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  1. I recently upgraded my E-PL3 rig (which I purchased used from Wetpixel forums in 2014) to the E-PL10. Selling what I had for the E-PL3 for $100 plus actual shipping costs. Hoping someone can still put it to good use. Including everything shown in the pictures: E-PL3 camera body with 14-42 kit lens Extra camera body (the internal battery is dead, so you have to reset the date/time every time you change a battery) PT-EP05L camera housing (see notes below) Electronic viewfinder (can't use it underwater, but nice for topside shooting) Extra flash attachment Plenty of batteries (some never used) Two battery chargers Extra 14-42 lens (can't speak for long-term quality on this lens, but tested okay) Soft case for one camera body Extra O-Ring (I haven't had to change out an O-Ring in the 7 years I've had this) Port cover Instruction manual Does not include - tray/handles, arms/clips, strobes. Camera Housing Notes - Housing has flooded once several years ago - does not affect performance. This housing originally had lights on the front of the port for shooting macro - those lights have not worked since before I bought it. I had been using a semi-dome port with this and swapped it back to the original port that came with the housing. I've submerged the housing for several hours and no leaks noted, but I'd test it on your side before taking it under pressure. Given the low $100 selling price, all of this is being sold as-is. All of this gear (excluding extra camera body and lens) was used in September and worked well. A great way to start in UW photography or can be used as an extra.' I can share photos taken with this setup upon request.
  2. That's insane that they tried to charge you on lights and strobes. I can understand their confusion on whether a housing is a camera vs an accessory (IMO clearly an accessory), but there is no uncertainty on lighting. A pure shakedown. Question for you - did you declare everything on a customs form or did they search your bag?
  3. So potentially, if I am traveling into Cabo with: - 2 camera bodies (OLY PEN) +lenses + housing (purchased used as a set for app. $600 five years ago) - GoPro Hero 5 purchased for $175 a year ago. They might argue that the housing is a camera, and therefore say that this is four cameras? Presumably two of them are still duty free, so they may charge on two of the items? And in theory, the value used should be something lower than what was paid originally? Are they going to nail me on strobes, arms, etc? No bueno.
  4. On a recent trip I had wanted to shoot my m.zuiko 9-18 lens in an AOI semi-dome port. I had read that in certain circumstances, the lettering on the front of the lens could reflect off the dome and show in the picture, and the solution was to use a shading ring on the lens. I purchased the Olympus UW Shading Ring for Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 Lens POSR-EP02 and still got the lettering in some shots. If I look at the shading ring on the lens, it doesn't seem to cover the letters at all. Is this the wrong shading ring for this lens? Has anyone else had this problem/come up with a solution? I ended up taking a UV filter and used a black Sharpie to draw a ring on on the filter that covers up the letters. Unfortunately, it causes some vignetting at 9mm (it's okay around 10.5). Pictures attached.
  5. Was hoping to find a used POSR-EP02 shading ring for the Olympus m.zuiko 9-18 (the new prices seem a bit extreme for what it is). Also wouldn't argue with getting an extra PPZR-EP02 zoom gear for the 9-18 and 14-42 if the price is right. Thanks!!
  6. Too expensive to ship the lens to Colorado, so I'm out. dawallace99 - sent you a PM on the zoom gear and lens you have. Thanks, Dave
  7. Is it an Olympus zoom gear? Do you know the model #? Want to make sure it's compatible with my housing and port. Thanks!
  8. Looks like a cool lens, but It doesn't look like there's a zoom gear to get it to work in my Oly housing with an AOI semi-dome port.
  9. The AOI ports are confusing me. Looks like there are three options: - DLP-03 - DLP-04 - DLP-04P The 03 is glass and the 04 and 04P are both acrylic. Haven't been able to find an explanation of the differences between the 04 and the 04P. Does anyone know about this? Thanks
  10. What would be the arguments for/against the glass vs the acrylic? I'm still pretty new at this game.
  11. Thanks for the quick response! I suppose the bright side is that I'm not being dense. Is this the Zen that I would be looking for? The WA-100 http://zenunderwater.com/products.php?prodID=5 Likewise, it looks like this is the AOI? http://www.backscatter.com/sku/aoi-dlp-04.lasso Any reasons to prefer one over the other? Sounds like these would be a better choice than getting a standard port from the other OLY housings.
