I borrowed the 200mm macro lens from Martin Edge last month and took it to the Red Sea. With no diopter, it was an excellent fish portrait lens for the more skittish. I had two INON Z240s on very long arms ahead of me. Here are some results:
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, several extension rings
Each year, cuttlefish arrive on the coast of Devon in the UK for spawning. Many of these are caught in pots laid out in wait for them throughout the bay but this year numerous cuttles have made it to the shallows .
The males fight for several days to find mates and the couple stays together despite the advances of other males. We were lucky enough to witness some of this amazing behaviour last week.
Using a 105 doesn’t give you more magnification than a 60 Longimanus, it gives you more working distance. I found it useful for animal portraits where you want to give the animal a bit of distance.
I was in the water with a D7000 and a 105mm and my friend was in the same water with a 60mm and a 7D. We were both shooting these mackerel. Most of his shots were side on as the mackerel broke to swim past us but the extra length of the lens I had meant I could almost fill the frame with them front on
These damsels tend to duck into their coral heads if you get too close. Very difficult with a 60mm, easier with a 105mm
Same, fill the frame from a distance and don’t spook the fish
Again, very difficult to approach leopard blennies with a 60mm
This working distance is also necessary when using strong wet diopters like the SUbsee +10 otherwise you find yourself on top of the subject, with less magnification which makes lighting more difficult.