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  1. Hi Bill, Thanks for the reply and link to McMaster. I will probably order from them if I figure out the dimensions of the shaft in my NA-EM5. I could use some extra c-clips if they get lost. I've contacted Bluewater about it. Regards
  2. Hi! A c-clip that clips onto the "Function 2" button shaft which holds a plastic end piece in my Nauticam NA-EM5 housing has been lost. Is there any easier way to replace this other than send the housing to Reef Photo in Florida (I'm in Los Angeles)? Would Nauticam distributers have extras? I was thinking about going to a hobby shop to look for a c-clip that is the same size. Would anyone know the size of this particular one? Anyone else lose one of these? Thanks! Jason
  3. Hi Tim, No I didn't. Though I didn't yet try the car polishing solution yet. You have any ideas? Jason
  4. Hi everyone, Thanks for the helpful tips and insights. It for the most part seems beneficial to take a workshop as long as it's not too big and with a good reputable instructor. I just signed up for a workshop with Aaron Wong in Anilao and couldn't be more excited. Hoping to build on the craft and get creative with shooting underwater!
  5. Thanks everyone for your tips, opinions, and insights. It all helps. Frank, Those are all great reasons for sure. SD Marko, Yes, I'm very open to ideas and learning now. I would imagine people will be bouncing ideas off of each other and learning not solely from the instructor. I tend to learn better by example and so this would benefit me a lot. Divengolf, Thanks for the tips. I generally have a firm understanding of your bullet points. I could probably learn my camera and controls better (I would like to be faster and more fluid). I'll also take a look at the Martin Edge book again. Paul, That's good to know. Sounds like generally people find value in workshops.
  6. TimG, Yeah the stains seem more like an odd chemical reaction with the glass rather than mineral deposits. Thankfully, you don't seem to notice them when the glass is wet. After looking through the glass when the port is partially submerged in a bowl of water, it doesn't seem to affect image quality. jonny shaw, Thanks for the tip. I do usually try to keep my housing wet if fresh water isn't available and rinse, soak and dry as soon as possible.
  7. thetrickster, Yeah, that's what someone else said that it may not be possible to remove the marks. Though, I would imagine a fine polish should remove them. The glass still seems smooth so I would think the marks haven't etched into the glass. I do try to soak my housing in fresh water after a days diving. There's probably been a couple times I didn't get a chance to soak the housing. But I do rinse every time. Though, I do do a lot of beach dives and probably there's been times where I couldn't rinse my housing for several hours. I don't think the stains affect image quality underwater. Haven't noticed. Looking through the port with a bowl of water I can't see the stains. Chris, I've tried a vinegar/lime solution diluted in water soaking for at least 12 hours but that didn't seem to help. I will try your technique of pure vinegar. Gudge, If all else fails, I will try the CLR. Thanks for all the suggestions
  8. I've also tried window glass cleaner. The water spots are very hard to remove. I'm also cautious of harsh chemicals because I don't want to damage the o-ring of the macro port.
  9. Hi, I'm thinking about enrolling myself into my first underwater photo workshop (instructor well known pro underwater photographer). I would consider myself intermediate level underwater photographer but quite knowledgable about above water photography but not professional. I would like to take my underwater photography to the next level of creativity. How useful have non-beginner people found these workshops? Worth the money? Have you've discovered things you wouldn't have thought of by just reading books/forums? Thanks for your opinions.
  10. Hi, I have a Nauticam macro port 65 that I've been using for a year for the Nauticam OM-D E-M5 housing. I've just noticed there seems to be water drop stain marks on the port glass. I've tried cleaning these out with soapy water, lens cleaner, and water/vinegar but none seem to help. I don't think this glass is coated. Anyone have a solution to get these stubborn stains out of the glass? Polishing with a glass polisher work? Also, I'm pretty sure these marks are on the outside of the glass port. Regards, Jason I've attached photos of the marks. Saltwater stains?
  11. tdpriest, Ah, thanks for the info. After my first "fix" via jander4454's suggestion, the shutter action was again not smooth. After looking into my housing and playing with a few internal levers, I discovered that the lever with a spring that contacted my camera shutter was too snugly fit on the plastic shaft it rotated around. The lever still had a hard time rotating even after loosening screw that held the lever onto the shaft. I then just gently sanded the hole on the lever where the shaft goes in and it now rotates freely.
