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bmorescuba

Member Since 12 Jun 2009
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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:

 

https://flic.kr/s/aHskoBDZZi

 

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. 


In Topic: nudibranch experts: help ID a flabellina

01 January 2016 - 07:29 AM

Have you considered Caloria indica?

http://www.nudibranc...-indica-01.html

http://www.seaslugfo...howall/phidindi

That would be my guess


In Topic: Anyone Tried Nauticam's Shutter Release Extension?

03 December 2015 - 08:36 AM

Update: My housing is too old to allow the right-handle bracket to be fitted, to which the trigger release is attached. So I cannot use the bracket or therefore the trigger.

Reef has updated their website with the following information:

"Only compatible with housings starting with a serial number of A080640 and after."

 

I'll be returning the trigger and bracket. Dang.

What a shame. Thank you for sharing this information, though. This is exactly the reason I asked the WP community in the first place.

 

I just checked and I'm 080617, so I guess I'm 23 shy of having this able to work....Should have waited another month to buy my housing!


In Topic: Anyone Tried Nauticam's Shutter Release Extension?

02 December 2015 - 06:17 AM

I have used the shutter release for the LX100 and found it very effective to use. if you have a nauticam tray already I would recommend the release even if it makes the whole rig even more complex to put together when travelling

It looks like the NA-LX100 is "bare" like the NA-EM10 that I have. I do have the Flexitray with both handles. Do you mind if I ask what additional parts you had to order to get this installed? Specifically the metal bracing bracket things. Thanks!