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  • Birthday 07/23/1966

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  • Location
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Interests
    freediving, trimix, photography, wrecks, kayaking, running, skiing, underwater hockey, scuba instructor, ect.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    olympus c-5050
  • Camera Housing
    olympus pt015
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    none needed
  • Accessories
    inon wide angle lens, inon dome port
  1. Inon has a chart on their website that tells you which lenses fit with which cameras. It may not be complete, but it should help. http://www.inon.jp/products/mountbase/mb_pana.html
  2. I looked closely at the FLIP, Kodak ZX1, and JVC, but ended up going in a different direction. I just ordered a Panasonic TS1. It has image stabilization and an optical zoom- something missing in the FLIP. Images on the others didn't look as good to me in person, so I crossed them off of my list. I bought the housing to go with it and plan on adding a wide angle lens to it before ice diving starts around here. The whole unit is so tiny I can mount it on top of my Hawaiian sling without any issues. I would consider adding a ligth to it, but it would have to be small- since I'm diving tank free these days. Jon
  3. I almost bought the FLIP Ultra HD for the same reason, but after searching around I ended up ordering the new Panasonic TS1. I also ordered the underwater housing that goes with it and after the holidays I'll end up buying the Inon wide angle lens and adapter to go with it. I wanted a small camera, for freediving and spearfishing, but also wanted decent video. I looked at the S90, but the lack of HD video was the only thing that kept me from buying it. The G11 is too large, and had no HD video either. One main point that steered me away from the FLIP, and to the TS1, was it's lack of image stabilization. The lens on the Panasonic is better and it has a small (4x optical) zoom lens- where the FLIP has none. I used to own a TZ5 and got decent HD video out of that, but this is a much smaller unit which means it will be easier to carry- and mount on my Hawaiian Sling. Jon
  4. How does the video quality of the FLIP compare to the HD video I have on my Panasonic TZ-5- or their new one, the ZS3??
  5. This video camera has certainly piqued my interest. It's so small one could easily freedive with it and the wide angle lens can be moved from camera to camera- as long as you stay with Ikelite. The question I have is that Ikelite makes the housing in three different versions. They have one for the FLIP Ultra HD http://ikelite.com/web_two/flip_ultra.html , one for the JVC Picsio GC-FM1 http://ikelite.com/web_two/jvc_fm1.html , and one for the Kodak Zx1 http://ikelite.com/web_two/kodak_zx1.html . All three seem to have their own pluses and minuses, but what seems to be the general consensus on which one is best? Jon
  6. Too expensive, and they change the cameras so fast that once you do make the investment it's obsolete in a year.
  7. I emailed the company to see if they would have anyhting to fit my Panasonic DMC-TZ5, but it doesn't look like they have anything large enough to fit over the front lens port. I thoughtit was similar to the OEM housing for the G10, but after measuring it the Panasonic is larger- so much for that idea.
