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#1 silverhippi



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 02:50 PM

I am putting together a full-frame system with Ikelite and Nikon D800.


I can really only afford one lens at the moment and am torn between:


nikon af-s nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8g ed







nikon nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 d ed if





Primary use of this setup will be in N. Florida Caverns/Caves.


Any experienced input would be greatly appreciated.





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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:05 PM

I would go with the 14-24mm f/2.8g ed as its the wider of the two and will allow you to get closer to your subject giving better colour, contrast, clarity etc. However, i think you should really consider a fisheye for underwater. It's a bit useless topside but i shoot 90% of my wide angle stuff underwater on fish eye. Allows me to get super close and still fit the whole subject in. 


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:59 AM

On land I love the 17-35 f2,8 for make reportage but underwater I use only fish lenses. For the cave I think that the 15mm sigma fish eye is better that the wide ange zooms.

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:17 PM

Neither lens is very good behind a dome port.


The 16-35 f/4 is actually much better (and cheaper too).


Bear in mind all 3 will need a 9"dome to get the best results...



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 02:28 PM

Wider is better for caves, especially where you can't back up because there's a wall in the way. I prefer the rectilinear lenses but you do need to look at performance behind a dome port. Maybe consider a wide prime rather than a zoom? For cave diving there is almost no reason to zoom - why not just swim closer?

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:58 PM

16-35 f/4 hands down. I had to decide bw that and the 14-24 a while ago but saw that the 14-24 really struggled in corners for people and 16-35 was 2/3 the price.


Personally I'm happy - I find the 35mm end very useful at times and it takes filters. I use a 9" dome which I think is virtually required for wide rectilinear. 


I do occasionally crave some wider coverage though. Not a huge fan of the easier-to-use fisheyes.



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