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About glina

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus XZ-1
  • Camera Housing
    Olympus PT-050
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2x Inon S2000
  1. Used on only 10 dives, barely any traces of use. Glass pristine. In original box. 250 EUR + shipping. I'm in Switzerland.
  2. Not interested in items, but I have a question. Is that some kind of a rubber bumper that you have mounted on the shade of your dome? Factory fitted or DIY?
  3. I feel I need to dig deeper with you guys :-). Why was it so frustrating to shoot with a compact? My hit rate was easily 80-90% with an Olympus XZ-1 and I doubt I'll get much above that with any setup. I must add that I shot strictly manual exposure and manual in-cam flash power set at a fixed 1/64. This in turn meant zero shutter lag, zero flash metering lag or flash recharge delay between shots. As point and shoot as it gets really. AF was also not an issue, with or without a focus light. The only caveat with the Olympus XZ-1 was the fact that it has the 12 lowest rated sensor on DXO Mark ever tested and if I didn't get the exposure right while shooting, there was little left to retrieve from RAW files. This, and the ability to get wider wide and closer macro is my only reason to upgrade. Most modern cameras today are capable of excellent results, be it compact, m4/3, aps-c or full frame. It's the user who is usually the weakest link.
  4. Tim, from what I can see you are both an excellent photographer and a very experienced diver. I know for a fact that gear alone does not make a good photographer and this is especially true underwater. I know my way around SLR and mirrorless cameras. Underwater photography helped me become a better diver, not a better photographer. Both skills combined helped me get better shots though. Starting with a compact system is easier for reasons I mentioned in my previous post and is at the same time cheaper and more travel friendly. Even though I'm fully invested in Sony A7 system with all Zeiss glass for my dry photography needs, I still decided to go with m4/3 for diving. I'm very aware of the compromises I made and I'm happy with that.
  5. Owning a 750D kit does not sound like a solid enough reason to invest into a DSLR UW setup. Having invested in a housing, you will soon find out that you need strobes, domes, better lenses a heavy duty carrying case and a pocket full of spare change for overweight baggage. I shoot full frame SLR above water since 2008, but when building my underwater system I went for a compact camera setup. For the price of an entry level DSLR housing alone, I was able to get an Olympus camera with dedicated housing, basic tray and flex arm setup, 2 Inon S2000 strobes, macro diopter, wide angle converter and a focus light. It took me more than 100 dives to feel I've mastered this setup and my photos could profit from an upgrade. A compact setup has many advantages. First of all many compacts can shoot at wide apertures (like F1.4-F2.8) and sync external flashes up to 1/2000 seconds or even faster. This in turn means you don't have to have powerful strobes, as 1/2000s will cut out all the ambient light you could want, while bright aperture lens will let all the strobe power there is. Strobe battery life lasts you 10-20 dives, you have full control, life is simple. Large depth of field of small sensor means easy macro with no frustration. As a beginner, you'll probably want to photograph-it-all. Compact camera? No problem. You can have very wide or very high magnification macro on a single dive, just swap wet lenses. You might be very frustrated if you go set up for macro with a DSLR and end up missing your first ever whale shark shot. It's time to go SLR only if you feel that missing a photo opportunity or two will not hurt as your portfolio is big. Mirrorless is a good way to go as you can have it both ways - flat port + wet converters, or dedicated lenses/ports/domes for your chosen scenario. I went with Olympus m4/3 as it's very easy to buy second hand and easy to upgrade. With a deeper pocket, I would go with m4/3 in a Nauticam housing as they have the largest port system and customer base so buying/selling is easy. So ... do you feel you've mastered your compact?
  6. Looking to buy 4" dome port for Panasonic Fisheye 8mm F3.5 to be used on a Olympus Pen (PT-EP10) housing in good used condition. This would include: Zen DP-100-EP Saga 1120 Athena OPD-F100-EP05 AOI DLP-05 AOI DLP-06 Other alternatives also welcome. I'm in Switzerland.
  7. Is it possible to adapt the Nauticam N85 system parts to Olympus branded EP-PT** housings?
  8. I'm looking for an upgrade for my old and trusty Olympus XZ-1 and I'd like to keep my rig small and travel friendly as I have it now. My rig is the XZ-1, Olympus PT-050 housing, Olympus PTWC-01 wide angle converter, Subsee +10d macro lens, 2x Inon S2000 strobe setup, X-Adventurer focus light and a basic 14" flex arm set which works well enough with this lightweight setup. What I love about the Olympus XZ-1 - Manual flash with 1/64 power setting and sync with any shutter speed down to 1/2000 (immediate shutter response, no recycle time) - Small sensor is forgiving for Macro (large DOF) - Great, sharp and contrasty lens What I like less - Ancient 10mpix sensor with no dynamic range reserve. No recovery from blown highlights, max. 1EV recovery from shadows. Only ISO100 useful. - 2 dive battery life - sketchy TTL with strobes I see three possible upgrade paths but none seems perfect 1. Compact camera setup - my current pick of the bunch would be the Panasonic Lumix LX10/15 or perhaps the Canon G7X mk2 - I get to keep fast flash sync, but no Manual flash setting with either of the two and possibly lots of added shutter lag - Only reasonable housing choice for the Panasonic is from Nauticam (expensive). Ikelite housing has no cold shoe which is a pity, as this is where I like to have my focus light attached. Canon path has more housing choices including ones with M67 thread and cold shoe 2. Olympus PEN Light + wet lens - Olympus EPL-7 with it's dedicated housing would be my choice in this group. Low cost and no additional investment necessary in my rig - Can it do 1/64 flash? - Can it sync faster than 1/250s with manual flash? - What's the performance of the 14-42mm kit with wet wide/macro lenses? Possibly inferior to compact cam setup? 3. Olympus PEN/OM with 9-18mm and 60mm macro + ports/dome - Most investment needed - Least versatile. Impossible to re-build the set between macro and wide angle between subsequent dives. - Clear winner in quality and performance including widest-wide and closest macro possible. I'm leaning towards the compact setup however I'm afraid of the consequences of not having a manual flash setting (lag, faster battery drain). How is that in practice?
  9. Hi I'm Mik and I'm glad to be finally joining the forum. I'm Polish, living in Switzerland and my current rig is a trusty old Olympus XZ-1 with 2x Inon S2000, the Subsee +10d Macro and Olympus PTWC-01 lens.
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