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  1. Hi all, At long last, I have posted a review that attempt to try and compare the performance of various wide-angle option for Nikon FX cameras. This is in part due to the frequently recurring threads on the forums about choosing these types of lenses. It is not perfect, nor complete, so it would be great if it could spark some discussion too! http://wetpixel.com/articles/review-nikon-fx-wide-angle-lenses I look forward to being challenged. Adam
  2. Just having returned from a couple of excellent weeks diving in Bonaire, I wanted to share a couple of thoughts: First - Big Thanks. I had a couple of "issues" with my camera gear during the trip. Post to Wetpixel and PMs were answered really quickly and helpfully by a raft of people. While not wanting to embarrass anyone - or miss anyone too - thanks especially to Chris, Tom, Pavel and Oskar at Retra for advice on a range of diverse issues. You guys are brilliant and kept me relatively calm and relatively sane. Excellent advice, quick replies, thoughtful ideas..... I have written this before, but I really do think think Wetpixel is an excellent community. Folks are so good to share their advice, experience and knowledge freely and helpfully. And, even better, WP seems to suffer with almost none of the utter cr*p and abuse that seems to ruin so many other forums (check out the BBC football (soccer) Have Your Say site!). Moving on (and again, apologies if I have't thanked anyone who chipped in)..... Like many on the forum I've gone from DX cameras (Nikon D100, D200, D300) to FX (D800) and have now done about 100 dives back on DX with a D500. Some conclusions which I thought worth passing on: FX vs DX - DX setups are slightly cheaper: a DX body costs less than an FX. - DOF is better on DX which is especially helpful on macro. - Though I was concerned that moving back to DX I would miss much of the image quality that I had on the D800, this has proved not to be the case. D500 DX is excellent. I must admit I don't make mega-prints and a lot of my output I (try) sell via agencies. No problems getting images accepted following the switch. I can't speak of course for the D850. - DX is easier on the WA port issue. I really liked the Sigma 15mm and the Nikkor 16-35 for the D800. The Sigma was easy to "port" but the 16-35 was, in my view, a bit of a devil requiring a 230mm huge dome port. (I've never tried though the Sea and Sea converter). That port was expensive and, for me, hard for travelling on European baggage allowances. By contrast the DX only needs either a 100 dome port or the DP-FE size. - The Nikkor 8-15mm works really well on DX between 15 and approx 11. Image quality is great. It works equally well with the DP100 or DP-FE - I'm still playing around with a 1.4 TC and, as I have reported elsewhere, I've found that the classic Kenko 1.4 DG Telepro300 won't work with my D500 and the 8-15. It does work with my Z6 but not on a D5. Go figure. As you might have read elsewhere and as others have confirmed, the Kenko 1.4 TC DGX will work. I'll get hold of one soon and try it. Bonaire - If you are thinking of diving Bonaire: I've been going since the early 2000s and found the reef this time around in the best health I have seen for some years. Definite signs of coral growth; work by the local agency, SINAPA, at coral growing; new anemones around with Spotted Cleaner Shrimps on them (not seen them for years) and, generally, reefs with clouds of brown chromis and the usual suspects going about their lives. - Snooting: if you fancy a stab at shooting, Bonaire is great place to try it out with lots of macro life. I say "stab" meaning I would encourage folks not to stab themselves in frustration over snooting. UW photog is tough enough dealing with moving critters, moving camera, moving photographer, moving currents, viz, blah blah. Snooting adds a whole new area of pain. But when you get it right... Sweeeeet.... a couple of pics attached. - We did all shore diving with tanks from Dive Friends. Friendly, very convenient with filling stations all over the west side of Bonaire. I can recommend them. We didn't do any boat dives. We never used DMs or guides. Navigation on Bonaire is easy - and the critters are not hard to find. Pedersen cleaner shrimps, Spotted Cleaner Shrimps, Yellowline Arrowcrabs, Gobies, the occasional whip coral shrimp, drums, jawfish..... Well just some thoughts
  3. Is anyone considering these two heavyweights? If so, what's swaying you one way or the other? Personally I'm going for D500 as the price is indeed a factor, but crop underwater is not that bad of a thing. I love landscape photography but I can't justify that price-tag for the occasional full frame landscape shot. I'll probably end up compensating with a slightly wider lens on the D500.
  4. With the arrival of the highly rated Nikon D500, I wondered if anyone has experience of moving from full frame (FX) to - or back to - DX? Any D800 or D810 users out there who have moved to a D500? I'm interested in what you think about it. I found the move from the D300 to the D800 amazing in terms of resolution, crop-ability and the richness of colours. I wondered how much - if anything - you might lose moving from a D8xx to the D500 - other than the massive, croppable files. Folks using a D500 underwater, are you delighted with it? Just happy? Or so-so? Or hate it??! Thanks!
  5. Hi, people, I own an old Sigma 14mm F2.8D EX HSM ASP which despite being very big and heavy used to deliver amazingly sharp images when shooting chrome films and APS-C sensors on land as well. When I switched to full-frame it could be seen some flare in my outdoor pictures, I guess due to the fact that it's not "nano coated" (or some Sigma nomenclature equivalent to the ones advertised by the Nikkors) for big digital sensors. Hence naturally I started to choose another WA among my lenses (like the Nikon 16mm FE or the 16-35mm) rather than this, and have never dared to try it UW in order to avoid the critical limitations that shooting against the sunburst could bring me. Indeed I must say that I love this lens so much that as time went by I simply couldn't see myself selling it, so I kept it for many years even with no use at all. Now I'm reviewing my whole gear because I'm gonna upgrade and then, seeing this kinda "forgotten" lens, I wonder whether I can give it some more dignified use than be left forever at the end of my cabinet… If not, I'll be definitely selling it in order to make some more money to add to my upcoming new acquisitions. Only to justify such a passion, worth say it focuses very close: 18cm - being probably the shortest focal length, non-fisheye wide-angle auto-focus lens with a fast 2.8 maximum aperture - but anyway I've never gave it a chance UW because it's not "coated". Thus, I have no idea how would it perform, for instance, behind a dome (which one, by the way?), paired to a TC (I have Nikon 14II and 20III), neither about dedicated extensions etc. Finally, the obvious question: Anybody has already used this lens UW? If so, does its benefits outweigh in someway dealing with its size and weight? I'm interested primarily on FX users' experience, but DX's incomings are also welcome as I do would like to have an strong reason to remain keeping it... Just joking! : ) For sure any thought about it will be much appreciated! Valeria
  6. I don't think I need to make the case for a full frame fisheye zoom; there have been many threads on this topic, and plenty of workarounds suggested to try and get the Tokina 10-17mm to work effectively on a full frame sensor. A few years back there was talk of making the case directly to Tokina with a petition. As far as I know, this never happened. (If it did, it doesn't seem to have had an effect!) As a result, I've taken the liberty of creating a petition with the aim of getting Tokina to see the market for this lens. If you're in agreement, please sign away! At the same time, if you're able to write something in the comments section of the petition as you sign it (e.g. your thoughts on the lens, if you think you would buy it, etc.) that will lend it much more weight. All the best, Tom P.S. If anyone with a website would like to advertise this petition and therefore make it more effective, please let me know and I can send you the code for a 'widget'. I think.
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