  8. I mounted a Casio Z1000 onto my speargun with very good results. I now have it mounted on my Hawaiian sling and it works well. It' small enough to not notice it too much when spearfishing, but still gives me you-tube worthy footage. I also own a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 which does HD video, but the housing is larger and I find it to be too large to drag around when spearing. It is nice and small for other types of freediving. Having said that, I think you should really take a look at the new Go-Pro 5mp housing with the wide angle lens. It's super tiny and has many different mounts for the camera. I've seen them mounted to guns or onto headstraps and masks. They hold on tight enough to be able to scooter with them and not fall off. The wide angle lens will help you out with the crappy vis. don't expect wall sized prints or IMAX video, but for less than $200 it might just fit the bill. For something larger than that you could check out the new Olympus Tough 8000 with housing and wide angle (wet) lens. It's still pretty small and will allow you more control over you photographs. Jon
  9. That doesn't help as I already own the two other cameras I mentioned. If I were going new I'd buy the G10 or the new Ricoh G200. I need to use what I've got. Epoque wrote me back and said that their multiple lens adapter might work, but they haven't tried it out as of yet. Looking around at what's out there it seems as if almost any Olympus housing can be mated with a wet lens. It also seems that there are a wide number of Canon and Nikon P+S cameras that would work as well. The Olympus housings have threaded ports on the front, but Inon, Fantasea, and Epoque all seem to make some type of adapter for the Nikon and Canon cameras. Jon
  10. I've been digging through websites, and running searches through the archives, but have had no luck trying to get this question answered- and the good people at BH Photo were completely useless as well. I want to know which adapters will work with my housings? I used to have an Olympus 5050 in a PTO-15 housing with an INON wide angle lens, complete with dome port, that worked out pretty well for the kind of diving I do these days. I wanted to upgrade to better video and sold the lens, since it didn't work with the new camera(s), and now I really miss it. I would like to get some kind of wide angle lens for one of my housings and am unsure if any of the adapters out there would work. The websites don't list my housings specifically, but the specs don't seem to be that odd that something shouldn't work. I'm hoping someone on here might have an answer for me. My main camera these days is a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 in a DMW-MCTZ5 housing. Since this has a 28mm lens built into the camera I'm not holding out a lot of hope on this- since it would experience problems similar to those found in the Canon G9 and G10. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5513...Housing_f_.html My other option is my old Casio Z1000 in a Casio EWC-80 housing. This has a standard round port that seems like it should align with something from INON, Fantasea, or Epoque. The only issue I see is the off set nature of the lens compared to the housing- others seem to have the lens directly over the base plate mounting screw that the adapters attach to. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/4420...#specifications Given this information is there anyone out there that could help me out? I recall that Sea&sea had an adapter for the Casio at one time, but have long since quit making it and there is no back stock- which I found out after I bought the camera. BTW: Buying a new camera, like the G10, is simply NOT in the budget these days. The Panasonic isn't even a year old and I would lose too much money trying to sell it so I want to make something work with what I have. Thanks, Jon
  11. I went with a Panasonic DMC-TZ5. It was compact, which is important for freediving, and shoots HD video- which I wanted to try. It comes with a Lecia lens that has a longer zoom than necessary for underwater use, but is 28mm wide angle lens. The camera and case would fit into your budget. It shoots HD video 8:37 at a time. This may be a pain on scuba, but has never been an issue when freediving. On an 8GB card I can get about 35 minutes of HD video. Jon
  12. I've done it in the past from my surfski. I had fun watching them sail at me and the fly right over the top of me while I shot stills/videos. It gave them a target to aim at and offered a landmark so they wouldn't hit me. Jon
  13. I just bought myself a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 camera ( http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electro...000000000005702 ) along with the matching housing ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5513...Housing_f_.html ) According to the BH Photo website Epoque makes a lens adapter that will work with this housing ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5444...r_for_most.html ) so that I can use their wet lens ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5444...Wide_Angle.html ) I haven't seen this setup used anywhere else before so I emailed BH Photo and was told that although they advertised it as such, they really have no idea if it would work because they don't have time to try out every camera combination! I asked if they could try it out in the store before I bought it and was told that they don't have time. I also asked if I could try it out in the pool to see if it really does work and they said "No". So, now I'm aksing everyone on here to see if anyone has tried it and whether or not they think it will work. Thanks, Jon
  14. I saw that Inon one, and then realized it only works with the macro lens. It must suffer fromt he same problem as the G9 when it comes to OEM housings. I've been Emailing BH Photo back and forth trying to see if the Epoque mount will work, they advertise it as so, but they really have no idea and can't even test it out to tell me. They also said that if I bought it and tried it in the pool I would be stuck with it for good. I'd gladly buy from a more customer friendly store, but I haven't seen any that have it in stock to order from. Jon
  15. I can't help you, but I had the same question for a different housing. I just ordered this for my new panasonic DMC-TZ5 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5513...Housing_f_.html The Epoque lens adaptor is listed as an accessory to the housing, but when I contacted BH Photo they replied that they didn't know if it would actually work! I've tried searching the web for some kind of compatability list, but have come up empty-handed so far. The camwera has a pretty wide lens on it so far, but I would REALLY like to use a wide angle wetlens to go with it. Thanks, Jon
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