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  1. DOH. Boy do I feel dumb... Thanks, Mackman. Didn't dig far enough onto that port chart!!!
  2. I cannot seem to find a definitive answer to this question: What (Nauticam) extension ring should be used on a Tokina 10-17 WITH Kenko 1.4x teleconverter?
  3. Email Reef Photo. Dave H at Freshwaters Illustrated has taken great splits with this setup. I think there was a post about it on Nauticam's blog featuring Dave's work.
  4. Really interesting and valid points all around. This is exactly why I posted this question! I had not considered the pixel size - more so simply the difference in image size from (for example) a 50% cropped image on the D500 vs. the A7RIII.
  5. I'm considering mainly for two reasons: video and high MPs (primarily for the flexibility of cropping without significant reductions in IQ). I don't shoot macro at the moment, but interesting to hear your take. I like the idea of focus-peaking if I did start shooting macro.
  6. Anyone here move from a D500 to A7RIII? If so, would welcome hearing your experiences. Regrets/no regrets?
  7. This is a highly subjective statement to make (though the reverse could also be argued, too!). Sure, shooting big tigers on blue backgrounds probably doesn't require the latest and greatest autofocus, but small, fast-moving reef fish shot on busy coral backgrounds or trout in complex rocky river habitats would require tip-top autofocus, unless you like the frustration of missing a significant number of shots. Certainly mean no disrespect to Undertow, just want to point out that there are definitely situations where snappy autofocus is and is not needed. I did fine shooting blue sharks off Rhode Island with a D7000 - arguably garbage AF compared to modern cameras - but my keeper rate went through the roof when shooting small-bodied freshwater fish in rivers after switching from the D7000 to a D500. After having "seen the light," I will never again (budget permissible) shoot anything underwater that does not feature the latest iteration of AF/sensor technology. But to each their own!
  8. Yeah, speaking as someone who shoots mostly in shallow rivers, you'll need to ditch the super dome idea. I have used an 8" dome but it is constraining in certain situations (e.g., spawning brook trout, sea lampreys) like when fish are tight to the bottom. I now use a fisheye and a 4" dome, but I know others that shoot adult salmonids that use 8" with Nikon 16-35 f4. I often shoot adult brook trout in the fall and a fisheye works great. You can get quite close to salmonids if you have a dry suit and lots of patience. I'd be concerned a 16-35 would be TOO tight and cut off parts of the fish. I also routinely shoot rainbow smelt and alewife (the former only 6" on average and not much taller than a quarter) and the fisheye is great. I've shot alongside a guy using a 140mm Zen glass dome with a Canon 8-15 behind it. Nice combo. If I were you, I would definitely consider the Canon 8-15 w/ Metabones adapter for adult salmonids. If you want to only use natural light you'll want something that can handle high ISOs. M4/3 would not be my choice for that (current iterations of most APS-C cameras seem great, but FF obviously better). I honestly wouldn't overthink dome choice for river shooting. You should be considering maneuverability first and foremost (you can have the sharpest dome out there, but if you can't get the right angle on the shot because it's gigantic then you're going to walk away with an uncompelling photo). Acrylic vs. glass is also a consideration. The CamRanger setup is expensive if you haven't already learned that from your research. I priced one out including associated housing accessories. DM me if you want more info on that. I've had great success with just rope and a bike brake cable attached to the shutter release. Nothing beats a dry suit and patience though. Hopefully Tom Kline chimes in here. He has lots of experience using remote camera rigs.
  9. You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar! Just downloaded the files and will hopefully print soon. Thick, 7mm neoprene mittens and those strobe knobs do *not* mix...
  10. Same problem here in Atlantic Canada. I've tried darn near every strobe position you can think of and the only thing that removes backscatter to the degree I'm looking for is to get super close... or going to the Caribbean. haha A few other things help: 1) Turning down the strobe power, but obviously this either requires you to crank up the exposure in post more than you might otherwise or forces you to get closer. 2) Dome diffusers. 3) Zooming in a touch (if you have hotspots on the edge of your frame, which seems to get worse the murkier the water). But really, the only thing that truly makes a significant difference is getting close.
  11. That makes sense! Sounds terrific. Beautiful location.
  12. Beautiful! Nice buoyancy control in that shallow water. I noticed a lack of fish life. Is that something unique to that particular Turkish river? Certainly looks to be plenty of aquatic vegetation that would provide great fish habitat! Makes me want to be there. Looking outside and we have 15cm of snow sitting on the deck... :-(
  13. Intriguing, especially as an external monitor. Wonder how the brightness compares to the Small HDs and the Atomos. I'm assuming there's little comparison between a cell phone and one of those units, but I've been surprised before!
  14. Wondering what kind of computer you all are running for video editing? Specific specs would be useful. Looking to upgrade to something that can handle more complex tasks. Thanks in advance!
  15. So it seems like the Nikon 40mm micro (macro) would work OK on an APS-C body like a D7500 or D500? Based on the ratios you provided above it would put a roughly 38-39 degree AOV of the 40mm micro at about a 142-145 FOV with the MWL-1. Can the 40mm micro also be used with the SMC adapters? Just out of curiosity, what would happen if you put a Nikon 60mm macro on an APS-C body behind the MWL-1? (I know that's basically a 90mm FF equivalent and not 60, but just curious!)
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