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In Topic: Nikon DX wide angle lens and dome

02 August 2015 - 05:45 AM

You might look at the Sigma 8-16mm too. Unlike the 12-24 and 10-24 Nikons you can't use a diopter on the front, but if you can borrow one, it's worth trying.

In Topic: Are you happy you changed from DX to FX?

02 March 2015 - 09:09 AM

I'm not that delighted I switched from the D7000 to the D800, but for my wife's work shooting weddings the D800 ability to shoot high ISO is essential. (And using the same bodies seemed sensible.)  I really miss the 10-17. I don't care if it's not as sharp as the 10.5 (which I sold), it's certainly sharp enough for commercial work. I miss the size and weight of the DX housing. I only shoot wide these days; I'm not fond of the fisheye look but the Sigma 15 is a good lens. I have the 16-35 behind the Nauticam 230mm dome with 70 extension and it's ok, but my corners never seem that great, and it's a huge heavy rig like that. What I like best is the ability to crop drastically and still have a commercial file. Really, the ability to crop makes the 15 Sigma a 10-17 equivalent if you want.

I hanker after something smaller, maybe that uses the 15mm Nikonos lens.

In Topic: Am I going soft: Nikkor 16-35mm

30 September 2014 - 04:32 AM

I use the 16-35 with the Nauticam 230mm dome without a diopter.  The problem with diopters is that they narrow the angle of view, and the 16-35 never seems wide enough anyway. (I moved from the Tokina 10-17 on a D7000 to the D800) And diopters are seldom made with the care and expense of native lenses. (I use B&W ones if I have to use them at all.)  It always seems that my corners don't look as sharp as Alex Mustard's, but that may be because he knows where to focus to include the corners in the depth of focus, whereas it's all a blur to me and I use AF and hope for the best.

With the D800 I don't need the zoom range (you can crop a 35 out of a 16 file and still have an acceptable picture) but I tried Tobi Bernhard's 14mm 2.8 in Tonga last year and it didn't make me want to buy one; the corners were not great.

If you don't need high ISO particularly, I think the loss of the 10-17 is a high price to pay for 36MP files from the D800. Much as I like the ability to crop the shit out of them. And of course you can use a much smaller dome with the 10-17...

In Topic: How's my logic...

09 August 2014 - 05:13 AM

I made the switch from D7000 to D800 Nauticam. I convinced myself that the high ISO ability would be useful, cropping etc. But really the big drawbacks are the loss of the Tokina 10-17 (and the ability to use small domes) and the increase in size and weight. I do like the ability to crop drastically but the weight and size is an issue for me. The 16-35 is ok, but seldom wide enough, and I'm not fond of the fisheye look for many subjects with the Sigma 15. I think would stay with the D7000...