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Draq

Member Since 20 Feb 2007
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In Topic: Olympus E-M1 with Olympus or Nauticam Housing?

09 April 2018 - 08:04 PM

I guess to be fair, I am not that knowledgeable about ports for the Oly housing.  My son uses one and at some point we were looking for a solution for a lens and could not find a suitable port, but I believe not all Oly housings use the same ports so that might have been part of the problem, and it is possible that there is more variety now than a couple years ago.


In Topic: Olympus E-M1 with Olympus or Nauticam Housing?

09 April 2018 - 11:30 AM

One other consideration...Nauticam  offers ports for a broader range of lenses, including Panasonic lenses, so you may have more flexibility there and if, in a year or two or three you decide you want to switch to a different Olympus camera model or even a Panasonic camera, it is much more likely that you can continue using the lenses and ports you have already acquired on the new housing.  may not matter to you, but worth thinking about.


In Topic: Olympus E-M1 with Olympus or Nauticam Housing?

06 April 2018 - 04:01 PM

I am not Wolfgang, so forgive me for butting in, but FWIW, I have been very happy with nauticam housings.  In the micro four thirds product line, my choice would be the EM1 ii, followed by the EM5 ii, followed by the EM1.  But both of those are current cameras, so used housings will be harder to find than housings for the earlier cameras.  I know there is one for the earlier version of the EM1 on ebay now, but I know nothing about the seller or housing.  The new Panasonic G9 is also getting good reviews but is very new so there will be no used housings for it.

 

Lenses and ports depend a lot on your interests.  In my opinion, the best choices for these cameras are the 12-40 lens in a 170 or 180 dome, the 8mm fisheye in a 100 or 140 dome and the 30 or 60mm macros in flat ports, or the WWL-1 wet lens with a good 14-42 lens.  Underwater photography isn't an inexpensive hobby.  Keep an eye on the classifieds here and you can probably find a decent deal on a used housing, ports, etc.  To save money on cameras and lenses you can check out the Olympus outlet (or whatever it is called) where Olympus sells reconditioned cameras and lenses at a discount.  In budgeting, keep in mind you need arms and clamps and cords and flotation, etc.  I strongly encourage you to invest in a vacuum valve.  That alone is a good reason to go with something other than Oly housings.  

 

Good luck and the people here are always happy to help you.


In Topic: Best m43 zoom lens for WWL-1?

05 April 2018 - 08:33 AM

Cannot use that lens with the WWL, but it is a great lens in a 170 or 180 dome if 12mm is wide enough for you.  I tested the WWL last week with the 14-42 EZ lens.  It worked fine and corners were better than eitther 7-14 lenses in a 170 or 180 dome, but overall I felt the shots looked a little soft.  In a few weeks I will test it with the Panasonic "Lumix G Vario 14-42 II lens.  My research suggests this is probably the best zoom lens for the WWL-1 unless you want the 12-50 for its macro feature.  I am a little concerned about excessive CA using the Panasonic lens on an Olympus body, but hopefully that won't be a problem.

 

Of course, sample to sample variability between lenses can make a big difference, so a different 14-42 Ez may have been more impressive.  I may try a different one when I can get the time, but I suspect the Panasonic will be the best choice.  I hear the 12-32 might be a good choice, but can only be used from 14 or 15mm up, so I am not sure there is much value in that.

 

For what it is worth, and for those looking for ultrawide (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel), FOR ME, I see little value in using a lens like a 15mm in the WWL-1.  Just get the 8mm fisheye and a 100mm or 140mm dome.  If you don't like fisheye, the E-M1 ii now has a de-fish feature, although I have not tried it.


In Topic: The DSLR / Compact Dilema

20 March 2018 - 05:53 PM

It sounds like you would be happiest sticking with a compact.  Check out the Panasonic LX10 with one of the housings available for it and if you want a small strobe, look at an Inon s2000.    Larger sensor, good video, small form factor, less expensive than Sony.  Just a thought.