I am currently using
the equipment listed below to shoot my underwater images.
It is the first set of equipment I have bought and I do not regret any of the purchases.
I researched all the available options quite extensively. Most of the information I
collected on the internet newsgroups especially "rec.scuba" , "rec.photo.equipment
35mm" and "rec.scuba.equipment".
I purchased the Subal
housing and Sea&Sea strobe from Ocean
Optics in the UK.
Their advice and service was excellent and I thoroughly recommend their
Nikon F90X [N90S
in the USA] inside a Subal Miniflex housing
Nikon 20mm AF f/2.8 with +4 dioptre Subal wide-angle port
Nikon 105mm AF f/2.8 micro Subal flat port manual/autofocus
Nikon 60mm AF f/2.8 micro
Nikon 16mm MF f/2.8 Subal Fish-Eye port
Ikelite 200 Substrobe with Ikelite arms.
Sea&Sea YS120 duo and YS30 duo strobes .
Subal deluxe arm and Subal macro flexi arm.
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
-Split [over-under] photography with the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 and 20mm f/2.8
-Extreme macro 2:1 using 2X teleconverter on the 105mm and 60mm lenses
-Strobes. Dual setups, macro and wide-angle, arms.[under construction]
PC-Nikon interface and customized F90X settings.
I use the Cocoon
Creations Hartalk interface cable and software to interface the Nikon
to my PC in order to download all my shooting info. This has proved invaluable for my
underwater photography since it is difficult if not impossible to keep notes on exposures
and other shooting data underwater.
Using the Softtalk98
software I have modified the F90X functions as follows:
- lengthened the time that the meter remains on in the F90X to 16 secs.
- I have added the beep-in-focus which is clearly audible through the housing underwater.
-I have also enabled the easy exposure compensation function which allows you to adjust
the exposure compensation by turning the top control knob while in Aperture priority
mode. This compensation only remains in force while the meter is on.
It resets itself to 0.0 when the camera's meter turns off.
Try the above settings. I find them extremely useful.
Scanning and printing
-For scanning I use the HP Photosmart scanner. Near flawless performance except when
using the HP proprietary software. On very dark and contrasty slides banding
is sometimes visible in the darker areas, but do not despair....using Ed Hamrick's Vuesmart
software this scanner will scan in 30 bit res. There is an enormous improvement in dark
slide scanning. My Vuesmart demo has now expired so I am back to using HP's abomination.
A demo version of Vuesmart is downloadable from his site at http://www.hamrick.com/vsm.html
I also have the HP
Photosmart printer which I find gives excellent results using their
dedicated photo quality paper. see HP's pages on the above products