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  1. On 8/5/2022 at 7:53 AM, Phil Rudin said:

    The Backscatter combo is a great entry to mid level kit. I have used it a lot.

    The SOFT is more expensive but well with the cost if you are an advanced macro shooter who wants the very best. It has a powerful built-in aiming light but the real difference is the iris adjusting wheel that allows you to dial in the exact amount of light coverage you want in real time. I was able to change the light beam while looking through the viewfinder.

    I have used a carbon float arm for best balance. This will very with each housing and lens configuration. 

     

     

    Thanks for your feedback, Phil.

    You mentioned that you set "Inon to full power F/5.6 to F/9 at ISO 400 to 640".  Are these roughly the aperture and ISO settings you're limited to with the Backscatter mini too?


  2. Hi Phil,

    Thanks for posting sample photos as well as your kit setup.

    Can you comment on how the SOFT compares to the Backscatter Mini + Optical Snoot (Particularly in the power of the light output)?

    Also, how did the buoyancy and trim feel with the SOFT mounted on your cross bar?

     


  3. On 7/15/2022 at 3:32 PM, ChrisRoss said:

    If you zoom in on the pics you'll see the corals/sponges in the corners are soft but centre of frame at the bottom is sharp.  I would not expect motion blur sharpness to change across the frame for fixed features on the bottom. 

    What may be more interesting if you are prepared to is take a shot of a wall or similar where you are parallel to the subject  at 14/16/18mm to see how the corners improve as you zoom in.  14mm is particularly wide for a rectilinear lens so if the corners improve as you would expect it provides some indication that the extension used is correct.

    Thanks, Chris.  I'll try this at some point.  I don't have convenient access to a pool, but I do have access to a concrete anchor block (90' deep) that is ~4'x6' wide that might work.  I'll try an f-stop progression next time I'm at that site.


  4. 4 hours ago, adamhanlon said:

    @JayceeB,

    Thank you very much for sharing these. I would expect better corner performance at f/13. Is the lens in the correct position?

     

    Hi Adam,  I'm assuming the lens is in the correct position.  I have it wrapped in a Marelux housing with the 230mm dome and 60mm extension ring as specified in their port chart.  Should I be checking anything else?  One thought...i was finning in the same direction as the fish school when the picture was taken, so the reef may have some motion blur.  Perhaps i should take another test shot while holding still?


  5. 6 hours ago, adamhanlon said:

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Is it at 14mm? Which camera?

    In general, I would expect soft corners with a rectilinear lens at f/8, even with a big dome. I know it is a big ask, but do you have any shots with it at f/11 or smaller?

    Thank you again.

     

    Shot at 14mm with the R5.

    I don't currently have any f11 (or smaller) photos, but will try to get some at smaller apertures over the next few days.

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  6. For Sale: Panasonic 7-14 + Nauticam 6” Dome + Zoom Gear. Excellent Condition. $875 + shipping. 

     

    Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14 f/4

    Nauticam Zoom Gear (36044)

    Nauticam 6” Dome Port (36133)

     

    Lens is in excellent condition.

    Dome is in excellent condition, with small light scratch indicated with arrow which can be buffed out. Paint rubbed on bottom of dome shade as shown in photo.

     

    Lens, port and zoom ring shall be sold together.

    US Buyers Only

    Payment via PayPal

     

    $875 + Shipping

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  7. For Sale: 4/3 Wide Angle Panasonic 7-14 + Nauticam 6” Dome + Zoom Gear. Excellent Condition. $975 

    • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14 f/4
    • Nauticam Zoom Gear (36044)
    • Nauticam 6” Dome Port (36133)


    Lens is in excellent condition.
    Dome is in excellent condition, with small shallow scratch indicated with arrow which can be buffed out. Paint rubbed on bottom of dome shade as shown in photo.

    Lens, port and zoom ring shall be sold together.
    US Buyers Only
    Payment via PayPal

    $975 + Shipping

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  8. I have been using one of these dome covers for a month or so on my WWL-1B.  I have a focus light mounted on the hotshoe mount on the top of the lens which gets in the way of the velcro straps somewhat.  Also, the velcro straps are a bit short and could use another 1-1.5" added to them.

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  9. Added Package 4 option.

    **Preference will be given to purchasers of Package 1, then Package 4, then Package 2, then Package 3.

    Package 4: Everything except Camera and Lens $5,200

    • Nauticam Housing=$3,508
    • Port (37165) = $591
    • Zoom Gear (37163) = $281
    • WWL-1B (83202) = $1,595
    • Bayonet Port mount (83250) = $114
    • Vacuum Valve and pump(25624) = $334
    • Optical Fiber Connector for INON type (90164) = $76
    • Nauticam Mini Flash Trigger for Sony (26302) = $328
    • Extra Sony Battery (NP-FZ100)= $78
    • Nitecore Sony Battery charger (charges 2 batteries)= $30

    New Price Total=$6,935
    Used Price Total=$5,200


  10. 1 hour ago, phxazcraig said:

    I'll throw in my 2 cents worth.   I shoot a Nikon 16-35F4 lens behind a 230mm dome port on a 90mm extension.   It was sold to me with a +2 diopter that was supposed to make things sharper.  (Perhaps it did with 70mm extensions previously recommended.)

    When I first shot the big dome in 2015 on a Nikon D810, I was totally disappointed.  A 230mm dome is a royal pain to travel with and pack, not to mention expensive.  All that and my corners were still soft, at any aperture I really cared to use.  (F8!)

    I shot that way for 4 years, cropping pretty much every shot to get rid of the poor corners and edges.

