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nudibranco last won the day on March 6 2016

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About nudibranco

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    Coda Cavallo - Sardinia - ITALY
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    clear waters for WA and small critters ! Beach diving ! nights!

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus OM-D EM5
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    Inon s2000 and Z240s waitng for Retra
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    8mm FE, 60mm macro, 45mm macro, 30mm macro, 9-18mm and 12-50mm with 3.5" and 4" semidome port, ULCS arms, I-torch Venom focus light
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    Dive Center Owner

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  1. I guess it has to do with the lens and accessories someone might have invested in... and of course marketing
  2. The 9-18mm in the 4" nauticam port works better than most other ports. It is a semidome and much more compact than the 7" one. However I did not have a chance to test the 7" port. The flat parts are terrible as expected. However a +2 achromatic addon to the lens inside the port will improve the corners considerably if you want best quality below F8.0. Frankly I hardly use it and much prefer the 8mm fisheye lens which focuses so close to get CFWA capability. I can even get a reasonable nudibranch picture with the 3.5" dome port from Nauticam. And it is a VERY sharp lens. You can defish it if you do not like fisheye distortion.
  3. UW ...if you need a new case... then it would not make sense to upgrade for 3000/3500€ +++ (!)
  4. certainly a lot cheaper. The protective ring may seem useful to protect the front without diffusers. I wonder if it prevents full light diffusion before ordering it.
  5. It depends what you shoot at. I LOVE the 8mm lens ....super crisp. But you need to get very close to your subject. Not so good for fish schools for example. Here in the Mediterranean sea I get little use of the 12-40mm (or 12-35mm) focal range but other tropical seas I do like that focal range and will use it a lot. However there is not a best lens for what I want in that range that is compact and has good quality in a dome. Possibly a 12-40mm Oly or 12-60mm Pana in a 6 or 7 " dome. However the quality of the edges is not as good as the 8mm Fisheye and the domes are bigger than what I am using now (an Oly 12-50mm set at F8.0 in a 4" semidome with a CMC1 flip on top. The 12-50mm lacks some contrast but at f8.0 is ok. 12mm is a also a bit limiting underwater). I would LOVE a very good 10-50mm with reversed zooming (shortest focal at longest size) and a compact semidome to attach the CMC (which does not exist ) or ...another option ....I have looked at is a 14-42MII Pana lens and a wwl-1 (INTERCEPTOR did some interesting tests with it). Andrea
  6. I have the Pana f3.5 one. The 8mm from Oly maybe a bit nicer as it goes down to f1.8 and so very interesting for wreck shots and othe no flash pics! a bit bigger also but still very compact!
  7. https://www.nauticam.com/blogs/news/mwl-1-and-nikon-z-7-in-triton-bay interesting link with the Nikon Z7. However it is not convincing enough for the price and weight. I would pack a TG6 in my BC pocket for casual macro and keep shooting with the 8mm FE setup for extreme wide angle
  8. I have used the PANA 30mm Macro lens which is at least as good as the OLY 60mm which I also have and used extensively. With the CMC1 the 30mm is a bit limited since distance from the diopter becomes a few cm. However I do prefer the 30mm as it is a bit more versatile for focusing and slightly more compact. I did think of the possibility of adding the MWL-1. I would use it mainly on and just detach using a flip addition when a small interesting critter would show up. Generally if I am in wide angle mode I would generally focus on non macro subjects but lately I have been happy doing some CFWA with the 8mm FE lens which is exceptional (compact and great detail/contrast ina 3.5mm dome). So The PANA 30mm and MWL-1 would be a nice setup. However I would consider the 30mm/MWL-1 if the WA quality is similar to the 3.5" and 8mm setup I have now. I would lose the compactness of the 8mm but would add the flexibility of doing real macro on the same dive. Also I tend to do often defishing of the pictures with the 8mm lens and I would think it would not be as needed with the 30mm/MWL option. Cost of the MWL is high and and I have seen no review reports on the M43 camp especially in comparison to an 8mm lens like mine so I am saving money for elsewhere for now. Andrea
  9. I found the gx9 at €300 before christmas. The housing is €1500 making it €1800 amd 1500grams. BTW THE OMD EM1MARK2 is about 1000 euros on sale so that is a good deal. But thr housings are bigger!
  10. full frame underwater is to big for me. I need a compact setting for easier macro settings and for traveling. I am trying the GX9 from Panasonic which is slightly better but before I plunge into the housing (Nauticam's is fairly compact) I am waiting for the new EM1III to be announced in 3 weeks and maybe for the new GX10....
  11. I use Ultralight detachable arms: light sturdy and easy to detach and put back underwater .... and yes I did use it for snooting and not only! However they may not make them anymore Andrea
  12. I agree that unless the em5III drops to at least €800 the EM1II is way better. Olympus is way underestimating competition and its own EM1II.
  13. An news on the upcoming Nauticam housing for the just released EM5 MK3? I am wondering if they can stay in line with the compact philosophy of the camera and provide a smaller housing than the one developed for the OMD EM1 MK2. Hopefully they can provide a design that fits just a TTL converter and get away from using the new larger flashes. Andrea
  14. I have bought the EM5-mk1 seven years ago and still happy with it! That camera with the Nauticam housing proved reliable and well designed ergonomically. However I was dubious about their handles. I bought the Ultralight brand and could not be happier. They also have the options to detach it underwater which proved to be very useful to me. If you can invest in some new handles I recommend them. Have you thought of a custom-made aluminium plate to accomodate the same plastic base from Nauticam? Ciao Andrea
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