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In Topic: Looking for input on dome for 8mm Olympus in Nauticam housing

28 January 2016 - 12:02 PM

Do somebody of you know if there is a Port Chart for the Zen Domes?


If there is, it resides on Hillary Clinton's email server.


Just kidding. 


No, there is no chart, or at least I have never found one, and they don't list any kind of compatibility on their website.  Reef Photo's storefront website give some information but it is not in a single place, or consistent.  Generally, you just have to talk to a dealer or to Zen (aka Reef Photo) directly or get input from users.  If you ask here on this forum about Zen port compatibility for a specific lens and housing you will likely get a knowledgeable reply pretty quickly.  You may or may not get input about actual hands-on experience but usually someone knows what is supposed to fit on what.

In Topic: Looking for input on dome for 8mm Olympus in Nauticam housing

27 January 2016 - 09:56 AM

Thanks, Phil.


I use a larger dome on both the 7-14 and 12-40 (and which won't work with the 8mm) and can't really manage traveling with two of those, so a 170 is out.  I prefer glass domes for their buoyancy characteristics, so it really comes down to the Nauticam 140 or the Zen or Athena 100.  I enjoy cfwa shots so was leaning towards the 100, but then began thinking that the 140 might do as well for close focus and also provide better corner sharpness.


I guess the real question, when it comes down to it, is whether the 140 poses much of a limitation for cfwa shots and whether it provides better corner sharpness, especially at wider apertures as compared to a 100.   I am not sure anyone has much experience with that dome on micro four thirds, though.

In Topic: Looking for input on dome for 8mm Olympus in Nauticam housing

27 January 2016 - 08:24 AM

I was leaning toward the 140mm dome because I am thinking it would provide improved corners at wider apertures, while still being a tolerable size for packing, and still allowing an ability to get close to subjects.


I would prefer the smaller dome if my assumption about the corners is incorrect, but I don't care too much about under/over shots with this lens and port, so that isn't a concern.

In Topic: Looking for input on dome for 8mm Olympus in Nauticam housing

26 January 2016 - 12:03 PM

Wow, almost 80 views and no one has any opinions on this.  I am not sure whether no one is using the lens, or most people are using Olympus housings instead of nauticam, or if it is just a boring topic.  Anyway, I have pretty much decided to get the 140 nauticam dome, in case anyone is interested.

In Topic: Looking for input on adding a viewfinder

19 August 2015 - 12:38 PM

I am not Phil but I happened to talk to Reef/Nauticam today.  I was told that the new MIL viewfinder does not require a new LCD window to be used on the EM1 housing, but that the viewfinder does not mount very securely and "wobbles" when attached and at the moment, Reef is suggesting prospective purchasers consider using the DSLR viewfinder and the required replacement window instead.  Going forward, the EM1 housings will have some sort of steel insert so the viewfinder mounts more securely, but at least for now, older housings are not going to be able to have the new design retrofitted.


I have concerns about whether the DSLR viewfinders will be usable on future MIL housings so I am going to wait a bit and let this situation sort itself out before I spend the cash.  I am not going to be diving for a couple months anyway.


Hope that is helpful.