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#21 MikeVeitch

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:20 AM

pretty much bang on!

I love seeing the DOF difference as you go through the photos, that's also a great learning tool for folks.

Interesting to see they have the striated froggie so far south

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 11:35 AM

Interesting to see they have the striated froggie so far south


Yes, they are really common here and lots of varieties too (black ones, yellow/orange ones, hairy ones). I remember reading seeing articles 15 years ago by some of the first photogs to dive Lembeh (mostly Amercians and Australians), suggesting that hairy frogfish were a new species and only found there. And the irony is that some of the easiest places to see hairy striated frogfish are in USA (Florida) and Australia (NSW).

Going back to the Subal for dives today, although hoping to night dive with Nauticam.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:56 PM

Finished my time with the D700 and Nauticam. Working on the review which I hope to have up on Wetpixel within a week. Internet access in Tasmania allowing.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 04:07 AM

Review done. Will post when internet access allows. Alex

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 04:47 AM

Does anyone know if they will make adapters for old style aquatica ports? The threaded ones.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 09:17 PM

Review is up!

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 09:50 PM

Review is up!


If your dimwitted like me and just spent 15 minutes looking at Alex's website. It's right here http://wetpixel.com/...0-field-review/

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:35 AM

Hmmm.... that first photo looks familiar. However the last fellow I saw doing that had more hair (but not much)!

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:38 AM

Hair jokes from you, James? Sorta like the kettle and pot eh? You're not that far behind.

Great review, Alex. I must say that the need for a diopter is almost essential for people over 40 aka old fart's eyes! :) I agree there should be a cheaper model for those who wear corrective lenses but let's be nice to the presbyopics. :P

Also Subtronic makes sync cable splits for S6 (I think) and N5 (I know) and of course you have the S&S single o-ringed N5- S&S 5 which the Inons and S&S strobes use.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:39 AM

Great review, Alex. I must say that the need for a diopter is almost essential for people over 40 aka old fart's eyes! :) I agree there should be a cheaper model for those who wear corrective lenses but let's be nice to the presbyopics. :P

Super review! Nothing like a real shooter kicking the tires (tyres). I am way over 40 years old and have the old eye problem. I think an Rx mask is a better solution; easier to see your gauges.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:40 AM

If your dimwitted like me and just spent 15 minutes looking at Alex's website. It's right here http://wetpixel.com/...0-field-review/


Sorry Steve - or just http://www.wetpixel.com

Hmmm.... that first photo looks familiar. However the last fellow I saw doing that had more hair (but not much)!


I forgot that, James. Ha ha. The guys I was with were joking about an Aussie photographer who strokes his housing in his profile picture. So they encouraged me to go one better! Then this image seemed to fit the "anticipation and salivation" quote so well, I used it.

Great review, Alex. I must say that the need for a diopter is almost essential for people over 40 aka old fart's eyes! :) I agree there should be a cheaper model for those who wear corrective lenses but let's be nice to the presbyopics. :P


Fair point on the diopter. I don't wear glasses - so don't always appreciate it. That said the knob is too easily knocked - needs a lock or at least marks on it so you can remember where to set it.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 09:33 AM

glad to see Drew is finally admitting he is 40+ and needs glasses...

Nice review Alex, shame about the seahorse giving birth though!

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:43 AM

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 03:02 AM

Hi Alex,

Thank you for the nice review on the nauticam D700 housing. I have already decided to continue with Seacam since I have a considerable number of ports, extension rings and custom made lens gears. However I was particularly interested to see your picture of the Nauticam 180 degree viewfinder. I bought Seqacam 45 degree viewfinders for my D700 (2) housings. However the Seacam 180 degree finder is physically huge and the size of Nauticam's 180 degree finder looks more attractive. So I'll be looking into whether that viewfinder can be adapted to fit my Seacam D700 housing.

One BIG advantage I can think of to Nauticam having an externel diopter adjustment on their viewfinder is situations where several people share a housing (s) on a dive. With an adjustable diopter correction, each person can readjust the viewfinder to their own wywsight. It would seem to me that if you painted an "index" marker on the part that rotates and a few "spots" adjacent on the viewfinder, each person could "learn" their own setting and readjust it very quickly and easily. And perhaps putting an o-ring that fit tightly around the rotating knob would add enough friction so that i couldn't be knocked "off" so easily.

I'm hoping to finish making custom zoom and manual focus gears for the 16-35mm lens this weekend. And if that goes well, there may be some chance to shoot with it the following week if the weather co-operates. Unfortunately, no chance to do comparisons vs the 14-24 as I have only one Superdome with me on this trip in southern Australia. I don't think of the 16-35 as a replacement for the 14-24 as the extra 2mm make the 14-24 better for over/under shots. But the 16-35 may be a replacement for the 17-35, which I also have along with me.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:03 AM

However I was particularly interested to see your picture of the Nauticam 180 degree viewfinder. I bought Seqacam 45 degree viewfinders for my D700 (2) housings. However the Seacam 180 degree finder is physically huge and the size of Nauticam's 180 degree finder looks more attractive. So I'll be looking into whether that viewfinder can be adapted to fit my Seacam D700 housing.


Hi Fred,

From what I know it is pretty easy to adapt the Nauticam viewfinder onto several housings, so I don't think Seacam will be a problem.


One BIG advantage I can think of to Nauticam having an externel diopter adjustment on their viewfinder is situations where several people share a housing (s) on a dive. With an adjustable diopter correction, each person can readjust the viewfinder to their own wywsight. It would seem to me that if you painted an "index" marker on the part that rotates and a few "spots" adjacent on the viewfinder, each person could "learn" their own setting and readjust it very quickly and easily. And perhaps putting an o-ring that fit tightly around the rotating knob would add enough friction so that i couldn't be knocked "off" so easily.


Good points. I don't wear glasses, so I guess I was a bit harsh on a feature that will be invaluable for some. From what I hear (I am not in contact with them direct, but hear through dealers) Nauticam are working on some minor improvements for the adjustable viewfinder along these lines.

I'm hoping to finish making custom zoom and manual focus gears for the 16-35mm lens this weekend. And if that goes well, there may be some chance to shoot with it the following week if the weather co-operates. Unfortunately, no chance to do comparisons vs the 14-24 as I have only one Superdome with me on this trip in southern Australia. I don't think of the 16-35 as a replacement for the 14-24 as the extra 2mm make the 14-24 better for over/under shots. But the 16-35 may be a replacement for the 17-35, which I also have along with me.


I will be interested to hear your thoughts/findings on the 16-35mm. I have only played with it on land and was very impressed. But I do not shoot wide rectilinear enough to justify the purchase cost (I still use the 17-35mm having resisted the 14-24mm), so I look forward to you sharing your findings.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:31 AM

Hi,
This is my solution to the rear dial control: Nauticam control
It works wondefuly using just the thumb
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:33 AM

Hi Carlos,

Did you make that yourself? Nauticam have since refined the button using deeper and thicker grooves, but your solution looks very good.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:10 AM

Yes, I've made that myself using the cup of a hotel shampoo bottle and some epoxy.
Good to hear Nauticam has refined the control, that's going to save me lot's of time messing my nails with epoxy and stealing hotel shampoo for my friends ;-)
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