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Sony FE 16-35mm zoom as an underwater lens

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Phil Rudin, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. Phil Rudin

    Phil Rudin TalkEmount Regular

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    Jul 29, 2015
    Lake Park, Florida USA
    PHIL RUDIN
    Happy New Year to all. The latest issue of Underwater Photography Magazine, UWPMAG.com posted today with my articles on the Sony FE 16-35mm zoom and Ikelite Gamma II flashlight. uwpmag.com is a free PDF downloads, which is loaded with interesting new articles on underwater photography.


    This article relates to using the Sony FE 16-35 zoom with A7 II and A7r II for underwater photography.
     

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  2. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    Congratulations on the publication.
     
  3. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Not going to read an article when I have to sign up to the umpteenth website.
     
  4. Utik

    Utik TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 7, 2013
    Rimini, Italy
    The 16-35 is a beast, maybe the 35 2.8 or even better the 28 would be better choiches underwater.
     
  5. Phil Rudin

    Phil Rudin TalkEmount Regular

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    Jul 29, 2015
    Lake Park, Florida USA
    PHIL RUDIN
    Thank you
     
  6. Phil Rudin

    Phil Rudin TalkEmount Regular

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    Jul 29, 2015
    Lake Park, Florida USA
    PHIL RUDIN
    Underwater wide angle photography requires much wider lenses than land photography because you need to be very close to the subject, that is why fisheyes are used so much U/W. The 28mm with fisheye or wide adapter requires the same 170mm port used with the 16-35. The 35 is all but useless because of its minimum focus distance which would not work well behind a dome port.

    So the 16-35 zoom presents the best option for wide angle rectilinear photography with a Sony FE lens.

    Keep in mind that all of this equipment is used in a housing with a rather large port so lens size is less relevant that it is on land.

    Also the Sony A7 series reduce the overall housing size V. say a Nikon D800/810 because for the same lens range Nikon 16-35 zoom you would need a 230mm port to get the same corner sharpness you get with the 170mm port using mirrorless.