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  1. Thanks "giffenk", that's pretty much how I thought it worked. As you say in STTL the strobe only mimics the "start and quench time" of the internal flash, and I think that in DTTL-II mode the camera actually communicates with the internal flash, which in turn passes this information to the strobe via the optical link, to set the power level and duration of the flash and hence the exposure. As DTTL-II can adjust the power level and duration of the flash/strobe it should be a more accurate method of controlling exposure, and in addition you are able to use EV compensation on the strobe to make fine adjustments. I'm just confused why DTTL-II is supported by the Sea & Sea YS-D2 for the EM1 and EM5, but not for the EM5-MK2, I can only assume that Olympus has changed something it's end, either the camera no longer supports this type of internal flash communication or the FL-M3 internal flash does not support it. Either way I'm thinking of switching my order to the EM1.
  2. Can anyone explain the technical reason why DTTL-II (digital TTL) mode does not work on the EM5 MK2, but does work on the EM1 and EM5, and why they all work in STTL (slave TTL) mode? Is it something to do with the new FL-LM3, and if so how does this new flash differ from the one used with the other cameras, or is it in the camera itself? I suppose what I'm asking is what is the technical difference, (pre-flash, metering method, sync time etc.) between DTTL-II and STTL as implemented by Olympus, and what are the main advantages of DTTL-II over STTL? I've looked everywhere on the web for an explanation but have yet to find one.
  3. Do you mean EV compensation in the camera or the the EV compensation dial on the strobe?
  4. I had exactly the same decision and because of the following reasons choose the Oly 9-18: - the Pan 7-14 was my first choice, but the price and size on the dome took it off my list, as you say I want a small rig which is why I went with a micro 4/3 system - I also looked at the WWL-1, but this is a large quite expensive (when added to the cost of the internal lens and port) wet lens, and although versatile, I'm not sure I would want have to remove it underwater, and hang it on my BCD! - Wide angle for me is not the highest priority so I decided to compromise a little and get the 9-18mm, this lens has a has a reasonable 100% angle of view at the wide end, which is perfect for sharks, turtles, etc I suppose it depends what you want to shoot in the end, as I live in Curacao we get a lot more small stuff than big stuff, I may get a 8mm fisheye lens to add to my collection at sometime in the future if I think I need it!
  5. Hi All, I've just found out according to the "YS-D2 Slave function compatibility chart" that the EM5 mk2 does not support "DS-TTLⅡ" but does support "SlaveTTL", is this a big problem? It seems the EM1 supports both, is this a good reason to switch from the EM5 mk2 to the EM1?
  6. I've just found out according to the "YS-D2 Slave function compatibility chart" that the EM5 mk2 does not support "DS-TTLⅡ" but does support "SlaveTTL", is this a big problem? It seems the EM1 supports both, is this a good reason to switch from the EM5 mk2 to the EM1?
  7. So I've finally placed my order ! Just wanted to thank everyone for all their input! I'm really excited about getting the new gear and I'm sure I will be back on this site requesting all sorts of help in how to get the best results out of it all. Here is the final list of what I ordered, just in case anyone else is thinking of doing a similar upgrade and needs an idea of what is required! By the way the total cost ended up at $7,641.24 ! Thanks again to everyone and "I'll be back" ! Kevin 1 x Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Black, Body 1 x Olympus Lens 60mm Macro M.Zuiko 1 x Olympus Lens 9-18mm M.Zuiko 1 x nau-17809 Nauticam Housing for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Housing 1 x nau-36163 Nauticam Macro Port 65 for Oly 60mm Macro 1 x nau-36149 Nauticam Focus Gear for Olympus 60mm M.Zuiko 1 x nau-36137 Nauticam 4" wide angle port for Oly 9-18 and Sony 18-55 1 x nau-36143 Nauticam Zoom Gear for Olympus 14-42mm and 9-18mm Lens 1 x nau-32205 Nauticam Mirrorless Viewfinder, 45° 1 x nau-25612 Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve 2 x SS-03117 Sea&Sea YS-D2 Strobe 2 x Fiber Optic Cable - Sea & Sea to Nauticam Housing 1 x nau-71208 Nauticam Flexitray - Adjustable Right Handle II 1 x nau-71207 Nauticam Flexitray II with Left Handle 2 x nau-71311 Nauticam Mounting ball for Easitray/Flexitray 1 x nau-25200 Nauticam Compact/MIL Housing Shutter Release Extension 2 x nau-72203 Nauticam arm 5-inch 2 x nau-72211 Nauticam Carbon Fiber Float Arm (60mm x 200mm) 1 x nau-25311 Nauticam Ball Mount for Cold Shoe 4 x nau-72501 Nauticam clamp 1 x nau-72503 Nauticam Standard Clamp - Long 2 x nau-72502 Nauticam Multi Purpose Clamp with Shackel 1 x nau-25411 Nauticam Lanyard - 18cm w/ snap hooks 1 x Cetacea Cloth coil/bungee lanyard Red 2 x BAT-K-KJ17MCA 4BA Panasonic Eneloop AA Batteries - 4pack with Charger 1 x BAT-BK-3MCCA8B A Panasonic Eneloop AA Batteries - 8-pack
