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DSLR Camera or Housing

Discussion in 'Personal Ads' started by Leeb2018, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Leeb2018

    Leeb2018 Active Member

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    Hi Guys

    I am looking at getting a DSLR camera and housing. I was just wondering if any one has any cameras or housings going. Or maybe both.

    Cheers

    Lee
     
  2. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Expensive! The housings are more than the cameras. To that you need to add lights/strobes, dome ports, wet lenses, floats, arms... Not to mention learning how to use it.

    Did see one amazing housing at the dive show which was generic and the demo was to swap the Nikon camera for a Cannon in the same housing - https://www.easydive.it/

    The other aspect is to have your basic dive skills well up to scratch so you can hold position.

    Was diving with a couple of photographers on a recent week away where their cameras + kit was umpteen thousands of pounds and awfully complex!

    What sort of underwater photographic experience have you had thus far?
     
  3. Leeb2018

    Leeb2018 Active Member

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    I was using a mirrorless camera and housing. But I want a dslr now. My mate is running a nikon dslr in a nauticam housing. It must cost him £5000 with extra lens ports and lenses.

    I have just found a nauticam housing for a nikon if they get back to me and I can have it then I will get the camera to match.

    Also I about to do my commerical diver course with under water photography as part of course.

    I very much enjoy underwater photography. Me and my mate seem to fall behind groups with our photo taking.
     
  4. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Excellent. Glad you have the experience behind it!

    That generic housing was an amazing demo though. Same price as a Nauticam, but with no switches penetrating into the main housing; all the controls were electronic and interfaced via a USB cable to the camera. As I saw it, this means you can buy one housing and have different specialist cameras for the task at hand (video, stills, etc.)

    Still think that the neatest bit of kit I've seen on a camera rig is a "snoot with a laser". Kit envy there!
     
  5. Leeb2018

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    I learnt alot about photography diving with my friend.

    He done alot of reseach so saved me alot of time. He has tried many set ups and built up to what he has now.
    So I have a good idea of what I need.

    The housing i have found has arms with it. So if I end up with the kit I found the only other thing I will need is two strobes.

    The mirrorless camera I had (sony a5000) was a good small camera with dslr functions. The only issue with the carmera was going through all the menus to change settings to take different underwater photos. I love my wreck diving and love reefs. But i found that changing settings for these gives good results. Shooting wrecks in black and white gives lots of depth and creepy photos.

    I also getting into a bit of urban exploring so the dslr with give quality results in an dout of the water.
     
  6. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Sony cameras do have a bit of a reputation for having complex menus. Seen quite a few comments on that on DPReview.

    Recently looked at second-hand cameras. Amazing how much discount you can get for the previous model which was the state-of-the-art only a couple of years ago. They still work though!

    Housings are a mess though. With all the housings having loads of buttons that are specific to one camera, I'm sure the manufacturers are loving that a camera upgrade means a new housing sale.

    Personally I like diving with photographers. They move slowly so you can really appreciate your dive.
     
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    Not only very expensive but quite delicate with those arms - saw a couple getting in at Stoney getting very concerned when someone offered to pass their kit to them!
     
  8. Leeb2018

    Leeb2018 Active Member

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    JohnL. I would not want to be dropping someones camera equipment knowing how much it costs.

    Wibble. Me and my mate didnt realise how slow we dive untill we dived with non photographers.
     

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