  12. jander4454, Thanks! This seems to have made the shutter lever smoother and return to it's original position. Do you know what was done when you got your housing serviced? Replacement parts? I'm wondering since loosening the screw seemed to have fixed it. Will need to dive with it. Jason
  13. Hi, My Nauticam NA-EM5 housing's shutter lever doesn't return to it's original position after pressed sometimes. This more frequently happens when I depress the lever partially (half way to focus). Inside the housing I've noticed the spring loaded lever that pushes on the camera's shutter button doesn't move smoothly but the external shutter lever is smooth. Anyone else have this problem? I was thinking about putting some silicon liquid on the internal lever. Any recommended silicon that's safe for housing? I take good care of my housing (rinse, soak after day's diving). Thanks Jason
  14. Coroander, That's a good point that I've thought of before but forgot to look into more. I think I've always been using Transcend SDHC 10 16GB cards while shooting RAW only. Though, I'm not exactly sure what cards I was using when my camera froze. I'll look into this, thanks.
  15. Here is a link to a further discussion on the unresponsiveness problem that happens. For more info. http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/olympus-outlet/457746-olympus-om-d-e-m5-sometimes-unresponsive.html
  16. Hi Phil, Thanks for the reply. Hm, interesting. Seems like when my camera crashes it's when I'm in MF mode where my shutter release is the shutter button and my focus is set to the Movie record button. I had a feeling it was that combination. The dive after my camera crashed, I set my camera to S-AF where shutter release button was for the shutter release and focus (half-pressed). No crash on second dive. When your F1 button was set to shutter release, did you have a separate button set to focus? Jason
  17. Hi, I just got a Olympus OM-D E-M5 with a Nauticam housing, Panasonic 8mm fisheye, Olympus 60mm macro lens. Firmware body 1.6. My buttons/settings are configured same as: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=48625 I've only dived with this setup about 10 times and 2 times my camera stopped working underwater. I shoot in Manual Mode. When the camera stops working, it doesn't respond to any button pushes except the LV button (changes from EVF to Monitor). Main dial and Sub-dial still changes Aperture and Shutter. Shutter release does nothing and I can't even turn off the camera. Camera EVF/Monitor stays on until camera runs out of battery; it doesn't fall asleep. Camera displays live image. The flash (lightning bolt) and focus confirmation (green dot) icons in the EVF/Monitor are stuck on. When I remove the battery and put it back in the camera works again. Anyone else have this problem? No floods or leaks and my depth was around 30m deep. I notice this happening usually when I focus then try to take a picture. This problem has happened using both the Panasonic 8mm fisheye and Olympus 60mm macro lenses. Anyone else have this problem or know of a solution?
  18. Hi, Just found this camera backpack on Amazon. Seems like a great deal for only $30! Right now, I'm looking into getting a new Olympus OM-D E-M5 rig and was thinking about putting it in this bag. Anyone have experience packing an OM-D with 2x strobes, 4" dome, Nauticam housing, NA 65 port, lenses, etc? http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Backpack-SLR-Cameras-Accessories-Black/dp/B002VPE1WK/ref=sr_1_6?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1365267368&sr=1-6 For me, the most important aspects of the backpack is that it's durable, light, and doesn't advertise itself as a camera bag for thieves. jason
  19. Ian, Here is a quote from a guy frequently on this forum and well respected. Maybe it will help you decide "Having owned both the NEX-7 and now the E-M5 in Nauticam housings I feel that the shortcoming of the NEX system still remains the limited number of quality lenses suited to U/W photography. The Sony 10-18 zoom with the new Nauticam 7 inch dome seems a step in the right direction for wide angle subjects but as a system the E-M5 is still the better choice. Phil Rudin"
  20. Hi Ian, I'm still undecided. For a while I was going to just go with the E-PL5 since it's a much cheaper option but then I read more and more E-M5 articles/posts and now lean more towards getting one of those. I want to use my next camera for topside photos and the E-M5 seems much better than the E-PL5. Since I will be spending a lot of money upgrading to my next camera system, I want to at least make it feel like a big upgrade. I fear getting just the E-PL5 isn't a huge jump up compared to the E-M5. I'm certain the E-M5 is a great system, from what I read, but there's a big uncertainty about the E-PL5. I guess I'm kind of waiting for someone with that setup to tell me if it's good or not and what to expect before making my decision. Anyone? For me the biggest issue with buying the E-M5 is the total price. It's a lot of money for me. For you both systems seem like a lot of money. In your case, for underwater, I would think the EM-5 would be a better choice. There's more lenses (especially for macro) for the micro 4/3s system. So, I guess it depends on what you want to shoot. If you like shooting macro, I would think the E-M5 is for sure the way to go. Take my advice with a grain of salt though because I don't know much about the NEX 7. The NEX 7 also seems to cost more than the E-M5. In the end though, it depends on what you want to use it for (macro, wide, etc) and what's important to you. Both the Backscatter buyers guide and the Bluewater guide say the E-M5 is the best mirror less system over the NEX. http://www.backscatter.com/learn/article/article.php?ID=57 http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/best-mirrorless-cameras Hope this helps. Let me know what you get when you do! Maybe it will help me get mine. Jason
  21. Kenr, Thanks for the link. I was looking for this as I read this before. I already have 2 Inon close up lens so looks like macro would be covered. I thought though that the Nauticam flat port for the 60mm had 67mm threads for diopters?