  8. Hi Guy's As you may have seen from another post of mine, I'm in the middle of deciding what components I need to make up my ideal micro 4/3's rig. Of course price is also one of the concerns, and as usual with a wish list, the price continues to increase as the process goes on. So to get to the point, I have more or less decided on what I need to cover my requirements for taking shots underwater, and now I'm trying to see if there is anywhere I can trim back on the price a little. As I already own a Dyron +7 diopter, I am wondering whether or not I need to upgrade to the CMC-1. I realize the CMC-1 has a higher magnification factor (I believed it is a 13.3 diopter equivalent), but will that really make a massive difference when mounted on the front of the Olympus 60mm macro lens. The CMC-1 offers 2:1 magnification on the 60mm lens, I'm not sure what I would get with the +7 diopter but assume it would be somewhere between 1.6 & 1.8:1, does anyone know? Does anyone have experience with these lenses on the 60mm lens, and if so how do you find their relative performance? I'm particularly interested in the output quality (detail, edge distortion and chromatic aberration), the magnification and the maximum and minimum operating distance? Additionally I'm questioning the need for a flip adapter, would it not be just as easy to carry the lens in my BCD or on a lens holder and then just screw it the front of the port when needed, this would also mean it would not be in the way when not in use? If I cross both the CMC-1 and flip diopter from my wish list I can save around $500, which for me is quite a lot of money! Thanks, Kevin
  9. Can you post a photo of the shackle clamps and 120mm bolt, and perhaps a link to where I can get them? Thanks, Kevin
  10. Thanks for the feedback Griff I did consider the 12-50 but I judged that it would not be wide enough for me, that's I went for the 9-18 instead although it seems from feedback I've had it's a little soft in the corners. Like you, the majority of my dive sites, about 85%, are macro, so the wide angle option is of secondary importance to me. I'm a little confused about adding a +2 diopter to the 9-18mm to "sharpen the corners", I'm sure it will do this but at the cost of increasing the focal length and thus reducing max angle of view, which is not what I want, ideally I would like a slightly wider lens, not narrower. As it is the 9-18mm offers me a diagonal angle of view of 100° - 62° , I would have preferred the 114° - 75° offered by the 7-14mm Panasonic but that is more expensive and also requires a larger dome port, hence my choice of the 9-18mm.
  11. I looked at the idea of putting both the 9-18mm and 60mm behind the same 4" wide angle port, but the price of the flip holder is the same price as the 60mm port, plus the 4" wide angle port is larger and I do like the manual focus option. To save a little money I am thinking of not bothering with the flip holder for the 60mm, and just keeping the CMC-1 in my pocket or on a lens holder, I can't see that it would be too much trouble to screw on underwater, and it won't get in the way when not in use, does anyone else do it that way? Another couple of quick question for you guys, I have requested two "Nauticam Carbon Fiber Float Arms (60mm x 200mm)" to hopefully make the rig more or less neutral in the water, being carbon fiber are these float arms fragile, and if so is there a better solution, also is this enough flotation or will I need more? I'm getting there slowly not long now!
  12. The 180mm glass dome is a bit to big for me and also costs much more! But you are correct it seems the 9-18mm behind the 4.33 inch dome will suffer from too much distortion due to excessive curvature, and the larger dome is the only solution for both the 9-18 and 8mm behind the same glass. So I think I'll am going to stick with the 9-18 and 4" wide angle port, and if needed I'll buy the 8mm and 4.33 inch dome port at a later date !
