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  1. From my I understanding in the Fisheye correction mode, it will record both a corrected JPEG Image and the Uncorrected RAW image. You can do WB and undistort the RAW in Olympus Workspace. I've also looked at Architectural and Real Estate Photography forums, the opinion is mostly positive when it comes to the corrected results with no discernable artifacts. I try to think of it as image enhancements haha I've done work in the laboratory before where we map and measure lens properties and we code corrections for distortions. Based on what I know, I think the Olympus algorithm is similar in process (the correction is calibrated for this specific lens). But we don't know, I'll do some experiments once I am able to get the 8mm and test in the pool.
  2. Just wanted to add this to the topic as I found the video very relevant to my questions:
  3. Hi @ChrisRoss and @Architeuthis, thank you I appreciate the feedback. I agree that it'll greatly depend on what you are shooting. In my mind, I've categorized them into wide, mid-range and macro. For the wide-angle, I might stick with the 8mm fisheye given the cost/complexity of the other rectilinear/zoom fish options being proposed. I saw that with the Olympus 8mm there is an in-camera fish eye correction to rectilinear. Do you have any thoughts on that? Was wondering if the 8mm might be good for shots where I need straight line straight (with the correction). For the mid-range, I do have both the 14-42 and 12-40 already. The 12-40 I use it as my main lens above water and the 14-42 I got a free port for it already. Are there any advantages the 12-40 over the 14-42 that might make getting a port for the 12-40 worth it in the future for me? I am trying not to sink too much money into my system (despite it being very tempting to get everything under the sun), so I am very happy with just making do. At the end of the day just want a versatile system that I can use to shot wide, mid-range and macro. Hi @hyp, thanks. I'll look into the WWL option given I already have a 14-42 with a port -- seems to be a versatile mix. I will weigh it versus getting a dedicated 8mm lens and small dome port. Any thoughts on what type of WWL is best? The options seem to be Nauticam WWL-1 (Expensive at 1,400USD), AOI UWL-09 PRO (a little cheaper 1,100USD) , Inon UWL-H100 (Cheaper 700USD). The inon seems to be very attractive given the size and cost.
  4. Why is this so? Could you expound on the reasoning? I have zero experience with those. Why are the mid-ranged focal length not that useful for you? Is it because those ranges are typically not wide or close enough for underwater use? Haha I feel that is me in my case -- wanting to complete it. If the advice I get is the 8mm and 60mm will cover most underwater photo subjects, then I'll be happy with just those two!
  5. Hi All, Just invested into the micro 4/3 system for underwater photography. I've already bought the 60mm f/2.8 as my macro lens. Was hoping for suggestions on what lens is good for general photography, close focus, wide angle shots? I am not sure where to begin. I've always done macro so not sure what to look for in a wide angle/ general shooting lens. I am considering the Olympus 8mm f1.8 for wide angle/close focus work. But with the 8mm and 60mm that seems to leave a large focal range in the middle that I am unable to cover. Thanks
  6. Here are more pictures of the EM5III Housing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I can confirm there is no built in flash trigger. It’ll be a separate purchase. This is a negative for me too. As it’ll mean more things to buy and bigger bulk. Vacuum valve is built in with USB-C charging. The EM5III housing they are saying will carry more lenses. I still want to see which ones, for now they have confirmed the 60mm and 12-40mm pro. I see for the EPL10 they only carry the 60mm, 8mm and 9-18mm, which is limiting for me. Once they make the official announcement and I see the EM5III has significantly more choices i might go with that. But another thing I am trying to find out is the price of the EM5III housing. If the housing costs 1000 USD. I will be better off getting the EPL10. As far as I could tell with isotta. It might be the same layout with no built in flash trigger. You’ll still need to get those led flash triggers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Yes I got the EM5III. Here are some of the latest images from AOI. There are a bunch of other images but I can't seem to figure out how to attach it to this forum. Any best way to do this? Anyways, they should be shipping soon. I am still asking for details on the specs and lens supported, as well as prices. Yes I am also waiting on Isotta, but I have not been that successful in getting information from them.
  9. I have been in communication with them. They were supposed to launch just before December but there were some delays. They are now aiming to launch before christmas. I do hope they launch soon haha i already bought new cameras and lens in anticipation!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I am looking to convert to a bayonet mounting system. Wanted to know if the different brands (Nauticam, Inon, AOI) are compatible with each other?
