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In Topic: Canon 10-22 mm wide angle lens for cropped sensor camera

21 April 2016 - 05:11 AM

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In Topic: Octopus ID

02 April 2016 - 05:35 PM

Check out Veined (Coconut) octopus, Octopus marginatus


Especially if it was on the smaller side and near a coconut :)

In Topic: Dyron +7 diopter or CMC-1 on Olympus 60mm macro lens?

19 February 2016 - 11:32 AM

This Costasiella nudibranch is smaller than one grain of rice, probably around 3mm. This shot is with Oly 60mm + CMC, and even then it's cropped to at least 50%. I find the optics to be excellent. The magnification to be very, very good, and the working distance to be ridiculously short. This was my first time really practicing with it and you have to be so close to the subject to get anything - 5cm or less. Starting out, I couldn't get anything to turn out, then I realized you basically have to touch the front of the lens to the subject, back away a tiny bit, and then compose the shot (I did this on sand, not real subjects). Seriously, though, very hard to shoot with, but very pretty. The flip adapter was worth it for me, but it's well made, and seems like it could take lots of screwing and unscrewing. If you leave it attached, don't plan on shooting anything bigger than 10mm.

In Topic: Decided on a new micro 4/3 setup now need help deciding on which camera?

23 January 2016 - 11:23 AM

I'll let others debate the bodies, but I can't say enough good things about the Olympus 60mm macro lens. As long as you can get used to the effective 120mm length and you understand that it's really only good for macro, and not even for med-large fish portraits, it's just a fantastic lens. Sharp, portable, relatively affordable. If you're going with Nauticam and interested in even smaller critters, the CMC add-on lens is also pretty fantastic. Takes lots of practice, but the resolving power is incredible.


When I was in your shoes the biggest thing I wished for was examples so I could judge for myself. This gallery was all the 60mm macro:




It was on an EM-10 body, Nauticam housing, one YS-D1 strobe. A few of the shots use the CMC. I'll probably only ever get to Anilao once in my life and I was very happy with the little EM-10 + 60mm.

In Topic: Upgrading from compact to 4/3 or dslr - advice needed pls

01 January 2016 - 07:46 AM

I shoot with something close to troporobo. Olympus EM10, Oly 60mm Macro, Nauticam, D1, and the Nauticam CMC. I find it to be very capable. I have also shot with Canon APS-C in the past and the only real advantage I'd give that DSLR was a less noisy sensor at the lowest native ISO. But I just set NR to 20 in Lightroom and don't worry about it. It would be hard to argue that the D810 with 105 from Nikon isn't a more versatile macro solution - you have all those pixels to work with and a higher base sensor quality. But it's so gigantic and so expensive. Comparing with other macro shooters who use the 5DMKIII, 7DII, D810, I feel like the little m4/3 gets you 80% of the quality for half the cost and weight. 


This is with the 60mm Macro + CMC. This nudi was literally smaller than a grain of rice: https://flic.kr/p/ALJKxa

And without the CMC, the effective 120mm can fill the frame with only part of a larger subject: https://flic.kr/p/AnQZ2p

Just my 2 cents. I've seen some incredible DLSR macro. To me, it comes down to - is that extra 20% of quality worth the massive investment. My answer is not yet. Maybe when I improve my skills or if I had opportunities to dive/shoot more. 

If I was buying today, I'd probably opt for the Oly EM5-II body, or possibly wait for the EM1-II. I got the EM10 to save money and have the built-in flash.