.  I just bought a new camera system that I plan to use around the world hopefully for another 5-10 years.  Thanks for all the great information from staff and members.

Best,

Richard

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Hi there from sunny Malta! Been diving for 5 years and finally looking at upgrading my system from a gopro to using my Nikon d850 underwater :heart:

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Hello everyone

I'm based in Switzerland. I started diving in 2018 in Mexico and I'm AOWD now with 100 dives. I always used to film with my gopro, now I want to start with my GH5.

 

Best

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Greetings.  Just joined. I'm a surf photographer from Va. Bch., VA. and the OBX. Rather complicated trying to insert an image from my website?  Oh well.  I have an amazing CMT Custom Carbon fiber housing I'm trying to sell with ports to fit multiple lenses including a flared flat port for the 24-70mm f/2.8L II wide angle zoom for the canon 7D Mark II.  I moved to Aquatech and am currently using a canon 5D Mark IV and the Reflex housing.IMG_2181.jpeg?format=2500w

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Hi, Nick more here. Posting here to be able to contribute to the favourite pictures of 2020.

cheers

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Hi everyone!

I'm from Tasmania, Australia! I love (and have only) dived in temperate and cold waters. One day very soon I will hit warm water. I have currently started my DM and am also a rather inexperienced (I'm working on it!) Freediver.

I've just purchased a camera  (Sony A7R ii) and am hoping to get a housing before too long. Hopefully interact soon, and if anyone ever heads to Tas, hit me up!

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Edited by Aqua Kahuna
Added photo!

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Hello!!  I'm Wesley and I'm a sony user and really happy to be here to learn from you all.  Thank you so much!

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Hi!
I'm a chilean diver, so my experience in diving is cold water. I have been a photographer for more than 15 years, but just this year I'll be starting to practice muy skills under water.
I'm very happy to joing this community.
Cariños! 
Javi


 

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Hi.  New member here.  I'm returning to diving after a 20+ year break.  I have an Olympus TG that I've been using for shallow work, and look forward to getting gear that will work at depth.  I dive in Monterey, CA.

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Hey,

Just got into surf photography and really keep to learn a lot more asap

anyone here got some tips

 

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On 1/21/2021 at 3:23 PM, EdObie said:

Greetings.  Just joined. I'm a surf photographer from Va. Bch., VA. and the OBX. Rather complicated trying to insert an image from my website?  Oh well.  I have an amazing CMT Custom Carbon fiber housing I'm trying to sell with ports to fit multiple lenses including a flared flat port for the 24-70mm f/2.8L II wide angle zoom for the canon 7D Mark II.  I moved to Aquatech and am currently using a canon 5D Mark IV and the Reflex housing.IMG_2181.jpeg?format=2500w

i'd be really interested talking to you about your cmt equipment mate

chris

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