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Posted by Elaine on March 17, 2005 at 15:40:16:

In Reply to: UW photography: questions on film & digital equipment posted by Dick Analog on March 17, 2005 at 14:55:33:

1) A large viewfinder is one thing that most people look for in an underwater housing set-up.

2) This depends on the type of camera that you choose. Some that are not autofocus are preset at a certain distance and shoot. Some you estimate the distance and manually set the lens.

3) E-6 is fun and easy. But, it does not offer a huge savings over sending it out. Your results can be better than "professional" processing. The biggest advantage is if you are somewhere that E6 processing is not available - you can do it yourself.

4) There are not that many housings for land SLR's. If you own a Nikon, or, some Cannon models, there are housings available. There are fewer housings available for other models.

5) Move slowly on digital. The longer you wait, the better you get for your money.

To make the wisest decisions for yourself consider taking an underwater photography class. There is a lot of information and exposure to equipment to be had there, and, only people who have done them know how valuable a good one can be in the long run. If you are considering UW Photography as a lifelong hobby it is well worth the investment in good instruction.

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