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Nauticam to produce housing for Panasonic GX1

Discussion in 'Panasonic Planet' started by Patrick_J, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. mjh

    mjh Solo Diver

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    Alex and others, have you been shooting in Manual or have you been shooting in TTL? Very interested in what Modes people are using.
     
  2. PHIL RUDIN

    PHIL RUDIN Scuba Media & Publications

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  3. CliffWarner

    CliffWarner Angel Fish

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    I am looking into this housing as I own a GX-1 that I was looking to use for an underwater setup now that my wife insisted it was her turn with the Canon G10/housing. My question is that I am not going to have the funds for several ports at first, as I would rather invest in a strobe. I have the following lenses, and would appreciate input as to which one would be the most broadly useful:

    Panasonic 7-14mm
    Olympus 12mm
    Panasonic 25mm
    Panasonic 14-45mm (the first generation one)
    Panasonic 45mm

    As you can see this is my main camera system with an Olympus OM-D EM-5 as my main camera body for general nature photography. I enjoy many aspects of underwater photography, so I am a bit concerned that the macro lens may be too limiting at first.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Cliff
     
  4. PHIL RUDIN

    PHIL RUDIN Scuba Media & Publications

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    First I am sure that any of the dome ports you purchase from Nauticam for GX-1
    Camera well be transferable to future housings for the Olympus OMD systems.

    My choice would be the six inch dome port for the 7-14 or the 45 macro port depending on your preference for wide-angle or macro photography. Keep in mind that a 60 macro is coming from Olympus which will require a different port than the 45 mm macro report.

    Phil Rudin
     
  5. CliffWarner

    CliffWarner Angel Fish

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    I am not planning on putting the OM-D in a housing, and am planning on using the GX-1 for underwater photography.

    I am leaning on getting the 7-14mm port for now, and adding the 45mm macro with time.
     
  6. xahhax

    xahhax Angel Fish

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    I have the 14mm, 8mm fisheye and the 45mm macro with respective ports.
    I see myself that i will use the 8 and the 45 the most.
    45 for macro obviously and 8 for wrecks/other wide shots. I find the 14mm does not focus close enough and at the same time not wide enough.
     
  7. Kevster

    Kevster Barracuda

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    I have the 8mm,14mm,14-42x mm,25mm,45mm.
    Two lens i use the most 8mm & 45mm.
    I have just got the panny conversion WA lens that can be used for both the 14mm & 14-42X. This will effectively give a 11mm fl.
    I prefer the 14-42X (at 14mm) over the fixed 14mm lens, especially for video.
    Unfortunately there is no zoom gear yet for the 14-42X lens so you cannot change FL underwater.
     
  8. jd950

    jd950 Solo Diver

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    I would question whether they will offer a port/gear for that lens. Dealing with the zoom button could be difficult / expensive and there are several other lenses in that focal length range already accommodated. They just ran out of stock but one online photo store was selling the Panasonic 14-42 lens for $69.00 after rebate. Other stores have the lens in stock and are offering it for $99 after the Panasonic rebate that I think expires today or tomorrow.

    The Oly 14-42ii lens and the Panasonic 14-45 are also available for quite a bit more and probably slightly better lenses than the Panasonic 14-42 I mentioned above.

    If I wanted that focal length range for underwater use and had the X lens, I would consider getting a different or additional lens. But that's just one guy's opinion.
     
  9. Kevster

    Kevster Barracuda

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    I agree . I prob made a mistake by buying the 14-42x lens for underwater use. I emailed Nauticam 3 months ago to enquiry about the zoom gear. They were working on a trial gear for this lens. Still no news so i guess the trial was not successful
    However it is prob a good small lens for topside use, especially if you have a GX1, the 14-42x would result in a very slim setup for a walkabout camera & lens
     
  10. PHIL RUDIN

    PHIL RUDIN Scuba Media & Publications

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    Another choice if you have $1300.00 to invest in top quality glass will be the Panasonic 12-35 F/2.8 X. This lens will blow the doors off any of the above listed zoom and it has a manual zoom ring. It appears this lens will fit the four inch dome port for lenses like the 9-18 zoom with a proper gear for its diameter. The 12mm end will be more than a bit wide for a flat port and while it will focus to about nine inches I would always want to go with a macro like the Pana 45 or the new olympus 60 macro coming this year.

    I also like the 7-14 over the 8 fisheye for its versitility and better rendering of stright lines. While I have owned both the 8MM fisheye and 7-14 zoom for years for the Olympus DSLR systems I found myself using the zoom much more offen than the fisheye.

    Phil Rudin
     

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