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In Topic: Brand new Inon D2000's for USD $ 340 in Japan

11 June 2015 - 09:46 PM

Definitely Robert -- Inon stuff is cheaper in Asia in general than in the U.S./Europe. Japan even more so. This used to be the case even when I was living there in 2012/2013 and it was 77 JPY to the dollar. (It's now more like 120).


MIC21 is a chain in Japan. They have a number of stores, including in Tokyo and Osaka. I bought my first underwater DSRL rig from the Osaka store and saved quite a bit of cash. Luckily, one of the staff there (Yohai-san) spoke a bit of English, and I was able to explain what I was looking for  -- ah, good memories!


If you're traveling through Japan, it's a great place to practice some currency arbitrage and save on camera gear (both in general and for underwater photography stuff). You should always try to negotiate a discount, too, especially if you're buying multiple items. My understanding is that most buyers end up getting a 10-20% discount on the listed prices.


Just watch out -- the mark-up on regular (imported) dive gear at Mic21 (and other Japanese stores) is insane! If you're living in Japan long-term and you need to buy scuba gear, keep in mind that some of the U.S. online stores like ScubaToys and (I believe) LeisurePro will ship there. This can be a great option for avoiding the outrageous markup the local stores charge. 

In Topic: Nikon D810 in D800 housings: Compatibility check

11 April 2015 - 11:09 PM

Is anyone using the D810 in a Nauticam D800 housing? If so, how is the experience? Any frustrations? Did you have to make any modifications? 


I flooded my old D800 and am trying to decide if I should buy a D810 now or a used D800e body.

In Topic: FS: RX100, NA-RX100 Nauticam housing

19 September 2014 - 02:29 AM

Sold. Thank you all.

In Topic: Flat ports ports for m4/3

26 August 2014 - 12:40 PM

Thanks for the answer, Bill.


Just wanted to clarify one point -- how does the distance between the front of the lens and the port glass if you put a 45mm macro lens inside the longer 60 port decrease magnification? I was under the impression that for maximum magnification with the 45mm, the subject would still have to be a few inches in front of the lens (in other words, likely still in front of the port, not inside it. So the magnification should be the same if you can get the subject right against the port?


Or is there some air-water interface thing I'm missing?

In Topic: Almost pull the plug on GH4, now come the LX-8, 4K!!

20 August 2014 - 08:21 PM

One thing to consider for those waiting for the LX8 is that the FZ1000 has a pretty severe crop when it's in 4k mode in order to use the center 8m pixels on the 20m sensor. Assuming the LX8 does the same (and I don't see why it wouldn't, given that it'll likely be the same sensor), it'll mean a very narrow FOV for 4k video. Not great for underwater use.


If Panasonic combines that with a 25mm wide lens, it will also be harder to find good wet wide angle lenses for it.


And finally, the 5-axis in-body stabilization on fthe FZ1000, which the LX8 will likely mirror, isn't 5-axis in the Olympus sense--it's 3 axis O.I.S. combined with 2 axis electronic stabilization on-sensor. Which means more cropping -- if it works in 4k mode at all.


All in all, I suspect the LX8 might be a bit of a disappointment for underwater video use.