Monday, December 13, 2004

My Camera System

I didn't get to shoot any pictures this weekend but I did have the pleasure of certifying three new divers. Our water temp is starting to cool down to about 70 degrees and we had a cold front move through so it made for a pretty chilly weekend. Time to break out the hoods and dive parkas!

My first underwater camera system was a trusty Nikonos V with a 15mm lens and an SB-102 strobe. I then went digital with an Olympus C 4040 Zoom camera (4.1 megapixels) on an ULC flip tray and two Nikonos SB-105 strobes on ULC arms. I took hundreds of beautiful pictures with this system and still use it for teaching u/w digital photography but I'm happy to say that I just got a brand new system. I'm now shooting a Nikon D-100 with a Nikon 16mm fisheye lens in an Ikelite housing with my two SB-105 strobes on the Ultralight Control arms. What a difference! Shutter lag is a thing of the past. I can now truly choose the exact moment to take the shot and can shoot 4 or 5 pictures in the same time it took to get one shot on my old system. I've got an ulta fast 2 gig compact flash card and can shoot 206 raw images without coming up for air. I've got a short learning curve with the new system but here are some shots from my first week:

Check back often as I'll be posting new pictures a couple times a week. Take care, blue skies...


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