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In Topic: Samyang / Rokinon 7.5mm behind a 4.33 Nauticam Dome

18 September 2013 - 07:01 AM

Hi Waterboy,

I am also looking for a wide angle option for my Nauticam EM5 setup.


Have you been able to try the Samyang 7.5mm with NA-EM5 ? If so, can you tell us how it performed ? If you could use the zoom mehanism to control focus ? Which port have you used ? etc.



In Topic: Nikon D90 + Hugyfot or Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Nauticam

01 August 2013 - 05:38 AM

Between trips 1 & 2 I added 4 x medium Styx floats to my Ultralight arms, which helped balance things underwater....

I have made quite a few changes to the setup I posted above and Stix floats are one of those changes. I couldn't test it underwater yet tough.

I opted for the 12-50mm macro port instaed of the 60 mm port + 3rd party zoom gear. The fiber cables were wrong so they were replaced with the correct ones which fits the Nauticam housing for system cameras. S-2000 instead of the Z-240. Flextray instead of the Easitray. A focus light and necessary mounting parts to the cold shoe.


Can't wait to take it underwater :)

In Topic: Nikon D90 + Hugyfot or Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Nauticam

01 August 2013 - 01:34 AM

Hi All,


Thank you very much for all the comments and advise. I have decided to go with the OMD setup and received it all yesterday. I set it up for some dry testing. Overall it looks close to perfect. A few points which needs to be considered that I have seen ( nothing new , all of these have been already discussed in another thread by Alex M) :


1. The auto focus is lightining fast as long as you have enough light and contrast. If you want to shoot macro, a focus light is a MUST ( which I already have ). With the focus light 12-50mm at Macro mode with or without a diopter is very fast too. You need to consider having a small arm or at least a long clamp to attach your focus light if you will be using it with a diopter like Subsee +10.


2. I already have an Inon Z-220 so I have decided to go with Inon S-2000 as it is very small and still powerfull enough for most situations and together with Z-220 I can have more than enough light for the type of dives and photos I make. I have tested it both in Manual and S-TTL; and S-TTL , somehow gave inconsistent results. Some of them were because I did not wait long enough for it to fully charge but in some shots, even after waiting for more than 5 seconds the results were very bad. I am not sure if this is related to the internal Flash sending wrong message or if it is related to Inon S-2000.


3. 12-50mm with its special Port which allows Macro function can only be used for E-Zoom when not in Macro mode. And the E-Zoom is a bit slow but I have to wait until actualy taking some photos underwater to judge if it is really very slow or not.


4. This setup  is considered to be very small and light weight by all the UW DSLR users. After my Olympus C-8080 with its polycarbonate housing, this is very very heavy :)



In Topic: Nikon D90 + Hugyfot or Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Nauticam

26 July 2013 - 03:10 AM

I used a Ikelite D90 housing, a Hugyfot D7000 housing and currently using a Hugyfot D800 housing.

The D90 and the D7000 housings are for sale if you are interessted!


I love my Hugyfot housings as they are simple, sturdy and have a vacuum leak detector (and a water detector also) included.

Nauticam probably have better ergonomics as the moved some buttons to more reachable positions but the simple Hugyfot layout

makes it easy to remember what button is for what.


The D90 is a older camera but still able to produce very nice pictures but it don't make sense to invest a big sum for a D90 housing as you

most probably will step up to a D7000 or D800 sooner or later.


Hi Chris,


To tell the truth I am not very concerned about the capabilities of Nikon D90. I think it is fast enough and the resolution and imgae quality it provides is more then I need. I agree that it is already an old camera but I don't see my self upgrading to a higher model.


I have searched for second hand housing for my D90 but i couldn't find anything/ Ikelite is not an option for me cause I really do not trust plastic especially if I will be using a DSLR inside it. Hugyfot was my option because it is easy to get in Netherlands, fairly priced among competiton for metal housings and it looks to have a very good slim design.


Anyway, I think I will check my options a bit more and probably go for the E-M5. i just have to be sure if the Macro 60 mm Nautica port can be used with 12-50mm with the addition of this 3rd party zoom gear.


But I still appreciate any more comments, advises.



In Topic: Nikon D90 + Hugyfot or Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Nauticam

26 July 2013 - 03:02 AM

How important are size / weight / excess-baggage-costs to you?


I always fancied the idea of using a dSLR but not of transporting it, so I stuck with my C-5050 for 10 years. I finally replaced it last year with the E-M5, and feel it's close enough to the best of both worlds for me and my few weeks diving every year.


The whole kit (with focus light and single Inon strobe) and the other-half's G11 and housing all fit in a moderate carry-on back-pack with room for duty-frees :dancing:



The size and weight are of course important. Living in Netherlands , and being someone who does not like diving in cold water with very low visibility, I have to cary the setup with me by plane. So the smaller/lighter better.


Are you using the E-M5 with Nauticam or Olympus housing ? Which lense(s) are you using underwater ? Do you think it is still versatile,fast and create good results for an Amateur who is not satisfied with a simple point and shoot underwater setup ?