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4/3 Lens Recommendations

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by jayceebutler, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. jayceebutler

    jayceebutler Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: HI
    I am putting together a parts list for a Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II + Nauticam system, and was hoping to get some recommendations on the following lens choices.

    Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5
    Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO

    There isn't a big difference in price, but the Olympus is much larger. Is the quality of the Olympus noticeably superior to justify the size and extra $200? Also, I believe the Olympus lens must be removed to extract the camera from housing, which is slightly inconvenient.

    Medium Macro:
    Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8
    Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro

    Same price. Is one recommended over another for auto-focus and quality?
  2. Hoag

    Hoag Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario
    I had an Olympus M4/3 camera and the Panasonic 8mm f3.5 fisheye lens. It was a very good diving setup - compact, very good (but not what I would consider great) images and it was easy to pack (I could fit everything, the camera with kit lens, my fisheye lens, my housing/port and 2 Inon strobes into my carry on.) The limitations that I had on image quality were due to the camera being a first gen M4/3 body and sensor. I would feel very comfortable recommending the Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens. Just be aware of one thing - while there are no straight lines in nature, it is a fisheye, so it will distort - a lot. You have to either accept that when you see it, or have the ability to "de-fish" the image in editing. The 8mm fisheye lens also fits inside most 4 inch "mini-domes" which is nice.

    I rarely shot macro, but when I did, I used the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens and had really good results.
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  3. rmorgan

    rmorgan Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio, USA
    Jaycee, I assume the Olympus fisheye is larger because it's faster. The Olympus pro lenses are excellently built, and if were building a new kit I'd likely get that one because of the two-stop advantage (arguably not a big deal with fisheye anyway); but like Hoag, I've used the Panasonic 8mm for years and quite enjoyed it. (You're right about it being a bit of a pain to have to pull the port and lens to extract the body. I don't know about the fisheye, but I do have a lens which requires that and it's always a little unnerving to see the imaging sensor exposed.)

    On the macro side, I'm just leaving on a trip with a new Olympus 30mm based on good results reported here (there's a current thread, as you've doubtless noticed) and elsewhere; I've had the Olympus 60mm since it came out; there is much to love about it and I've been pleased with many of the images, but it can hunt a lot. On land, the Olympus 30 seems quick to focus and accurate, and I'm looking forward to using it. The 45 port, which accommodates the Olympus 30, has a cold shoe built in, which I'll certainly try with a focusing light.

    The Nauticam Mark II is a jewel, the camera's great, and I'm sure you'll love your new rig.
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