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d800 dome port wide-angle lens 17-35mm 10-17mm sharpness quality nikon nauticam 16mm

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#1 christianloader

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:21 PM

Hi all,

 

I've recently just upgraded to a Nikon D800 with Nauticam housing.

I've only done a few dives with the new rig so far, unfortunately in pretty terrible viz, but have noticed a couple of issues with my wide-angle set-ups: 

 

- Nikon 17-35mm, & Nauticam 9" optical glass dome & 70mm ext ring. -  corner sharpness is quite poor.

- Tokina 10-17mm & Kenko 1.4x teleconverter, with Nauticam mini dome (for the 10-17) & 20mm ext ring - slight vignetting visible at its widest focal length.

 

Is anyone using the same lenses as me but with different dome ports? how do you like the results?

Is anyone using a Nikon 16mm fisheye on a D800? How does it compare to a 10-17 with a 1.4xTC?

 

The 2 images attached: Nikon 17-35mm, Nauticam 9" optical glass dome & 70mm ext ring, 17mm, 1/200s, f9, ISO160, natural light. (The 2nd image shows the blur in the bottom-left corner of the 1st image).

My general question to any D800 users (ideally, Nauticam users too) is, which wide-angle set-up do you find gives you the best results in terms of corner sharpness?

 

Any advice is much appreciated,

 

Cheers,

Christian

 

note to Alex Mustard:  i read in a previous D800 post last year you may have written a piece discussing wide-angle lenses and domes for FX cameras? If you have, i'd love to have a read as i'm sure you have the magic answers! thanks.

 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:21 PM

Hey Christian, 

 

I am using a d800 in a Nauticam with the 16-35 behind the 9" glass dome.  I find this setup works well, but you still need to stop down to get the best results.  

 

Have you tried shooting at say f 11 ? 


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:23 PM

I use the 15mm Sigma and get pictures sharp as a tack from corner to corner with both the Hugyfot acrylic dome and the Sea & Sea optical glass dome. It must be lens related.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:52 PM

Yo Chris

The Tokina +1.4x is still too wide for a D800. You need to get it to 11mm for no vignetting.

 

As for the 17-35, if I remember it had a bit of field curvature so try going to f11 at least.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:31 PM

 

note to Alex Mustard:  i read in a previous D800 post last year you may have written a piece discussing wide-angle lenses and domes for FX cameras? If you have, i'd love to have a read as i'm sure you have the magic answers! thanks.

 

 

I am sure I have. But we don't have a reviews listing anymore on Wetpixel - so these things are a pain to find! I'll have a look.

 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:38 PM

There is some stuff here:

http://wetpixel.com/...ic=46334&page=9

 

 

And also here:

http://wetpixel.com/...es-subal-nd4/P3

 

I don't see the point in using the 10-17mm and a TC on the D800 - as you are filling your harddrives up with 36MP files, which are way off what can really be achieved in terms of resolution with that file size. A waste of space. But it will work until funds are available to purchase a Sigma 15mm.

 

I use the Nikon 16mm preferentially over the Sigma 15mm most of the time. But I do own both and use both. Each has merits, but there is little point in owning both.

 

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:42 AM

I used to have both but I found that I had to decide on one. I guess, Alex, you have your camera caddy following along behind with a second camera with the other lens. :)


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:03 AM

Thanks for your help guys! Much appreciated. It seems the Sigma 15mm is the way to go. I'll try out the 17-35 again today and tomorrow, and will shoot at f11+ and see if the corner sharpness improves. Thanks for those links Alex, great stuff.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:10 AM

Hi Christian,

 

We've found the Nikon 16-35/f4 to be perform a bit better than the 17-35/f2.8 in terms of corner sharpness. Might be something to keep in mind if you want to shoot rectilinear as opposed to going with the fisheyes, i.e. Sigma 15mm or Nikon 16mm. 

 

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:14 AM

Here's how it looks in the pool: 1/125s, f11, ISO250

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:20 AM

And here's 2 more shots at f13 with the nikon 17-35mm at 17mm 1/125 ISO250.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:00 AM

A possible option could be the new Nikkor AF-S 18-35 f3.5-4.5 G ED. Small and lightweight, economical. We read of good optical and construction quality, but nothing yet on UW use....







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