  13. I did look at the E-M1, and ideally if the release timeline for its replacement had aligned with my purchase date I would have probably gone with that. Both the EM5 mk2 and EM1 seem to be pretty much the same apart from a few pro's and con's for both systems, none of which really effect how I intend to use the system (apart maybe for strobe sync time being slower on the EM5?), so I though I would go with the newer slightly smaller model (for surface use), rather than the old soon to be replaced model. I also looked at the EM10 mk2, and the GX8 as well, and nearly went for one of them, but in the end I settled on the EM5 mk2, as it seems the most popular (apart from maybe the EM1), which is always handy when you are trying to get tips on setup etc. Thanks for the heads up regarding the zoom gear for the 9-18, I've asked for it to be added to the list along with a focus gear for the 90mm, and the Nauticam Shutter Release Trigger. I have also asked if is it possible to mount the 9-18mm behind the 4.33 inch dome (NA36132) with an extension ring, as this would allow me to also buy the Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens, either now or at some time in the future, if I think I need it. Now all I've got to do is get the best price I can, as the total is close to $10,000 ! Thanks for all your help! Kevin PS. I saw the article and it was one of the reasons I choose to go with the 9-18!
  14. You hit the nail right on the head "thetrickster", the 9-18mm does seem to be the lens that would fit me best, and as wide angle shooting only comprises about 15% of my total underwater shooting (85% is macro), I'm thinking although it is "soft behind a dome" it may be sufficient for my needs. Does anyone have any comparison shots between the 7-14 and 9-18, or examples of the 9-18 so I can judge this softness? I've just received quotes from a shop in the US, and the complete rig with the 9-18mm is $900 cheaper than with the 7-14mm option. This, and the fact that the 9-18 is slightly wider, are pulling me in the 9-18 direction. I did consider the WWL option combined with the CMC on the 12-50 Olympus lens (with the 42mm macro mode), but the quality was definitely not there in macro mode, which as previously stated makes up the large proportion of my underwater photography. Also I heard that the WWL, even when fitted with the Nauticam bayonet connection, was not easy to remove during a dive, which if true rather negates the purpose of the lens, if anyone has experience of switching this lens underwater, it would be interesting to get feedback on this? So to sum up, I think that unless anyone else has any other suggestions, like a zoom fisheye for micro 4/3, similar to the Tokina 10-17mm which is for Canon APS-C, or I see some pictures that really show what I would consider really "soft" shots, I think it is going to be the 9-18mm for me. After all I do live in Curacao and do most of my diving there or in Bonaire, so apart from the occasional turtles, sharks, rays and the odd wreck dive now and then, wide angle is of secondary importance for me. Thanks for everyone's input, it has really helped me in moving on from my RX100 setup and choosing my next underwater rig! Below is a full list of what I will probably be ordering, if anyone has any advice on things that I may need in addition to this list, or things that can be changed for a better overall solution please let me know? Thanks again, Kevin Nauticam NA-EM5II Housing for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera Body, Black Nauticam 45 Degree Viewfinder for MIL Housings Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens Nauticam 4” Wide Angle Port For Mirrorless Camera Housings Olympus MSC ED M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8, Black Nauticam Macro Port 65 for 60mm F2.8 Macro Lens Nauticam Compact Macro Converter 1 (CMC-1) Saga Dive Flip Lens Holder 67mm 2 x Sea and Sea YS-D2 Strobe 2 x Nauticam Sea & Sea -> Sea & Sea Fiber Optic Cable Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve Nauticam Flexitray II With Left Handle 2 x Nauticam Carbon Fiber Float Arm 200mm x 60mm / 8 In. x 2.4 In. 2 x Nauticam Multi-Purpose Clamp With Shackle 2 x Nauticam 125mm / 5 Inch Double Ball Arm Segment Nauticam Adjustable Right Handle II for Easitray II & Flexitray II Nauticam 1 Inch Strobe Mounting Ball for Cold Shoe Nauticam 18cm / 7 Inch Lanyard With 2 Snap Hooks 5 x Nauticam Clamp for all 1 Inch ball arm systems 2 x Nauticam 1 inch Base Ball for Easitray and Flexitray 2 x Maha Powerex 2400mAh Imedion Rechargeable AA Batteries w/case Maha Powerex MH-C801D Eight Cell - 1hr. Charger for AA / AAA 79.95
  15. Correcto Mundo, although I haven't yet ruled out the fisheye option, I'd like to hear some feedback from people who use it on a regular basis, and what they consider the main advantages and disadvantages? I'm worried there would be to big a gap to fill between the 60mm macro and 8mm fisheye. Although I have to say I currently mostly use either my UWL-04 Fisheye Wet Lens, or my +7 diopter on the RX100, I don't use the bare lens often, so perhaps 60mm / 8mm would suit what I do? I've ruled out the Oly 7-14 as to expensive and bigger than the Panasonic 7-14 and I'm not sure it's much better. So it's either the Panasonic 7-14 in a 6", the 9-18 in the 3.5 or 4.33", or maybe a 8mm fisheye option. Decisions Decisions!
