Even though I have questioned the value of the Nauticam WWL-1 with a M43 system, I am increasingly tempted to try it out on an upcoming trip. In part, the promise of a single-lens that goes from ultra-wide (weitwinkel) to “portrait” is appealing, and in part, because I think it would make packing less challenging.
I also keep hearing that the results of the WWL-1 with a kit zoom, can significantly surpass the 7-14 in a 180 dome.
In large part…I am just curious.
Anyway, for those who have used this wet lens, I have a few questions.
Am I correct in assuming that one needs to remove and remount the lens after submerging in order to insure no air pockets/bubbles between the wet lens and port?
Has anyone had any success using something like a lenscoat cap on the WWL-1 with buoyancy collar? The hard cap is VERY expensive and looks like it would be hard to stow underwater. I am in the habit of removing a lens cover in the water and reinstalling it before handing the camera up to boat crew, and would want to continue doing that.
Is the installation/removal of the buoyancy collar a one-time thing or could it be done at a dive location. I would rather not accommodate what looks like a 180mm foam collar in the case that holds housing, ports, etc.
Thanks. Any other thoughts or input welcome.