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Sea&Sea DX-1G
By Jason Heller, February 10, 2008 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
Source: Digifish.nl

Review by: Rob and Joke Maller

Because we were one of the first in Holland to shoot with the Sea&Sea DX-1G set, we would like to share and pass on our experiences. We are both diving for about 7 to 8 years now and have been underwater photography enthusiasts for quite a while: one does want to show off to family and friends right!?

Thus we started with the cheapest camera we could find: an analog all-in-one set bySea&Sea DX-1G Underwater Camera Sealife. After meddling around we managed to get shots that still enabled people to see what animal was on it, but it was not a major success. Then we came in contact with divers who already owned a digicam and we followed with a Sony P2 and the MPK-P9.

This improved our skills but the nudibranchs by others still surpassed ours! So we upgraded to better set yet again and went through a number of Olympus cams, the last being the 5050, before we now ended up with the Sea&Sea DX-1G.

Why we chose this one we'll tell later on.
 

The equipment

Our set consist of the following equipment:Sea&Sea DX-1G Underwater Camera and INON Strobes


  • Standard DX-1G set, which is the Ricoh Caplio GX100 camera in a Sea&Sea underwater housing
  • 2 Inon D2000 strobes, connected via Fantasea fiber optic sync cables
  • The Sea&Sea wide angle lens for the DX-1G
  • Fish-Eye tray and flex arms
  • Fantasea Nano focus-light with clog shoe flex-arm on top of the housing
 

Some of the features and specifications of the Caplio GX100:

  • 10 megapixel camera with a 24-72mm optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent)
  • Macro mode: wide zoom from 1cm / tele from 4 cm
  • Aperture: F2.5 - F9.1 (wide angle), F4.4 - F15.8 (tele)
  • Shutter speed: 1 - 1/2000 sec
  • Recording modes: RAW/JPG
  • White balance: Auto, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, manual, bracketed

Let's translate this to what an underwater photographer will find important:

Most of the non-SLR cameras have an aperture limited to F8 (smallest opening). This results in a reduced of depth of field, and we wanted a camera that could do better.

The DX-1G can go up to 15.8 at tele macro, and this significantly increases the DOF, and now enables us to get both the front and rear end of a tiny nudibranch in a shot without any blur!

 

Read the full review at Digifish.nl...

 

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