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LX5 10bar housing + dome port question

Discussion in 'Panasonic Planet' started by HolgMaster, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Puffer Fish

    Puffer Fish Captain Happy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I just spent a week with the case and using the wheel is rather tricky to say the least.

    I believe if you can adjust it correctly, and then be careful how you put the back on, that it can be adjusted to connect so you don't have to push the button in (mine is all the way back and requires very careful pushing in and turn to actually work).

    It may be possible to loosen the inside saw tooth and pull it out and then carefully put the back on with the teeth aligned and then tighten down, or one may have to trial and error it.
     
  2. cardog

    cardog Manta Ray

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    It seems to me that when you pay 700.00 for a housing it should work with the camera that it was made for.
    That's why I returned my housing and my camera and ordered the new Olympus XZ1 and Oly housing........
     
  3. Puffer Fish

    Puffer Fish Captain Happy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ron, can understand that feeling. I actually hope one day to get a housing that actually works correctly out of the box...I sure have never had that happen with a ike housing.

    The XZ1 appears to be using the same sensor as the LX-5 (which is a good thing) and while not having a 24mm equv lens, is the fastest lens on any P&S..sample images from it look great.

    I like that setup a lot.
     
  4. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    10Bar is working on a new control. When I have more info I'll post it. It should hopefully be available to present owners.

    Jack
     
  5. derway

    derway Nassau Grouper

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    Scipionems, thanks for sharing your photos. It looks like fun.

    My big concern is wide angle. Using 24mm through a flat port has always been considered to lead to bad image quality in the corners, lots of blur and color aberration.

    Can you show us some shots at full wide open, where we can judge the corners?

    The problem is that no amount of wet lens add ons will help, if the IQ is bad out of the port.

    I am surprised and disappointed that no one is offering a true dry dome port yet. Or have I missed that?

    Thanks all!
    Don
     
  6. cardog

    cardog Manta Ray

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    You can use conversion ports with the 10 Bar housing for the LX 5.
     
  7. shaker

    shaker Nassau Grouper

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    Hi,

    In my opinion, the flat port issue at 24mm and wide opened aperture is exaggerated .
    Her's some LX3 samples. you can judge by your self ( the IQ with the LX5 should be better):

    24mm, f2.0, 1/125s, flash off.
    [​IMG]

    24mm, f2.0, 1/125s, flash on.
    [​IMG]

    24mm, f2.0. 1/60s, flash on
    [​IMG]

    24mm, f2.0, 1/125s, flash off. Notice, the right corner is soft, this is due to the shallow DOF at f2,0.
    [​IMG]

    24mm, f2.1, 1/125s, flash on.
    [​IMG]

    25.5mm, f2.2, 1/125s, flash on.
    [​IMG]

    24mm, f2.5, 1/125s, flash off.
    [​IMG]

    24mm, f2.8, 1/320s, flash off.
    [​IMG]

    24mm, f3.5, 1/125s, flash on.
    [​IMG]

    About 22-23mm, f2.2, 1/100s, flash off.
    Depending on the RAW converter used, one can get a larger FOW. Aperure and Lightroom crop the image to 24mm, other converters like Bibble Pro don't apply cropping or any corrections. You can see more vignetting and softness on the corners.
    [​IMG]

    10Bar, UK-Germany and Recsea have dry dome ports for their housings. These domes can be also used with dry WA converters like the Panasonic DMW-LWA52 and the Sony VCL-D0746, both are .75x converters and give 18mm with excellent results.
    At 24 and 90mm, the lens of the LX5 extends to the maximum of it's length, this allows zooming with dry converters and also allow the use of dry macro lenses like the Raynox DCR-250 inside dome ports.
     
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  8. Puffer Fish

    Puffer Fish Captain Happy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Interesting. I had to go look and see if I actually had any images taken at the widest with the 10bar housing... and while I don't have any really good images, I did find two that I took on a snorkle trip. No strobes, getting tossed in the surf, but I did at least got an image. I use the 16 x 9 setting, so the image is actually wider than what is normally used (thanks to that lovely sensor).

    problem is, most of the time, the corners are a different distance than the object one is focusing on... which means one my be looking at just out of focus..that is a bit of the case in both my images... however, image quality does seem to drop off a small amount, which is also true with every wide angle/fish eye I have ever seen. Personally, I think it works pretty good.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. derway

    derway Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks guys. They look pretty good.

    Is there a way to look at the exif data on flickr? Seems like I've done it before, but not seeing it now.

    Thanks!
    Don
     
  10. shaker

    shaker Nassau Grouper

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    Hi,
    On flikr, go to: action/View Exif info. Or replace "flickr" with "fluidr" in the URL, you will get the same windows with more contents.
     

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