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#326684 How many controls do you actually use on your housing?

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 25 February 2013 - 12:02 AM

I use regularly:


Aperture, shutter speed, on/off, flash up and down, focus modes, AF-ON, shutter release, playback, rear dial, OK button, +/-, ISO, LV, Video Start/Stop, shooting modes (single shot/multi shot/ 2 second delay), mode dial WB, info, erase, lock photo, zoom in/zoom out, menu button


lens release when back on the boat.


So, all of them pretty much. 

#325508 60mm vs 105mm macro

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 02 February 2013 - 12:48 AM

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

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These damsels tend to duck into their coral heads if you get too close. Very difficult with a 60mm, easier with a 105mm

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Same, fill the frame from a distance and don’t spook the fish

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Again, very difficult to approach leopard blennies with a 60mm

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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.


#325309 Shark bites pants

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 29 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

Is that a new form of chumming?

#323027 Trouble with Nauticam NA-7D

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 20 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

I love a happy ending...

#321859 Nauticam NA-D800 in the Sea of Cortez

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 02 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

No, haven’t got that far yet. The housings keep hogging the book.

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#321848 Nauticam NA-D800 in the Sea of Cortez

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 02 December 2012 - 10:09 AM

Hi all,

I’m running a trip through Divequest next September to La Paz, Sea of Cortez. We decided to go and check it out beforehand and had some nice encounters with the sealions and whalesharks there.

After reading Alex M’s most recent article on models and the saleability of images with people in them, I went for some of that.

D800, Sigma 15mm, Zen 200mm dome

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Then tried to get a bit of animal with animal interaction

D800, Sigma 15mm, Zen 200mm dome

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Brawling bulls, Olympus OMD, 8mm Panasonic FIsheye, Fit Pro optical glass minidome

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Some portraits

D800, Sigma 15mm

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60mm macro instead of the FIsheye

Cute female, D800, 60mm macro, 2x INON Z240

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Baby, D800, 60mm macro

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With sunburst, D800, Sigma 15mm, 2x INON Z240

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and some other animals:

Yellowtail Surgeonfish, D800, Sigma 15mm

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Whaleshark, D800, Sigma 15mm

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and some colours of Mexico

D800, Sigma 15mm

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Hope you enjoy


#321295 Flooded Sola - is there anything you can do?

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 23 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

User error for sure ;)

#321136 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 21 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

Well, you inspired me to take out the Nauticam EM5 today in the Sea of Cortez. These were with the 8mm Panasonic Fisheye and 2x YS-D1

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#321036 Home-made Fibre Optic Cables

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 20 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

Do you people really boil sausages?

#320488 Nikon D7000 or Olympus OM-D E-M5?

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 13 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

One thing that I will miss is the AF-ON on the thumb, which the NA-D7000 does very nicely. If someone has a way of programming the OMD to do the same, please let me know....

#320315 Photo of me on Getty images

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 11 November 2012 - 01:00 AM

I wouldn't get out of bed for less than a cup of tea.

Thanks Simon

#319883 Subal or Nauticam?

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 05 November 2012 - 12:42 AM

I obviously have some bias here. However, prior to becoming the UK and French distributor of Nauticam, I owned housings from three other brands and I had to get used to working within the mechanical limitations/idiosynchracies/failings of each of them. The inherent difficulty of mechanically operating increasingly complex and small cameras with significant individual tolerances is something faced by all housing manufacturers. I recently too an NEX7 back to the factory which had been purchased in the UK. It was a full mm shorter than the factory working version which had been bought in Hong Kong.

It would be disingenuous of any manufacturer, distributor or vendor to claim that their housings never have any issues, we have customers who have moved to us from ALL major brands, many of whom have tales of non-alignment and functionality problems. What makes the difference however is the manufacturer/distributor reaction to these issues.

A housing may work 100% when it is first constructed and passes QC perfectly. However, each production housing obviously cannot be tested under the kinds of conditions that Alex uses them before being sold to the end user. Manufacturers therefore rely on feedback from the field surrounding any issues which can be improved into the future.

The reason I am so supportive of Nauticam is the seriousness in which they react to such issues. They have recently employed a new recruit with a distinction Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London (a top ten world university specialising in Engineering) who is charged with the responsibility of managing dealer and end user product feedback and acting on this to make any required improvements. As a company, Nauticam are humble enough to welcome and encourage criticism in order that they can make improvements to their products. They have recently opened a number of service centres in their key markets with employees of these having to partake in a rigourous training programme on the assembly line (I was there two weeks ago with the Italian distributor). I think that the responsiveness and seriousness that they deal with any issues is a key factor which has resulted in them being the market force they now are in such a short period.

I also think this highlights the importance of buying from a local dealer who can provide support needed if required.

That said, if we had issues with every housing we’d sold, I wouldn’t expect our business to have grown as it has and I’d be up to my neck in housings to repair. This is certainly not the case, 95% of our customers have no issues at all.

#317353 Nauticam D800 Housing Dome question

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 27 September 2012 - 09:52 PM

Hi Philip,

I was using the D800 and the Sigma 15mm with the Zen 200mm this week in Egypt with pleasing results and corner sharpness at F9 and above. No need to cut the lens shade either.

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#315222 olympus omd em5 10 bar housing? Other housings?

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 25 August 2012 - 08:20 AM

I used the EM5 with Nauticam housing and the Panasonic 45mm macro and I didn't find it hunting at all. At this point I didn't have a focus light either and it was under a pier in the UK. I was very impressed with the focusing performance of the camera compared to the NEX5 for example.

This was a full frame shot, no hunting issues.

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#314388 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 10 August 2012 - 01:18 PM

Can I have it back now ;)