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About nudibranco

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    Coda Cavallo - Sardinia - ITALY
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    clear waters for WA and small critters ! Beach diving ! nights!

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus OM-D EM5, Panasonic GX9
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    Inon s2000 and Z240s and Retra Pro
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    8mm FE, 60mm macro, 45mm macro, 30mm macro, 9-18mm and 12-50mm with 3.5" and 4" semidome port, ULCS arms, I-torch Venom focus light
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  1. I used the 60mm lens behind the semidome port from Nauticam and was very happy to increase FOV and get also great image quality! The flat port will generally give you 25% less FOV. Andrea
  2. the 4" Nauticam semi dome port used for the 9-18 and 12-50 had a nice flip over attachment option for a CMC lens or similar magnifying lens. It would not work with the 9-18mm because of the vignetting but it was very nice with the 12-50 and quite compact. The same port worked very well with the 60mm macro lens. With something similar over the 180mm (or smaller semi dome) port you could (maybe) achieve a nice combo underwater from WA to smaller critters... Not as compact of course but better quality. However not sure if this would be any better than the 14-42mm and WWL1.
  3. I have not been too happy with the 9-18 because the range and focus is very limiting Inviato dal mio SM-G991B utilizzando Tapatalk
  4. Interesting lens as it protracts out in 8mm focal length rather than 25mm. It depends if it fits in a compact port with good quality. Andrea Inviato dal mio SM-G991B utilizzando Tapatalk
  5. I have had both. Definitely the z240. Slightly bigger but better lighting and more importantly better knobs' control Andrea Inviato dal mio SM-G991B utilizzando Tapatalk
  6. We love those "issues" )) Inviato dal mio SM-G991B utilizzando Tapatalk
  7. I use both focals (Panasonic 30mm) and generally have more fun with the 60mm lens. However if your nudis are not rice grain size probably the 30mm is a good choice as it is easier to focus and faster. Inviato dal mio SM-G991B utilizzando Tapatalk
  8. I spent about 20 dives with the Retra Pro so far. They diffuse so well even with an 8mm FE lens on M43 and with such quality that i have passed on the diffusers so far. I am planning on the reflectors especially for skittish fish and focused reefs. However you need macro rings for the reflector (!). For protection I would rather use some self made neoprene (plenty of that at my place) with a cover that can be flipped out and back on the flash body with some velcro. Easier to use and cheaper. Probably the Supercharger is a good investment since after dives strobos are already in the red zone without it. (the flash can use only eneloops). LSD is also worthwhile if you like some special snooting effects. Andrea Inviato dal mio SM-G991B utilizzando Tapatalk
  9. In the mediterranean sea where i am i only use the 8mm Pana with a 3.5" dome (nauticam) that is super compact super sharp and lets me do CFWA even with some nudibranch shot. For macro the 60mm is excellent. (But i also use the 30mm Pana). Mid range is a bit hard to get. But useful in tropical waters and to get sharks etc. I used the 12-50mm oly at f 8.0 and a flip-on CMC installed in the 4" semidome port with reasonable success. But i would recommend the 14-42mm pana mk2 with wwl1 or wwlc. Andrea Sent from my LG-H870 using Tapatalk
  10. Interesting. I think the 8mm is super sharp even with large prints. I would use the Inons to brighten the UW close subjects in your split photos. With the Sony FF you will have VERY slightly improved sharpness but more bulk as well. Are you shooting with RAW and applying some appropriate sharpening? What F aperture are you using?
  11. Interesting. Maybe you are right but I will wait for some tests on mirrorless... It is still a big investment either way.
  12. The weight UW and its form factor to me make the WWL-C more desirable than the WWL-1. 170 grams UW is not bad (450 grams less than wwl-1!) and it is 2 cm shorter. I am not sure why you say the the quality is not as good have you tried with the m43 mirrorless options? I saw somewhere a test with the Sony 16-50mm lens (worse lens than the 12-32mm or 14-42mm lenses) which describes it at least as good as the WWL-1.
  13. well, with the new WWL-C from Nauticam ... https://www.nauticam.com/products/wet-wide-lens-compact-wwl-c-130-deg-fov-with-compatible-24mm-lenses ... a lighter cheaper and shorter option with the 12-32 or 14-42 zooms from Panasonic may make the choice easier now. Not much feedback yet but with it you have a lot of flexibility: 1) 130° to 120° FOV and you can zoom to get closer to shy animals 2) disengage the bayonet mount a pluck in a CMC lens and you get reasonable close-ups!! Both Pana Lenses have great quality if the WWL-C is the expected quality should be a nice combo!!!. I guess you should be able to put it in a pocket if you need to swap wet lenses. Good job Nauticam! However I could not live without the 8mm FE lens and the 60mm macro!
  14. Hello Igor, you would definetely be welcome to come and visit us in Coda Cavallo at AQUARIUS about 10 minutes by car from la Cinta. We have the islands of Tavolara and Molara right in front of us within 10 minutes by boat and we love photographers. :)) You can also find us on facebook under my name or DIVE AQUARIUS
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