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The results are in... I finally got into the pool to test these lenses KRL-01 vs UWL-09 Pro

Discussion in 'Panasonic Planet' started by ponomo1, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. ponomo1

    ponomo1 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Staten Island, New York
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    I was able to get in the pool finally with my LX-10 camera in the Ikelite housing and 2 different wide angle lenses to try one at a time in the same positions and conditions and what a difference>>>
    Photo 1040564 was not zoomed and no lense installed so I can get a base line.
    Photo 1040570 was with the Kraken KRL-01 installed no zoom applied
    Photo 1040575 was with the Kraken KRL-01 installed and zoomed out to approx 35mm to remove vignette
    Photo 1040582 was with the AOI UWL-09 Pro T2.0 installed no zoom applied
    Photo 1040588 was with the AOI UWL-09 Pro T2.0 installed and zoomed out to 36mm to remove vignette

    I'm not a photo expert by any stretch of the imagination but I have to say that it is pretty clear which one is working better than the other with my camera setup and which one is just not a good match to the combo of equipment that I have. Even with the camera zoomed out to the 36mm range the AOI had a wider field of view (not shown in this batch of photos) than the other lens when I was on the opposite side of the pool and was much clearer all the way around the image. I wish I didn't ruin 2 dive trips worth of wide angle photos before I realized that it wasn't my fault the photos were coming out the way they were.
    At least I will be better prepared for the Galapagos now. Hope this also helps someone else out that is looking at these lenses for these cameras and housings.
    P1040564.JPG P1040570.JPG P1040575.JPG P1040582.JPG P1040588.JPG
     
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  2. AlMitch

    AlMitch Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Singapore
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    Honestly, even the AOI is still very soft at the corners!! And you have lost a lot of your field of view.

    I really love the thought of the LX-10 with the easy WB and the general ease of use and ability to adjust the butttons to how you want them....BUT this whole issue with the wet WA lenses is really putting me off it.

    I have the original RX100 in a Nauticam and have the Inon UWL-H100 with the dome and it gives amazing pics and close to 140 deg of coverage!!

    15828352311_640488b400_b.jpg _DSC5333 by Angmo Al, on Flickr

    SO when I look at retiring the RX100 I will definitely be looking for a camera that the works with the Inon UWL-H100, which means it will likely be the RX100 Va.
     
  3. ponomo1

    ponomo1 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Staten Island, New York
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    @AlMitch I completely agree with you, and it has been frustrating. When I initially was doing my camera search I had gotten hung up on the bells and whistles of the LX-10 compared to my old camera that I didn't even imagine that the biggest issue would come trying to find a lens for it. The camera by itself in the housing does a really good job, but the wide angle lens thing (which was only a last minute consideration by me because I wanted to be better prepared for a Galapagos trip in May 2019) really burned my butt. I'm going to go on a "test dive trip" in January to try the AOI out in the ocean and if it really sucks again then I'll just throw in the towel and dive with the camera and the housing by itself.
     
  4. AlMitch

    AlMitch Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Singapore
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    Good luck!!
    Does it have the same sort of issues with the macro wet lenses? Or do they work ok with the camera/ housing.
     

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