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Next ?... Lenses for Lembeh and Bangka... do I have what I need?

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by ChrisM, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. ChrisM

    ChrisM Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    1 week Lembeh, 1 week Bangka.

    I shoot an Oly EMD EM-5 in the Oly housing. Note that I have to buy new strobes already as the old Z240s crapped out. So not like I want to spend the money. But don't want to show up wishing I had another lens (common with my trips). 2X crop factor so focal lengths doubled
    I have:
    14-42 kit lens
    60 mm macro, +7 wet diopter
    9-18 mm.

    Have the EP-01 flat port and the Zen 9-18 dome

    I am sure it is user error, but I have not been all that impressed with the 9-18 especially wide. The 100% crop on the 4/3 doesn't help, and I do use a +2 diopter to try to get sharper corners. Would a different dome change this performance at all (assuming I stay my usual piker photography self)?

    Only additions / substitutions I could think of are
    8mm FE (which requires a new port I would assume)
    30 mm macro (not sure if requires a new port)

    I guess the question is really for Bangka as I suspect that while there might be a wider lens opportunity at Lembeh its going to be 90% 60 mm macro

  2. Luko

    Luko Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Paris, France
    I dont know where you're going with a 30mm macro. That said I find a +7 diopter a weak usage while youll need something like +20 wetlens for super macro (nauticam SMC1 being the best for onvenience of use as well as free of aberrations).
    For Bangka you'll need something like a Fisheye when going to Sahaung i guess a 8mm does the job (I'm using a 10-17 FE lens with a DX SLR).
  3. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northern California
    For macro I use a 60mm plus 2 +7 diopter that I can stack individually. When I use both I get a bit frustrated with the razor thin depth of field sometimes, and then sometimes I like the bokeh effect it allows me. Yes Lembeh is going to be mostly macro, but there can be some nice close focus wide angle opportunities, especially if you have a guide that can model for you.

    For wide angle your 9-18 should do the job just fine.
  4. Wisnu

    Wisnu Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Katameya Heights, New Cairo
    I'm using OMD em-5 and em-1 in Nauticam housing. For macro I'm mostly happy with 60mm + aquako IV except with giant frogfish or anything bigger than my fist.
    Forum WA, I rely on pany 7-14mm. much better(wider and sharper) than oly 9-18mm.
    Just bought oly m.zuiko 8mm FE, seem very nice lens, so far for topsite. I don't think I will use for UWP until end of this year.

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