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Nikon 105mm VS comparer to other versions of Nikon 105mm

19 December 2015 - 08:32 PM

From what I can tell there are three versions of the Nikon micro 105mm. The newest and most pricey being the 105 AF-S VR. (forgive me if I am getting some of the discriptive letters wrong). I realize on the older versions when you focus on 1:1 the lens extends out and becomes very long.


I haven't shot with  it but the first disadvantage that comes to mind is light. Are there others?


Do people shoot with the AI-S or the AF version of lenses in general. The price difference is pretty significant.

Nikkor 85mm Macro Vs 105mm

02 October 2015 - 08:11 PM

I recently had a housing flood on my Nauticam NA-D7000 and lost my Nikon 85mm Macro. The camera survived believe it or not. Had it serviced and it checked out. Now I have to buy a new macro lens. If I upgrade to the 105 mm I have to by an extension ring for about $280 and the lens runs about double. So I am in for about $1200 instead of $500.


When I am shooting macro I am mostly shooting with an SMC (super macro converter). If people could weigh in on the advantage in relation to price.




28 June 2015 - 05:04 PM

I am going to take a deep dive into macro photography and I had a couple questions about diopters. If I am shooting something as small as a nudibranch with a 85mm macro lens (Nikkor). Is a diopter still needed?


Does someone have a shot with a diopter and without one for comparison?


Also can I use AF with a diopter?

Life of a Strobe?

09 June 2015 - 06:06 AM

I have searched the internet and can't find anything on this topic. Can someone give me an idea on the life of a strobe or at what point a servicing is needed? I bought a pair of YS-250. They look great both fire but as I mentioned in my previous post I am struggling with them. I can't seem to get any power out of them. Flash on the camera is set to manual But I have to be right on the reef to get a shot. Keep in mind I am moving up from a 4/3 system shooting in live view.


The previous owner had them for about three to four years and used them maybe 8-10 times a year. I can't imagine that is any usage on these strobes. Again both fire, seals are good.


Am I right in the assumption on the usage or should the be sent in?


Or is it I am expecting to much? Maybe I am asking the wrong question.


At what distance will these strobe fully illuminate a reef? 


Thanks for any help.

Question on strobe power and Syncing with Camera D7100 YS 250 Strobes

04 June 2015 - 03:53 PM

I just got back from a trip to Coz with the rig that I put together. Nauticam housing Dual YS 250 strobes triggered through fiber optic cables. I really struggled with the strobes. My first quesiton: I should set the camera to manual and not TTL correct. I am asking this but I am pretty sure on this one.


Second is it possible that the strobes could some how not put out full power? Both fire just fine but they didn't seem to put out any power. If I was just a small distance off the reef I got almost no lighting. I was using 1/125 and F8 a lot not a really fast shudder speed or small apature. I adjusted the strobes and had to crank them all the way up.


I called a Sea and Sea rep and of course they want me to send them in but I was hoping to get some insight from the group. If the strobes are firing can it be said that the issue is not with the strobes?


Also the person I bought them from shot them TTL I shot them with fiber optic cable.


Another question if you had the option of shooting TTL or using a vacuum pump system to seal the rig which would you choose?


I appreciate any help.