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Marino Palla Photo
Marino Palla
2013-03-04 13:56:19
Hi there everybody! I would like to start the foru m with this evergreen question!
The original question would have been Canon VS Nikon, but some valuable photographers here use Olympus and hence the question!
Can you state your experience a nd in your opinion which is better and why?

Alfred Forns Photo
Alfred Forns
2018-06-28 16:31:12

A few years back switch to Olympus, my original motivation was size while traveling.

Before making the switch, rented an Olympus OMD 1 mk2 and used for on month, actually did not keep for the entire month since it was obvious from results it was going to work. For comparison, I was using both Canon and Sony, both full frame. Also have a good collection of Leica M for my travel photography on land.

The Olympus compared well and held its own. Like the AF, ability to customize, size, weather proofing, extra depth of field, in body image stabilization and more.

As far as housings are concerned, first used the Olympus and worked fine,. Did switch to a Nauticam since I could install the vacuum pump and moisture detection system. Also controls are laid out more logically and it is a joy to use. Plenty of lenses available but will find a couple will cover all needed. A port for the 60 macro will get lots of work and great performer. For the wide angle, can go with 8mm fisheye on a glass dome port or use the 14-42 on a flat port and add the Nauticam WWl-1. it is 130 degrees vs 180 degrees for the fisheye. Which to get depends on your needs. I have found the wet lens more appealing for its corner sharpness and versatility. Do own and use the fisheye regularly.

A quick work on the wet lenses. Recently they have become something to look into. Can look at ReefPhoto website and see the reports. Seems Wet lenses are superior to domes since they overcome some of the dome limitations. I was surprised to read the WWl-1 paired to the 14-42 EZ outperformed the 7-14 with dome. Price difference between the two lenses is under $300 to $1300.

Any specifics on the Olympus system and let me know and will be glad to help out. btw also have the Nauticam for the Tough G5, find it relaxing to use on some dives and results speak for themselves. Posted a couple from this little camera and will be adding more.

al


Marino Palla Photo
Marino Palla
2013-05-27 14:28:55

Hey Marylin!!! Thanks for telling us your experience!!! Very interesting!!!!... I believe you are right... it's the photographer that makes the difference!!!! :) But it's always nice to know people's point of views... Especially because as you said, cameras and housings are very expensive so either one is extremely rich and can buy them all and use them at will, or you have to make choices... And I approve your choice to go on a trip...It would be useless to get the latest technology and have to stay home because you finished the money!!!! :)


Marylin Batt Photo
Marylin Batt
2013-05-26 21:21:42

Michael Bogner wrote:

In regards of DSLR I do not see the camera as the only item to be considered/compared.

There are so many items for the hole system required for the underwater photography, that in my mind the camera only shows a "smaller" part of the hole system.
I think more influence on the final picture you will see due to the lens, the port, the housing and the flashes which are used.
Of course the item "Lens" may already limit the possible choices for the camera.

From my experience made between Canon and Nikon I would not see any major differences in regards of quality....
I tried a friends Nikon, and it was so heavy I decided I didn't want one of these monsters. Saw several people suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome from using these heavy housings.
They are both wonderful cameras, However after shooting the Olympus for 3 years I'll take it any time, it's light and mobile. After shooting with a nikonos for 30 years I can pretty well tell you it's the photographer, not the camera. All shoot well, I have seen some amazing shots from a point and shoot. They are all changing versions at light speed and with a housing that costs more than the camera that's not good. Somehow when you are retired it a decision do you do the trip or upgrade the camera, not a hard choice. All three are excellent cameras and put in the hands of the right photagher you probably couldn't tell the difference. Matter of fact I still use a Nikonos for wide angle shooting where that's what I'm going for, just hard to get
100 asa film.


Marino Palla Photo
Marino Palla
2013-05-18 20:39:18

Hi Andrew!!! Thanks for joyning the discussion!!! You are right!!! I believe that more or less they are on the same level... but do you have experience with them all??? :)


Andrew Woo Photo
Andrew Woo
2013-05-17 11:52:59

Personally, I dont think there is much difference between the 3 systems apart from lens selection, price n housing availability. N of coz the photographer n how familiar he/she is with the system


Andrew Woo Photo
Andrew Woo
2013-05-17 11:52:57

Personally, I dont think there is much difference between the 3 systems apart from lens selection, price n housing availability. N of coz the photographer n how familiar he/she is with the system


Marino Palla Photo
Marino Palla
2013-05-07 18:29:22

Hi Ledean!!! Thanks!!! This is my path also... I wanted to hear Henry's Jager opinion on the Olympus because he said it features some rather good glasses!!!! :) ... and he promised me an answer on this topic!!! :) But what if the lens your producer offer is not top notch??? For instance the canon 60mm Macro, I heard is not a really good lens... It is good of course but not as much as someone would expect from Canon...


ledean paden Photo
ledean paden
2013-05-07 03:31:06

I agree with the quality from Nikon and cannon is the same, I would say check out the lenses and decide. It all boils down to what you start with, after the investment in the lenses, then you stay with that manufacturer.


ledean paden Photo
ledean paden
2013-05-07 03:30:25

I agree that the quality from Nikon and cannon is the same, I would say check out the lenses and decide. It all boils down to what you start with, after the investment in the lenses, then you stay with that manufacturer.


Marino Palla Photo
Marino Palla
2013-03-10 16:28:17

Hi Michael!! So nice we strted the forum!!! One day you will be able to tell "i Was there"! lol :)
So do you think this is the reason why the housings price range is so wide????


Michael Bogner Photo
Michael Bogner
2013-03-10 15:09:31

In regards of DSLR I do not see the camera as the only item to be considered/compared.

There are so many items for the hole system required for the underwater photography, that in my mind the camera only shows a "smaller" part of the hole system.
I think more influence on the final picture you will see due to the lens, the port, the housing and the flashes which are used.
Of course the item "Lens" may already limit the possible choices for the camera.

From my experience made between Canon and Nikon I would not see any major differences in regards of quality....


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