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Phil Rudin

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  1. Some additional information on the Nauticam NA-Z7 housing with MWL-1 and SMC-2 can be found in the current issue of Underwater Photography Magazine. Go to uwpmag.com for your FREE PDF download.
  2. I had an opportunity to use the MWL-1 with the new Nauticam NA-Z7 housing and Nikon Z7 camera two weeks ago. The system was outfitted with the Nikon 60mm macro for DSLR's and the Nauticam SMC-2. The lens ships with a neoprene dome cover and my test unit had the Nauticam dual flip adapter. My test unit did not have a buoyancy collar and I used float arms which seemed to offset any imbalance. The Nikon Z7 has the same growing pains found with the first generations of the Sony A7 cameras and other mirrorless offerings. Build quality of this camera is superb the best of any mirrorless I have used so far, excellent weather resistance. I only had the system in the water for about two hours so hardly enough time for a full review. I did like the idea of being able to cover from 150 degrees AOV down to 4X in macro. Attached are MWL-1, 60 macro and 60 macro with SMC-2 photos. If you would like more information go to UWPMAG.com and download the latest free issue for my thoughts on this system.
  3. I had an opportunity to use the MWL-1 with the new Nauticam NA-Z7 housing and Nikon Z7 camera two weeks ago. The system was outfitted with the Nikon 60mm macro for DSLR's and the Nauticam SMC-2. The lens ships with a neoprene dome cover and my test unit had the Nauticam dual flip adapter. My test unit did not have a buoyancy collar and I used float arms which seemed to offset any imbalance. The Nauticam housing for this camera is excellent. The Nikon Z7 has the same growing pains found with the first generations of the Sony A7 cameras and other mirrorless offerings. Build quality of this camera is superb the best of any mirrorless I have used so far, excellent weather resistance. I only had the system in the water for about two hours so hardly enough time for a full review. I did like the idea of being able to cover from 150 degrees AOV down to 4X in macro. Attached are MWL-1, 60 macro and 60 macro with SMC-2 photos. If you would like more information go to UWPMAG.com and download the latest free issue for my thoughts on this system.
  4. What I have referenced above are the Nauticam recommended lenses (so far) and the reason I think your Canon 60mm macro on the APS-C camera may have been excluded. I suspect the lens may be too wide for excellent corner to corner sharpness with MWL-1. Does not appear that any Canon APS-C DSLR's work with WWL-1 either.
  5. Simon, On full frame the Nikon 60 macro has an AOV of 40 degrees, on M43 Olympus and Panasonic 30 macros have an AOV of 40 degrees with the 2X crop factor and all three go to life size (1:1). All three also have a 150 degree AOV using the MWL-1. Zeiss 50 macro on APS-C has an AOV of 31 degrees with the 1.5X crop factor and focuses to 1:1. On Sony and Fujifilm the AOV is 115 degrees with the MWL-1 Canon does not currently offer a AF 60 macro for full frame. The Canon 60 macro for APS-C with the 1.6X crop factor has an over 24 degree AOV which appears to be too wide for the MWL-1 lens. SMC-1 & 2 were designed more for full frame and APS-C while CMC-1 & 2 are more suited to M43 and compacts. The problem with the 30 macro on M43 V. the 60 macro on full frame is the difference in minimum focus distance. The 60 macro gives you around 18+cm while O&P 30 macros give around 10cm making the distance to subject very shallow even without the addition of a C/U lens. The upside to the MWL-1 which is being overlooked by some is the superb image quality and corner to corner sharpness. In the case of M43 the closest lens with this image quality would be the Olympus 7-14mm F/2.8 zoom combined with a port of at least 180mm (200mm is better) and proper extension. I know many M43 shooters that have just that configuration and the cost is around 2870.00 while the cost of the MWL-1 with 30 macro and port is around $2450.00 with the more expensive Panasonic 30mm F/2.8 macro.
  6. I can answer a few of your equations, first it is 110mm in diameter including the hood so smaller than the 130mm of the WWL-1. The MWL-1 is only a few grams lighter than WWL-1. The MWL-1 can be used on Nauticam single or dual flip adapters with a macro lens like SMC-1 & 2 on the dual. MWL-1 is designed to be used with dedicated macro lenses that are 60mm and focus to 1:1. So full frame Nikon 60mm, Olympus and Panasonic 30mm macros. With these three lenses you can focus from the port glass and the AOV is 150 degrees. The lens works across platforms from for full frame, APS-C, M43 and some compacts with variations in the AOV from each. The Nauticam.com port charts list the cameras and lenses tested so far. Other lenses may not have been tested at this time or they just don't work.
