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Nikonos RS R-UW AF 13mm f2.8 lens – adaptation to modern digital Nikon cameras in a Seacam housing and review

May 2014

The underwater Nikonos RS R-UW AF 13mm f2.8 Fisheye lens was, in the days of film cameras, known as the concept of optical excellence in underwater wide-angle photography. Today, in the era of modern digital cameras, no one considers to use the out-dated film Nikonos RS any more. Nikon, unfortunately, shows absolutely no interest in producing a digital version of the once famous Nikonos RS, thus making the use of these excellent underwater lenses obsolete.

 
 
 

Seacam Silver D800/D800E

December 2012

Every underwater photographer knows the elongated black ellipse with the stylized Seacam logo, which resembles a sea-wave. This small ellipse can be found on silver aluminium products of the topmost quality and reliability, which are famous in the world of underwater photography. By saying that the Seacam is a mere status symbol one would do an injustice to many people, who earn their daily bread with it. First and foremost, the Seacam is a reliable tool that never lets down its owner.

 
 
 

Nikon D800 in Praxis (Part 2: Underwater Photography)

December 2012

I use Seacam housing for my underwater photography, which I've reviewed in my next article. This review will be devoted to my first impressions of using the D800 for underwater photography. Until the date of writing, I made about a hundred dives using the camera in Egypt and Indonesia and I believe this was enough to form a balanced opinion about it.

 
 
 

Nikon D800 in Praxis (Part 1: Land Photography)

December 2012

In March 2012, when I bought my first D800, I immediately started "laboratory" tests of it in my apartment and my surroundings. Some photographers believe that such tests are pointless, since one can only get to know a camera while using it on terrain and shooting in real-life conditions. In my personal opinion, one needs both to really get to know the camera.

 
 
 

Lenses for Nikon D800

December 2012

The Nikon D800 demands the use of top-notch lenses. In order to achieve the best possible results, I decided to systematically test all of my lenses (including DX) and some that I borrowed. I was interested only in their sharpness, since other optical errors like chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting are relatively easy to fix with photo-editing programs, especially with RAW-converters (such as Lightroom, Capture NX etc.).

 
 
 

Nikon D800
Busting the Myth of Megapixels

June 2012

As with all my tests of photographic equipment, this test is subjective and non-scientific. Due to a lack of proper lab equipment, which would enable me to carry out reliable scientific measurements, I've tested the photography equipment in comparison to my old equipment (some of it borrowed) under similar conditions. I focused especially on these functions of the new equipment which interest me as an underwater photographer. In other words: I tested this new equipment first of all for my own needs, but decided later to publish the results of my tests publicly. Considering that I had no previous experience with shooting videos, I will not discuss the video quality of the new equipment in this review.

 
 
   

Embroidered Picture

April 2012

Company Ercigoj Embroidery has asked for cooperation some established Slovenian photographers, including me as a representative of underwater photographers. They have produced embroidered pictures from our digital files. Each picture was produced in two copies only - one remains at manufacturer and one is the property of the author.

 
 
 

LSD (Light Shaping Device) for Underwater Photographers

July 2011

A couple of months after the spot macro shots were published, however, I was contacted by a then barely twenty years old Slovenian underwater photographer, Oskar Marko Musić. He described an incredible idea that would enable one to illuminate objects selectively from a greater distance – and thus avoid scaring them away! By that time, he had already filed for patent pending, yet generously welcomed me to develope a similar device using his idea.

By the formal name of Light Shaping Device in underwater photography (LSD), Oskar developed his on a Seacam 250 Digital strobe, whereas I did it on a Seacam 150 Digital.
 
 
 

DX or FX
(Which sensor size is better for underwater photography?)

March 2011

A debate often ensues among underwater photographers over which image sensor format is more suitable for underwater photography – the small format (Nikon calls it DX) or the large "full-frame" format (Nikon has termed it FX). The FX (large) format offers numerous advantages for general photography and is widely considered to be the "professional" format. Its two main benefits are a higher quality of image in unfavourable light conditions (when using high ISO sensitivity settings) and the "preservation" of lens’ angle of view.

 
 
  Nikon D3 (Or: How I Stopped Being Afraid of Darkness)

June 2008
Before I start writing, I have to emphasize a very important fact: I decided to write this article from my own will. The article reflects my personal opinion about the product. Nikon did NOT ask me to write this article and Nikon did NOT pay for it. I bought the camera from my own funds with no discount, exactly like all other photographers!

Since 1980 I’ve used many different models of Nikon cameras. Usually I have used them in pairs: a professional camera for underwater photography and a semiprofessional camera for normal photography on land. I've used the models F3 and FM2, F4 and F90, F5 and F100, and D2x and D200. Recently I've changed the D200 for a D3, and so I'm now using two profession cameras: the D2x for underwater photography and the D3 for photography on land. I have to admit that no Nikon product has ever impressed me as much as the D3 did!
 
 
Underwater Photography in Slovenia

(Update February 2008)
Forty-five years after the Frenchmen Louis Buotan, a professor of zoology at the French sea-exploring station Arago, created his first underwater photographs in 1893 using an enormous camera loaded with photographic plates closed in a copper barrel, which weighed about 200 kg, Slovenian underwater photography was born (1938).