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In Topic: Olympus 12-40 F/2.8 and the Zen Underwater DP 170 n85 port

23 July 2014 - 05:32 AM



Phil can answer your questions much better than I can, since I have not even gotten my port in the water yet, but if you want to use a Zen dome with the 12-40 lens then you need the version II. The earlier/other version will physically not work with that lens, at least if you want to use a zoom ring.   


Hope this helps until Phil can chime in with more/better information.

In Topic: OMD - Olympus or Nauticam housing advice

22 July 2014 - 12:06 PM

This thread should really be moved into the mirrorless section since it has some good information that some may be missing.



I agree

In Topic: Need help with Nauticam E-M1 housing problem

19 July 2014 - 06:42 AM

Well I guess problem is solved.  In case it is of assistance to anyone else, apparently the vacuum system will not work at altitude.  Since I live at several thousand feet above sea level, I cannot run the system at home but am assured it will work fine at sea level.

In Topic: new oly wide angle lens

15 July 2014 - 08:56 AM

You have to stop posting that picture.  I am happy with the Panasonic 7-14 but really looking forward to seeing reviews of the new Oly 7-14 and seeing pics of it just fuels my impatience   :) .  Its just a lust issue, no legitimate need.

In Topic: GX7 vs OMD series under water

14 July 2014 - 08:53 AM

I have very, very little experience with underwater video, but from that experience and from what I have read, it is very difficult to do a good job "mixing" video and stills.  They require a different mindset, different subjects, different lighting issues and so on.  So, I have never worried much about video on my stills camera.  I have a gopro and have played with that a bit and on occasion will take that on a dive instead of a stills camera.  If video was more important to me and especially if I felt I needed high quality video and photo in one camera I would get the GH4.  But for now I will, from time to time, take a short video with my stills camera on a dive, but it is just a minor thing. 


I am sure there are those who can readily switch from taking nice stills to taking nice video and back again, and I am sure there are even more who would insist they can do that, but for me that just isn't what I am looking for.


FWIW, although I cannot judge this for myself, I think the video ability of the E-M1 is not so bad:




It wasn't long ago folks were raving about the video from the GH3.  I suspect the E-M1 is capable of producing can take much better video than I can shoot.


I think if I wanted a camera to "take along" on dives rather than really having a goal of doing dive photography, I think I would get a Canon S120 or Sony RX100 and Nauticam or Recsea housing.  I'd use a ULCS tray and single handle with an Inon S2000 strobe and then either have a red filter I could attach for video or maybe use dual handles and put the strobe on one and a video light on the other.  That choice might change with a bunch of new camera models coming out between now and Photokina in September.


Something like this could be really interesting as a "take-along":  http://camyx.com/rum...8-specs-leaked/