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New TG-6 Setup

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by skl007, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. skl007

    skl007 Angel Fish

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    Hmm, I'll probably grab both then.

    Do you leave the video light on when you go to actually take the shot?
     
  2. sunnyboy

    sunnyboy Instructor, Scuba

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    Yea. The Big Blue has multiple video power settings, so I usually leave it on 25% for focus. I find it doesn't affect the shot because TTL flash will take the video light into account.

    If you use the light on bright, then the flash really is just a fill. I'll set the strobe at one side so it gives depth to the shot. Video alone (esp. head on) give a kind of flat photo. The strobe adds shadow.
     
  3. skl007

    skl007 Angel Fish

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    Perfect! Looks like I'm going to have an identical setup to yours. Thanks for all the help!
     
  4. BalekFekete

    BalekFekete Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks for this feedback - percisely what I wanted to hear. Going to start with the single S2000 and add another once I get more confortable diving with an actual rig (vs. the GoPro on a handle only). :)
     
  5. nippurmagnum

    nippurmagnum Barracuda

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    You do have to "burp" the wet lens every time you get in the water with the lens installed in the camera. Any air bubbles will severely distort the image. When you get in the water, you need to unscrew the wet lens, and shake both the wet lens AND the camera vigorously to get ride of all bubbles. Don't assume that just because you've opened the wet lens, the bubbles have all popped away or risen to the surface -- in fact, it is 100 percent guaranteed that some bubbles remain without a vigorous shake. The same is true, for that matter, when you enter the water with the camera even without a wet lens on -- some air bubbles will remain on the lens of the camera housing, and you need to shake vigorously to get rid of them. Always shake rather than trying to get rid of the bubbles with your hand, especially a gloved hand -- because if you have any sand in your fingers, you run the risk of scratching the glass elements.

    So you may be wondering, if you have to burp the wet lens anyway, what's the point of entering the water with it screwed on the camera? For me, it's mainly about avoiding jumping or doing a shore entry with the wide angle lens in my clipped pouch, as the jump might case me to bang the lens against something. If the lens is on my camera, and my camera is in my hands, I am more conscious of protecting the lens from impact.

    By the way, if you have the money to buy both the M52 lens and the air lens, I'd say by all means buy both. The M52 lens is absolutely delightful for wreck and marine landscape pictures.

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  6. nippurmagnum

    nippurmagnum Barracuda

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    I second the suggestion to watch the Backscatter videos, they are hugely helpful in getting the most out of the TG6. (I don't have any business connection with Backscatter, I'm just a satisfied customer. Whether you buy from them or not, watch the videos anyway, they are free.)

    Personally, I don't like to use strobes, I prefer the simplicity and WYSIWYG aspect of shooting with video lights. I am not looking to make a living out of underwater photography, so I don't really need the full color saturation or freezing of action that strobes provide, and I love knowing that I'll get reliably decent (if not National Geographic quality) shots underwater, while fellow divers with $15,000 rigs often come out of the water complaining that their cables got loose, their lights overpowered their subject, the lighting was not distributed as they'd imagined, etc. Not to mention that I don't have $15,000 to spend on a rig. Having recently done a Red Sea liveaboard with my TG-5 kit, I don't recall ever thinking "God, I wish I'd had a strobe on that shot."
     
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  7. skl007

    skl007 Angel Fish

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    I ordered the wide wet angle lens and a strobe for now. I guess you do the remounting and shaking of your lens and camera after you've finished your descent. Good tip, I would have 100% had bubbles all over my image otherwise.

    I've definitely watched the backscatter videos, a few times. It's too bad that they don't cover anything besides macro, but hey, that's what the TG-6 was designed for anyway. I think the strobe will be nice for non-macro shots if I'm in the tropics, and hey, maybe I'll like it for macro over the video light. I do like to print out and frame photos I've taken, so the extra quality boost from the strobe will definitely come in handy.
     
  8. undrwtr1

    undrwtr1 Angel Fish

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    I'm in the same boat skl007 - used to use an Olympus 3040 in an Ikelite housing with dual DS50s many moons ago, but decided I'd rather enjoy the dive rather than hunting for photo ops (wife complaints). Fast forward, I had a GoPro with GoBe lights over the past few years but just wasn't satisfied with the results. Now, I have treated myself to a TG-6 with PT059 and dual Sea & Sea YS-03s. I was torn over the ease of the video lights, but I have a couple of L&M Solas (2000) to compare results. Went with YS-03s because TTL alone is fine with me (and they were on sale). Picked up the Backscatter "Air" lens as well.

    I'm not man enough anymore to even think of going to Dutch Springs for the New Year's Day dive, but a few years ago I would have joined you!!! I have a trip in February and we will see how all of the new toys work out. As an added purchase, I got the Stix buoyancy floats for the ULCS arms because I recall sore arms after multiple, multi-dive days with the old Olympus and am hoping to get everything near neutral.

    Looking forward to your impressions/results!!! Good luck.

    Gerry
     
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  9. BalekFekete

    BalekFekete Nassau Grouper

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    Order in. :D Final setup will be...

    Olympus TG-6
    PT-059 housing
    M52 Wide Angle Air Lens
    Inon S-2000
    Ikelite action tray II & handle (single for now)
    5" and 8" Ultralite arms

    Can't wait to get it all set up and dive with it in Grenada next month.
     
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  10. skl007

    skl007 Angel Fish

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    Good idea, my final setup:
    TG-6 and PT-059 housing
    Backscatter M52 wide angle wet lens
    Spare battery & external charger
    Kraken dual handle tray
    4 clamps
    5" double ball arm segment
    8" double ball arm segment
    Big Blue AL2600XWP
    Inon S-2000
     

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