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TimG last won the day on December 12 2015

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    Depending on the day of the week, either Bamako (Mali), Poynton (UK) or Amsterdam (NL)
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    Sunlight reefs, warm seas, good food and fine wine. And Manchester City Football Club.

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    Nikon D500, Nikkors 105 and 8-15, Tokina 10-17mm
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    Subal ND500
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    Inon Z240
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  1. Hi Manta88 if you go into your Account>Profile you can see all the posts you have made and perhaps can pick up the thread you want from there. The Account tab will also let you Manage Followed Content does that help?
  2. There are no dumb questions. It's the answers that are sometimes dumb.......
  3. Not macro! Maybe the occasional nudibranch. Not many sales of wreck photos. Nor "arty" pics. My best sales volume has come from a dolphin pod in clear water in the Red Sea (KLM amongst others are using it); and then well-posed single diver on a colourful reef. I did really well after one trip to the Red Sea - over 1000 sales from 129 images. Deep blue background, well-light colourful reef, single diver approaching with a torch. Occasionally wide-angle shots without a diver.
  4. Yeah, isn't it frustrating when you find out afterwards something was there and you've never seen them? Argh.... The image I posted was using a 105mm on a D500 - so approx 160mm I guess. It might help with a diopter although the problem I often find when photographing micro-critters is finding them in the viewfinder when using large magnification. I was shooting pygmy pipe dragons (see image) in Lembeh some years back and thought I was going to lose the plot trying to find them with a 105mm - which is the only way I found to photograph them. They have to be 1/4" long and look like a knot on the end of a piece of cotton.
  5. Yep, they can definitely brighten what might look like an unpromising macro site!
  6. Definitely worth checking out skeleton shrimp. REALLY hard to photograph but they make the most curious of images. They are usually on hydroids - see attached. They are one of those critters that are very hard to spot - but once you know how to "see" them, hydroids become areas of great interest!
  7. Would it not be the case that as a macro lens uses a flat port, as long as the EXR/port will fit the lens barrel and any focussing extension, the actual length isn't crucial? Just avoid vignetting by using a too long EXR; and not too short to stop any focussing extension.... So a Goldilocks EXR?
  8. Looks like it sold today....
  9. Hyp makes some really good points. I moved from the DX-sensor D300 to the FX D800 some years back and just thought the images superb - especially the colours. For the usual mix of reasons I upgraded a couple of years ago and spent too many waking (and non-waking hours) mulling over the D500 and the D850. I went D500 in the end. Maybe I now don't have the current "best" but I would really struggle to see the difference in image quality. The D500 is excellent and brings none of the issues of travelling with big domes. But Hyp makes the excellent point that you have to be happy with what you have got. Assuming you have the extra cash (!), it seems to me, that the last thing you want is to be left regretting what you have bought and that you should have "invested" a bit more to get what you REALLY wanted. So IQ is one thing: human desire is something else - and not something to ignore!
  10. JDII I agree on the unwieldyness of the 230 domes - for travelling at least. I've not used a WACP but had a play with one at the Nauticam stand at the Boot exhibition in Germany in January. Not exactly travel-friendly! That is one chunky, heavy beast. I can truly understand you wanting to be able to do wide n'macro on the same dive. But, honestly, if you are serious about the images you create - and you sound like it - I'd suggest covering all or most of the bases is not an ideal way to go. Pick the lens/port combination based on what you think might be at the dive site and what, ideally you want to photograph. And stick with it. If the whale shark swims by whilst you have macro, just enjoy the scene and tell the story of frustration afterwards. Although maybe it was a pygmy whale shark.....
  11. JDII Your question on the FF 105mm and 60mm: with the DX sensor D300 I used a mixture of the two lenses. Moving to the D800 a few years back, I found I never used the 60mm. With, now, the DX-based D500 I still never use the 60mm and just prefer the 105mm. I'd suggest if you are sticking with FX and a D850 you won't get much use for the 60mm. You mention two options for wide-angle sharp edges. I think there's a third: although I've not used one, there have been a number of posts here about how good the the Sea&Sea optical corrector is for wide-angle. Maybe worth checking out?
  12. Just picking up a point that Tom makes on the Z cameras: battery life - it's much shorter than we are used to with DLSRs. With my D500 I can easily do a 3-dive day without a battery change. I suspect with the Z cameras you would likely need to change the battery after 2 dives. That might be an issue. As Tom points out, it's really hard to do a comparison of focussing speed/accuracy without two identical lenses - it's all pretty subjective. Like Tom I've had a Z6 for about a year and did the Nikon focus system upgrade a couple of months ago. This included the eye-detect option which, photographing an 18-month old granddaughter, is spectacular. I guess not much use though on fish eyes. I'd love to try the Z6 underwater but won't be lashing out another £3k to find that maybe it's not as good as the D500. Like Tom, I use single point AF for most things so really don't need the whizzy-focussing anyway. And, yes, that night vision-like viewfinder would be interesting to test out underwater.
  13. Hey korn There's been a fair bit of discussion on the forum recently about the pros and cons of the Z6/Z7 against the DSLRs. Worth a search. General view seems to be that the focussing systems are not as good as their DSLR cousins; and lens options currently suggest that you have to use the larger F-mount series lenses with all that implies for EXRs and domeports. However, having said that, Nikon announced their updated Z-mount lens roadmap recently which might change things. - though, of course, none of these new lenses have been tried underwater yet. As for weight loss for travel, again general view seems to be that there is not yet much to be gained with mirrorless - slightly lighter/smaller body but because of the lens choice issue, ports and EXRs remain largely the same so the actual saving is minimal. Bottom line, maybe a bit early to switch to mirrorless? But like I say, worth a search.
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