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Hi everyone,

 

I am interested in opinions on what wide angle zoom to integrate into my underwater FX system. Getting rid of my D200 means getting ride of my 12-24. I own a 17-35 and at one point that was a lens of choice for a wide angle zoom. But with the newer Nikon lenses like the 14-24, I thought I'd ask you folks here.

 

I would be using my existing Subal dome port in a, hopefully, D600 housing. Also, if you know whether an extension ring is needed (like it is for the 12-24) drop that in your reply as well.

 

Joe

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Hi Joe,

 

There is quite a lot of info about this on the forums. A good post is here:

 

http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=49620

 

The key problem that you are going to bump into will be the size of your dome port. I'm assuming that you have the 8" Subal one? Most full frame cameras will need a 9" port to get decent corner sharpness with rectilinear wide-angle lenses.

 

All the best

 

Adam

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I found that the 12-24 Nikkor gave me such poor results that, if you were happy with it, you'll be happy with almost anything else. I wasted a lot of time and money getting it wrong with other lenses too, but the consensus on Wetpixel eventually told me to get the 10-17 Tokina for DX and the 15 Sigma (and 16-35 Nikkor) for FX and I haven't looked back! That's not to be confused with lenses for use topside and not behind a dome port.

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thanks for the tips. I was looking at the 16-35. So several questions now come to mind:

 

1. Is there a 9" dome for the subal? I see that Subal used to sell a 9" dome but it is discontinued. I see other potential options, too. Any advice here?

2. What extension rings would I need with the 16-35?

3. Will a 16mm FF fisheye work in a 9inch dome? I suspect very nicely.

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I also use the 15 Sigma while the 16-35 Nikkor is on the evaluation list.
The D600 and D800 give you such a high resultution that you can use the Sigma 15mm diagonal fisheye and crop the picture to your needs.

I use my Sigma15mm behind the Hugyfot mini dome and i think that is a very nice combination, small, light and very nice quality with f/stops above F/8

Chris

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My dome is a Zen 230mm, which is available in a Subal fitting I believe. I use a 70mm extension for the 16-35mm, but I am sure that Subal or your local dealer will be able to advise you on the correct one for your set up. It will be a big extension though!

 

I use the Sigma 15mm behind the 230mm dome with excellent results!

 

Adam

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Thanks for the feedback, folks. As far as the Nikon 16-35, what would be the reasoning behing not just going with my 17-35 2.8 instead?

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