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  1. Hello Wetpixel! I thought I would post a dedicated thread for this discussion, rather than getting it lost in existing OM-D threads. In those threads I've read that image quality was good when using wet dioptres (Subsee) on top of the Olympus 12-50mm lens underwater (as the nauticam 60mm port has a 67mm thread). This brings a lot of versatility on this 12-50mm setup, and I was wondering why wouldn't size-conscious photographers use wide angle wet lenses on top of this setup? I must say I've never used any wet lens, so I may miss something, that's why I'm asking. I think it was Dr Mustard who said optical quality remained good with a wet complement like Subsee diopters, what about the wide angle complements? thanks for your advice, cheers Nicolas
  2. Compact wide-angle underwater underwater photography package: Olympus OM-D EM-5 16MP digital mirrorless micro 4/3 camera; Panasonic Lumix 8mm fisheye lens; Nauticam underwater housing; Nauticam 4.33 inch acrylic dome port; tray with two handles; two mounting balls; hand strap; LED hotshoe flash trigger; all original boxes and documentation for all items, including charger and accessory flash for camera, all front & back caps, manuals, etc.; housing is fitted with a bulkhead that allows remote triggering of the camera for polecam use (trigger not included) – if desired this can be replaced with a traditional bulkhead fitting for electronic strobe triggering, however current setup allows strobe triggering via either on-camera flash, or via hotshoe LED trigger. All equipment is in near pristine condition, very lightly used. This was my backup kit for travel – very easy to pack, and also served as a small, lightweight polecam, and as a “digital Nikonos” that I could hang around my neck and easily carry on long swims. I’ve been very happy with this, and am only selling it to upgrade to a new mirrorless with higher resolution. I only used this with the fisheye lens and matching port, and do not have any other lenses or ports for sale, but there is a wide selection available from other sources. $1995 for entire package. Gear is located in Kona, Hawaii, USA. Shipping is additional.
  3. simply curious, does anyone have any underwater experience with the panasonic 14mm f2.5 with dedicated fisheye conversion lens (dmw-gfc1) inside a f.i.x. 4.33" dome? i have searched many forums on many sites and find very little information regarding either of these. there is also a macro conversion lens for the 14mm which costs $35.00.
  4. Hi, I take most of my UW images in dark conditions with a low level or lack of ambient light using high ISO, a large aperture, slow shutter speed and stobes. The OM-D is a great camera in that kind of environment thanks to the 3-axis image stabilization and good low-light performance. However i have a problem with the built in flash when triggering the external strobes. Light is leaking out through the housing and dome causing backscatter in the center of the images. I'm using a Panasonic 8mm + Nauticam housing with the 4" fisheye dome. This is only a problem in dark conditions described above. I have tried to reduce the power of the internal flash, but the it sometimes fails to trigger the strobes. I have seen some LED thingy that can be used instead of the internal flash. Is anyone using this and have some experience from it? The attached image is not the worst example since you have some surface light, but you can clearly see the backscatter and in darker conditions you will se stripes of backscatter like in the second image shot in the housing with strobes turned off against a white wall. f/3,5 1/20 ISO800 @8mm
  5. Hi, My Nauticam NA-EM5 housing's shutter lever doesn't return to it's original position after pressed sometimes. This more frequently happens when I depress the lever partially (half way to focus). Inside the housing I've noticed the spring loaded lever that pushes on the camera's shutter button doesn't move smoothly but the external shutter lever is smooth. Anyone else have this problem? I was thinking about putting some silicon liquid on the internal lever. Any recommended silicon that's safe for housing? I take good care of my housing (rinse, soak after day's diving). Thanks Jason
  6. Well after all the conversations here, I found a camera store that actually had the EM-5, the EM-1 and the GX7 in stock and available to play with. They only carry Panasonic lenses at the moment so I played with the 14-42 kit lens for the GX7 and the 8mm fisheye. As a current Canon 40D user, I was impressed by the compactness of all the cameras and lenses, though having said that, I was actually surprised to find that the GX7 was as big and beefy as it was. To make a long story short, they all impressed me. Three observations: 1) EVFs have come a long way. The one on the EM-1 is head and shoulders above the other two. The GX7's, which has gotten good reviews, I found to not be that much better than the EM-5 in practical use, though it is cool that it rotates up and down. One big difference is that the EM viewfinders are 4/3 aspect ratio, whereas the GX7's is 16x9. The Oly viewfinders crop the top and bottom when you switch to video. I think I like the Panny's diopter adjustment better than the teensy little knob on the Olys, though once set, it liklely wouldn't get moved, anyway, and the Panny's is easier to adjust by accident when you move the viewfinder. 2) I found the controls on the EM-1 to be less intuitive to a new user, whereas the EM-5 is a bit more intuitive and the GX7 is setup like what you'd expect from more of a rangefinder style. EM-1 felt to be in a different category of build quality from the EM-5. Panny felt very solid as well. 3) The GX7 has a pop-up flash -- the Oly's don't. They do come with a clip on miniflash but you have to remove two plastic pieces, one for the hotshoe and one for the mini-usb plug. I would probably lose at least one of those two little pieces in about 15 minutes. BTW -- I did also look at a 70D body. My 40Ds feel more solid, but it seemed OK. Definitely a size difference between it and the M43 cameras. The next thing will be to see what the housings look like and figure out the cost curve on trying to unload a bunch of Canon lenses (though I will likely keep my 100-400 and a 40D body for any fast action photos). If I do make the switch from Canon to M43, it will be for compactness above all else. Another point -- last year I bought a Sony RX100 and I use it for daily shooting now. But I don't think it would suit me for underwater based on its limited macro ability. In any event, the bottom line for me would be -- is the EM-1 viewfinder $500 better than the one on the EM-5 and GX7, do I really value the pop-up flash, and is there really that much practical diffefence in 2 vs 5 axis IBIS. Everything else is already documented on the review sites.
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