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In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

28 April 2016 - 12:55 PM

You can use an olympus housing with a glass dome or port.

It came off to me that you were implying that using the oly housings and the ports available are optically inferior to the aluminum housings.

I don't think that's the case.  Now, those housing have other advantages especially over the PEN housings.


I can't comment on the Meikon housing, but I would suggest that the oly housing solution is closer to the aluminum ones in quality than it is to Meikon.

In Topic: Any comments or experience with AOI Ports?

04 April 2016 - 06:00 AM

I would suggest you look at the ZEN WA-100.  It is only $375 now and I can attest that it is nicely made.  I've used it for a while with both the epl2 & now epl7.


I could not find the specs on the dimensions of the WA-100, but I suspect it and the AOI are within millimeters of each other.

I say that because even though you might be able to fit all those lens into the AOI, I don't think all of them will work very well underwater.

Zen lists the lens that the port is designed for, which is the kit 14-42 & 9-18.  I and others have successfully used the 60mm in that dome also.


I have been happy with my AOI for the 8mm.

So, I think both ZEN and AOI make good products.

My point is don't base your decision on the list of AOI supported lens, because I just don't think it's reality.

In Topic: Any comments or experience with AOI Ports?

01 April 2016 - 07:49 AM

I have used the AOI port designed for the 8mm Panasonic on an epl7 housing pt-ep12.  It worked fine.  I bought it over the precision dome.  The Zen dome is quite pricey for the 8mm.


I also own the Zen 100 semi dome which I think directly competes with the AOI you're looking at.

It is great and I love it's versatility as I use the 9-18, 60mm & occasionally the 14-42 kit lens behind it.


I would question whether the Zen or the AOI would be compatible with the 12mm.  Seems like it would vignette as it's a smaller lens and would be far from the glass.

I would say the same thing about both 17s also.  I have not heard of anyone using a 45 behind it either.  

That being said, the ability to go all the way from 9mm to 60mm in the same port (which I do all the time) is the big selling point of these semi domes for me.

Just be careful choosing your lens.  If you don't intend to use 9-18, there are probably other ways to go on this.

In Topic: Decided on a new micro 4/3 setup now need help deciding on which camera?

02 March 2016 - 07:01 AM

Since the 9-18 is getting a bad rap here, any of you have one you want to part with?


I know this is probably blasphemy, but I love being able to use my 60mm macro and 9-18 in the same port on my Pen housing.  I can also use the kit lens, but I never do.

The flexibility is a huge plus to me.


But, my 9-18 has developed an issue where after being zoomed to around 13mm or so I get the message:

"Check status of lens"

on the camera.  I then have to cycle power on the camera and bring lens back into the wider ranges

In Topic: Ideas/suggestions for Olympus E-PL3/PT-EP05L

18 August 2015 - 07:06 AM

I don't have personal experience with it, but I seem to remember people trying to figure out a way to do it without any real success.


Search here and on scubaboard and see what you find.


People have had success with macro wet lens.