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In Topic: Oly OM system starting from scratch

25 June 2018 - 06:24 AM

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In Topic: Oly OM system starting from scratch

25 June 2018 - 05:26 AM

It could be helpful if you gave some more infos: Where do you dive most of the time - tropical/clear water or in areas with limited visibility? Only on holiday or every other weekend? (Analogy alert: I need a new car, which one could you recommend?)


That said, ask three people and get four opinions...


As troporobo said, the 12-50mm is a versatile lens - this is the first lens I would buy, together with the Nauticam port. Good for Macro, good for wide angle,


If you are a "macro guy", the second lens would be the 60mm macro from Olympus (or maybe a 45/30mm macro if most of your dives are in murky waters). If you are more into wide angle, the Panasonic 7-14mm is a great lens, even for close-focus WA. And an acrylic port is "good enough" (unless you regularly publish in National Geographic).


A fisheye lens is definitively not a good lens to start with - IMHO!


Of course you could buy the the Oly "Pro"-line lenses, but do they give you a guarantee for better pics? Nope.


A good way to spend the money you save with cheaper lenses is to join an UW-photo workshop. You come from a compact camera, your EM5 will give you much more options for better pics - but also much more options to screw things up... A workshop might be a good investment. The key factor for good pics is behind the camera.





p.s.: Here in the forum there is an old thread about UW settings for the E-M5.

Or look here: http://www.uwphotogr...rwater-settings

In Topic: Combi roller and backpack for DSLR setup

16 May 2018 - 04:17 AM

If the "AmazonBasics Convertible Rolling Camera Backpack" weighs 4.25kg - what do you want to put inside? Camera-Gear? Have fun at the airport...


I use an EastPak "Hatchet" which itself is very lightweight (780g). With all the gear that I do not want to check-in it is well above the airlines cabin luggage weight restrictions (economy class) - but it does not look heavy! Absolutely no problems up to now...

In Topic: Sea&Sea YS-D1/YS-D2 Not Designed For High Speed Sync

10 May 2018 - 09:57 AM

Bob, are you still using your Olympus OM-D? I have an E-M5 and used to have exactly the same problems with inconsistent TTL exposure you describe. I was told the fiber optic cables could be the problem - I had cheap ones - and that was it! I bought one Sea&Sea and one Nauticam cable. No more problems since then.

But still, as I wrote in an earlier post, IMHO background exposure in Macro with sync speeds of 1/125sec and below and small apertures is NOT dependent on sync speed. So you do not get a darker background (which was the „opener“ in this thread) when using 1/250s instead of 1/125s. The burning time of the strobe is shorter anyhow, so it does not matter what exposure time you set.

Pavel probably knows if I am right or wrong.


In Topic: What lens for Olympus OM for rhinopias

06 May 2018 - 08:17 AM

As I wrote before, a fisheye lens is another option.