Hello Steven! (Tubbataha, Philippines, May 2018)
Tubbataha, Philippines, May 2018. (Photo: Steven Weinberg)

Photography and Scuba Diving : My Equipment

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:

  Between Two Journeys

A few years ago, I was traveling lightly ... Today, in addition to the "normal" business, I collect photo material, a waterproof case for my Canon Eos 7D, two underwater flashes, and a complete diving equipment !

Precision: I am not sponsored by any of the brands I quote below, whether for photo equipment or diving. I equipped myself gradually, over the years, according to my needs and my budget.

My current photo equipment

My SLR camera is the Canon Eos 7D, that I bought in 2010. It's been several years now that I use it, on land and under water. I am very happy. His only fault is to be a little heavy.

In Angkor, Cambodia, in February 2011. (Photo credit: Marie Toumit / blog-plus-loin.com)
In Angkor, Cambodia, in February 2011. (Photo: Marie Toumit / blog-plus-loin.com)
Hello Steven! (Tubbataha, Philippines, May 2018)
In Tubbataha, Philippines, May 2018. (Photo: Steven Weinberg)

I take it underwater, to make my underwater photos and videos, with the following additions:

My Ikelite housing, the flash and portholes to take the Canon Eos 7D under water ... Yes, it's a lot of mess to carry!
My Ikelite housing, the flash and portholes to take the Canon Eos 7D under water, before 2016 ... Yes, it's a lot of mess to carry! ! !
The little bazaar that I steal on a trip to be able to take photos under water ... Right, my camera with its new lens 100mm macro. Only the most fragile elements, namely the camera and lenses, its box and portholes, remain in my cabin bag. I put everything else in the hold. (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)
Since 2016, I have a second flash, floats, an extra arm, it adds a little bazaar and screws ... Right, my camera with its new lens 100mm macro (all the objectives are not visible here and there there is not the mini-dome either).
There you go ! The device is ready to accompany me under the water! (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)
There you go ! The device (here in macro configuration) is ready to accompany me under the water! (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)

On land, when traveling, I mainly use these two objectives:

Yes, I lug all this little world with me! ! ! Not to mention, of course, all chargers, batteries, cords, memory cards, etc. who are well ...

🙃

My first underwater camera

My photo equipment before 2010 was much more modest ... This compact, the Canon Powershot A95, accompanied me everywhere, for several years, before To die, in 2009 ... I took it underwater for my underwater images, with the waterproof case designed for this model: the WP-DC50.

I did not have additional lighting at the time, I only used the built-in flash. What therefore limited me most often to macro photography underwater.

But I was pleasantly surprised, from the beginning, by the quality of the subaquatic images obtained with this minimum equipment. I used it for 4-5 years and I learned a lot with it. All the underwater photos below were taken with this little camera (digital camera) ...

Photographing with a SLR AND a smartphone

The advantage of a smartphone for terrestrial photos: it is much more discreet and less cumbersome than a SLR. Everyone has this kind of phone in their pocket, now it can be unsheathed at any time without attracting attention ...

I invested in an iPhone X a few months after its release and I am amazed by the quality of the sensor, really more than enough for the photos as memories for those to illustrate this blog. The iPhone allows me to make images when I do not have my 7D on hand, for example on the boat, between two dives, because the SLR is in its box. Or for all the times I prefer to walk light, because the 7D still weighs its small weight ...

I had offered myself a compact emergency device, early 2012: the Canon Powershot S100. It allows manual mode, it also shoots in Raw and makes video of excellent quality. But since I bought the latest smartphone in fashion, I have no use at all and I do not take it with me on a trip. That's good, that's good one less thing in the bag !

Diving equipment

I passed my camera to my guide, and for once, I'm taking the pose!
I passed my camera to my guide, and for once, I'm taking the pose! (Indonesia, 2015)

Regulator : Aqualung Legend LX ACD in caliper + legendary Octopus + mano base (super comfort of inspiration and expiration, ACD system which prevents the entry of water into the 1st floor, a bit heavy (2.1kg), but the nice little model Mikron was not out yet when I invested at the time).

