My bad boy is a Canon 5D Mark III with as many Canon EF lenses as I can cram into my Kata pack before it causes me to walk like Quasimodo and opens up at the seams.  

Favorite underwater equipment:  Canon 100mm macro with Nauticam housing and super macro 10x+ wet diopter (to die for).  For wide angle, I prefer the Canon 8-15mm fisheye.  Inon Z-240s light up the scene and I typically use manual exposure and strobe settings.  When playing with pelagics, I tend to go shutter priority.

Favorite lenses on land:  For the street, Canon 24-70 and 70-300mm zooms.  These are the only two lenses that I brought with me to Cuba.  On safari, I get as much focal length as possible with the 100-400mm plus 1.4 extender.  I also love my Grizzly bean bag for the safari vehicles; it can be easily refilled at any remote campsite in the bush!

If you have any thoughts or advice to share, would enjoy hearing from you.

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Cruising on a 42' cat in the BVIs; my nickname was BoomBoom

Cruising on a 42' cat in the BVIs; my nickname was BoomBoom

Sharon Wada

po box 16408
seattle, wa 98116


Before moving to the "dark side", I was completely in the Nikon corner.  Started with a Nikkormat FT3 and learned underwater photography on the Nikonos V with Nick Buckley.  He and his wife Julie eventually introduced me to the joys of capturing underwater life on film; for a while on my annual dive trips, I would haul two sets of equipment, my photo gear and a Sony HC-9, one of the first consumer cameras that shot high def 1080i.  

My first foray into DSLRs was the Nikon D200 which I started using in 2006.  Took it on all of my travels and quickly fell in love.  Eventually it wanted to scuba dive too, so I found an Aquatica housing for it and off we would go. Aussie underwater pro, Liz Harlin gave me loads of great advice and feedback during our annual dive holidays.  And this was all good fun until lugging around two heavy rigs and the required paraphernalia began to suck any remnants of pleasure out of transpacific travel.

And then the camera gods created DSLRs that could easily flip to shooting 1080p.  And the clouds and my wallet opened up and the cash poured steadily out.  But at the same time, excess baggage fees began to shrink.  Since Canon had the edge on low light video and I would need full frame lenses for the comparable Nikon D800, I opted to leave Nikon in my past and build a new future with Canon. Sometimes I long for Nikon but like all solid relationships, I have become loyal to and learned to admire Mark III.