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DX-2G hints and tips

Discussion in 'Sea&Sea Society' started by DiveMaven, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    We just upgraded our camera from a DX8000G to a DX-2G. Anyone have any hints and tips with the differences between the two cameras in mind?
     
  2. hammerhead man

    hammerhead man Manta Ray

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    Congrats, DiveMaven. The biggest difference is the fact that you can now shoot in full manual mode. I own the DX-1G but the basic functions are almost identical to the DX-2G. I have shot in the Sea&Sea mode and the pics came out well; however, I am never sure what the shutter speed is in that mode, and I want at least 1/60th of a second to capture moving subjects so I use the manual mode most of the time. I use the adjust function to switch between spot focus and multi focus. If I'm taking a pic of a reef or large area I will use multi AF and If I am shooting a maco I will use the spot focus. I also use the cloudy white balance option and always show the histogram on the LCD screen. I also recommend that you get the wide angle lens and eventually invest in the close-up lens as well. I think you will enjoy that camera a lot. I also found that the DX-1G takes excellent above water pics as well and use it for all my photos.

    Did you get any strobes as well? If not, you will want to eventually invest in one. I have the YS-110a (I actually have two) and find that they work well.

    Regards,

    Bill
     
  3. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

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    Thanks Bill, it's my husband who is the photographer (I'm the editor), so I'll pass along your suggestions to him, particularly about using spot focus since he loves shooting macro. He's complained for a long time about not being able to focus in enough, so the spot focus will be an enormous advantage! He also sets his camera for cloudy white balance and uses the histogram to help. We do have a strobe already, makes all the difference in the world!
     
  4. Paula Schi

    Paula Schi Angel Fish

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    I changed the sharpness to "hard" which works better for me.
    Otherwise, as hammerhead man said, I can recommend the wide angle and the closeup lens.
    Although the RAW function is very slow- I like using it for wide angle shots without using the flash.
    Have fun using the camera :) And practise practise practise.... :D
     
  5. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

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    My husband is already a very good amateur photographer and is very excited about this new camera. The spot focus feature is going to make a HUGE difference for him in his macro photography, but it sounds like we should be looking at the close up lens as well.

    Scuba is expensive but when you add photography, it goes to a whole new level! I'm just glad he's not interested in a DSLR (mostly due to size). :wink:

    He's going to get lots of practice with his new camera next month. We'll be diving every day for 2weeks on Maui. :D
     
  6. hammerhead man

    hammerhead man Manta Ray

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    Location: Virginia
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    You can get absolutely great pics with this camera and he should be really pleased with the results. If you click on my "photos" link and view my Turks and Caicos and Eleuthera galleries you will see pics taken with my DX-1G camera. They are not great, but I think some of them are pretty good.

    Regards,

    Bill
     
  7. sharky60

    sharky60 Photographer

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    ... I've moved into the realm of DSLR on the surface for my profession, ($Ka-ching!$), but I really like using the compact camera underwater and think I'll stay with it for now, I've been very happy with the results I've gotten so far with the DX-5000, I just moved up to the G2 myself a few months ago, and although I haven't had the chance to get it wet yet, I really like the shots I have made with it on the surface.

    ...Nice, 2 weeks! :D Love me some Maui!!!! When and if, we ever get back, we want to do the back side of Molokini crater.
     
  8. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

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    Great to hear you love your new camera! My husband took good photos with his DX8000G but the DX-2G just had too many features that would make things a bit easier so the upgrade was a good one.

    We dive Maui every year and I must admit that the backwall of Molokini isn't my favorite. On Molokini, I much prefer both Ene Nue and Reef's end (the two edges of the crater), but my favorite site is in S. Maui called Red Hill. When they crew asks if there are any preferred or undesired dive spots, I usually have to bite my tongue so I don't say "the backwall" is not preferred. Fortunately, we always dive with Ed Robinson's so the crew already know I'm not a big fan of the backwall, so unless someone specifically requests it, we don't usually go there. :wink:

    All that said, everyone who dives Maui should do the backwall at least once, and for sure go to Lanai to dive the Cathedrals.
     

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