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In Topic: Newbie - Nikon D7200 Lens and Strobe Queries

29 June 2016 - 07:52 PM

Here's about the only Nikkor lens I know of that could go both wide and macro. I've used the Nikkor 28-70D on my housed Nikon 8008s film camera. It has a macro focus zone. The lens requires a 4X close-up filter in order to focus underwater.


I've never tried it on my digital rig.



In Topic: Pelican Case Users

28 June 2016 - 11:15 PM

I don't know the model number on this Pelican case. Yes, it's a Pelican. It's capable of carrying my housing, camera body, three lenses, two dome ports, a flat port, three port extensions, strobe arms, two strobes, four strobe battery packs and miscellaneous cleaning & maintenance items.


It's carry-on size and fits in the overhead storage bin.





In Topic: Newbie - Nikon D7200 Lens and Strobe Queries

28 June 2016 - 10:46 PM

 Obviously, you'll get a variety of opinions from different folks. For what it's worth, I'll add mine to the mix.


I currently shoot underwater with a D7100. At some point, late in the fall, I'll send my Ikelite housing in to have the strobe hardware in the housing upgraded so I'll be able to use both my D7100 and D7200 camera bodies underwater.


If you can swing it financially, get two strobes. Two strobes are better than one; one strobe is better than none. I seldom shoot without the diffusers on mine. Get long strobe arms; these will give you more options for lighting than short ones.


My underwater rig has three lenses. I've got a Tokina 11X17 Fisheye, Nikkor 60mm Micro, and a Nikkor 10X24. The lens that sees the most use is the Nikkor 10X24. The optics of this lens are incredible.


Many really like the Tokina 11X17, but I'm not a big fan of the curvature one gets with the fisheye. Of my three lenses, the Tokina sees the least usage. The Tokina is a good lens, but I just like the results I get with the Nikkor 10X24 better. I'll be doing some work with the Tokina next week in Hawaii.


I enjoy chasing wide angle images better than doing the macro thing with my Nikkor 60 Micro. The 60 has produced some remarkable images.


Believe it or not, I've been in situations where I was rigged for wide angle stuff with my Nikkor 10X24 and found smaller critters that I just had to try to get photos of. I've been able to get usable images by changing the image area from DX to 1.3 in the Setup Menu. Check the sea horse images on my website:  www.cortezbluephotography.com and see if you can figure out which ones were taken with my Micro and which ones were taken with the 10X24. Keep in mind, I think a macro lens is best for shooting macro and wide angle is best for wide angle; still, sometimes, one has to get what you can with what you've got.


What lens (wide angle or macro) you choose if you can only afford one lens to begin with really depends on what you want to shoot. I shoot with other photographers who started with a macro lens. If I had only had been able to purchase one lens when  I started, I would've opted for the 10X24. Wide angle stuff has more appeal to me.



In Topic: Guadalupe - Liveaboard advice

12 April 2016 - 08:12 PM

I attempted to book a September 2016 Guadalupe trip on the Nautilus Explorer (sister boat to Nautilus Belle Amie)  a while back, but the trip I wanted was already full. This particular boat does advertise allowing divers to climb on top of suspended cages when conditions permit.


Since the trip I wanted was already full, I booked with the M/V Islander out of San Diego. The Islander has a good resume of clients. We'll see how the trip goes in September 2016.


If there's a particular target week for when you want to go, book early. It sounds like the trips consistently fill. I thought I was attempting my booking with the Nautilus Explorer early enough; it wasn't!



In Topic: Nikon D7100

02 October 2015 - 10:44 PM

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