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nauticam housing and optimum (reduced) number of ports

Discussion in 'Panasonic Planet' started by stargost, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. stargost

    stargost DIR Practitioner

    Is there some kind of magic to minimize the number of port for the nauticam housing ?
    Assuming 3 lens: WA lens (8mm, 7-14 or 9-18) + the 14-42/45 kit lens + oly45 macro lens, could it be a way to only use 2 dome port ?

    Seems the macro needs dedicated port but:
    I was thinking the WA 4" for both the 9-18 and the kit lens being an option
    Or 6" WA dome for any of the 3 WA would work, as well as the kit lens ? Is there a problem of using this port when using 14-45mm?

    Any creative idea welcome !
  2. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    The 4.3" semi-dome will work for the 14-42 & 9-18 (and so will the same gear). But the others need their dedicated ports.

  3. stargost

    stargost DIR Practitioner


    Thank you Jack. So you mean the 4.3" reference 36132?
    if this is the case this dome can be used for 8mm, 14-42, and 9-18?
    this would be great but seems nauticam says there is a WA 4" (ref 36137) for the 9-18.
  4. Edward Lai

    Edward Lai Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hong Kong
    Hi Stargost,

    The WA 4" #36137 will work for both the 14-42 and 9-18. We also released a snap-on diopter holder for this port should you want to shoot closer macro with the 14-42.


    P.S. We will update the MIL port chart as soon as possible. Thanks.
  5. stargost

    stargost DIR Practitioner

    Thanks a lot Edward,
    I was indeed debating between 8mm under 4.33" dome + Flat 72 for 14-42 and wet diopter when needed vs WA 4" (both 8-18 and 14-42) and port 45 for macro.

    Seems the solution you mentioned may allow maximum flexibility and delay a bit the dedicated macro spending. Excellent !

  6. stargost

    stargost DIR Practitioner

    Thanks to all for hints and advices, but I'm still struggling picking the right WA setting:

    I'm pretty sure I have seen a picture of the nauticam 4.33" dome with the kit lens 14-42. Is this possible?

    If this is the case, it would be great. Also looking at the lens size, then the oly 12mm and possibly the oly 9-18 would also fit in this dome. So what the benefit of the 4" port??

    Thank you
  7. jd950

    jd950 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    It is my understanding that the 14-42, 9-18 and 12mm will all work in the 4" dome. Depending on which 14-42 lens you have/get, I understand you may be able to use the same zoom ring for the 14-42 and the 9-18.

    I believe the 4.33" is for the 8mm fisheye.

    It seems unlikely to me that all of the above lenses would work well in the 4.33" dome.

    Nauticam needs to update their port chart.

    I suspect jack Connick will be along and can clarify.
  8. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter


    jd950 has it right. The 4.33 dome is for the 8mm FE only.

    BTW, the 14-42 and 9-18 Oly take the same gear.

  9. Long-John-Silver

    Long-John-Silver Contributor

    I don't remeber where but I read that the 4.33 works also with the oly 12mm. Is it true?
  10. kkfok

    kkfok Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Adelaide

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