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  1. 1 hour ago, Kevin57 said:

    Having had an EP housing and used a 60mm Macro the ep-01 port worked fine and was long enough. 

    By the way...if you have a UV filter on your lens it might be the issue. I could not use one or the lens would not fit my ep 01 port.

    Hope this helps.


    Thanks for the response - the 60mm works fine with The EPL1 in its housing with that port (as that used to be my set up! But if I took that port and put it on the EPL7 housing...is the port compatible?  It should be but knowing Olympus it might not be!

  2. I have an Olympus E-PL7 housing PT-EP 12 with the standard port as well as a semi-dome port.  The standard port is too short to fit the 60mm macro lens (way to go on design Olympus!).  However, I do also have in storage an E-PL1 and PT-EP01 housing with the standard port that came with that.  Given that the 60mm was compatible with that housing and port, if I dig it out of storage and put the port from that housing onto the PT-EP 12, is there any reason why it wouldn't fit or work with the 60mm?  I don't want to trek down to where it is in storage if I've missed something and it won't work!

    Plus, if I use the old PT-EP 01 port, whats the best system for adding an additional wet diopter.  I seem to remember Olympus provided some noddy looking clip on macro ring that I never used and the later housings have a 67mm thread but the older ones don't.   Any particular flip systems or Olympus compatible solutions?


    Otherwise, it means looking for a Zen FP-100 macro port to fit the PT-EP12 and the extension ring which is a costly solution.

    Thanks for any help!

  3. Thanks for the response. I dive in the Red Sea as my other half is a PADI MI living out there. So it ranges from macro focused dives on the shallow reefs to going out for blue water big wall drift dives where we get oceanic white tips and stuff like that - little time for macro in those currents and conditions! So I should be able to on a dive by dive basis work out whether a 9-18mm or 60mm is best.


    A wet diopter isn't going to be possible with my current set up as the flat port with the Pt-EP12 won't fit the 60mm, hence buying the semi dome to fit everything.

  4. Olympus E-PL7 with PT-EP12 housing and AOI semi dome DLP-04


    I already own the Olympus 60mm macro and have the 14-42mm from an old E-PL1 system with zoom gear (not tried this with the new port and housing yet - will it work ok?).


    I just sold my 14-42mm EZ that came with the E-PL7 as it won't fit in the new port and the port it goes with won't fit the 60mm...


    So...do I get:

    - 12-50mm EZ plus the cheaper zoom gear (that doesn't switch to macro)

    - 14-42mm II that works with this port (the older lens isn't listed as compatible...??)

    - 9-18mm (does my old zoom gear work with this?)


    I would like to have a lens for general shots and to try some WA - mostly for wreck dives/big pelegics and general dives where I know I won't have the time to concentrate on the kind of shots that would take setting up with the 60mm lens. So all I have to do is choose whether it's going to be a "little stuff" no rush dive or a "big stuff / general stuff" dive if that makes sense?


    Am I right that the 12-40 pro lens doesn't fit this dome? Kind of out of my budget anyway unless I find a second hand bargain but want to know if it's ruled out. Any other options I should consider?

  5. I'm liking the idea of the m5 mkII housing - sounds like this would take the 14-42mm, 60mm, 12-50mm kit lens and 9-18mm without the need to buy any other port and be maximum compatibility with my E-PL1 housing if I did buy any ports in the future. Idea is I dive with one set up whilst my boyfriend dives with the other... so mixing and matching would be quite useful.


    Unless I can find a good second hand deal on E-PL7 housing.


    What strobes best with the set up? Any recommendations?

  6. Currently diving with an Olympus E-PL1. Plan is to keep this as a back up but invest in a new setup that I can still use same lenses with. I've got the 60mm so a housing that means I can use that without buying another port would be good.



    1) already got an E-PL7 body and pancake EZ 14-42mm I use out of the water so buy a Olympus housing for that (or sell this camera to put towards cost of 2-4)


    2) get E-PL8 and housing (is this even out yet)?


    3) OM-D EM1 camera and Olympus housing (bundle comes with a port that will fit both the kit lens and the 60mm


    4) OM-D EM5 camera and Olympus housing


    Opinions as to which Olympus model sticks out as bang for bucks? Or should I be going for the Mark II models instead? I'd rather save for a bit longer and get something really worth the upgrade.

  7. I bought through here (camera set up for about £500) but arranged to meet the seller at a coffee shop at a motorway service station halfway between us. It was a busy public place, I got to see the gear before handing over cash; he was a nice guy and talked me through the setup and quirks. Couldn't have been happier.

  8. Thanks UncaDon - don't think I have the cash to buy the whole lot at the moment - do you have the housing? That's the bit I want...can you let me know a breakdown of what you'd want for the different pieces.


    Just to be clear to anyone reading my wanted post, I already have an E-PL7 - and range of lenses (already in use with my E-PL1 full set up) so was looking primarily for the housing and then will add tray/arms/strobes as and when.

  9. I currently have an E-PL1 in Olympus housing with a standard port (I have the kit 14-42mm lens and the 60mm macro). I've recently bought an E-PL7 for topside photography and because it was a real steal second hand.


    My question - I'd like to have one rigged up for wide angle and the other for macro so I can swap on a dive with my long suffering boyfriend who will click and point happily with either but isn't so keen as me about photography.


    The PT-EP12 housing has a different port however to the PT-EP1 and it's not as flexible (I think it doesn't fit the 60mm which is a shame as this is the rig I'd prefer to be the macro set up with the extra quality of picture).


    So if I bought a zen WA-100 dome it would fit either housing for a wide angle lens and the 14-42mm...could I then take the standard port off of the PT-EP1 and stick it on the PT-EP12 to fit the 60mm and use the Zen port on the PT-EP1 for the wide angle I was thinking of buying (probably the 9-14mm as the zoom gear is the same as the 14-42mm I think?).


    That way I could use my PT-EP1 for most of my lenses (including a fish eye if I wanted at a later stage) and the PT-EP12 for most of them too.


    Is this right? Is it the port not the housing that is the issue with the 12? I don't really want to buy 2-3 different ports and be changing them over. I thought the issue is that Olympus won't be selling the older style longer port as a standalone even though it would fit the 12 (as all the ports fit all the housings?). Or will the 12 need different zoom gear?

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