  7. One camera with battery grip left, US warranty.
  8. This camera is in like new condition with under 5000 shutter count. Includes the original box with manuals another paper work, body cap and three battries with charger. All original items, cables, camera strap, etc included. Selling for $1550.00 with free shipping in the US 48.
  9. This lens is in like new condition with the original box and manuals, front and rear caps, lens hood and storage pouch. $950.00 Shipped in the US 48.
  10. I reviewed the Acquapazza housing for the Sony A7R III / A7 III in issue # 102 of uwpmag.com. I would be happy to forward a PDF of the article if you would like to contact me at tropicalone@bellsouth.net. I also shot a video with the equipment using RGBlue video lights which is in the current issue of uwpmag.com with a link to the video. I tested the Sony 90mm macro, Sony FE 16-35mm F/4 and Canon 8-15mm Fisheye zoom with Metabones adapter and three different ports.
  11. Like new Olympus 12-40 F/2.8 Pro lens with Nauticam zoom gear. Both in the original packaging with manuals. $975.00 with US 48 shipping.
  12. Hi hellhole, The easy way to find a lot of the information about these lenses is to just go to a web site like BHphoto.com and look up the lens. Under the specs they have most of the info you would need like AOV, minimum focus distance, weight, demintions and much much more. Same same for camera bodies.
  13. Hi hellhole, Sony 16-35 F/4 of 2.8 AOV is 107-63 degrees, Sony 12-24 F/4 is 122-84 degrees. The upside for the zooms is the range of coverage and bot are rectilinear lenses. Because they require a port in the 200-230mm range they are also ideal for split images. The Sony 28mmm F/2 and WWL-1 combo is wider, easer to travel with and cheaper overall. WWL-1 does not work on Sony full frame with the 28-70, this can only be used with the more expensive Nauticam WACP.
  14. The combo Edward has suggested is excellent. I have also used the Sony 16-35mm zoom with 180mm and 200mm ports with success in the corners if you stay at around F/13 and above. I am now using the excellent Sony 12-24mm zoom in my Nauticam housing with a Zen 230mm dome port. The attached image is the 12-24mm zoom at 24mm and F/14.
  15. Underwater Photography magazine issue #102 has just been released. This issue includes my third cover shot for the magazine and my reviews of the Sony A7R III with Acquapazza housing and the RGBlue LCD Screen Magnifier. uwpmag.com is a free PDF download.
  16. I turn mine off at the end of each dive day. I then do a strobe test in the morning of the next days dives. I also carry the Olympus strobe supplied with the camera as a backup. I have used the Nauticam flash trigger with several different camera brands and have never had a problem. Battery life is quite good but I always carry extra batteries.
  17. Underwater Photography Magazine, UWPMAG.com issue #101 is now available for free PDF download with my review of the new Weefine 3000 Ring Light.
  18. I found the Weefine 1000 more suited to macro video and the 3000 more suited to macro stills and macro video.
  19. I have owned the Athena 200mm port as well with the threaded Olympus style mount for the 4/3 housings like the Athena housing in the attached photo. This was during an advert shoot in Las Vegas for Turnberry Co. using an Olympus E-3 and Olympus Zuiko 8mm F/3.5 lens. It also worked very well with the Zuiko 7-14 DSLR lens.
  20. Hi Joss, To address your questions, I have owned the Zen 170mm, Nauticam 180mm and Zen 200mm optical glass ports which I have used with the Olympus 7-14 mm zoom and/or Panasonic 7-14mm zoom. My configuration with the Nauticam NA-EM1 II housing is with an 85 to 120 port adapter with lock and a 20mm extension ring with lock. The benefit over the smaller ports has been argued extensively in other threads on this site. For me all things being equal, yes I feel the Zen 200mm offers more benefits for both split shots and corner sharpness. Be aware that the Zen 200mm port has been discontinued.
  21. If you friends intent is to shoot stills and not video my suggestion would be any of the small strobes that fire using fiber optic cords. The Inon S-2000 is probably the most cost effective with a single tray and strobe arm setup. /the Weefine 1000 is more than a bit under powered. The ring light 3000 is a better option but about as expensive as a strobe and most suited to macro.
  22. My review for UCL-67 M67 +15 closeup lens is in UWPMAG.com back issue issue #98.
  23. Thanks Tursiops for the kind words, we strive to provide fair and impartial reviews to all of our readers.
  24. Thanks Nicole, my review is now active at uwpmag.com
  25. My reviews of these new products are now released in issue #100 of UWPMAG.com. This is a free PDF download until issue #101 is released.
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