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davehicks

Member Since 16 Nov 2003
Offline Last Active Jul 20 2017 07:44 PM
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In Topic: Nauticam D800 with Sigma 15 Fisheye - which port?

09 June 2017 - 08:30 PM

I just completed a trip to Socorro where I primarily used my D800 / Nauticam system with the Sigma 15mm FE + Kenko 1.4TC under the Nauticam 8.5" dome with 20mm extension.  I was very happy with this setup and found the field of view plenty wide, FE effect minimized, and corner sharpness quite good.  Certainly better sharpness than I've seen with Nikon 16-35 lens under the same dome.

 

Here a few few sample shots:

 

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In Topic: WTB: Nauticam N120 20mm extension ring

17 May 2017 - 05:55 PM

Closing this out; I acquired a 20mm ring recently.


In Topic: ULCS Clamps for sale

13 May 2017 - 10:37 PM

Send me a PM with details, shipping address, etc.  


In Topic: Anyone upgrade a DS-125 battery pack?

07 February 2017 - 08:48 PM

I have rebuilt a few of these battery packs in the past, and had another one die just recently.  I happened to be in a Batteries+Bulbs store and noticed that they rebuild battery packs.  After a short discussion, I brought them the dead DS-161 NiMH pack and they rebuilt it for about $45.  A bit more than it would have cost be for parts, but they have a proper spot welder to solder the cells.  I was pleasantly surprised they did the job for a very reasonable price.  The battery pack is working great.


In Topic: Strobes positionning for sharks ?

29 January 2017 - 12:18 PM

I think your strobe positioning looks good, but I would loose the Diffusers and switch your strobes to Manual (start with 50%) power rather than TTL.  In my experience TTL is not effective for wide angle, you end up with a full dump that accentuates backscatter.  Compensate with a higher ISO as needed.  The diffusers just reduce the output of your strobes further.  Your shutter speed should be metered and adjusted to achieve the background color you are looking for.