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Well finally after a bit of a wait my Nauticam D300s housing turned up yesterday.

 

Unwrapped it and after slipping the Nikon D300s into the housing and plugging in a couple of Inon Z-240 strobes I instantly fell in love.

 

The quality of the Nauticam housing and controls is just outstanding, everything is in easy reach and so smooth too operate, the nifty port locking system is so easy to use, no longer need 4 hands to get ports off like the Sea&sea.

 

I can't wait to get it in the water over the weekend.

 

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cangrat......i'm in waiting for my Nauticam D90 Housing also and dream ever night with the housing....hahahahaha

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It's good looking rig! Glad your happy with it. Can't wait to see the images you can make.

 

Have fun,

Steve

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Looks good Chriso, hope your getting some decent dives in today! I didn't realise you changed over to Inons. What happened to your S&S strobes?

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Looks good Chriso, hope your getting some decent dives in today! I didn't realise you changed over to Inons. What happened to your S&S strobes?

 

Thanks Ryan

The Sea&Sea YS-120 strobes stayed with the D80 and Sea&Sea housing my partner is now using.

 

Hoping for some flat water and viz in the morning...

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Wow, what a sweet rig! You may want to put the red filters over the modeling lights on your Inons.

Bob

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Well must say a big Thank you to Peter @ scubapix - my Aquatica for the D300s arrived today - wow - I opted for a remote trigger to be installed and F/O plus the aqua view finder purchased as well the 8in dome and extensions for the 105mm and 10-17mm - now just to get it ready for the Sundive shoot-out happening soon - again thank you to Peter for all the effort , changes and honest help in helping me select this housing :D:notworthy::drink::dance::D

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It does look really good, please post your impressions when you take it for a dive!

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Hi Chriso,

the Nauticam housing looks great. I had a close look at Alex Mustards D700 Nauticam housing the other day and they look very well

put together indeed. Did you get the Nauticam enhanced viewfinder for it as well? I really like the look of it and am considering getting one of

those rather than the Inon 45 degree viewfinder, even despite the price difference.

 

Looking forward to seeing some of your shots from it.

 

 

Cheers,

Jim.

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Hi Chriso,

the Nauticam housing looks great. I had a close look at Alex Mustards D700 Nauticam housing the other day and they look very well

put together indeed. Did you get the Nauticam enhanced viewfinder for it as well? I really like the look of it and am considering getting one of

those rather than the Inon 45 degree viewfinder, even despite the price difference.

 

Looking forward to seeing some of your shots from it.

 

 

Cheers,

Jim.

G'day Jim

I have the Nauticam viewfinder on it's way, hopefully be here for this weekend, looking forward ot trying it out, I have only heard good things.

 

Had the rig out for a quick splash the other day with the 60mm on, would liked to have got more shots but found a nest of Crayfish that wanted to come home with me.

Pics are here

http://uwphotog.com/p949462569

 

First Impressions.... LOVE IT so very pleased I chose the Nauticam over the Sea&Sea or Aquatica.

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would liked to have got more shots but found a nest of Crayfish that wanted to come home with me.

 

Mmmm - "Crayfish" , my favourite .....................

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but found a nest of Crayfish that wanted to come home with me.

 

Yer - I hate it when that happens....

 

Paul C

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I looked Chriso but I couldn't find any Cray :drink: fish photos :dance:

 

Seriously though I'll be very interested in your thoughts on the Nauticam viewfinder. Have Fun!

 

 

Cheers,

Jim.

 

PS- are you using any ports from your previous housing or did you start fresh?

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name='JimSwims' post='244340' date='Mar 11 2010, 10:18 PM']Seriously though I'll be very interested in your thoughts on the Nauticam viewfinder. Have Fun!

Jim, the viewfinder is on the housing, first impression... It is a MUST have, opens up the viewfinder and allows you too see the whole frame and the display settings without any effort. Will not be taking it off and well worth the cost

 

PS- are you using any ports from your previous housing or did you start fresh?

I started from scratch, left the Sea&Sea rig fully intact for Emma to use.

