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#1 PhotographingBlind

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

hi,
Im trying to found out what to do first.
Buying the naauticam viewfinder or a second strobe ?
At this moment i have a D7000 with Strobe inon S-2000.
Lenses Macro 60mm AF-D and tokina 10-17.

The second strobe would be handy for better lighting, especially i will dont need any more colour correcting filters for wide angle.

The viewfinder is another story, because i have only 10 percent sight left....
Would this be a great releaf, so that i can see the viewfinder better ?
Would it be more help(better images) or would a strobe do that, bearing in mind my visual problem.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

Hi Mathieu,
I'm thinking you would be better off with a viewfinder and a good focus light to help you see the details. Looking at your images I see you are doing a nice job with the one strobe. I would think about getting the viewfinder first and saving up for a more powerful strobe that you can add later. You can make thousands of amazing images with one strobe. It's tough if we can't see what we're shooting and I expect a good viewfinder like the Nauticam would be a big help.

Do you think a nice big focus light would help?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

hi,
Im trying to found out what to do first.
Buying the naauticam viewfinder or a second strobe ?
At this moment i have a D7000 with Strobe inon S-2000.
Lenses Macro 60mm AF-D and tokina 10-17.

The second strobe would be handy for better lighting, especially i will dont need any more colour correcting filters for wide angle.

The viewfinder is another story, because i have only 10 percent sight left....
Would this be a great releaf, so that i can see the viewfinder better ?
Would it be more help(better images) or would a strobe do that, bearing in mind my visual problem.

If you like to see some photos of me, so you can see what could be more of a help
Go to my blog www.facebook.com/photographingblind


I am seconding Steve's suggestion; for macro, you can do a lot with one strobe and a good focus light. Can you try someone's rig with the added view finder?
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

Hi Mathieu,
I'm thinking you would be better off with a viewfinder and a good focus light to help you see the details. Looking at your images I see you are doing a nice job with the one strobe. I would think about getting the viewfinder first and saving up for a more powerful strobe that you can add later. You can make thousands of amazing images with one strobe. It's tough if we can't see what we're shooting and I expect a good viewfinder like the Nauticam would be a big help.

Do you think a nice big focus light would help?

Cheers,
Steve

Thx for the advice Steve !

For macro its very hard to frame the picture. I also think a viewfinder would help. Is the nauti 45 good ? Can it be mounted on a hugyfot housing ?

For WA i think i need the strobe more. Anybody who knows which filters are better for correcting with a fisheye in green water ?

I'ts a tough question....
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

@Bob and Steve

I have a very strong dive light that i use on top of the housing. A metalsub HID200.
Without that i could forget taking macro, because i wouldnt see it...

Maybe somebody in belgium has an Nauti 4( viewfinder i can take a look through ?
Somebody that can take a picture what you actually see through the viewfinder ?
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:28 AM

Hi,
I would suggest going to your nauticamdealer and have a look trough the viewfinder or go to "Der Boot" in Düsseldorf ( is taken place from 19-27th of January) where you can see some more viewfinders.
You are the only one who can decide what is best for you. No one in the forum can do that for you.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:09 AM

I am not aware of an adapter to fit one of our viewfinders onto a Hugyfot housing. Perhaps someone out there knows of an option??
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:01 AM

Is there a reason why you want the Nauticam viewfinder, and not the Hugyfot (Inon) viewfinder?

PS: If you want to try the Hugyfot viewfinder before buying one, contact me!
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:26 AM

Well, i am more interested in the nautical because it has optical adjustment, but if there isn't an adapter for hugyfot, i would go for the hugyfot.
Do you have the straight or 45 ?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 03:09 AM

I bought the hugyfot viewfinder at last.

I tried it yesterday in open water...

The view is amazing, but its very hard to frame the little animals in the picture..

I have more non shots where the animal is not in the picture.

 

Is it a learning curve, how do you dive best with the viewfinder 45 degree.

Can i train on this aspect above water ?

In three days i have a liveaboard of 3 days...


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:26 AM

Do you have access to a pool?  It takes a couple of hours of playing around to teach yourself where to point the housing with the new viewfinder. My tendency was to point too high when I was learning to shoot my 45 degree.  I found if I just lowered my aim it would usually be close.  You'll get the hang of it very quickly.

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:19 AM

I bought the hugyfot viewfinder at last.

I tried it yesterday in open water...

The view is amazing, but its very hard to frame the little animals in the picture..

I have more non shots where the animal is not in the picture.

 

Is it a learning curve, how do you dive best with the viewfinder 45 degree.

Can i train on this aspect above water ?

In three days i have a liveaboard of 3 days...

Try to do as many training as possible, even in pool like Steve suggested, working on finding small subjects in the vewfinder.

It took me a few dives of frustration, but then I really liked the extra flexibility of an angled viewfinder, it really improved my pictures!