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Rookie diver, rookie photographer, have E-PL1. Recommendations for UW config?

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Stewstews, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Stewstews

    Stewstews Angel Fish

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    Bit to think about here. I'm leaning towards not taking a camera on the dives - due to high price and low experience. Naturally I'm worried I'll wish I had photos of this or that, but I don't want to detract from the dives given I'll be new to it.

    But I still would like something to get some snaps underwater when just swimming about off the beaches, snorkeling etc...

    If I am to get a new camera, it is likely to be a small P&S given I have the E-PL1 already. I figure no point in getting something better than the E-PL1, as when would I ever use the E-PL1 then? Basically it means selling the E-PL1 and get something new. That could be a project for another time however, once experience is up and I know I'll reuse the investment.

    If I start to think on a small P&S, the Canon S100 becomes an option. It can be bought and housed relatively cheaply, but probably only useful for snorkeling photos. The other option is the Olympus TG-1... for snorkeling I shouldn't need housing, saving some money vs. the S100, but losing out on IQ a bit. Both would double as a more compact camera for topside photos when I don't want to lug the E-PL1 around.
     
  2. chris196

    chris196 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Austin, TX
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    I understand what Jack is saying, but the epl1 is a very nice camera and will give you much better photos than an S100.
    What you need to find is a current epl1 housing owner who is itching to upgrade to the epl5.
    otherwise you could house the epl1 for $499. Any money you spend on strobes, trays, arms, etc is transferable to a different system.
    The housing cost is the only thing you eat, minus what you can sell the old housing for.
    I think the epm1 is great and is the current value leader. But if you went epm1 you'd have to buy a camera for $349 + housing for $599.
    I showed you a link for a housing for the epl1 for $499. That's a $449 difference. Almost enough to fund your strobe. An epl1 with a strobe is much better than an epm1 without.
    If you could get a used epl1 housing for say $300, that's a no brainer.

    so, if you went S100 you'd have to buy a camera for what $399, then a housing for $249. I'm kind of guessing at those numbers. But, bottom line is you'd pay more for a lesser camera.
    My wife has an S95 and it's a great little camera. But, make no mistake, my epl2 (which is about the same as the epl1) blows it away in terms of IQ.
     
  3. smoore

    smoore Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Toronto Canada
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    I can relate to the desire to take photos on a trip like you are taking. However, I think diving a little before making such an investment would be a good idea. You will probably meet a number of photographers with various rigs which you can see. Have you considered doing some diving on the trip and renting a rig for a day or so. It will cost you more in the long run but you will not have any significant additional financial pressures on this trip. You can save for the rig you want later, get some valuable diving experience, take some photos if you want to and reduce your luggage for the trip.
    Have a great trip.
     
  4. slowhands

    slowhands Divemaster

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    Well Jack, I still love the housing and setup you sold me for my E-PL1. Since I have many decent lenses, I will stay with this family and I still get good results with my original E-PL1. I do agree, if you are buying today, get the latest whatever. Housings for the older bodies actually go up in price, so the wiser thing to do is get he latest.

    I do think the Olympus housing is the least expensive decent housing for their cameras, and it works OK. If I dove every day, maybe I could justify the much nicer Nauticam.
     
  5. decimal86

    decimal86 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: 3rd spot
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    another satisfied E-PL1/PT-EP01 user here. i have an Inon Z240 type 4 but a S2000 would suffice. i think you should be able to find the PT-EP01 fairly cheap these days.
    or maybe convince one of the SB members here to part with theirs?

    it gives amazing pictures for the money invested.
     
  6. Nflor001

    Nflor001 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Chicago burbs
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    Refurbished epm1 is $199 at cameta. That's what I did. Camera only had 150 shots on it. Bought the rest of my package at Optical Ocean. I'm here in Roatan now and this my first time taking it out, except for the local quarry. I'm having a hard time getting a good shot, but I'm here to practice and I have all week. Oh I forgot to close the battery cover on my strobe and it flooded. Dried it out and it is working. Hooray.
     
  7. orenbvip

    orenbvip Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal
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    I have this setup I may be willing to part with. PM me if interested.
     
  8. chile7236

    chile7236 Instructor, Scuba

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    I use my G12 in the Canon housing when I don't want to lug around my EPL1 set up (2 strobes and SOLA500).
     

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