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NWDiver

Member Since 20 Jan 2004
Offline Last Active Nov 03 2014 07:11 AM
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Sony A7, Zeiss 24-70mm, Nauticam 180mm Dome Port PICs

21 June 2014 - 06:36 AM

Viz was poor but took out the Zeiss 24-70mm behind the Nauticam 180mm Dome.  Autofocus actually worked fairly well even in low light with no focus light. The following photos have not been sharpened in any manner, just a little adjustment for exposure and color.  With a minimum focus length of over a 1' not going to be a good all around lens but may be useful for fish portrait, sharks, etc.  Useful for med - med/wide in tropical waters.

 

Shots taken at the 24mm range than 70mm for comparison.  Pics taken from just over 3 feet away, max.  Again not great shots but for those interested in this lens here you go.


Raja Ampat, Indonesia from the Luxury Liveaboard, Arenui

16 June 2014 - 03:02 PM

We love Raja and thought we would try the 14day Arenui trip.  Great itinerary as you hit all the major spots.  Best of all not only did we have an incredible experience with a manta, for the first time we dove with Giant Mantas!!!   

 

Trip Video

https://www.youtube....h?v=OKANv1fEGbQ

 

As posted before our chance to help a manta

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=YcVE0liFgNM

 

 


Sony A7, Nauticam & Nikonos 15mm Lens shots

13 June 2014 - 11:17 AM

Had hoped to compare the Nikonos 15mm to the Zeiss 24-70mm in Cocos but the Zeiss extension arrived the day after we left, oh well.  

It took a little getting use to and I would say about 30% of the shots were just out of focus.  But especially in low light, low contrast, poor viz situations there is something to be said for manual focus.  The Nikonos lens requires good eyesight as the f-stop and distance numbers are small and a little hard to read. I had to turn the camera on it's "side" to read them.  The focus peaking feature on the Sony A7 was actually helpful.

 

Sorry, can't figure out how to link from Flickr.  So here is the link to the shots at my website.  All these were taken with the Sony A7 and Nikonos 15mm will add RX100II shots later.

 

http://aquabluedream...-2014/dsc82301/


New Galleries with the new website

22 April 2014 - 06:07 AM

So have redone all my galleries, more by destination and subject matter rather than "trip".  I like the viewer but open to suggestions.  

 

http://www.aquablued...om/#/page/home/


Out with the old and in with the new! Total website makeover

22 April 2014 - 05:25 AM

So tore down the old site and built a new one.  Old one was done years ago by the company that built my business website, and wanted $3000 just to look at it.  I did this one solo using Redframe.  Even for an old man like me was fairly intuitive.  Still a work in progress but the heavy lifting is done.  If you find typos, problems let me know.  Any feedback would be great!  

 

The New Aquabluedreams.com

http://www.aquablued...om/#/page/home/