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Marsh

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  1. I just got a NEX7 Nautiacm set-up and wondering what's the best approach for super-macro? So far, it looks like the 18-55 kit lens with a Subsee +10, a few divers even put the Subsee stacked on an Inon 165. The results were mixed. I came to this thread because Nauticam says the Nikonos with TC is the best for NEX super-macro. I'm somewhat familiar with Nikonos and the Nauticam adapter, but where do the TC's come in? Are there TC's for the Nikonos UW lens?
  2. Love your photos! Really great shots and good resolution from the 30mm macro. I just purchased a NEX7 system to replace my NA-600D T3i because of the weight and bulk traveling. Mostly I do large prints of macro abstractions and wanted the 24MP sensor for going as large as possible in a compact system. I have read the 30mm macro isn't a good mix for super-macro with a Subsee +10. So I'm focusing on centering it around the 18-55 kit lens using a combination of diopters. Hopefully a longer sharp macro will eventually be released for the Sony E-mount. Your photos look great and certainly give some credence to the 30mm macro set-up. I was wondering if you used a diopter with these shots or are they just 1:1? Again, great photos: good composition and detail. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Nauticam NA-600D-Canon T3i WAM and Super-Macro System For Sale Nauticam NA-600D Canon T3i Housing-------------------------------------------$ 2,300 Includes: tray and rubberized handles, 2 each-1” ball mounts for tray handles, Lanyard and housing mount kit , w/ 2 additional-1” ball supports for additional focus lights or lens holders. 4-each 5” Inon lightweight aluminum arms and clamps. Comes with 2 optical ports installed with 2 optical line connector caps to go to any optical fired strobe (Nauticam type connectors, doesn’t include optical lines or connectors to flash. See below for factory Nauticam optical lines for Inon). It can also be outfitted for electrical sync if desired. Cost New $ 2,740 Nauticam Macro Port 87 --------------------------------------------------------------$ 990 Includes: Canon 100mm 2.8 USM macro lens, hot shoe mount and ball and lens focus gear. Cost New $ 1,144 Nauticam ZEN DP-100-NT 4” Glass Dome, lens & FR-------------------------$ 1,575 Includes: Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye Lens with lens focus ring. Cost New $ 1,763 Nauticam 20mm Ext. Ring with extras for WAM and Super-Macro-----------$ 590 Includes: Tokina 10-17mm/Kenko TC focus ring, Kenko 1.4X TELEPLUS PRO 300 TC for wide angle macro. This creates very sharp wide angle macro (WAM) shots focusing up to the dome face and also a nice medium wide angle set-up for larger animal/fish shots when a fish-eye is too wide. It also works well with the Canon 100mm 2.8 USM for extreme super-macro. Cost New $ 714 Nauticam 45 Degree Viewfinder. Used one time and under warranty--------$ 875 Cost New $ 950 Canon T3i with 18-55mm IS Lens with UV filter -----------------------------------$ 690 Includes: 18-55mm IS lens, 4 batteries, 2 chargers (one being able to charge from 110-220, 12V DC from a car or boat so you’re covered for several dives should adequate charging facilities not be available). The camera is like new and only used with the Nauticam, so it has low shutter activations. It comes in factory box with warranty card, manual, software, strap and all accessories provided in the T3i kit. Cost New $ 899 iTorch Pro 4 Video/Focus light (seldom used)------------------------------------$ 430 Includes charger and 2 batteries with 3” YS to 1” Ball arm and Hand Lanyard Cost New $ 511 Inon Z-240 Type 3 Flash with built in focus light----------------------------------$ 590 Includes: underwater protective cover, spare O-ring kit, .5 Diffuser with red and blue light filters. Cost New $ 799 2-Nauticam to Inon Z-240 optical sync cables ------------------------------------$ 150 Cost New $ 200 Think Tank Antidote v. 2.0 Camera Backpack + custom cover pack----------$ 240 Includes waterproof cover and v.2 laptop Acceleration laptop organizer bag. Also included is an additional custom made backpack with large front pocket for your dive book, side pockets for dive computer and mask, plus more. All designed to zip snuggly around the Think Tank bag to hide the expensive looks of a camera bag, but also a good bag to use on the live-a-board to keep the rig in when assembled, etc. You get two bags in the space of one when traveling without advertising you’re expensive camera equipment. The Think Tank is one of