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In Topic: Temperate water photography lenses

22 July 2014 - 09:40 PM

I dive a lot in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia where on a good day the vis is 4m and an exceptional day it is 6m but on average it is <4m and green with lots of silt and floaty bits.


On my EM-5 I have the 60mm macro and the 12 - 50mm and I use the 12 - 50mm almost entirely all the time in these waters with it locked into the macro mode (43mm).


The 60mm is a fantastic lens but you have to be too far back from some subjects that you are shooting through too much water and crud whereas the 12-50mm (in macro) allows you to reduce that water column and get close to the subject.


If you can't use the 12-50mm lens then the Panasonic 45mm would fit the bill for you.



In Topic: Flash flooded or?

30 June 2014 - 07:33 PM

Be aware of Eneloops as well as there are some fake ones out there on Fleabay etc that are causing allsorts of issues as well with over gasing and poping 'O' rings - I had it happen to me (saved the strobe) and I know of one other who had both strobes flooded.



In Topic: OMD EM5 blacks out after repeated shots

29 June 2014 - 09:44 PM

I have had mine 'freeze' on me twice.   Once when I was playing around with it topside and I had to turn it off and remove the battery for a minute or so and the second time when I was underwater and I turned it on and it didn't come on so I abandoned the dive.


I removed the battery but it didn't start so when I got home I inserted my other battery and it worked.


I am thinking it is a battery issue and have since bought some after market ones which I have just started using.


Checkout Scubaboard as there is a big thread on there about this issue - it isn't an isolated issue.



In Topic: Best place to stay in Tulamben/Seraya area

23 June 2014 - 09:12 PM

I can recommend Liberty Dive Resort - it is clean and comfortable, the dive guides are excellent and the rest of the staff are just like family.   It is a short down hill walk to the entry point for the Liberty Wreck and all other sites they transport you there by a small truck.   The food in the restaurant is good - nothing super special but good - or it is a short walk into town for the restaurants there.



In Topic: Subsee+10 on Oly 60mm does not focus... am I dumb?

27 May 2014 - 09:36 PM

You need to focus with the wet lens first before using the camera's auto focus.


By that I mean you need to move the camera back and forwards until you get a reasonably clear / sharp image in the LCD and then once you have this then you can focus with the camera.   Essentially the camera will be taking a virtual image created by the wet lens and not of the actual subject.


To practice take the lens off of the housing and put it next to an object - say your thumb - and them move it backwards and forwards from your thumb and you will see it come in and out of focus (remember it is just a big magnifying glass) there will be a point where it is clear and sharp - this is what you want to achieve when it is on the housing.


Also remember with it on the front of the housing you will be a lot closer to your subject.


Also once everything is in focus you don't have much room for movement as any slight adjustment and you will need to re focus.


Hope this helps.