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OM-D rig step by step

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Storker, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Guitarfish64

    Guitarfish64 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
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    I currently only have the Nauticam flat port 56 (for the kit 14-42 lens ) for my OM-D, as the dedicated 12-50 port wasn't out in time for my first trip with the new camera.
    I already have the 12-50 lens, and I'm pretty convinced by this and other threads that I should 'upgrade' to the 12-50 dedicated port.
    But then, what to do with the flat port 56? I can't see why I would use the 14-42 again underwater once the 12-50 is available to me. Is there any other likely future use for it, or is it now just an expensive but unattractive paperweight?
     
  2. Linder

    Linder Angel Fish

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    I exported the raw files to jpg using Lightroom 4.

    I'm happy to share my experiences with Red Sea Diving Safari. In the last 15 months my girlfriend and I have been diving with them at all 3 of their camps: Marsa Shagra, Marsa Nakari and Wadi Lahami. We always stay in the chalets with our own bathroom and the rooms are nice, comfortable and very clean (it's not a 5 star hotel by any means but it has everything you need). Shagra and Nakari have chalets with AC whereas Lahami has the newest/nicest Chalets but no AC (you still get your own bathroom with shower). With a big fan in each room and the temperature dropping a lot at night we never minded the lack of AC in Lahami though (not even in the middle of summer).

    The diving at all 3 camps is superb.

    Marsa Shagra and Marsa Nakari are very similar. You have your gear in a dive shade right next to the water and whenever you feel like diving you are free to do so. You can either do a shore/shore, speedboat/shore or speedboat/speedboat dive on the house reefs, both camps have two beautiful house reefs. Going by speedboat further out on the reefs has the best diving and often superb visibility but note that you need an SMB to signal to the boats when you want to be picked up again. The boat captains sit around waiting in the shade and you just grab them and say you want to go, it's free of charge.

    Shagra is the main camp and has the best diving of the two with fantastic house reefs and a short boat ride to the amazing Elphinestone reef (at an extra cost). Note that the house reefs in Nakari are still very good, they beat all other house reefs I've visited by far but they are a little bit less exciting than Shagras reefs. Shagras downside is that if you are unlucky it can get very busy at times. At Nakari, which is a much smaller camp, everything is very relaxed and you often feel that you have the reefs to yourself whereas in Shagra (sometimes) there are big groups of divers in the water and the shade can get very busy with many people gearing up at the same time etc. We've been at Shagra 3 times and this last trip was extremely busy whereas the trips before was very relaxed with almost no people there instead so it varies a lot. Apart from the house reefs you can also pay to do dives at many other destinations. You usually get 2 of these dives for free and then they start charging you. The cost starts at €17 for "Zone A" sites and range up to €50 for full day excursions including several dives and food/drink etc. These other sites are reached either by speedboat or if it is a shore dive you go in air conditioned mini buses. One negative thing is that the prices for these dives keep going up which is a shame as it means you don't do as many excursions to these fantastic places and also more people stay on the house reefs which gets more crowded. Still it is a very nice option to have and there are many trips leaving each day.

    My personal favorite of the three camps is Lahami but the system there is different from Shagra and Nakari as all dives have to be done by speedboat. This means that you have breakfast at a set time, go out on two guided dives in the morning, have lunch and then go for an unguided boat dive in the afternoon, and if you wish an unguided night dive (very short 1 min boat ride for the night dive). The diving here is excellent and you visit different spots every day, but there is a lot of speedboat riding involved and you lose the freedom of diving or not diving whenever it pleases you as the two best dives are in the morning and they are always on set times.

    Food, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee is all inclusive and there is beer, wine, snacks and ice cream for sale at somewhat reasonable prices. The food is buffet style and even though they will never win a Michelin star it is quite ok. Usually you have salad, rice, pasta, chicken and different kinds of meat to choose from for lunch and dinner and the breakfast has bread, cheese, orange juice and a guy making omelettes/fried eggs. There is also some non-diving activities such as quad rides in the desert etc if you like that sort of stuff.

    I have heard stories from other divers that you can get unlucky with your stay but I think it is rare. Sometimes there are strong currents at the house reefs (we've never witnessed them) which means the visibility gets really bad and they even have closed down the diving at times. Again we have never witnessed this during our 5 or so weeks we've spent with them in the past year.

    Safety seems really good for being Egypt, the staff is well trained and knows what they are doing and there is a decompression chamber right next to the Shagra camp (mandatory €7 insurance covers your whole stay). Everyone is very friendly as well and you really feel welcome. All in all I can warmly recommend Red Sea Diving Safari just cross your fingers that there aren't too many people if you go to Shagra (which I would recommend if you go for the first time).

