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    Nikon D7000/D750
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  1. Looking for some specific advice. Having decided I cannot justify full upgrade at the moment, i'm hoping to maximise what I have. Current gear: D7000 in Aquatica housing. Tokina 10-17mm. 8inch dome. No extensions. Typical usage: UK wrecks (north coast > 40m) so typically dark and silty. Caves (france/ mexico/ florida). I am typically WA, usually trying to fill the frame with something close to get best of strobes and mitigate the silt/washout. I take photos for three purposes: hero shots of buddies; photogrammetry; and for survey purposes (squidgy stuff and environment). I capture video (these days more when needed for a specific project) and am trying to setup strobes/video lights in pairs. This not only allows me to switch photo/video on a dive, but is useful for photogrammetry. I have been contemplating getting a port extension as I feel that i'm lacking sharpness in majority of images (at a range of f/). I'm guessing its because Aquatica recommend a min ~16mm ext. for the 10-17mm. However, i've also been wondering about the 1.4x teleconvertor and the associated extension. I am wondering what this will do - I think narrows the field of view and allows closer focusing? Will I notice the loss of the wide end vs. gains in focus distance/sharpness? Lastly i'm thinking whether a 4inch mini-dome would be a good addition, in combination with one of the above, to reduce bulk and help balance the rig. Would I be undoing any image quality gains by reducing dome size with this particular lens. I did contemplate a Tokina 11-16mm, but it seems the 10-17mm is far more versatile. Apologies for long intro, but: given my use case, would any of the above give me any improvements/reductions in image quality or versatility from where I'm currently at? P.s. I know this is ancient tech and there a loads of historic threads on some of this combination. But i'm looking for up-to-date and specific opinions. Thanks
  2. I would say my activity is close to 50/50 photo/video. I’m no UW Roger Deakins, but I’d say i’m at a level above throwing a few clips together in GoPro studio. I’ve made a few videos recently for the various projects I’m involved in (Ghost Fishing, Project Baseline) as well as a couple of ‘fun vids’ to keep up morale in the community. I (perhaps wrongly) think that people are desensitised to content in general. Even photos, which take little energy to absorb, I think most people just ‘like’ and then move on quickly. Video even worse. The analytics on a recent (popular) video I posted said that the average viewer switched off after 33 secs. It was a 7 minute video. The amount of time cutting, colouring, sound designing (if needed) and trying to encode an optimal file size/quality output is totally disproportionate the reward in the amateur arena. That’s not including effort to capture the content. I can not justify the obscene cost of owning and housing the hardware capable of even half decent UW video. I’m still on a d7000 UW and a d750 topside. This further leads to a feeling of disappointment at the end of the process, when all the work is let down by shitty codecs and poor dynamic range. If it wasn’t for the fact I really enjoy the process, I’d probably give up on video all together. If my photos are only looked at for 3 secs then never again, at least it only took me 3 minutes to create it. TL:DR 1) good video is time consuming for the reward, so perhaps less amateurs are doing it 2) good video equipment is hideously expensive, so perhaps less amateurs are doing it 3) social media means people have short attention spans, so perhaps video amateurs don’t bother Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Would you consider splitting? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Here in UK waters (North Sea/Scotland lochs) with commonly low visibility, I’ve always been nervous of slow shutter accentuating particulate. I’m starting to wonder if I need to explorer going slower though. Not mine, but I guy I follow for Norway has been posting some slow shutter/light painting stuff on his Insta: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLaGjoThBwn/?igshid=1kjg58v2x7u07 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I’m looking for an Aquatica extension port #48456 (for the Tokina 10-17). I’m based in the UK. Bonus points to anyone who has experience of the Tokina with/ and without/ this extension. It’s recommended on the port list, but I believe it’s commonly not used. I’m noticing an overall softness to my images without it, even with an 8” dome. Will I gain much? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Left hip D-ring on a short cord loop off the handle. Then park it up on the back of/between your legs. If using lots of stages, a short stage leash helps extend it a little further around Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Great images! I recognise Shane’s boat on the last image of the article. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Unless your name begins with ‘A’ and ends in ‘medes’, you may struggle. But seriously, you need to add something with positive buoyancy. That might be in the form of ‘stix’ style foam or a bouyancy arm. You could attach an arm between the two posts rather than sticking out to the sides. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I was merely pointing out I have the opposite problem to you...no ambient light interference and too much contrast. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Try the dark, low vis waters of my usual shooting environment in the Clyde Estuary (UK)! I found, through much frustration, that I have to dial the monitor brightness down to the absolute minimum as it was giving me a false sense of good exposure. Likewise I use a flat picture profile. Now use the histogram review but the image review itself is then pretty small Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Sorry, by optical port, I meant the part for attaching fibre optic cables for firing strobes. Part number is #18935. Have updated original post to clarify Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Looking for a fibre optic port for Aquatica housing (AD7000 to be specific). Part #18935 Options to buy in UK are very limited but thought I’d cast a net for used before having to import from US/Canada. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Pm sent Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Do you have photos and any idea on shipping cost to UK? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Does anyone know where in the UK stocks Aquatica parts now that camerasunderwater appears to be no more? Sent from my Lenovo P2a42 using Tapatalk
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