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Phil Rudin

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In Topic: E-PL7 and PT-EP12

28 October 2014 - 02:03 PM

Olympus Japan has now announced a program in Japan to exchange the new PT-EP12, EZ short lens port for the older original flat port for a small fee. It has not been announced outside Japan at this time.

Bottom line is that it appears that OlympusJP has gotten the message that many want to use the older port with older 14-42 lenses along with the 60mm macro and 9-18 zoom.

In Topic: Lens choices for a MFT system

23 October 2014 - 11:57 AM

Hi Wolfgang,


That would be Cozumel for Underwater Digital Fiesta where I teach every April. 2015 will be our fifth year lots of fun and great people.


Charles, The E-M1 is Olympus top of the line pro camera and like the E-1, E-3 and E-5 only replaced about every four years. I would NOT expect to see a new E-M1 release before about Photkina in Nov. 2016.


I use the 60mm macro with +5, +10 and +15 C/U lenses. I also use the wider Panasonic 45mm macro with a +5. Dry C/U lenses (diopters) do not work well beaches the ports are designed to get the lens as close to the flat port glass as possible. The more mm between the lens and the back of the C/U lens the less magnification so it the lens sits back far enough in the port for dry C/U lenses it will to be as effective with wet lenses.


We all or most of us anyway came from DSLR cameras. For me it was a Nikonos RS film camera then Olympus DSLR cameras with the 43 sensor. I feel like the gains far out weight the losses and the M43 format is on par with APS-C cameras as a total system. 

In Topic: Lens choices for a MFT system

23 October 2014 - 06:32 AM

I agree with Bill that the Olympus 60mm macro is an excellent choice for macro. I also use the Panasonic 45mm macro which is also a 1:1 lens in m43.

The Panasonic 8mm fisheye would be the lens which will most closely replace the Tokina 10-17mm and with better image quality. The difference is that you will need to zoom by moving closer to the subject. The 8mm will focus all the way to the dome port. You can get both glass (ZEN) and acrylic (Nauticam) ports in the 100mm range.

An 8mm image is attached, close focus at about two inches.

In Topic: OMD EM1 Firmware Upgrade 2.0

23 October 2014 - 06:21 AM

The V.2 firm wear update reset your camera to the factory settings and you lost ALL of your custom settings. All you need do is reset your custom functions and you will have the rear AFL working again. You may want to check all of your non factory presets as I lost more than just the AFL back lever focus. The update has some excellent new features but Olympus should have highlighted the fact that the reset would occur.

In Topic: Olympus 12-40 F/2.8 and the Zen Underwater DP 170 n85 port

22 October 2014 - 10:40 AM

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