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  1. Some shots had been slightly (Maybe 10%) cropped to get rid of backscatter by flashes on the sides (With the 8mm FE you REALLY have to pull back the flashes!!). Most pics are uncropped.
  2. Thanks Pete. I am happy to help you in making the decission. I am sure you will not regret it.
  3. Hi Nicolas. In my EM5 the display shows the battery icon whenever I turn the camera on. It shows a few seconds on the display as well as in the EVF. You can change the warning level after which the camera starts showing the battery symbol constantly using menu "K" under "Warning level". Adjusting the level to +2 will show the icon much more early. The reason for the battery being low after two weeks of non usage is called "self discharge". The self discharge on li-Ion betteries is much higher as it is on for instance on NiMH or alcaline. So a half charged bettery might become low easily after two weeks. I would advise you to prepare and check the camera shortly before leaving for a dive. Best in a dry place (hotel room) or whatever. This would include making a test shot, check the buttons and levers are working, the card is inserted the lense cap removed (I know from painful own eperience) the flashes are firing and whatever else would come to ur mind. I always have three batteries with me so I can have one in the camera, one charged for spare and one in the charger. Hope this helps. Kind regards. Andy.
  4. Hi. I had a similar issue with my Nauticam housing for the NEX5. On the steel shafts without any gear there is usually a little black "tip" glued to the end making the contact with the camera control. In my housing one of this tips did become loose and so the button did not make contact anymore. I fixed this by glueing a short snippet of a Q-Tip stick instead and all was working properly again. Alternatively you can surely send it in to Nauticam for repair - but in case you need something quick' dirty. Cheers. Andy.
  5. Nice! Really nice! Love the swarm fish shots as well as the cave ones.
  6. I did use the 2 S2000 I have. Using the 8mm lens you can (and have to) get damn close so even the relatively "weak" S2000 are suitable for lighting. Unfortunately I just had 2 8 Inch arms with 2 Jumbo Stix each while diving Komodo. This had been way to short for the 8mm fisheye lens so I got issues with backscatter at the sides - even when pulling back and outwards the srobes. Meanwhile I have extended the setup by 2 Nauticam float arms 90x150mm making the rig perfectly boyant in combination with the 45° viewfinder.
  7. Dear all. I published a gallery of wide angle and some topside shots I took using the Olympus OMD EM5 (Nauticam housing). Pictures are a mixed bag taken with the 8mm using the 4,33" Dome and 7-14mm using a 170mm Inon Dome with D&D 50mm MIL to Inon Adapter. http://andre-schwarz.smugmug.com/Underwater/Wide-Angle/ Comments or recommendations are welcome. Kind regards. Andy
  8. Just to clarify: I do not recommend or would do the preparation of the housing itself in any other environment then a quiet and dry place where you can put the required attention on maintaining O-Rings etc. The only thing I have "outsourced" was the depresurization of the housing - so when the equipment has reached ambient temperature. As the housing is closed and setup no outside humid air can get inside - so the risk of condensation is minimal. To be sure I usually place a pack of silica-gel below the camera.
  9. Just coming back from a 2 week trip to Maldives using the Leak Sentinel V3 on the Na-EM5. Experience with minor flaws had been outstanding. It was giving me a lot of confidence pre and during diving the usual maintain, dip and hope methods never could achieve. Some recommendation or tips for those of you considering I can make. Putting under pressure on in AC cooled hotel rooms and then going out into the hot can easily generate false positives. So after the first day I brought the pump to the diving vessel and applied pressure around 20 minutes before diving while travelling to the dive site. Then shortly before jumping I checked the status. This way I never had a false alarm. When releasing under pressure you need to be VERY carefull, especially when diving salt water, the pressure valve and its surroundings is dry as well as your fingers. The electronic board is just underneath the valve. It happened to me that one tiny drop got sucked in with the air, This caused the sentinel to not work anymore. To repair (and I would not necesarily recommend the same) I opened the Sentienl housing, took out the circuit board, removed the battery, dripped the board into drinking water for about half an hour to loosen the corrosion (shown as white markings at the soldering points) and then used a tooth brush to carefully clean the remaining dirt. Finally I dried it in the sun before puzzling everything together again. After the device was back to working properly but I think I just had been lucky in this case. If the vendor reads this I would recommend to use an electronics varnish leaving out the tiny sensor to prevent the same in future versions.