  11. Thanks Chris this sounds like the most versatile solution for me at the moment. I really like the idea of inon wet lens, small and compact enough for my use. Will look into it. The mirrorless track is starting to look a bit more promising to me than the compromise compact route. Just need to balance the costs to get the most bang out of my buck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. You are right, I surmised the same from the images I saw. From what i could find publicly, the flash trigger is a separate AOI STR-003 Flash Trigger. I messaged him, but didn’t get a response. Based on past images I think they are doing testing right now. It is a bit hard to gather info because most of the discussion is in mandarin haha. Found another picture though the housing is in the background. Very similar to the PT-EP08. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hi Chris, Thanks for that insight, if the EPL10 and the EM-5 MKII are similar, I think I will be okaywith that AF. I've used the EM-5 MKII for bird photography (not the best but reasonable), it will definitely be better than my current compact. Agree, I am aware that the LX100II isn't an ideal solution since there are limitations when using the flat port with wet lens. It really is a compromise solution. I figured I could use two combinations with the LX100: (1) Macro x Fish Portrait combo with the Standard Port and Wet Macro Lens. (2) Wide Angle x limited macro/fish portrait combo with the Short Port and Wide Wet Lens. Do you think that the 14-42 lens in a flat port augmented by wet macro and wide lens would be a better solution versus that LX100II combinations I talked about earlier?
  14. Can you confirm the models they might be planning to release? I've been Facebook stalking some diver friends of mine from Taiwan, one of them I know is connected with AOI had an obscure picture posted this week with another captioned AOI UH-EM5 Mark III (see below). I am a bit excited because this will make it more affordable to go mirrorless for me.
  15. Hi All, Was hoping to get your thoughts and insight into a system that is suited for me. Originally, I wanted to upgrade and get mirrorless system, either the Olympus EM-10III or EM-5III in a Nauticam Housing. But given the cost of the housing + port + focus gear is already 2,500 USD alone, add to that the cost of the lens and body you are looking at about 3,000-4,000USD. This is beyond what I am willing to spend. I had decided to go with the LX100II in a Nauticam Housing because the housing + camera + short port is about 2,300USD, plus I already have the necessary wet lens to use with this for both macro and wide angle. It fits my budget. A bit of background, I am a research diver in the Philippines and travel to very remote locations. I usually dive for photography during my “spare” time while out in the field. But given the random and remote locations I don’t really know what to expect when I dive, so the criteria in picking was: Ease of use - quick access to manual controls, back button focus, fast focusing, fast access to white balancing, can set the temperature to match my strobes and small size for travel. This allows me to react quickly to situations and unexpected subjects or behaviors I encounter. My frustration with my old Canon G15 was I could not change settings quickly and focus fast. Versatility - need something that will allow me to do the following photography during a single dive. Again I do encounter random and very different subjects. I am very opportunistic when I photograph and take pictures of things that present themselves well as I encounter them. So being able to capture different scenes is a criteria for me. Macro = subjects 2-3 cm in size, I don’t do really super macro subjects. Fish Portraits = subjects 10-30 cm in size General Wide Angle = various macro fauna. Performance Great Lens: for the LX100II it has a useful focal length of 24-75mm and is very bright at F1.7/2.8. I have the wet lens to augment this already. Sensor is a Micro 4/3 Fast focusing mainly for fish and small subjects. My Canon G15's focus would hunt a lot. Allows for rapid flash triggering. I am keen on behaviors, typically I would shadow my subjects or stay in a single spot waiting to capture behavior. Been frustrated at the slow recycle time of my current compact camera. Life span and longevity - I don’t upgrade equipment often (hard to afford as a researcher), but I have used a polycarbonate Canon DC-WP48 case for my Canon G15 for about 8 years. So far it has held up and I have never flooded it. I have just meticulously cleaned it after every dive but given there is no maintenance or repair support for the housing, I am in constant fear of flooding as it ages from wear and tear. That is why my criteria for a new housing is: Housing preferably aluminum Has a vacuum valve Easy to maintain in the field Maintenance Service in the Philippines. I was about to purchase the LX100II when I saw on Backscatter a review on the Olympus E-PL10 with the AOI housing (here is the Review and here is the System Chart). This made me stop as the E-PL10 in AOI housing falls well within my budget and seems to tick all my boxes. I really like: For 650USD, it come with the LED triggering and vacuum valve system. This ticks two of the things I am looking for. It has the ability to have dedicated macro or wide lens, aside from the 14-42mm kit lens, if I choose to or ever need it. This gives me the ability to expand the lens I use. And given that the housing only costs 650USD I have enough left over in my budget to get those additional ports and lens. I do have some major hesitations and would like hear people's opinions on these: Life span and maintenance given E-PL10 is a polycarbonate housing. Are AOI cases repairable or serviceable (especially the buttons and led triggering electronics)? I don't want to have a breakdown and not be able to repair a system I have invested in. I understand over time things fail, but I just need it to last like 7-8 years, aluminum housings definitely last this long but are polycarbonate housings good enough? Versatility and quality of Olympus 14-42mm lens versus the 24-75mm lens of the Panasonic (in conjunction with the CMC-1, CMC-2 and WWL wet lens). Which would be a better setup? I am weighing this because most of the time I will be diving in that configuration. Performance of the LX100II versus the E-PL10 in terms of WB, Focusing, and Manual Controls? Given Olympus just got sold, is it advisable to begin investing in the Micro 4/3 line up? Would love to get your insights on this. Happy also for other recommendations. Cheers, Pomacentridae
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