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Ricardo V.

Member Since 21 Jul 2012
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In Topic: Viewfinder advice

19 August 2017 - 04:56 PM

I have the Nauticam 45 viewfinder. It's been very reliable, I truly enjoy using it, in fact, can't even imagine going without it and can say it's worth every penny. I've had it for 7 years now, and it's got well over 800 dives and it's still working with no problems. It has an adjustable knob on the side to adjust focusing onto the camera's view finder. Once it's set, you just leave it. I focus it to read the numbers ant that's it.

The only times I have difficulty with it is when shooting macro subjects during night dives. The fact that it's angled, and that shooting a particular situation may call for upside down buoyancy or some awkward position can make it a bit more challenging to frame the subject, since there are just less points of reference to actually spot the critter. Nevertheless, I've always found a way to overcome that situation and it works out in the end. Of course, a 180 view finder solves that, but then the 45 deg. viewfinder lets you get closer to small critters that are at ground level, whereas the 180 won't. It's all a compromise, as you know.... for wide angle, I've never had a problem.

Again, it's only a problem in my case, at night. To overcome this, I shine a red focusing light and try to spot a silhouette, then look for it through the viewfinder and that works for me. My viewfinder has endured lots of use. I take care of it, but then, it's got lots of miles on it and I am very happy with it.

I wish that Nauticam had a better way to fit the thing into the housing. It actually stays in place, thanks to a rubber o-ring. It's crazy. In any case, it's never failed me. But then, I still witpsh it had a more robust fastening mechanism.

I have not tried any other view finder. Hope this helps.



In Topic: Mirrorless suggestions - I welcome your advice

17 August 2017 - 04:46 PM

Troporobo, Bill and Elmer,
Thank you for giving me some great pointers. I see you all have the Olympus. I understand that it has an assortment of features and customizable button functions that help manage focus, as well as user adjustments to control, set and restrict focus hunting ranges.

I'm looking to upgrade and will go take a look at the Olympus M1 Mark-II this weekend.

My old Canon 7D hunts too; however, with a red Sola focusing light, I've been able to achieve focus and have essentially resolved that challenge. In any case, I'm assuming focus capabilities and low light performance of the M1 Mark-II, must be far superior than the classic 7D, which is considerably older technology too.

I like Nauticam and will likely stay with the brand; however, I understand other great housings are available in the market, such as Aquatica, Subal and Olympus too.

Thank you,

In Topic: Sony A6500 Housing/Port/Lens Options

21 May 2017 - 04:26 PM

How well does the a6500 handle focus once it's housed? Can the user select focus points without too much trouble?

In Topic: Sony a6500 for uw video and stills

21 May 2017 - 04:16 PM

How well does the a6500 handle focus selection? I understand it's a touch screen, so that's not going to be accessible once it's in the housing. Does it have a quick way to accept focus point selection as deemed appropriate by the underwater photographer? Does it require manual focus?