I have just baught myself a new camera and im looking to start doing some surf photography, just for fun really and getting good shots of mates, nothing on a professional level. but im looking on some input on the equipment.
for those who dont know me, i am also a SCUBA diving instructor and have quite a bit of familiarity when it comes to taking marine life pictures and using a camera in the water, but i am aware that surf photography is a whole different ball game.
the camera i have is a Nikon p7000, its basically a fixed lens DSLR and uses the same technology and functionality as the pro level DSLR,s like the Nikon D90, D3000 etc... but in a more compact system for easier travel use, as i cant travel with a whole bag full of lenses, dome ports etc... and to be honest i cant afford a full DSLR right now with all the lenses i would want and need, then another $1000-3000 just for the housing
the camera itself is very fast, quick to repond and seems to handle well with fast motion objects.
here is a run down of the camera itself
CoolPix P7000 Digital Camera
10.1MP High Resolution Sensor 3"
Ultra High Resolution Display 7.1x 28-200mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv.)
HD Video at 720p Resolution
High-Speed Shooting at Up to 1.3 FPS
Subject Tracking Auto Focus
Greatly Enhanced Low-Light Photography
up to 6400 ISO
Now that i have the camera, i am looking at the housings and strobes, arms, filters etc.... please bare in mind the camera will serve 2 purposes, firstly for Diving photography, and secondly for surfing and general larking about
the housing i am looking at is this:
Fantasea Line FP7000
Underwater Housing for Nikon P7000
Depth Rated to 200' (60m)
Access to All Camera Controls/Functions
Double O-Ring Seal
Removable Double Fiber Optic Connection
Removable Flash Diffuser
Special Mount for Lighting Accessories
Labeled Controls f/Comfortable Operation
Wide Range of Optional Accessories
Again this is suitable for diving, and i am thinking that the shock resistance will help with taking a beating if worse comes to worse. im not going to be using this in DOH barrels or anything rediculous, but i think it should be able to handle what me and my mates will surf in. usually 3-5ft
Lastly im also looking at flashes and strobes, and here is what i came up with
Durable watertight housing together with remote land flash
Nano focus light
2 - 12" Flex arm
Fiber optic cable
the one thing i am concerned about with this is the Flex arms, they are great for diving as you can re-position them at any angle especially when taking macro shots and close ups, but im worried that they may move a bit too much in the waves and ill constantly be struggling to re-position them.
anyway, if anyone with experience in this field can point me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it. the total set up will end up costing me around $1200, ive already spent $450 on the camera, so you can understand that i want to make sure i get the right gear before investing further.
thanks in advance