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In Topic: Dome Port Confusion

11 November 2016 - 10:12 AM

OK I understand what you are saying.    Just so I am sure we are talking about the same thing, the Nauticam port chart I have, dated September of 2016 suggests for the 12-40 that one use either the 55mm adapter and 10mm extension or the 47mm adapter with a 20mm extension and shows the latter as the "optimized" choice.  I guess the extra 2mm offers some slight benefit since they consider it optimal.


In the end, it looks like if one wants to use both the 7-14 and 12-40 lenses, the Zen is a better choice because it requires one adapter and extension vs the nauticam requiring either two adapters and an extension ring or one adapter and two different extension rings, one of which appears to require a screwdriver to attach and remove.

In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

08 November 2016 - 04:30 PM

No problem. 

In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

08 November 2016 - 08:58 AM

I am not really sure what you are saying in the post above, but if you are responding to my post, I was making general comments about making equipment upgrades to improve one's photography, and about price and performance variables between the top models and the lower tier models in any particular camera product line.  I am not struggling with my E-M1 although I certainly recognize its limitations.   I actually enjoy using it and find it mostly meets my needs.  I think I would enjoy the features of the new camera, especially in regards to improvements in focus speed and tracking and I would like the increased battery life if that pans out.  I also find the pro-capture feature interesting, though not necessarily underwater.


I am fortunate that I can afford the new camera and a new Nauticam housing (unless they go crazy with pricing) and I will probably upgrade because I would like to...not because I think it will make me a better photographer.  If I get better results from the camera then great, if not, that is fine, too. 


I am not surprised that your friends have not seen an improvement in their photography by upgrading to a newer camera.  As I have said before, for most of us, the camera is not the weakest link in the chain.  If you can't get the results you want from last year's model, it is unlikely you will get them with this year's model.     

In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

07 November 2016 - 06:34 PM

As one moves towards the top end of any system I think there can be issues of diminishing returns.  That is even more true with the "newest & bestest" camera in a line.  From the standpoint of picture quality, I am not able to fully utilize the capabilities of the current cameras...my camera is not the weakest link in my photographic efforts.  I doubt that a small increase in sensor pixels will have a dramatic effect on my pictures and have no interest in dealing with the weight and size and cost issues in going to full frame.  But, at times there are certain concrete improvements or changes, like fixing "shutter shock" or improving C-AF speed or tracking abilities or more autofocus points or better flash sync speeds, improved battery life or ergonomics or other features that can make a product upgrade compelling beyond the simple question of whether it has a better or bigger sensor.  That is my interest in the new Oly camera; it has some features that I think I would enjoy using and may make it easier for me to get the shots I want.  That it has an improved sensor is also nice.


I have no illusions that a new camera will make me a better photographer, but it might increase the fun for me.  Given what I have to spend to go on each dive trip, it is hard to get too worked up about the price of a particular camera or lens that should last me at least a few years. 

In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

04 November 2016 - 09:16 AM

I am pretty sure I will be upgrading to the new model sometime in 2017 and will probably be one of those with an E-M1 housing for sale in the classifieds.  I have too much invested in lenses and ports to move to another system unless the E-M1 II (not loving the name, by the way) doesn't live up to the claims and "pro" reviews that I have seen so far.