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I want to start under water shooting. Much appreciated if anyone can share thoughts regarding a starter set up. Housings for digital vs film vs Nikonos or whatever.

by [a former member] at 2005-12-03 14:17:09 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Oakland , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I highly recommend SEA & SEA for underwater housings. It’s not the most expensive out there, but has treated me well. I don’t get to go often, but I haven’t had any troubles with it. As far as film vs digital goes, I’ve only shot with digital underwater…biggest advantage to digital: more than just 36 shots per dive. Good luck.

by Patrick Cavan Brown | 03 Dec 2005 17:12 | | Report spam→
On Nikonos:
My first camera was a Nikonos V. If you have a deep interest in macro work, I don’t know what to tell you. However- if your interest is in taking photos of large animals: rays, sharks, divers, etc- even the most crystalline water will demand that you get well within… 7 feet? or 3 feet.
Hmmph. What’s most important for non- macro is:
a wide angle lens
a strobe or two B/C: below a few feet, the water column steals color. also, strobes will allow you to stop down to 16 or 22 and that helps when you are reaching out, literally, for images.
perhaps you knew all this.
I havent shot u/w in a long time- but Nikonos must still be the best deal. and cousteau used it.
Oh. But if you wanna shoot surf… well, the only Nikonos surface lens is 35 mm. that could be a challenge.

by gilby kim | 03 Dec 2005 17:12 | rockville, md, United States | | Report spam→

What up buddy? Greetings from a fellow Bay Area photographer. I have had great success with the nikonos-v. The glass is pretty solid with a very durable body. The biggest challenge is knowing what to expose for. If your walking around the beach or in shallow water you can bring a hand held light meter and go off that. The nikonos cameras are also pretty easy to find now for a decent price on ebay. Furthermore, I’ve seen some amazing underwater fly fishing black and white photography by a guy named Thomas McGuane in a book called “Upstream”. He built an underwater housing for a rolliflex camera and his images are incredible. I hope this is helpful.



by Matthew Hayes | 05 Feb 2006 08:02 | Oakland, CA, United States | | Report spam→
It seems that most of the UW hobbyists are selling their Nikonos gear fairly cheaply and buying expensive digital housings ($5K for a D2X housing). You should be able to get an affordable film housing fairly cheap.

by Rich Dutchman | 05 Feb 2006 10:02 (ed. Feb 12 2006) | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→

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