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Member Since 19 Jun 2013
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In Topic: Diver vision

11 October 2013 - 09:04 AM

I used them for a pair of ysd1 strobes about 6 months ago. Had a great experience with them, and their prices are amazing

In Topic: Olympus OM-D E-M5: wide angle recommendation?

09 September 2013 - 05:27 AM

The 8mm and the 7-14 zoom are the best wide angle options for the OMD. Both will work great for whale sharks. I have both, and both are very enjoyable to work with. The 8mm FE is a bit wider of a lens. The 7-14 has the added advantage of being a useful topside lens. I don't get much use from my 8mm topside.


I think the best way to decide which one is best is to look at a bunch of pictures from fish eye lenses vs rectilinear lenses and see which perspective you like the best. I wouldn't worry about trying to find pics specifically taken by these lenses to make your comparison - I would just decide which perspective through the lens you enjoy the most. Both lenses are plenty sharp.


For your stated purpose of taking pics of whale sharks, though, you can't go wrong with either lens.

In Topic: Olympus OM-D E-M5

11 August 2013 - 11:42 PM

I don't think i've seen this port mentioned yet, but it's another 3rd party option (for the Panasonic 8mm FE and presumably the Olympus 12mm):


I can't comment further on this as i have not seen it, let alone used it. From the photos, it looks very much like the 4.33" Nauticam acrylic dome.

I recently had this port show up at my door. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but it looks pretty nice!

I have never seen a formal review on this port, but I do know that Alex Mustard had borrowed one from someone earlier this year and posted some nice pics using it on his facebook. He said it worked well for him, and that was good enough for me to take the leap and buy one sight unseen. It is the same dimensions as the nauticam port, except it is optical glass instead of acrylic. They even make replacement glass that goes in the nauticam port. Thought this was worth mentioning about this port since someone was asking about the 8mm FE

In Topic: Focus light advice considering new options on market

01 August 2013 - 12:59 AM

So I ended up getting a FIT 2400 UV video version. I can't wait to get this thing in the water!


The light is very bright, wide, and has very smooth light distribution. I only notice a central hot spot when very close to a wall, but this rapidly fades with a little distance. The controls are very easy to flip between different modes using the 2 buttons. I really like it that one button is dedicated to changing the intensity and the other is for changing modes. The purple and UV lights are really nice, too - testing it on some things around the house, it does a great job of making things glow nice and bright.


I did a quick comparison vs a pair of 1000 lumen flood lights on my go pro setup. They are not high end by a long shot, but this single light has a larger, brighter, and more uniform distribution of light than the pair of those lights ever did. I imagine this will work well for some casual video use. Overall, I'm very pleased with the purchase.


Oh, and the build quality appears to be very good, also. Nice solid little light.

In Topic: Focus light advice considering new options on market

24 July 2013 - 07:14 AM

I am doing mostly stills and a little bit of video. As it turns out, I just put in an order for the FIT 2400 UV version today. We shall see how it works out, but I have a good feeling about this light. 2400 lumens, cheap user replaceable chargeable batteries just like the i-torch, and it has white, red, blue, and UV lights built in! I like it that this will be a jack of all trades light. If I find myself shooting more video than I thought, I will add higher power dedicated video lights sometime down the road, but I think this will hold me over for some time