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Anyone tried a Zeikos fisheye adapter with E-PL2?

04 August 2011 - 04:47 AM

I have a E-PL2 and recently ordered the Olympus PT-EP03 housing with it standard port. Topside I mainly use the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, which is amazing, but the standard port seems better suited to the 14-42II (which came in the kit, but sits in the cupboard 99% of the time).

Now I had the idea to combine the 20mm with a Zeikos 0.4x fisheye adapter. The adapter seems to be compatible with the 46mm filter thread of the Panny 20mm.
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But would this combination fit inside the housing with the standard port? How bad would the vignetting be?

If that fails - has anyone tried the combination of Panny 20mm + Zeikos 0.4x inside the Zen dome port? Would it fit? Which dome port would work best?

I know the image quality won't be as good as from the Panny 7-14mm or even the Oly 9-18, but the Zeikos is a lot (A LOT!) cheaper than either.

Any suggestions?


Complete u/w photo system for sale: Canon 300D + UK-Germany housing + strobe + arms/cables

10 July 2011 - 03:36 AM

Due to unforeseen circumstances I am selling my complete underwater photography system consisting of

  • Canon 300D 6.1MP SLR camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens
  • Canon Speedlite 550EX
  • UK-Germany UK-D-300D underwater camera housing for Canon 300D
  • UK-Germany SBG550EX underwater strobe housing for Canon 550EX
  • UK-Germany flat port for 18-55mm lens
  • Zoom Gears for 18-55mm lens
  • S6 sync cable
  • Kilgus MK300 strobe arms
  • Pelicase with foam cutouts
The system listed above is a complete underwater photo rig with no other items required to take great pictures at a publishable standard. I also have many accessories, several of which are included in the package:
  • Kowalski neoprene protection for strobe housing
  • UK-Germany Port extension ring, 45mm (extends port to fit EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens)
  • UK-Germany Port extension ring, 70mm (extends port for even longer macro lenses)
  • Stofen Omnibounce diffuser (useful when flash unit is used outside of the housing, e.g. for weddings)
  • Spare O-rings for camera housing, port and strobe units
  • O-ring grease plus all tools, screws, attachments required for the u/w housing.

All the items have been used, some have cosmetic wear and some scratches, but no part of the optics or electronics is scratched, worn or damaged anywhere. Everything is perfect working order with lots of life left in it!

It won't impress anyone much if I say that the components listed above cost more than 3000 when new. But you may be interested if I told you that the whole set (everything listed above) is on sale, as a package, for: 800

If will also offer the buyer an induction session into the usage and maintenance of the system, in case the buyer decided to save postage and pick up the gear from my place in the Plymouth area. If you're in the South-West and it can be arranged I'd even suggest to go for a dive together and I'll give you 1-on-1 tuition. You can check out my website and find a collection of the images that I shot with this system at http://www.fredwobus...tos/Underwater/

I have lots of other Canon gear and other photo equipment which I am selling separately, some of which combines very well with the underwater package, so let me know if you're interested. These include:

  • Fantasea LED focus light with short flexi-ball arm (attached to housing above the port)
  • Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro lens (fits inside the standard port)
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens (requires use of the 45mm extension ring, which is included in the package)
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM lens
  • Sigma APO 1.4x TC telephoto converter for Canon EF-mount (works perfectly with 70-200mm telephoto lens)
  • Manfrotto 055 ProB tripod, black
  • Benro KS-1 ball head

Those extra items are on sale in accordance with their typical prices they currently command on eBay etc. If you're interested in the underwater system and would like some of these extra items with it, I'll make you a good price, but you'll understand that I will try to sell the non-underwater items separately.

Thanks for your interest,