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Rogier Willems

Member Since 18 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Jan 08 2009 10:25 PM

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Free diving / snorkeling with 15MM

06 January 2009 - 12:37 PM


After many posts and emails where I have constantly stated that I wanted to FREEDIVE with a Nikonos V and its famous 15mm lens.
I just got of the phone with Bob Warkentin from Southern Nikonos Service Center who told me that its not a good idea to do this. Unless I cradle the lens and body between my both hands in order to keep pressure on the lens in order to keep the seal in place until I pass 15 ft or so. Well this is not practical when not on scuba. So I have to give up on this idea.

Bob recommended me to use the 20mm.

Pfffff, wish I had known this from the start.

Hopefully this advice will show up in Google for the next one who is planning to do the same...

SB103 Recall

26 December 2008 - 01:31 PM

I just called Nikon and the rep told me that the program is over because he could not find it in his system. However he did not seem very knowledgeable.
Its still on the Nikon website. But it doesn't tell anything weather the recall is still open or not.

Who knows more details?

What 15mm viewfinder?

25 December 2008 - 07:39 PM

I have been very fortunate to obtain a complete Nikonos V set with a 15mm lens.
The viewfinder that came with this set is a very big beautiful piece of glass that has to be "clamped" to the back of the camera.
As such is a very solid construction but it covers the viewfinder. So its impossible to read the exposure.

The set came with the Sekonic underwater light-meter, so I am able to measure the light manually.
My problem is that everything is very bulky. Since I want to use Nikonos V with 15mm to take ambient light B&W images of the reef while free-diving having a slime lined set-up is important.

I wander what other "Hot-Shoe" mounted viewfinders might be a good alternative. Please keep in mind that I don't have a lot of time to peek though a small viewfinder. Witch is also my concern regarding measuring the light. Using the internal TTL meter or good old fashioned manual light-metering?

Nikons 15mm

19 November 2008 - 08:05 PM

How can I tell the difference between the first and later model 15mm UW Nikkor lens?
The first version had a longer barrel that blocked the light sensor in the Nikonos IV & V camera's.

When searching on Ebay how can I tell the difference?