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    Olympus EM5 (mk1)
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    Nauticam NA EM5
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    Sea&Sea YS-02

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  1. I'm not sure it's larger than a dome. It doesn't look to be that much smaller either though. But it has optics built in, so I assume it's going to be an absolute pain to travel with. Not sure if Nauticam has released information on weight/size yet, but I it will probably be even heavier than the WACP-1.
  2. I think the difference is the same as with many other AI-Post processing techniques. Once the technology is perfected you don't need as much skill to create quality pictures. Underwater photography requires a good deal of understanding of flash exposure and other technical details that many are too lazy to acquire. If this properly worked (right now it seems like it still requires a fair amount of effort) you could just shoot ambient light and all of the colour problems that come with it will be solved in post by a one click solution. This forum is small and most content posted is fairly high quality, but if you look at other sites many pictures are shockingly bad, and sometimes despite the use of very expensive setups. Setting everything to auto (and TTL) is not really an option for underwater photography, and this might make it possible. It's similar to the new Ai sky replacement methods. At first you needed to get the timing right and be on location at the right time. Then people started replacing skies manually, but it took significant editing skills. Now you choose a sky from a gallery, click ok and you're done. For people who don't have the skills this is amazing. For people who do, it just invalidates their knowledge.
  3. The question really seems to be: What addition information is needed to correct the image. It looks like you need an image of a colour chart as well as multiple distances and angles to correct a single image. That would be rather complicated and not really useful for most photographers, especially those who don't use 10 minutes for a single photo because they have buddies waiting. Still, this is really interesting and I wonder how it works in detail. She says is not image manipulation to just be pleasing, but surely it needs the same tools and might have similar drawbacks.
  4. Haha. I thought it was coming pretty close!
  5. For above water the current (not past) Sony cameras have the reputation of standing toe to toe with the very best in the SLR world. I have not used them personally, but I cannot imagine them not being adequate. With mirrorless systems that confirm AF with contrast detection AF is generally only a question of speed and tracking algorithms as it is guaranteed to be accurate. Of course faster speed and better tracking is better, but if above water photographers are happy with the system for sports or birds in flight we should be absolutely fine with slow moving macro critters (in wide angle photography DoF usually gives plenty of margin). I've never had an out of focus wide angle shot on my old and trusty Olympus EM5. I think it's safe to assume that Sonys current crop of FF cameras will do better.
  6. Fantastic video. I really like your cold water stuff. It's not something you see everyday.
  7. I think you need to provide a bit more information for us to give you cousil. What do you shoot? Photo or video, wide angle or macro? Any particular interestests? Is it important that the setup is travel friendly? Both cameras are fantastic.
  8. So after doing some basic maths we figured out that housing the already owned Panasonic GX85 with the 14-42mkII and Macro Port 35 costs about the same as buying a RX100VI (housing and camera). With the also already owned Saga +10 and UWL-H100 this should provide a very nice setup for video, including Dual IS. I think the only weakness compared to the Sony is AF but what we lose in AF we gain in whitebalance. Also the larger sensor should improve overall quality a bit. Did I miss anything? I saw on your blog that you have tested the 14-42mkII in that port with the UWL-H100 and the samples looked good.
  9. Do use a port with access to the macro mode of the 12-50 and use back button until it fits or do you have a separate gear?
  10. Really nice video. Did you use autofocus or manual focus? I especially noticed the nudibranch staying sharp while it crawled towards the camera.
  11. Buying cameras is a question of compromise. When you decide between FF and mu43 you mostly decide between cheaper prices and smaller size against uncompromised image quality. It seems to be a very personal decision whether mu43 IQ is good enough or if you need the absolute best available. Personally I think that most of us here don‘t use their images in a way that requires the resolution that FF provides. Often we shoot with strobes so the low light capabilities are also not required (although there are certainly some scenarios where better low light is desirable). AF systems are a bit better on the most advanced FF systems compared to the Em1mkII and I think this is probably the biggest disadvantage of mu43 right now, but Olympus is closing the gap and some other FF cameras are also not that great. I‘ve yet to see an image on here that would be impossible to recreate on a smaller sensor. I think with very few exceptions we are all limited by our skills more than by our cameras. In the end it probably doesn‘t matter that much. You have to know yourself. Are you going to regret not having the absolute best quality and upgrade down the road just to see for yourself? Are you going to decide to not bring the rig on some trips because it‘s too cumbersome, or maybe only take Macro or Wideangle because two ports are just too much? It‘s a decision only you can make...
  12. I guess if you already have Nikon lenses this changes things. Thank you for the interesting points on natural light shots. Although in the given example the mu43 sensor would certainly be good enough.
  13. Remember that underwater you mostly shoot stopped down (although maybe not as much on compacts) and with artificial light. I would probably shoot a 1" compact at about f5.6.
  14. Video lights are really only useable for video. Even the strongest ones provide multiple stops less light compared to the weakest strobes. Unfortunately with lights you have to decide if you want to take pictures or video. You cannot really have a rig that does both well at the same time (unless you use four arms....)
  15. How much do people really shoot in ambient light underwater? Even then, how low will the light really be. In my book even on the original EM5 ISO 800 image quality is perfectly acceptable. The newer 20mp is better, albeit only marginally. There are lighter mu43 cameras out there that give you access to the fantastic lens stable. However, technically I think the Sony cameras will be better, as long as they offer the lenses you want. Check that first and go from there. Nikons Z system is still very very new and their APS-C lens line up can only be called non-existant. I would not want to adapt every single lens...
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