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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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been a very naughty cam indeed...

Hi all,

Got a late xmas present (from myself) last week:



I went for this Nauticam NA-EM1 over the Olympus PT- EP11 after some discussion on the wetpixel forum. The case is a bit more expensive but on balance it is a better housing.



As you can see it is not quite waterproof yet. I am waiting on an extender/adapter that allows the old Oly 43 domes to fit the case.

Other than that the brilliant things about this case are.

Anodised aluminium construction - strong no flexing but light weight
Very thoughtful buttons and lever placement - including a lever for the AEL/AFL which is perfect then to re-map as a focus lever.
A vacuum leak test/alarm system.
Built in arms and balls (!)
Lens release button - very useful since the big 43 lenses have to be attached after the body is in the case.
and more.

I'll be back with more when I get the rest of the kit - hopefully next week.
However for those that don't venture underwater with their cameras be afraid, this is an expensive hobby... I have just shelled out the same price as EM-1 with a 12-40mm for this bit of kit. And this is considered a bargain! Really it is!!

http://www.nauticamusa.com/nusa/cate...mpus-om-d-e-m1

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Re: been a very naughty cam indeed...

Well, with the rain we've been having, I'm sure it will be very useful ...

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Re: been a very, very naughty cam indeed...

looks superb - looking forward to seeing some images.

what are the flash/lighting options or do you just use remote constant lighting independently of the camera?

it's rude to talk about costs with nautical matters (I've had a boat in Poole for the last 15 years!)
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Re: been a very, very naughty cam indeed...

I have a pair of Sea&Sea strobes that get mounted on the two balls you see (oo er).

These are driven optically on fibre cables that poke into those two holes you see on the front top. The FL-LM2 going off provides a trigger and the big guns should follow in TTL mode to provide perfect exposure. At least that's the theory.

Alternatively you can use available light and compensate for the massive loss of red by doing custom white balances at depth. However I suspect that the EM-1 will need a red filter to help it out too. http://www.magic-filters.com/ these are also great for underwater video which I hope to get into.

Constant lighting is only useful for video. You would not believe how much light gets absorbed underwater. First the reds go, then the yellows, until only blue is left. Cut your finger underwater and you wonder what the green goo on your hand is. It's blood! Not a recommended way to demonstrate light loss but effective.

And yes the price should be "well it cost <ahem>". Why does adding sea water add zeros to the price?

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Constant lighting is only useful for video. You would not believe how much light gets absorbed underwater. First the reds go, then the yellows, until only blue is left.
oh I would

it was the crossover to video, and the increased use of that medium from dslr/etc bodies and casings that prompted the question.

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I didn't understand any of the previous posts!

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I didn't understand any of the previous posts!

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I've bought a water proof box that let's me press nearly all the buttons on my em1 so I can take it with me when I scuba dive!

The pictures I posted are yet to show it in its full glory so watch this space.

Actually I now have a spare such box for the e520 if you are interested Janet

Frankly it's ludicrous way to make an already tricky hobby really bloody difficult indeed.
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Re: been a very, very naughty cam indeed...

Don't tempt me Simon!

I'd really love to be able to use my e520 when I'm fishing! The canal is so crystal clear at the moment...

...but I don't think I'd be comfortable scuba diving in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal!

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That's a beautiful case.
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