60mm vs 105mm VR Macro lenses on a d7000 w/ Ikelite Housing
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:07 PM
I recently upgraded to a Nikon D7000 and went with an Ikelite Housing (not a perfect build, but the alternative housings are stupid expensive). I am planning a trip to Bonaire in late April so I will be in clear warm water with lots of little critters and fish that I'd like to photograph.
From what I've read the 60mm is going to offer a larger field fo view for the bigger fishes, but the 105 will give me the ability to get some nice bokeh on the little critters that I'll find. I've also read varrying opinions on the autofocus.
I do plan on having an autofocus assist light mounted on top of the housing as well.
I guess my question is, does anyone have any experience with the ikelite ports for these two lenses? I plan on renting the lenses so its no big deal either way, but I'd rather not buy uncessary ports - anyone used a single port for both of these lenses and had good results?
I should also note I already plan on using a tokina 10-17mm with a dome port for the wide angle shots, so I'm covered there.
Thanks for the replies in advance.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:34 PM
of the two; able to focus closer and has more working space for lighting. An inexpensive add-on for the 60mm is a Woodys Diopter to quickly add
some more magnification or working space when needed. The 60mm is a f2.8 lens so you can get some lovely bokeh with the aperture wide. I'd
also recommend getting the newer AF-S version unless you want to use it with a teleconverter then you'll want the older D lens.
Examples of 60mm images.
As for ports, Ikelite has a comprehensive Chart for once you work out which lens you are getting.
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In between housings. Nikon 60mm, 105mm, 10-24mm, 18-55mm, Tokina 10-17mm, Kenko 1.4 TC, SubSee +5 & +10 magnifiers & Inon Z240 strobes.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:38 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:00 AM
Have you consider the Ikelite modular system for ports? Cost more than a dedicated port for each lense but the front port is made out of glass which the other are not and you can add port extension for different lenses down the track.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:37 AM
Start the 60mm and try to find the older AF-D like Mark says.
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