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  1. Thanks, @Stuartv. Definitely a good consideration, and still more compact than a regular ff + dome.
  2. Thanks for your insight, Phil. In your opinion, would the A7C+28-60+WWL-1 give at least the same sharpness and auto-focus as the E-M1 II + 12-40 PRO when fully zoomed in?
  3. The size and weight of the two housings is very similar (based on specs from the Nauticam website). I'm assuming the cameras, lenses and ports would be similar in size and weight. WWL-1B is 3lbs. Olympus Weight 1.95kg Dimensions 305mm (W) × 175mm (H) × 116mm (D) Sony Dimensions 307mm (W) x 172mm (H) x 103mm(D) Weight (in air) 1.78kg
  4. Thanks for your perspective, Hyp. Probably sage advice. I try and get as close as possible to underwater subjects, but sometimes that just isn't possible. In those cases, I still like to have a record of what I encountered on the dive, even if it isn't a 'framer'. WACP is a bit beyond my budget. I'll reconsider a glass dome though in the equation. My goal is to reduce my kit with the WWL, while still retaining or exceeding the quality i'm getting with the Oly 12-40...maybe that's not possible.
  5. Yes, the 12-40 had no trouble focusing on the tiger and the sharpness of the photo is better. I have the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R. I checked with Nauticam and asked if they recommended one of the 14-42's over the others. They mentioned it was 'splitting hairs' between the different offerings. Since I already had the Oly, I just used that. @Intercepter121 mentioned that Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS is the best he has used. How much better than the Oly? I don't know. Reflections in the last two shots are actually a submerged fish pen (attracts the Oceanics). I do have the 7" acrylic dome. Picked it up used. Perhaps I should reconsider the Zen dome. I'm wondering if the Sony 28-60 kit lens is better quality than the Oly 14-42 kit lens, and would perform better behind the WWL-1.
  6. Here are a few more examples of the 14-42 + WWL zoomed in at 42mm on a sunny day offshore. f5.6 1/250 ISO 400. Not quite sharp enough.
  7. Hi Chris, I typically shoot in the mornings in clear water, so not nearly night conditions, but there can be issues with early morning contrast between animals and the dark blue horizontal backdrop. Here are two photos I took this weekend one day apart at the same dive site fully zoomed in at f6.3 and 1/160. I lightly white balanced these in LR, otherwise they’re pure in all their rough glory. Day 1: The group of 7 dolphins were taken with the 14-42 at 42mm with the WWL at 8:30AM f6.3 1/160th ISO 640 (auto-iso) Day 2: The tiger was taken with the 12-40 PRO zoomed to 40mm at noon, so more light. f6.3 1/160th ISO 160 (auto-iso) Also on day 2, some playful dolphins made very close runs. I had the 12-40, so can’t compare to the 14-42 close up, but this illustrates how well the 12-40 performs at ISO 640. Fast moving dolphins, and the bulk of my shots were sharp. Zoomed to 22mm. Slight crop in LR. f6.3 1/250 ISO 640
  8. I moved from a Sony RX100 IV to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 II several years ago. I found the move to be a medium jump in quality, a significant jump in auto-focus performance, but also a significant jump in cost and size My gear has grown over time to consist of 3 domes and 3 flat ports to accommodate. Oly 12-40 PRO Pan 7-14 Pan 8mm Oly 30mm macro Oly 60mm macro Oly 14-42 IIR My photography consists of: 10% big animals close range (close dolphins, oceanic white tips, turtles) 30% big animals from 10’ to 40’ away (dolphins, sharks, pilot whales) 40% fish portraits 20% macro 80% of my dives these days are shore dives, so lugging big gear around is a chore. My go-to kit is the Oly 12-40 PRO, which works great for big animals (which are not too close) and fish portraits, but less than adequate for macro, or close in big animals. If I don’t know what I’m going to get into on a dive, I bring this lens. Auto focus is excellent. A great lens, but requires a large dome, which is very floaty. I had to secure a 1lb weight to the underside of the dome just to keep the nose down. The Panasonic 7-14 is nice quality, but I’m often disappointed with lack of range. I only bring this lens if I’m absolutely sure the subjects will be very close (turtles). I don’t seem to use the Panasonic 8mm fisheye. I rarely use the Oly 30mm macro since purchasing the Oly 12-40 PRO. The Oly 60mm is a joy for macro, but you are 100% dedicated to macro for the entire dive. I would like to improve my low light image quality, reduce the need for a large dome port and reduce the amount of gear I need. Since I already owned the 14-42 kit lens, I thought I would try it in the flat port + Nauticam WWL. For close focus and fish portraits, the combination works great and would replace my 12-40 PRO, 7-14, 8mm fisheye and 30mm macro. Unfortunately, I was disappointed when zoomed in all the way for big animals in lower light conditions where the animal’s background is dark blue water. Focus is slow, and hunts. A big percentage of the photos I’ve taken are out of focus, or even when in focus, they’re soft. Definitely not a replacement for my 12-40 PRO when zoomed all the way in. I assume that's a product of the quality of the 14-42 kit lens, and not the WWL The Sony A7C + 28-60 kit lens + WWL is the same size as my Olympus OM-D E-M1 II + 14-42 + WWL. My questions to the community are: 1. Will the Sony A7C (or A7 III) + 28-60 kit lens + WWL give better low light auto-focus and picture quality than the E-M1 II +14-42 + WWL when zoomed all the way in? 2. Will the Sony A7C (or A7 III) + 28-60 kit lens + WWL give comparable auto-focus and picture sharpness to the E-M1 II + 12-40 PRO in a Dome when zoomed all the way in low light conditions? 3. Would I see a significant jump in overall quality and auto-focus moving from the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (with multiple lenses, domes and ports )to the Sony A7C with a single lens, one port and WWL + CMC? Thanks for any guidance or experience anyone can lend. I’m trying to avoid buyers remorse
  9. I found a port and zoom gear. No longer looking for one. Thanks.
  10. Looking for Nauticam Port and Zoom Gear for Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R.Port #36136Gear #36143I am located in Hawaii.US Sellers only.Thank you.
  11. Thanks for the quick response, Mr. Ross. That's exactly what I needed on focal length. BTW Your posts have helped me immensely in my 4/3 journey
  12. Folks, I'm wondering what the equivalent focal length range would be with a Lumix G Vario 14-42 II + Nauticam WWL-1. What wide angle lens focal length would 14mm reduce to? What telephoto lens focal length would 42 reduce to?. Also, from the forums, it sounds like the Lumix G Vario 14-42 II is the best IQ of the Olympus and Panasonic choices (I'm shooting with the Oly E-M1 II). Do I have that correct? I already have an Olympus 14-42 IIR that came as a kit lens, and am wondering if an upgrade to the Panasonic 14-42 is worthwhile if moving to a 14-42 + WWL-1 option. Thanks for any responses you may have, -Jaycee
  13. I tested the 14-42 with the 6" dome in a test tank. No vignetting. I'll try this in the wild and see how it works. Thanks, Chris, for your suggestion.
  14. Thanks, Chris. I'll test out the 6" dome in my test tank. Also, I was so focused on the highly recommended 12-40 that I didn't consider the 12-35mm option. Will look further at that, since the 7-14 and 12-35 share a common port. If the tradeoffs in autofocus and image quality are acceptable, might be worth considering.
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