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  1. Glad the information helped, if you want can upload a couple of images with size scaling to give you a sense of size distancing on the Aquatica 7200 housing if it would help you.


    I just set the system up about 2 months ago and was extremely happy with it overall. One of the nice things with the Aquatica housing is if you decide to swap strobe systems at some point the bulkheads are interchangeable (e.g. you can get it swapped to Nikonos or a mix at a later date).


    The video I shot was mostly second thought on the trip as had a couple situations where the stills just didn't do what I was seeing justice and even the unlit video in shallow water got the memory perspective. Have thought about getting a Y splitter arm leg so I can rig video lights to the system at a later date so I can mix during a single dive between stills and video but that will have to wait until the toy budget recovers from the initial setup.

  2. I use my D7200 in an Aquatica housing uwphoto. Majority of the time while I am under, the 4 main controls I am using are as follows: ISO, shutterspeed, aperture, zoom/focus, shutter release and the 4 directional arrow keys (focus point selection). Of all of these controls, the only one I find isn't as easy for me to reach from a neutral 2 handed grip are the directional arrow keys but did not find this overly frustrating when I shoot. I shoot in full manual with camera set to continuous focus, continuous low shooting (turned the speed down through menus), If I want to swap over for video then that adds two extra controls to the list but rarely do at this point just due to light constraints.

  3. Hi all thanks for all of the feedback.

    When I was shooting DX (D7000) I had the 105 and the older Nikon 60mm 2.8D, which worked great in the same port my 105 was in as long as I didn't attach a wet diopter to the port. It's a really great lens, sharp, accurate focus, and can be had for a fairly low price.



    Appreciate the feedback!


    Hi John


    I think lots of folks don't worry about a lens gap.


    On DX I used to shoot the Tokina 10-17 and the Nikkor 60mm and 105mm. On my D800 - which is DX - I just use a Sigma 15mm and the Nikkor 105mm and, occasionally, a Nikkor 16-35 but for the most part the 15mm does the trick.


    I tried the Nikkor 16-85mm on one trip in my DX days but gave up on that. It was neither, errr, fish nor fowl.


    Ya I know a lot don't, however I know the mix of shooting I have enjoyed in the past. The one area where I felt I wasn't covering my own shooting preferences (e.g. fish portraits and pelagics) wasn't well covered when I only have a 10-17 and 105 macro.


    I do use the Sigma 17-70 under an Aquatica 8-inch dome sometimes, though with a Canon 7DmkII rather than Nikon. I like the lens because at its widest, it is almost as wide as my fisheye, but it can also go tighter for when expected sharks and mantas aren't getting as close as you would like.




    Thanks Mark on the feedback, exactly the type of situation I was thinking of.

    I have heard a few people speak very highly of that 17-70 on Nikon.



    I have a D7000 and Aquatica housing. I've used the Sigma 17-70 for a few years with the 8" dome. It's my "scouting" lens when I don't know what to expect. I probably use it for 50% of my dives, then split the rest between a Tokina 10-17 FE, Nikkor 60mm and 105mm. I'm using the 60 mm less and less these days. If I'm going in for a macro subject, I'll go 105 and carry a +10 wet diopter.


    IMHO the 17-70 is a good all around lens that will do decent WA and OK macro.


    Just my 2 psi.




    Thanks for the input Harry, seems we have some similar thoughts on the usage of Sigma 17-70.

  4. Hi all,


    Currently using a Nikon D7100 in an Aquatica housing. I have the Tokina 10-17 w/ 8" dome and Nikon 105 G and macro port. Few questions for people since no info available on Aquaticas site for a couple of these lenses to cover some of the gap in my range over my next trip.


    1) Currently I have a Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DG, has anyone used this underwater and if so what were your thoughts? Alternatively, looking at adding the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 contemporary to the mix.


    2) Has anyone used the Tamron 60 mm or Sigma 50 mm macros? Thoughts on these lenses? If the Tamron what focus gear and extension did you use?


    Thanks in advance for the feedback.

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