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#1 DavidG

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 11:10 AM

Hi everyone,

I have been using the Subal DP-FE dome port for a few years and I love it, especially for split photography with my Tokina 10-17 but I thought it was about time to get a smaller one for traveling.

I'm not sure if I should get the Subal DP-100 dome port or the Zen DP-100? Does anyone know what's the difference between the two ports? The Subal port is a little cheaper than the Zen.

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 11:22 AM

Hi David

 

I don't know if there is any real, visible difference in the image quality. I used a Zen DP-100 for a couple of years on my Subal housing with a D300 and a Tokina 10-17 and thought it very good. No problem at all and, as you say, great for travelling. 

 

The small domes are hopeless though for over/unders. The DP-FE is much, much better!

 

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 11:32 AM

Thanks Tim,

I just want to get a smaller port for traveling and I think the smaller port will give me the option to move the strobes forward a little more than DP-FE for new angles.

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 11:40 AM

Yep, it'll do that, David. They're great for CFWA. And for travelling, unbeatable!

 

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 01:50 PM

There is an older Subal 4" port, DP 54B, that will also work

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:27 AM

I have the Subal small dome (and also the large 9"). And I believe that they are exactly the same (I think Subal sources them from ZEN, but I am not sure). Anyways, just to make it clear: when comparing with the bigger domes, especially against the very large 9 inch dome, one will loose image quality quite a bit with the small domes...never shoot with apertures larger than let's say f/16, but at f 16 there is already some diffraction...

but for CFWA in combination with a fisheye it is unbeatable off course, as well as the obvious advantages for traveling (although I have shaved the dome sun cover and also the Sigma sun shield quite a bit). I usually have both dome ports with me, the large one and the small on, because of the very limitations of the small ones. If you ask me I would not recommend to replace a large dome with the smaller one. 


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