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In Topic: For Sale: Inon Mega Float Arm M (x2)

14 January 2018 - 07:50 AM

Now sold


Thanks guys

In Topic: Happy New Year 2018!

14 January 2018 - 07:48 AM

Hey Jess


I've just got back from Anilao and used a Nikon D500 system there too - so maybe this might help a bit.


I've used both DX (Nikon D300 and D500) and FX (Nikon D800), the Nikkors 60 and 105, 16-35 (FX), 12-24 (DX) and the Tokina 10-17.


If you are new to SLR photography underwater, you might find that the 105 on DX takes some getting used to. Many people kick off their DX macro SLR photography with the 60mm. But that does not mean at all that you shouldn't go with the 105. It just takes, as I say, a bit of getting used to - where is the subject! I used a 105 in Anilao all the time and found it just terrific with the D500.


You are right, lenses that work well topside do not necessarily work well underwater - well this is true of wide-angle lenses at least. Perhaps not true for non-wide-angle. I think the Tokina 10-17 is excellent underwater with DX but, for me, horrible topside. I really liked the 12-24 with my D300 but many reviewers will tell you that this is now dated. I've read too the 10-24 is much better (check out KenRockwell.com) but, again, maybe topside. With DX underwater I'd stick with your Tokina and find something else for topside: maybe that 10-24.


Full frame wide-angle on DX? Sure, but you are paying for a bigger lens for little purpose; and the DX will reduce the field of view by, for Nikon DX, x1.6 times. So for example a Nikkor FX 16-35 on DX would produce approx a 25-45mm lens - not very wide.


For an FX macro, it's the same thing. The 105mm macro becomes roughly a 160mm on a D500 - and that 60mm a 95mm lens. Not really a drawback fro macro photography (maybe even a big advantage) but it explains why using the 105mm on DX is slightly tricky: you're effectively using a 160mm lens. 


D series? G series? Don't worry about it. If memory serves me correctly, D series Nikon lenses tend to be the older ones. Either D or G is not an issue for your D500. 


It is indeed a confusing business but, in my view, you can't really go wrong with the Tokina 10-17 and a 105mm in Anilao. I'm sure you'll have a great time! A couple of 105mm pics attached to give you an idea.


In Topic: Subal insolvent

12 January 2018 - 03:51 AM

Just to add a small update on this:


I was in touch with Subal this week over a replacement part. I got a quick response and the promise that the part would be in the mail the same day.



In Topic: Retra Light Shaping Device

11 January 2018 - 04:32 AM

Thanks Luko!


You guys have sold me on it. 


Another fine investment...... 

In Topic: Retra Light Shaping Device

10 January 2018 - 02:15 AM

I bought an LSD with my retra strobes.  Have tested it at home and am very impressed.  Easy to aim, no loss of light intensity.  Also, it can project a bright spot of light quite a distance, which I can see as useful to light up distant critters in a scene (or maybe a face).  It will be very fun to experiment, as soon as vis improves enough for me to get out on a macro dive . . . . 


Thanks, Guy. That's helpful. It sure does sound a fun bit of equipment to experiment with.