  16. I agree that the 8mm fisheyes are a completely different type of lens, but I think for me both the 12-40mm or 12-35mm, at the wide end, will not have the angle of view I'm looking for (74' horizontal, 59' vertical 86' diagonal). This leaves me back with the Panasonic 7-14mm (104', 88', 116') at the wide end, or the Olympus 9-18mm (90' 74' 103') at the wide end. Of these the 7-14mm would seem the perfect fit, my only reservations are the price, the size and the minimum focus distance of 25cm, which eliminates CFWA (wide angle/macro shots) shots which I quite like taking. Both the fisheye lenses have very close focus capability which would be ideal for CFWA shots, but of course they come with their own limitations in more general use. I know it sounds like I want everything from one lens but please be patient with me, I'm just trying to think through the options to come up with a solution that will best suit the type of pictures I like to take, and all help regarding other more experienced peoples feedback will help me make these choices and is much appreciated.
  17. Unfortunately I live on a Caribbean island and will only be in Florida for one week to make all my purchases so don't really have time to shop around, which is a pity. Shipping stuff to Caribbean islands is very hit and miss and trying to buy local is impossible, I suppose that's one of the down-sides of living here, many up-sides though, like all year round shore diving !
  18. I'm still struggling with what wide angle option to go with so I have made an overview of the comparative cost of what I think are my four main options: $1130 - Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 (4 inch wide angle port) $1880 - Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm lens (6 inch wide angle port) $1350 - Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Lens (4.33 inch dome port) $1660 - Olympus 8mm f/1.8 PRO Lens (4.33 inch dome port) In which order would you place these considering the price, size and quality, if you have any other options at 9mm or wider please let me know? This is a breakdown of the prices: $500 - Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 (for general/wide angle use) $630 - Nuaticam 4 inch Wide Angle Port (36137) with zoom gear (36144) for 9-18mm lens $800 - Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm lens $680 - Nuaticam 6 inch Wide Angle Port (36164) + Focus knob for 7-14mm lens $200 - Nauticam P714-Z Zoom Gear: Panasonic 7-14/4 $200 - Nauticam P714-F Focus Gear: Panasonic 7-14/4 $650 - Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Lens $500 - Nauticam 4.33 inch Dome Port for Panasonic 8mm F3.5 $200 - Nauticam P8-F Focus Gear for Panasonic 8mm $800 - Olympus 8mm f/1.8 PRO Lens $500 - Nauticam 4.33 inch Dome Port for Olympus 8mm F1.8 $180 - Nauticam N85 Mini Extension Ring 20 with lock $185 - Nauticam O8-F Focus Gear for Olympus 8mm
  19. Do you have any problems with flaring with the Panasonic 7-14mm, and do you need the zoom gear, or does the lens have motorized zoom?
  20. I have looked at the Panasonic 8mm and I believe it will even fit behind the Nuaticam 3.5 inch wide angle port (perhaps with a little vignetting in 4:3 aspect ration), but being so wide I'm not sure it would work for me as general/wide angle lens. I do like to take "wide angle macro" shots but I'm pretty sure you need to get really up close for more general shots, if you have any experience with this lens I would appreciate your feedback on this?
  21. Auto focus is nice and the 60mm lens seems to be pretty good, but I'm used to using manual focus with focus peaking which I've found allows me to focus on a particular part of the subject (for instance the eye) whilst the rest remains slightly out of focus. I love super macro and as far as I understand it, the 60mm zoomed to 1:1 and fitted with the CMC-1 will give me 2:1 magnification with an operating distance of 22mm, which although close is doable. Here is an example of an "eye shot" taken with my RX100 and +7 diopter:
  22. I already have a focus/video light, and am still open to discussion regarding my wide angle options. The Panasonic 7-14 is still an option I'm just a little worried about the overall size of the rig with this lens and a 6 inch wide angle port. Thanks for all the help so far.
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