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We're more into photography than dive gear at the moment, maybe we'll add some boring opinions about fins later on : - )
|We've written a 2 part guide to underwater SLRs for Warehouse Express. An introduction to the basics, why SLRs are often good, sometimes bad and some ugly details too.|
|Our fresh reviews of the new Olympus E-620 SLR, PT-E06 housing and UFL-2 strobe are on the Warehouse Express site now. We liked them and they were on hand for our Marine Week dives.|
|We've written a 4 part guide to underwater photography for Warehouse Express. Getting started, getting better, extras and a section on rescuing photos in the digital darkroom.|
|We're reviewing for Warehouse Express where you can read our articles on the Canon D10 and Pentax W60 there or on our own pages... Canon D10 and Pentax Option W60 a review of the Fuji F200EXR is on our site now and should appear on WE soon.|
A cluster of reviews are waiting for photos... Read about little a Fantasea torch and focus light, our annoying Lowe Pro camera bags, housing the Olympus 12-60mm lens and what we think of the Samsung NC10 Netbook we used to download and store 120GB of pictures on our last trip.
|Olympus E-3 SLR|
I didn't know whether to long for or dread the arrival of my Olympus E-3... I couldn't use it underwater but I'd began to salivate over the ultrafast focus and super speed for general photography. My other vacancy was for a better 'deck' camera to shoot dive trips in action, our little flat Mju has been great but it can't quite rival a big camera... and this one is very weatherproof.
|Olympus E-420 SLR - Still some pictures to sort out, but the words are done.|
Some trips down to Devon were a chance to dunk the Olympus E-420 and a modified PT-E03 housing It's an update of the smallest digital SLR and made a great debut. The seas were a bit soupy but it did really well.
|Olympus E-410 SLR
Our trip to Plymouth was a chance to try the Olympus E-410 and PT-E03 housing It's the smallest digital SLR and we felt the benefit in some lumpy seas. The kit lens was a pleasant surprise and the E-410 did well on our chilly trip - we're sure it'll be great in clear blue water too.
|Olympus SLR lens range|
As a bit of a guide for SLR newbies and those considering the move from a compact camera here's a brief run down of some of the lenses we use under and over the water. Whichever SLR camera you like you'll probably consider a selection like this - even if you aren't obsessive enough to actually collect them. There's two of us, so it's only half as bad!
|A full review of the Olympus E-330 and PT-E02 housing It's our first dive SLR and we think it's great for macro as well as building up biceps! It's unique as a real-Live-view SLR which made it easy to move to from our little cameras :-)|
|BACK IN SERVICE: Our review of the Olympus C-7070 Widezoom was overdue, it's only just been supplanted by an E-330 dSLR which can't match it's flexibility. We'd still very much recommend it, it has a great lens and our photography really grew up with it - Links to the BSAC site where the review is hosted.|
We have added an Olympus Mju770SW to our household and are mightily impressed. Watching people's horrified faces as you dunk this tiny, unhoused camera in the sea is hugely enjoyable.
|Here's a run down on the Olympus Mju720SW and PT-033 housing the first of the Mju range to be ready for a swim without a case. It's only rated to 3m but makes it tough enough to handle in wet conditions and we tried the dive housing too.|
|Dawn has sold her beloved Canon S70 Powershot it could have been your start in underwater photography... not a review page but shows what it could do.|
|To pad this page out there used to be some links to camera reviews I wrote for the BSAC website, which has closed its review section|
|BACK IN SERVICE: I still have a soft spot for my first digital camera... the Olympus C-920Zoom Life was so much simpler then, but not easier :-)|
|BACK IN SERVICE: Our first upgrade was the Olympus C-40Zoom a tiny camera which did a lot of things very well. It bore the brunt of our photography for several years and got us into macro and manual control.|
|BACK IN SERVICE: We
bought a Canon
Powershot A80 as a stand-in whilst waiting for
a major upgrade and it did a grand job. Great for snap shots of medium and large fish.
|BACK IN SERVICE: I
couldn't believe what a difference the Olympus
C-5060 Widezoom made to our macro
shots. It's just a great camera, we still have one in our backup kit.
|BACK IN SERVICE: There may be reviews to follow of our old Canon S70 as well as Epoque DS150 strobe, TTL and optical interfaces for Sea and Sea YS60 strobes and Olympus FL-36 cabled strobes.|