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jmauricio

Member Since 21 Apr 2009
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In Topic: NEX Macro Option?

19 July 2014 - 10:03 AM

Thanks for the reply. Was just curious. I have the 30mm. Will continue holding out for whatever FE macro option is rumored for year end


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In Topic: Spinner dolphins and color challenges

26 June 2014 - 06:05 AM

my humble opinion...

 

  • Nice image overall.
  • I like how the dolphins and boat line up.
  • I like the blue in the bottom 2/3 of the frame,
  • I don't like the surface color in the top 1/3. It looks too washed out/over processed. Perhaps play with your white point or selective white balance
  • The blotch or speck or bubbles in the bottom left quadrant is distracting. I would clone out or crop.
  • Perhaps consider black & white conversion?

In Topic: Which lens to use 24mm or 35mm?

24 June 2014 - 06:05 AM

If you are planning to dive. I would highly recommend that you focus on learning to dive properly and leave the camera for another time. Its a lot of effort to pay attention to your diving and trying to take photos. Diving is dangerous enough as it is. i would emphasize working on your buoyancy. This has some significant advantages. 1) you won't destroy the reefs 2) you won't scare the fish away. 3) when you do start bringing a camera underwater, you can more easily focus on the photography and not have to worry about numbers 1 & 2.

 

I realize this may be a disappointing answer. In diving we have a concept called task loading, which is doing too many things at once. You will find it much more enjoyable learning your diving skills first before bringing a camera with you. There are several examples of professional underwater photographers putting the camera away while they learn new diving skills such as dry suit or trimix.

 

If you are snorkeling. I would recommend you bring something small and light. Maybe an AW120 or a smaller compact. These can be had fairly inexpensively esp with the OEM housing.

 

As for the aw120. I don't have any experience with it first hand but here is an underwater sample image and a good example of the fov you will get out of 24mm.

http://wetpixel.com/...157#entry347768

 

Without strobes you will want to stay shallow to maximize the available light.

 

Good luck and have fun.


In Topic: a6000 lens for underwater + underwater case

23 June 2014 - 08:37 AM

Further response from Zeiss
 

"In most cases, macro lenses are not used together with a flash, so the problem was not obvious immediately. It is a very special problem of interference of lens´ and camera firmware, so unfortunately it takes some time to be solved."
 

They clearly don't understand their market - how many of us UW photographers need flash to fire our strobes?

 

That seems like a really odd response from them. They released a promo video of a German photog using the 50mm macro for studio portraits!

 

I get that UW photographers are not their core target market, but its absurd to think someone shooting macro would not need flash. There are loads of examples of flash based macro (ring lit bugs or flowers, back lit bugs/flower, product photography, etc).

 

Sounds like they just BS'ed you.


In Topic: a6000 lens for underwater + underwater case

23 June 2014 - 08:33 AM

I have the new Sony a6000 and any day now, the Nauticam housing but not sure about what port or ports to get though.  There seems to be a few ways to go with macro and wide angle ports and lenses and some are really $$$$. Any ideas on the best of both macro and W/A? Should I use a dedicated set up for each or is there a way to do both at the same time? Thanks1

 

 

here is a list of options available

 

http://wetpixel.com/...=45055&p=342667

 

I think the most common stock options will be

  • 30mm macro with the nauitcam 45 Macro port
  • 16mm+FE Adapter behind the 4.33in Dome

Also the 10-18mm looks a decent non fisheye WA contender.

 

Unfortunately, there are not a ton of options. Fortunately the options are easy to digest.