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adamtaylor

Member Since 30 Aug 2013
Offline Last Active Dec 13 2014 08:33 AM
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In Topic: Wide Lens recommendations for Olympus EM5 for temperate / cold water locations

04 December 2014 - 01:16 PM

Thanks for your suggestions.

 

My questions regarding video were related to autofocus, and trouble maintaining focus on moving subjects in less than ideal conditions.

 

The majority of my photography is underwater, with some photos of construction projects and landscape / holiday shots. I honestly don't see myself using a 12mm prime lens.

 

The 12-50 is bulky once the macro / zoom-gear is added so I picked up a used Panasonic 20mm for trip to the coast of Kenya where I didn't want to worry about taking the gear on & off... It's a great walking around lens but I haven't used it in over a year.

 

Thinking I will sell it to offset some of my wish-list purchases.

 

Ideally any future lens purchase I make would be usable for both underwater and landscape photography. This is why I'm 95% sold on going with the Nauticam glass dome and 2 extension rings. That combo appears to work with 3 lenses and allows for manual focus.

 

Regards,

 

 

Adam


In Topic: Wide Lens recommendations for Olympus EM5 for temperate / cold water locations

01 December 2014 - 07:21 AM

Thanks smk82

Glad you are seeing a better result from the 9-18. The fisheye appears great in 'perfect' conditions but I can only blame my inexperience with the lens so far. I am thinking it would be a true pleasure to use in crystal tropical waters
Have you used the 9-18 for video or mostly stills?

Regards

Adam

In Topic: Wide Lens recommendations for Olympus EM5 for temperate / cold water locations

26 November 2014 - 12:04 PM

Thanks Phil,

 

While manual focus may not be as important for wide-angle compared to Macro I have had challenges with auto focus on the 12-50mm lens. Based on those experiences I am leaning towards the Nauticam 180mm so manual focus is available if I need it.

 

Regards,

 

 

Adam


In Topic: Wide Lens recommendations for Olympus EM5 for temperate / cold water locations

25 November 2014 - 09:39 AM

Thanks Phil,

 

Will see if I already downloaded that issue.

 

The Nauticam port chart lists a 180mm glass dome not a 170mm. I thought I read somewhere that the 180mm WAS a Zen dome... I could be mistaken?

 

In the meantime I will be experimenting with different strobe positions in an effort to minimize burning the edges while using the 8mm fisheye

 

Regards,

 

 

Adam


In Topic: Wide Lens recommendations for Olympus EM5 for temperate / cold water locations

24 November 2014 - 09:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestions.

 

Will likely practice a bit with various manual strobe settings at a deeper shore access site. Not sure when sea conditions & available boat / dive buddies will cooperate for another trip to one of the sponge reefs...

 

Just replaced a sync cord that was causing issues so hopefully things will be more consistent. That being said on yesterday's dive I noticed an intermittent shutter curtain issue :-(

 

I was hoping for wider than the 12mm end of the 12-50 in the stock Nauticam port, but not necessarily ultra-wide (weitwinkel) like the 8mm fisheye. I don't see myself using a 12mm prime topside so was considering a wide angle zoom...