Flexibility of the full-frame macro lens

Flexibility of the full-frame macro lens

Feb 28

This is the first in a series of blog posts comparing shooting with cropped-sensor versus full-frame sensors. I hope you enjoy! - Scott Gietler When I used to shoot with the Nikon D80, D300, and D7100, when I wanted to shoot macro I had to decide between using the 60mm macro lens and the Nikon 105mm macro lens. Now that I am using a full-frame camera, I no longer have to decide. When I use the...

Aquatica A7R II Housing Photos

Aquatica A7R II Housing Photos

Feb 01

At the end of last year I had the opportunity to take a demo of the Aquatica A7R II housing out for a test. Overall I was very happy with the performance, and had a blast diving with a couple of friends. The housing performed beautifully, allowing me to enjoy the dive and shoot some images without feeling like I was constantly fussing with the new gear. As with all Aquatica housings, the ports...

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Desmond Ho

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Desmond Ho

Oct 20

Our new Mirrorless categories were a hit and almost had more competition than the Open categories in this year’s SoCal Shootout. The macro category was won by Desmond Ho with his crisp and colorful shot of a round ray’s eye. Here are the details of this unique underwater shot. Title: Round Ray Eye Location Captured: Anacapa Island Camera / Housing: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60mm...

Installing the Nauticam 12-50mm Zoom Gear

Installing the Nauticam 12-50mm Zoom Gear

Mar 03

Olympus created the M. Zuiko 12-50mm lens a few years back, which has been super popular for underwater photography. This lens features a built in macro mode and two zoom mode options (manual and electronic). For underwater photographers it was a first, basically two lenses in one, which allows shooters to have a nice mid-range zoom lens and a great macro lens built into one! Paired with the high...

Switchblade 2.0 From Polar Pro

Switchblade 2.0 From Polar Pro

Sep 24

Polar Pro just announced a new version of the Switchblade, the popular underwater tool for GoPro Shooters. The Switchblade is a combination macro / red filter tool for the GoPro which offers both color correction and improved underwater focus in one piece.

One Strobe or Two?

One Strobe or Two?

Jul 15

One of the most commonly asked questions in the world of amateur underwater photography is “one strobe, or two?” Often this question is one of economic forethought, but it may also be a question of artistic merit. After shooting with both one strobe and two, I have come to the conclusion that with recent advancements in strobe quality and performance neither is a better option. An underwater...

Canon 100mm Macro Focal Distance

Canon 100mm Macro Focal Distance

Mar 06

Text and images by Brent Duran  Canon DSLR shooters have two main options when it comes to macro lenses – a 60mm and 100mm.  As a full frame shooter I use the 100mm f/2.8L macro lens.  This lens has three focal distance settings that should always be set depending on what you expect to shoot. .3 – .5m:  This is the shortest focal distance, starting at 1ft (.3m) and will give you a...