List of what lenses work with which ports on oly housing.

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Packhorse, May 3, 2012.

  1. Packhorse

    Packhorse Humbolt Squid

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    OK its a rather short list thus far. Can you extend it? Please include non m4/3 lens with adaptors.


    Oly EPL-3 body 14-42mm lens PT-EP05L housing
     
  2. Cali_divergirl

    Cali_divergirl Photographer

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    I have...

    Panasonic 8mm fisheye with Precision Dome port
    Zen 100 mm Port with Olympus 9-18 mm lens or the kit 14-42 mm lens
     
  3. nudibranco

    nudibranco Scuba Instructor

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    the 45mm Pana macro lens will work reasonably well on both the kit and ZEN port...
     
  4. alcina

    alcina Missing Diva. ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Great idea for a thread!! This thread has been added to the links in the main UW Sticky :)

    We still need lots of new info on new models, links to your images here on ScubaBoard showing off what you've done with your Olympus cameras and any other photo related info you think might be helpful to others. Please click this link or PM me - no idea is too small and all suggestions are appreciated!
     
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  5. Packhorse

    Packhorse Humbolt Squid

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    Great! got a link to some pix? I REALLY need a macro!
     
  6. terson

    terson Nassau Grouper

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    Although the 45mm will fit in the standard port, it is very short and with a close focus ability that will allow it to focus on any dirt/sand on the front glass of the port. Workable but not successful. . .
     
  7. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Orca

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    the zen port for the 45 mm is much better than the standard port
     
  8. terson

    terson Nassau Grouper

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    Exactly. . .
     
  9. PhilW

    PhilW Surface Interval Member

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    Any port is better than the standard port. :shakehead:

    I just got my Precision dome as mentioned by Cali_divergirl. This was designed for the Panasonic 8mm fisheye, but it appears to also work well with the Olympus 12mm F/2 prime lens. I have tested it successfully topside & I will dive with it in the next few days to confirm this.
     
  10. terson

    terson Nassau Grouper

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    Hi Phil,
    Please report back on how you go with the 12mm and the Precision port, I will be extremely interested in the results.
    Did you get the Precision dome locally or overseas and roughly how much?
    Bruce
     
  11. Cali_divergirl

    Cali_divergirl Photographer

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    The precision port is from Blue Water Photo (in California) and was $499. There is a good review for it at Panasonic 8mm fisheye & Precision Dome port |Underwater Photography Guide
    The only issue is they had to do a slight modification to my port for it to work so I had to lose my "somewhat useless" focus lights on the front of the PT-EP05L port. I use a focus light in the hot shoe so it wasn't an issue. I love the fisheye!!!
     
  12. PhilW

    PhilW Surface Interval Member

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    Yep that's the one. I should have some test shots with the 12mm soon Bruce.
     
  13. terson

    terson Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks Cali and Phil,
    Have either of you had a chance to try/use your standard zooms in the Precision dome and if so, are the results useable?
    Having to 'only' focus on the virtual image of the dome, I'm thinking that the standard zoom can focus plenty close enough but as to whether its nodal point suits the dome is an entirely new question?
    Phil are you down south or up north? I'm thinking that wide angle is pretty hard to be fond of in Vic's turbulent waters?
    Bruce
     
  14. PhilW

    PhilW Surface Interval Member

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    Bruce, I have tried a few topside shots with my standard zooms & I have been surprised at how well this dome works with them. I am very anxious to get it wet. I wasn't able to take it on yesterday's dive at Rye which was frustrating (was instructing therefore no camera).

    I am in the deep south (= inner Melbourne), but we get some good clear days regardless. Have a look at this water: Safety stop - Castle Rock | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    ---------- Post added May 6th, 2012 at 05:48 PM ----------

    OK I took the Precision dome + 12mm prime lens on a night dive yesterday. I wasn't happy with most of my strobe shots but at least I ascertained that the combo works well underwater. Here's a sample shot taken in ambient light (+ dive torch, so I guess it's semi-ambient): Ecklonia - Jawbone | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    This dome is specificially designed for the fisheye but it appears to offer lots of flexibility. It is also beautifully compact. The only (non)-issue as Cali mentions is that you have to cut off the shroud for the focus light button on the housing in order to fit it. I say it is a non-issue because the focus lights are useless anyway.

    Phil
     
  15. PhilW

    PhilW Surface Interval Member

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    I have the E-PL3 with the PT-EP05L housing. My personal understanding of supported ports/lens combos is below:

    1) Precision 8mm acrylic dome supports:
    - Panasonic 8mm fisheye (it was designed for this lens)
    - Samyang 7.5mm fisheye (with some minor vignetting from the dome shade; note this is also a manual lens)
    - Olympus 12mm prime lens
    - Olympus 9-18mm zoom
    - Olympus 14-42mm zoom.

    2) Zen WA-100-EP glass port supports:
    - Olympus 9-18mm zoom
    - Olympus 14-42mm zoom.

    This list is not exclusive, and I am sure some longer FL lenses will work behind these ports as well, e.g. I suspect the Olympus 45mm prime would work. I just don't have them to play with. Also for macro: the stock flat glass port allows for 67mm macro wet lenses to be fitted.

    Any additions or corrections?

    Phil
     
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  16. jghflash

    jghflash Scuba Instructor

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    The Zen dome port works just fine with the 14-42 and the Oly adapter and 67MM macro lens, even with two stacked macro lens. You just have to put a little strip os the "fuzzy" side of velcro on the top and bottom of the lens shade on the Zen dome because it is a little smaller diameter than the stock Oly port.
     
  17. terson

    terson Nassau Grouper

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    I think that this thread would be a LOT more informative if the posters were to include the lenses/port combos that definately don't work together( and bulls@#t stories told by supposedly reputable sales reps) so that other shooters don't get caught in the same expensive trap???
    Bruce
     
  18. PhilW

    PhilW Surface Interval Member

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    Great idea Bruce - that would be me! I really like the Olympus 12mm prime lens & I was told this would work behind the glass Zen dome. But it doesn't. Not even close. Don't get me wrong: the Zen dome is a great product, just for the zooms not the primes. So if anyone wants one, mine is for sale!
     
  19. terson

    terson Nassau Grouper

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    ;)

    No worries phil, no-one should be lied to by a so-called reputable dealer. . .
     
  20. chris196

    chris196 Nassau Grouper

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    PhilW,
    are you sure the oly 14-42 & 9-18 work behind that precision port?
    Just from looking at the photos of that port, it almost doesn't look long enough to hold those lens when they are in their extended positions.

    To add to the discussion, I have the Zen port for the 9-18.
    I have tried the oly 45mm behind the Zen and it seems to work above water.
    I plan on trying it underwater in the next month or so.
    I know it's not a macro lens, but it's so sharp and I've been disappointed with the 14-42 at the long end.
     

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