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#1 Jcardinale

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 08:23 PM

Hi,

I just got back from Bonaire. I've been out of UW photography for about 10 years but decided to get back into it. These were taken with a rented Nikon D80 in an Ikelite housing. I used a 50mm Sigma lens.

I now want to buy a set up and am trying to decide between a SLR or mirrorless. The attraction of mirrorless is size for traveling but the SLR was great to use.

Any equipment suggestions or comments about the photos would be most welcome.

Thx
Joe

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 08:46 PM

Great shots, can't help you on the gear.


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 09:24 PM

My brother uses a D800(the D810 wasn't out yet) and the Nikon 105mm micro. Not sure of the housing he uses but he does amazing work.
Those are some really nice captures too!

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 09:13 AM

Are the shots all using ambient light, or is there additional lighting or flash on the housing?  Also, curious as to the location? great shots!



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Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:16 PM

Wow! This makes me wanna buy a UW-housing! 



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:51 AM

Those are some great shots, as far as your gear direction takes you good luck. I'm sure either will work it's just on mirror less the selection of quality lenses to capture shots like those.

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 07:37 PM

We'll one other consideration..well 2..
Housing cost/availability for what ever camera you decide on andddddd battery life! I personally would go for the D810 + 105mm macro. For a second lens get a wide angle even a fisheye.
D810 for its greatttt dynamic range to really make your subject pop and yes bigggg monster files for incredible rich detail. If you get something unique your going to want to print it large.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:17 AM

Great shots!



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 07:48 PM

Thanks for all the nice replies. I used a Nikon D80 in an Ikelite housing. I used a single Ikelite strobe on all of the shots. It was a rented rig in Bonaire. I haven't purchased a new camera yet. I'm going to wait until I'm closer to my next UW vacation. I've been eyeing a D7200. It just the mirrorless are a lot smaller. It seems to me that overall performance is easier and better with a dSLR for UW shots but mirrorless is definitely getting better. I still invite any new suggestions. I'll post a few more photos from that trip.

Thanks
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