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  1. If it's not going under water, you don't need full waterproof. You could use something like this: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=610181&gclid=CjwKEAiAoOvEBRDD25uyu9Lg9ycSJAD0cnByWpe9ob2IYAHVyKfJnVQLe3Qs4yZZaR2zE-BGnZn5XBoCeILw_wcB&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876%2C52934714882%2C&is=REG&A=details and have the cable enter from the bottom. Any rain or splash would flow off.
  2. For strobes, I've been using an Inon D2000 for years with both epl2 & epl7. It's been very solid and exposure in usually right. Personally, I'd go Inon again, but I don't have experience with others.
  3. I also just purchased an em1 mkii. I am considering housing it, but a couple of things give me pause. I really love the compactness of the PEN system underwater. Also, if I flood an em1 ii, I'll be very upset. If I flood an epl7 I'll just have a drink.
  4. If you want to go for a 12-40 you need to stick with the larger OMD housing. I don't think it will work on a PEN housing. Also be aware that the em5 ii housing is more like a PEN housing than an OMD. BTW, I had an epl2 and went to epl7. I felt it was worth it.
  5. I'm not sure they're going to make a housing for the epl8. I have the epl7 & housing, but my epl7 is dying on me. I was looking at specs of epl7 & epl8. They are extremely close physically. Wondering if an epl8 fits in epl7 housing. I think you want to keep using the 60mm, so if you go for epl7 housing, you will want to take the port off the epl1 and use that. I use a Zen semi dome for the 9-18 and use that and the 60 behind it. Are the deals out yet on the em1 & housing? I think all the em5 deals are gone. I'm trying to decide what to do: 1. send my epl7 to olympus for service 2. sell my epl7 housing and start a new 3. buy a used epl7 ( I wish oly had some refurbs for sale)
  6. If it were me, I'd either go with the cheapest AOI or the Zen. With the sale price on the Zen, you get the metal port and glass for cheaper than the AOI version. The Zen is very well made.
  7. Those are the ones. If you want to go cheaper, AOI also makes one that is acrylic: http://www.backscatter.com/sku/aoi-dlp-04p.lasso?s2op=cn&s2=slr%20photo&s3op=cn&s3=ports&s6op=cn&s6=photo&s13op=cn&s13=dome%20ports&sop=AND&skip=54&sf=Price&so=Descending&ftn=youbetcha& I have the Zen simply because it was only available when I got mine. I works great, no complaints. I also have an AOI acrylic for the panasonic 8mm FE. I have no complaints about it, but I have not tried the glass version to compare. I don't think you go wrong with any of them.
  8. That is the housing which came with the weird LED lights on the port. That port only ever came on that housing. It specifically lists only the 14-42 as supported. Unfortunately, you have a one off that was recognized as not very good. If you want to use the 9-18, buy either the Zen port or the AOI port for it. Or try to find someone willing to part with the standard port from the epl1/2/5 housing. Standard port for epl7 housing won't work either. http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/pt-ep03-underwater-housing-for-the-e-pl3.html
  9. I have put the AOI port (forget the model) for the panasonic 8mm FE on the pt-ep12. Works like a champ.
  10. I have a pt-ep12 with a Zen WA-100 on it. I used to own the epl2 & housing and had used the WA-100 there. The port interface is the same. The port for the ep12 is a bit useless for me also, but it does accommodate a few other lens. I tried the 17 f2.8 pancake and it worked. Not sure I'd really want that underwater, but it works. The great thing about the WA-100 to me is that I can also use the 60mm behind it. So, with that one port, you can use the 14-42, 9-18 & 60. I recommend putting the WA-100 on the ep12 so then you can use your full range of lens with the better camera. Leave the epl1 as is. You can still use all those same 3 lens on behind the standard port. Biggest difference is you don't get the full wide angle of the dome. Of course, you sacrifice some magnification when using the 60 behind the WA-100 semi dome, but it really has not been an issue for me. The pay off in flexibility is more than worth it. And the zoom gears are the same. Same gear works on the 9-18 & 14-42 and will work with either housing.
  11. I would check with Kent. you might get best of both worlds, nice glass port for less money. I bought my Zen used from someone and it's still like new, 5 years later.
  12. For half the price, I'd probably go with the AOI. I never was able to find exact specs for comparison, but I think they are essentially the same. No, you won't be able to add a diopter, but with the 60mm, you really don't need it. That's 120mm effective. It's a very zoomed it narrow view. In fact, I have to back off many times to get what I want in the frame. I'm really a huge advocate of this port with the 9-18 & 60. So much versatility with just a lens change and leave the port alone. I got the port for the 8mm specifically to shoot whale sharks. I've enjoyed it and used it for other things also like over & under shots. But the last dive trip I took, I used the 9-18, 60 combo 90% of the time.
  13. did you see this thread: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=57671
  14. Hanzz, just saw your question. I have the acrylic and it works fine for me.
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