I did have a zoom gear from deep shots for one of my lenses as nauticam didn’t do it at the time. Quality is fairly good. Only irritation was that you had to use a baby Allen key to tighten the zoom gear to the lens unlike the nauticam ones.
A few of the images I managed to take on the dives during my recent honeymoon, sorry there isn't too many, but I only managed 5 dives, and it was the first time I have used this setup in warm/light seas, so it took a while to get used to the light levels compared to the UK!
These were taken with a EM-10 and nauticam housing, twin z240 strobes and a mix of 9-18mm and 60mm lenses.
Took me a while to get my eye in so plenty of room for improvement!
I can relate to those bow shackles coming undone. I used on to attach an SMB onto me (via a clip). It had been fine when I jumped in, and at the end of the dive when I when to reach for it, all I found was part of the shackle - the rest (including SMB!) had dropped off without me noticing.
A few shots from my recent trip to the Sound of Mull, Scotland. This was the first "full" week I've had diving with the new camera setup, and I'm pretty happy with how the shots have turned out. Only problem was that I couldn't use full manual on the strobes (bit too fiddly with 5mm gloves in cold water), so these were shot TTL. Experimented with inward lighting techniques, and tried at darker backgrounds. All shot with Oly EM-10/Nauticam housing, with twin Z240 strobe (0.5 diffuser), 9-18mm lens or 14-42mm lens. Comments welcome.
Typically, I use my wing for buoyancy, and just take the squeeze off with the drysuit. I normally open all valves on descent, then when I'm almost at the bottom shut the drysuit constant volume dump valve (autodump), then open 1/2 turn. I put enough air in as I descent to take of the squeeze, but then regulate my depth on the wing. Make sure your zip is well lubricated, and doesn't catch on the undergarments, and don't pull directly on the neck/wrist seals especially if they are latex - my friend was in a hurry to dive once and did just that - result - ripped neck seal and a missed dive for him.
It shouldn't take you more than a couple of dives to get used to it, just make sure that you do a weight check with the new suit as it will affect your buoyancy, especially if your wearing a thick undersuit..
Speaking as a UK diver who dives year around when the warmest it gets in the UK is ~18/19C a drysuit is a must for a comfortable dive if your doing longer dives or multiple dives in the same day. If your doing just one relatively short dive a day, you can probably get away with a suitable wetsuit. For sheer comfort however, a good fitting dry-suit is a must. After 15 years of diving, 14 in a drysuit, i certainly wouldn't dive in a wetsuit in water that cold if I had a choice! Drysuit all the way..