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In Topic: First Photo Dives: I'd love some feedback

29 June 2012 - 03:59 AM

Thanks for the tips, Guys! Steve, the fin tip cut off has been making me crazy. Next time I'm going to spend more time composing. I feel like i get down there, and then have to hurry about and i set my exposure and snap, but don't dedicate much time to the small things like, well, his fin tips.

I'm going to keep practicing and I can't wait until my strobes arrive!

In Topic: S&S MDX-D7000

09 June 2012 - 04:18 AM

You can always DIY fiber optic cords very cheaply and of the length you want. It is not easy at all with electronic cords. Besides, it is not easy to break fiber optic cords... I would go with optical fiber as you can use dsTTL and it avoids some flooding risks.

How would i go about making my own cord and get the proper fitting to stick on the housing?

I've heard that optic cords are just super delicate and if they're bend wrong or crimped they will just stop working? I'm also a tiny bit concerned with the recycle time of the on camera flash. Even if i fire it at the lowest power, I get, at most 3 quick shots with the flash, then it doesn't work for quite some time. Is this something I should even be concerned with?

In Topic: D7000 Advice: General, All-purpose lens for underwater?

26 February 2012 - 07:28 AM

I think everyone pretty much already covered it, in that you already have access to some of the best lenses for underwater on the Nikon side.

I'm not sure why you find the 12-24 unwieldy on the surface. As I love this lens for panoramas, and the 18-200 VR is my topside walk-around lens. I know you said it's a bit much, but if you can hold off on a topside lens for a while it would probably be well worth it.

I'm just starting out, so that wide angle is just hard for me. If I'm shooting people, or things, I need to get right on top of it to get the shot. Which, of course, is why its useful at depth. I get that closer is better, but topside i feel like everything i want to photograph is really tiny in the viewfinder.

All sigmas 17-70 are optically the same. The HSM means it has its own motor which means faster focusing (the lens body is also wider and some housings have trouble housing it), and the OS is Sigma“s VR version...

Davichin, thanks a ton for clearing that up! I like 17-70. I'm also pretty sure i don't mind the Nikkor 18-70, as its inexpensive, and could be housed.

You have all been really helpful. Thanks a TON


In Topic: D7000 Advice: General, All-purpose lens for underwater?

25 February 2012 - 08:53 PM

I've already got a 60mm that I use a bit topside now. I like it but I don't love it. I think for underwater, it will be a great starting point. Thats what I will do.

For topside, I'm liking the Sigma 17-70 idea. I don't know the difference from HSM to non HMS and OS.. i just don't follow. I've been looking at the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G Any ideas on this one?

AND, If anyones selling their beloved Sigma 17-70, shoot me a message.

In Topic: D7000 Advice: General, All-purpose lens for underwater?

24 February 2012 - 02:21 PM

Thanks everyone for your help!! Im still so new to all of this. All the diopter and teleconverter talk has me a bit lost, but ill get there soon I'm sure.

Overall, I like the idea of getting a good topside lens. The 18-200 was a bit rich in the price. Do you all have any input on the Tamron 18-200 to offer?

Im going to give you some advice you didnt ask for. Dont try to find a lens that is a good walk around lens AND is very useful underwater. You have some good underwater lenses, so just get a good topside lens. A general purpose walk around lens that I own and that seems to get some decent reviews is the AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G.

Cor, I like your advice. It makes sense. It's just hard to rationalize having a topside set and an underwater set. The Sigma 18-70 sure looks nice, but again, its a bit expensive. How do i know if it would work in a Sea & Sea housing? Is it brand/lens specific?

Essentially this this is going to be my first season w/ a Dslr, so I'm focused on just getting out there shooting. I don't have a housing yet. I might get one soon, but even so, I'll be learning the absolute basics of underwater photography. This entire season is about learning for me, so having the sharpest, most optically perfect shots are not the absolute priority for me. (is that wrong??).

I think i need to just get what i can afford to start with, and if it CAN go underwater, than cool. If not, then I'd still be out practicing topside.

Again, I'm a total beginner. :lol: