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FreediveWI

Member Since 29 May 2003
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Wet Lens compatability

05 April 2009 - 11:22 AM

I've been digging through websites, and running searches through the archives, but have had no luck trying to get this question answered- and the good people at BH Photo were completely useless as well. I want to know which adapters will work with my housings?

I used to have an Olympus 5050 in a PTO-15 housing with an INON wide angle lens, complete with dome port, that worked out pretty well for the kind of diving I do these days. I wanted to upgrade to better video and sold the lens, since it didn't work with the new camera(s), and now I really miss it. I would like to get some kind of wide angle lens for one of my housings and am unsure if any of the adapters out there would work. The websites don't list my housings specifically, but the specs don't seem to be that odd that something shouldn't work. I'm hoping someone on here might have an answer for me.

My main camera these days is a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 in a DMW-MCTZ5 housing. Since this has a 28mm lens built into the camera I'm not holding out a lot of hope on this- since it would experience problems similar to those found in the Canon G9 and G10.
http://www.bhphotovi...Housing_f_.html

My other option is my old Casio Z1000 in a Casio EWC-80 housing. This has a standard round port that seems like it should align with something from INON, Fantasea, or Epoque. The only issue I see is the off set nature of the lens compared to the housing- others seem to have the lens directly over the base plate mounting screw that the adapters attach to.
http://www.bhphotovi...#specifications

Given this information is there anyone out there that could help me out? I recall that Sea&sea had an adapter for the Casio at one time, but have long since quit making it and there is no back stock- which I found out after I bought the camera.

BTW: Buying a new camera, like the G10, is simply NOT in the budget these days. The Panasonic isn't even a year old and I would lose too much money trying to sell it so I want to make something work with what I have.

Thanks,

Jon