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Switching to Olympus - a few specific questions

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The Oly 60mm in the Macro 65 port is so close to the glass you have to remove the UV filter if one is fitted. As the Macro 45 port is not made for the 30mm macro lenses and is far away enough from the glass as to negate the extra magnification I believe.

Never had a Ikelite housing but is was an idea as you are trying to save weight for travel.

If you still want M43 then I would definitely get the latest EM1 mk 2 for the battery life issue, I have had quite a few dives whilst traveling where the battery has given up during the third dive and I never had any Canon battery give up.

My wife and I still use Canon DSLRs and M43 cameras above water but only the Olympus underwater. The trigger on the EM1 housing is a pistol type where the EM10 is a push down lever, I think it is still the same now but most new Nauticam housing come with a trigger converter when you fit the optional handles (higher end housings come with handles).

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its real that the oly 30mm isn't really close to the glass with the 45 macro port.... but not so far away.... the pana 30mm it's 4mm longer and it's close to the glass.... the results are similar.... i own both lenses... ;-)

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Using diopters like cmc or the subsee is near useless with the 30mm macro.... for what I test with Panasonic 30 or Olympus 30, with the cmc you get less or same magnification than the 30 alone.... same with canon 60mm+diopters... most of the power of wet diopters is the reduced working distance.... but the panoly 30mm have already a tiny working distance...

not my experience... I get 2x the dimension as with the lens alone.

 

its real that the oly 30mm isn't really close to the glass with the 45 macro port.... but not so far away.... the pana 30mm it's 4mm longer and it's close to the glass.... the results are similar.... i own both lenses... ;-)

 

sorry I did not specify that the 30mm I used ... it is the Panasonic one and it fits well as you mentioned.

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Thanks again, guys - some really useful info there, especially re the fit of the 30mm lens. I am not wedded tot he Oly 30mm, and can happily get the Panasonic, which appears to be a better fit.

 

@ChrisRoss - thanks for those links. Gonna go read them now.

 

@Griff - thanks for that explanation about the trigger. I am a fairly low-volume shooter, so i should be able to get a single day's use out of the battery. Am also going to look into after-market batteries (Wasabi and others usually make options with better-capacity batteries and i have one for my Fuji as well)

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Although you don't have plans for the 9-18mm at all, I would not recommend buying it. The Panasonic 7-14mm is better in every way. I don't have issues that the other person posted about where it doesn't perform that great. Mine works quite well. I plan on picking up a fisheye for wider angle in the near future.

 

For Macro, you really are better off getting the 60mm. Switch to the 12-50 on days when you don't want to do strictly macro. The 12-50mm fits in the same port as the 60mm macro, so you don't need any additional ports for that, just a zoom gear.

 

I have an E-M5mkII in a Nauticam Housing. The 60mm macro is on my camera the most, with the 7-14mm for when I shoot wide angle.

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You can get an accessory which provides trigger function on the EM5-II, I have one on my old EM-5 MkII housing, it bolts to RH handle bracket. makes shooting with rear button AF easier in my experience.

 

Too bad you're not in OZ, I'm selling my EM-5 II Nauticam and considering selling the camera along with it if the buyer were interested and agreed price was right.

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I buy and use the nauticam pistol trigger for two dives. Then I remove it because its better than the original trigger of the housing, but with this i lost the ergonomics and for changing aperture or shutter Ive to move my hand from handle/trigger to knobs.... without this I can leave my hand on the housing and do everything (shutter+knobs+focus point)without moving it! And in macro its a great thing!

Nudibranco, I do my test with the Panasonic 30 and the cmc1... not in the water... but I remember focusing on the cmc glass.... to close and without real benefit.... 2:1 its the maximum magnification you can get with 60mm and cmc1 at 2cm from the lens.... I think its really impossible to get the same with the 30mm that already have a minimum working distance.... 😉 I plan to do the test with the oly...

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