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    Panasonic GX1
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    Inon D-2000 (2)
  1. Admittedly, many of the D500's strengths are a greater advantage above the water. One feature that is fantastic wet and dry, though, is the autofocus. Not only is it superbly fast and accurate, you can select your focus point over basically the entire frame. The wide field of focus is something that was previously only available on mirrorless cameras. Regarding wide angle, I don't think DX is a negative at all! The reason? Tokina's fisheye! Put the 10-17mm behind a mini-dome and you get a fantastically versatile (and small!) wide angle rig. You can see the entire album shot with a D500 here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUBxNdh I really enjoy mine, and don't regret housing it. -Mickey
  2. Wolfgang, No, I actually have one of those already! The "Macro Port 60" (p/n 18701) is a DSLR port. Thanks, though!
  3. Would like to buy a Nauticam Macro Port 60 at a reasonable price if anyone is selling. PM me. Thanks! -Mickey
  4. I should point out that I'm not looking at the 85mm for cost savings. Compared to every other expense in this hobby (ports, housings, dive travel, etc. etc.) the cost differential of the lens itself is completely in the noise. If we were looking at lenses that cost $2000 or more, I'd be singing a different tune! LOL The potential advantages I see for the 85mm: Good working distance (way better than 60) Ability to make good use of wet diopters (way better than 60 / not quite as good as 105, but close) Small size = small port (same as 60) Somewhat more flexible in subject size than 105, though not as good as 60
  5. Alex, do you find that the FOV afforded by the 85mm gives it any advantage over the 105mm in terms of framing/subject flexibility? How do the 2 compare in AF performance underwater? Those seem to be the biggest factors that make people recommend the 60mm over the 105mm ... but the working distance of the 60mm is a non-starter for me.
  6. I appears that not many people are using the Nikon 85mm Micro underwater. I'd like to hear from those that do use it or have tried it. Does it work well? Are there down sides? The f/3.5 max aperture is often cited as a concern, but I can't imagine it being too much of an issue with macro since I'm normally stopped down for DOF. Everything else about it seems to make it a fairly good choice.
  7. I believe Jack Connick from Optical Ocean Sales told me that he has used the AF-D in the Nauticam Macro 60 port. At 1:1 it fills it, so you can't use any dry diopters or filters. You may want to ping him and confirm.
  8. Panasonic GX1 in Nauticam housing with 9-18mm, 60mm, tray and ports. If you are interested, make a reasonable offer. (No IBIS, but underwater it's not particularly useful.)
  9. Interesting point about locating the finder on night dives ... never thought of that. I just ordered my 1st SLR housing, so it'll be interesting to see how it goes.
  10. As live view focusing continues to improve, I was was wondering if anyone is using live view instead of the viewfinder for the majority of their underwater photography?
  11. These have the same effect (in reverse?) as dome vs flat ports. The stock strobe window acts like a flat port which narrows the beam angle underwater by about 30%. The air-filled diffuser works like a dome port, which restores the beam angle to what it would be in air. I haven't tried them yet, but I may on our next trip.
  12. I know this is an old topic, but here's a DIY idea you could try: Buy a cheap set of "auto" extension tubes and a "dumb" lens reversing ring on Amazon, or wherever. The thinnest tube could go on the camera before the ring. Open it up and tap into the electrical connectors with some soldered loose wire. Run the wire to a second tube (or half of a chopped one) that you use on the lens. I'm not sure of the effect from the additional mounting distance, but it should work to jumper the electrical connections.
  13. Sadly, we have no dive trips planned for the next couple of years, so rather than have my underwater camera sit on a shelf I figured somebody might want it. The GX1 is a hugely underrated camera, and is exceptional underwater. The housing is also about as small as anything available, including nicer point-and-shoots, so packing it is a breaze. Included is the Panasonic GX1 with kit lens (14-42?) in like new condition, and a Nauticam housing in excellent condition ... never flooded, dropped or abused in any way. I'm not including any ports, so you can select the lens combinations that work best for your style. It uses the same 4/3 ports as all the other nauticam housings, and they are available for nearly every 4/3 lens sold. I'll be happy to post pictures, but everything looks just like the catalog photos! Check out these Flickr albums to see the pictures I was able to take with it: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjEPnRg1 https://flic.kr/s/aHsjEP2E1X https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5Qsv5k I'm asking for $1000 shipped to the contiguous 48 states. (If you are further away, let me know and I can check out the cost of shipping.) -Mickey
  14. Sadly, no. Even Sea&Sea wound't sell them to me ... except as complete batteries, of course.
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