I wanted an easy to use underwater camera for pictures and video. I know enough to figure out the basic settings but did not want to deal with advanced settings. The TG-4 is perfect and takes great underwater pictures including amazing macro shots. My set up includes:
- Olympus TG-4 16MP Waterproof Digital Camera
- Olympus PT-056 Underwater Housing for the TG-4
- Sea & Sea YS-01 Strobe
- Light & Motion Sola Photo Light 1200 with Light & Motion Sola Photo Ball Mount Kit, Ultralight AD-HS Hot Shoe Mount and AC-CSF Clamp
- Ultralight Control Systems Tray TR-D and Handle
- Ultralight Control Systems Arm using DB-05 (5″), DB-08 (8″), and 3 AC-CSF clamps
- Fiber Optic Cable
The Olympus TG-4 is waterproof to depths of 50 feet on it’s own. Also shockproof to 7 feet and crushproof to 220 lb. It’s Tough. I like that. I once dropped a camera and it was a complete loss. And I have flooded housings before by being careless. This camera should survive those kinds of mishaps as well.
The Olympus PT-056 Underwater Housing is tough too. Small, lightweight, and easy to use. From the first time, no problems locating and using the camera buttons. It is easy to insert the camera and securely lock the cover. It comes with a optical fiber cable adapter for attaching to the strobe. It also comes with an antireflective ring to go on the camera. The anti-reflecting ring blocks the writing on the front element of the lens from being reflected in the front interior of the housing’s lens port.
The Sea & Sea YS-01 is a compact type slave strobe which can be used for both wide angle and macro photography. It is powered by 4 AA batteries. The batteries last all day for me with 2 or 3 dives. They would probably last longer but I switch them out at night with fresh batteries. The strobe comes with a diffuser which I leave on all the time. I get great shots as long as I am fairly close to the subject about 3 feet away.
I use the Light & Motion Sola light when I shoot video. It has both white and red lighting and 3 powers of each.
This equipment gives me a lot of flexibility between wide angle and macro, stills and video. I get some great shots and I would say that the macro is outstanding for this type of camera. Olympus has a winner here.
Everything in my set up except the Sola light was purchased at Blue Water Photo. If you need a little extra help, they are there for you. If you want to do it yourself, the links above show the products on amazon. After seeing how many different pieces there are to building the system, I appreciate the expertise from Blue Water Photo in putting it together.