GEAR LIST

When choosing your equipment for underwater photography, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many camera companies, camera models, lenses, houses, and extras to think about.

Here is a list of the equipment we use at Scubography with a little bit of information about each. Links are provided if you were looking to get kitted out with the same. We will try to keep this up to date as we upgrade and change our own camera set ups.

Simon Hilbourne

Nikon D7100 - A great intermediate level 1.3x cropped sensor DSLR camera. I have been shooting with this camera body for 2 years now. It offers great options and can record video in full HD 1080p. I would not recommend this camera for video as the focusing methods are tricky to get good results from.

Nikor 60mm Macro - I have had this lens for a number of years and it has served me brilliantly. It is great for small fish and large macro critters. For really close up shots I end up having to crop in the photos so a Nikor 105mm macro lens will be my next purchase for sure.

 

Tokina 10-17 Fisheye - I love this lens. Perfect for all sorts of wide angle shots including split levels. Do keep in mind though that'll you have to get very close to your subject with this lens! I dropped this lens on hard coral once whilst monitoring egg laying turtles. It bounced a few times but stayed strong and works perfectly still.

Samsung 64 GB SD card x2 - If you do a little bit of reading on the subject it is quite clear not all SD cards are the same. I got these on recommendation and didn't think too much about it until I tried one of my very old SD cards and realised how slow it was at recording images. The Samsung ones let you snap photos in quick succession and it can write them all without issue.

ISOTTA dive housing for D7100 with 9'' dome port and macro port - Isotta is a relatively small 

The housing is made of a distinct red anodized aluminium with double o-rings making it water tight to 100m. Not that I take it that deep! I've been very impressed with the build quality and after two years it still looks nearly new.

There's not much to a macro port. It fits the lens I use and it does the job well. Not much more too it. The dome port however has left me divided. I love the quality of photo I get from it and it makes split level shots easy but 9'' is huge to be trying to travel with and quite heavy. I think i definitely need a smaller option for on the road!

INON Z240 strobe - I only have a single strobe set up due to budget restrictions. However, I have still managed to get some very nice results with this one strobe. It is relatively small and easy to travel with and yet packs some serious strength. I'll be looking to get another one or upgrade to the Z330 soon.

DJI Mavic Pro Drone - With such a big dive housing and camera set up to travel around with, the DJI Mavic Pro was the only real option for me. This drone packs away so nice and small and yet it can capture just about everything I want with a drone. A fly time of around 25-27 minutes is pretty good going and it can film in full 4K . The quality of photos is not outstanding but good enough for what I need.

Alistair Bygrave​

Nikon D7100 - A great intermediate level 1.3x cropped sensor DSLR camera. I have been shooting with this camera body for 2 years now. It offers great options and can record video in full HD 1080p. I would not recommend this camera for video as the focusing methods are tricky to get good results from.

Nikor 60mm Macro - I have had this lens for a number of years and 

 

Tokina 10-17 Fisheye - 

Ikelite housing

DJI Mavic Pro Drone -