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not so noticeable carrying case for air travel?

27 August 2015 - 07:40 AM

Hi guys!


I'm looking for a suitable case to carry my housing, ports, lights and associated accessories when traveling by air. Right now, I use a Think Tank Airport International roller with all my stuff, but I'm a little worried about checking that case as it is so recognizable as a camera case.


One of the guys I know who does a lot (and I mean A LOT) of air travel with his gear said he uses a fiberglass ice chest with wheels. He just stuffs his clothing around the housing, ports, lights, etc. That sounds like a good idea, but I can't figure out how to make sure the case stays closed. And my buddy is out of touch for a while.


Anybody have any ideas?

how good is the Oly 9-18 or the 12-50 in the Nauticam 4" dome port?

14 June 2015 - 08:14 PM

Hi guys!


I've got a trip coming up in late July to the Sea of Cortez on the Rocio Del Mar. Expected sightings underwater include sea lions (100% possibility), whale sharks (80-95% possibility), sharks (60-100% depending on species) and dolphins, humpback and sperm whales, and mobula rays (40-60% possibility). 


I'm using a Olympus e-m5 in a Nauticam housing with an 8mm Panny fisheye and the 12-50 Oly lens in the dedicated port. Lighting is from two YS-01 strobes. I also own the 9-18 mm Oly lens.


My question is, "should I spring for the 4" dome port at this late date? Realizing that I can use the 9-18 and the 12-50 in that port is pretty good, but I won't have any time to practice with it before the trip and the cost ($480 not counting the zoom gears) will definitely cut into my trip funds. Without the zoom gears, I would be stuck with whatever setting I put the lens at before encasing it in the port, but in the 12-50 case, the 12mm setting might be pretty good. I am not sure how sharp either of these two lenses are underwater. Above water, I find the 12-50 to be quite sharp. I've only owned the 9-18 for a little while, but I don't use it too much as most of it's range is covered by the 12-40 PRO lens (used exclusively above water).


Would either of these possibilities be worth the cost at this time? 


Thanks for your help!