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Created On: 05/28/2019 05:48 AM
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 05/28/2019 05:48 AM
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    I have a minority camera, an Olympus. Small sensor, compact body, compact lenses. Easy to carry around. They don't sell very many. Then again, serious water photogs seem to gravitate to the most expensive Nikons and Canons.
    Turns out Salty and Nimar have surf housings. Salty looks to be pretty much a custom shop.
    Me, no budget for very expensive boxes so a very expensive camera can go swimming. But it's nice to know that someone out there is presumably buying such boxes and taking cameras like mine into the surf.
    By the way, a fresh Box of Light blog email came brand it occurred to me to check Derek Morrison's comments on gear. He has reviews on two Canon models, one rather comparable to my camera in terms of price and image quality. Gear
    Anyway, here's a photo taken Jan. 3, 2018 with my older camera with less-good autofocus and a lens that's a bit soft. I was expecting to take a few shots and leave the camera in the car. Instead spent much of the day shooting. Afternoon light was outstanding, though I made a mistake by saving files in .jpg rather than RAW format. This image has focus on the board and foot, not face. Not good.
    Another upgraded edit. Small wave, perfect sun.

Edited: 06/01/2019 at 10:38 PM by ww
 06/07/2019 11:47 AM
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Great lighting. What did it cost? Your camera that is..
 06/09/2019 01:28 AM
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    That setup is slightly obsolete. The replacement camera body, the Olympus OM-D E-M1II, is currently $1,500 for the body and the 75-300 mm lens can be bought refurbished from Olympus for $550. Reviewing those photos, image quality on well-focused photos is almost as good as I'd get with a more expensove lens. Anyway, a better heritage lens, a 40-200, can be had from KEH for $420, plus $180 for a new adapter (four thirds to micro four thirds).
    I bought my first Olympus camera in 2014 when the OM-D system was introduced. The first camera body was compact, water resistant (and so were a couple of lenses), and resonably affordable. Lenses are also compact and relatively affordable. The downside, a small sensor size (micro four thirds), shared with Panasonic, which uses it for a line of cameras that tend to be oriented toward video, where Olympus caters more to still photographers.
    Sony doesn't bother with weatherproof, but their camera sales have been doing very well at a time when other's are hurting and their cameras are very respected. Salty housings has a blog, and one entry explains the value of relatively a relatively cheap Sony alpha 6000 for use in the water. Similarly, the formidable Derek Morrisson has some nice things to say about using a (relatively) affordable Canon instead of the horribly expensive one.

Edited: 06/09/2019 at 01:37 AM by ww
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