Subal D100 port consensus
Posted 22 October 2003 - 03:18 PM
1. What is the list's consensus about Subal port selection for the D100 12-24 combination? Looks like the FE2 is the go, but has anyone tried the older 6" FEB?
2. I'm still by no means certain that the 12-24 is definitely the way to go for me for WA. I have always found in the past that prime lenses seem to perform better than zooms and I would probably end up using the zoom fixed at one focal length anyway. The Sigma 15mm looks like an option. Is the optical quality there? What I'm looking for from a lens point of view is the equivalent angle of view to the 20mm Nikon I used in my F801 Subal housing. I have never liked fisheye U/W.
3. Finally should I be looking seriously at another housing manufacturer? Subal is easy for me because I live in a city with a Subal dealership whereas other manufacturers (S&S, Seacam etc) are either interstate or overseas propositions. I've been fairly happy with the two previous Subals I've owned.
Underwater photographers just use more expensive disposable cameras than everyone else..
Nikon D100, F801 in Subal, Canon MV1 in Amphibico. Too many strobes..
Posted 22 October 2003 - 05:53 PM
Life is a beach and then you dive.
Posted 23 October 2003 - 11:33 AM
Furthermore, the greatest advantage of zooms for digital, IMHO, is the ability to "crop" or tighten the shot at the time of shooting - thereby maximizing the use of the 6.1 MB you have. (Remember, a scanned slide would produce a 27 MB file before you crop) Like Dave, my experience with the 17-35 has been that its sharpness was similar to my 20 mm prime (now sold...).
Posted 23 October 2003 - 05:37 PM
I have a +2 diopter also. I tested with and without the diopter in the pool and I decided that I prefer NO diopter. I then did a trip to Cozumel and did not use the diopter at all. I am not sure why the diopter is needed with this set up. I am curious why the diopter is recommended. If the diopter tightens up the angle of coverage (lens is not as wide with diopter) then I am not interested in using it unless I have to. I want my lens to be as wide as it can.
Does anyone have feedback on why I should use the diopter? Does everyone with the 12/24, FE2 dome, and 50mm extension use the diopter? Why?
Posted 24 October 2003 - 07:23 AM
I like my Subals a great deal - again because I have great local dealer support. I have to say that IMO the silver finish on recent Subals is not as scratch resistant and the blue finish on older Subals. My housing looks like I have lent it to Freddy Krueger for his hols. That said there is no corrosion on any of the scratches.
Posted 24 October 2003 - 09:23 AM
Posted 24 October 2003 - 10:05 AM
An additional benefit is the ability to do over and unders with no additional glass. the conclusion for me personally: unless I'm doing cfwa, forget the diopter.
Posted 25 October 2003 - 07:04 PM
I'll be interested in doing some test dives without the diopter, and figuring out exactly how close the focus is.
Nikon D2X in Subal housing.
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