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pachku

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    Switzerland
  • Camera Model & Brand
    Sony NEX-6
  • Camera Housing
    Nauticam
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Sea & Sea YS-D1
  1. Would have to be shipped to Switzerland - sorry, forgot about that.
  2. Housing only, I'm good with the rest. Might be tempted to buy another camera, though. Must be in good condition, ready to dive.
  3. Shot it this summer on my 7D2 behind a 170 Zen dome. Not sure if I got the port extension right. but It's certainly not bad with a 40mm port extension, AF works pretty well, but it's not as sharp as, say, the 8-15mm Canon.
  4. If you find a housing that takes an LA-EA2 oder -EA4, call me. That thing is BIG. If there was one, you could use Minolta AF lenses with fast AF, some of which are pretty good. LA-EA3, in my experience, does not work that well. Got my MC-11 yesterday, and it seems to work with a lot of lenses that are not listed as compatible by Sigma. That's on a A7R2. Haven't tested everything yet.
  5. Hm, "fast AF" with the Metabones is relative, in my experience, even on a A7R2 (which I use on land). True, the wider the lens, the better it works (usually), but even with the 8-15mm, AF is not "snappy". And I did have some problems underwater with the Metabones, losing contact to the lens - and then you're done, as restarting the camera doesn't solve the problem, you have to remove the adapter from the camera. Camera still works in that situation, but only at base aperture (again, not that dramatic in a wide angle, more of a problem with a macro lens at F2.8). Not many people are experimenting with the smaller Sony mirrorless cameras. Even I have switched to a Canon 7D2 now, from a NEX-6. Housing / zoom gear is a pi.t.a. for the combo of small mirrorless housings and large lenses. I made the Canon fisheye work, with a zoom gear I found somewhere and the base adapter Zen built for the Metabones / Canon macro combo. You probably can't use the internal zoom gear of your housing. Best combo I had for WA on the Sony was the Zeiss Touit 12mm, but, as you noted, not that suited for CFWA.
  6. Brand of housing not that important, has to be aluminium, and take 67mm wet-lenses. Camera and housing have to be in very good condition. Not interested in accessories (tray, strobes etc.), only camera + housing, and has to be RX100 MK2. Shipping to Europe required. Give me fair price. Paypal required, for buyer protection.
  7. The Sony kit lens has some sweet spots (around 40mm @ F5.6 it's not half bad, for example) but huge distortion problems at 16mm. Works fine with the CMC at the longer range, though. Never had problems with AF speed of the Zeiss 12mm on my NEX-6 - would be surprised if A6300 is slower than the NEX-6. Great lens. Macro on the Sony is a problem. I used a 100mm Canon lens at the time, MF only. I have not seen a single Sony camera (including my 7R2) that focuses the 90mm G Macro "fast", so I'd be surprised if this was something the A6300 could overcome - one of the reasons why I went to DSLR, to have useful AF speed with high quality macro lenses. Flash sync speed is an issue. I used Nikonos adapters on my NEX-6 and shot the strobes in manual, works perfectly. Wanted to have a TTL strobe trigger built, but housing (Nauticam) was too small for that. Even the housing for a APS-C DLSR is substantially bigger than the housing of a mirrorless (talking alu housings here). At the end of the day though, it does not really matter - what "kills" you are the arms and strobes and focus lights, so even with a smaller housing, you will end up with a system almost the same size. I've met people who had RX100 rigs larger than my DSLR setup. From what I've seen - never used one, but dived with a number of people who knew how to use their Olympus - the Olympus ecosystem has a MUCH better native lens selection than Sony for underwater use. Smaller sensor, though, and I always preferred the colour rendering of the Sony - YMMV.
  8. I actually discussed this last year with ZEN for my 8-15 on the 7D2. According to them, using the 170mm is not the recommended perfect solution, but they also said that it actually works pretty well, as the fisheyes are "forgiving". We will see this summer...
  9. Not that I live on an island, but it's a problem I know well. Basically the only manufacturer with good support here in Switzerland is Nauticam, and if you want something else, you're often on your own. "Not in stock" is the common answer to any question. I found a ton of good information here in the forum, and the big internet shops (especially in the US) have very useful videos up on their websites with reviews and demos. When I switched to SLR last year, the final argument was TTL suppport for my S&S strobes, but then, ymmv, you might have other priorities. For me, it took me some time and some emails though to identify those priorities. The top manufacturers all produce solid housing. Some have real fan groups, some have not. Some spend a lot of money on advertising and prominent photographers, some do not. Remember, these are small companies. But some have port charts (and gear) that will suit your choice of lenses and subjects better, and that is what I would look at, for one. And not every housing seems to be suitable in the same way to be worked with gloves. They vary substantively in size and weight, and I built myself carboard boxes to simulate the size aspect, based on the data available on the net. Weight can be important, if you fly a lot (like me).
  10. Used a NEX-6 for some years, so I assume lens selection will be similar. The 16-70 "Zeiss" is pretty good, IQ-wise, but the MFD is a p.i.t.a. and using close up filters will give you ghost rings. And you need to use a dome port. I didn't try the 16-35 F4, as the focal length for APS-C is not that interesting, the lens is pretty big, and nobody knows what combo of diopters and dome port will work. How you'd want to run a macro converter on that - don't know, but then, it's early in the morning. The kit 16-50 is actually not bad, especially around 40-45mm, and you can run all kinds of stuff on top of the port, with the CMC it's very good, and the new wide angle wet lens could also work. The 10-18 is good, the 12mm Zeiss is actually very good (but no fun to install), and I've looked into using the Canon 8-15 with the Zen 170 dome, but didn't do that, went to a DSLR instead - should work, though, if you can improvise the zoom gear. The 90mm G Macro is excellent, but AF so slow, you'll run out of air, actually about the same speed as the Canon 100mm L / Metabones combo. So what I'd do is keep the 16-50, get the 10-18, and the 90mm, and be happy with it. If you want to shoot everything on the same dive, get a RX100, those days are over with this camera. Enjoy the dive and take pictures of the things you brought the lens for.
  11. I do wonder how you're computing that. Sea & Sea has a kit for the 11-24mm, http://www.divervision.com/seaandsea-port-and-zoom-gear-set-for-canon-ef-11-24mm-f4l-usm-30131.html, and so will others, shortly. Not sure if the 11-24mm worth the money, size and weight, though. The 8-15mm with a minidome should give you great IQ, and you can get as close to the subjects as they will allow you.
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