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Sigma 17-70mm + dome port or Canon 60mm + flat port????

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Hi everybody,

 

I currently have a Sigma 17-70mm behind an 8" dome port. I will be heading to Lembeh to shoot little critters and I am trying to decide if my current lens and dome will be OK, or if it would be worth getting a Canon 60mm and a flat port. On one hand the 60mm is a shorter lens, but the flat port gives some maginification; on the other hand, the 70mm is longer, but no magnification behind the dome port.

 

Do you have any of these lens/port configuration? What is your recommendation

 

Thanks in advance for your comments

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What camera? Your lens is probably too wide for most of Lembeh's creatures and your dome too big for close-focus wide-angle on most of the larger "macro" life. Look at the workshop thread. I hope to post my final selection of images soon, from an FX sensor and mostly shot with a 105mm lens, but some with a teleconverter and diopters, a few with the equivalent of about a 20mm lens, but with a small dome.

 

Adam's working on a "best of" article for Full Frame. Almost all of the images that were shown on the workshop were taken with macro lenses and through macro ports.

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Thanks for the reply. I have a Canon 650D in a Nauticam housing. So the 1 million dollar question (I know there are hundreds of threads about this): would you recommend going all the way to a 100mm lens, or the 60mm?

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For muck diving in general you will find a need for both 60 & 100 mm lenses. Last month in Lembeh I used my Nikon 105 most of the time but glad I had the 60 for the paddle-flap rhino.

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The large dome causes issues when getting close to small critters. I’d go for a 60mm if it was a choice of one over the other, and use the extra money saved on the longer lens to put towards a Nauticam super macro converter.

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The large dome causes issues when getting close to small critters. I’d go for a 60mm if it was a choice of one over the other, and use the extra money saved on the longer lens to put towards a Nauticam super macro converter.

Which port would you recommend for a Canon 60mm: Macro Port 41 or Compact port base+Compact port 15?

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We tested the 17-70 w/Epic camera. Even at 70mm it focuses right up to the dome. While this may be insufficient for the smallest critters, it's a remarkably versatile.

 

J-

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Your lens is probably too wide for most of Lembeh's creatures and your dome too big for close-focus wide-angle on most of the larger "macro" life. Look at the workshop thread. I hope to post my final selection of images soon, from an FX sensor and mostly shot with a 105mm lens, but some with a teleconverter and diopters...

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timsdiving/sets/72157637966725276/

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Great pictures! Did you say most of them were taken using 100mm?

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Great pictures! Did you say most of them were taken using 100mm?

 

Nikon: 105mm, some with a +8D "wet" dioptre, and a few with a 1.5x teleconverter as well (except for the giant frogfish).

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I use the 17/70 in a flat port and it will take decent semi-macro and semi-wide. It is extremely flexible but is really neither a macro or wide lens. I use a 105 almost exclusively for macro but many use the 60. I would take a true macro lens in a flat port for this trip.

 

Tom

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