Dany began diving in 2008 after his staff bought him a try dive for £10 for his birthday. After a bit of choking on some pool water, he took on diving in the open sea for about a year before he got himself his first underwater camera: Canon Ixus 960IS. He rapidly discovered that being able to capture pictures and memories from under the sea transformed his diving and opened new horizons for him.
Having tasted to the pleasures of underwater photography, he found himself limited by the possibilities of a compact camera and looked upon what the other big guys had in between their hands with envy...Size suddenly mattered!
After flooding the long serving Canon Ixus in 2010, Dany got himself a Canon G12 and spent many dives discovering how changing a f stop or shutter speed can transform a picture. Dany also discovered light...in the form of a strobe. Wow! Colours will never look the same now. The first steps into diving with a totally diffderent setting of underwater camera kit with a bigger housing, a tray and a strobe proved too much for him to handle....and after carelessly prepping the camera before a dive, Dany flooded his new G12. He blamed it on the design of the underwater housing and a tray that wasn't made for the G12.
After diving without a camera for very short time, Dany got bored and lost interest in diving. His dive buddy Terry Griffiths soon convinced him to move a step closer to the professionnals and invest into a Sony NEX-5 with a Nauticam housing which is designed for the NEX-5 and incoroporates a moisture alarm. All that at a cost of more than 7 times the cost of my now defunct G12 kit. My Saturday mornings will now be spent working instead of diving! Well..., my diving will have to be in the afternoon after work.
Dany chose to go for a 4/3 mirrorless camera like the Sony NEX-5 because it is smaller than a DSLR. It is a good compromise between a professional quality DSLR camera and a compact. It produces good pictures and is small enough to be carried around on your trips.
Dany dives mainly in UK waters and as all divers know, this can be more challenging than diving in crystal clear tropical waters. Dany has to face currents, surges and poor visibility when he takes an underwater photography. His regular subjects are very inconsiderate because they are either very small (1cm or less) or don't like to stay still.
To date, the NEX-5 is still dry and despite not completely mastering all the functionalities of the camera, Dany is already dreaming away about a NEX-7...or maybe a DSLR!
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