I now have my kit all together and packed in readiness for the up and coming Cendrawasih Bay trip on True North!
Thanks heaps to Peta and Paul from Camera Solutions for arranging the first Olympus housing to come in for me to use in time for this trip and for also arranging all the other gear in time.
In the kit I have the Olympus OM-D camera with the 12-50mm lense with Macro capability. The new Olympus underwater housing, with the port made to suit the 12-50mm lens. I have a Go Pro with a live view back and also a 1200 lumins Light in Motion video light that I also intend to use as a still light. Peta North did the research on the best light to get for my needs and she was right on the money. At 1200 lumins the light is blindingly bright and it also has a really cool function of being able to switch to red so that you don’t scare the fish…very cool!
I have chosen to go for a wrist strap that comes as an option for this light and I might get an extender arm just in case that works out to be better.
Peta also arranged other kit for me so that I can cover all bases on this trip.
I have the Go Pro Hero which I bought to video the skydive I did recently with the Old Dogs. Peta arranged a live view screen for me now so that I can set up some time lapses. I also have a Gorilla tripod that I intend to use as a handle underwater and also for time lapses.
She also arranged for another slick little tripod for the Olympus which flicks out in seconds.
One of the best things about dealing with Camera Solutions is the technical support. Both Peta and Paul North are professional photographers and after using the Camera for a while I found I had a couple of queries which Peta was able to easily sort out over a phone call. This level of support is gold.
We will be on board True North in West Papua from Thursday onwards and I will be posting most days from there on.
I will also be writing some reports on my thoughts on the Olympus OM-D and the new housing.
One thing I have found whilst putting the kit together is that the menu allows for the push of one function button to go from wide angle to macro with a push of one button! Waycool option and something that is a real issue when shooting underwater.
At a recent tutorial by Glen Cowans, one of the bits of advice he said that it was just about a given that with a traditional SLR housing where you have to select between a wide angle port or a macro port is is a given that if you jump in with a wide angle set up, a macro opportunity wil present itself an vise versa!
The OM-D overcomes that problem very easily!