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About MyLensandMore

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus C-5060
  • Camera Housing
    Ikelite
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    DS-125 and DS-50
  1. All, Sorry for the short fuse, but I am looking for some quick info on what lens and ports I need for the Nikon D7000 using the 105mm VR for macro and Tokina 10-17mm wide angle. I heard that it depends on the preference for the Dome Port. I was leaning toward the 8 inch Dome Port, but I would like to reduce the cost. Any thoughts on the Precision Dome Port vice the 8 inch Ikelite Dome Port? If I go with the 5 inch Precision, what extensions are required? Below is what I believe I need, but I want to get some thoughts to see if there is a cheaper way to go. #5510.35 Flat Assembly ...... $200 (For Nikon 105mm) #5510.45 Dome Assembly ...... $400 (For Tokina 10-17mm) #5510.75 1.75" Focus Extension......$175 (For Nikon 105mm) #5510.11 Super-Wide Angle Port Body....$125 (For Tokina 10-17mm) #5510.22 Nikon 12-24mm Port Body....$150 (For 105mm) #6801.70 D7000 Housing.... $1395 Thanks for the help.
  2. Great feedback Guy, As you have said, I am sure the Z240s are top notch, but even the D2000 3 is a less expensive option. It sounds like you have had great success with the YS-D1s, which is what I orignially was looking at. I did notice these on ebay as well, but wasn't sure about the quality or compatibility. You mentioned the strobes came with the mounts, so I still need to buy the ultralight arms. It is funny you mention the 8mm because I was actually buying this camera for an upcoming Socorros trip, which is all larger subjects. Even though my passion is macro, I will be buying the starter options for this trip. Therefore, it looks like I will be getting the 12-50 and the 8mm with applicable ports. What port do you have for your 8mm? Thanks again for your input. It was very helpful. Mike
  3. Okay, I am sold... Definitely going to be starting from scratch though and will have to sell my Ikelite equipment. However, after reading all the positive comments, feedback and seeing the amazing pics, now I have to find a way to keep the cost down to around $6,000. Below is a list of items that I am looking at for starters, but I need to reduce or make changes. Should I stick with the 12-50mm and 60mm since both will use the 12/50 port or should I go with the 8mm fisheye? Any last recommendations are how to reduce the cost or final changes? Am I missing anything?? Thanks again for all the input!! I look forward to sharing my experience with the OM-D as many of you have shared your input. Mike Olympus OM-D E-M5 Camera with 12-50mm Power Zoom Lens 1 $1,199.99 Nauticam NA-EM5 Housing for Olympus OMD EM5 Camera 1 $1,350.00 Nauticam Macro Port and Zoom Gear Set for Olympus ED 12-50 EZ Lens 1 $800.00 $150.00 mail in rebate on 12-50 lens good until 1/27/13 LMI Sola 800 Photo Light (no mounts included) 1 $499.00 LMI Sola Photo Ball Mount & D-Ring Combo Kit 1 $35.00 Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro 1 $499.99 Nauticam M67 Flip filter holder for 36161 port 1 $220.00 ReefNet SubSee Magnifier +10 1 $225.00 Nauticam Flexitray with Left Handle 1 $130.00 Nauticam Adjustable Right Handle for Easitray or Flexitray 1 $40.00 Nauticam M8 Strobe Mounting Ball for Easytray and Flexitray Handles 2 $32.00 Inon Z-240 Strobe (Z240) 2 $1,598.00 Inon Optical D Cable L Type (17 in) With Rubber Fixing Bushing 2 $182.00 Ultralight Inon Strobe Adapter 2 $49.90 Ultralight New Style Clamp (15 degrees side movement) 4 $119.80 Ultralight 5" Double Ball Arm 2 $95.90 Nauticam M10 strobe mounting ball (Current) for housing 1 $30.00 Ultralight Large Longer Clamp for use with Focus Lights 1 $34.95 Total: $7,140.54
  4. I greatly appreciate the positive feedback, as I have read so much about both of these cameras. It seems the constant theme is there is not a lot of difference in quality, but the OM-D is much better for traveling. Since I am traveling from Okinawa, Japan, compact is good no matter where I go. It looks like despite already owning the D7000 and knowing that it will still stay in my bag when traveling, I am leaning toward the OM-D. This is what I am looking at, but I am still trying to keep it about $6k. OM-D and housing 12-50mm kit and 60mm lens Macro Port 65, which I am hoping will be the flat lens that fits both lenses?? 2-Inon Z-240s Fisheye focus light (Any recommendations that are within $300-400?) Diopter for more supermacro shots, but I want the flexibility to do it under water (Any recommendations?) I really want to get the 8mm or 7-14mm with the 4" dome port, but I think that is going to have to wait. I need something that I can get more flexibility from with macro until I can afford more. Thanks for any additional input on this initial upgrade. I will be heading to Socorros in April, so I want to get this rig purchased and tested before heading half way around the world. Mike
  5. I have been an avid underwater photographer for about 10yrs. My underwater camera equipment for the last 7yrs has been the Olympus C-5060, Ikelite housing, DS-125 and DS-50 dual strobes. I recently purchased the DS-160 to replace the DS-50. See photography at: http://www.pbase.com/mjeas While I have been very pleased with the results, the limitations and slow autofocus are finally driving me to upgrade. However, there are simply too many other options on the market. I have narrowed down my upgrade options to the OM-D or going SLR, but I am looking for some feedback from others. Cost is a relative factor, as I am hoping to keep the cost to about $5,000. Option 1: Make a complete overhaul with the new Olympus OM-D E-5 with Nauticam housing, Sea & Sea YS-D1 or INON Z240 dual strobes with arms, and 60mm and 8mm lenses? Approximately $6,000 upgrade. This is more costly, but it offers a much lighter and travel friendly option. Option 2: Use my existing Nikon D7000 and purchase the Ikelite housing, port assembly, 105mm, 60mm, Tokina 10-17mm lenses and 1.4x teleconverter. Approximately $5,000 upgrade. This is less expensive, but I can use my existing Ikelite strobes since I just purchased the DS-160. The new lenses can also make above water photography more appealing. Please assist in providing ideas, options, and alternatives for someone who is interested in macro photography with the flexibility for wide angle. Thanks!
  6. Hey All, I have been an avid photographer for many years. My underwater camera equipment for the last 7yrs has been the Olympus C-5060, Ikelite housing, DS-125 and DS-50 dual strobes. While I have been very pleased with the results, the limitations and slow autofocus is driving me toward finally upgrading. Can someone tell me how to create a forum on this site? I want to pose the below question. Time To Upgrade: I am looking at two possible routes and I would like some feedback what is the best solution knowing any additional changes would not take place for another 6-7yrs. Option 1: Make a complete overhaul with the new Olympus OM-D E-5 with Nauticam housing, Sea & Sea YS-D1 dual strobes with arms, and 60mm and 8mm lenses? Approximately $6,000 upgrade. This is more costly, but it offers a much lighter and travel friendly option. Option 2: Use my existing Nikon D7000 and purchase the Ikelite housing, port assembly, 105mm, 60mm, Tokina 10-17mm lenses and 1.4x teleconverter. Approximately $5,000 upgrade. This is less expensive, but I can use my existing Ikelite strobes since I just purchased the DS-160. The new lenses can also make above water photography more appealing. Please assist in providing ideas, options, and alternatives for someone who is interested in macro photography with the flexibility for wide angle. Thanks!
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