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M4rauder

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  1. I'm selling my Olympus E-PL1 & underwater housing setup because I'm switching over to another camera for underwater. I've had this kit for 2 years (I bought it new from Adorama, I believe), and I've used it on about 8 dives. I never used outside of the case, since I have a different primary camera. It's in excellent shape--never leaked, and always soaked in fresh water post-dive. Comes with: • Olympus E-PL1 camera • Olympus 14-42mm II R lens • Olympus PT-EP01 underwater housing • Olympus PPZR-EP02 Zoom Gear for 9-18 and 14-42 II (required to zoom lenses in housing) • All original boxes, included accessories Asking price for the whole setup is $350 paypal'd and shipped in the US. Let me know if you have questions or want to see other pics. I'm a longtime member, but I don't have many posts here on Wetpixel so I have a spotless ebay record that you can verify. I also have an Olympus 9-18mm that will work with this kit for sale for $400--ask if you'd like to see pictures.
  2. Fantastic! Can you tell us about your setup? What housing & ports did you use? Why did you have the Panasonic 14mm if you already have the 14-42mm lens?
  3. Are you sure that is correct? You've summed up my choices nicely though, and I tend to agree with you about picking (b). I appreciate the input. Sometimes I do think I should just try to enjoy what I can do with the Sealife and be happy.
  4. Originally, I had considered picking up a (maybe used) Sealife SL960D or SL961 running somewhere in the range of $250-350. They seemed like decent beginner strobes with a good guide number. Stepping up from that, I'd go for the Sea & Sea YS-01. Seems like it would be the best one to get and would work perfectly with a higher spec system in the future (wider beam, focus light, TTL). At this point, I think I would pick the YS-01 instead of compromising and getting the Sealife flash. One other potential option that has been tempting me is switching over to the E-PL2. From a cost standpoint, the Oly housing with the Zen port is pretty much the same as the 10Bar GF1 housing, but I could hold off on getting the Zen port for now. I'm not sure whether I'm willing to give up my GF1 for the E-PL2 though... that's a whole other comparison.
  5. Thanks for the reply. My complaints with the Sealife are mainly that it is slow to take pictures/focus, video isn't great, and photo quality is only OK (kind of noisy, low dynamic range). I would love to use my wide-angle lens too (9-18mm). Of course all of these things are a bit lacking on my Sealife when compared to my GF1! I've also never used an external strobe underwater before, so it's hard for me to know whether I'll like using one or not (obviously better results, but makes the kit considerably larger).
  6. I have a dive trip coming up and i'd like to upgrade my current setup a bit. I've been using a Sealife DC800, which has been OK, but the quality has never been as good as I'd like. So now my choice: buy a housing for my m4/3 camera (GF1), or pick up an entry-level strobe to go with my Sealife. Funds will only allow for one, so what's my best option?
  7. An E-PL1 or E-PL2 with Olympus housing might fit your budget, and you're not really compromising much from entry-level DSLRs.
  8. I still have my eye on a GF1 housing, but only 10bar is in my possible price range at the moment. For $1100 (2-port package) it is similarly priced to the E-PL2 housing + Zen dome port.
  9. Isn't the Seatool housing quite a bit smaller than the Inon X-2? I've heard good things about the Seatool, but next to nothing about the Inon.
  10. I was told that the Olympus 9-18mm also works with the 10bar dome port.
  11. I used an older (larger) version of the DiCaPac with my Sony DSC-V1, and I was able to get some great UW photos while snorkeling. Sometimes the bag will warp/defocus your photos, but it's a very cheap way to try things out. Adjusting controls is very difficult though, so you lose a lot of flexibility. I recently bought and used a Sealife DC800. Picture quality is similar, but I was able to get a few more good shots due to the better ease of use. Also, I liked having it on a scuba dive, something I would not bring a camera bag on. If you have a little more to spend, the Canon G10+housing will no doubt give you better image quality though and you'll have a better camera out of the case.
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