Underwater camera setup

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Underwater camera setup


so after a trip to the Galapagos, I really felt I missed out under water. I had the plastic bag thingy for iPhone. To me it sounded like a reasonable option, because the iPhone camera is pretty good, and the results were occasionally quite decent, but it was tricky, particularly due to the deforming of the bag in front of the lens. I am both interest in video and stills. This is mainly for snorkeling. So far my research has pointed me to the following:

1.) hard case for iPhone. Worth it for redundancy.

2.) action camera. I don’t quite understand what is a sensible setup here, akaso or GoPro? With a floaty stick I guess. I am leaning towards a used GoPro, eg white, with a floaty stick and underwater casing. However, if this becomes a 300 dollar+ investment, I am unsure if it’s really worth it. Considering something that’s goggle mounted as well.

3.) an underwater housing for a Sony ff mirrorless, probably sea frogs, for most likely an a9 or a7c (ii if it comes out). I’d probably get a 90mm macro for it. But open to ideas. Basically it would be macro on mirrorless and wide angle on either phone or action camera.

I also have an rx1 which I would have gotten a housing for but they do not seem to be available.

lights: I’d probably get some lights, but given that deep scuba is not a priority, I am not sure it would be an expensive strobe, could be just an underwater torch, but I am happy to be convinced otherwise.

i have actually read a lot of books and posts on this, but have never gotten complete clarity. No need for objective facts, opinions and experiences appreciated. Maybe it’s just such a hard thing that it’s never clear.

 SafariBob's gear list:SafariBob's gear list
Sony RX1 Sony a7R II Sony a7R IV Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM +3 more
Sony a7 Sony a9 Sony RX1
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