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Phil Rudin

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#364997 Macro with the A7R II & Sony FE 90mm macro

Posted by Phil Rudin on 06 September 2015 - 09:44 AM

From my Tuesday dive at the Blue Heron Bridge, Florida. A7R II with the FE 90mm macro and the Nauticam NA-A7II housing, lighting two Inon strobes.

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#364621 Any experience with the Sony A72 or A7r2?

Posted by Phil Rudin on 25 August 2015 - 09:06 AM

Nauticam NA-A7II housings now support both the A7 II and A7R II camera bodies. All housings going forward from serial number A151096 will have the upgrade to support the A7R II mode dial and past housings can be upgraded. I received my housing yesterday ‪#‎A151098‬ with the upgrade installed. Nothing about the housing has changed other than the mode dial upgrade. Photos attached.


My Sony A7 II/ Nauticam NA-A7II review should be posting on 1 Sept. in the Sept/Oct issue of uwpmag.com, this is a free PDF download.

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#363725 Why Sony A6000 - didn't become the " main/most" importent camera...

Posted by Phil Rudin on 29 July 2015 - 07:21 AM

Starfish, the Nauticam A-6000 housing has a control to pop up the flash in the event you forgot to do that before closing the housing and also to retrace the flash in the event you want to do that during the dive.


Wide angle is covered with the Ziess 12mm and the 10-18 F/4 both supported with ports. I was not all that impressed with the 16mm with fisheye converter and some feel that the Ziess macro offering is expensive V. the rest of the system. Regarding lens size v. M43 the lenses will always be bigger just as they are with mirrorless APS-C v. full frame mirrorless. The big difference is that the ports remain smaller v. DSLR ports, I.E. 180mm port on full frame for 16-35mm zoom v. 230mm port for same zoom range on full frame DSLR.


Sync speed of 1/160th is behind the curve compared to Olympus 1/320th and excellent lens line. 

#363472 NEX Macro Option?

Posted by Phil Rudin on 22 July 2015 - 06:53 AM

I think I should have started a new thread for this lens so people won't need to hunt for information on the lens. 


I use 0.5-.28m or half meter to Life Size (1:1), this takes a bit of time to learn because you will backup for the lens to focus on some occasions. This is resolved by just getting closer as you should for macro. My first review will involve the 90 macro and the 16-35mm zoom with the recommended 180mm port configuration from Nauticam. I will be doing a later review for the A7r II which I hope to include more lens options. I will not be investing in any more lenses until after DEMA in early November any new lenses should be announced by then. I do not own the 28mm with adaptors but I may have a chance to borrow those for my next review after Nauticam has announced the port configuration for those adapters.


A few more pix form yesterdays dive with the same housing setup.



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#363425 NEX Macro Option?

Posted by Phil Rudin on 20 July 2015 - 02:02 PM

First dive using the new Sony FE 90mm F/2.8 macro with the Sony A7 II in a Nauticam NA-A7II housing, Two Inon Z-240 strobes shot in manual. All shot at ISO-200 using EFV and Nauticam 45 degree enhancement viewfinder. Octopuses eye F/16 at 1/250th, LizardfishF/11 at 1/125th, Batfish F/11 at 1/125th.


This is one outstanding macro lens. 

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#363099 Olympus 7-14 mm f2.8 will not fit in Nauticam housings

Posted by Phil Rudin on 10 July 2015 - 12:40 PM

The ZEN Underwater solution for both the new Olympus 7-14 and 8mm lenses is now posted on the Wetpixel front page. Solutions for both Nauticam and Olympus housings.

#361550 Olympus 7-14 mm f2.8 will not fit in Nauticam housings

Posted by Phil Rudin on 27 May 2015 - 06:48 AM

First let me say that both the Olympus 7-14 F/2.8 and the Olympus 8mm F/1.8 fisheye are even more impressive in the flesh than in the photos on the interweb. I used the 8mm last week and it is excellent with. Both lenses are being tested and the main issue is getting the correct port extension for the very best possable corner sharpness for the port size. I am sure both Nauticam and ZEN will have solutions for these lenses around the time that they are released. 

The build quality and image quality of both lenses exceeds what we have seen from M43 wide lenses so far.

#360417 Thoughts on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II or the upcoming Panasonic's?

Posted by Phil Rudin on 23 April 2015 - 07:39 AM

I have the E-M5 II in Cozumel Mexico and I am finding the AF to work quite well with my Olympus 60mm macro lens. I am using a new Ikelite prototype housing with two Ikelite DS-161 strobes. The attached photo is with the 60 macro and Nauticam CMC closeup lens, image about 8.5mm on the long side. I use S-AF so no comment on how the C-AF may work with this new camera. Now if I could only get a software update that includes this camera for LightRoom 5. The new LRT 6 includes the camera but with the internet here it would take two days to upload.





