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  1. Hi TimG, Yeah, I've given that some thought but I learned from an engineer friend of mine who made his own and then went on a liveaboard trip to the Galapagos only to be struggling with inconsistent results the whole time. The trouble is that when you go somewhere for a week or two of diving, you value consistency. Were I to live in Florida let's say and dive whenever I wanted to I'd probably make my own and enjoy the challenge of perfecting them. But I'm hoping this is one less thing to worry about. Bogdan
  2. Hi Draq, I just sent out an email query to UWdigitalcamera.com about their Inon branded fiberoptic cables. The description states that the cables are made in Japan and according to my conversion of Japanese Yen to the dollar they are comparable in price to the Howshot ones and the 10Bar ones. I'll let you know what they say as soon as I hear. Thus far I've usually shot manual, but I'm going to be trying out this new TTL system with my Olympus and the manufacturer recommended high quality multicore cables for the best results with TTL, so that's why I'm paying more attention to the specifics of these cables. Bogdan
  3. I've used the Nauticam to Inon sync cords in the past, but I'm wondering whether something less expensive would offer similar quality/reliability. Has anyone had experience (positive or negative) about the Howshot fiber optic sync cords? They are about 1/2 the price of the Nauticam option.
  4. This seems like a very interesting option, albeit a very expensive one. http://wetpixel.com/articles/trt-electronics-ships-the-o-turtle-ttl-flash-trigger-for-olympus I have been thinking of getting the Nauticam flash trigger for the Olympus E-M1 but it does not support TTL, unlike the o-Turtle option above. I have to admit, my main motivation is the horrendous battery life of the E-M1 with the native flash, but TTL control is definitely an interesting advantage. I really don't know if that justifies the price difference between the Nauticam flash trigger for Olympus and this o-Turtle. I imagine with it being so new on the market, there is little first hand experience..... Thoughts? Bogan
  5. Chris, do you know if any of these other shorter lenses work with wet lenses? Like the Inon wet lenses or the SubSee +5 or +10 Diopter? Because that could add a lot more functionality to these shorter macro options I would think. Bogdan
  6. Oh yes, a very very interesting question. I think very few people have both lenses in order to compare. We have an upcoming trip to Lembeh in December and can report afterwards, but I think the Olympus lens deal expires before then. But anyway, they have lots of deals so it'll come around again. I have shot the Olympus 60 and I do love it. I even love the Nauticam CMC with it, though it's difficult to use at first. The question is that on this upcoming trip my wife wants something other than the 60, as we can just borrow a friend's port and 60 mm lens for her. But we would pretty much have the same images that way and face the same limitations. So I also am thinking of getting the Olympus 30, Panasonic 30 or the Panasonic 45. The latter 2 are f2.8....now the interesting thing is that I think all of them fit in the Nauticam 45 port. I could buy the cheap Olympus 30 or rent the Panasonic 30 or 45 from LensRentals. They have a deal now where you can get 2 week rental for the price of 1, which is really nice if you were going to try something out. Incidentally, I have heard great things about the Panasonic 30 from someone I follow on Flickr. Here's a link to some of his images. https://www.flickr.com/photos/scipio2010/30666559550/in/datetaken/ Anyway, I will report back later in December after I get back from Lembeh. Until then, let's see if other people have any experience with these other macro lenses. Bogdan
  7. Draq, I have the DP-170 and it works pretty well with the Olympus 8 mm fisheye. I've enjoyed using it and there is no need for an extension with it. But it is fairly good sized and takes up more room in my carryon than the actual housing! I appreciate your comments on the DP-100. I'm highly considering it at this point though I haven't come across any direct comparisons to the Nauticam 140 mm port. Bogdan
  8. Wolfgang, What did you ultimately settle on between these 2 ports? I'm going through the same decision right now :-) I decided to go with glass (Nauticam 140) rather than acryllic (Nauticam 4.33") because I really don't see myself buffing out the inevitable scratches on the acryllic. So I was pretty much ready to get the Nauticam 140, but now I'm thinking that the Zen DP-100 may be easier to get close to subjects for CFWA type of shots. I wonder if the size difference between them is actually relevant in real world situations. Unfortunately where I live there isn't an underwater photography distributor who has both of these options for me to try. So I'm just curious what you went with. Take care. Bogdan
  9. Hi everyone, I shoot a Olympus E-M1 Mark II in a Nauticam housing and usually use the Olympus 7-14 mm lens and 60 mm macro in Nauticam ports. But I want to use my Olympus 8 mm fisheye more and have an old Zen DP-170 port that I was planning on using with it. My questions are: 1. Would I need an extension ring along with the Zen DP-170 port when using the Olympus 8 mm PRO lens? 2. Is there a better choice of ports for CFWA close focus wide angle type of shooting? Thanks so much! Bogdan
  10. I was wondering what the approximate shipping date would be if one were to place an order today. Thanks so much. Bogdan Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I was thinking the same thing and looked into it a bit. As of May 2017..... http://inonnews.blogspot.com/2017/05/z240strobe-discon.html Bogdan
  12. Thanks Moray Eel...who is taking preorders for the housing?
  13. Has anyone gotten any indication how far away the Nauticam E-M1 Mark II housing is from being available? I've got an upcoming trip in a little over a month and I'm getting pretty nervous about being able to pick one up beforehand. :-( All I've heard thus far is that "they're working on it."
  14. I use a Nauticam housing for my E-M1 with the small included Olympus flash. Does anyone have any experience in using flash triggers with this setup? I'm primarily interested in extending the battery life of my E-M1 as I don't like to open my housing all that often in between dives. I currently set my flash to 1/64th and shoot my Inon Z-240's in manual mode. I still use the S-TTL occasionally. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I just shot my Olympus 7-14 f2.8 in a Nauticam 180 port this past weekend along with my E-M1. The lens seems to focus much faster than the 9-18 and I was very happy with it! To me it seems like a significant upgrade with a good zoom range. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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