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In Topic: Macro - zoom with diopter, or dedicated macro lens?

11 June 2018 - 12:53 AM

Working distance for portraits were quite comfortable - at a rough guess, around one to two metres.


Re-reading my last para about the zooms, I wasn't very clear, so here goes.  For dry land, I prefer the 18-55 over the 16-50, as I found the latter too small and fiddly.  Underwater, the 18-55 is no good as it extends when zooming, so it won't go in a port; so now that the WWL and CMC are available, I might look again at the 16-50 as a practical solution for travelling.

In Topic: Macro - zoom with diopter, or dedicated macro lens?

06 June 2018 - 10:55 AM

I can recommend the 90 - I have two albums on flickr where I used it, the first on a 6300 (https://flic.kr/s/aHskM6doVq) and the second on a 6500 (https://flic.kr/s/aHskWp3PkA) - see what you think.  Sure, it's expensive, there's no way around that, but you've got a great little camera, and you shouldn't be put off by the additional investment.  As to batteries, I never had a problem with the 6300 - I found that a single one would easily last two dives, so I just changed for a spare (I travel with two) at lunchtime when I was back on dry land.


I've also tried the Touit 50mm, but didn't get on with it at all - it just kept hunting, hunting, hunting and I missed so many shots of mobile subjects because of it.  I don't understand why - I raised an issue with the reputable shop that sold it to me, but it foxed them too.  That's why I chopped it in for the 90mm.  There's another flickr album with a few successful shots at https://flic.kr/s/aHsjYjPX5J. Also, it's not a cheap lens either itself (although there are more used ones than the 90mm) - so you may as well pay a little extra for the 90.  (You mention focus extension, but the Touit is fixed length, so maybe you mean the newer FE 50M, which I haven't touched.)  The other benefit of the 90 is that it takes the SMC, which gives you access to the magical world of BDSM (big dollops of super-macro).


IMHO the 16-50 is a nasty little thing ergonomically, which I ditched as soon as I bought my 6300, and kept my old 18-55 ... but it's no use underwater as it's an extender.  But actually, now that the WWL and CMC are available, it could be a better travel option for flexibility, if that's your priority.


Hope that helps.



In Topic: Nauticam for Sony A6500 and strobes (help needed)

19 January 2018 - 03:44 AM

Assuming that you're using manual settings, have you tried dialling down the on-camera flash compensation as far as it will go?  I've tried myself and (oddly, but perhaps it's because I'm using fill-flash in daylight) can't see that it makes any material difference to the lighting of the shot - but it might possibly reduce the recycling time.  Just a thought.

In Topic: Nauticam for Sony A6500 and strobes (help needed)

18 January 2018 - 11:31 AM

This is a very good question, and one which I have often wondered about. But I have used my Nauticam-housed a6500 with both Inon Z240 and Retra Flash strobes, and never noticed any significant detriment from the recycling time of the internal flash. I can't see that the Fantasea tried would fit into the housing; and if a workable trigger were developed, is be fascinated to know how much improvement it brought.
Incidentally, I do expertise greater frustrations from the topside flash capability of the a6500, than underwater - especially as concerns off-camera wireless remote. The fact that the HVLF43 flash can't be triggered by the internal unit is an astonishingly poor design decision.

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In Topic: Ports, domes and lenses (Sony)

31 December 2017 - 02:59 AM

Valuable comments from Mark, as always.

The FE 90 macro is indeed a bit of a giant, but I find it much more useable then the Touit 50, especially with diopters. There are very few creatures that allow one to approach closely enough to use the Touit's tiny focus distance.

For fisheye, he Tokina 10-17/Metabones combination works excellently with the a6500, although again it's quite a size. I have the Mark V adapter, and had no complaints about the autofocus at all (which can be a problem with adapted lenses): quick and consistent. It's true that the lack of a proper native fisheye is a downside to the Sony range underwater, but the Tokina works fine.

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