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I have my D800 - Now for the glass..... Suggestions?

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#1 VizBiz

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

Hi All,

I have jump in and bought a Nikon D800.
I had a D300 with the below lens options:
  • Nikon 60mm Macro AF-S
  • Nikon 105mm Macro AF-S (VR)
  • Tokina 10-17mm AT-X 107 AF DX
  • Tamron B003 18-270Di II VC LD (F/3.5 - 6.3)

I am going to sell:
  • Tokina 10-17mm AT-X 107 AF DX
  • Tamron B003 18-270Di II VC LD (F/3.5 - 6.3)

I am looking for a nice wide angle to replace the 10-17. I have a 8” dome port to use with it. What are people using? What are my options to use the camera in full FX?
I am looking at:
  • Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED IF Lens
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 IF ED Lens
This is my preferred lens - Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR.
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#2 pmooney

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

While all of your favoured lenses will work behind a 8" dome the general opinion is that they produce much nicer results behind 9" or bigger Glass Domes.

There has been much discussion about the 14-24 vs 16-35 for underwater with the general vote heading to the 16-35.

If you have the Ikelite System you port choices are are much more limited

Modular - 8" Dome
Requires:
— 5510.45 dome assembly
— 5510.28 port body

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Edited by pmooney, 21 January 2013 - 09:37 PM.


#3 VizBiz

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

OK, Thanks, I had seen mosts post saying the same.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

While all of your favoured lenses will work behind and 8" dome the general opinion is that they produce much nicer results behind 9" or bigger Glass Dome. There has been much discussion about the 14-24 vs 16-35 for underwater with the general vote heading to the 16-35. If you have the Ikelite System you port choices are are much more limited Modular - 8" Dome Requires: — 5510.45 dome assembly — 5510.28 port body Posted Image


One comment about the 16-35 with an Ikelite 8" dome. The .28 port body does not work well at all and will produce unacceptably bad edges. Others have suggested that a body & extension combo that is about 2.5 cm longer that the .28 body is needed for decent results. I've tried the .28 solution and can verify the poor results, but have not had a chance yet to confirm result with a longer extension.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:11 AM

Nooooo - it was ment to be an easy question.....!!! Lol.....

Things I can't change:
8" Ikelite port
D800

So what is going to work best with what I have?

Another lens I have not thought of?

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#6 pmooney

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:26 AM

Shoot Macro :)

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:40 AM

The 15mm Sigma or Nikon 16mm will be your best option; they should both work well with a 1.4TC as well, you will get better corners most likely in the 8" dome.
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:22 AM

Sigma 15mm and 1.4 kenko Pro. Really good choice for D800!

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:13 AM

I use the Sigma 15mm and like this lens very much but she is tricky to use in a housing as she is very short and may vignette.
My friend and probably italys best undewater photographer use the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR and prefer it
over the Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 IF ED Lens for price and sharpness.
The professione series Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 IF ED Lens would be probably slightly better on land but the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
is a excellent and light lens for a very good price.
Chris

P.S You should look around for a galls dome or a mini dome, you got engaged to a very demanding lady and she need only the best ....

Edited by ChrigelKarrer, 22 January 2013 - 06:17 AM.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

Sigma 15mm and 1.4 kenko Pro. Really good choice for D800!


It hasn't worked for me...

... what dome/extension have you used?

You should look around for a galls dome or a mini dome, you got engaged to a very demanding lady and she need only the best ....


I think that the FX lenses really hate mini-domes...

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

It hasn't worked for me...

... what dome/extension have you used?

Nikon d800, sea and sea housing, 240dome or optical dome works. (but optical you have to remake Sun shade)

I think that the FX lenses really hate mini-domes...



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:44 PM

While all of your favoured lenses will work behind a 8" dome the general opinion is that they produce much nicer results behind 9" or bigger Glass Domes.

There has been much discussion about the 14-24 vs 16-35 for underwater with the general vote heading to the 16-35.

If you have the Ikelite System you port choices are are much more limited

Modular - 8" Dome
Requires:
— 5510.45 dome assembly
— 5510.28 port body

Posted Image


Hi,

So what issues am I going to see?

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#13 ChrigelKarrer

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

TDPriest,
yeah a FF 36mp camera record (too m) any details, also the ones we don't want to see ...

My Sigma 15mm works nice with the new 4 screw Hugyfot minidome and there is only a very small stripe of the upper shade visible.
The 105mm micro VR works very well too but it seems that the 16-35 and 17-35 need a special dome (as most zoom lenses).
Chris

Edited by ChrigelKarrer, 22 January 2013 - 06:46 PM.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

Nikon D800, S&S MDX housing, Nikon 16-35VR, 2x40mm exstension rings, Port 240. This work perfect.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

Hi Kmsellin

I've tried the 16-35 with the 240 dome port with only 60 mm' ext' and was a bit disappointed - the center is very sharp but not the edges at F/8/11/13/16.
Sea&sea do recommend 80 mm ext'. can you upload some examples taken with your rig, please ?

Edited by udi62, 23 January 2013 - 04:26 PM.


#16 VizBiz

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

Going to try the 10-14 with a 1.4 TC first. Cheers all
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