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#358833 Olympus 7-14 mm f2.8 will not fit in Nauticam housings

Posted by Phil Rudin on 14 March 2015 - 07:31 AM

EpsenB, I think you are over reacting at bit regarding the issue of the new Olympus 7-14mm F/2.8 zoom. Nauticam has a 85mm to 120mm extension with a zoom control allowing you to use the 180mm optical glass dome port (120mm on the housing side) with the current mirrorless Mini housing line. After the adapter is mounted the lens is installed from the front of the housing and then an additional port extension and the port are installed over the lens. This works well for lenses like the Olympus 12-40 zoom and the Zeiss 12mm on Sony NEX and A-APS-C series housings. The zoom gear would be operated from the extension and not the housing zoom dial. I am sure that ZEN Underwater will also have a port solution for this lens going forward. The issue will be to determine the amount of extension needed for this lens. Olympus 12-40 and Panasonic 12-35mm use 20mm of extra extension, Panasonic 7-14mm no extension, I would expect Olympus 7-14mm be be in the 20 to 25mm range if this system does in fact work. The 85 to 120 extension would actually work with any of the ports with the 120mm port mount so you could in theory go to a 230mm port if you wanted with the correct amount of extension. The extension part number is 36052 on the Nauticam port chart.

#358778 A6000 doesn't let you set shutter speed higher than 1/160 > When b.i...

Posted by Phil Rudin on 12 March 2015 - 06:48 AM

The Nauticam flash trigger is a product I am well aware of but it does not resolve the issue of the 1/160th shutter speed. At best you may get one additional stop of shutter speed and not all cameras will have any change in sync speed. You will not know without testing the product with your camera.

This Nauticam product was designed originally for cameras that don't have an included flash or on-board flash like Sony A7 series cameras.

#358749 A6000 doesn't let you set shutter speed higher than 1/160 > When b.i...

Posted by Phil Rudin on 11 March 2015 - 12:09 PM

This subject is an entire class that I can not explain in an on-line post, part of the issue is that you get what you pay for and lower end mirrorless cameras don't have the same features as more expensive ones. Part is sensor size, most full frame cameras are in the 1/250th range because of the mirror needing to move out of the way once the shutter is tripped. The issue relates to proprietary on-board strobes and can be overcome by a stop of light  in some cameras if your strobes are wired to the camera hot shoe and not fired firer optically. You need to do a search on how this all works because you will have a lot of different variables involved. Executable macro at 1/160th v. 1/500th has much more to do with the skill of the photographer than with the equipment both can give excellent results with some limitations. 

#358748 Nauticam Compact Macro Converter

Posted by Phil Rudin on 11 March 2015 - 11:54 AM

End reproduction ratio which in this case is 2:1 and distance to subject varies greatly depending on the system and lens you are using. In the case of the Olympus 60mm macro zoomed to 1:1 with the CMC-1 yielding 2:1 working distance is around 22mm from subject. This may sound very close and it is but with other magnifying closeup lenses of the same power that distance is reduced to around 12 to 15mm a significant difference when trying not to crush your subject and being able get some strobe light on the subject. 

#358742 A6000 doesn't let you set shutter speed higher than 1/160 > When b.i...

Posted by Phil Rudin on 11 March 2015 - 07:50 AM

Big difference between interchangeable lens cameras and consumer compact cameras. Top flash sync speed for your Sony A6000 is in fact 1/160th and some of the more highness cameras go to 1/320th or so. Some have a so called "high speed" sync but it is useless for syncing external strobes. 


I just reviewed the Sony RX100 III for http://uwpmag.com/ a free PDF download and I shot a bunch of macro with a 1/500th sync speed, some of those images are in the article.

#358370 Removing the flash thingy from a NA-E-M5 housing?

Posted by Phil Rudin on 27 February 2015 - 09:41 AM

The Nauticam flash trigger is an add-on for quite a few camera makers and started off being made for high-end cameras like Canon EOS 1D and Nikon D4 that don't come with pop-up flashes. It allowed those cameras to be used with fiber optics when in the past bulkhead wiring was the only real choice.


While I have no issue with the Hedwig system which I have never used I think you will see the clear difference between the two and it would be nice to have the choice at both price points of around $90.00US and $220.00US. 



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#358329 Removing the flash thingy from a NA-E-M5 housing?

Posted by Phil Rudin on 26 February 2015 - 08:38 AM

This is a question I would be interested in finding out as well. 


I would very much like to see Nauticam make a flash trigger for the OM-D cameras like they make for Canon, Nikon, Sony (A7 line) and in a mini version for Panasonic GH-4 and Fujifilm XT1. The flash trigger is designed for use with fiber optic cables only and work in TTL for some camera brands and in manual flash power settings for other brands like Panasonic.


I use manual flash settings exclusively and I am sure many other OM-D users do the same based on the numbers of comments on this and other forms regarding the use of the OM-D's 1/64th power setting to conserve the camera's  battery power. The Nauticam flash triggers are powered by a small flat user replaceable battery which lasts for quite some time because of the very low power draw required to trigger the small LCD lights. With external strobes like the Inon Z-240's set to low power settings you have the ability to shoot at several frames a second with proper strobe batteries. These flash triggers are very useful tools and conserve the cameras battery power which is one of the down sides to the Olympus OM-D line of cameras.  


All of the Nauticam flash triggers retail for $220.00 in the US. The price would be worth it to me for the additional creative ability of shooting at 6 to 10 frames per second and for the ability to squeeze several more shots out of the Olympus camera battery.


Did not mean to side track your thread oskar but would be interested to know if any other OM-D users would be buyers for a Nauticam flash trigger.