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e-pl2/pt-ep03 strobe, tray/arm and other options for a budget newbie?

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by thespoons, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Nflor001

    Nflor001 Nassau Grouper

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    Good deal on that strobe. Id buy it if I didnt have one already.
     
  2. thespoons

    thespoons Nassau Grouper

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    Here's the picture of the S-Tray from Ocean Optical:
    OOSTRAY-01.top.jpg
    Jack says "If you move it to the back of the tray there is a lip that will hold it in place. Or you can move it off to the right hole and add another screw and large washer to hold it in place on the left."

    I'm still a little leery. I'm sure it will work at least 99% fine. But will that 1% bug me and could I just avoid it by ordering a different one right away? I gotta make up my mind soon, though. Vacation is just over three weeks away and I want to have everything in hand to play with a bit before then.

    Thanks on the YS-01 strobe mention, but I've already bought another strobe. Plus it looks like yours has sold already anyway!
     
  3. denniscloutier

    denniscloutier Nassau Grouper

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    My wife and I rented a second camera for a photo clinic we attended. It was an EPL-1 in an oly housing c/w a tray that only had one screw with a thumb wheel in the middle hole. it also had a lip, similar to the one in your picture. I had it for a week and it drove me nuts as i couldn't seem to get the thumb wheel tight enough to keep it from swivelling around. Maybe i was doing something wrong, but I"d be leery of a tray with only one central hole.

    Our camera is an EPL-2 in an oly housing. Our tray is an ultralight with a slot that allows you to use two of the three screw holes on the housing (like this):

    Ultralight Control Systems

    It works well. The basic tray only has room for one strobe, but there is an extension that allows you to add a second strobe.

    Regards,
    Dennis
     
  4. thespoons

    thespoons Nassau Grouper

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    Good info to have, dennis. Always especially nice to have someone with the exact same housing weigh in. I'm liking the look of the ULCS setup. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is what I need to order:

    Ultralight TR-DM Tray for Ikelite Fisheye Olympus PEN Seatool Recsea underwater housings | Bluewater Photo & Video

    Ultralight TR-DHB Digital Handle with BA-HD Ball Adapter | Bluewater Photo & Video

    This arm is coming with my YS27DX:
    324d7c7e.jpg

    And I plan on mounting my video/focus light to the cold shoe using either this:

    Olympus Hotshoe Light Mount - DSLR Accessories - Olympus E-System Camera & Housing Systems - Optical Ocean Sales Underwater Photo - 800-359-1295!

    (which is only $45 and would fit the YS adapter that came with the it)

    or buying this instead:

    Ultralight AD-HS Hot Shoe Mount | Bluewater Photo & Video

    Ultralight AC-CSL Long Clamp for Focus Light | Bluewater Photo & Video

    Downside to going with the UL mount and clamp is that it would be $70 total instead of $45. Then again, I might save shipping since bluewater doesn't have the $45 and opticalocean doesn't have the UL stuff.

    Finally, I think I'll spring for the zoom ring:

    Olympus Zoom Ring for the 14-42mm and 9-18mm lenses (PPZR-EP02) | Bluewater Photo & Video

    Any thoughts? Does that look right to you, dennis, considering your experience with the PT-EP03 and the UL gear?

    Thanks again.
     
  5. denniscloutier

    denniscloutier Nassau Grouper

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    That looks like it would pretty well duplicate my setup, which works pretty well for us. I would recommend the zoom ring. Sometimes you go down planning to shoot at the wide end of the zoom, and decide you need to get a little more length, like with the turtle below.



    As far as the focus light, one thing you need to remember is that when you are shooting macro you need to get the focus light high enough so that the port doesn't cast a shadow on the subject. If you use a wet lens, or if you someday spring for a macro lens, then you may be trying to focus on subjects that are only 2 or 3 inches from the front of your port, so you need some flexibility in positioning your focus light. I have the long clamp and the ultralight cold shoe mount and it works for me. I don't know if the Optical Ocean sales mount would get your light up high enough. I'm not saying it won't, I'm just saying I don't know.

    Hope that helps.
     

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  6. thespoons

    thespoons Nassau Grouper

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    Well, that's definitely a good point and I think worth it, then (for the UL focus mount/clamp). Plus, I can get free shipping at bluewater since I'm ordering $200+, so that'll make up some of the difference.

    Thanks for the input and LOVE the turtle pic. Great pics on flickr, too. Now I'll know when my first batch of pictures come back that it's not the camera :D

    BTW, did you get the shading ring?

    https://us.buyolympus.com/posr-ep03-uw-shading-ring.html
     
  7. chile7236

    chile7236 Instructor, Scuba

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    No need for the shading ring IMO unless you shoot into the sun a lot...ad even then, I have only seen an issue in very few of my pics when doing so
     
  8. Nflor001

    Nflor001 Nassau Grouper

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    hope this helps

    photo.jpg
     
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  9. thespoons

    thespoons Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks, that does help. FYI for everyone else, I got the laluz 800 from Nflor001 so this would be basically the same setup.

    And on the plus side, it looks like Reef Photo has this mount, as well as all the stuff I wanted to order. And free shipping on $200. I had to ditch Blue Water because they didn't have the zoom ring anyway.
     
  10. Nflor001

    Nflor001 Nassau Grouper

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    Here is my GoPro setup, using my camera tray and arm

    photo.jpg
     

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