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ryancampbell

Member Since 03 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Oct 23 2012 09:52 AM
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Aquatica AN-5 macro option?

08 March 2011 - 11:41 PM

Is there a way to shoot macro on the Aquatica AN-5 NEX-5 setup? I like the housing in general and the zoom dome seems rather versatile, but the only flat port available seems to be for the 16mm pancake lens. A 24mm effective lens would make for a rather comically short working distance if you were trying to shoot non-sessile subjects. Behind the zoom dome you could use a dry close up lens, but you'll lose 30% or so magnification and you can't take the diopter off to shoot far subjects.

I'm set on the NEX-5 because of the combination of sensor size and camera size. The Nauticam housing looks nice, I just wanted to make sure that was the only real option for the camera that supports macro and WA before plunking down the $$$. The 10bar seems to have the same limitation of no flat macro port. It does have a wet mount diopter option for the dome, but there's still the loss of magnification, and there doesn't seem to be a good WA dome available for it.

Thanks for any info or suggestions.

Red Filter + Blue Diffuser?

07 December 2010 - 11:36 AM

I've been thinking of putting this together for my next trip. I really enjoy the natural light results using a red/amber filter but you have to take it off for strobe shots. When using a dome port you can't use a wet filter, so you're stuck deciding topside if you're doing flash or not for the whole day. This has been what's keeping me from using a dome.

I was thinking that if I used a mild red filter like a Wratten 85 or other magic filter equivalent combined with a blue diffuser on the strobes such as the Inon -.5 blue I could minimize the strobe issue. The effective power of the strobe would be cut significantly since you're filtering out a lot of what is getting output, but I'm guessing this would only matter in a few situations.

Anyone ever try this? Thoughts?

wet stackable teleconverter?

05 May 2010 - 09:35 AM

Anyone know of a wet mount teleconverter? Preferrably one that can stack. The utility as I see it would be that you could use a 35mm pancacke lens in a short port, then attach either a WA or a stack of a strong teleconverter+close up lens to achieve macro. Not as good as a dedicated macro, but it allows you do get shots you might otherwise miss.