  10. My favorites in 2013: Macro: Close up: WA: (Bali and Komodo March 2013. Oly EM5 NA-EM5, 60mm & 8mm)
  11. One thing that seems to be pretty clear id that the whole camera market is in a move at the moment. If the DX plays a role after the market has stabalized depends if the customers (us) are still buying it. If there is a demand then there will be companies serving the need. The problem I see is the purpose use of the DX system. As I see it there are three main camera purposes depending what you are going to shoot. Purposes in this term are planned, semi-planned and unplanned. For planned shooting - so you are going to shoot a very specific moment or motive and even travel for the same, if you are pro or amateur, you want to have the best possible picture. For this type of shots, with the FX prices dropping, FullFrame cams, if the budget allows, will be your tool - now and in the future. With or without mirror or what ever other gimmick the vendors come up with is not that important in this term. For the unplanned shooting in street, capturing the unexpected, users usually want something fitting into the pocket. Traditionally this had been covered by pocket P&S cams. This market is now moving to the smarthpone buisiness. So the P&S cams, even so thrown at high evolution rate into the market (and eating up vast amounts of the vendors development costs) will vanish i think. The same in this term applies to the video digicams sharing the same future I think. The interesting market so is the semi-planned, travel and vacation market. Cams should be good enough to deliver decent image quality without burden too much when carrying. Being a APS-C terotory in the past m43 and other mirrorless techniques are gaining shares here now. The question is if they can keep up with the demands. The m43 system is stuck on a 16Mpix resultion for now and is there since quite some time. While this is good enough for most use cases the general trend is heading for more. I do not think M43 will be able to go higher then this without revolutionary new technology (Foveon or what ever). This I see as a chance for the DX system. If the vendors could slim down the size of the cams without changing the flange distance - so the existing lenses COULD be used and then start to slim down the lenses a little (making them DX only) while improving their quatity at the same time (Most DX optics are not just smaller but also lower in quality as their FX brothers) then this system will have a future. If not then FX on the high end and mirrorless on the low will nibble bites off the market until it is vanished.
  12. According to sonyalpharumors the A7 will have a standard E-Mount (NEX system). Existing E-Mount lenses can be used. They will however either vignette heavily or have to be used in "crop mode" (should be around 11Mpixel as a result). According to the rumors there will also be a new LAEA adapter allowing the use of A-Mount (Sony/Minolta) optics. The sources state that the A7 will have on sensor phase detection so the use of SLR glass should be OK. The 2nd A7 (A7r 36MPixel) however seem to not have this feature. If there will be an adapter allowing the use of Canon or Nikon glass (Metabones for instance) if the existing does not work - who knows.
  13. The A7 may have the same potential to change photography as the NEX had. With the NEX range Sony however failed big time to provide a competitive lens range within a given time. I never understood the fact there had been several glasses covering the range 24-70 (18-50, 18-200, 24, 30) but leaving out the short or long ends of the range or having sensefull macro optics. As the A7 requires a complete new set of optics I fear Sony will run into the same issues again. One thing future users have to be aware off is the fact that there is a relation between sensor size and lens size. As larger the sensor as bigger the optic must be. So any FF capable E-Mount lens will most likely have the same size than their SLR counterparts. If the mirrorless design still makes sense in this case is something I would doubt.
  14. Congratulations! This is really fantastic! Considering you are new to underwater photography it makes these shots unbelievable. Good enough for the fullframe series what I'm concerned!
  15. Even so I am not a big fan of shark feeding these are really good shots. What lenses / settings did you use?
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