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  1. Hi Mike, I went down that rabbit hole. Here's my notes on the experience.
  2. I spoke with Reef Photo. They pointed this out. Has anyone tried it on a mounted WWL-1B in the water? https://www.nauticam.com/products/neoprene-cover-for-wwl-1b
  3. I lost my original cap as I didn't have it quite seated when applied. Forked out $113 for a new overpriced cap. Modified the new cap with a bolt snap similar to images shown earlier in this thread. I just lost that one hanging off my BC the first day of a recent trip. I won't be purchasing another one. I have never lost a neoprene dome cover. Neoprene stuffs easily into a BC pocket and works just fine. It's also much more convenient when doing offshore snorkel trips where you're not wearing a BC to clip it to. Not sure why Nauticam went with an overpriced awkward solution like this. I've been using a wetsuit hood to cover the WWL1-B when entering/exiting the water until I can find a proper neoprene cover that fits. Phil Rudin's dome cover photos look to be the best I've seen. Phil, would you mind sharing what brand of 180 mm cover you have?
  4. I am currently using the Sony A7C + Sony 28-60 + CMC-1. Working distance is very short, somewhere in the neighborhood of 37mm, but haven't seen specs published. It is a challenge to light a subject when your lens is nearly pressed up against it. Also, I find that there are many subjects I can't get in close enough to photograph due to structure around the animal. Because of the very short working distance, I'm considering a dedicated 90mm macro lens + diopter. I wish I had purchased the SMC-1 instead of the CMC-1, but at the time, I wasn't aware of the limitations. Given the price difference between the UCL-90 ($320 USD) and SMC-1 ($628), and the additional working distance that the UCL-90 (69mm) provides compared to the SMC-1 (50mm), and purchasing new, does the SMC-1 deliver twice the optical performance? I'm wondering if I could even differentiate the picture clarity between the two? Also, would auto-focus be significantly different between the two diopters?
  5. Good to know the SMC-1 & 2 work on the 28-60, as they aren't listed as compatible on the port chart. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with the SMC-1 as it can be used on both the 28-60 and 90mm.
  6. Thanks, Chris. If my calculations are accurate, the Sigma would have an additional 1cm working distance. I also noticed that the Sigma does not have image stabilization. Not sure if this is required, or if the Sony 90mm image stabilization works in conjunction with the A7C image stabilization. I use back button focus. If the autofocus can get close, i can fine tune by moving the camera in and out. I wonder how the reported autofocus compares to the Oly EM-1 II + 60mm
  7. Hi Chris, I should have been more explicit. I was referring to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens for Sony E I think that's a different lens than the DXOMark link you sent, no?
  8. I'm currently using the A7C + 28-60 kit lens + CMC-1. It works well if you can get very close to the subject, but in many cases, the subject is positioned in a recess, preventing the shot. For dedicated macro dives, I'm considering adding a macro lens + port to my kit to enable a longer working distance. Does anyone have experience with both the Sony 90mm and Sigma 105mm macro lenses? Thanks.
  9. I'm interested in this same topic. I have the A7C+28-60 Kit lens and use the CMC-1 for macro. Nice and sharp if you can get the lens in close enough, but a lot of missed opportunities due to insufficient working distance, or there's no room to light the subject with one or both strobes. Also considering a dedicated macro lens/port. Considering the Sony 90mm or Sigma 105.
  10. Hi @Blenny84. Thank you All photos are from the Kona coast on the Island of Hawaii.
  11. I finally took the CMC-1 out for a dedicated macro dive today. It performed very well. I missed out on one or two shots because I couldn't get the lens in close enough to focus with a strobe, but generally it worked very well with some practice. I thought I might end needing a dedicated macro lens/port, but so far the CMC-1 seems to be working for my needs. Here's a shot I took of a Wavy Bubble Snail with the 28-60 + CMC-1 today (cropped).
  12. Circling back to the thread title… My original plan was to move from the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II + 8mm, 7-14, 12-40 +multiple ports, to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 II + 14-42 + WWL-1B. The WWL-1B replaced the 8mm and 7-14mm for my needs, but I felt it did not quite replace the 12-40 quality for distant ambient shots. Just my personal observations with no science applied :). I then started considering the Sony A7C with 28-60mm kit lens. My hope was that the improvements in image quality which the Sony combination with WWL-1B would bring, would give me the balance of quality and compact kit I was after. I took a gamble and ordered the new kit. The first few dives with the new setup did not go awesomely. My 2nd and 4th dives resulted in the camera locking up half way through the dive, so I just carried it along for the rest of the dive with a black screen (I added the issue and fix earlier in this thread). Once I got the camera running smoothly (no issues for 20 dives after figuring out the fix), each dive photo shoot progressively became more enjoyable as I became familiar with the controls. For me, the dynamic range is much improved with both the ability to brighten shadows, and darken over exposed shots. Cropping leaves more quality. Auto-focus seems slightly faster, and possibly more accurate. Less focus hunting when subjects in the distance do not contrast much with the background. The full zoom range of the 28-60 + WWL-1B has exceeded the quality and performance I was looking for. I really like this lens. I need more time with the CMC-1 before I can say I’m smitten…understanding there is a learning curve. For the shots I’ve taken (in focus), the sharpness of the shots exceeded what I was expecting. The short working distance may not be a full replacement for a dedicated macro lens, but as I said, I need more time with the CMC-1. The WWL-1B stays on for most of my dives so far. I have removed it underwater a few times, and swapped out the CMC-1, but it’s not an exercise I would do repetitively throughout a dive. For me, I’ll carry the CMC-1 in case I find an awesome macro opportunity I don’t want to miss, otherwise it will be WWL-1B and crop. If I go on a dedicated macro dive, I’d probably leave the WWL-1B at home and just take the CMC-1. For me, the A7C+28-60mm+WWL-1B has been a great upgrade, delivering a high level of quality and performance in a compact kit.
  13. (28-60+WWL-1B) With Strobes: And finally, a few shots taken with strobes using the WWL-1B. The frogfish is an adult nearly the size of a dinner plate.
  14. (28-60+CMC-1) Macro: Here are a couple of examples I took with the CMC-1. I don't have experience with this type of lens, so there were quite a few throw-aways. Included is a seastar shrimp as-shot and cropped, and a redspotted nudibranch.
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