Posts posted by Lewis88
Looking for some help on adding a Macro lens to my current setup, but trying to minimize the amount of new ports/adapters I need to buy and carry with me.
Currently shooting an A6100 in a Nauticam A6400 housing (Cameras are outwardly identical) with the following Lens/port combos:
- Tokina 10-17/Sigma MC-11 (Nauticam 36207 N85-N120 50mm port adapter, Zen mini dome)
- Sony 16-50mm (Nauticam 36228 40mm macro port with knob)
- I use a +7 diopter on a flip adapter with the Sony lens.
I am considering the Zeiss Touit 50mm, Sony 90mm, or Canon EF-S 60mm.
Per the port charts, The Zeiss lens requires a 30mm N85 extension ring, and the 45mm macro port. (overall length 75mm). I am wondering if I can sub 2x17mm extension rings stacked, with my current 40mm macro port, giving me 74mm. I'm not sure how tight the Zeiss lens is against the port glass, and if I would have 1mm of clearance.
The other option is to get rid of the 40mm port for the 16-50, and use the 45mm port for both, but I'm not sure what that does for the 16-50 in terms of vignetting, use of a diopter, etc.)
- Sony 90mm
I also can go 90mm, but that requires a N120 extension ring and another N120 port which will be a packing challenge.
- Canon 60mm
This port is just very expensive, and from what I can see, the EF-S lens doesn't fit the MC-11 unless modified. Also another port to pack.
Anyone shooting one of these lenses want to chime in?
Are you using multi-core FO cables?
More cores might activate the photocell more reliably.
I started with a Sola photo 600, which was white only, and now use a Sola 1200 which has white and red. I'm a big fan of them personally, but they do not shut off when the strobes fire. I can't see a hotspot in my photos if I'm on white or red.
FWIW, I use a A6100 in an A6400 housing. They are identical except for the AF/MF AEL toggle on the back of the a6400 that isn't on the A6100.
On 2/6/2022 at 9:23 AM, ScottAudette said:
I've taken the cord on mine apart to see if I can help folks out BUT the board is glued in. The dummy load should be pretty easy to build BUT finding a battery that fits is the bigger issue. The ones that are thin enough tend to be too wide. We can move this to Lighting and maybe we could source/build these ourselves?
If we can figure out the wiring, I am confident we can figure out a mounting method. The original pack's mounting arms are held on with a few screws that could be repurposed into a 3d printed mount to fit the slightly thicker batteries.
On 11/26/2021 at 12:08 PM, TmxDiver said:
As a quick follow-up, Nauticam put up a link to buy a replacement cable. Amazing customer service.
The link doesn't work already. I was hoping to but the cable and use an aftermarket battery.
Might consider a APS-C sony a6600 and use a converter to use some of your canon lenses?
I shoot an a6400 in a nauticam housing, with my tokina 10-17 on an adapter and it works great. Would save you from repurchasing a bunch of lenses, although you may have to do some digging on ports and extensions.
Since you have FF lenses, but travel a lot, I'd look at the Sony a7C.
FF sensor in a APS-C size body.
On 8/9/2021 at 10:14 AM, Captain Fathom said:
Any concern about the weight of the system on the Nauticam float arms when on the surface?
With my NA-6400, I used a lanyard the same as you, and over the course of a week had a float arm come loose and the end pop off. But they were no name Chinese specials from amazon.
I am debating getting more float arms and changing their position, ie. out by the strobes with solid arms with Stix next to the housing, or just going with standard arms and more stix.
Would you sell the extended Nauticam battery separately?
I'm interested in the battery pack if you will split it.
I'm so annoyed they discontinued this! I am looking for one as well!
I would never make a friends and family purchase over the internet. Way too much risk for you to save $21 (3% of $700).
7 hours ago, TimG said:
Picking up Joss' point, do have a search around on WP for views on the YS-D3 before you buy......
