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#393176 Moving from a Nikon D800 (FX) to a D500 (DX)

Posted by mmakay on 10 March 2018 - 09:13 AM

Admittedly, many of the D500's strengths are a greater advantage above the water.  One feature that is fantastic wet and dry, though, is the autofocus.  Not only is it superbly fast and accurate, you can select your focus point over basically the entire frame.  The wide field of focus is something that was previously only available on mirrorless cameras.


Regarding wide angle, I don't think DX is a negative at all!  The reason?  Tokina's fisheye!  Put the 10-17mm behind a mini-dome and you get a fantastically versatile (and small!) wide angle rig.










You can see the entire album shot with a D500 here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUBxNdh



I really enjoy mine, and don't regret housing it.



#380419 Nikon 85mm Micro

Posted by mmakay on 09 January 2017 - 11:32 AM

I should point out that I'm not looking at the 85mm for cost savings.  Compared to every other expense in this hobby (ports, housings, dive travel, etc. etc.) the cost differential of the lens itself is completely in the noise.  If we were looking at lenses that cost $2000 or more, I'd be singing a different tune!  LOL


The potential advantages I see for the 85mm:

  1. Good working distance (way better than 60)
  2. Ability to make good use of wet diopters (way better than 60 / not quite as good as 105, but close)
  3. Small size = small port (same as 60)
  4. Somewhat more flexible in subject size than 105, though not as good as 60