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#377473 Sony a7s II underwater use -- All parameters

Posted by howeikwok on 28 September 2016 - 07:16 PM

Thanks very much Howeikwok!  Yes I see that.  I did not know that combination could focus so closely.  Is that what you used on the eel nearer the end?  How close does the lens have to be from the eel to get that kind of shot?  A few inches?


I need to learn from you about the dive sites in Indonesia.  I have become highly interested in diving there.  Raja Ampat is my first trip.




Yes.  I do hope we all make it back. 


I think the eel was using the 90mm macro lens. For the WWL, i think the subject can be almost touching the lens and it will still focus. the minimum focal distance is quite short if i'm not wrong.


Raja Ampat is fantastic for both Macro and Wide Angle. Coral cover in the Dampier Straits area is the best i've ever seen. Oceanic mantas, schools of barracudas and jacks. The 'walking' cat shark. Lots of macro opportunities as well like pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, mandarin fish etc.

#377417 Sony a7s II underwater use -- All parameters

Posted by howeikwok on 26 September 2016 - 07:11 PM



Hi there Howeikwok.  


I agree with the others.  Really superb.  I know I can learn a lot from you.  I am going to Raja on October 21, and Ammar is going there on a liveaboard around the same time.  I don't think I have time to learn macro video before then.  Just started shooting with an "SLR" underwater in June. So I am on steep learning curve.


I do, however, want to use a tripod I purchased.  I will take the wet wide angle off the housing, and that will leave me with a 28 mm, which underwater would be a 35 mm, which hopefully will focus closely.  I would like to ask you some questions a little later about the use of the tripod.  I will bring mine and will want to use it for "close ups," or "portraits" as opposed to macro, and then move into macro later.


Thank you for joining the group!  Will be back to you soon about the tripod questions.




The 28mm with the Nauticam WWL will focus quite closely. In fact you can shoot a good sized nudibranch with this combination.

#377382 Sony a7s II underwater use -- All parameters

Posted by howeikwok on 25 September 2016 - 07:43 PM

Shot this in June in Lembeh with the A7R2. Still on the steep learning curve for video.



#366791 Photographing Silfra

Posted by howeikwok on 03 November 2015 - 05:38 PM

i shot it last year with a 5D3 with the 8-15 FE at 15mm. don't really need strobes. 

#366144 Lembeh 2015

Posted by howeikwok on 13 October 2015 - 05:34 PM

Video from a trip to Lembeh in June.


#366143 Bali 2015

Posted by howeikwok on 13 October 2015 - 05:32 PM

Video from a short trip to Bali in Sep.


#352825 Bali Trip Recommendations

Posted by howeikwok on 22 September 2014 - 03:52 PM

Thanks everyone for the great info.!

I am interested in pygmys....although, they need to have an area around them for me to place a tripod. Walls don't work for me other than wide angle. Shooting macro video with a dslr has it's limits...


Seraya had a sea fan at about 25m on a sloping sand bottom for you to set up a tripod. couple of good sized bargibantis with 2 which were pregnant when i was there earlier this month.

#347651 How did Howard Hall do this?

Posted by howeikwok on 13 May 2014 - 03:44 PM

Thanks everyone, that give me some idea.


Jonny, it's true that sometimes you need more than one encounter of the same creature to put together the footage, but I doubt he is that lucky to find two flamboyance cuttlefish eating the same type of shrimp.


It's good to know the the Olympus 12-50 lens is possible to get close to that kind of result. I think I'm going to invest in one of this since it's cheap and might come in handy:




I just bring myself to spend US$250 for a subsee adapter to just flip the lens in and out.......


I have 4 of these magnets. They work as advertised. I have loaded a subsee and 1-2 more Fun-in +5 diopters stacked with no issue. Any more and it might drop off on land. There's always a danger of a force coming from the side dislodging the lens but if it is just one lens then the risk is quite minimal.


One caveat. the magnets also gets a bit of sand stuck on it underwater. The type of black sand with iron content. So you'll need to clean it off from time to time.

#316961 Z240 eneloop batt chargers

Posted by howeikwok on 23 September 2012 - 02:09 AM

I been using the Maha 8 Cell charger for a number of years. Just changed a new charger last year as the old one had some internal corrosion. Watch out those bringing out on LOBs or areas which get salt spray!!

Batteries i started with the maha 2700mah ones but now i'm using a Sanyo Harmolattice which looks similar to the XX series. 2500mah eneloop style. I also have the Maha imedion 2400mah. Both work well without any issue and hold the charge well.

#316776 F.I.T. Pro Series LED 5000 Video light

Posted by howeikwok on 20 September 2012 - 01:48 AM

F.I.T. Pro Series LED 5000 Video Light

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They are very similar to my FIX Aquavolt 3500 but much cheaper


Yea they look quite similar.

Can't wait to test them in the water. :)

#312896 Manado June 2012

Posted by howeikwok on 16 July 2012 - 06:56 PM

Some footage i shot during my recent trip.