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Yap Sharks with a 60mm Macro Lens on a D850

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#1 JackConnick

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 09:12 PM

I've always felt that it was hard to get close to big animals like sharks and that more reach is required over something like a mid range zoom.

 

Alex had talked about using a 60mm lens behind a dome for sharks and on a recent shark dive in Yap, I decided to try my old AF-D 60mm macro Nikkor on my D850 behind a Zen 170 dome and 70mm extension. I could of used a smaller extension, but it was what I had.

 

The results were quite stunning, I felt. You do need clear conditions to have it work out though, but AF was fast and I had lots of range. The longer reach shortens up the background too.

 

I also switched back and forth from FX to DX mode to see how that felt. I think it's probably more valuable for macro work with the 60 to get more DOF and will try that next week in Palau.

 

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 03:04 PM

Nice shots, Jack. Vis looks great there. Did you like Yap Caverns?

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:49 PM

Beautiful photos, Jack! Where did Alex recommend a 60mm behind a dome? I’m curious to read more about it and figure out how long an extension ring I need for my 60mm 2.8G behind a nauticam 140mm dome.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 03:47 AM

Impressive shots indeed.  Great work.


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