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Red Sea diving with Olympus E-3
Karin Brussaard : May 6th 2008 - 12:00 CET
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OlympusRed Sea scuba diving with Olympus E-3 : The Olympus E3 is the new flagship based on the Four Thirds standard E-System. The Olympus E3 is an extremely advanced camera that can be used for every assignment and fully complies with the strict requirements of DSLR photography. I was given the opportunity to try out this camera underwater. Underwater the circumstances are different than on land and it demands a lot from the camera. The biggest problem is bleaching by the sun. A wide-angle shot of the coral and the sea usually doesn't turn out nice at the spot where the blue water and the lighter area of the surface meet. But the Olympus E-3 is perfectly capable of dealing with large differences between light and dark areas. > Read our Olympus E-3 underwater review.
Olympus E-3 housing

Olympus E-3 with a Nexus E3 underwater housing
Olympus have put their own underwater housings, made of polycarbonate, on the market for the E-330, E-300 and E-410. For the underwater housing of the E-3 Olympus have sought to cooperate with Nexus. Nexus has been producing underwater housings made of aluminum for many years now. Initially for traditional SLR cameras and since a few years also for DSLRs of various brands. Nexus has a lot of experience developing underwater housings. And you can tell by the E3. The underwater housing looks neat and well thought-out. The Olympus E-3 fits nicely in the housing. And the way Nexus has built the housing; it enables the internal flash to be folded up. This enables operating the flash with an optical cable. Still Nexus was able to keep the housing compact. The Nexus housing is suitable for a depth up to 70 meters.

Nexus E3 review

Red Sea scuba diving
I am ready to go for my first dive. Before me lays the Sinai desert. In my imagination a desert was a big flat sand pitch, but this is not at all what I see in front of me. This desert is not flat and there is no sand pitch in sight; not even a mile from here. Less than a hundred meters from the coastline, the 'sand pitch' goes straight up in the air. And less than a hundred kilometers from Dahab the highest mountain has a height of more than 2700 meters. Behind me the Red Sea is situated. I have no idea where its name comes from for when I descend for the first few meters it's like I am swimming in a huge blue aquarium. I have never seen the water as blue as it is here. Directly under the water surface corals are found and large shoals of small fish swim towards me.

Red Sea Scuba Diving

Olympus E-3 review
I have tested the camera with some Olympus ports. The PPO-E3 has been designed specifically for the 50mm macro lens. This port has a wide base at the screw connection and tapers towards the end, making it extremely compact. This is very convenient when photographing coral because it will stay out of the small stuff's way. The 7-14mm wide-angle lens not only requires the dome port PPO-E04 but also an attachment ring (PER-E02). The wide-angle lens is that long it won't fit directly on the dome port. The dome port is strikingly compact. Continue to read our Olympus E3 underwater special and experience the underwater world through the following Nexus E3 review, and our Red Sea photo gallery.

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