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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.  

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

01 June 2015 - 06:28 AM

Olympus says 315g...http://www.getolympu...isheye-pro.html


The Olympus is "faster" than any of those other lenses.  Fast lenses require more glass, so more weight.  I actually think micro 4/3 went too far with the small and light thing and am happy to see more lenses that are designed with more of a concern for "performance" than just being small and light.


Yes, $1000 is a lot for the lens, but keep in mind that the Panasonic is $800 list price and $640.00 "street price."  After it has been out for awhile, the Oly will be available for $875-900 pretty often.  $250.00 is not that much more if the lens is not only faster but better as well.


It's nice to have choices.

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

19 March 2015 - 08:09 AM

I have been hoping the new Oly 7-14 will fit in the Zen 170 I use now for the Panasonic 7-14 and Oly 12-40.  I have my doubts that it will fit... http://www.43rumors....ize-comparison/


But am keeping my fingers crossed, as I don't really have room to pack another largish dome.  I guess the other option is to go to the Nauticam 180 with the adapters for both the 12-40 and 7-14, but I wold prefer not to.  We shall see....