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#1 kc_moses


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 02:44 PM

Just returned from Cozumel attending the Digital Fiesta Underwater Photography event. These are the result I got from my little Panasonic LX-7, one Sea & Sea YS-D1 and the Opteka 67mm .4X fisheye lens (it's a land lens but works very well underwater)















#2 Michel Braunstein

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:37 AM

Great shots! The wreck deserves some morecontrast, it'll look much better, this can be easily corrected.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:07 AM

Well done indeed. The LX7 is a great little camera. On the lens side did you attach that outside the housing? It looks rectilinear as the Nauticam wetmate

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:19 AM

Thanks Michael, I'm being lazy and don't want to mess with Lightroom too much as this point.


Interceptor121, yes I attached the Opteka lens like a wet lens, it's huge but flat, the rear element is almost 67mm so it works well with 24mm camera. It's a 0.4X fisheye on land, I suspect it's slightly wider than the Nauticam Wetmate. I tried to figure that out at the pool but my local pool do not have tile wall for me to count. I'm tempted to get a .3x Opteka ultra fisheye, but I think I will not keep the LX-7 for long as I might be ready for the Panasonic GH4. I won't have another dive trip until March 2015 so I will have lots of time to shop around especially when new cameras come out later this year.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:08 AM

Nice images Moses, had a great time teaching the workshops and hope to see you in West Palm at some point...keep shooting.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:14 AM

Thanks Phill, great to meet you and attending your workshop. Will definitely hit Blue Heron Bridge later this year and pick your brain before heading out to Anilao next March. It's just a matter of whether I will be using a new rig or the same LX-7.

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 07:37 PM

HI Moses, what a nice shoot for an alternative dry-lens. How do you keep that lens waterproof?

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:27 AM

nice shots Moses!


i also tried an Opteka fisheye land lens... but i wasn't as successful as you. 



Edited by pubert, 05 August 2014 - 04:28 AM.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:45 AM

guzy, the 0.4x lens I used is just one piece and tightly seal lens so it hold up and doesn't flood, that lens is getting difficult to find:




pubert, your lens will not work, this is because your lens can be taken apart, and use the bottom part like a macro/diopter. What you should try is this one, which is just one lens with manufacturer sealed to make it only 0.3x. 




The 0.3x do not have 67mm version. I don't know if you get a 72mm and step down to 67mm, would you get a chromatic aberration or not.


The 0.3x is 180 degree, factor that once in the water, it becomes 126 degree, it's a good angle without making things become fish eye distortion, but the question is what's the quality.