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Nautilus Cairns

Member Since 23 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Nov 17 2014 11:29 PM
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In Topic: Time for a new rig; MIL?

03 November 2014 - 06:38 PM

As soon as you start having changable lenses then ports become an issue (cost, availibility, packability)
I have gone the Olympus route (E-PL3 in an Olympus housing) and can use the 60mm macro and the 9-18 behind the Zen port. or the 14-42 behind the standard port with a wet lens for macro. 
I only have live view and that does not seem to cause any focusing issues.
I would like the 8mm fisheye but thats another port and the hand luggage is getting very full already.
On the surface I find the pen series Ok but not as nice as my D300.
I don't shoot video so cannot comment on that.


The 8mm panasonic (Lumix) fisheye is very small and light and so too the Nauticam 3.5" port for it.No weight or bulk problems for travel.

When I first made the step from a compact to the EM-5 I regretted not having the ability to shoot everything on the one dive, macro and wide using assorted wet lenses.I then reminded myself that the reason for the change was to get better image quality with good glass and more camera options. So I got the 60mm macro and the 8mm fisheye. I don't have a good wide zoom yet so the 12-50 in the macro port is a, not particularly satisfactory, substitute.

If having to make a decision on what type of subject you are going for prior to the dive is a major problem then I suggest sticking with a compact rig.

In Topic: Lens choices for a MFT system

23 October 2014 - 06:31 PM

I used the 8mm panasonic fisheye with my EM-5 for the first time last week on a trip to PNG and was very impressed.

In Topic: Which strobe?

12 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

As many have advised before, strobes usually outlast your housing and camera so it pays to get something a bit more up market, albeit more expensive,so you can transfer it to your next rig. Also as you have a compact setup a high performance, compact strobe like the S2000 makes sense, particularly if you're traveling.

 

I used to have a DS51 with my first Canon compact in an Ikelite housing, but sold it with that setup at the same time I upgraded to a  CanonS95 in a Recsea housing. I bought first one then a second S2000 and was very happy with the performance of the whole kit.

 

Now that I have an Olympus EM-5 in a Nauticam housing I will most likely upgrade the stobes to Inon Z240s.

 

See what I mean?


In Topic: Malaria

10 August 2014 - 02:13 AM


Also be aware that Doxycycline can cause severe esophageal burning - seen that several times!

 

So you need to have it with food as per instructions!


In Topic: Malaria

09 August 2014 - 09:56 PM

I do three overseas dive trips a year, all to countries where malaria is present. I've tried doxy a few times and although I have never had a problem with sun sensitivity it did give me a bloated stomach! I now follow Troprobo's approach and rely on using repellent and covering up in the evenings. Also check for insect screens and mossie coils in the accommodation areas. I understand that in PNG some places have a greater risk of malaria than others. I too am not a medical practitioner so this is just my experience :)