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nudibranco last won the day on September 9 2020

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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. 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
  2. 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?
  3. Interesting. Maybe you are right but I will wait for some tests on mirrorless... It is still a big investment either way.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. I also would love to move to a more compact system from a 16mpx olympus em5 i used for 8 years. But i used the tg series starting with the tg3 and my biggest grief is the lack of manual control. I hear the tg6 has got better controls over shutter by going to Aperture mode and setting some limits in Shutter speed and Iso. Frankly i tried using strobos with little accomplishment. With a strong torch I fared better. In any case going wide is almost unusable and I find quality even on macro is not enough. I would love an iteration that has manual control but it never comes. Certainly the Tg6 on the right hands cand do wonders no other outfit can thanks to its small size and super macro option. I do not think you would be happy with it. Andrea Sent from my LG-H870 using Tapatalk
  8. Thank you Oskar! However I only read the temperature of the light in basic information of the Retra app on Android and depth rating and that is all. Nothing else! Am I looking in the wrong place? Regards Andrea Sent from my LG-H870 using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you Oskar! Useful information since I was really trying to understand what was going on since my other strobes worked ok in manual. This is the type of info that could be also made available on the technical manual. I learnt about the app as I bought the strobos but in my humble opinion (!) more in depth explanations and technical data would be useful. For example the fact that the U1 and U2 both cannot be stored with separate modes (for now) should be written in a separate note section in the app manual itself. Other useful info could be weight in water and out of the water, number of shots available with eneloop pro at 50% strobe power, ... Anyway just some thoughts... sorry for being a pest. One question: would a Turtle smart trigger synch would work in manual with Retra HSS? Does the camera have to support an HSS flash mode or manual mode is enough?
  10. I have had a little time with the Retra Pros. I was used mainly to the inon z240s and S2000. I cannot comment on the Z330s but here are some initial comments on the Retras: 1) beautiful even light with excellent color grade. 2) works well in TTL so far. 3) cannot work in manual with my OMD EM5 and Pana GX9. It does not synch over 37.5%. But it works in the advanced SMART SL mode after easy calibration. This is very strange and do not understand why it cannot work well in manual mode. I had no problems on this with Inons or Sea&Sea and other strobes. 4) batteries get drained super fast (!!!) and you can only use Eneloop Pros if you need to take them for 2 dives. Even old eneloops that work well with the Z240s cannot charge well the Retras. 5) a bit bigger than the Inon Z330s. Knobs ok but could be better shaped. I like the ones on the Z330s better. 6) There is VERY little official documentation and support is prompt but cryptic... Waiting to understand them a little better and thinking to buy the Turtle or other TTL capable synch to use the unique and very interesting HSS mode. Andrea
  11. I guess it has to do with the lens and accessories someone might have invested in... and of course marketing
  12. The 9-18mm in the 4" nauticam port works better than most other ports. It is a semidome and much more compact than the 7" one. However I did not have a chance to test the 7" port. The flat parts are terrible as expected. However a +2 achromatic addon to the lens inside the port will improve the corners considerably if you want best quality below F8.0. Frankly I hardly use it and much prefer the 8mm fisheye lens which focuses so close to get CFWA capability. I can even get a reasonable nudibranch picture with the 3.5" dome port from Nauticam. And it is a VERY sharp lens. You can defish it if you do not like fisheye distortion.
  13. UW ...if you need a new case... then it would not make sense to upgrade for 3000/3500€ +++ (!)
  14. certainly a lot cheaper. The protective ring may seem useful to protect the front without diffusers. I wonder if it prevents full light diffusion before ordering it.
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