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#387215 Thoughts: Sony A7R II from D810

Posted by CamelToad on 01 September 2017 - 06:13 PM

Thanks Jack...I think you just sold me a NA-D850 ;)

#382582 Any hands on experience with Nikkor 20mm 2.8D ?

Posted by CamelToad on 24 March 2017 - 05:12 PM

I did a bunch of dives in the Maldives with a 20mm 2.8D shooting a D810 with a Zen 200mm dome and Nauticam housing - no extension ring. I got some pretty good results from it, and found it was better than I expected, especially with video (aside from the focus noise) and blue water shots like this:


#380345 New lens - what would you choose?

Posted by CamelToad on 07 January 2017 - 07:32 PM

I agree with pretty much everything Tim posted, including the top 3 lenses underwater - I have the same three and can't think of anything I would rather have. I wasn't too sure about the 16-35, but it's fantastic. D810 & 16-35:



That 105 you have will make really amazing headshots. I shot this one with my D810 and Nikon 105/2.8 micro 


#375925 What style BDC and fins are you using ?

Posted by CamelToad on 08 August 2016 - 06:54 PM

BPW & OMS Slipstream fins 99% of the time.

#372350 Nauticam port with 60mm macro, focus gear?

Posted by CamelToad on 07 April 2016 - 12:43 PM

Manual focus.

#372033 Guadalupe - Liveaboard advice

Posted by CamelToad on 30 March 2016 - 01:25 PM

Explorer holds that many, and it wasn't even an issue...however, with shark cages, the line will be a bit longer, so yeah I get where you're coming from. We'll see how it goes...I know people that were on Belle Amie a few months ago at Guadalupe and loved it. They travel more than anyone I know, and have pretty high standards...that helps.

#371965 Guadalupe - Liveaboard advice

Posted by CamelToad on 28 March 2016 - 01:02 PM

I will be able to give you some feedback in a few months... We're headed out there on Nautilus Belle Amie. We had a great trip to Socorro on Nautilus Explorer, so I expect it'll be epic.

#371434 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by CamelToad on 11 March 2016 - 03:30 PM

Beauty of a compact system is I carry EVERYTHING on and still all under 15lbs.  


Every now and then I wish I had my RX100 still, mainly when packing to travel. Once I get in the water, it's not an issue.


I could get a lot more in my carry-on bag if I only took glass for underwater use, that's for sure.

#371384 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by CamelToad on 10 March 2016 - 12:49 PM

Carry on: bodies, lenses, teleconverters


Check: housing, ports, strobes, lights, clamps, arms, cables, tools, extension rings, and everything else I can't think of at the moment.



#369966 Best housing and setup for Nikon d810

Posted by CamelToad on 02 February 2016 - 07:21 AM

I have the Nauticam NA-D810 and am very happy with it. All the controls are well placed, easy to use, smooth in operation, and have great feel. Right now I have the Sigma 15mm fisheye, Nikon 20mm 2.8 D, and 105VR as my underwater lenses. The sigma shoots great behind smaller domes, like my Zen 170mm, while the 20 (and the 16-35 I may get soon) need bigger domes so I picked up a Nauticam 8.5" (which may be a bit too small) recently to see how it goes. I don't really want a 230mm or bigger dome at this point.


I wouldn't use the Ikelite for my D810, as I don't like them, but many people do -- it's my preference. 

#369434 Mini Dome and Rectilinear Wide Angle

Posted by CamelToad on 18 January 2016 - 01:12 PM

I have a D810 and a 170mm Zen glass dome along with a Sigma 15mm FE and the Nikon 20/2.8D. I have shot the 16-34/4 behind a Zen 200 as well. 


The Sigma 15 is the sharpest edge to edge behind my 170, no question. I was very happy with the 20 when shooting fish/sharks/turtles/etc with blue water behind them. I plan to use this for the great whites at isla guadalupe this summer, unless the new 20mm sigma art is significantly better and there's an extension ring that works with it as it's a good bit bigger.

#369076 Camera tether suggestions??

Posted by CamelToad on 08 January 2016 - 02:17 PM

I made my own from some 550 cord (aka parachute cord) and some XL bolt snaps that I had as spares for sidemount rigging. I followed a youtube video on how to make it, and it was actually pretty easy. I tested it by throwing it over a rafter and doing pullups with it. If it can hold me up, it'll hold my camera rig for sure! 

#368727 Subal or Nauticam?

Posted by CamelToad on 28 December 2015 - 07:56 PM

I'm on my 3rd Nauticam DSLR housing, my current has the Nauticam vacuum system as did one other. My first had the Backscatter vacuum.

Both work great. I do like the gauge on the Backscatter vacuum a lot, but I prefer the valve setup Naticam uses.

#367712 Anyone using the 20mm 2.8D

Posted by CamelToad on 30 November 2015 - 02:07 PM

I used my 20/2.8D in the Maldives a good bit, and am pretty happy with the results. I shot it behind a couple different Zen domes (170 and 200). I also shot the 16-35 (with the 200) and Sigma 15mm FE (behind the 170 and 200) -- a buddy of mine had his D810 rig and stuff so we traded lenses and ports over the northern atolls tour we were on.


These were both with my D810 and 20/2.8D - Nauticam Housing & two Z-240 strobes





#363323 Does a harness bcd improve shooting uw?

Posted by CamelToad on 17 July 2015 - 08:34 AM

Throwing money at skill problems rarely fixes the problem...if your buoyancy is the issue, a new BCD probably wont make a bit of difference.