Picked up the 60mm and 105mm Nauticam ports, love them, screw on filter front will be a bonus as well as the mount for the focusing light is way cool.

 

I was going to use my Sea&Sea 6" glass dome on the Nauticam, but it does not fit due to not being able too remove the bayonet mount from particular port and no one making a extension ring slim enough to prevent vignetting with the 10.5mm fisheye, as a replacement I am looking at picking up the 8" glass Zen port for the wide angle stuff and again leaving the 6" dome on the Sea&Sea.

 

Cheers

Chriso

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Picked up the 60mm and 105mm Nauticam ports, love them, screw on filter front will be a bonus as well as the mount for the focusing light is way cool.

 

I was going to use my Sea&Sea 6" glass dome on the Nauticam, but it does not fit due to not being able too remove the bayonet mount from particular port and no one making a extension ring slim enough to prevent vignetting with the 10.5mm fisheye, as a replacement I am looking at picking up the 8" glass Zen port for the wide angle stuff and again leaving the 6" dome on the Sea&Sea.

 

Just to clarify, since I think this point can be a little confusing... we have two different flat port systems, the "compact" and the "macro". Only the macro ports have the 67mm threads on the front. Both the macro and compact ports have the focus light mount point.

 

Chriso points out the one Sea&Sea lens/port combo we don't currently support - the Nikon 10.5 with the S&S Optical dome.

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Chriso, you sure changed your tune re: viewfinder! Glad to hear you're liking it tho. I've been shooting with a nauticam viewfinder on my aquatica the last few weeks as well. Had one day where I took it off and went back to the standard one, and couldn't belive the difference! I didn't last more than a day without it anyway.

 

Look forward to seeing some more shots mate.

 

Ryan.

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Jim, the viewfinder is on the housing, first impression... It is a MUST have, opens up the viewfinder and allows you too see the whole frame and the display settings without any effort. Will not be taking it off and well worth the cost

Cheers

Chriso

 

Well, Chriso, given your previous comments to me regarding the extra expense for the viewfinder I consider this statement to be a big recommendation.

Hope to catch up with you soon.

 

Eleanor

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Chriso;

 

I shoot a Tokina 10-17 with an S&S Optical Dome with an SX extension that has been adapted with a Nauticam mount. It's about the same as the 10.5 Nikon FE. You might try this combo, it's worked very well for me.

 

Jack

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Chriso;

 

I shoot a Tokina 10-17 with an S&S Optical Dome with an SX extension that has been adapted with a Nauticam mount. It's about the same as the 10.5 Nikon FE. You might try this combo, it's worked very well for me.

 

Jack

 

Hi Jack

Yea I tried it with the Sea&Sea SX Extension Ring (50261) as above post, it does not work with the 10.5 fisheye.

 

Cheers

Chriso

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You might not want to hear this suggestion but...sell the Nikon and by the Tokina. Very little if no difference and then you have more range. I can definitely say it works well with the SX extension and Optical Dome port. It's going to be cheaper to do that than to buy another dome, probably almost a wash.

 

Jack

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Thanks Jack

Your right there is no way I am going to sell a Nikon lens and replace it with a Tokina ;)

Looking at putting an order in for an 8" Zen for the 10.5mm

 

The Sea&Sea 6" will work nicely with an extension ring for the Nikon 10-24mm. Can also still use it on the Sea&Sea D80 rig.

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The Tokina is *the* standard wide-angle lens for underwater photographers these days (for crop sensor). It would be the lens I would own if I could only choose one.

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The Tokina is *the* standard wide-angle lens for underwater photographers these days (for crop sensor). It would be the lens I would own if I could only choose one.

Thanks Eric

have a Nikon 10-24 on order so not really in the market for a Tokina.

 

Anyway the whole point of this thread is I love the housing, it is a stunning but of kit.

It's in no way Nauticams fault that this port does not fit, it is the only Sea&Sea port that does not allow you to swap out the mounting bracket to attach directly to the housing.

 

Cheers

Chriso

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Chris, sell it all and buy Canon!

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