the best on the market with a lifetime warranty. The entire system will fit inside this set-up with room to spare for an additional Z-240 (I had 2, but keeping one). It’s approved carry-on size even for the smaller jets. Cost New $ 299 ($199 for Think Tank and $100 for Custom backpack) Total New system cost $10, 019 Buy it all for $ 8,200 and get an excellent almost like new WAM and Super-Macro system. The NA-600D system is the smallest, lightest and most ergonomic of the Nauticam SLR systems. The Canon T3i is a great affordable camera with excellent 18MP resolution and good optical sync with the Inon Z-240. Plus, it shoots some of the best HD video in the industry. The WAM set-up is as good as it gets for wide angle macro using the Tokina 10-17, 20MM extension and Kenko 1.4 TC, There’s sharp focus right up to the small 4” glass dome shooting macro close-ups and the wider environment for interesting perspectives. This combination also gives you a nice mid-range wide angle for larger animals where a fisheye would be too wide. Plus, the 20mm extension and Kenko TC works well with the Canon 100mm 2.8 USM for extreme super-macro. The Nauticam 87 macro port also has 67mm threads for a wide range of diopters, if you want more magnification!) All gear, with exception of the Z-240 was bought last January, so most of it is still under warranty and in like-new condition. Chris at Nauticam said to include the warranty cards and original billing papers to the new buyer. The Z-240 was purchased 3 years ago and is not under warranty, but is in excellent condition and well taken care of with little use. Most everything was purchased from Ocean Optical Sales. Martin there can verify for me as to the original purchase and all necessary receipts for warranty will accompany all equipment. Both lens were purchased from B&H (Canon macro) and Reef Camera (Tokina 10-17), along with a few other items. Ryan at Reef Photo checked the T3i body to the NA-600D housing to insure prefect operation and can verify the condition of the equipment. All equipment will be shipped in original boxes. I’ve a 100 percent feedback rating on eBay. If necessary, I can ship in partial shipments and payments if you feel more comfortable. I will also provide account names for both eBay and Paypal and send you a Pdf of all purchase receipts upon request. Payment must be made by verified Paypal account and shipping address must match any credit card used for the transaction. All equipment will be professionally packed and insured and shipped from ZIP 85743 for actual cost. Depending on what you, I’ll weigh and calculate costs for you when you provide a Zip or address. Photos of all equipment, including the custom made back pack, can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79605275@N00/sets/72157631471303300/ Happy diving Marshall Colley mcolleypublic@gmail.com
  4. I wanted to go with the NEX system so bad, especially knowing Nauticam was going to release a NEX 7 housing (supposed to be released 3rd week of January). I've been on the Sony waiting list for some time and hoping to get my NEX7 and camera before I leave in mid-Feb, but came to accept it just wasn't going to happen due to the flooding in Thailand. I turned to the 5N as a possible alternative, but with intentions of shooting super-macro, I finally came to accept there is no real serious macro glass available for NEX system. Sure, they just came out with a 30mm Sony macro, which helps, but one's not going to do any super or close macro with such a short 30mm lens on a APS-C sensor, at least not with any kind of decent working distance from what I've read. I wrote letters to both Jean and Chris (Aquatica/Nauticam) about alternatives and they said they tested all the combinations of Sony Alpha and 3rd party macro lens mated to the smaller Sony E-mount convertor and they just didn't warrant development. I ended up going with the Canon T3i and Nauticam set-up because of the excellent lens available and the small size of the housing (been told it's not all that much larger than the NEX?). The T2i and Aquatica set-up is just as small from what I've been told. Eventually the NEX system, both 5N and 7, will have mature lens in the future, as Sony has released the E-mount license to all 3rd party manufacturers for free. Give it a couple years and we'll see 100mm macros, Tokina FE, etc for the NEX, but not now :-( The NEX system with it's excellent Sony sensors is only going to get better though. Good luck trying to set-up a macro rig with the 5N and Aquatica housing, as you're finding out it's a challenge and extensions and ports are not cheap.
