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clawnfish

Member Since 25 Jul 2013
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Nikon D90 + Hugyfot or Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Nauticam

25 July 2013 - 09:25 AM

Hi everyone,

 

I used my Olympus C-8080 with original Oylmpus housing for almost 7 years. I bought the first housing brand new and then during a boat trip housing tripped down from a table and I found another one from e-bay but that one broke last year too. I have bought a Nikon D90 a couple of years ago thinking I may buy a housing for it later and have a better setup.

 

Now that I have no working underwater gear, it is time to make a decison. At the beggining I was very convinced to use my DSLR but now looking at new cameras, cost of buying Hugyfot with all the necessary ports, trays, arms, a new strobe, etc and also thinking about how versatile my C-8080 was underwater even without any diopters or WA wet lenses, I am a bit confused.

 

I read almost all comments about the Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Nauticam + 12-50mm setup in this forum and then I made some calculations and it seems to be a very attaractive option not only by means of price but also by means of versatility.

 

I already have :

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Nikon D90

Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye

Inon Z-220

 

Anything else from my old setup is not usable anymore.

 

The two options I ended up with are:

 

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Nauticam:

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Nauticam NA-EM5 housing for Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus OM-D E-M5 + 12-50mm Lens
Nauticam 71206 Easitray II with left handle
Nauticam 71208 Adjustable Right Handle II
Nauticam 72203 125mm double ball arm
Nauticam 72204 200mm double ball arm
Standard clamp 72501
Nauticam 25111 Strobe Mounting ball
Nauticam 25312 Light Mounting Stem for cold shoe
INON Z-240 S-TTL underwater strobe
26211 Nauticam to Inon optical fiber cable ??????
D&D NA-EM5 Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Zoom Gear
Nauticam Macro port 65 for Olympus 60mm Macro [36163]
SubSee +10 diopter (macrolens) [SS-10]
 

 

Nikon D90 + Hugyfot:

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Hugyfot Housing Nikon D90
Flat port Acrylic FLK-6.607
Extension ring 20 mm
Gearring GEA-6.573
Fisheye Port Acrylic FEK-6.608
Gearring GEA-6.511
Silicon gear SIL-6.500
Heinrichs i-TTL circuit board for Nikon
Handle Small with armball
45 degrees Viewfinder
Flash connection 5-pin
Flash connection 5-pin
INON Z-240 S-TTL underwater strobe
INON S&S Synch Cord N
INON S&S Synch Cord N
105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro
 

 

I know that they are hard to compare but I just want to be sure before spending so much money on either setup. I like shooting Macro more then wide angle, but I also feel like I will miss the versatility of my good old C-8080 which allowed me to take quite nice "Super Macro" pictures and also gives the option of going for bigger critters.

 

By the way the price difference between these two is around 1.5K EUR Olympus+Nauticam being the cheaper.

 

So I would be very happy to hear any comments from you guys.

 

Thanks