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#1 jsteffan

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:06 PM

Hi,
I am about to step into my first DSLR and I am in quite a dilemma. And judging by the number of discussions I have found on this topic online, I am not the only one!

I am a nature/landscape photographer. I also do shore break photography and underwater over/under shots in the ocean and lakes. I plan on going with an Aquatech housing once I sort out what camera to go with. Which brings me to my main questions.

I was planning on stepping in with the new Canon 7D mk ii but I think I have confused myself after more research and looking at the other options.

I'm also not sure about full frame vs crop sensor for my purposes. So now my camera pool seems to be the 7D mk ii, Nikon D750, or seeing if/what the Canon 6D follow up will be....6D mk ii?
I realize the Nikon D810 is also a fantastic choice - if not the ultimate - but this may be pushing the budget a bit.

Either way, I wanted to get a feel as to which direction I should go in...full-frame necessary? Nikon vs Canon etc....
The 10 FPS of the Canon 7D mk ii is nice but perhaps not necessary since I'm not doing bird photography....it would play a role with over-under and the water movements however.

Of course, I'm also limited to cameras for which underwater housings are made for. But with the above models I am covered.

Thank you all in advance for any suggestions!


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Posted 27 December 2014 - 12:19 AM

My brother does underwater photography with a D800 and gets amazing results!

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 01:04 PM

....and then there's mirrorless too....! lol

 

Im just going to full frame and wondering why it didnt go there straight away after getting into photography one year ago. I have a 70D and as budget is an issue im going to a 6D. I've researched quite a bit and it perfoms well for the price and im commited to canon with glass. Nikon are the low light leaders so maybe that is the best route for you given your style. D810 if you can afford it!



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 08:19 AM

I would lean more in the direction of a full frame camera. They have a higher dynamic range. Both major companies have quality equipment. Only you know what your budget can take, you could look at a refurbished camera the Canon 6D about $1300 or a used Canon 5D Mark II somewhere around $850. Nikon has the 800 all these will do a great job. Also you will have a little money left over for
some lenses. This is were you should focus spending your money.

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 01:15 PM

For underwater photography the D800 used and a 105mm macro will be a good set up. Remember with underwater housing you don't have much room for lens size.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 07:20 PM

I was definitely going to play with the Tokina fisheye (if choice is crop sensor camera) and the Aquatech dome ports. 






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