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About michrist

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  • Birthday 10/28/1960

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    UW photography, topside photography, wrecks, fish, kayaking, most sports

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus e620
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    Olympus PT-e06
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon D2000, Inon Z240
  1. You could try unterwasserkamera.at. He is very reliable and usually well stocked. Regards Michael
  2. Does anybody know if the sigma 105 will fit behind a PPO-E02 and a PER-E02?
  3. I also have the pte-06 housing, and I also just made a hole in the plugs. However, I managed to loose one of them anyway so I found this: http://www.unterwasserkamera.at/shop/catal...56564d0669d4a53 And that works too. I am using Inon D2000 and Inon Z240. Michael
  4. Personally I would go for a flat port such as the Olympus PP-E05, because I would want the magnification for fish/moray portraits. The bigger they look the better. The tradeof is that the wide end is not quite as wide as it would have been behind a dome port. Lensewise I don't think there's any difference. You can use the 14-42, 35mm and 50mm behind both. Good luck. Michael
  5. Hi Mark Yes both the 50mm macro and the 35mm macro works fine behind the Athena Dome port - but as it is a dome port you 'loose' the normal 25% magnification. This is an advantage when shooting wide angle, but not so good for macro. So in my opinion, if you want only 1 port then you'll have to decide which is more important to you: wide angle or macro. The advantage of the 14-54 over the 14-42 is that it is better at focusing, presumably because it can let in more light (f2.8). In your case the difference is propably not worth the extra cost. The 50mm macro is a lot better than the 14-54 (and the 14-42) when it comes to making those small critters look interesting - it makes them look bigger because it is macro lens. Please don't ask me about the difference between a macro lens and a non-macro lens, I really don't know. But the difference is easy to see. I'm not really an expert either, these are just my practical observations after 50 dives worth of experience. Hope you can use some of it. Michael
  6. Hi Mark I also just purchased the e620 and a pt-e06 housing. I already owned ports, lenses and a flash for a e410 setup (the poor e410 itself had gotten wet). On the e410 I also began with the 14-42 lens behind an Athena dome port. But I soon found that in the dark and murky waters of my country this lens just had too much trouble focusing, so I went on to acquire the 50mm macro and the 14-54 zoom lenses. Both of these lenses works allright using an Olympus flat port, and they focus much better than the 14-42. In clear tropical waters I find 14-42 and Athena setup works well enough. I haven't considered using the 40-150 mm underwater. Can't really imagine why I'd want to. I have been using a single Inon D2000 flash with a Fisheye tray and flexarms - and have been quite content with this (but two flashes on an Athena AT grip would be much better). I think you'll be very happy with the e620 - it's a great camera, and the pt-e06 housing is far superior to the old pt-e03 imho Michael
  7. Hi again. I tried experimenting a little. Conditions were really poor, viz < 2 metres. I used the 14-42mm standard zoom behind an Athena port, f11 at 1/80 (and a flash) - and it seems to work wonderfully allthough it needs a little more testing. After the dive I couldn't remember which ones were 'autofocus' and which ones weren't and I couldn't tell (that must be good).
  8. Hi Timo. That's interesting, but why would it not be practical with a zoom lens? I'll see if I can make that work.
  9. Hi Steve and thanks. I guess I'll just have to get some stronger focuslights then. I was hoping there was a clever trick, because my eyes are certainly able to focus in much less light than the camera.
  10. How do you guys get your cameras to focus in dark water? Are there any settings that could be useful? Is the only answer focusing lights? Is manual focus a practical solution? This is really troubling me, as I do most of my diving in Denmark and Norway. My setup is an Oly E410 in a PTE-03 housing, 1 Inon D2000 and I am using the standard 14-42 + a 50mm macro. None of them seems able to focus on anything more than a few feet away below 20 meters. Are Nikons and Canons better at focussing or how does folks like Leigh Bishop manage to get those photos of deep wrecks?
  11. Hi Phil Thank You very much, that looks like an ideal port for me Michael
  12. Thanks, that looks very useful. Have you got any recommendations about which lenses to go for?
  13. Hi all I've just bought a used PT-e03 housing for my e410. Problem is it came with the port for a 14-54mm and I've only got the 14-42mm kit lens. So my question is: Is it better to buy the 14-54mm lens or would I be best of getting the PPO-e05 port for the 14-42mm and then perhaps a 50mm macro lens and maybe even an EX-25 extension ring? (as I understand it that combination will also fit into the PPO-E05). Also: I'm going to Florida next week on holidays. Can anybody recommend a good shop to visit for these parts in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale area? (this stuff is much cheaper in the US than it is in Denmark) Michael
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