After printing a few prototypes, I finalized the design for the filterholder. The holder for the Olympus µFT 8mm f1.8 fisheye isnow available as SLS laserprinted model.
It’s hard to find an Olympus VA-1 angle finder. Therefore, I did some research to find an alternative. The Seagull universal angle finder hits the bill. It is available, reasonable priced and it got a mount for adaptors. In addition to the large number of adapters that are already shipped with the angle finder, I developped three more.
Finally, the lid for the battery compartment is available as spare part. Time to modify one so the battery adapter cable may pass easily through the closed lid.
The modification is quite simple. Drill a 5 mm hole and cut the lid to get an oblong hole that protrudes towards the edge. It takes just a few minutes for a skilled worker.
Note: The camera isn’t splash-proof anymore when you use the modified lid!
Finally, the lid for the battery compartment is available for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II. You may order it as spare part at via davinci, item number VP924500. Currently, delivery time is said to be 4 to 6 weeks.
With this part, if properly modified, you may use the BLH-1 battery adapter with the battery compartment closed. I ordered one and will write a modification guideline.
After a series of tests I have built a BLH-1 battery dummy for Olympus cameras (currently the OM-D E-M1 Mark II). Since the battery is larger than other models, the lid of the battery compartment is also bigger. This allows to cut a slot for the cable to pass through while the lid is closed. You shouldn’t do this to the original lid. That’s why I currently try to get spare battery compartment lids for the camera.
You may find more details about battery dummies on my Battery Dummy Page.
Olympus presented the new µFT camera flagship as a prototype. Technical details are very promising. First reviewers pointed out, that the missing accessory port doesn’t allow to use teh electronic swivel viewfinders.
There is a solution to this problem. The receptacle for teh eyepiece is very similar to the one of the predecessor. That means, that my angle finder adapter I built for the E-M1 will also fit the E-M1 II. Therefore, the optical viewfinder VA-1 can ve used with the coming camera!
Tom bought himself the new Olympus 7–14mm f2.8 lens. He came straight to me and I had the chance to do measurements on the lens. I changed the design of the last filter holder prototype and printed a new one.
By the end of next week, I expect the design of the filter holder to be stable.