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Canon lens test - Trying to help a friend

23 January 2014 - 08:24 AM

I have a friend and Seacam client in Norway shooting orcas at the moment.  It is a challenging shoot because there is very little daylight, forcing him to shoot nearly wide open at high ISO to be able to stop the action.  It is impossible for him to do a pool test so I thought to do a semi-controlled test of 2 possible lenses he might use.  We already have good data on the 16-35II and recommend a 57.5mm port extension and Superdome for that one, but it was worthwhile to try to dial in the new 24-70mm II F-4 L IS and the 14mm II F-2.8.  I wouldn't use either lens at F-4 normally, preferring instead to get to F-8 or smaller, but as this is the world he is forced into at the moment the challenge became to get the best we can out of corner performance at F-4.  Canon 5D3, Seacam housing, swivel 45 viewfinder (no reason to get all the way wet on this cold morning), Superdome, Wideport, and either a +2 or +4 diopters were tested (only the 24-70mm II F-4 L IS would accept diopters of course)


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The results came out looking like this:


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But, I guess the final analysis is with enlarged views of the corners.

Pool test D800 and 17-35 with Seacam superdome

19 May 2013 - 12:06 PM

Two of my friends were complaining about inability to get sharp focus on the same 17-35mm Nikkor zoom, and wondering if it was faulty glass.  As we dug through variables we discovered the issue was more about being set to continuous AF when they should have been on single servo, and the fact that the camera acquired focus more quickly than they were used to and was often catching detritus in the water rather than the intended subject.  But, while we were at it, we did some pool tests to determine which port extension was best with Seacam supedome, test PVL (port extension, in mm) 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60.  We also tested for sideways motion and forward motion, and how efficiently it acquired focus in single servo.


Both motion tests looked great, as they dealt only with performance in the center of the frame.


Scenarios looked like this:


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100% views:


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Motion forward


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Motion sideways

SEACAM D2X housings

25 March 2013 - 12:00 PM

We have a couple of SEACAM D2X housings at the moment, having been asked by friends to sell them following their transitions to D800 housings.  In each case, they are happy to sell at a very good price, $1250.  Ports and viewfinders are not included, as they used those for their new housings.


If any interest, please contact info@stephenfrink.com or call 305-451-3737.  About the only difference I can see between them is the one on the left has shoes for strobe arms and the one on the right does not.  


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Help choose the next cover of Alert Diver

13 March 2013 - 07:11 AM

We are trying to decide between two wonderful cover images, each submitted for the Ocean Views Photo contest (run as collaboration between Nature's Best magazine, Wetpixel, and Alert Diver).


Here are the shots, but the links are not live here.  You'd have to go to http://www.alertdiver.com to vote.


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Nikon Lenses for sale

19 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

A buddy of mine just migrated to a new Seacam D800 and bought some new glass for it.  He has pristine Nikkor lenses for sale that he used on his D7000:
12-24mm zoom  - $300
105mm Micro-Nikkor (older style AF, not internal focusing) - $300
I'll get some photos of them and post later.  If anyone wants either of them, send me a PM or call Liz at 800-451-3737.