  22. troporobo, Yeah, thanks for the reminder. I read through SO many posts here on the forums on the E-M5 and forgot about that detail. I thought I read a post by Alex M. that there was more magnification using the diopters at 50mm than with diopters at 43mm macro. Don't know where that thread went.
  23. Thanks for all the input! I went into a shop to look at both Olympus and Nauticam housings over the weekend and to figure out more my options and the advantages/disadvantages of each. I need to more look at them as two totally different cameras (despite having the same sensor) and look at my needs based on that. I know either the E-PL5 setup and the E-M5 will be an improvement over my G10 setup. I guess I'm just trying to get the most bang for buck and system that will be versatile and re-usable for future upgrades (upgrading arms/tray to UltraLight probably which can be carried to later systems). I also want to buy a system that is more than just an incremental upgrade from compact that is a good transitional upgrade to a future DSLR. I guess the main reason why I am hesitant about the E-PL5 is that it looks just like a nicer compact camera whereas the E-M5 is more SLR like. I kind of feel like I graduated from the compact camera class I guess. Derway, thanks for your points too and putting things into perspective. I can easily get jaded by looking at all the really nice features if I spend more. It's good that you are saying what you said coming from a DSLR user. Another note. I also was thinking about using my new camera topside as well. Replacing the need to bring a D80 around and my G10. In that regards, the E-M5 sounds good. Though it's bigger, the image stabilization is attractive since I like shooting in natural low light situations. Below is my ongoing research which might be interesting to some to see the price differences. om-d e-m5 w/12-50mm = 1200 (900 ebay, 1050 cameta) Nauticam Housing = 1300 Nauticam 60mm port = 300 Austrian gear = 150 Rig == $3000!! ==== e-pl5 w/14-42mm = 600 Olympus housing = 750 Rig == $1350 Olympus 60mm Macro = $500 Panasonic 8mm fisheye $650 Precision 8mm dome port $500 Lens total == $1650 Ultra Light Arms / stay UL arms = $250 UL stay/handles = $100 Arms total == $350 OM-D E-M5 Adv. + 1/250 flash sync + stabilization + more control + easier to control + better housing + 12-50mm versatility (wide to macro) + electronic viewfinder + water resistent E-PL5 Adv. + smaller size (pocketable) + cheaper
  24. Hi, Thanks for the response it helps a lot since you're in a similar situation than me with regards to thinking ergonomics isn't that big of a deal. WIth my G10, I'm used to shooting off the LCD and think it might some time getting used to the view finder underwater. The Olympus housing doesn't seem like it has much flexibility as the Nauticam. From what you say, I'm leaning towards the E-M5. My bank account won't be happy. =/
  25. It's interesting I can't find any info/experiences of people using the new Olympus E-PL5; seems like it would be a great camera to use underwater. I was wondering how people feel about the ease of operating it (especially in manual mode, adjusting aperture, shutter, iso, macro mode, focusing, etc). Right now I am looking into updating my G10 rig but don't have tons of money to spend. The Olympus E-PL5 seems perfect for my budget though everyone is talking about the EM-5. Is that really worth the extra expenses? Over my G10 setup, I'm interested in improved image quality, increased creative flexibility (with lenses, fish eye, etc), and a system that I can re-use as much as possible for the upgrade after. I feel somewhat creatively restricted with my G10 setup. The Olympus OM-D EM5 with a 12-50mm lens, macro port, Nauticam housing seems like a great system but is way out of my initial budget. Though, if it's a huge level above and beyond an E-PL5 with 10 bar housing (?), and lenses then I can stretch the budget (by working more!). My current rig setup is as follows. Canon G10 camera Canon underwater housing Fiber optic strobe cables 2x Sea and Sea YS-110a strobes Sea and Sea arms and compact tray 2x Inon UCL-165M67 Help! I can't decide what to do. Thanks for any information!
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