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    Olympus OMD-EM-1
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    Olympus UFL-2
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  1. After 4 years and 200 dives across the world, one of my HowShot carbon fiber arm has leaked. One arm filled with water on recent trip to Revillagigedo Archipelago. I feel I got some good service out of these carbon fiber float arms. I will attempt to repair the arm, but, replacement may be necessary.
  2. I have put together my own E-M1 rig and this what I'm using. E-M1 in NA-EM1 Housing Olympus 60mm Macro f2.8 lens in Nauticam Port 65 with Manual Focus Gear, Flip Diopter & CMC diopter. Olympus 12-40mm PRO f2.8 lens in 7.5 inch Nauticam Dome Port with Zoom Gear. 6 Nauticam standard ball clamps 2 HowShot 6 inch carbon fiber 150gram bouancy arms. 2 Nauticam 5 inch arms. 2 HowShot 3 inch YS adapter arms. 1 Olympus UFL-2 Strobe. Works wonders with Olympus RC Flash software and Micro 4/3 lens. 1 iTorch Venom 50 5000 lumens light with Remote Control. 1 Nauticam 22cm lanyard 1 Cesca coiled safety lanyard. 2 fiber optic cords. I think its a very good all around system with hight quality images being produced by both lens. You may have some who prefer a wider angle lens than the 12-40mm PRO, but, its sharpness and image quaity is sublime. Don't forget that Olympus strobes are the only ones that will work with the RC flash software on the E-M1.
  3. I am in the United States Plumas. Will you ship to me and if so, how much would DHL or FedEx cost? Does the port come in its original box with extra O-Ring and grease? If shipping this port isn't terribly expensive from your location then I'm definitely interested in purchasing it.
  4. I would like the Port 65 for olympus 60mm!! Let me know if you will sell separately. If so, what is the condition of the element and your asking price?
  5. Interested in the Nauticam Macro Port if it is the Port 65 #36163 for Oly 60mm Macro? I already have forcus gear. Let me know!!
  6. I would go with the Pro as the sharpest lens of the two. Most of your photos will be taken at about 8-10 feet below the surface. The water is very clear & clean and the sun is bright. Its difficult to get very creative and most shots would be the image of the Great Whites taking passes by the cage, around the cage, under the cage,,, coming up to the cage. The 12-40 will also give you more reach when the sharks are out in the bait area as the boat will most likely not throw it in front of the cages and pull it in. If the Solomar has a submersible cage then the 7-14 would be a cool choice to shoot up at the bottom of the boat and all the fishes gathered around... silhouetteing a Great White above you and between the surface. If you can do a over/under with a shark in the water and Guadalupe behind it... also a good choice. Here is an image of me hanging out of the cage as a young Great White comes in to check me out. You can see the depth of the cage from the surface to the average shooting angle. Most coveted shot in this situation is a Great White attacking the cage with its jaws distended.. it does happen,, and it will definitely get your attention!! Be Ready and Don't forget to pull the trigger when it does!!
  7. This is a photo I took hanging out of the cage of a young Great White hitting the bait and diving back at me... *Thrilling!!!*
  8. I was on the "Islander" back in 2011. My dive master was Jimi Partington who has been featured in many "Shark Week" shows as well as marine biologist Doc Anes. Excellent experience! The people on The Islander love Great Whites and are very concientious about safety and protecting the sharks. There is no "loud music" or pulling the bait directly into the cages. All dives are done in two 4 man cages alternating every hour with 8 other divers. Dives begin at 8 in the morning and conclude at 5. There is a submersible cage that is a single diver with Jimi as your dive master that goes to 40 feet. Divers all get a turn that are certified, and, after that its just pretty much who wants to go down and use it. If you have the camera equipment, *I didn't*, its a very cool experience being at depth with Great Whites. Maurico the Mexican marine biologist in charge of Guadalupe will visit the boat one night and give a lecture on the ecology and behavior of Great Whites. Check Jimi out on Facebook for information. The boat is by no means "plush",,, you share two large community bathrooms with the other guests, but, the experience and passion of the crew for the Great Whites is contagious. Highly recommend these guys!! (The Islander has done out of the cage dives for experts and National Geographic style productions, they did one the week after I was there, however, I would hesitate to do that unless you have a great deal of experience with these Sharks.) It is guestimated about 300 or more are there and the stealthy nature of these animals is very disarming at times. I recommend you book your trip as late into October first of November if possible. That is when the very large females arrive and you might get to see Deep Blue or Lucy. Deep Blue was there during my dives, but, arrived on the day before I left. Lucy got there a couple days earlier and was Gi'Normous in her own right! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206811024977577&l=a39a61ee1f @aneomefish: I now shoot with a E-M1 and think your lens choice would be great selection with a dome. I prefer my 12-40 Pro for quality, but, wider is better. If your brave,, hanging off the back of the transom where the cages mount might make for a great over/under shot of a Great White passing by with Guadalupe in the background. (just don't fall in) Its a very primal place. Also recommend a 40-150mm Pro with converter for BIF and Sea Lions on the shore. A camera drone would be cool as well if you are into them. No one is allowed on the Island, but, a camera drone would give you some great footage and landscape photos if you know how to use one.
  9. Thanks for all the info! Wish I'd seen it sooner to consider, but, I've booked with Mermaid II for September. Will be looking for charter to Nusa Penida and Liberty Wreck on return back to Bali after week in Komodo.
  10. I just got the 23cm Nauticam lanyard for my NA-EM1 housing. I would not recommend the 18cm lanyard for this housing.
  11. I don't know? I can only speak to the fact that the "RC" flash feature is a proprietary software that works with Olympus Flashes. It sends the camera's readings to the flash to give TTL metering. Its very simple to just set your Olympus camera to "RC" flash and then connect to a Olympus strobe. I use a Olympus UFL-2 which also has a telescoping beam that senses from 12mm-40mm lens to focus more narrowly or widely the flash shutter. I never took a badly exposed macro shot my first time using it in Galapagos. Its just a very nice feature that you can only take advantage of by using a Olympus strobe. The newest is the UFL-3.
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