Most of the hate on S&S seems to be WP group think based on the D2's bad reputation. They just did a firmware update to fix the D3 triggering issues.
Never had a S&S strobe flood, but have had 2 different inons flood. their battery compartment o-ring design is garbage IMO.
All optical surfaces are free from imperfections or scratches. Items located in Indianapolis, IN, USA.
- Seafrogs A6xxx Housing
- Stock Port
- 6” dome port with neoprene cover
- Short Macro Port
- Leak sentinel v5 + pump
- 16-50 zoom ring
- 10-18 zoom ring
- Dual Handle Tray with shutter trigger extension and 3d printed handle risers (1 extra included)
- 3d printed tokina 10-17 zoom ring prototype (not tested)
- 2 housing o rings
- 4 port orings
- All seafrogs accessories (grease, straps, etc.)
- Manuals, documents, original boxes
$500 + shipping
I am on the same page OP.
I have a pair of YS-110a's, and decided to use my 2020/2021 scuba budget on a new housing, ports, new reg, new computer, and new bcd, and the rest for travel. That 2-3k strobe budget pays for 2 trips to cozumel and my 110a's still work great for now.
Strobes are next year but I am still torn between retras or YS-D3's.
Scott, I have an A6100 and Sturtle. i will see if I can recreate your scenario and how mine performs.
6 hours ago, gobiodon said:
and it's also good enough for Howard to propmote the big movies. Actually that convinced me that my next upgrade will be a A6400 (from A6000).
Just as an aside, Might want to look into an A6100 in an A6400 nauticam housing. The A6100 has a lot of AF improvements and features from the A6600, and it looks to be identical in dimensions. I shoot an A6100, and will be ordering an a6400 nauticam housing soon to try it.
30 minutes ago, rgilkes said:
If you are gonna go FF, Sony E-mount is one of, if not the best to do so if cost is a major consideration. Sigma, Tamron and other third-parties have a LOT of glass for e-mount that is very cost effective and performs extremely well, in some cases better than native Sony glass.
I absolutely agree. The question is if the extra cost of going FF is really needed for most of us.
15 hours ago, Dutch_Diver said:
Great development to see the overall size decrease. After a few strong & unexpected current during diving in Indonesia, I'm sticking with a small(er) rig. Yet coming from an aging Oly Pen, I'm unsure what would be a proper successor. And preferably for an aging land camera at the same time (Nikon D80)
Phil, on your second photo from the top (topside view) it appear the A7C has only a very small "grip depth" when used on land. How is your experience in that regard? Can you wrap a hand around it properly?
In addition to the cost aspect, I'm eyeballing the Nikon Z50 for that reason. (with option to add a WWL) From what I read on the Nauticam website, this Sony A7C housing is just slightly small than the the Nikon Z50, correct?
Before jumping into FF, seriously consider the cost of the camera, lenses, housing, ports, etc.
A7c is physically similar to A6xxx series in size, but the glass cost for FF is very expensive. Depending on your use case, APS-C may save you thousands on glass alone.
Nauticam A6400 Macro Options
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@dentrock Thanks for the feedback!
1,2 - I am going to search for a used one, but am not against new. I'm thinking the 50mm may be more useful and be a little more forgiving for a macro newbie vs the 90mm. Good to know about the firmware update needed.
3. Any issues with the kit lens in the 45mm port? If there's no vignetting and I can still use a diopter on that port, I could use it for both lenses. Then I'm just packing the dome setup and a single port, for 3 lenses.
4. This is an interesting idea I hadn't considered. I need to do more research into how the lens behaves behind a dome.
5. A6100 is basically an A6400 with a plastic body, and a few less custom buttons. There's 1-2 controls on the housing that don't do anything, but otherwise it fits perfectly and I get all the AF goodness from the 6400.
6. This was my concern about the 90mm. AF is just okay, and it's a lot of lens and port to pack. I am not planning on shooting super macro tiny subjects (grain of rice, etc) but more fingertip sized shrimp, blennies, etc.