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#361922 mirrorless beginner

Posted by troporobo on 07 June 2015 - 01:16 PM

Full disclosure: I'm biased so take this for what it is worth.  I am very happy with my EM-5 / Nauticam / Inon setup and feel it is a great all round system. I had only the Olympus 12-50 lens for a couple of years and was having a lot of fun with the macro capability and occasionally playing with semi-wide shots.  I like the ability to switch between the two perspectives on one dive. If you have not yet found the comprehensive thread on this camera look here:




I use two Inon S-2000 strobes.  It's perfectly possible to get by with just one for macro.  However anything other than macro is going to require a pair.  These strobes are no good at all for wide angle.  By the way, I had an Olympus housing several years ago and hated it, and have never regretted buying the Nauticam.  


I will eventually go for the EM-1, but I would not buy one now, as Olympus is likely to update that camera soon as they just did with the EM-5 Mark II.  Either the update will be worth waiting for or the original will drop in price!     

#361123 Hypselodoris from Bali?

Posted by troporobo on 15 May 2015 - 05:01 AM

I would have thought that a chromodoris on first sight. It seems very close to c. boucheti 

#360582 New to Diving and Underwater Photography

Posted by troporobo on 28 April 2015 - 04:32 PM

I would find it pretty hard to give generic advice on this question.  But you can learn a lot fairly quickly from on line resources.  Here are a few good places to start in no particular order:








Like others often recommend, I found that Martin Edge's book "The Underwater Photographer" is an excellent beginner's course to get up to speed.


Looking at other people's work and trying to understand how they made an image is a very good way to learn.  There's Wetpixel of course, sites of the pros, competition results, the Nat Geo photo if the day UW category, lots of Flickr groups, etc


The trick is remembering all that you need once under water!


Finally, if you are a new diver, the most important advice I can think of is to get good at diving before even thinking about taking the camera along.  Buoyancy control, safety, and making sure you don't run out of air come first and need to be close to automatic.  You don't want any chance of photography distracting you from staying alive!

#359985 xenia crabs: two for the price of one

Posted by troporobo on 13 April 2015 - 05:36 AM

Thanks a lot guys, you've given some great ammunition. If only I had not just ordered a new BCD and air integrated computer . . . clearly my prioritization of life support over imaging needs a rethimk!

#359057 OM-D with +5 or +10 diopter for 12-50mm Olympus?

Posted by troporobo on 21 March 2015 - 05:17 PM

OK, so I found a local dealer willing to let me test with my setup (Olympus m.Zuiko 12-50 lens in Nauticam flat port).  I tried the SubSee +10 in the Nauticam flip adapter.  My objective was maximum magnification (we consistently find pygmy seahorses on our local dives) so I did not test permutations at constant distance.  As luck would have it I forgot to check my camera battery and it started flashing red on the first test shot so I had to rush, hand-holding a heavy housing over a poorly lit sales counter, hence these images are not very good, but they show the most important parameter which is maximum image size.  


First, the lens at 43mm macro mode, no diopter.  Closest focus is about 50mm from the front of the port. Horizontal image size is about 35mm:




Then, same 43mm macro mode with the Subsee +10.  Closest focus is actually touching the lens, resting the front of the Subsee on the edge of the ruler.  Horizontal image size is about 28.5mm:




Finally, for those without the Nauticam gear for this lens, I tried The Subsee +10 at 50mm (normal not macro mode).  Closest focus was about 50mm from the port and horizontal image size is about 32mm 





I conclude that this combination doesn't do what I was hoping, as the relatively small increases in magnification (about 25%) is offset by the loss of working distance, which would make approaching and lighting anything animate just about impossible.  


Also for those hoping to save on the cost of the expensive Nauticam zoom port and gear for the 12-50 lens, it seems you can save $400 by buying the macro port and Austrian zoom gear, but end up at nearly the same image size as the 43mm macro mode, and need to spend about an extra $400 or so for the Subsee and flip adapter.  


So for now I am going to stay happy with the versatility of the zoom lens, and buy the 60mm macro.  Once I have that lens, then maybe the Subsee will produce the results I am after.  

#356480 A few shots from Lembeh

Posted by troporobo on 11 January 2015 - 04:14 PM

Excellent images all.  I especially like your use of plenty of negative space and the jet black backgrounds.  I struggle with backscatter in these shots as we are usually shooting around a lot of turbidity in the muck, so will eventually start playing with a snoot also.   Nice work!

#354434 Unidentified Halgerda from Cenderawasih

Posted by troporobo on 17 November 2014 - 09:46 PM

The closest match I could find on Nudipixel seems to be Halgerda willeyi.  It's documented range (a triangle from Taiwan to Australia to Egypt) ) is huge.







#353658 Nudibranchs of PNG

Posted by troporobo on 24 October 2014 - 02:18 AM

Really fantastic work Dustin!  I can truthfully say I have not seen nudis like this before, and they are my favorite macro subject.  Thanks a lot for sharing.  

#352777 Papua New Guinea - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by troporobo on 21 September 2014 - 01:51 PM

Nice.  I'll have to try that setup with stills. Thanks for the tip.

#352720 Papua New Guinea - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by troporobo on 19 September 2014 - 03:26 PM

Absolutely gorgeous work!  Thanks for posting.  I especially like the macro sequences at the beginning, they are so well lit.  Speaking of which, how did you light the anemone that begins at about 2:50 to look like it is glowing from within?

#350798 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by troporobo on 25 July 2014 - 05:51 AM

Are you sure you can't check baggage all the way through? I've done it after arriving at BNE on at least 4 different airlines. Just go to the transfer desk, show the bag claim number, and they do the rest. Seems weird that it would require entering Australia only to check in again, rather than going to the transfer desk while in transit. But I have not had to do this myself so can't be sure.

If you did have to go through immigration and customs with your luggage, check in upstairs, then go back through the process the other direction, 2 hours is comfortable. BNE is not large and rarely very congested, and once you're checked in you're safe.

#349318 Hairy frog fish right ???

Posted by troporobo on 22 June 2014 - 02:41 AM

Not sure, but I think you are right.  Anyway, that is a spectacular photo!  Very nicely lit for such a tough subject.  Where did you shoot it?


You have some very nice shots in your Flickr galleries also.  The porcelain crab on a blue anemone is really something.

#348803 2nd strobe on Nauticam NA-EM5: Where to mount the strobe arm?

Posted by troporobo on 07 June 2014 - 05:16 PM

There's some discussion and photos of alternative setups beginning in about the middle of page 12 of the massive EM-5 thread:




I use the Flexitray with both handles, with the right handle moved tight against the housing.  I can shoot one handed like this fairly easily, and find it gives me better stability when shooting two handed.  But I am sure that using the M10 mount would also work just fine as long as the arms and clamps allow enough flexibility to position that right hand strobe. There is a photo of exactly that setup on p. 14 near the bottom

#347952 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by troporobo on 20 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

It will be negative, even with four Stix floats, but not so much that handling is impaired.  I shoot the same rig on 60-80 minute dives all the time with no fatigue 

#347951 Nauticam buoyancy help needed

Posted by troporobo on 20 May 2014 - 04:11 PM

I have almost the exact same rig , though with the 12-50 lens and zoom gear and flat port that are definitely heavier.  Even with 4 Stix jumbo floats its definitely negative.  I would like a little more flotation and will probably add 2 more of the same floats.  However I find the rig to be compact enough that handling is generally pretty good