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In Topic: Q about Nauticam housing for Oly EM10 mk3

10 October 2018 - 04:49 PM

I have the Mk1. I assume they are similar.
Yes, the thumb button normally to start video can be reprogrammed to be focus. Very conveniently located. Moving the AF point involves several button pushes.

Thanks for that.

Re AF switches - I assume you use the direction arrows to move the AF point around. But is it direct access, or do you have to press another button to engage "AF point shift mode" first?

(Hope I am phrasing myself coherently. On the road and in time zone hell)

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In Topic: Switching to Olympus - a few specific questions

23 October 2017 - 06:55 PM

Thanks again, guys - some really useful info there, especially re the fit of the 30mm lens.   I am not wedded tot he Oly 30mm, and can happily get the Panasonic, which appears to be a better fit.


@ChrisRoss - thanks for those links.  Gonna go read them now.


@Griff - thanks for that explanation about the trigger.  I am a fairly low-volume shooter, so i should be able to get a single day's use out of the battery.    Am also going to look into after-market batteries (Wasabi and others usually make options with better-capacity batteries and i have one for my Fuji as well)

In Topic: Switching to Olympus - a few specific questions

22 October 2017 - 01:46 AM

I am shooting the em-1-II and have shot the em-1 and the em-5.  I am shooting with the Inon 45 finder so I suspect that your nauticam dealers were trying to sell you the nauticam finder. I have the Nauticam 45 as well (often take two housings along). In fact you can buy the Inon 45 finder for Nauticam housings from Divervision for $500.



Cheers Bill


A-Ha!!!  So I did correctly remember reading that the Inon finder fits the Nauticam.      I need to do some digging to figure out whether this is the same 45 degree finder as used on DSLR cases, but with a different mounting kit, or whether it is a different unit (sized differently for ILC housings?).


Thanks for that.

In Topic: Switching to Olympus - a few specific questions

22 October 2017 - 01:42 AM

Why dont you look at a Canon 200D in an Ikelite housing? Very small and compact and can use your existing Tokina and Canon macro lens or get the very good Canon 60mm macro.
I used to use a Canon 700D in a Nauticam but switched to an Olympus EM1 and a EM10 for my wife. Both are great and controls underwater are nearly the same but the EM1 has a better trigger. Never used a finder and always use the EVF and again the bigger EVF in the EM1 has the advantage. The Oly 60mm can be used on its own or with a macro diopter for even greater super macro. I have the Nauticam CMC and while tricky to use gives you 2:1 magnification. You cant use the CMC with the 30mm macro lenses as they are too far from the port glass. The 60mm is made for the Macro 60 port.
I also have the Oly 8mm FE and the Pany 7-14 behind the Nauticam acrylic ports but the Oly 8mm is the one Id recommend.
So why do I suggest the 200D ikelite combo? The main drawbacks of the Olympus are battery life, about 2.5 dives on a 3 dive boat trip so you end up taking less pictures to conserve battery or run the risk of opening the housing and swapping the battery. The EM1 mk2 has much better battery life and so does the Pany GH4 or GH5.
Also the Oly EM1 in Nauticam with macro lens and port is only 1.5kg lighter than the 700D in Nauticam with lens and port (but also less bulky). But the strobes, arms, focus lights, GoPro etc etc weigh the same so you end up with a 5 to 6kg system as opposed to a 6.5 to 7.5kg system.
The Canon 200D Ikelite is the same size and weight as their Olympus and Panasonic housings but you dont have to buy new lenses. Hope this helps.


Thanks for that idea and also appreciate your point of view, as someone who shoots with DSLRs and ILCs (eg, the battery life issues - hadnt considered that the battery would run out so quickly!). 


I have to admit, I never looked at the Rebel series of Canon cameras because they dont have 2 separate control dials for changing the 2 exposure  parameters.   You have to push a button and then turn the dial - and I cannot deal with that.   I should look at the newer bodies and see if they have remedied this - if they have, this could be the way to go.  


That said, as far as housings go, I dont plan to ever get Ikelite.  I have seen too many divers at our dive shop have issues with them (servicing them in this part of the world isnt easy) and more importantly, those housings are ergonomic disasters.    Clunky and the buttons/levers dont fall where they should.     But if there is a metal, ergonomic housing for it, that might be an option especially if the control dial issues are fixed.


A couple of clarifications, if i may:


- When you say "better trigger on the OM1", what do you mean?  Faster response time to take the shoot?  Or faster AF?


- Re the CMC:   I was planning to use the Macro Port 45, with a spacer, and not the Macro Port 65.   Would this let me use wet lenses with the 30mm?   Because that would make it a truly versatile lens.  I have a 2:1 Macromater wet lens permanently attached to my Aquatica macro port (and i mean it - i dont think i'd be able to release the screw now even if i wanted to :)) and it is very handy combo to pair with the 50.  Something similar with the 30 would be nice as well.

In Topic: Switching to Olympus - a few specific questions

22 October 2017 - 01:30 AM

vkalia better the em5 mk1 than the em10 mk1..... the em5 have a tropicalized body and a better stabilizer 5axis vs 3 axis and maximum sync speed is 1/250 vs 1/200........ for the same  stabilizer and sync speed you need the em10 mk2... ;-)


ps:i do some shot with the cheap 12-32 Panasonic lens but behind the nauticam 3.5 semi dome port... not bad....


Sorry, i should have been clear- i will be getting the most recent version of either the 5 or 10 series.   So EM10 Mk3  or maybe wait for the EM5 Mk3 early next year.