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#370517 New Nauticam 29 port for Panasonic 14-42mm PZ could be a blast for 4K video s...

Posted by JackConnick on 16 February 2016 - 12:03 AM

For what it's worth, I just wrote a quicky review using the WWL and CMC in Oly's PT-EP12 housing. The Oly 14-42mmEZ lens fits very close to the end of the port and the lenses work quite well. Not my favorite camera, but an interesting combo that's pretty small.


See: Olympus EPL-7 with Nauticam WWL-1 & CMC Lens Review







#368261 Olympus 8 mm f/1.8 fisheye Pro or Olympus 7-14 mm f/2.8 Pro?

Posted by JackConnick on 14 December 2015 - 01:10 PM

The Zen DP-170-N85 works without an extension with the Oly 8mm FE. The DP-170-N85II won't work. There is no one port solution for both the 8mm FE at 7-14mm lenses at this time. But heck, it's Christmas you never know...

#367950 Olympus new lenses 8 mm fisheye considerations weight and so on ...

Posted by JackConnick on 05 December 2015 - 09:41 AM

As Jim showed, I think you're missing a very large point. The f1.8 has much faster AF in the dark conditions we find underwater. You can shoot at a lower ISO in many situations, deeper dives, caves, underhangs and on wrecks, as well as dusk and dawn. Even during cloudy conditions in more turbulent contditions the extra light at depth allows the lens to catch focus faster, this is especially true for m4/3rds cameras that rely on (modified) contrast AF.



Shot in 145' of water, ambient light.



Ambient light

#366882 Olympus OM-D E-M1 low light photography questions

Posted by JackConnick on 06 November 2015 - 05:58 PM

You might want to consider buying the new Olympus f1.8 8mm FE which will gain you quite a bit better ISO at a reasonable shutte speed. It's really made for what you are shooting.

#366392 Metabones Smartadapter IV with Sigma 15mm

Posted by JackConnick on 22 October 2015 - 06:49 PM

I'd look at the Sony 28 plus  Nauticam's new WWL-1 lens. It looks to be very wide with sharp corners. the 28 fits into a small flat port with 67mm thread. Much smaller than the 16-35 to be sure.


Other than that I'd shoot a Nikonos 15FE if you want a small sharp fisheye.


Edward posted some shots here: https://nauticam.smu...ngTests/A7R-II/

#366207 Panasonic LX100

Posted by JackConnick on 15 October 2015 - 08:42 PM

We have a review concentrating on stills and photos on our blog here:

Panasonic LX100 Review.



#365391 Olympus 7-14 mm f2.8 will not fit in Nauticam housings

Posted by JackConnick on 18 September 2015 - 08:19 PM

I've published a Port Configuration Guide on our blog that has all of the various possible combinations for Nauticam and Olympus housings with Zen, Nauticam and Olympus ports, extensions and gears.


There's a lot of different configurations. Right now, there's not a one size-fits-all like with DSLRs. The optics on m4/3rds lenses and the large physical size of the Olys make it hard. But I think given some time the manufacturers will do the best they can to work towards that goal.


Having shot the 8mm with the small Oly dome, I'd really like to try in with a larger 170mm dome and see how much less edge distortion it has.

#364789 HELP!! Olympus OMD EM5 MARK II camera settings

Posted by JackConnick on 29 August 2015 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for posting these Jack, its a very handy reference.

There's one change not yet captured in most descriptions I've read. Selection of the small focus point is now much easier with the firmware update. From the SCP, select focus options, press INFO, then up/down arrows to change.

By the way, the original post was spot on about thr Olympus menus, they are indeed a maze.


Glad they helped. You get used to the menu layouts after a while, they do offer an amazing amount of adjustment and fine-tuning. But items are sort of hidden or not where yo expect them to be...



#364782 HELP!! Olympus OMD EM5 MARK II camera settings

Posted by JackConnick on 29 August 2015 - 09:51 AM

We edited Corrander's excellent post (with his permission) and added a bit to it, as well wrote a similar set-up article on the E-M1. They are going to be similar to your camera.


They are available free in our Education Resource Center:




#364146 Thoughts on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II or the upcoming Panasonic's?

Posted by JackConnick on 11 August 2015 - 07:13 AM

From what I've heard, I doubt there will be an Oy EM-1 successor until late next Spring. I've had no problems with focus in low light especially with the new f1.8 8mm FE, which is an awesome light gatherer.


The below was taken in available light at 135'.



#362123 How do I avoid my wife murdering me when I come home with two more YS-250Pro...

Posted by JackConnick on 11 June 2015 - 08:20 PM

I ended up with an uw camera company. Now it's all work related and a write off. At least that's what I tell her.


We're very adept at spreading purchases for customers over many credit cards...

