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We're on our way back from Komodo. We had a good trip but the weather was pretty bad and instead of ending at Maumere, we came back here due to very high winds. But although we're tired, everyone's disks are full of great photos and the DIVE Damai crew helped make the most of all our opportunities. Much more soon, here's a few photos to get started. All were taken with the new Olympus E-M1 MK2 in the Oly housing, with the 8mm FE, 60mm Macro and 12mm lenses. I used the new Saga Dive Trio diopter system for macro as well.

 

My initial thoughts are that the OM-D E-M1 MK2 is a great imager and a big improvement over the earlier MK1. AF in low-light is much better, and the performance is really good for macro. Battery easily lasts 3 dives, probably 4. I had some weird issues with TTL on macro with the YS-D1 strobes I was shooting - exposure would be great for 4-5 frames and them be totally over exposed for a frame. Never quite figured out what was going on.

 

Much more soon.

 

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Jack,

 

Those are some impressive images. I'm leaving tomorrow for Raja Ampat. I'll be using the camera and lenses you and I talked about last spring: the E-M1 Mk1 with Oly housing; the Oly PPO-E04 dome port with Oly 8mm FE PRO and Oly 7-14 PRO; the AOI macro port with Oly 60mm macro with Subsee +5 & +10 diopter.

 

I shot a lot of images with dome port and Oly 7-14 PRO last September in Bonaire. I'm very pleased with the results

 

Your images have added to my anticipation of Raja and what we might see.

 

Cheers

 

Kent

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Jack,

 

Any lessons or advice on this system would be greatly appreciated.

 

Kent

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Cracking shot of the ?Coleman shrimp, Jack!

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No kidding, I love that shot also! Was that made with the 60 macro alone, or one of the diopters? In either case it looks perilously close to the fire urchin, a creature I have new-found respect for after an unintended contact.

 

I have long planned to upgrade to this camera but was holding out for the Nauticam housing. Now that's available, and images like this are surfacing, I won't be able to hold out much longer . .

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I used the new Saga Trio with the +10 setting.

The small nudi with the red background used the +15. I was able to use the Trio with the new macro port Oly has come out with for the 60, that finally has a threaded port.

 

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Great shots!

 

Just wondering, I'll be getting the nauticam e-m1II soon, not sure though wether to go for the 7-14 panasonic or the fisheye 8mm.

I know there are quite alot of topics on this, generally people prefer fisheye for stills and the wide angle lenses for video.

I've not seen many videos shot with a fisheye, just wondering, how useful is the 8mm for video? Panning might not be great from what I've heard, but I would like to shoot C4k at 24p so that might not be an option anyway?

 

I'm a bit afraid I'll be disappointed by stills produced by the 7-14, on top of the costs. From what I've seen the 8mm produces (much) better stills.

 

Regards

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I haven't had a chance to dive the Oly 7-14 PRO yet. I have dove the 8mm quite a bit and like it a lot. It a very sharp lens.

 

I've used the Pany 7-14 for stills and it wasn't that great in the corners. From what I've seen I think the Oly 7-14 behind a larger dome like the 180mm is a very good lens. I plan on shooting it with the E-M1 MKII in the Socorros in a few weeks.

 

As far as using the 8mm for video it definitely makes sense for larger subjects like wrecks and whales where you need a large FOV and can control pin cushioning.

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I've put an album up of more shots from Komodo on Flickr for those interested.

 

Fish Eye with a Fisheye... ;-)

 

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I haven't had a chance to dive the Oly 7-14 PRO yet. I have dove the 8mm quite a bit and like it a lot. It a very sharp lens.

 

I've used the Pany 7-14 for stills and it wasn't that great in the corners. From what I've seen I think the Oly 7-14 behind a larger dome like the 180mm is a very good lens. I plan on shooting it with the E-M1 MKII in the Socorros in a few weeks.

 

As far as using the 8mm for video it definitely makes sense for larger subjects like wrecks and whales where you need a large FOV and can control pin cushioning.

Did you test the oly7-14? I would like to know your opinion. Thanks

 

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