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Jan 06, 2015 00:32 |  #31

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Thanks for the suggestions. I am planning on continuing my dive education as time allows. I am personally leaning towards a Go Pro since I can use it for cycling as well (my other sport of passion).

We'll see what the year holds but for now I will hold off on anything more than a Go Pro.

Thanks Everyone!

Do you prefer wide angle or macro photography?

About Go Pro if you bring underwater:
- Very wide angle, unless if you buy additional external zoom lens
- Without strobes, you will be very disappointed. The picture will be all in grey color.
- Strobes are expensive
- If no external zoom lens, you must put your object very close to Go Pro; unless if you video big object


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Jan 06, 2015 07:37 |  #32

SOX 404 wrote in post #17368411 (external link)
Do you prefer wide angle or macro photography?

About Go Pro if you bring underwater:
- Very wide angle, unless if you buy additional external zoom lens
- Without strobes, you will be very disappointed. The picture will be all in grey color.
- Strobes are expensive
- If no external zoom lens, you must put your object very close to Go Pro; unless if you video big object


When doing above water photography I'm more into portraiture and landscapes but for underwater I think I would rather do macro, the fine detail of sea creatures is what really drew me into the sport.


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Jan 20, 2015 18:08 |  #33

Three dive trips ago I purchased a go pro 3.....It is a great camera for the price but since I have been using a 1D mark 4 for the last few years it just doesn't work for me. So in my search I found this setup
http://www.backscatter​.com …Descending&ftn=​youbetcha& (external link)

This Olympus EPL-5 worked out well for a while, Took a lot of nice photos ....also I might add are the two external strobes for the camera....Light is so important!!!

My only issue with this camera is I typically like to shoot manual mode. Does any one know of anyone selling a housing for a 1D mark 4 ?

BTW this would work for Macro


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Jan 21, 2015 07:51 |  #34

Scubaboard & Wetpixel have Buy & Sell sections where you might find one.


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Jan 21, 2015 08:39 as a reply to  @ cicopo's post |  #35

yea I will give that a shot.....I would not mind some sort of trade for my 400 - 2.8 IS lens


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Jan 23, 2015 13:07 |  #36

I'll add another recommendation for a GoPro if you're just looking for something to capture snapshots and enjoy casually while learning- they're awesome and really versatile.

I'm also just a casual vacation diver that doesn't get to go very often, but I've used mine a few times since purchasing (Several snorkeling trips though since my wife doesn't dive). It's a piece of cake to toss it on a gopro pole or buoy, you can leave it on the entire dive and just edit later or turn on for quick clips, buttons are big and simple so its easy to manipulate underwater, there are tons of accessories to help with color correction. I use mine more for video to be honest, but you can always extract decent stills if you shoot video in 4K.

The biggest thing for me is versatility - since you mentioned cycling. I use mine in a lot of other non-water activities that I never expected, and mounting accessories are cheap. I take it hiking, cycling, snowboarding, mounted on the car, etc and it's actually been a ton of fun that has opened up some new opportunities that I would've never had photography/video for previously. I also never used my SLR for video previously, but I'm having fun learning the video side of things now too in addition to photography. The GoPro is a lot of fun though and the size makes it really easy to take everywhere with you.


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