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  1. Regarding the difference between the Panasonic and Olympus lenses I don't think you will see much if any IQ differences behind the WWL-1. I am all for investing in the best glass you can afford but WWL-1 is going to out preform V. wide lenses behind a dome port with all M43 lenses. For significant increase in IQ with WWL-1 you would need to move to Sony full frame with the Sony FE 28mm F/2, not a zoom but the best in IQ.
  2. The idea that lens options are limited is a bit of a false narrative, I have used all of these cameras, including the Z6 and the EOS R cameras all with adapted fisheye lenses. With the proper adapter all work as well as they do on native DSLR cameras. I don't see DSLR users complaining about the Nikonos RS 13mm fisheye or after market fisheyes being used on DSLR's. The facts are that the Sony mirrorless cameras have a wide range of lenses suited to U/W work. Wet wide optics like WACP and WACP II can also be used with these cameras just as they are with DSLRs'. If you own Canon lenses like the 8-15mm fisheye zoom and macros these can also be used with the Sony cameras. Nikon DSLR lenses can also be used on the Z-cameras with a Nikon adapter. Currently auto focus Is outstanding on the A7R IV with Canon EOS R cameras running second and Nikon Z cameras running third. I realize that native lenses would be the best investment but the upsides of 21 century tech out weights the the downsides of 20th century tech and its is only going to get better. You can checkout my reviews on many of these cameras and lenses in the back issues of uwpmag.com.
  3. My bad regarding the search engine. It will work for some searches but not for others and in many cases it does not diferentuate reviews from product announcements. If for instance you put in WACP you will fine several listings. If you but in Sony A7R IV you won't find any listings in spite of several announcements and reviews. If you search Sony only you will get a full page including the Sony A7R IV information. The items that are listed direct you to the issue in which you appear the you need to open the issue and look for the article.
  4. The magazine does not have a search engine. Each issue in the back issues has an index when you open them, included in the index are product reviews but not by page number. It is up to the viewer to do the work. If you have a product you are looking for I may be able to help as I have done many of the reviews. Also if you have a new product you would like to see reviewed let me know and I will attempt to make that happen.
  5. Perhaps I was not clear. Go to uwpmag.com and enter your email. At the top of the page you will see back issues, click on that then select issue #93 the article starts on page #39.
  6. I have attaches the front page from an older review using the Canon 8-15 zoom and Zen 100 port with the Sony A7R II. Higher MP's and full frame add to softness in the corners at F/stops below about F/13. Since this review I have used this lens with a verity of other cameras and dome sizes. Works very well for splits with domes of 200mm or greater. I have also used the Nikon 8-15 with Nikon mirrorless cameras with like results. I have also used the Canon with Canon full frame cameras and see no difference in AF speed or image quality with or without an adapter. This is a free PDF download at uwpmag.com at the top od the page in back issues #93/
  7. The two full frame images are with the Zen 100mm port and the circular shot is with a 6 inch port With A7R II and A7R III. The split is with EOS R, Canon adapter and an 8" port. My personal equipment for the 8-15 with the A7R IV is the Zen 230mmII has removable blades and the Nauticam 140mm with removable shade. Of the smaller ports I like the 140mm size better.
  8. I have used the Canon 8-15 Fisheye for several years on Sony FF cameras from A7 II to A7R IV and with at least five different camera brands. I have also used the lens with the Metabones and Sigma MC 11 adapters which both work equally well. The idea of the lens is to give you a traditional full frame fisheye and a circular fisheye (360 degree) in one lens. Any of the zoom settings in between just cut off the top and bottom of the frame. On M43 you get a fisheye zoom range but you don't get the circular fisheye. I have used the lens with both optical glass and acrylic pome ports from 100mm to 230mm. As others have said you can also used the Sigma 15 fisheye with the Canon adapted. Nikon also has an excellent 8-15mm FF fisheye but alas the adapters for nikon AF on Sony don't work well. If you would like more information on using the Canon 8-15 with Sony go to uwpmag.com, back issues and you will find more than a dozen reviews where I used the lens.