#361640 Olympus 7-14 mm f2.8 will not fit in Nauticam housings

Posted by JackConnick on 30 May 2015 - 08:52 AM

We tried it in the Nauticam E-M1 housing and it will require that you add the camera body first into the housing, then the lens as with the 12-40mm. But it will need a much wider port body to fit the lens and a zoom gear. My guess is the the Nauticam N85 (MIL) to N120 (DSLR) 40mm ext adapter with zoom control, plus about a 50-60mm N120 extension and Nauticam 180mm N120 (DSLR) dome (or larger) should work fine. But Nauticam has not released a guide yet as they are still testing these new lenses.


We have a "first look" article on our blog here.



#359501 After trip housing maintenance

Posted by JackConnick on 01 April 2015 - 11:08 AM

You might want to check out our Maintenance Handbook. Warm water and vinegar will dissolve salt, maybe a spray of silicone lube and light grease. You can take out the main o-ring and put it in a baggie inside the housing.

#356280 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2014

Posted by JackConnick on 04 January 2015 - 03:55 PM

One of my favorites was this Kona Manta Night dive where 23 Mantas showed up to feed in our lights.



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#353385 Free Olympus E-M1 V.2 Firmware Update - Try New Creative Underwater Technique...

Posted by JackConnick on 15 October 2014 - 07:32 AM

While at first glance Olympus's new free OM-D E-M1 camera firmware upgrade v2 doesn't appear to offer much for underwater photography, digging into some of it's subtleties and improvements shows that it offers some pretty interesting ideas to expand your underwater universe.

The features added include most all of the latest ones now found on the new PEN E-PL7. It's not often that you can apply these types of upgrades to a camera that's nearly a year old.

Besides some improvements such as speeding up it's EVF display, more and smaller AF points, and improved focus peaking, there are a lot of new in-camera creative possibilities available such as using Keystone Correction to straighten the lines of a wreck, or maybe stalks of kelp, while shooting with a fisheye lens - right on the camera back. Same with it's Live Composite Tool; allowing for multiple exposures to be made creatively without post-processing. Other cool effects like Partial Color are now available, allowing you to shoot a brightly colored subject against a black and white background.

Do you like HDR? This popular technique of shooting and overlaying multiple varying exposures can be set-up and shot right on the camera. Using a high-frame rate, these HDR composites can be previewed on the camera display and then saved into RAW for further manipulation later. New is ev compensation on the HDR frames.

Updates have also been made to the wireless apps and tethering software, along with many other features you'll enjoy using above water. You can also use them to apply filters and create composite "stories" and upload them with your phone; without even opening your housing!

If you have one of these great Olympus micro-four thirds cameras, getting this free E-M1 firmware update is a no-brainer. It is easily downloaded onto a computer, then uploaded to the camera with the mini-usb cable included with the camera.

So enjoy this cool new present from Olympus and think creatively underwater, you might be surprised!

More information on the OM-D EM1 can be found here. You can download the updater here.

Here's a complete list of new features and changes:

8 New Functions:
  • Keystone Compensation (Digital Shift)
  • Tethered Shooting System (OLYMPUS capture)
  • Live Composite
  • Zoom In/Out and Layout have been added to Photo Story. Save (complete partway through), Temporary Save, and Resume functions have been added to Photo Story mode
  • New Art Filters: Vintage and Partial color
  • Old Film Effect in video recording
  • The Aperture Lock function has been added to Aperture Preview
  • The Panning Shot shooting mode has been added to SCN mode
16 Operability Improvements:
  • Image display time lag in the Electronic Viewfiner has been improved to 16 msec (frame rate setting is high speed)
  • Multiple simultaneous settings now available in Live Guide
  • Exposure compensation (±3 EV) is now available in HDR 1/HDR2 shooting
  • A function has been added to cancel Color Creator and return to the original Picture Mode by pressing the MENU button when using Color Creator function.
  • Movie Tele-converter can now be used simultaneously when Art Filter is set to Picture Mode.
  • AF function for each frame was added to Custom Self Timer. In Drive Mode's Custom Self Timer settings, you can now press the INFO button to change settings.
  • MF Assist is now supported in magnified frame position.
  • 3x has been added to high resolution magnified Live View.
  • The Peaking display frame rate has been improved.
  • Electronic zoom speed setting function was added. An icon appears on the LCD monitor when using an Olympus electronic zoom lens.
  • When the arrow pad is set to Direct function, the Underwater/Underwater macro functions can be used with the left and down button on the arrow pad.
  • Double tap is now supported in touch operations on the Super Control Panel.
  • The level gauge and histogram can now be displayed during magnified frame display. The Touch Off icon was added to magnified frame display.
  • A function was added so that shooting information recorded in HDR1/HDR2 can be viewed in the playback screen.
  • Information on composited number of shots for images recorded with Live Composite was added (Can be checked in Olympus Viewer3).
  • When the BKT button is held down, the BKT menu now appears.