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New 10Bar Housing for E-PL1 - interchangeable Ports!!

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by JackConnick, May 13, 2010.

  1. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hmm, so lets review - I sell both (as well as Zen) and have been playing with them;

    Olympus E-PL1 Housing + Zen WA-100 dome = $1100, plus gears + spare orings, etc.

    Not a bad housing, but not up to the standards of the PT-E06 either. Lightweight. Only 135' depth rating, plastic construction that's not all that robust, but should be quite serviceable. Single o-ring, voluminous construction due to inclusion of VF-2 viewfinder, which is pretty near worthless underwater (has less pixel density than the view screen). Controls are ok, well labeled, ranked in height. Zoom control is poor for use with gloves - indented into the side of the housing too far, IMHO. Gearing not all that smooth, but ok. Not all controls accessible - ie you have to remember to open the flash before loading - no way to pop it later if you forget. Port is removable, but so far only one on market. No support for 17mm, Panny 45 macro, etc. Macro port adapter a little less than robust, if not clipped in perfectly it can fall off. Fiber optic sync only. One year international warranty.

    Zen Dome looks to be very high quality glass and optics. I haven't shot with it yet.

    10Bar EPl-1 $1069 (fob Seattle). Includes 17mm pancake port & 14-42/9-18 semi dome port + 14-42 gears (9-18 gears coming $85). Includes spare orings, spare control tips, cleaning kit, carrying bag, etc.

    Very rugged aluminum construction, working depth up to 200', tested to 300'. Aluminum screw thread ports. Decent build quality, but Chinese construction (much improved over earlier housings). Dual oring construction throughout (housing back, ports and controls). Metal controls, 2 ranked (menu & ok buttons). ALL controls are supported - you can bring the flash up and down. Zoom control is a push in and turn method, a little less than easy to get used to. Both manual focus and zoom supported. Supports lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic. Macro lens support with extension tube, no manual focus. 67mm macro screw thread on 17mm port and 14-42 flat port. Small, but negative in water by about 2# or so. Fiber optic or electrical Nikonos strobe connections. 2 year warranty, but out of HK, although I handle bad-out-of-box, and you are provided with control parts, etc.

    Semi dome is good quality, but plastic. Probably not as good of corner sharpness and optics as the Zen, but the shots I took with the lens at 9mm turned out fine.

    I think there's good and bad points for both, and I've had customers who liked either for various reasons. I do have all of this on display at my Tacoma location.

    Jack
     
  2. alvinj88

    alvinj88 Angel Fish

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    Hi Jack, spoke to you a couple minutes ago. I'm really interested in this housing being a hardcore Olympus user :)
     
  3. jhelmuth

    jhelmuth Manta Ray

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    Hi jack!

    Thanks for all your help (getting my E-PL1 rig all set up).


    Just a BIG KUDOS here for Jack. I recommend you all seek him out to help you get the most from this great new format camera...


    Jim
     
  4. under water

    under water Solo Diver

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    Hi Jack (or anyone else who has both housings),
    Is there any chance that you can show a picture of these 2 housings right next to each other side by side so that I can get an idea of the size difference if there is one? If you throw an E-PL1 in there for reference that would help too.
    There is conflicting dimension info around on the Oly housing and the best I can determine they are both roughly the same size and about the size of an Ike G9 housing.

    Thanks!

     

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  5. jhelmuth

    jhelmuth Manta Ray

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    Here is some relative bouyancy info...


    The E-PL1 in the stock Oly housing (PT-EP01) on a sea & Sea Light tray/arm set with the Oly UFL-2 strobe is 12oz positve (or just under actually - but slightly more than 11oz).

    Don't know much more thatn that yet - but will post any other stats from the kit I'm putting together...
     
  6. alvinj88

    alvinj88 Angel Fish

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  7. MJSmith

    MJSmith Angel Fish

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    Very interesting video. I did not see the side arm for the strobe. It would be interesting to see how large a typical set up would be with the side arm as well.

    Being a novice, the photo edits were way over my head. All I want to do is correct color and maybe some lighting. It was interesting to see the back scatter present even being present in shallow depths and with a professional!
     
  8. under water

    under water Solo Diver

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    It looked like the photographer was holding the strobe in his left hand. So sometimes, he may have held it a bit too close to the lens. If they had used arms, there probably would have been much less backscatter.
    Here is a follow up video that has some ULCS arms attached.
    [youtubehq]fF9nkKwNXfE[/youtubehq]

    At the end of this video I'm pretty sure that's a "diorama" video using the E-PL1.

    The videos confirm that the Oly housing is about the size of an Ike G9 housing (which I currently use). Now all I need to see is a side by side with the 10bar housing. It seems to be more compact by some descriptions, but the published dimensions don't support that.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2010
  9. MJSmith

    MJSmith Angel Fish

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    It looks like the only strobe that is firing is the left strobe. Is that correct?
     
  10. under water

    under water Solo Diver

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