  9. Interesting topic, I just finished watching and well worth the time. Keep up the great work.
  10. I have watched five of the new Wetpixel Live videos and they are well worth the time. Keep up the great work..
  11. Hi Thomas, Regarding battery life as with all batteries things are not always equal however during my tests I exceeded the specs. of 2000 flashes per charge by a lot. I also used the S-Turtle shooting models in the Mexican Cenotes at 5 to 10 frames per second and the S-Turtle was able to keep up without overheating or misfiring. If you would like to read my full review of the S-Turtle for Sony it is in the back issues at uwpmag.com, issue #110. This is a free PDF download and contains lots of useful info on how to use the S-Turtle. As with a lot of U/W equipment failures I ignored my own advice and managed to pinch the wiring for the S-Turtle when closing the housing. This was complete Pilot error on my part and no fault of the S-Turtle but resulted in damage to the wiring which has put the S-Turtle out of commission for the time being. I hope you enjoy my take on this excellent tool.
  12. Hi Dave, The best example would be Chris Kippax's photo shown above. The adapter bolts to the pickup finder on the Ikelite housing. This puts greater distance between the rear element on the finder and the EVF. In addition you are now looking through two viewfinders. The result is that the image size is reduced in the viewfinder. It works the same way a closeup lens works the more distance you put between the rear C/U lens element and the lens the weaker the magnification. 2 or 3 mm may not seem like much but it can make a big difference. The viewfinders that, in the case of Ikelite thread into the housing are designed to get the VF as close to the EVF as possible without hitting the EVF and causing damage.
  13. Again on the up side in the time it has taken to produce the content on the second half of this second page Sony has announced a brilliant new 12-24mm F/2.8 GM lens and Canon has announced two new mirrorless cameras. The two new Canon cameras now have IBIS and dual card slots missing on the first EOS R. In addition Canon has announced four new Mirrorless lenses and two tele converters. It seems that in spite a reduction in sales the camera market is moving forward and trying to reinvent itself with 21st century equipment.
  14. Regarding your original question I have used both the Inon and Ikelite viewfinders on Ikelite housings. If both are correctly placed in relation to the viewfinder them you will have identical performance. I have attached images of both the 180 and 45 viewfinders from both companies. Look closely and tell me what you see. I have also used the more expensive Nauticam 45 & 180 viewfinders and they are as you would expect better if the placement is proper.
  15. I can understand the concern of many regarding the CIPA sales figures but the topic I thought was digital camera stagnation. Cellphones and action cameras are digital cameras and I would suggest that you goggle sale figures for both from 2010 to present. You can also go to the same site statista.com listed by 121 and you will find sales are robust to say the least. The same is true for U/W equipment to support phones/action cams. We are seeing a shift in the entire camera market described by me as growing pains. To exclude tphones and action cams from the discussion seems short sighted. I would guess that if you want to talk about underwater photo/video world wide phones and action cams have the lions share of the market. To assume that these cameras are all being used by amatures for FB, Insta and youtube would be a bit short sighted also. Action cams like GoPro's are being used extensively by professional film makers for the likes of BBC and Nat Geo to name just two. A good deal of the footage for programs like Shark Week is shot with action cams. I know dozens of top notch photographers who have never used a film camera in their lives and I am sure 1000's of cell phone and action cam shooters have never used a DSLR. These facts do not prevent them from being artistic and talented photographers both above and underwater. The cream is always going to rise to the top regardless of the equipment they use. If you think camera manufactures are set in their ways think about the underwater equipment industry prior to Nauticam. In ten years Nauticam has reached the top and it has forced other manufactures to step-up their game or be left behind. Sony has pretty much done the same thing in the camera/mirrorless camera industry. One of the reasons Sony has succeeded so quickly is that they have spent more time listening to their base both Pro and amateur than other manufactures (with the exception of menus LOL). Last regarding Olympus, I think most would have expected to see Pentax and Hasselblad exit first. So as a guy who is still seeing the glass half full remember that Sony started out by buying up the departed Minolta turning it into a contender. Perhaps the same may happen with Olympus. I continue to have a positive outlook for U/W photography, Wetpixel and uwpmag.com (full disclosure I am Senior Reviewer at uwp). Without a stable market we won't be around because our advertisers won't be around.
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