    Please do not hesitate to ask me if you have any further questions.

    Oh one tip is to bring Mack's Dry-n-Clear Ear Drying Aid (or similar product) as the water is very warm and full of nutrients the risk of ear infection is pretty high. I had a bad one previously but never get them when I use an ear drying product.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
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  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
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    Thank you very much Linder. You have answered many questions about the 3 resorts I have had for a while. Is Nitrox available in all 3 resorts?


    For the Exif information you have listed with your pics, did LR4 do that for you or did you do it using other tool please?
     
  4. Audsred

    Audsred Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boynton Beach, FL
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  5. Linder

    Linder Angel Fish

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    No worries! The Exif info is done automatically, I don't think I used to get it automatically from Lightroom with my Canon RAW-files but when I had that camera I had an older version of the software.

    Nitrox is available at all camps for €2,5 per tank. There are also bigger 15 liter tanks that cost €3 (I use them for Elphinestone as those dives tend to be quite deep). Both nitrox and 15 liter are already filled up and ready to go, you just have to sign a sheet (and test the oxygen %). Lahami has Nitrox but no 15 liter (only the standard 12).

    ---------- Post added July 2nd, 2013 at 05:08 AM ----------

    Cheers!
     
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  6. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
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    LR4: I don't get the information with LR3 I am using now.

    Nitrox: Is it a set % or can you ask for higher/lower %?
     
  7. Linder

    Linder Angel Fish

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    I'll double check my Lightroom settings when I get home from work, maybe I've actually configured it to include Exif.

    Nitrox is fixed at 32% I'm afraid. They do technical training at Shagra though so I'm sure they can facilitate other gas mixes but I guess they will charge you a bit for it.
     
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  8. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
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    After using the rig in the Mediterranean this July, I'm even more convinced that the correct choice of gear depends on your shooting style/preferences and the conditions where you're going to use the equipment, and that one size definitely doesn't fit all. I used my OM-D rig on a few days of diving on the small island Ustica north of Palermo in Sicilia, Italy, and I found out that the next time I'm diving in warm water I'll invest in the dedicated 12-50 port.

    The waters around Ustica have been a marine reserve for quite a few years now, and the life there is claimed to be among the better in the Mediterranean. Although the fish life was much richer than I was used to from the cold North Atlantic, the bottom life was a lot less exciting. This meant a change of shooting style, particularly since most of the fish were on the timid side and were difficult to approach closely enough to frame properly in a WA. I really missed the longer focal lengths. I still believe that a proper WA in a dome port is a better choice - for me - than the 12-50 in a flat port for my home underwater photography, though :)

    All the thumbnails are clickable to get to the large version.

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    Equipment: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus M Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 in a Nauticam NA-EM5 with the 4" semidome port, one single Inon Z240 on 5" + 7" arms. The whole album can be found here.
     
  9. Linder

    Linder Angel Fish

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    Nice shots!
    My next investment is def. either the 7-14mm panny or the 8mm fisheye and a dome..
     
  10. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
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    Reviving my old thread for a slight update:

    I'm still using the 9-18 in the 4" dome almost exclusively. WA shots are more 'my cup of tea' than macro shots, so the 12-50 sees little use even if it's possible to set it to 43mm macro mode and use it as a dedicated macro lens inside the dome port. However, I haven't been happy with corner sharpness of the 9-18, particularly at the wide end.

    Somehow, I don't remember where, I read something about using a closeup diopter on the lens inside the port to improve corner sharpness. I haven't seen anything about why this should be the case, but anyhow I thought it worthwhile to spend some money on eBay for a set of closeup diopters: Vivitar 52mm Macro Close Up Filter Lens Kit for Nikon D3000 D3100 D3200 D3300 | eBay

    After the diopters arrived, I went into the pool with a homemade resolution chart, printed on A3 paper and laminated. Due to Scubaboard's downscaling of attached images, I chose to post the pictures on another forum :wink:

    The results were rather interesting. While corner sharpness at 9mm without a diopter was crappy at f/4, far from good even at f/8 and showed signs of diffraction softening from f/11 onwards, the use of a +2 diopter made a dramatic difference. There was some pincushion distortion and some additional CA, but not more than Lightroom could correct quite nicely. I lost a little FOV, but the loss was rather negligible.

    I'm going to use the +2 diopter on the 9-18 inside the 4" dome port in the future. And if someone is able to explain just why it helps, I'd be grateful...
     

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