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Phil Rudin

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In Topic: Removing the flash thingy from a NA-E-M5 housing?

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In Topic: Removing the flash thingy from a NA-E-M5 housing?

27 February 2015 - 09:41 AM

The Nauticam flash trigger is an add-on for quite a few camera makers and started off being made for high-end cameras like Canon EOS 1D and Nikon D4 that don't come with pop-up flashes. It allowed those cameras to be used with fiber optics when in the past bulkhead wiring was the only real choice.


While I have no issue with the Hedwig system which I have never used I think you will see the clear difference between the two and it would be nice to have the choice at both price points of around $90.00US and $220.00US. 



In Topic: Wide Angel on E-M1 in Nauticam Housing

26 February 2015 - 02:25 PM

i have been shooting all three lenses, 8mm, 9-18 and 7-14 for years and most recently since its release with the E-M1 and NA-EM1. The 9-18 is a decent lens but the choice for most highness shooters is the 7-14mm zoom because of the extra 14 degrees of field of view F/4 across the range, better build quality, better image quality and more. The debate over the Panasonic 7-14mm or 9-18 or 8mm fisheye has been going on for years and I am sure that if you do some searching on this site and in the olympus user and Panasonic user sections of ScubaBoard.com you will find much information and several images taken with all lenses.


To further confuse this issue for you, Olympus has announced they will release their own 7-14 zoom which will be a faster F/2.8 lens and the Olympus 8 mm fisheye which will be a much faster F/1.8 lens. Both are to be released in the next six months with 7-14 coming first. No size information has been released other than photos in which both lens appear larger than the Panasonic offerings, so it is not completely clear if current ports will work well with these new lenses. 


The current 7-14 is my first choice for shooting wide angle and the 8mm is my choice for CFWA where you want to get within a few mm of your subject. Both of these lenses clearly play much different rolls in U/W photography just as they do for topside photography. I would at some point be wanting to own both and most pro shooters and high-end enthusiast agree that a fisheye and a wide zoom along with a macro lens or two cover most of your U/W needs.


The beauty of the 7-14 is for me the 170 mm dome port size. Lenses for full-frame and APS-C need ports in the 230mm to 200mm range just to cover the same angle of view with not a bit better corner sharpness and in many cases much worse corners. 


To say that the 7-14 zoom lens is only good for things like wrecks and whales is just BS. Look on Facebook at the whale images posted by Fantasea Line and Amanda Cotton over the past week. These images were taken with a Sony RX100 III and the BigEye add-on lens that restores the cameras 84 degree AOV at 24mm equivalent and a lens I was recently told by a poster here was not very useful as a wide lens. A talented photographer like Amanda can find a way to make things work to produce publishable images.


If it were me I would be waiting to see the new Olympus releases and deciding between going with the new stuff or scoring the Panasonic going into the used market by those upgrading. 

In Topic: Removing the flash thingy from a NA-E-M5 housing?

26 February 2015 - 08:38 AM

This is a question I would be interested in finding out as well. 


I would very much like to see Nauticam make a flash trigger for the OM-D cameras like they make for Canon, Nikon, Sony (A7 line) and in a mini version for Panasonic GH-4 and Fujifilm XT1. The flash trigger is designed for use with fiber optic cables only and work in TTL for some camera brands and in manual flash power settings for other brands like Panasonic.


I use manual flash settings exclusively and I am sure many other OM-D users do the same based on the numbers of comments on this and other forms regarding the use of the OM-D's 1/64th power setting to conserve the camera's  battery power. The Nauticam flash triggers are powered by a small flat user replaceable battery which lasts for quite some time because of the very low power draw required to trigger the small LCD lights. With external strobes like the Inon Z-240's set to low power settings you have the ability to shoot at several frames a second with proper strobe batteries. These flash triggers are very useful tools and conserve the cameras battery power which is one of the down sides to the Olympus OM-D line of cameras.  


All of the Nauticam flash triggers retail for $220.00 in the US. The price would be worth it to me for the additional creative ability of shooting at 6 to 10 frames per second and for the ability to squeeze several more shots out of the Olympus camera battery.


Did not mean to side track your thread oskar but would be interested to know if any other OM-D users would be buyers for a Nauticam flash trigger.

In Topic: Nauticam vs Saga Flip Adapter

21 February 2015 - 10:03 AM

I have used both and the issue of which closeup lens you will be using has now become relevant. The new Nauticam CMC-1 C/U lens will not fit the SAGA flip adapter so you need the Nauticam version. If you intend to purchase that C/U lens going forward the Nauticam is the better choice.