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About Kogia

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    Nikon D800E
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  1. An update on my experience with the Canon 8-15mm & Metabones IV on the Sony a7r2 and a7r3: After a year or more of use, it started developing an occasional issue where the camera would lose communication with the lens. This is manifested by the display showing no aperture for the lens and shutter release disabled. It can be quickly corrected by twisting the lens & adaptor off the camera body and back on -- but this requires removing the camera from the housing. And of course, it's horrible when a really good subject passes in front of you and you can't take a picture with the camera that was working fine a few minutes ago. I've tried multiple methods of cleaning the little gold contacts, but the problem re-emerges. Now I always do a few twists (also twisting the lens off the Metabones & back on) before putting the camera in the housing & it usually works okay for the duration of the dive, but not always for the whole day. With my dedicated Sony lenses, I have never had this issue. btw I have both the Sony wide-angle and the fisheye converters for the Sony 28mm lens. The results with the wide-angle converter are superb, but I am not satisfied with the fisheye converter optics, so I continue using the Canon 8-15mm with MIV, and hope it won't freeze up on me. Meanwhile waiting for a dedicated Sony fisheye which should be less bulky, as well as averting camera-lens connection problems. btw - I normally shoot on shutter priority. I doubt any other exposure mode would change the dynamic, but I haven't experimented to be certain.
  2. Subal GS-180 viewfinder gives a magnified view of the camera viewfinder without distracting changes in angle of view. Optics are superb. Seals with two o-rings for security. This used item looks pretty ratty cosmetically, but the glass is in good shape and optics are equal in use to brand new. The flimsy rubber eyecup supplied by Subal tore, so I repaired and reinforced it with thin strips of rubber. Looks like junk with the added strips and yellowish glue, but it is actually stronger than the original cup and does not collapse when you press it to your mask, as it did when new. GS-180 is currently advertised in USA for $1995 new. I am asking less than one quarter of that for this used one that does the same job as a new one: $495 (plus shipping from Hawaii, USA).
  3. I can't use the current version of Adobe dng converter for Mac because it's not compatible with my "mature" operating system. However I think that one released last year (v. 10.3) is likely compatible with my OS, and will support my camera. But I can't find anyplace on Adobe's site or elsewhere to download any version other than the latest one. Anybody know where older versions might be found?
  4. Both camera and housing have been sold. Please end topic.
  5. Housing price drop to $1465 plus shipping. Camera body is back on auction on eBay at https://www.ebay.com/itm/173724030927?ul_noapp=true
  6. Housing has been put up for auction on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/173713751790
  7. Price drop on housing to $1095 (plus shipping). Camera has been sold.
  8. I'm dropping the price on the housing to $1500 (plus shipping). Also the camera is temporarily available for $800. (eBay buyer changed his mind while it was in transit, so it's being returned to me -- if no one speaks for it on this forum it will go back on eBay next week)
  9. I used to use the Tokina 10-17mm with a 1.4x TC on my Nikon D700 and thought it gave me good results while allowing me to use that favorite lens. Then two things happened: I upgraded to the much higher resolution Nikon D800, and I upgraded my computer to a Mac with Retina display. Then I could see I was really trashing my image quality with that teleconverter. Also, with a better monitor you can see how much color fringing the Tokina 10-17mm lens produces. Now I would much prefer to shoot with a good wide or fisheye lens, such as the Sigma 15mm, and crop in post if it is too wide. We are still waiting for a lens for full-frame that gives an equivalent to the 10-17mm, but without needing a TC. Of course it depends on how picky you are about image quality. If you will only use your pictures small online, it really doesn't matter what the TC does to the pixels.
  10. Camera body has been put up for auction on eBay at https://www.ebay.com/itm/173690140801?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Housing is still available for purchase here.
  11. D800E body has been placed on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/173688736936?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Housing is still available through this forum.
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