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#1 gajipauk

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 06:48 AM

Hi everybody,

 

I currently have a Sigma 17-70mm behind an 8" dome port.  I will be heading to Lembeh to shoot little critters and I am trying to decide if my current lens and dome will be OK, or if it would be worth getting a Canon 60mm and a flat port.  On one hand the 60mm is a shorter lens, but the flat port gives some maginification; on the other hand, the 70mm is longer, but no magnification behind the dome port.

 

Do you have any of these lens/port configuration?  What is your recommendation

 

Thanks in advance for your comments



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 07:29 AM

What camera? Your lens is probably too wide for most of Lembeh's creatures and your dome too big for close-focus wide-angle on most of the larger "macro" life. Look at the workshop thread. I hope to post my final selection of images soon, from an FX sensor and mostly shot with a 105mm lens, but some with a teleconverter and diopters, a few with the equivalent of about a 20mm lens, but with a small dome.

Adam's working on a "best of" article for Full Frame. Almost all of the images that were shown on the workshop were taken with macro lenses and through macro ports.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:18 AM

Thanks for the reply.  I have a Canon 650D in a Nauticam housing.  So the 1 million dollar question (I know there are hundreds of threads about this): would you recommend going all the way to a 100mm lens, or the 60mm?



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:49 AM

For muck diving in general you will find a need for both 60 & 100 mm lenses.  Last month in Lembeh I used my Nikon 105 most of the time but glad I had the 60 for the paddle-flap rhino.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 02:19 PM

The large dome causes issues when getting close to small critters. I’d go for a 60mm if it was a choice of one over the other, and use the extra money saved on the longer lens to put towards a Nauticam super macro converter. 


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 01:44 AM

The large dome causes issues when getting close to small critters. I’d go for a 60mm if it was a choice of one over the other, and use the extra money saved on the longer lens to put towards a Nauticam super macro converter. 

Which port would you recommend for a Canon 60mm: Macro Port 41 or Compact port base+Compact port 15?



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 05:32 AM

We tested the 17-70 w/Epic camera.  Even at 70mm it focuses right up to the dome.  While this may be insufficient for the smallest critters, it's a remarkably versatile. 

 

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:07 AM

Macro port 41 would be my choice.


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 04:43 AM

Your lens is probably too wide for most of Lembeh's creatures and your dome too big for close-focus wide-angle on most of the larger "macro" life. Look at the workshop thread. I hope to post my final selection of images soon, from an FX sensor and mostly shot with a 105mm lens, but some with a teleconverter and diopters...

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 10:14 AM

 

Great pictures!  Did you say most of them were taken using 100mm?


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:38 AM

 

 

Great pictures!  Did you say most of them were taken using 100mm?

 

Nikon: 105mm, some with a +8D "wet" dioptre, and a few with a 1.5x teleconverter as well (except for the giant frogfish).



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 07:45 PM

I use the 17/70 in a flat port and it will take decent semi-macro and semi-wide. It is extremely flexible but is really neither a macro or wide lens. I use a 105 almost exclusively for macro but many use the 60. I would take a true macro lens in a flat port for this trip.

 

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