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#1 Binford23

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

I was wondering if anybody has any experience shooting the FF Sigma 12-24 lens underwater?

What size dome would I need? If I'm remembering correctly, it has a similar focusing distance as the Nikon 16-35...

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:27 PM

With a 120 degree AOV, this is glass is the FF equivalent of the Sigma 8-16 which I really enjoy using with a 7D. To get the best out of a ultra-wide (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel) rectilinear a very large dome port is needed, like the Zen DP-230 and don't expect good corners at apertures wider than f/8. The new 250mm rectilinear port from Nauticam could be a game changer for this class of glass.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:02 AM

Version II has been a disappointment. Very soft corners even @ f16 and the QC problem of inconsistent samples. I spent 1.5 hrs in 3 different stores testing 7 samples and none were as good as the original, which already wasn't fantastic. It suffers quite a bit from Cos4 vignetting in the corners as well. However, it is the ONLY lens that hits 122° and still works well for architecture. It's very sharp in the center though.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:28 AM

If you like ultra-wide (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel) rectilinear then, presently, it's 'Hobson's choice'. I would dearly love to shoot with a Sigma 8-16mm equivalent on FX. Maybe I'll just get one and trade it when the MkIII appears. Next job will be to ask Edward Lai to make me a bespoke zoom gear...

Edited by Timmoranuk, 17 November 2012 - 07:31 AM.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:38 AM

And just why does WP always put " (weitwinkel) " by default after each and every post which contains "ultra-wide (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel)" Posted Image . As if anyone is going to do a search using weitwinkel...Posted Image Look its done it again! Posted Image
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:32 AM

I do think the 12-24 has its place in a camera bag. But it does have quite a bit of field curvature as well. I used PTlens, then DXO Pro to deal with the distortion. Once you go to 15-20mm, it's a good lens. 12-14mm is just average., but that's what you are buying it for. It does seem a bit better on lower MP cameras.

Re: Weitwinkel: It's a Seacam joke from years ago.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:10 AM

If its the only weitwinkel Posted Image (rectilinear) tool on FX then we have to accept its short comings...

Edited by Timmoranuk, 17 November 2012 - 11:13 AM.

· Canon 5D3, 7D & Nauticam housings. Sigma 15mm, Canon 16-35mm, Tokina 10-17mm, Sigma 8-16mm, Canon 10-22mm, Sigma 17-70mm, Sigma 70-200mm, Sigma 120-300mm, Canon 60mm & 100mm
· INON Z-240s & Sea & Sea YS-250 Pros
· SmallHD DP4 monitor & NA-DP4. Fisheye Aquavolt 3500s & 7000s
· Zen DP-100, DP-200 & DP-230