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Moving to DSLR - Why Olympus vs Nikon or Canon - Do you have an opinion?

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Scuba307, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. davelew

    davelew Nassau Grouper

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    This photo looks like it was taken with a fisheye lens (it's a great photo, by the way).

    The thing is, a shot with a fisheye lens is a poor example of your point about lag time. Mirrorless cameras have longer focus lag than dSLRs, but there's an easy trick to avoid focus lag with a fisheye lens: switch to manual focus. Most fisheye lenses stay in focus from about a foot to infinity, and that extreme DOF makes it easy to take photos without resorting to autofocus.

    Once you eliminate focus lag, there's no difference in speed between mirrorless and SLR cameras.
     
  2. Scuba307

    Scuba307 IDC Staff Instructor

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    Thank you all for your input!
     
  3. gert7to3

    gert7to3 Solo Diver

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    vladimir, I would tend to agree with you.

    Unfortunately, however vigilant one may be, there are always odd circumstances which crop up. I recently tried to bring up another diver's weight pocket which had detached, on the ascent line I couldn't hold it. It slid over my Ikelite housing and popped a latch. Not completely open, just enough to flood my camera. I didn't even see the problem because it was at night. I had been using the camera and checking the case during the dive. This unique circumstance took out my camera. How many other people have you heard complain that their camera was flooded in a rinse tank?

    This is why I say it's inevitable.
     
  4. vladimir

    vladimir Solo Diver

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    I agree that it might be inevitable with an Ikelite housing. That locking mechanism is unsatisfactory if it can be released inadvertently. A mishap like that is not possible with my housing.
     
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  5. slowhands

    slowhands Divemaster

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    Granted, Nikon and Canon are the market leaders, but...

    Sony is very much in the DSLR business. Their cameras are excellent, and there are plenty of excellent lenses available, including the Sony offerings and all the Minolta AF lenses too. Sony makes the sensors that most other camera makers use, so they understand that key technology well. Sony does not have the professional user base that Canon or Nikon have, but their cameras are worth considering.

    Pentax is also a full line maker of DSLRs. Their market share is not huge, but the name still sells.
     
  6. stano

    stano Nassau Grouper

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    I am struggling to understand how all you ikelite owners are popping open latches? I have two Ike cases and I find it not that easy to open when I am sitting in my living room. The latch has a safety catch that you have to hold while opening. I do not believe you could open it by brushing against something.

    Stano
     
  7. tflaris

    tflaris Liveaboard

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    Ditto. I struggle on dry land.


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  8. vladimir

    vladimir Solo Diver

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    What are you housing your Sony, Pentax, or Minolta in? One of the problems with non-Canon, non-Nikon cameras is that you don't have the same choice in housings that those brands' cameras do.
     
  9. gert7to3

    gert7to3 Solo Diver

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    Stano,

    I believe I am the only Ikelite user to have this happen to.

    A loaded weight pouch slid between the handle of my Ikelite housing and the latch. It was thick enough to depress the safety tab and had enough weight and grip to pop the latch. I would not have expected this to be possible, but it happened. This occurred at the surface and at night. So I couldn't see the problem and depth pressure wasn't sufficient to hold the case closed.

    Yet another diving corollary to Murphy's law.
     
  10. davelew

    davelew Nassau Grouper

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    A strange comment on an Olympus sub-forum, since Olympus markets their own Olympus-branded dSLR housings, while Canon and Nikon ignore that part of the market. I'd argue that Olympus dSLRs are easiest to house, followed by Canon and Nikon, and then all the rest.
     

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