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  1. Thanks! That's good to know. I guess bayonet it is, then.
  2. Chris, I have the EM-10Mk3. Poor battery life compared to a DSLR. Funnily, i was told by the dealer I got my gear from (who is a VERY experienced u/w guy) that the Oly EVF chews up more battery than the LCD.
  3. Inon does have a finder that woks off the EVF. Havent used it yet. As for the LCD - hmm, good question. If your prescription mask lets you see clearly within reading distance, i dont imagine it will be an issue.
  4. I recently switched to Olympus, after flooding my old Canon housing last year. Just got back from a week in Raja Ampat with the new rig and here are my thoughts on the switch: The small size is an absolute winner. And it is a lot easier to manoeuvre the 4/3rd housing in a current. However, I dont like the LCD. With an optical view finder (I had the 45 degree Inon finder on my Aquatica housing for the Canon), I could see the scene and make my own decisions on exposure. The LCD of the Olympus doesnt present a realistic view of what i am shooting, and is affected by its own dyanmic range limitations and that throws me off. Also, the battery life of the 4/3s system is quite poor - I am not a high volume shooter and was able to get 3 dives in fairly easily, but with the Canon, i could go several days before needing to change the batteries. Lastly, trying to judge macro focus on the LCD screen doesnt work so well for me, compared to the optical finder. Honestly, if size/weight/cost were not an issue, I'd still prefer to shoot with a DSLR. But in the real world, the practical advantages of the M43 make it worthwhile for me. (Caveat: i am comparing a system that i have used on land for nearly 20 years, and underwater for 12, with a system that i have taken <1000 photos with. So maybe after i traverse the learning curve, my opinion of the M43 may improve).
  5. Apologies for dropping out of the discussion - had a horrendously long return trip from Raja Ampat (and on my return, discovered that my camera was set on JPEG, not RAW... FML) Makes sense. I wasnt thinking of the 12-40 anyway - if i go with the WWL-1 option, then it is 14-42. Honestly, the versatility of the Zen doesnt hold much appeal to me, nor do i want to replace the 4" dome for my 8mm - i quite like the compact size, after years of pushing the 8" Aquatica dome around). To me, the choice of domes would be contingent on the lens i choose. And based on all i have read here, i am now leaning towards the 14-42+WWL-1. The greater range of focal lengths (if i am willing to faff around with removing the WWL-1 underwater) gives me the versatility i need, and by all accounts, the sharpness is comparable. For those that do own this lens - how much of a pain in the rear is it to take it off underwater? I am not gonna bother with converting it to bayonet mount - at most, would clip a small pouch to my harness and stick it in there when not in use.
  6. An additional data point - if i dont care about the ability to shoot macro vs wideangle on the same dive, but strictly want something for fish potraits and large stuff that doesnt come too close, does that change the equation? TIA!
  7. No, i wont be using this rig on land. This system is exclusively for underwater use. I think mentally, i am struggling with the idea of a relatively inexpensive kit-style lens AND an added optical element as being better than a single, higher-quality lens.
  8. Hi all - Based on the advice here a while back, I finally switched to Nauticam/Olympus, after 12 years of using Aquatica/Canon. I have the Olympus 8mm FE with the 4 dome, and the 60mm macro with the flat port. Body is the EM-10Mk3 for now. But now i miss my Tokina 10-17FE, and am thinking of getting a rectilinear zoom (or something a little less extreme than the FE) for shooting things like sharks, etc. After research, have narrowed it down to the Panasonic 8-18 with the 7 acrylic dome port. I am picking this over the 14-42 / WWL-1 combo mainly because of what I feel would be greater convenience when it comes to travel (lighter for travel). But before i take the plunge, i wanted to ask a few questions: - Is it possible to use zoom the 14-42 to a longer focal length while leaving the WWL-1 on, or is it only optimized for the 28mm focal length? - Is it possible to insert and remove the camera body (OM-D 10Mk3) with the 8-18 attached, or is the lens too thick? Looking at the specs, doesnt seem to be the case, but someone was saying the lens doesnt fit through the port opening of a different body, and i just wanted to make sure. - Any other practical/ergonomic gotchas I need to be aware of? Or anyone feel strongly about getting the 14-42/WWL-1 combo? TIA!
