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Olympus as an underwater cam

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by avesoriano, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. avesoriano

    avesoriano Mu-43 Rookie

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  2. avesoriano

    avesoriano Mu-43 Rookie

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    avesoriano Mu-43 Rookie

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  4. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Until/unless I start shooting more underwater stuff, the housings for the interchangeable lens gear are a little rich for my blood; if I'm going to spend, I'd go for a Nauticam housing, but that doesn't get you the ports (add extra dollars, lots) for the lense. I currently use an RX100 in an Acquapazza case - not cheap, but great underwater video, and very good stills. Even more DoF wide open is a good thing underwater, and I can use add-on wet lenses.

    The E-M5 (or E-M1) would be my obvious first choice of camera for an interchangeable lens underwater system. Since it's 1, maybe 2 weeks involving diving and photography per year for me (in a good year), I'll stick with the RX100 for now.
     
  5. AndyT

    AndyT Mu-43 Regular

    There area few folk at scubaboard.com that are using the E-M5 underwater, check out the Oly sub forum.
     
  6. CPWarner

    CPWarner Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 24, 2010
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    I am using an Olympus XZ-2 basically for it overall versatility and the limited frequency of my diving. I could not justify spending the price on the housing for the EM-5 and the port with using it once or twice a year. That said, the EM-5 with the 12-50 and the Nauticam port for the 12-50 is a pretty interesting combination if you have the money and can justify it. I have seen some amazing things with that combination on Scubaboard. As I had only one camera, and housings sometimes leak, I did not want to risk my EM5 without a backup. So the XZ-2 was a cheaper option. I think it works pretty well with the olympus housing and a strobe (Sea&Sea YS-01).
     
  7. Jak Crow

    Jak Crow Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 14, 2012
    I have been using my E-PL3 underwater for the last couple years and I've been very happy with the results. I've shot mostly with the 14-42mm lens, some wiht the 9-18 wide, and some with the 60mm macro. Given the unpredictable visibility where I dive, I've found sticking with the 14-42 is usually the best bet. You can see the results at http://gallery.mom-is-a-terrorist.com I highly recommend insuring all your camera equipment so you're covered if there's ever a leak on something. I just ordered the E-M1, and I can't wait to take that underwater.
     
  8. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    I have thought this it but leans toward a bag, maybe the DiCAPac. Seems good. Anyone tried?

    Have an E-M5 and an XZ-1. Don't mind using any of these for this. The E-M5 would be best of course, but will the 12-35/2.8 be ok? Otherwise the 20/1.7, 45/1.8 or even 7.5 fisheye maybe. Don't know. Will try everone of them I think. The only con is battery life. The E-M5 used with display only will draw the batteries fast! :(

    Well. This will be maybe once-in-a-life thing so I don't want te spend so much money in this :)

    http://www.dicapac.com/main.asp

    This is one that have actually tried this one with E-M5, looks good.

    http://www.ferdzdecena.com/gear/olympus-om-d-e-m5-dicapac-wp-h10/
     
  9. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    do you think the Panny 20/1.7 is good for UW-lens? Is it good with an orange filter or is it enough to capture in raw?
     
  10. CPWarner

    CPWarner Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 24, 2010
    Cliff
    For examples of what you can do with various lenses underwater, I would head over to scubaboard.com and go the to forums for underwater photography. The bigger question is what do you want to photograph? Depending on the subject, you may want a wide angle lens, a macro lens, etc.

    As to filters, how deep are you going? Where are you diving? Both the water conditions and depth impact the effectiveness of filters vs needing strobes or video lights. I have used filters with a digicam in a housing, and a go-pro, and they work ok. However, lights are much better in the end.


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  11. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2012
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    I went from my e520 to an Epl1 this year. Got the housing with built in port that was good fo 60mm macro, 14-42 and 9-18 (although the flat port isn't ideal for wide angle). I wouldn't dive with your nice EM5 until you've had some experience with something more expendable. The latest Olympus housings have all been pretty excellent so no need to buy the more expensive Nauticam. BTW the U/W housings for the lower end m43 right now are fairly inexpensive. PM me...I have a ton of shots.
     
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  12. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
  13. Slug

    Slug New to Mu-43

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    Dec 23, 2013
    Darwin, Oz
    I dive the E-PL5 in the Oly (PT-EP10) housing with a single YS-01 strobe - pretty basic setup but seems to work OK for me.

    Looking at getting the 60mm macro in the future, but the 14-42 kit lens with the zoom gear fitted provides pretty reasonable versatility. For someone who is very much a learner with digital photography 'topside', I'm pretty pleased with the results I'm getting while blowing bubbles :-

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  14. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Awesome shots, love the DR in those Pics. I've gone from the E520 to the EPL-1 in Oly Housing. Just got to work on last years photos due to work but very happy with the macro capability with 60mm. Got a few nice shots with the 14-42 ....can't wait to use the 9-18 this summer
     
  15. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    The are all done with the setup above
     
  16. Slug

    Slug New to Mu-43

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    Dec 23, 2013
    Darwin, Oz
    Yeah - sweet Gary. The 60mm macro seems to be THE lens for Oly bubble blowers. On special at the moment so I really should bite the bullet & fork out .... !!

    Were all 4 pics taken with the 60MM?
     
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  17. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Yes. I combine it with a subsea +10 diopter. Makes it a lot harder to use but when you nail the focus it is worth it!
     
  18. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Great stuff!!
     
  19. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    60?! Ok, Good for details I assume. Maybe I should try with the 45/1.8 also

    Skickat från min LT26i via Tapatalk
     
  20. jadavids

    jadavids Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jan 20, 2014
    Hi all!
    I'm hoping to take my EPL-5 diving later this year... what kind of lighting set up have you been diving with? I know dive conditions are terribly variable, but I'm looking for a 'middle ground' approach that'll let me get some decent shots (I'm not expecting National Geographic quality, but one can dream :biggrin: )