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MarkD

Member Since 28 Sep 2006
Offline Last Active Jun 04 2015 03:23 PM
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In Topic: Nauticam Safety Lock buttons..........stuck

03 June 2015 - 09:38 AM

Yes, I've had the problem with my NA-D7100. Replacement catches installed by Nautical UK have certainly improved matters.

 

After many trouble free dives, the problem manifested itself in the muck of Lembeh, and subsequently to a lesser extent in Anilao so I think it is associated with diving in high sediment areas.

 

Prior to replacement of the catches, my greater concern than the camera getting trapped inside was the red buttons not popping out and latching properly after the housing was closed. If this isn't noticed, it could leave the housing vulnerable to flooding on or near the surface, especially if a vacuum system is not being used.

 

Now if I find the buttons getting a bit tight or gritty, I use a few drops of McNett Silicone spray on the mechanism and that seems to work quite well.

 

Mark


In Topic: Will Nikon D7200 fit straight in D7100 housings

26 April 2015 - 11:50 AM

And I can confirm no D7200 related problems when used in a Nauticam NA-D7100 housing after about 37 dives in the last couple of weeks with that combination.

 

Mark


In Topic: Sony 10-18mm. Diopter needed?

23 March 2015 - 12:22 AM

My daughter and I use the Sony 10 18 behind a ZEN 170 mm. dome on an A6000. We don't use a diopter and none seems to be necessary.

 

Mark


In Topic: will sony ever put out a real fisheye?

22 March 2015 - 11:37 AM

i have the sigma 15 which can supposedly be used with the metabones as well but then theres the issue if that combo fits in any existing ports. i assume theres a way to do it, but ideally it'd fit in a mini dome. For example, the sigma 15 fits in the zen 4" mini dome if you shave the lens shades, but is that dome compatible with nauticam housings for sony mirror less?

Matt. Are you talking about full frame or APS-C Sony mirrorless? Nauticam have 3 different size port systems that could provide a solution for you. N85 for the APS-C NEX/A6000 series, N100 for the Sony A7 series and N120 for conventional DSLRs. I know the ZEN 4" mini dome is available for Nauticam N120 - I own one. And Nauticam make N85 to N120 and N100 to N120 adapters. So with one of these adapters you would just need to work out the best port extension to position the lens optimally in the dome. I don't know if ZEN make their 4" mini dome in the smaller Nauticam port sizes so that an adapter is not required, but Nauticam themselves supply an acrylic 4.33" dome with N85 fitting.

 

If you are considering using the Sigma 15 / metabones with a cropped sensor Sony mirrorless, you will of course loose much of the fisheye effect and angle of view so I'm not sure the exercise would be worthwhile - you might do as well sticking with a rectilinear UWA lens.

 

The reason for using the ZEN 170mm dome as opposed to a mini dome with the Tokina 10-17 is the versatility of the 170 dome - it can also be used with the rectilinear E mount Sony 10-18 and Sony Zeiss 16-70 zoom, the latter making a good mid-range zoom for larger or skittish subjects. The edge focus performance is better than the mini dome but the penalty is slightly less close focus for CFWA.

 

Mark


In Topic: will sony ever put out a real fisheye?

22 March 2015 - 03:24 AM

I don't understand why sony hasn't put out an e mount actual fisheye lens. instead they have the fisheye converters for the 16mm pancake lens which has gotten a lot of negative reviews, and then the fisheye converter for the 28mm. Wouldn't it make sense for them to put out something similar to the panasonic 8mm fisheye? a small size dedicated fisheye lens (hopefully not quite 8mm wide) would be a pretty sweet addition to the lineup and would guarantee an investment by me in sony gear for UW.

thoughts? i like the zeiss 12 and 24 as well but they don't fit the small mini domes from what i can tell

I agree with this.  Even if the FE 28mm/fisheye combination turns out to be optically good, for cropped sensor users (NEX/A6000) the reduced angle of view will negate much of the perspective advantages of fisheye underwater. We have partially solved this gap in the Sony range by using a Nikon mount Tokina 10-17 fisheye with a Novoflex Nik/NEX adapter. Fixed aperture and focal length when in a housing and manual focus using peaking with a custom gear behind a Zen 170mm dome. The optical results look very satisfactory and for fisheye, lack of aperture and zoom control underwater is perhaps an acceptable price to be paid for good optics and perspective?

 

The alternative untested combination of Canon mount Tokina 10-17 and Metabones Canon/NEX adapter might offer aperture control in addition.