    Then I got the Sea & Sea Internal Correction Lens, which was specifically designed for my lens and dome (and similar lenses).   It made a HUGE difference.  I'm ok with shooting at F5.6 now in many cases, and F8 is fine (for me).   Certainly a huge improvement over what I had previously.  Now I won't shoot the 16-35 without it.

    I don't have good back-to-back comparisons, but all my Roatan shots since 2019 with the 16-35 used the lens, and none before them.  You can look here if you like:  www.cjcphoto.net.

    Thanks, @phxazcraig.  I do see a big difference before and after.  PS> enjoyed browsing your photos!


  11. I have split this kit into three packages:

    **Preference will be given to purchasers of Package 1, then Package 2, then Package 3.

    Package 1: Full Kit $6,775

    • Sony A7C Camera + 28-60 Lens = $2098
    • Nauticam Housing=$3,508
    • Port (37165) = $591
    • Zoom Gear (37163) = $281
    • WWL-1B (83202) = $1,595
    • Bayonet Port mount (83250) = $114
    • Vacuum Valve and pump(25624) = $334
    • Optical Fiber Connector for INON type (90164) = $76
    • Nauticam Mini Flash Trigger for Sony (26302) = $328
    • Extra Sony Battery (NP-FZ100)= $78
    • Nitecore Sony Battery charger (charges 2 batteries)= $30

    New Price Total=$9033

    Used Price Total=$6,775

     

    Package 2: Camera & Housing $4,839

    • Sony A7C Camera + Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lens  = $2098
    • Nauticam Housing=$3,508
    • Vacuum Valve and pump(25624) = $334
    • Optical Fiber Connector for INON type (90164) = $76
    • Nauticam Mini Flash Trigger for Sony (26302) = $328
    • Extra Sony Battery (NP-FZ100)= $78
    • Nitecore Sony Battery charger (charges 2 batteries)= $30

    New Price Total=$6,452

    Used Price Total=$4,839

     

    Package 3: Port & Optics $2,310

    • Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lens = $500
    • Port (37165) = $591
    • Zoom Gear (37163) = $281
    • WWL-1B (83202) = $1,595
    • Bayonet Port mount (83250) = $114

    New Price Total=$3,081

    Used Price Total=$2,310

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  12. 1 hour ago, mochikat said:

    I bought this exact entire set new 1 month ago! Wow why didn't you post this 1 month earlier...

    Can I ask why you're selling it and what you're switching to instead? I think I read your thread here before deciding to get mine also

     

    Looks like our timing didn't align :)

    My view is this is one of the best compact kits available, and I absolutely recommend it.   After diving with this kit for a year, I find myself ready to add more ports and lenses for local shore diving.  With the recent price increase of Nauticam, my budget is guiding me to consider all housing options.  I have not decided on a specific housing or camera yet, or whether new or used.  I plan to stay mirrorless and full frame though.


  13. For Sale: Nauticam Housing + Sony A7C Full Frame + 28-60mm +WWL-1B. $6,775

    Purchased new in 2021.  Well maintained.  Soaked in fresh water after each use and blown dry afterwards.  Never flooded.

    Camera never used above water.

    Kit contains every part required to run the Camera, 28-60 lens and WWL-1B with bayonet mount.

    This equipment shows minimal signs of wear including:

    • The usual Nauticam water marks.
    • Light scratch on housing LCD view port as shown in photos.
    • Wear marks on outside of WWL-1B as shown in photos.
    • Small rub on WWL-1B glass as shown.  I don’t notice this in my photos, but it’s possible that different light angles may show it slightly.

    Parts List:

    • Sony A7C Camera + 28-60 Lens = $2098
    • Nauticam Housing=$3,508
    • Port (37165) = $591
    • Zoom Gear (37163) = $281
    • WWL-1B (83202) = $1,595
    • Plastic cap for WWL-1B not included, but a Nauticam neoprene WWL-1B dome cover is included at no extra charge.
    • Bayonet Port mount (83250) = $114
    • Vacuum Valve and pump(25624) = $334
    • Optical Fiber Connector for INON type (90164) = $76
    • Nauticam Mini Flash Trigger for Sony (26302) = $328
    • Extra Sony Battery (NP-FZ100)= $78
    • Nitecore Sony Battery charger (charges 2 batteries)= $30

    New Price Total=$9033

    Used Price Total=$6,775

     

    Preference will be given to folks purchasing the entire kit.  I will also consider parting out once Camera and Housing are sold.

    USA Buyers Only

    Payment by Venmo/Paypal.

    Shipping and insurance paid for by buyer.

     

    Sample photos from this kit posted to Instagram (@jayseaphotos) from March 2021 - Present.

    I would be happy to answer any questions you have or provide more photos.

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  14. 17 hours ago, adamhanlon said:

    Filters also require adjustments in composition to work well. In general they need a slight downward angle, typically with the sun behind the shooter. Given the range of the spectrum, capturing the surface in your shot as per your examples above, will result in some nasty color effects. 

    In simple terms, I think the single best improvement you can make with the images above would be to position yourself with the sun behind you, and use this to light up the dolphins. Sun angle and direction is super important with ambient light photography. 

    Thank you, Adam.  I had a very similar dive today.  Your post was in my head.  I tried to stay higher in the water column and with the sun behind me.  You can't always pick which side the dolphins pass on, but I did get some where the pod cooperated :). Haven't looked at the shots yet though.


  15. 22 hours ago, ChrisRoss said:

    They should be usable down to 10-15m depending on water clarity.  The main point to consider is that if there is not enough red light for the filter, there won't be enough to do a white balance on the image either. 

    That's an interesting nuance that I did not know before this discussion.  I somehow thought you could put red back into the photo/video at any depth by using a filter.

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