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In Topic: Nikon D7000 or Olympus OM-D E-M5?

15 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

Only time will tell - I think mirror-less is the way of the future (particularly if you're talking about cropped frame cameras) and Olympus / Panasonic / Sony are leading the pack with Canon and Nikon well-behind as they focus on their strengths in SLR. As with SLR, bodies will improve but you'll be able to utilize what are some very good lenses and, with the Olys, the stabilization is in the body so image stabilization improvements in lenses is less of an issue.

In Topic: Nikon D7000 or Olympus OM-D E-M5?

14 November 2012 - 07:41 PM

I really like the 12-50mm - the only issue I have with it is that there can be a bit of uncorrected distortion (on land at least) at 12mm. If I'm unhappy with the 43mm macro on the 12-50mm I will need to decide whether to get the Flat port 65 for the 60mm Olympus macro or just use the port for the 12-50mm. The total cost would work out about the same time if using diopters but the diopter M77 - M67 adapter takes up less space than a port. Still haven't got mine wet yet so haven't optimized the functions for underwater or figured out how to reassign the buttons for that matter (though I use SAF when in M/S/P on land anyway).

With the OMD you could go with the Panasonic 7-14mm for wide-angle (roughly equivalent to 10-20mm with the D7000) but the lens is rectilinear rather than fisheye. The Samyang / Rokinon fish-eye 7.5 is a cheap and high quality alternative to the Panasonic fisheye but with the caveat that exposure and focus is manual.

In Topic: My OMD E-M5 Rig

12 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

Yes, how does the macro lens fair in the wide angle port? I'm all for carrying as few ports as possible if you can get away with it without negative impact on image quality.

I've got the 12-50mm lens and associated port and gearing (which will also fit the 60mm) for starters. Then thinking will probably get the 60mm and the 8mm fisheye (and dome port). Also, which Big Blue light did you get? I'm looking at the VL1800 so can use it full power for video and quarter power for focus.

In Topic: Nikon D7000 or Olympus OM-D E-M5?

12 November 2012 - 12:10 AM

I'd say that empirically the D7000 pips out the OM-D but I got the OM-D w/ Nauticam housing because I wasn't invested in Nikon or Canon (Minolta / Sony) and I liked the compactness of the OM-D for travel combined with the relatively low cost of housings and ports. And I also shoot video. Between the insurance on my scratched video port and selling off my Sony / Minolta gear and compact underwater camera gear I'm pretty much even with the port for the kit 12-50mm lens and a single YS-D1 strobe with the Nauticam tray and arm.


Also, what is the depth rating for the Ikelite and how deep do you plan to dive with it? Does the Ikelite give you as much control over the camera as the Nauticam? I don't know the answer, but these are the questions I would ask given my old Ikelite was rated to 40m (though it worked better than me at 70m).

In Topic: M.Zuiko 60mm/f2.8 Macro with E-PL3 in Oly housing

07 November 2012 - 10:31 PM

I have the Nauticam housing and 12-50 port on the way and thinking about the 60mm lens. I suspect it fits in the 12-50 port based on the dimensions but I'm wondering about any negative impact on image quality or lens control. The main advantage would be the space saved by having one fewer ports given that the cost of the port for the 60mm and the adapter to use M67 diopters with the 12-50 port is about the same. What are your experiences? Thanks