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nortoda1

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Which Nikon 60mm on FX

27 April 2015 - 12:54 AM

In a bit of a dilema. I have owned the nikon 60mm f 2.8 D for about a decade and have loved that lense on DX. A couple of months ago I noticed a huge lump of fluff had managed to get on the inside of the rear element.  On hearing that getting these things taken apart to get cleanied can be more than the value of the lense I decided to have a go myself.

I got the lense apart, but in doing so I severed a ribbon cable that is the communication between the camera and the lense, aaaaaahhhhhhhh.  I put the lense back together again and it functions manually.  I have the focus gear so focus is not a big issue, however I cannot change the aperature u/w which is a pain.

 

Now to the choices.  I moved to FX last year and have the 105VR for macro and super macro, and the Sigma 15mm FE and nikon 16-35 F for wide angle.  Do i get the nikon 60mm f 2.8 D or the G to compliment what I already have?  I hear the G has 1" less working space, but perhaps this is not such an issue as if I wanted to shot macro I can use the 105VR.  It is more for medium size fish/amphibians Im thinking about.

 


Toads - which lens

16 April 2015 - 04:52 AM

Intend to go diving on Sunday in one of the lakes here in Switzerland.  Not normally a great deal of life to shot in these lakes, a few pike, perch etc, howvever there are toads around at the moment and will try to get some images of these guys.

The question is which lens?  I have a D800, nikkor 60mm, 105VR, 16-35 f4 and Sigma 15mm FE, macro port, 170mm optical port and 240mm FE port.

 

For close ups the 60mm would seem like the obvious choice, however I busted the AF/aperature elctronics by breaking the ribbon cable when I removed the rear element to clean. AAAAAAaaaahhhhh.  It had a major piece of fluff inside for some reason.  I have yet to try to fix it, if it is even possible.  I can still use it with manual focus, but cannot change the aperture UW.

 

So might give the 105VR a go.

 

For wide angle I have the 15mm FE for years, and love it.  It pairs up nicely with the 170mm dome for close focus on FX.  Unfortunately I dont have a 1.4 TC which if I had would definitely be my choice for wide angle.

 

I only have the 16-35VR F 4 a few months and have not tried it for CFWA.  Will I be able to get a tighter image with this lens than the sigma 15?  Especially considering especially considering I would be using the 240mm dome port.  I could in theory use the 170mm dome, and make do with the reduced corner quality.


Spaces available - Malin Head 25-30th July

11 February 2015 - 01:13 AM

A few spaces available diving some of the classics around Malin Head, Donegal,  from the 25-30th July 2015, with Mevagh diving.  Diving from the hard boat Laura Dean, very comfortable diving platform complete with diver lift.  The boat has a capacity for 12 divers, but spaces for this trip will be limited to 10. Plan is to dive wrecks in the 60-85m range e.g. Audacious, Viknor, Justicia, any one of the uboats etc.  Cost of the boat (540euro per day) will be split evenly.   If the diving is anything like this year we're in for a cracker, we had 20-35m viz and flat calm seas for the entire week.  This being the North Atlantic you got to role the die with the weather. PM me if interested.  Few pictures for this year below.

cheers

Darragh

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U89, WWI u-boat 20 miles off Malin Head

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RMS Justicia
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Empire Heritage