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Marsh

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  1. While the 4.33 dome is considered a fish eye dome,  it was designed to be used with Sony's 16mm pancake by itself or with the fish-eye adapter added.  Many use the Sigma 19mm in it with excellent results, so it does work quite well with many rectilinear lens, even the extremely wide Z12. When comparing it's corner performance to the larger 7" dome, it had ever so slight softer corners compared to the larger dome, BUT the CFWA was incredible and beyond my imagination, opening up creative compositions, which was the main reason I stuck with the 4.33.  Both CFWA and SM simply was not possible with the 7" dome. 

    I'm currently looking into a N85 to N120 adapter to add to the N85 to N100 adapter that I use with the S90 macro.  Looking at the possibility of using the 4/4.33 inch N120 dome in place of the N85 4.33. This could potentially replace the Sony 18-55 Kit lens with the new Sony 16-55 f2.8 "G" lens for much higher IQ. The lens is to physically too wide for the N85 port and would require a two part dome set-up that they have used before.  Lots of hurdles to jump through in zoom control and other issues,  but mostly the cost of the gear, so it may be a while, if ever,  before it moves beyond the idea stage. 

    I've contacted Nauticam engineers and inquired whether they had anything in the works for the S16-55 G, since it's release.They said they had no plans at the moment but would bring it up at the next design meeting. I remember when they came out with the two part port for the Sony/Metabones/Canon 60 macro set-up.  They're a great company and I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with a solution in the future. 

    Hope this info helps those who want to go beyond the standard configurations and continue using Sony APS-C.

    Contact me directly if you need any info on any of the modifications I made.

    Marshall

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  2. I guess it all depends on the final product you're after.  I upgraded from a NEX-7 to a6500 Nauticam housings and enjoy the better AF and IBIS (miss Tri-Nav though).   I shoot super-macro most of the time and MF is the most common focusing method, so focusing systems come more into play more in video and fast action shots.  The a6500's IBIS helps with lens that don't have built in stabilization.  I've set up my rig to shot with the very sharp and bright Sigma 16mm f1.4 in a 4.33 dome.  f1.4 is a nice fast lens for underwater video and has fairly fast and accurate focusing.  Use this with Sony's "Clear Image Zoom" function and a 15X diopter and you have some incredible footage in macro or WA using one lens (and swing diopter).  For those scratching their heads and thinking Sigma 16mm f1.4 in compact 4.33 dome with diopter?  I got the lens to fit by filing off the shade support mechanism and  grafted a swing diopter mount from my old Flat Port 72 onto it's wings (not for the faint hearted..it was a lot of work), but I love that stuff.  

    Still photography fast action shooting will always benefit from improving focus systems like the a6400 and new a6600 have. I'm happy with my upgrade from the NEX-7 to a6500 though with the latter being no slouch in the arena of AF. Perhaps not as accurate as the new system in the 6400/6600 but I wonder how much?  Worth the extra buck when you can pick up clean used a6500 housings and camera now that the latest and greatest a6600 are out (just a matter of time for Nauticam, they never miss a beat.....    

    Using some creative modifications,  I now shoot Sony 18-55 (single dive Macro & WA set-upset-up),  Sony/Ziess 16-70,  Ziess Touit 12 and  Sigma 16mm f1.4, all in my compact 4.33 dome (w/ swing diopter CMC-1 for macro with appropriate lens) using a mix of 20-50mm of mini-extensions.  Great travel rig.  However,  I also added the Sony 90mm macro housed in the  N100 manual focus port system which added to it heft, but nice sharp and long macro lens in APS-C format. 

    Have fun with your new rig whatever you get :-) 

     

     


  3. For those of you who are shooting Sony APS-C, I have a Nauticam #36203 macro port that uses the Canon 60 macro (1:1) and Metabones Mark II adapter which should work perfect with this new MWL-1 WA macro wet adapter, since it's designed for 60mm macro lens. The angle of coverage might be reduced however, since it's an APS-C 60mm macro. Update: In reading some of the above posts, it may not be compatible since the C60 has a 1.5 crop factor. I would contact Nauticam to check on compatibility if you're planning on using the C60 cropped macro with the MWL-1.

     

    If I hadn't already moved to a Sony 90 macro and other wide angle options, I'd keep it for the MWL-1, but I had to rob a bank to get the other gear and can't afford to hang on to it. LOL. Plus, the port has the only manual focus control for APS-C macro control in this range. It's in mint condition and you can buy the entire system for $750, which is basically the cost of the port new from Nauticam.

     

    It's listed on Scubaboard classified too.


  4. Selling my custom made fluorescent Inon-Z-240 Type 4 strobe with rotating blue filter for underwater

    Fluorescent Photography. You can swing this filter into place for such imagery or move it out of the way for regular flash. No need to dive with non-moveable filters in place and enjoy the best of both worlds.

    Includes Z-240 strobe in excellent condition (never been flooded and well taken care of), 1" ball mount, protective body cover, diffusers and red night filter + 0-ring kit. Along with the swing filter assembly and a blue high quality glass filter.

    Price: $400 + USPS Medium Flat Rate Priority Shipping.

    Payment must be made through Paypal to protect buyer and seller.

     

    Thank you and happy diving

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