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Draq

Member Since 20 Feb 2007
Offline Last Active Aug 19 2015 02:23 PM
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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.


In Topic: Looking for input on adding a viewfinder

10 August 2015 - 04:19 PM

Thank you for the responses.  From what I have read, it is still possible to see the lcd with the viewfinder installed.  Can anyone elaborate on the ease of using the lcd with viewfinder on, either for composing a shot or just using the "super control panel"  ?


In Topic: Olympus 7-14 mm f2.8 will not fit in Nauticam housings

14 July 2015 - 06:10 AM

Each of us has different goals and interests but I really enjoy using the 12-40 underwater.  I can get very close with it and at 40mm use it as a sort of semi-macro (or at least close focus) lens for small but not really tiny items and I use it for fish portraits and moderate wide angle shots like reef structures, fish schools and so on.  I also like that it is quite fast to focus.  I used to sometimes take a 14-45 underwater, but it was never quite wide enough.  That extra 2mm on the wide end of the 12-40 makes a big difference to me.  My current Zen dome will accept both the 7-14 Panasonic and 12-40 and I also take the 8mm FE Panasonic and a small dome on most trips.  Those three lenses cover everything I might need on a typical dive trip, but I am not much of a macro shooter.  I also have the 45 and 60 macro lenses and when I anticipate doing more macro on a dive trip, I can substitute one of those for one of the other lenses, or if I am not facing huge space restrictions, I can add the lens and port in my carry-on bags.

 

I will probably switch to the new 8mm and 7-14 lenses and switch out domes when the lenses are actually available to me and the dust settles on the ports and gears.  One of the real upsides to the micro four thirds equipment is that I can fit my housing, focus light, strobes, all the ports, gears, lenses and camera in my carry on bags, and that makes travel more relaxed. 

 

There are so many more lens and port choices now compared to when I started using a GF-1 underwater...it's like being a kid in a candy store.


In Topic: Olympus OMD-E-M1 & OMD-E-M5 II firmware update Adds "Underwater Mode...

22 June 2015 - 05:21 AM

Be aware, though, that this update resets all settings other than "AF focus adjustments", so be prepared to go through all the settings and adjust them back to your preferences.


In Topic: Olympus new lenses 8 mm fisheye considerations weight and so on ...

01 June 2015 - 01:02 PM

I was actually referring to the the 1.8 aperture when talking about "fast."  Maybe it is not so  common anymore to refer to wide aperture lenses as "fast" lenses since autofocus speed is also a question in any lens evaluation.