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Nikon D500 with Tokina 100mm Macro

02 November 2016 - 04:41 AM

As a primary wide angle shooter it has been years since I have bought a new macro lens.  To date I use the 60mm Nikkor and often add the Kenko 1.4x teleconverter for extra reach.  I have had the older style Nikkor 105mm and sold it as I didnt get much as the AF hunted around.  I have been looking at the Tokina 100mm macro as a replacement for the old 105mm for an upcomming macro trip to Tulamben in a few weeks and it has recieved a few good reviews for on land use with price point which suited me more as I do not do much macro photography and didnt want to invest more money in lenes that I may not use often.


First thing that I noticed when I attached the Tokina 100mm to the D500 was how quick AF locked on and with the large amount of focus points available it was easy to set up focus on the small critters eyes/fave when composing a shot.  Quick moving subjects when one wouldnt bother with before where now accessable as the Tokina and D500 combination works.  This quick focus was a blessing as the local conditions where surgy and often hard to steady oneself for close up shots. 


The Tokina 100mm was housed behind the Aquatica AF macro port with extension #18462 (the same as I use with the 60mm and 1.4x TC combo).  Shooting macro with Aquaview external viewfinder also makes ease of pin point focusing.  I will be hopefully playing with the Aquatica +5 and +10 with Aqautica close up system when in Bali as I want to try my hand at getting some supermacro subjects like Shean the Sheep and friends.  Itorch videopro 6 video lights used on low power provided focusing light.


Here are some sample photos taken in the past couple of days with the Tokina 100mm and Nikon D500.  Photos are straight from the camera only watermarked and resized to give an idea of performance before editing.


Regards Mark


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orangutan crab

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Yellow Boxfish

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this guy was very flighty




Nikon D500 macro

16 October 2016 - 06:03 AM

Here are few macro examples taken on a single dive during the week with the Nikon D500 with 60mm Macro and 1.4x Kenko teleconverter.  Unfortunately the conditions were better suited to wide angle and local visability had cleared up and lots of Grey Nurse Sharks coming right up to you, but managed to find some interesting macro subjects.


Highlight was finding a large Yellow Kneed Sea Spider.


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Nikon D500 and CFWA with 100mm Minidome

06 October 2016 - 12:56 AM

Local diving conditions have reduced some what this week with vis 5-6m with current and alot of particle/weed in the water.  Under these conditions I decided to try the Aquatica 100mm Minidome and extension #48453 on my D500 housing and use with the Tokina 10-17mm with Kenko 1.4x teleconverter and try and get some CFWA.  The idea was to greatly reduce the working distance in the low vis on some local subjects and see how the minidome and Tokina 10-17mm with a teleconverter works.  I dont often use the minidome locally as I prefer the larger 8 inch Dome due to the balance and also the ease of aligning the camera for stetched out shooting from the hip style of shooting often used. 


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So far the Aquatica AD500 housing has worked flawlessly with only a couple of teething issues with the D500 camera itself.  Namely rear LCD brightness and issue with battery life (turned off features like Wi-Fi and touch screen which solved the problem) and sent back older En-el15 batteries to Nikon for free replacement to the updated batteries for the D500 (sent back 4 older batteries from my D7000 and hopefully getting 4 brand new ones for the D500).


Regards Mark


Nikon D500 with Nikkor 10.5mm Test Shots

11 August 2016 - 02:31 AM

After a week or so of bad weather here locally I had the chance to dive with my favourite lens the Nikkor 10.5mm FE and my new Nikon D500 housed in an Aquatica AD500.  Its taking a few dives to get used to the button layout but I am getting there.


Here are few sample test shots which are straight from the camera and have only been sized and watermarked.  Conditions were a little challenging as there was good current today and low vis.


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