It felt like I said goodbye to an old friend last week when I sold my camera. I don’t use the big, fancy ones with the double strobes that cost big $$$, I use a point & shoot with underwater modes from Olympus. I have been using the same one since 2008 which is an eternity for a camera. I have taken literally thousands of pictures with it, maybe even 10’s of thousands. All of my photos from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Indonesia, Borneo, Maldives, Bonaire, Belize & other odd & end dives are all with this camera. It was a SW1030 in a housing and I loved it. It felt like it was time to upgrade so last week, I did.
Like I said, it was like an old friend. I decided I still don’t want the big & expensive, hard to handle, large camera so I went with another Olympus point & shoot. I love the brand & it hasn’t disappointed me yet. I decided to get a TG-3 with a housing. I also added a strobe & small arm that go directly on top of the housing. This will be my first experience with a strobe & I may well decide that I need the cradle & long arm that most setups use. We will see. I like to keep it as small as possible and as simple as possible. I also added a big eye lens and red filter to make it possible to take wider angle shots.
For me this feels like a big (HUGE) step. For a serious underwater photographer, they are still laughing at this post. But for me, this feels right. I have always been proud of the photos I have accomplished with my little camera so I am confident that I can do even better with this new setup. I will have the perfect test area with a 10 day live-aboard trip to Palau next month. Palau has lots of big critters to try out the wide angle shots and lots of little stuff to test out the macro & see if it is still as good with this new camera. It does have a couple of new modes that I am excited about & a better lens.
Of course, you know I will be posting pictures on my return but I felt like I needed to give my old friend one more showcase in my blog and bid a fitting goodbye!