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Postby mattbesh » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:15 pm

Ok, so I have been diving for 4 years now and I have had my camera for about two. My camera is a Sea & Sea DX-G1 and, I think i have outgrown it. So does anybody have any suggestions for a DSLR for somebody that is just starting with DSLRs? I would like for it not to totally destroy my wallet but i think i could buy something that is reasonable. Thankyou
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Postby scottg » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:09 pm

>> for somebody that is just starting with DSLRs?

hey Matt
I'm not sure the fact that you would just be starting out helps with a choice.

Do you have a budget, and what would you want to use it for, just underwater photography or do you have other photography interests?

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Postby smb2 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:45 pm

When thinking about your budget also keep in mind the lenses you will have to purchase:
macro, wide angle, perhaps a zoom and fisheye. While you can add these one at a time it is the glass that may really step up your images.
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Postby bvanant » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:40 am

mattbesh wrote:Ok, so I have been diving for 4 years now and I have had my camera for about two. My camera is a Sea & Sea DX-G1 and, I think i have outgrown it. So does anybody have any suggestions for a DSLR for somebody that is just starting with DSLRs? I would like for it not to totally destroy my wallet but i think i could buy something that is reasonable. Thankyou

Being a Canon guy, I would recommend the new T2i camera (same sensor as the 7D), the Canon 60 mm macro lens and the Tokina 10-17, the new Nauticam housing and two ports, a small dome for wide angle and the standard 60 mm port. Plus two strobes. The whole enchilada will be around $6500 (800 for body, 400 for macro lens, 600 for Tokina, 2300 for the housing, 460 + 380 for the ports, 1200 for two strobes and 200 for arms and such). This probably sounds like a ton of money, and you can save a bit if you go to say Ikelite for a housing but this setup will last for many years, still and video quality is very nice.

Hope this helps.
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