  5. Steve, Thanks so much for the feedback. It's nice to hear some positive aspects of the 45 when I'm in the final couple weeks of having to make a decision. I'm so excited after seeing all the great photography by the many photographers on this website. Everything is on it's way except the viewfinder, a decision I'm still wavering on, but still have some time to feel it out with other opinions from divers like you. Maybe someone has one at the dive shop here in Tucson that I can try out in the pool just to get an idea what I'm dealing with in terms of orientation. I appreciate your feedback as the more I get, the better I'll be able to make the final decision that will hopefully be the best one. Either way, it's not a "do or die" situation; I'll live with it and change if necessary. The Kenko TC is just so I can play a little more with WAM on the Tokino when I'm also doing seascape video for educational films. So, I may just use it with the 100mm to give me a little more working room for high magnification, but I can leave it off too if it causes problems, like focusing issues, etc. Again, thanks for the feedback. I love this site and all the support divers give each other! It's really great. Best, Marsh
  6. I just purchased a N-600D/T3i set-up with dual Z-240s's and iTorch 4 for video/focus light. Plan to use a Kenko 1. 4 TC for WAM with the Tokina 10-17 and super-macro with the Canon 100mm. I'm torn between getting the newer Canon 100mm 2.8 L IS lens vs the prior non-IS. Initially I wanted to save some bucks and get the older version. However, I realize I'd love to use the IS for surface photography both in macro and as a medium tele for people shots, etc. I've been told by some good divers that there is focusing problems with the L-IS version and TC's. I've read posts verifying the focus issues, mostly chattering and endless hunting where the lens won't come into focus, but the non-IS will. Today, I found a slew of artciles that say the IS version works great as long as one uses the latest Kenko 1.4 300 Pro DGX model with the green dot, rather than the prior DG model which appears not to work for most. Some of the posts, including UW ones (without TC) say the IS version has a few slightly better things going for it, including faster focus, plus it has the focus limiter switch, that the non-IS doesn't have. One diver mentioned the use of IS when shooting video, which I hadn't considered, but will be doing so with the Tokina. I'd rather spring for the IS and have a great lens to use on the surface, etc, but not at the cost of having issues with the rig under water when I'm using the 1.4TC on it. Have any of you used the IS version successfully with the Kenko 1.4 TC or employed the use of the focus limiter switch to speed up focusing? Moreover, turned the IS off to help with matters? I realize the Canon 7D has a better focusing system and even special firmware to increase focusing speed when working with macro lens, but I'll be using the lessor focusing system on the T3i and wonder whether the new IS with it's better focusing will help or hinder? Thanks for listening to all of this...I'm so tired thinking about it after all the decisions going into an SLR system after my easy to use G9 rig. Hopefully someone with experience with the new Canon 100mm IS can help me swing my decision or those who are having success with the older non-IS and the T2i/T3i focusing system. Let me know what works with TC and what you are using. Best :-)
  7. I'm a newbie (only 50 dives but live in the Sonoran desert :-) and am upgrading from my trusty Canon G9 that did me well, but want more! Ha. don't we all. I just bought a N-600D/T3i housing and will be shooting a 100mm for super-macro and a Tokina/Kenko for WAM and general seascape video. I'm torn between a 45 & 180 after all I've read. My prior rig required me to compose and wait for the little triangle to go green and hit the shutter, while the SLR is another game altogether. If I get the 45, I thought maybe I'd replace the standard viewfinder for video with the Tokina because of LCD blockage. I suppose with the 180 I can just leave it on for both (maybe). As an artist, my main intention is to shoot organic abstractions using super-macro with 100mm/Kenko/+Diopter for large printing. I thought maybe for the less important WAM-Tokina and video, the standard viewfinder or live view can be used. From what i've read, the 45 seems to be a good match for general macro, keeping me off the bottom and keeping cervical stenosis (pinched nerve in neck) at bay that I suffered from a few years ago. However, more and more posts I've read say it's a real problem for super-macro due to orientation issues. As a photographer, it's often it's hard to stay with the pack on group dives, so anything slowing me down when it comes to getting the shot becomes a problem. Any comments from super-macro users who adapted and are enjoying their 45 viewfinder, please let me know. I figured I might play it "safe" with the lower learning curve of the 180, but it's $200 more and then there's the neck issue I don't want to come back and damaging the bottom when one has to get down so low to see through the finder. It was doable with the P&S, but I'm afraid not so with the 180. I'm not sure I like the idea of swapping the viewfinders often, nor do I want to get something that will hinder me considering I may have to rob a bank to pay for all this stuff :-) TG for zero percent transfers! Any and all opinions are welcome! PS. I plan to live in the Philippines and dive often after this next trip, so acclimating to either shouldn't be a major issue in time.
