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In Topic: Renting out my gear.

11 October 2018 - 04:07 AM

Renting out UW-Photo gear?

You are tempting the gods...

Maybe you know Bob Halstead? He wrote „NEVER LEND YOUR CAMERA GEAR TO ANYONE IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES (This is the Gods’ absolute favourite, the gear is certain to stuff up)“ - and I think most forum members will fully agree.
Here you can find the full essay:


In Topic: Oly OM system starting from scratch

25 June 2018 - 06:24 AM

PM sent!

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.