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JohnVila

Member Since 04 Jun 2017
Offline Last Active Jul 09 2018 05:39 PM
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In Topic: Focus Light Suggestions

09 July 2018 - 05:06 PM

Hi - I just changed to a scubalamp P53 following a review on another wetpixel forum. It also has a strobe mode which may be useful for some. They are not cheap, but the quality is very good.

 

I found mine at - https://underwater.c...robe-light.html

 

There are two things that I would change:

 

- an attachment point for a lanyard

- simple off - need to cycle through 5 modes to turn off.

 

All the best

 

John


In Topic: D500 ports for WA, zoom and macro (nauticam)

08 May 2018 - 02:30 PM

Great thread! Enjoying all the input! I also made the change from a simple RX100ii to D500 in Nauticam.

 

I went with the Tokina 10-17 with zoom gear (19127), Nikon 105mm, 4.33" dome (18804) and a macro port 87 (18702).

 

As Alex has suggested, in hindsight I wish I had stacked a 60 and 20 port to enable me to use a 60mm lens that my partner had.  I later bought a kenko teelconverter and could have then have used the 20mm extension. Too late now!!

 

Sinetwo - we have been on exactly the same decision path! I also bought a Sigma 17-70mm thinking it would be a good compromise lens, but having read a lot more since I have decided not to worry about taking it underwater and just use it topside. I Concur with Tim -- I could just keep spending more and more on gear that I would use once in a while!

 

So, for the moment at least, I am going to stick with the 4.33 and grab a 20mm extension and zoom gear (19227) for the teleconverter, and perhaps  a 40 mm extension to make up a 60 port!! The list just goes on - and on -  and on and on!!

 

Just out of interest Tim / Alex - could the 60mm lens be used in the 85 port without too much trouble negating the need for a 40mm extension?

 

Great input from everyone. I hope you enjoy your new rig as much as I have, it is a big change from the RX100 II but well worth it. Besides - I have kept the RX100II as a spare to use when I don't want to lug the big rig to remote places on small planes!

 

Cheers

 

John

 

PS as Mark (AussieByron suggests) ---- "Another recommendation is if your going to shoot alot of macro is to put a external viewfinder on the back of your housing. They are not a cheap option but they make a dramatic improvement when shooting macro especially super macro" -- absolutely agree -- I have had the 45 degree viewfinder for 4 months now and once you get used to it you will wonder how you ever managed without it! Especially if you have 50 plus year old eyes with a twist!


In Topic: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations

07 May 2018 - 04:22 PM

 

Hi John,

 

I used the the Tokina 11-16mm with my Aquatica 8 inch dome with 28.5mm Aquatica extension (#48453). Honestly rectangular wide angle lenses are not suited for what I shoot as I mainly shoot with the Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye.

 

Have you thought about putting a 1.4x Teleconverter on the Tokina 10-17mm and shoot that behind your small dome for CFWA?

 

Regards Mark

 

Cheers Mark - Yes - I have already bought the Kenko 1.4 but need to get the right extension for use with the 4.33 mini dome, 20mm I believe. Better get it!!

 

All the best

 

John


In Topic: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations

02 May 2018 - 02:31 PM

I shoot with the D500 and I have the following wide angle lenses for it:

 

Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye

Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye

Tokina 11-16mm

 

I use the Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye all the time as it performs better than the Tokina 10-17mm @ 10mm which is what I shoot at.  I have used the Tokina 11-16mm a few times but its simply not wide enough for what I am shooting underwater, but its an excellent landbased lense.  If your after a rectangular DX lense for your D500 I recommend the Tokina 11-16mm

 

Regards Mark

 

Hi Mark

 

Which port are you using for the Tokina 11-16mm. I am using the 10-17 fisheye on D500 behind the Nauticam 4.33 inch dome and looking to try something different.

 

REgards

 

John


In Topic: Snoot for Inon Z-240

27 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

Hi. Wondering if a z330 mount might be announced for the retra snoot? Oskar?

 

Cheers John