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In Topic: Camera insurance, any recommendations?

30 May 2015 - 04:30 PM

My homeowner's insurance (State Farm) has a limit they will insure as a rider to my policy. Considering all the money tied up in photo and housings, you might want to make sure they'll cover everything. Otherwise go to a "pro" insurance site. I have business liability insurance with The Hartford. It's pretty reasonable, so if they offer to cover camera gear it might not be too expensive. 

In Topic: Any Comparison? Nikon D3200 vs Oly OMD-EM5 vI

09 May 2015 - 07:16 AM

I'm using the e-m5 and an e-m1 for all my photography.


My uw setup is the e-m5, a 12-50 zoom and the panasonic 8mm fisheye. I originally bought the e-m5 specifically for uw as I didn't want to carry a full size housing and ports that my Nikon gear would require.


As it turns out, I ended up selling all my Nikon gear once I found out how good the m43 system performs. And I shoot professionally (photojournalist/portrait) for my career. It's that good. The only problem has been auto focus while on c-af, which I would say is not very good in the e-m5, but is almost the equal of the pro Nikon cameras in the e-m1.

In Topic: Thoughts on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II or the upcoming Panasonic's?

21 April 2015 - 06:51 AM

I hope that the phase detection will be available (possibly as a user accessed option) on other af settings. But, in bright light, contrast detection is actually faster than phase detection. I will say that the e-m1 with the v3.0 upgrade is very accurate in c-af, not quite as good as a DSLR, but very good nonetheless. Next time I'm using my 12-50 underwater, I might try the c-af just to see what happens. 

In Topic: Thoughts on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II or the upcoming Panasonic's?

20 April 2015 - 07:01 AM

Troporobo--not to hijack this thread, but if I were you, I would wait for the next version of the e-m1 rather than buy the current one. The e-m1 is around two years old now. I have the current e-m1 and to tell the truth, it still hunts a lot in low light. And the phase detection doesn't kick in unless you are on c-af, not something I use underwater (although that might be something to consider for macro).

In Topic: Should i get a fisheye?

09 April 2015 - 07:28 AM

Hello Storker


When I was setting up my kit, I talked with Scott at Bluewater Photo in Los Angeles. He said the difference in the 9-18 and the 8mm is whether you want to get nice snaps from every underwater excursion or do you want to get that one-of-a-kind photo that may make you miss some others. The 9-18 is for the former and the FE is for the latter. Since I just shoot for my own enjoyment and have been shooting uw photos for some three decades I chose the latter and got the 8mm Panny lens. While I haven't been able to get into the water with it as much as I would want, I did have the opportunity to dive Catalina Island in SoCal last month with the camera (e-m5) and the FE. I found the lens to be somewhat limiting, but I did get some nice shots with it. The best being of a Garibaldi who decided to attack the dome port (probably saw a reflection of himself). Here's that photo, something I doubt I could have gotten with the 9-18.