  8. I'm sort of in the same situation. Basically I'm a super-macro shooter wanting to shoot some seascape videos for educational purposes. Jack Connick brought it to my attention that some divers are having fun with wide angle macro-WAM using the Tokina 10-17 with a Kenko 1.4 behind a compact Zen 100 dome. Basically this allows for some creative WAM shots, plus also allows for a less extreme wide angle for general video shots with seascape and large fish since the Tokina will be converted to a 14-24mm zoom, still a FE perspective but maybe closer to the 10-22 coverage and you still have the compactness of the Zen 100 mini-dome. In addition, I can use the Kenko 1.4 and 20mm locking extension with the Canon 100mm USM non-IS macro (been told the new IS has focusing issues with the 1.4 TC?) so you have a nice super-macro set-up too. I don't have first hand experience on how all this works, but really good folks in these forums who have recommended it. Anyone who has links to their work using this rig, I'd love to see. Thanks.
  9. Moving into an SLR rig, I've been torn with this IS vs Non-IS for weeks for money reasons ( I may have to rob and bank and stay in Asia permanently :-) I'm an artist who primarily shoots macro organic abstractions for large printing, so I'm setting up my rig for extreme super-macro. Since I also shoot educational travel videos, I'll also want some seascape video. Jack Connick at Ocean Optical (great guy) has suggested I get a Kenko 1.4 TC to use with a Tokina 10-17 for WAM and that the TC can be used as well for extreme macro on the 100mm. I've been leaning towards getting the IS version so I can play with handheld macro on the surface. Another reason I considered getting the IS version is because it has better focusing capabilities, especially with a 7D, from what i've read, but I'm using a T3i in a Nauticam 600D housing, so I was wondering if the added focus capability would help with the lesser focusing capabilities of the T3i, especially with the 100mm IS focus limiter settings. On that point, I've read somewhere that a diver had problems with using the limiter UW? Do any of you 100mm IS users use the focus limiter function UW and what do you set it at? Any problems with it or recommendations on it's settings, especially with the less capable T3i focusing system? However, the statement in this post that the 100mm IS has issues with focus when used with a TC has me concerned, maybe I should get the cheaper non-IS instead now? Can you link me to any info concerning this issue? Has anyone here used the Kenko 1.4 TC with the new IS macro? I'm also planning on carrying some diopters, but being experienced with this set-up, is the TC over-kill for that matter, especially with the diopters. My intention is to capture organic abstractions and not photos of fish. I figured as long as I have the TC and #20 extension (for the Tokina/Kenko) I might as well play with it on the macro. Finally, if my haul at the bank is big enough, do you recommend I bust the bak and get a 45 degree viewfinder for the rig. Any advise and opinion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for making it through this long post :-)
  10. I'm new to the site and unable to post a message even though I'm logged in. I'll have to figure it our later, in the meantime, if you still have this gear PM me or send email to mcolleypublic@gmail.com. Thanks.
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