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XZ-1 ... IMO, a poor choice for an underwater camera

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by BCSGratefulDiver, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. herbdb

    herbdb Manta Ray Rest in Peace

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    Wow!! That is exactly what I needed. Scubaboard is such a great format for sharing and obtaining information.

    Thank you.
     
  2. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Using a YS-27DX strobe with an optical connection.

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     
  3. Wisnu

    Wisnu Loggerhead Turtle

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    with YS-27DX practically your choice is full Manual mode only.
    You can try again as per my suggestion for YS-01 in manual mode, make sure you switch the strobe to manual w/ no preflash.
     
  4. cardog

    cardog Manta Ray

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    The YS-01 does sttl fine in a, s or p mode, just not in manual.....
     
  5. cardog

    cardog Manta Ray

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    I wish that I could test this, but I sold my XZ-1 and bought the E PL2.
    I purchased two YS-01's when they first came out for my DX-2G. Later, when the XZ-1 was released, I purchased one of them.
    I also had the PTWC-01 wide angle lens for the XZ-1. At the time I purchased the XZ-1 I was told that the sttl would work in any mode (unlike the Canon).......
    After reading the review on Back Scatter I looked through my pics that I had taken with the XZ-1.
    The following pics were shot with the strobes in sttl and the camera set at iso 100, f 6.3, ss 125, center weighted metering, and manual mode........
    Apologies for the mini hi jack......
     

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  6. LawrenceAlexWu

    LawrenceAlexWu Dive Travel Professional

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    Hi Everyone, just read this post so here's my 2 cents...

    I was shooting w/ Canon G10-12 but tested & found the XZ-1 lens much sharper...which Olympus later told me coz they wanted to make a better compact camera!! It was mainly the lens that sold me coz yes, it's menu system is not the most sophisticated.

    The only real limitation i found w/ this camera is:
    1. no flash in Super macro mode...NWGrateful...maybe this was the problem??
    2. manual white balance is not nearly as reliable than even their c5050 model...which puzzles me?!

    The statement that it's a useless camera without strobes is not very justified i think...just take a look at the first few pics i took of Helen w/o strobe here:
    Workshop - UW Photos - NoSTROBES: 1-on-1 w/ Helen | Facebook

    The case of shooting w/o strobes: It's actually more useful to have a wide angle lens...then strobes!! Just check out this:
    Hi Everyone, just read this post so here's my 2 cents...

    I was shooting w/ Canon G10-12 but tested & found the XZ-1 lens much sharper...which Olympus later told me coz they wanted to make a better compact camera!! It was mainly the lens that sold me coz yes, it's menu system is not the most sophisticated.

    The only real limitation i found w/ this camera is:
    1. no flash in Super macro mode...NWGrateful...maybe this was the problem??
    2. manual white balance is not nearly as reliable than even their c5050 model...which puzzles me?!

    The statement that it's a useless camera without strobes is not very justified i think...just take a look at the first few pics i took of Helen w/o strobe here:
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151033325798080.446312.170606518079&type=3

    The case of shooting w/o strobes: It's actually more useful to have a wide angle lens...then strobes!! More in this link:
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/lawre...slr-mirrorless-or-micro-43rds/477592048920526

    I've been shooting w/ this camera since April 2011 & would vouch that it (& many other compacts) can be good camera for UW use...
    http://AGuaPictures.com/_News/OlympusXZ1_UWphotos/


    Cheers,
    Alex

    PS: Yes, iAuto is not very suited for UW.
    PPS: Lumpsucker...I saw this once diving in my hometown of Vancouver at Whytecliffe park...it was the fully & coolest thing ever....I was w/ an OWI diver in training...& he just wondered why i was so excited to see something for the 1st time in over 10 yrs o diving there?!


    I've been shooting w/ this camera since April 2011 & would vouch that it (& many other compacts) can be good camera for UW use...
    Olympus XZ-1 Photos - 2010 - - &copy 2004-2011 AGuaPictures Productions -


    Cheers,
    Alex

    PS: Yes, iAuto is not very suited for UW.
    PPS: Lumpsucker...I saw this once diving in my hometown of Vancouver at Whytecliffe park...it was the fully & coolest thing ever....I was w/ an OWI diver in training...& he just wondered why i was so excited to see something for the 1st time in over 10 yrs o diving there?!
     
  7. coralcruiser

    coralcruiser Dive Charter

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    Went to your links but couldn't find any pics taken with the XZ-1. Can you post some here... especially any macro or supermacro. I used this camera for the first time this summer and was a little disappointed with the macro... with and without my subsee +10.
     
  8. Wisnu

    Wisnu Loggerhead Turtle

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    Here few macro pics taken by my younger daughter (13 y.o) before she flooded this camera on our recent trip to manado:(

    Maymel_squat_lobster.jpg MaymelFish_7.jpg Maymelshrimp.jpg Maymelcrab.jpg MaymelFish_6.jpg MaymelFish_5.jpg MaymelFish_4.jpg
     
  9. coralcruiser

    coralcruiser Dive Charter

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    Great shots...loved the details on the squat lobster... and that's what I was hoping to get with my XZ-1 since I was able to get shots like that with my old G-10.

    For some reason, the AF would never lock onto the subject and I was never able to move in as close to the subject as I was used to.

    What settings were used on the camera? Was the lens positioned wide or zoomed close up?

    Was a wet lens used on any of these are were they all taken using the camera without one?

    Have a trip coming up the beginning of October and would really like to get the type of macro shots I've taken in the past with my canon.

    Appreciate any help or suggestions...
     
  10. Wisnu

    Wisnu Loggerhead Turtle

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    all are in m, macro on, f8, 1/160 - 1/250, flash at min., strobe to adjust, shot in jpg
    strobe D2000
    lens position was zoomed.
    She used Inon UCL165M67 wet lens
     

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