Computer: the Quad of Mares, not too expensive, with big readable characters, switchable in nitrox mode and you can change the battery yourself. He replaced my good old Puck, the same brand that I have involuntarily left somewhere at the bottom of the water in the Red Sea in October 2016 ... I had it for quite a few years, he walked nickel.

Stabilizing vest: a basic Seac Sub (it does not even figure anymore on the stabs page of the brand), found quite a few years ago in a big chain of sports shops. Very robust, it still works nickel for years and weighs 2.8kg (that said I plan to invest one day in a travel stab light and less bulky, with integrated lead pockets).

Adjustable fins: Mares Volo Power (Even if the shoe is still a bit wide for me in size S, I love them since I adopted them, replacing my very steep Mares Plana Advanti X3, I palm better in the current, and their flexibility allows an approach and a finesse stabilization when I have to come close to a subject to photograph).

Boots: I do not stop trying new ones ... all hurt me, because there is always a seam or a reinforcement that creates a bulb in the long run. Except for the latest (which I have since July 2015), the Ellie Ergo from Aqualung: no seam inside nor zip (do not trust the description in French at the end of the link that I give, poorly translated, there is no zipper). Neoprene is super-flexible, they slip like socks! But they are fragile: after a few dives, the lining already fraying already and the reinforcement on the toe off. But in any case, no bobo since I have them, it's essential!

Mask : Aqualung Micromask Technisub (very small, comfortable, easy to empty, I love it).

Combination : I do not dive in hot water these days (rarely below 25-26 ° C except thermoclines). So I'm always wet 5 mm (I even add a shorty on top when the temperature drops to 20-24 ° C). I currently have the Focea Comfort by Beuchat for women: I bought it in July 2015, replacing an old Aqualung, and the chilly that I am is delighted, it keeps me warm and is super-comfortable.

Accessories : a stick or "pointer" (metal rod that serves a lot of things, very useful to have a point of support on the sand when you take the picture under water and that avoids touching anything ), a neoprene mouse of 2.5mm and a lycra that I put systematically under the jumpsuit (very chilly I am), hook, parachute, small lamp, whistle, mirror, knife, tie for the octopus, carabiners various and varied ...

And to carry all this?

I equipped myself little by little, both for diving and for underwater photography. As a result, my baggage has also grown little by little. I am no longer a backpacker (traveler with backpack) now ... I reviewed my logistics to carry all my little bazaar and opted for the wheels!

I invite you to read the following two articles where I speak:

→ What's in my dive bag?
→ The wheeled bag

😝

  Between Two Journeys

  1. Hello Fred-Divemanche,

    Sorry, your comment has landed in "junk", I just noticed it! Here it is finally online ...
    🙄

    We meet sometimes, as well as Aquatilia, on the forum Plongeur.com ... I knew his site, but it's been a long time since I went to visit it. So a thousand thanks for the link. This allowed me to browse his latest photos, beautiful, as always! It must be said that Lembeh is an exceptional playground for divers-photographers.

    It is with great pleasure that I found on the gallery of Claude Ruff alias Aquatilia all these little animals that I love to flash ... With a big crush on the pygmy seahorse and the pair of mandarins!

    I'm thinking of creating a special section of links "underwater photos" on my blog, to put the sites of divers-photographers that I like ...

    🙂

  2. Good evening,

    Yes, the pigmeric hippocampus had to find it. FYI, Claude organizes a bit like Marie-Ange (Mauritius) a photo trip to British Columbia (Canada) in May 2009, with renowned photographers ... It remains to my knowledge 2 places, if ever the cold seas interest you as much as hot seas ...

    Regards 8)

    Fred

  3. Thank you Fred-Divemanche, report this photo trip! The experience must be exciting, but indeed, cold seas are less in my strings than hot seas ...
    😀

  4. Hi, I just discovered your site by looking for an info on Sipadan and I want to congratulate you, it is very well done. You are a great traveler apparently. It would be nice if you give me info about Borneo, I'm a diver too and I plan to leave 4 weeks in January for Malaysia and Thai.
    Voilou!

    See you soon.

  5. Hello Jean,

    And thank you for leaving this little word nice during your visit!

    Borneo and Thailand, you will enjoy! The best thing would be that you send me a message with the questions you have, with some questions a little specific. If I can help you prepare your trip, and bring you answers, it will be with pleasure!

