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#21 simonknee

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:22 PM

I can confirm that the 50mm works great on the EM1. Much better than on my E520. AF is faster and much less hunting. IQ is amazing.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:42 AM

I sold all my 43 lenses, still have an E-3 for sale but if I were buying a lens back the 50 macro would be my first choice. Owning the M43 lenses that I do I would not see much upside for any of the other lenses for U/W use. I would like to have the 300 F/2.8 or the 90-250 F/2.8 for wildlife.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:26 AM

43 lenses  WOW



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:06 AM

Just saw a review in a German photographic mag not that i can read German but the OMD EM1 scored very high in all aspects. Will be interesting to see what path it gos when the housings start coming out for it

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:51 AM

Reviews have now been posted at DPReview.com and DXO as well, both very positive.


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:15 AM

I've had mine a month and it is fabulous. Of course coming from the 4 year old tech of an E520 it was always going to be a treat but it really does surpass expectations. I only have 43 glass (8, 11-22, 25, 50, 50-200) yet now have the choice of all the m43 lens too. Fyi the extra battery grip is very good with lenses like the 50-200. Now for the case. Pretty sure I will buy a pt-ep11 to start with some I have a hefty investment in Olympus domes and a limited budget (I expect the oly case alone to be half the price of a nauticam). Additionally it appears from the images like Olympus have taken on some of the criticism regarding the view finder and knob positions. Looking forward to hearing first hand about any cases, anybody seen one yet? Simon Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk

Edited by simonknee, 09 November 2013 - 04:15 AM.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:26 AM

Any opinion on the new 12-40 is coming to the market along with the OM-D E-M1 ? Its specs are set at a high level but so is its price. Do you think it would worth the extra money compared to the 12-50 (assuming manufacturers also provide corresponding ports) ?



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:32 AM

I picked up my OMD E-M1 with the new 12-40 F/2.8 while I was at DEMA last week and it is every bit a PRO lens. Focus is excellent and the range is great for my needs. This lens will focus to about seven inches (18cm) across the range.

This is the standard test I do with all new lenses for close focus, zoom to 40mm, manual focus to closes focus point and then move the camera in and out for sharp focus. I use a standard 35mm film mount to get an idea of how close the lens will focus and in this case it is about 1:1.35 on 35mm or about 1: 2.7 on 43/M43 sensor. The lens extended to 40mm WITHOUT a filter on the lens will just fit into my Nauticam NA-EM5 housing using the ZEN 170mm optical glass dome and the 20mm port extension, about 2 or 3 MM from hitting the glass. I THINK THE 30MM EXTENSION WILL BE THE SAFER CHOICE for this dome port. The lens will NOT fit the flat ports for 12-50 or 60 macro and because of the LONG extension of the lens between 12 and 40mm I think a dome will be the better choice over a flat port to avoid vignetting. I think a wider flat port would be the only solution for use with a flat port where a closeup lens could be used. I plan to use the lens with the dome and I will continue to use the excellent 60mm macro for the very close work. A gear for the 12-40 zoom lens is in development by Nauticam.

 

Fully extended to 40mm the 12-40 zoom is about 30mm longer than the 12-50 zoom so in no way will it fit any of the "stock" ports for the 12-50 zoom.

First image is full frame at 40mm and focused as close as will give a sharp image, no crop and the second is the bill as it looks taped to a window.

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Edited by Phil Rudin, 12 November 2013 - 10:38 AM.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:39 AM

Hi Phil,

 

Any idea on when the nauticam housing is going to be ready for the em1? I guess they will make a port for the 12-40. Anyone know of any underwater reviews for the em1 yet? 

I am interested but am weary of the increase in size and weight of the em1 over the em5. The whole reason for me to use the 4/3 is the size and weight reduction.



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:45 AM

The housing should be in retail stores before the end of the year.

 

The size difference between the E-M5 and E-M1 is a non issue to me. Since the grips are integrated into the housing the width is about the same as an NA-EM5 with tray and grips. This also allows for a vertical rather than horizontal shutter release which works extremely (big plus to me) well while using the right hand grip. The pictured housing has the vacuum system installed. This housing will ship with the vacuum system electronics already installed. The valve is additional cost and allows for several choices. The photo has the base valve, a valve that allows you to install a sync port for wired strobes, HDMI out, can also be added. A new read rear window for 45 & 180 degree accessory viewfinders is also coming. Price point should be between the NA-EM5 and Nauticam DSLR housings for APS-C cameras.

 

The rear view of the housing shows the vacuum system at the ready, green light. If vacuum begins to be lost the light will flash amber and then go to red when the vacuum is lost. The red light and audible alarm will not go off until water is actually detected in the housing. This system is NOT a replacement for the routine maintenance for your housing. It does however give another layer of security and I believe will be quite common in all housings in the next few years.

 

First image Nauticam NA-EM1 housing left and Nauticam NA-EM5 housing right. This is the a prototype housing at DEMA and some small Tweaks my be made before shipping.

 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:02 AM

Thanks for the info and pics. I think I am going to have to wait and look at them but there is hardly a difference in the size by the looks of it, cost could be the factor.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 04:20 PM

Thanks for the pics Phil, 

 

Are the handles/tray integral to the housing or can you fit your own? 

 

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:21 AM

The grips are designed to sit flush with the bottom of the housing and they can be removed, this allows the housing to sit very stable on its bottom. The housing also has three tripod mounting points on the bottom so a tray could be attached. You also have the extra plates at the top of the new grips for added support. You can see in the photos how stable the system sits on the counter top. The handles can be moved in and out for bare hands or heavy drysuit gloves. Also note how nicely spread out the controls are on the right rear of the housing even though additional functions have been added to this housing v. the E-M5 housing.

 

The only buttons which can not be accessed are the two on the front of the camera near the lens which control depth of field preview and custom white balance. These can be reassigned to other function buttons if needed.

 

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Edited by Phil Rudin, 16 November 2013 - 05:23 AM.


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:42 AM

Nauticam makes a nice tray and handle system but yes you can use a variety of other tray and handle systems to meet your tastes.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:00 AM

The point is that you don't need a tray the grips mount directly to the bottom of the housing, no tray required.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:03 AM

Don't mean to be combative but the idea is to have options, maybe someone has a tray system they like or a style of handle they prefer.  I agree that Nauticam has a nice system but you can customize it with other trays/handles to fit your needs.  I personally like options.  


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:51 AM

Don't mean to be combative but the idea is to have options, maybe someone has a tray system they like or a style of handle they prefer.  I agree that Nauticam has a nice system but you can customize it with other trays/handles to fit your needs.  I personally like options.  

I like the hand strap on the right side of my Nauti OM D5 rig.  I use the handles as strobe mounts.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:54 PM

The shutter release mechanism has been redesigned so that it is a trigger (DSLR style) rather than a press-down button, it feels more intuitive and I applaud this change but I think it makes the use of a hand-strap impractical. 


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 07:13 AM

I agree with Alex, while I use a wrist strap all the time with my NA-EM5 housing it is as a result of the press down shutter design. The new shutter release design on the NA-EM1 housing is much more intuitive using the right hand grip. While the housing is designed to mount many types of trays and tripods the new integrated grip design is quite nice.

 

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 02:02 PM

For me, one of the things I particularly like about the EM-5 housing is that it doesn't need handles. I understand why the shape of the EM-1 camera probably means it needs this design, but I think it is a pity that there is now a necessity for handles, which do limit strobe positioning in some situations.

 

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