Monday, July 29, 2019

Compare the Difference!

At Optical Ocean Sales we believe in proving the best shopping experience for you by providing all the information you need to buy the right product to suit your underwater photo and video needs.

We’ve been working hard to add specs and information of the features of items that we sell, and have them available for in an industry-leading comparison format. No other store does this!

How to Find Product Features

You can access individual Product Features from the tab on the product page. No surprise there, but you’ll find that we have researched and listed much more in-depth information than you’ll find elsewhere! All the specifications we could access for the products, such as size, weight, buoyancy, batteries, charge and burn time, depth rating and more. We’ve also listed suggested options, operational guidelines and capabilities, accessories and other pertinent information.

How to Compare Product Features

Where all this information really becomes an important purchase tool is by using our Product Comparison page. Here you will show selected products’ features side-by-side and be able to see their differences and similarities and compare them - as well as see their prices.

You can access this at the press of a button - the little “graph” icon is your friend! You can see this icon on each product in several places to add it to your list to compare.

On the Category Page - simply hover your mouse over a product. On the upper righthand corner three icons appear. The top “eyeball” is a quick product view, the second one is to add the product to a “wishlist” for future reference, and the last is the “graph” icon to add the product to the comparison page.

On the Product Page - located on the tan bar under the short product description you’ll also see the wishlist and graph icon.

Select as many products as you’d like to compare, then press the “Comparison Page” button from the dialog box. You’ll be taken to a page with all the sections laid out vertically and their features horizontally. This makes it easy to compare, for instance, the beam angle, lumen output, buoyancy or any other fact of the lights you’re thinking about. Or the weight of various housings and their depth rating. Does this strobe offer TTL? Recharge times? How does it compare to it’s less expensive neighbors? Now you can find out!

Still Stuck? Don’t Understand a Specification?

Try consulting our easy-to-read Handbooks, or the manufacturer’s sites for more information. Or just send us an email or give us a call at 800-359-1295, we’re happy to help you with our recommendations for on your intended use.

Please note:
All specifications and features were derived from the products’ manufacturers. Your experience may vary. We have tried to be as accurate as we could and converted weights and sizes as necessary for comparison. We are not responsible for any product changes, but will update as much as possible.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Olympus TG-6 First Impressions

By Jim Lyle

I was able to get my hands on both an Olympus TG-6 camera and PT-059 underwater housing from Optical Ocean Sales fast and at a great price despite a backlog of orders from other vendors. Of course, with a new toy, I wanted to play with it as soon as possible.

The Olympus TG6 is the newest camera in the Oly Tough series. Waterproof without to a depth of 50 feet it’s still advisable to use an underwater housing such as the Olympus PT-059.

Here in southern California, we’ve had crappy conditions for several months this spring - lousy visibility, large swells, and strong winds. Last weekend looked like a window of opportunity so I put my rig together and complete two dives off of Redondo Beach to test out the new camera. Beneath the thermocline the water was dark, but with good visibility.

So far, with only two dives on the camera, I’m impressed with the results.

I used dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes set on TTL and shot both normal and macro subjects. The results were wonderful as you can see in the following images.

One improvement over the older TG5 is the ability to shoot macro AF in Aperture mode. In fact, you can pretty much leave the camera in A mode and never have to touch the mode dial. (There are two custom modes C1 and C2 that can be preset if you so desire.)

I’m off to warm, clear water in a couple of weeks and plan on further testing of this great little camera. I’ll report back when I get home.