  12. Hoping for a little help. I have an Olympus PEN-EPL3 camera with PT-EP05L housing and PPZR-EP02 zoom gear. I have had no problems using all of this with the kit 14-42 zoom lens. However, I also have an m.Zuiko 9-18 zoom lens, and from what I can tell this should work with the housing/zoom gear that I have. However, the two times I've tried to set it up with that lens, I can't get the door to close (unless the lens is unextended - but in that case I then can't get the lens to extend). While it looks like there are two different zoom gears (the PPZR-EP02 and the PPZR-EP01), it looks like the one I have is the one that should work with the 9-18. I haven't found anything so far that makes me think that only certain 9-18 lenses work (and that I could have the wrong one). Any thoughts on why I can't get this to work? I can try to take pictures of the setup and problem tonight if that's helpful. Hoping I'm not being dense here. Thanks in advance for the assistance! Dave
  13. Update- the connectors on the ebay cables aren't really good. They kept coming out of the strobes. Fortunately Giant Squid Bill was on the boat and lent me a cable. He also suggested cutting off the connectors and replacing them with the rubber bushings discussed above. The fiber cable is still good, so these will still end up being a much better deal than the S&S cables. Dave
  14. I haven't had a chance to dive with them yet. I did plug everything in and test with the camera (on the surface) and the strobes flashed, so I'm assuming there shouldn't be issues under water. Dave
  15. I was going to ask a similar question (looking for something lightweight that can handle Lightroom) - adding to this post. I'm not an Apple guy, so am looking at some PC based laptops (these are the 2-in-1 type). I found one that had the following specs: - Windows 8.1 64 bit - Intel Pentium mobile processor N3520 (2.17 gigahertz speed) - 11.6" multitouch high-definition screen w/1366 x 768 HD resolution. Energy-efficient LED backlight. - 4gb DDR3L SDRAM (not expandable) - Intel HD graphics card This is a fairly inexpensive refurb laptop ($280) that weighs in at around 3lbs. From a specs standpoint, does this have enough horsepower to be editing RAW files in Lightroom 5? Thanks, Dave
  16. I was going to do the "make your own" option, but the fiber optic company was going to require me to buy around 16 meters of cable. With shipping, it was starting to add up. Decided to try the following from ebay "2pcs / Fiber-optic Cable sync For SEA&SEA/Olympus strobe scuba diving" http://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-Fiber-optic-Cable-sync-For-SEA-SEA-Olympus-strobe-scuba-diving-/301526785653? I did the "make an offer" option offered $40 per 2/pack (ordered two 2-packs). Total spend will be $80 for four cables (two spares), which is a little less than one of the Sea & Sea brand cables. The reviews on ebay were pretty good. Will share my opinion of these cables once I've had a chance to try them out. Dave
  17. Found this at Divervision for $40/cable (before shipping): Howshot Fiber Optic Cable 613L for Dual YS Connector http://www.divervision.com/strobe-accessories/howshot-fiber-optic-cable-613l-for-dualys-connector-OFL613-SS-SS.html?limit=100 When I asked about how it compares with Sea & Sea, here's what they told me: "The material of Howshot Fiber Optic Cable 613 and Sea&Sea #50128 are almost the same. Both of them are multi fiber to have better resolution. The one you marked, OFL613-SS-SS, is compatible for your set. " I'll still probably play around with the DIY option, but good to know of this backup. Will need to look at FIT as well. Thanks,Dave
  18. Thanks Bill. That looks pretty straightforward (and would be pretty inexpensive to get some extra for backup). Is there anything special I need to do to get the cord to stay in the bushings?
  19. Newbie looking for some advice. I'm working on setting up my first full rig (Oly housing and dual YS-D1 strobes). The Sea & Sea fiber optic cables run around $85 each. I'm curious if there are alternatives to using their cables. I've been told I can take Toslink cables and shave the edges of the plugs so they would fit in the holes in the housing and the strobes. I've played with that idea a little, but the cables don't seem to stay in the holes well. Any other thoughts or alternatives (or should I just suck it up and shell out the $170)? Thanks, Dave
  20. Jason - I think I'm interested in this. I'm reading the post to say that the only items that aren't in "near-new" condition are: - The LED macro focus lights on the housing (probably better served by having an external focus light anyway?) - One of the two lenses giving error messages. Are the two little rubber push caps that hold fiber optic cable and the flash diffuser included? I can't tell from the picture. Were you using this with external strobes or just with the flash that comes with the camera (inside the housing). I think I'm interested. I'm new to WetPixel - do we have a way of private messaging to discuss further? Thanks, Dave
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