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JMartel

Member Since 27 Feb 2013
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In Topic: Inon Z-240 vs. Sea & Sea YS-D2

25 April 2017 - 07:27 AM

I haven't had any of the troubles that are mentioned here with my D2. Zero issues that haven't been my fault. I'm happy with it and my YS-01


In Topic: Is this a good setup for a complete beginner for a trip to Asia?

18 April 2017 - 11:33 AM

Honestly, I think you should keep it simple. For the first thing, taking photos underwater is orders of magnitude more difficult than doing it on land. I would suggest going into Optical Ocean Sales and talking to Jack or the other really tall guy that works there (forget his name right now) and asking them these questions. They will be able to give you a lot more help than I can here.

 

Most people tend to use 3 main lenses underwater. Macro, wide rectilinear, and fisheye. The standard focal range of your 14-42mm is used, but generally not as frequently. Using the 60mm macro can be difficult underwater. I think the CMC-1 will have to wait a while to be used as it is difficult to even get what you are trying to shoot in the viewfinder. 

 

Things on the list that you probably don't need:

Diffusers for D2's (included when you buy them)

Arm adapters for strobes (included when you buy them)

Focus gears for 60mm and 8mm lenses (they autofocus. Use them on autofocus for a while until you get comfortable to use manual)

Strobe covers (not really needed)

Carrying handle (some rope or paracord and some brass snap connectors to make a rope handle, takes like 20 min)

 

 

Make sure you do get a lanyard to connect to your BC, however. You don't want to lose the camera if you have to let go of it for any reason.

 

Do you dive in the Sound? First things first, I would suggest getting the housing for your camera, tray, strobes, arms, sync cords, and lanyard, and doing some dives. Do it with just the 14-42mm and port for now. You will be able to figure out camera buoyancy, settings, and getting used to carrying it in the water at home rather than while you are on an expensive dive trip. Depending on where you are in the Sound, you can come out for a dive with me if you'd like. I've got an E-M5II in a Nauticam housing, set up for macro.

 

As a good guide for buoyancy with the macro rig, my setup uses 6 of the jumbo Styx floats and it's just a tiny bit negative at the moment. (E-M5II, 60mm macro, 65 macro port, nauticam tray, YS-01 & YS-D2 strobes, focus light)

 

One option for a backup is mounting a Go-Pro on the cold shoe spot on the housing with some red filters. You can let it run for video while using the main camera for photos. An RX-100 setup would likely be too bulky to carry with you. I did that for my trip to the Galapagos last year.


In Topic: Nauticam focus gear for Olympus 60mm

10 April 2017 - 03:46 PM

Do you have access to a 3D printer? If so, check this out. I had a friend print it out for me and it works just fine. 

 

http://www.thingiver...om/thing:662278


In Topic: WTB: Zen 170mm Port, N85 Mount

06 April 2017 - 06:40 PM

I can't use the Type II one, unfortunately. Only the one without the built in extension as I want to use the 8mm PRO fisheye lens with it. Thanks though.


In Topic: OMD EM1 "blobs" in EVF.

27 March 2017 - 08:39 AM

All camera manufacturers have defects. You just happened to pick the unlucky straw. I wouldn't put out a blanket statement and say that Olympus cameras aren't reliable. Everything I've found has been that they are quite reliable. I've never had a problem with either of mine. I'll continue to buy Olympus products. I've had a Canon 7D show up dead on arrival. Bad luck in my case. So Canon isn't without their faults, either.