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I went for a Canon G16 with the Canon underwater housing. I already had a Sea&Sea YS-01 including arms. This setup works wonderfull, but you need to do manual flash control. TTL would technically work, but it produced way to many underexposed images for my liking. It's actually very easy to do manual output control on the strobe. For < 20 cm I had it on around 40%, for around 20cm - 2 meters I had it on around 70% and for everything further on full output or completely disabled (typically you don't want to flash-image stuff that is to far away).
That setup was surprisingly cheap, camera and UW-case was just some ~600 USD here (or actually around CHF 560). Not to forget that you also get a really nice "above water" camera :)
One of the main strengths of the G16 is its very close macro mode! You can nearly get as close as the front of the underwater case.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: January 29, 2015, 07:55:32 AM »
Thanks a lot for your answers!

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: January 29, 2015, 05:42:17 AM »
Has anybody seen some comparison pictures between this lens at 400mm vs. the Tamron 150-600 at 600mm?
What I search for is some cropped pictures from the 400mm compared to the 600mm ones, to see if the canon is better and by how much visible. Oh and if possible tested on full-frame.
I do know that the Canon has faster AF and some weather sealing, but in the end it comes mostly down to optical quality.

Underwater / Guide for buoyancy DYI for flashes
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:51:01 AM »
Hi all
I just found this nice guide about how to fix buoyancy for underwater imaging, which is often way off once a flash is attached:
I will try this for my flash :)

Technical Support / Re: 7D mark II battery drain
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:07:32 AM »
That is a known issue with some of the first Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses and the Canon 6D. I had it too. I had to send in the Tamron for a firmware update (or chip replacement) and since it's fixed. Was free to do, only porto costs.

Underwater / Re: Cheap underwater flash
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:44:06 AM »
I made several dives now with the flash and am mostly happy. It's important that you use it in manual mode and regulate the power by hand. With this I made nice pictures. I use Eneloop batteries, they hold normally two dives, like my camera battery (Canon G16 now).

Don't forget that we normally get 2 years of warranty in Europe, while in the US it's 1 year. That also adds a bit to the European price. Not to forget the European repair centers with possibly higher paid workers. Also the usual support-costs/amount-of-sold-lenses is higher in Europe because of the various languages.
Still, I also don't always agree with the higher price, but luckily here in Switzerland (and several other European countries) we often get the items at a much lower price than the Suggested Retail Price.

The USD are normally always without VAT, because every state, heck sometimes every city (I think), has it's own VAT rate.

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:03:54 AM »
First shop lists it on stock in Switzerland for 2'368 CHF: I wonder how long it will take until other shops also will list it on stock.

First shop in Switzerland already lists it as on stock:
Price 2'368.00 CHF, including 3 years of warranty (if bought till 31.01.2015).

First of all, I own a 6D with the Tamron 24-70 VC and am very happy with this combination.
True, the 5Dm3 offers many more software features and more AF points, if you are willing to use them. If you don't plan on using more AF points (I only use the center one) or if you don't like to fiddle in the menu to finetune the tracking features for birds in flight (or similar), then you'd be probably better off with the 6D.
With the big price difference in body, you might even consider to buy a low light lens like the Canon 50mm F1.4 and a flash (still in the price for the body difference).
Alternative, you buy the 6D without any additional gear (besides lens) and risk that it maybe once breaks. In this case you have saved so much money that you can buy half a 6D again with just the savings 8)

Canon General / Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« on: October 31, 2014, 08:17:34 AM »
Regarding public transport, whole Switzerland is more or less well reachable by public transport. I can also recommend the Pilatus for a nice walk and view!
For train (public transport) time tables, you find all of them on, the Swiss Public Transportation company. There are others, but as far as I remember, you find them all directly in SBBs timetable.

Lenses / Re: Lens compatibility with firmware upgrade
« on: October 29, 2014, 08:11:01 AM »
Or if your Tamron still have warranty, send it in for a free software upgrade.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:12:54 PM »
This is one of my favorite ones. Interestingly it looks better on print than on my screen (both are not calibrated). The image is a RAW converted to jpeg without any corrections.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:27:01 AM »
In my 6D I use both features, depending on the scene.
Let's assume I go hiking, in that case I have the GPS turned on.
Let's assume I picture night sky, in that case I sit inside while I release the shutter via WiFi (to not freeze outside and reduce vibrations).

It also seems that we are nearly at 50:50 regarding importance and I think it's best to have both features. The more features the more possibilities to use the camera. I think this is also one reason why mobile phones take a huge part of the photography market share, they offer stuff like simple upload, quick post progressing, sending photos to your friends, convenience, ...


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