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    Sea&Sea YS-110a
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    tray, arms
  1. I don't disagree strongly, sure wouldn't bet money on anyone making a housing for the E-P5, but the underwater scene modes give me a glimmer of hope that Olympus might change course on their previous E-Px housing plans. The improved AF and improved viewfinder of the E-P5 I hope would create some interest in getting this camera underwater. The next OM-D will likely get those features too and perhaps we'll just have to wait until housings for that. More being hopeful than predicting an E-P5 housing. "Not sure what ZEN port you are for $1600.00+ but I own the ZEN 170mm optical glass port for the EM5 housing and it retails for $995.00 and most will buy the Nauticam 6" port for 7-14 which is much less." $1600+ for housing, port, accessories (zoom gear, port adapter, etc) I believe the Zen WA100 port or Nauticam ports are about $500. $1000ish for Olympus housing, $1500 for Nauticam. So $1600 is about minimum with dome port, you might get an OM-D set up for as low as $1400 if you get the Oly housing and flat port, but that's crippling yourself to save a few hundred bucks.
  2. I got the E-PL1 body only since I have the 9-18 and the the 14-42 IIR that came with my OM-D. Not sure what kind of ring I'd need with the 14-42IIR lens. Hope I can adapt the 9-18 ring I ordered. Starting from scratch, the E-PM1 bundle does seem the better deal, but I think I'm just going to live with the E-PL1 bundle rather than deal with returns and re-ordering. I'll want to upgrade in a few years anyway I'm sure. The E-PL1 will still be a massive upgrade from my current, quite basic Tough-8000.
  3. I'll just add I sure hope there is a E-P5 housing from Olympus and I'd be a lot more inclined to buy it if it's no more than $1000 with a flat port, maybe $750 portless. Otherwise might as well get a Nauticam if they make one, the Oly housing for the E-M5 seems overpriced compared to the Nauticam. I hope they change that equation next time around.
  4. "The Nauticam NA-EM5 housing retailed for 1350.00 and has now been raised to $1450.00 this is a bargain compared to most of the other mirrorless housings." While it may be a bargain, it's all relative. Too expensive for my budget now, especially for a camera that will be worth $500 in a matter of months. A camera I hope to replace with an E-P5 soon. And it's also expensive enough that I'd have to look long and hard at spending a bit more and getting my D800E underwater. Granted I like something more compact and something I'd be less heartbroken if I lost or flooded. The D800 is quite bulky and a major investment to take underwater. When you can get an E-PM1/PT-EP06 combo for $500, the EM-5's PT-EP10 starts looking really expensive at close to a grand with no port. The Nauticam a bit more still and then you'll want the Zen port $1600+. It's all relative, and we've never had so many great options for such low prices so I shouldn't complain I suppose.
  5. I read that the just about to be available E-P5 has underwater scene modes, I don't think the E-P1, E-P2 or EP-3 did. The larger, sharper VF-4 add on viewfinder apparently has a larger magnification and better eye relief than the VF-2, VF-3 or E-M5, so might work better underwater than the current PENs/OM-D viewfinders. And has the built in flash so the EVF could be used while still triggering strobes. Might Olympus, or perhaps Nauticam make a housing for this new E-Px series camera when that range has been all but completely neglected in the past? (10 bar for the E-P3 being the only exception I know) Any disadvantage of the E-P5 compared to the E-M5? Weather sealing being the only one I can think of.
  6. By default the review controls are done with the dial around the 4 way controller and there is no enclosure link to that dial. There is a review of the housing that states there is no way to move between images. But figured there probably was a solution. Yep, should have added the video spec as a difference.
  7. Excellent info! Figured there might be a way. But can you zoom to check focus with the dial mapped to zoom? Wonder if the 3 extra buttons of the PT-EP01 do add advantages. Hmm.... May have been better off with the E-PM1 bundle. Question is do I want to put up with the hassle of returning the current order? I have little doubt the M1 is a snappier camera.
  8. I'm new here, have a question I need to sort out soon. OK, so I thought I got a fantastic deal on a E-PL1/PT-EP01 combo for $500ish. Had to spend another $50 on a zoom gear. Was very satisfied, but NOW I see that the E-PM1/PT-EP06 combo is available in several places for $500 with a zoom gear (maybe two? 14-42 and 9-18? Same gear?)! I can probably still cancel the original order or return the packages for full refund if I don't delay. So I have to decide soon! I own a OM-D, so I don't suspect I'd be using either camera outside the UW housing, so I don't really want to consider the cameras differences except how they work in the housings. E-PL1 advantages: Can review all images while in housing (E-PM1 apparently can only review last image) More buttons/controls. (zoom buttons, mode dial, etc.) Can use EVF in housing (E-PM1 needs flash in hot shoe) E-PM1 advantages: Faster, continuous shooting, focusing, etc. Better low light focusing? Bigger, clearer LCD. Newer generation image processing, probably not that big a deal for RAW. Anyone have thoughts? Hopefully having used them both or at least researched them? Thanks!
  9. Hi! I'm Dylan. I'm currently living in Vancouver BC, but most of my diving experience is in Australia/NZ/Cook Islands (Advanced Open water). I have an old Olympus Tough-6000 in an Ikelight housing, wide angle wet lens, S&S YS-110a strobe and tray/arms. I've just ordered a E-PL1/PT-EP01 combo which should be a nice upgrade for me at a budget price. Never found that old compact very good other than being tough. But I see there are also E-PM1/PT-EP06 combos at great prices as well and wonder if it would be worth cancelling the E-PL1 order?? Someday I want a housing for one of my Nikon SLRs or at least my OM-D, but I'm on a budget. I was hoping to post a topic comparing the pros/cons of the two cameras. But I don't have the ability to start a topic, hopefully that ability will get approved soon as I only have so long to cancel my current order!
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