    You can use the contact form (click on "Contact" in the horizontal menu at the top), or write to me directly by sending an e-mail to this address:

    corinne@petitesbullesdailleurs.fr

    🙂

  6. Hello Corinne,

    Congratulations for your site which is always pleasant to read. I have just returned from Sipadan and Redang where I had a great holiday and I am tired of buying a box for my 7D. I would like to know your opinion on the ikelite box that you have but also the + and - to go from a compact system to a reflex system (under water, obviously). Are you disappointed in certain things?

    Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely.

  7. @Safe: I will soon have a more complete article on the Ikelite case for the 7D.
    • The +: Well, it's a bit the same as terrestrial, the same thinking to have that when you go from a compact to a SLR (it's only worth it if you're a little photographer in the soul, and if you have the means to invest in good objectives, because otherwise we find very good compacts to make nice pictures too).
    • The -: the price and the weight.

    I am not disappointed with much for now. I take great care of the box, I guess a little fragile (I already had to patch two-three knives on it). But overall, I'm fine and I'm very happy to be able to take my 7D under the water.
    🙄

  8. Hello! I also use a 7D, but not under water, I was discouraged by the price of the boxes until now .. At a much lower price, the Gopro is very pleasant in shallow diving (I was up to 'to 20meter but it lacks light to get a quality result). I'm still curious to know what you have to tell the box for 7D!

    A +
    Julian

  9. @Julian: The problem with a GoPro underwater is that it will row for colors and light. While a SLR ... But it sure is a budget. I still remained 4-5 years to "play" with my little compact before breaking my piggy bank for the SLR and its box. And I must say that I do not regret. It really will be necessary that I make a complete topo on the box and the 7D soon ... (Ah, why the days are only 24 hours?)
    🙄

    1. Hello Corinne,

      you were one of those who made me want - over time and readings + not decent debugging before your shots - to invest in very good photo equipment ... I have a new friend for a few hours: a Canon 7D 🙂
      The box ... it will be the next big investment!
      Thank you for this ugly influence mam'zelle!

      NowMadNow

    2. Hi Aline,
      I am flattered to exercise such influence ... and funny to learn that you have a new travel companion!
      You'll see, he's fantastic. Every day, I continue to learn a little more about him ... I do not get tired. And I continue to progress little by little.
      Enjoy !!!
      🙂

  10. Hello!
    Waiting for the article on the box: The question that tears my mind when I see your picture with all your material is obviously: how you carry all this. You have a Japanese suitcase (2meters x 1meter)

    I just read at the same time that you put it in your cabin trip ... and me who found that my luggage cabins were too crowded!

  11. Hello !
    I'm a little late, but I just acquired the WP-DC50, a good opportunity, and it's also the way to give a second life to my A95 locked in the bottom of the cabinet.
    By cons, I do not have the record of the box. Do you have a site to recommend to me, or good advice, for its maintenance ??
    Thank you for this site that I always take pleasure to consult

  12. Hello Corinne,

    I just browsed your blog and I would take some advice from a professional like you.
    That's it, I'm going to shoot an apnea champion and I've never filmed underwater yet.
    I am a professional cameraman but I have to buy all the necessary equipment for this shoot because usually I shoot with a Sony Z7.
    Could you advise me on the proper equipment to shoot underwater with a 7D gun? Objective, box etc ...
    I saw the material you were using but I do not know if it is suitable for video too.
    Unfortunately, I have a limited budget between 1,200 and 2,000 euros for the totality.
    Thank you in advance for your attention and the time given to my request!

    Best regards,
    Jean Baptiste

  13. Wow I'm really impressed by your marine photography equipment. Photographer myself I know that it is heavy to train like camera, but the result is really worth it and especially for the impressions. I also travel with a compact camera plus a small gun D30. I do not dive, but it's fun snorkeling 😀 The concept of your blog is great!

  14. Hello Corinne, I am impressed by your blog!
    Indeed I start underwater photography and I must say that it helps me a lot for my first experiences with my compact Nikon and my Canon eos 100D. I look forward to your next articles!

  15. Congratulations for your site full of happiness and joie de vivre.
    Everything is qualitative, thank you very much.

    What about diving is South Africa? (Protea banks) 🙂

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