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Thanks Alex and Drew,

 

another last question, which I think will help a lot, but maybe it's hard to answer :

 

What the sigma/canon 15mm FE can't do ? (as wideangle/FE photo of course) do you have exemple of wideangle photo it is not possible to do with these lenses?

(I'm not speaking about the distorsion)

 

not sure there is an answer, and if not it will be a good point for the lenses.

(I have been using the tokina 10-17 a lot on an apsc and I'm switching to FF, just want to find the same kind of performance).

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Teleconverter for 15mm FE??

 

Hi All,

 

 

 

I'm also about to move from 20D to 5DMKII and have a question about the Canon (or possibly Sigma) 15mm FE.    

 

Can anyone recommend a 1.4x teleconverter that will work with either of these lenses and also if possible with the Canon 100mm USM f/2.8 Macro?  How about the Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 1.4x? 

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Yep - that's the one you want.

 

Cheers

James

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With refernce to the 100mm and 150mm mentioned earlier....I went for a dive on Saturday with my 5DII, EF100 with a +2 on the front (Hoya) and a Tokina 1.4X (Aquatica housing).

 

In summary; I'm ordering a Sigma 150mm later today!!

 

More detail; The autofocus performance of the above setup in low light (under a jetty) even with a good LED focus light plus light from my DS-125 was very poor to non existant. Out in natural light it was as expected i.e. a tad slower than normal but locking OK. I knew the above setup would be borderline for auto focus but it was too frustrating and I suspect at night will be a total failure.... I'm going for the 150mm.

 

HTH's someone.

 

Cheers,

 

Aengus

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Thanks for that update Aengus. Let me know how that 150mm lens works out. I can see how a sandwich of all those parts might give the autofocus a headache. For now I will have to stay with my 100mm macro as I am tapped out and need to save an actual little for a trip now. On the WA front, I sold the 10-22mm on ebay (still have a focus gear for that if anyone is interested) and got the Canon 16-35mm which is a great lens so far on dry land testing (have not gone in the water with it yet). I did well enough with the ebay sale that I splurged for the Sigma 15mm FE and have been trying to get the feel for it on land as well. Still trying to get a trip together for late summer or fall if the economy does not decide to tank again.

 

Chris

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Thanks for that update Aengus. Let me know how that 150mm lens works out. I can see how a sandwich of all those parts might give the autofocus a headache. For now I will have to stay with my 100mm macro as I am tapped out and need to save an actual little for a trip now. On the WA front, I sold the 10-22mm on ebay (still have a focus gear for that if anyone is interested) and got the Canon 16-35mm which is a great lens so far on dry land testing (have not gone in the water with it yet). I did well enough with the ebay sale that I splurged for the Sigma 15mm FE and have been trying to get the feel for it on land as well. Still trying to get a trip together for late summer or fall if the economy does not decide to tank again.

 

Chris

 

Chris, the Canon 16-35mm you got was the 16-35mm f/2.8L II, correct? Have you had a chance to get underwater yet, or made a plan? I'm moving from 20D to 5D mk II although my progress is much slower. I bought the 50D and need to sell it and two EF-S lenses first.

 

I am also going to use as much of my older equipment as possible moving from 20D to 5D mk II and so I will use be using the Canon 100mm for macro. I was considering 14mm f/2.8 L II, 15mm f/2.8 FE, 24mm f/1.4L, 16-35mm f/2.8L II, or 17-40 f/4L. From reading this thread, I'll drop the 17-40L in favor of the 16-35mm f/2.8L II.

 

Is the 16-35mm f/2.8L II the best wide angle lens to use with the 5D mk II in the Aquatica Housing with 8" dome compared to either the 14mm f/2.8 L II or 24mm f/1.4L? And would the Aquatica 9" dome change which lens to get? I will probably only be able to get one WA lens and then I will need to save up for the 5D mark II housing.

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Hi Rick-You are correct, this is the 2.8L series II. The 15mm FE is the new Sigma unit (EX DG). Unfortunately I have not made it into the water yet with this setup so my advice is limited here. This Summer has been busy. The 16-35mm is really quite sharp corner to corner on land however as is the Sigma. I talked to Jean at Aquatica and he recommended a +3 diopter for the 16-35 lens. I have not picked one up yet and the only folks that make one with 82mm threads is Heliopan.

 

I think the primes you mention would be outstanding, I just like having the zoom capability/flexibility as I am not a real pro like some of these lads here. It just seems to me that unless you are doing multiple dives on a site and/or you know ahead of time the shot you want to get, a zoom is going to be the way to go in most cases. Perhaps some others here have experience with the primes you mentioned.

 

I think I made the correct picks based mostly on flexibility (for land and UW work) and also advice from people here (although this is a fairly new camera and only a few folks have taken it UW). You might discuss this with folks at Backscatter as they have some first hand experience with the camera and housing. Once I get some photos I will update the post.

 

Perhaps start a new thread and see if anyone responds that has recent experience with this setup.

 

Chris

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I've seen a rumour flying around that Canon might release a 15mm FE mkII with USM focus around the same time as the rumoured 60D. Then again, from the time of the anouncement to when its in the store it could be a long time (still hard to get the new TS in stores, anounced in Jan/Feb?).

 

/Björn

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Hi Rick-You are correct, this is the 2.8L series II. The 15mm FE is the new Sigma unit (EX DG). Unfortunately I have not made it into the water yet with this setup so my advice is limited here. This Summer has been busy. The 16-35mm is really quite sharp corner to corner on land however as is the Sigma. I talked to Jean at Aquatica and he recommended a +3 diopter for the 16-35 lens. I have not picked one up yet and the only folks that make one with 82mm threads is Heliopan.

 

I think the primes you mention would be outstanding, I just like having the zoom capability/flexibility as I am not a real pro like some of these lads here. It just seems to me that unless you are doing multiple dives on a site and/or you know ahead of time the shot you want to get, a zoom is going to be the way to go in most cases. Perhaps some others here have experience with the primes you mentioned.

 

I think I made the correct picks based mostly on flexibility (for land and UW work) and also advice from people here (although this is a fairly new camera and only a few folks have taken it UW). You might discuss this with folks at Backscatter as they have some first hand experience with the camera and housing. Once I get some photos I will update the post.

 

Perhaps start a new thread and see if anyone responds that has recent experience with this setup.

 

Chris

 

Thanks Chris. Not sure that a new thread is needed yet. I am about ready to get the Canon 14mm f/2.8 L II. Looks to be US$1875.00 shipped for one with a USA Canon Warranty. The Aquatica website has no information for which focus gear to use, could be the same as the Type I. Jean?

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Hi Rick-You might try calling directly. I have always found the Aquatica folks to be quite friendly and knowledgeable.

 

C.

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