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chewyjr15
11-10-2007, 21:37
is this a good starter set up

chewyjr15
11-11-2007, 10:14
anyone?

gibson1525
11-11-2007, 10:50
i haven't used the 860g. i've got the 8000g and i like it very much. sea and sea makes a good product. i think the main difference b/t them is that the 8000g has many more manual options that don't come on the 860. i've also got the 27dx strobe which i like. not sure if you were looking at strobes but they are a must to get some color in your shots. sorry i couldn't be more helpful on the 860.

chewyjr15
11-11-2007, 11:37
im looking at the 860 kit which comes with the ys27 strobe and a macro lens. i think it cost 899 at my LDS and thats what im planning on asking for christmas. Im just woundering if for that price i can get a betetr set up?

diversteve
11-11-2007, 12:05
Personally I don't see it. A 12.1 MP Canon A-650 P/S with Canon WP-DC18 U/W housing doubles the image resolution for $20 more. (based on ST prices)

The A650 also has at least one u/w auto-exposure mode. I found it interesting that the 860G doesn't - at least it wasn't mentioned in the ST description.

6X optical Zoom vs 3X. Double's the zoom (on the surface) to 210MM vs. 135MM for the 860G. And a 4X Digital zoom. (but turn it off)

Macro on the Canon is .39 in. compared to 2 in. on the 860G. At 1/3 of an inch why do you need a Macro Lens? - except maybe for wider angle shots - I'm a little fuzzy on that aspect since I don't shoot macro much.

And the A650 has Optical Image Stabilization.

Neither camera has a hotshoe so both will use the YS27's fiber optic external flash trigger. The Sea/Sea housing has an "accessory" shoe, but it's not a flash trigger point afaik. Not really sure what it's for. And you really don't want the flash over the lens since that causes backscatter.

If you get more serioius about a housing later on, Ikelite builds a housing (http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/can_a650.html) for the A650 so you've got an upgrade path without having to buy a new camera. With Sea/Sea I believe you're limited to their housing.

In all fairness, the Sea/Sea housing does have a 19' deeper depth rating than the Canon's 131'. But that's the only advantage I saw.

Links to the Canon camera and housing:
2089B001 Canon Powershot A650 Digital Camera Kit, 12.1 MP, 6x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom, 2.5" LCD Screen (http://www.adorama.com/ICAA650.html)
2315B001 Canon WP-DC18 Waterproof Housing for PowerShot A650 IS, Waterproof down to 131'. (http://www.adorama.com/ICAWPDC18.html)

hth,

chewyjr15
11-11-2007, 12:50
so is that the rout i should go? i shoud ljsut get a canon camera and housing and get the 27 strobe?

diversteve
11-11-2007, 14:33
I have no idea what your situation is so all I was doing is offering a (imho) better alternative. There's about 50 other possible combinations of housings and cameras on Adorama's website, all are cheaper than the 860G and most will have better or comparable specs.

chewyjr15
11-11-2007, 14:42
well im wanting to spen about 1000-1200 dollars on a housing camera and strobe what are my options?

diversteve
11-11-2007, 14:58
Hey, you're in SoCal.

So is my dealer, H2OPhotopros (http://www.H2Ophotopros.com).

They're just opening a new store in Newport Beach. Ask for Mike.

Tell him Steve from Phoenix sent you, I'm building brownie points for a discount on an HD u/w monitor for my video housing.

chewyjr15
11-11-2007, 15:11
thats right next to my school awsome thanks!