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Everything posted by PeteAtkinson

  1. I like the idea of always charging a license fee, so they know that they are buying something with value. But if you want to donate, simply charge $10 as the fee for a license. It helps train clients that every picture they can find on Google isn't free to steal.
  2. I had my best luck by choosing the eels that seemed the least skittish to start with, then habituating them slowly and holding my breath as long as possible.
  3. I am assuming from the pictures that this will not support screw AF, such as the Tokina 10-17?
  4. I think the issue should be less about camera bodies and more about lenses. If there was a FF equivalent of the Tokina 10-17 for Z cameras, then switching would be a no-brainer. The 8-15 circular fisheye is hardly more useful than the Sigma 15mm on full frame but much more expensive. On a crop sensor Z50 it has a useful field of view akin to the Tokina 10-17 but has to be used with an FTZ adapter. I think we are more likely to get an adapter for screw focus lenses like the Tokina than a full-frame 10-17 equivalent, sadly. The brief lag between looking through the viewfinder and it turning on is my biggest irritation with mirrorless.
  5. To avoid the issue of big domes and port extensions for rectilinear on full-frame you might consider a crop sensor camera with a kit lens and a WWL-C water contact optic. This provides a compact, light rig, 130 degree corner to corner view, rectilinear but with some barrel distortion. The corners are better than a dome on full frame. You can see a comparison of angle of view for Tokina 10-17, Sigma 8-16 and WWL-C on my phuketpools facebook page https://www.facebook.com/phuketpools/ On the Nikon Z50 the Tokina 10-17 doesn't autofocus. There's also a picture of the Nauticam Z50 housing and WWL-C on phuketpools earlier on.
  6. The 8-15 in Canon and Nikon go from full-frame fisheye (which is useful) to circular fisheye (which in my view is useless on a full frame camera). An equivalent of the Tokina 10-17 in full frame that goes from fisheye, 180 degrees corner to corner to something narrower would transform the choices underwater, like the Pentax 17-28 full frame fisheye. On a crop sensor camera the 8-15 is far more useful, emulating the the Tokina 10-17, but it is much more expensive. Unfortunately the AF of the 10-17 won't work with Nikon FTZ adapter.
  7. I think the sweet spot is DSLR crop sensor. I went from D200, D7000 to D800 and now Z50 mirrorless. Mirrorless has advantages for focus above water, but none underwater where we are using wide lenses at smaller apartures. Crop sensor mirrorless has the advantage that you can use water contact optics like the WWL-C but if you have a D500 and a Tokina 10-17 I think you will hardly ever need the WWL-C. A D500 or D7500 would be my choice. This could change if anyone made a proper zoom fisheye for full frame like the old Pentax lens.
  8. I have an inexpensive 8" Aquatica dome port available for US$300.
  9. Has anyone attempted polishing a scratch on the inside of an acrylic dome? Is it possible? Are there low rpm electric tools which can help? Asking for a friend!! Really!
  10. This post has a real-life comparison between Tokina 10-17, Sigma DX 8-16 and WWL-C taken from the same vantage point. https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/67658-angle-of-view-comparison-wwl-c-and-16-50z-with-sigma-8-16-nauticam-85-dome/&tab=comments#comment-429715
  11. Is it possible to trigger an Ikelite Substrobe 200 optically from the camera? ie not remotely with a slave trigger. Thanks!
  12. If you decide to sell any gear I would be interested in the two Ikelite SS 200 strobes. Being a professional underwater photographer for many years means that I am now greatly "non-profit" unfortunately! You can see my work at peteatkinson.com
  13. Here's a link to a new podcast of an interview done in Phuket about 10 days ago. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-92-phukets-very-own-jacques-cousteau-pete-atkinson/id1479413829?i=1000531548436&fbclid=IwAR2nnO320FDxo7Yn7Shf_hBym8K6IMbWgSt5Sunrx_U6kO_TQWYm4-Visks
  14. It is very kind of you to share this on Wetpixel - much appreciated.
  15. You would think that businesses would learn from the outpouring of hate, not to piss off their customers. We still use Win 7 Pro, Lightroom 6.14 and PS 5.1 and see no reason to change. I added a Nikon Z50 recently so I have to run the files through the DNG converter before importing them to LR, but it's not a major hassle. I am very happy that other software is eating in to Adobe's monopoly.
  16. I have an Aquatica 8" acrylic dome, shade and cover available for US$320 if you need one!
  17. And here is the Tokina 10-17 from the same vantage point: Nikon Z50, FTZ, 8.5" Nauticam dome with 20mm extension and 85-120 adaptor.
  18. $US 290 now for the 8" Aquatica dome port, shade and cover plus post. Aquatica to Nauticam adapter now $US 250 plus post.
  19. I have used Rainex on cast acrylic domes before without any problems, but now I am using Pledge Lemon furniture polish as a beading agent and it works well. David Doubilet has recommended this for years!
  20. I wouldn't use the Kenko Teleplus with the 10-17 for humpbacks. Use just the 10-17. I would say 17-70 is too long for sharks unless you want a head-on shot. The water will be clear; get as close as possible and shoot wideish. I would be happy in FP with only the 10-17 underwater. Good for over/under too.
  21. Hot melt glue. Nobody said strobes should look pretty.
  22. Dome port in good condition. The new price is US$718 for dome, shade and cover. US$360 including trackable post. If you want to use it on a Nauticam housing, I have an Aquatica/Nauticam adapter also for sale for $260 including post. I will not sell this hard-to-find item separately until the dome has sold. There is a blank-plug in a 15mm hole in the backplate where I had installed a manual focus control. Details of the blank-plug on request. I compared this dome with the 8.5" Nauticam which I also have, and I could not tell them apart. I don't need both!
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