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In Topic: Sigma 14mm 2.8D EX HSM Aspherical: anybody using it on FX?

01 June 2015 - 08:32 PM

Hi, Alex, thank you for the feedback.

Concerning to your advice about the TCs: you're right, I've just tried and both don't fit into the lens.

By the way: have you tried the 1.4xIII? And if so, did you notice some significant improvement over the previous version which could worth the upgrade? I mean any performance benefit, besides the thickness.   


In Topic: Are you happy you changed from DX to FX?

23 May 2015 - 09:09 PM

Sorry, folks, I was trying to quote an Alex Mustard's statement (which is on my previous post above) but I was not succeed dealing with the WP text edit options neither able to erase my fault after having already posted it ):

Anyway, here is what I was trying to ask him :)

Hi Alex,

I own some same lenses that you use, namely Nikon 16mm FE, 16-35mm, 24-70mm and 105mm VR, also Nikon TCs 14EII and 20EIII. As you're a great Nikon system knower, I'd like to listen to your opinion about the old Sigma 14mm F2.8D EX HSM Aspherical, which I own as well but have not used underwater so far. Do you have any experience with this lens?

It used to be very sharp in the film/chrome era, then the digital came out and I stopped to use it because it shows too much flare shooting outdoor as it's not coated. But I kindda love this lens and so I kept it, even not using it anymore because my whole work is in the nature: landscape, wildlife and so on, it is: many times dealing with sunlight.  

Some time ago I've been attempt to sell it and then I gave up because I realized it could be an interesting option underwater when strobes are the main light source. Surely not be used with natural light at all due to the reason that sun light diffused through water may cause an even worse flare…

I'd appreciate any thoughts about the possibilities of use of this lens UW and, if any, which dome would you recommend to pair to it when shooting FX. Otherwise I will definitely sell it.

Thanks in advance!



PS: I definitely believe there's some issue with WetPixel right now because,  despite I'm still logged in, this post has just been identified as one done by a "guest"....

In Topic: Are you happy you changed from DX to FX?

23 May 2015 - 08:45 PM

The lenses I have used underwater on FX are:
Sigma 15mm FE (focuses closer than Nikon)
Nikon 16mm FE (better AF and better flare resistance than Sigma)
Nikonos 13mm RS-UW FE (better optically than above, but not by much at normal apertures, can't do splits)
Nikon 14-24mm
Nikon 16-35mm
Nikon 17-35mm
Sigma 15mm (shaved) with 1.4x teleconverter
Nikon 20mm (f/1.8 and f/2.8)
Nikon 24-70mm (only used in pool)
Sigma 28-70mm
Nikon 60mm
LensBaby 80mm
Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm
Nikon 105mm VR
Nikon 105mm VR + 1.7x Nikon AFS TC
Nikon 105mm VR + 2.0x Nikon AFS TC
Sigma 150mm 
I could do many trips with just Sigma 15mm and Nikon 105mm. 
I find the 16-35mm the best performing wide angle zoom behind a dome. But you can't skimp on dome quality and I would only use it with a Zen 230.