  9. Thanks for that. Re AF switches - I assume you use the direction arrows to move the AF point around. But is it direct access, or do you have to press another button to engage "AF point shift mode" first? (Hope I am phrasing myself coherently. On the road and in time zone hell) Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  10. Hi guys - Can someone let me know the following about the : - Is it possible to use back button AF on the Nauticam housing for this camera, and if so, is the button at an ergonomically sensible location? - Does the Nauticam housing allow direct movement of the AF point (IE, without needing to press any button) - Any unexpected gotchas or other issues with usability as far as this housing goes? TIA! Sent from my BBF100-6 using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks again, guys - some really useful info there, especially re the fit of the 30mm lens. I am not wedded tot he Oly 30mm, and can happily get the Panasonic, which appears to be a better fit. @ChrisRoss - thanks for those links. Gonna go read them now. @Griff - thanks for that explanation about the trigger. I am a fairly low-volume shooter, so i should be able to get a single day's use out of the battery. Am also going to look into after-market batteries (Wasabi and others usually make options with better-capacity batteries and i have one for my Fuji as well)
  12. A-Ha!!! So I did correctly remember reading that the Inon finder fits the Nauticam. I need to do some digging to figure out whether this is the same 45 degree finder as used on DSLR cases, but with a different mounting kit, or whether it is a different unit (sized differently for ILC housings?). Thanks for that.
  13. Thanks for that idea and also appreciate your point of view, as someone who shoots with DSLRs and ILCs (eg, the battery life issues - hadnt considered that the battery would run out so quickly!). I have to admit, I never looked at the Rebel series of Canon cameras because they dont have 2 separate control dials for changing the 2 exposure parameters. You have to push a button and then turn the dial - and I cannot deal with that. I should look at the newer bodies and see if they have remedied this - if they have, this could be the way to go. That said, as far as housings go, I dont plan to ever get Ikelite. I have seen too many divers at our dive shop have issues with them (servicing them in this part of the world isnt easy) and more importantly, those housings are ergonomic disasters. Clunky and the buttons/levers dont fall where they should. But if there is a metal, ergonomic housing for it, that might be an option especially if the control dial issues are fixed. A couple of clarifications, if i may: - When you say "better trigger on the OM1", what do you mean? Faster response time to take the shoot? Or faster AF? - Re the CMC: I was planning to use the Macro Port 45, with a spacer, and not the Macro Port 65. Would this let me use wet lenses with the 30mm? Because that would make it a truly versatile lens. I have a 2:1 Macromater wet lens permanently attached to my Aquatica macro port (and i mean it - i dont think i'd be able to release the screw now even if i wanted to ) and it is very handy combo to pair with the 50. Something similar with the 30 would be nice as well.
  14. Sorry, i should have been clear- i will be getting the most recent version of either the 5 or 10 series. So EM10 Mk3 or maybe wait for the EM5 Mk3 early next year.
  15. Thank you everyone for the information. @wolfgang, @troprobo, @Architeuthis - thanks for the suggestion of the 12-40/50. That's actually a pretty good idea as well, and you are right, that focal length is probably a little more useful for fish portraits than a 9-18 I'd probably go for the 12-50 lens as it is cheaper and i will be using it stopped down to f8 anyway. And if i go this route, a 60mm macro probably makes most sense as well. My only concern here is that 24mm plus a flat port isnt much of a wide angle at all - if there was a 9/10m to 24/25mm, that would be oh-so-epic. But in the grand scheme of things, this isnt such a big issue as the generalist lens wont get as much use. @ChrisRoss - thanks for that info re the practical side of shooting with the 60mm. With my Canon 100mm, i have an Aquatica focus ring on it and so use MF mostly. Thanks to USM, i can always go to AF if need be but i have rarely needed to. The Sigma 50 i use hunts worse like a starving lion but does give 1:1 so i put up with it - but i wont be upset to see its back. Re camera - I did consider the EM1 but honestly, would prefer a cheaper body. I cut my teeth shooting wildlife with 9AF points, so I dont really need a lot of technology to help me get the shots. I bought a 1DMk2 for wildlife when it came out, and now shoot with a 80D - so I generally prefer not to spend a lot on camera bodies, other than for a sensible interface. That philosophy sort of carries over to underwater as well. In fact, I am hoping that you guys would tell me that the EM10 also allows the same degree of manual controls Also: i did read on Zen's website about the Mk1 vs Mk2 170 port, but i figured the compatibility differences was just a little carelessnes on their part. I didnt realize that same WA port that fits the FE wont fit any of the rectilinear WAs. What I am leaning towards right now is: - 8mm, 4.33" FE port, 60mm, 30mm, 12-50 and the macro port to start with If the 12-50 proves to be insufficient, i can add a 9-18 and the 170 Mk2 port for the generalist use case. However, since i have shot exclusively with a Tokina 10-17FE and a 50 or 100mm macro, I dont think i will need this last combo. As for finders - the Inon cant be installed on the Nauticam (I remember reading somewhere that it could, but 2 separate Nauticam dealers have told me it cannot), so i will have to pony over the $1000 for that. Maybe i will just shoot with the LCD first for a bit and see how i like it. Much obliged for all the info, gents.
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