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    Fisheries Conservation, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Habitat Restoration,

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  1. Would love to discuss further. I’ll send you a Direct message to inquire.
  2. Thank you all for the very helpful suggestions. I plan to shoot both video and photos equally, but at this time do not plan to use the images for morphometric, or other scientific uses that require zero distortion. I have a A7sIII on preorder, as well as a Nauticam housing-- I can't wait to start sharing some photos of spawning salmon next month. For the time being I've decided to go with the 28mm flat port, and WWL combination, as well as a 90mm macro port. Down the line I may add in a 8-15 fisheye... but I decided to hold off on that for now.
  3. Does anyone know if the new Sony 20mm 1.8 is compatible with the fisheye converter? If so, has anyone tried it out under water to check optical quality?
  4. I wanted to share with everyone here, the release of Patagonia's latest feature documentary: Artifishal Over the last 2 years I have been helping with the effort, with the aim to bring attention to the issue of fish farms and hatcheries throughout the world. Please check out the film tour, and if there is not a showing in your area, be sure to request one!
  5. Has anyone done the update on an A7riii or A9 that can share their experience?
  6. Interested, will this also fit on mirrorless housings?
  7. With the release of Sony's new firmware update (3.0), I am curious if any underwater photographers have been able to test it out yet. I'm curious how it does with many eyes, and fast moving subjects. Here is a link to how the function works: https://helpguide.sony.net/ilc/1720/v1/en/contents/TP0001667680.html and here is a link to the announcement on Sony Alpha Rummors: https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/official-sony-a7iii-help-guide-explains-you-the-new-firmware-update-features/
  8. Hey everyone, I wanted to revisit this topic to see if there are any advancements since the last post (coming up on 5 years ago!) Has anyone else (...besides Tom Kline) found a way to set up a remote trigger (especially wireless) for these purposes?
  9. Is this glass or acrylic? Is it still available?
  10. With everyone's great feedback I've been putting together a list and budget (I looked back at when I started squirreling away funds for this purchase, and its been over 4 years now!). I can't wait to move beyond the little RX100 I've been borrowing from a friend (and my old canon g9 that I started shooting with underwater in 2009!) I'm not sure I can get away without strobes, so I've decided to add those also. Here is what I have down so far: Nauticam NA-A7III housing M14 Vacuum Valve II A7SIII (once it is released) Metabones Adapter Canon 8-15mm L Fisheye Nauticam 140mm dome Inon z330's (4x) 5'' double ball arm (6x) Clamps (2x) Nauticam Fiber Optic Cable Does anyone have advice (especially who has experience in rivers) about the trade off between strobe arm length and wide angle work with the above combination? I would also like to do snoot work (mainly for stream insects) down the line, so I want to make sure I can grow into that. I've also been going back and fourth between the adapted canon, and the Sony 28mm fisheye converter. Does anyone have experience shooting both that they might be willing to share some photos from? I found Nauticam's port chart very helpful for the Sony fisheye converter, but does anyone know if there are any other port components necessary for the adapted canon fisheye? Also, please let me know if there are any other red flags regarding the whole system that you would be concerned. I really appreciate the perspective @chrisross gave above, and have been trying to think through the system as a whole, my biggest consideration for Sony is actually to share lens/ports/equipment with a few friends who have already bought into the Sony system.
  11. Thanks for the continued helpful and thoughtful replies. My main consideration for choosing Sony is that multiple of my close friends have Sony full frame systems, with associated Nauticam housings, so there are efficiencies in sharing gear when possible. I should also mention, rather than resolving power, my main challenge has been low light/ fast moving underwater subjects which also bends me towards the A7S series. There just isn't much light in areas of high topographic relief, under a forest canopy, in the middle of winter, underwater. I am primarily photographing native salmonids (salmon, steelhead, trout, and char) of the Pacific Northwest as both adult and juveniles. I also run into associated cyprinids, cottids, and other species associated with sitka spruce/Douglas fir/Western Red Cedar temperate rainforests. I may get into macro invertebrates, amphibians, and aquatic birds and mammals (beavers, otters, kingfishers, blue herons...etc.) down the line, but they are not my main focus. Regarding your question about how close I can get to my subjects: For juvenile fish (25-200mm) I am often within centimeters of the fish, but it varies significantly with adult salmonids (300-1300mm). To remedy that I hope to use a remote trigger (such as Cam Ranger) which is hooked up to the housing so subjects can become adjusted to the presence of the equipment. In some circumstances, especially with juvenile fish, large domes are prohibitive in shallow 4-6 inch water and/or complex stream environments-- for example working around log jams. While I hope to add strobes to my kit down the line, I would like to work with natural light to start out with.
  12. Also, has anyone played around with using an O-ring along with the WACP to accomplish O/U shots?
  13. Thanks-- I've been looking at the Sel057fec converter for the 28mm-- is it much better than say the 16-35 F4/F2.8? What would be some of the advantages of the adapted 28mm (besides cost)? As for the housing-- I've pretty much settled on the Nauticam, mostly because I am looking for the added durability, and I'll be customizing some wireless remote trigger add ons.
  14. Hi All, I've been following this forum for a while, and have really appreciated the wealth of knowledge everyone has. I'm currently researching underwater camera systems (starting from scratch) for both professional and personal purposes (the conservation of salmonids and other native fish in the Pacific Northwest). I've been following the camera releases for a while, and think I've settled on Sony mirrorless as the best camera brand, as well as a Nauticam housing. I've been waiting patiently for the next release of the Sony A7SIII. I'm curious what people recommend for wide angle, zoom, and macro, and any other favorites people have. I have some consideration for size, so ideally, I'd like to stay away from 10'' domes. Any other port/ focus considerations would also be appreciated. What I've looked at so far is the Sony 16-35 2.8 GM, the 90mm 2.8 macro, and the 28mm F2 (perhaps with a wide angle conversion). I know the N100 flat port 32 works with the FE 28mm, but what other two ports would people recommend? Most of the use will be in stream environments, and I will be doing a lot of under/over shots. I will need to keep lenses as bright as possible due to limited light, and fast moving subjects. Also, please keep in mind that I will be hiking equipment (many miles) into wilderness areas, and traveling quite a bit-- so ideally the more scenarios the gear can cover, the better. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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