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Old Nov 16, 2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Underwater Photographer Questions

I'm a certified Scuba diver and new to underwater photography. I picked up a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and am considering an Ikelite underwater housing so I can it to low depths and don't have to worry about it flooding.

Looking for some guidance from experience Scuba diving photographers:

1) With a diffuser on my underwater housing, is the built-in flash useful at all? Should I just keep it turned off or does it actually help in shallow depths?

2) Assuming clear water, such as the tropical environments, at around what depth does a strobe become necessary?

3) Do "wireless" strobes such as the Ikelite AF35 perform any worse than those with a fiber optic cable adapter? Since light moves fast, even under water, it's not clear to me whether or not strobes with fiber optic cables perform any better than detached ones.

4) The price for the Ikelite housing and Panasonic manufacturer housing are identical on B&H. Is Ikelite generally better than the manufacturer's cases?

I also asked a question about underwater macro shooting settings since my DMC-TS3 isn't clear on which option to use. Any help or advice would be much appreciated!
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