I was extremely interested in this lens when specing my new GH5 setup. I contacted Nauticam about it, and was told the "Panasonic 12-60 is fantastic, but it doesn't play as nicely with macro optics due to the lens' physical construction with lots of movement through the zoom range."
So, I ended up up with the 12-42 PZ lens, with the WWL-1 instead. So, I have no experience with that lens, but would be very curious about it, if you decide to try it,
Weight is more of a problem with these hard cases in my experience, they tend to get weighed. But if you're usually getting away with a hard case then I say go for it! Don't really have any input on the hard cases u mentioned tho, but thinktank is great!
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Hand carrying it, and pretending that it doesn't weigh much seems to help ;-}
I just went though this dilemma (see the "Winter Musings" thread in this section, if you want to see the details). Sadly, there are very few camcorders with housings that meet the current video quality that we are coming to expect. In my case, it came down to a choice between the Sony AX700 in a Gates housing versus the Panasonic GH5 in a Nauticam housing. I finally decided, after a lot of waffling back and forth, on the GH5. However, I have not received it yet, and therefore have not had a chance to get it wet and see how it all works in practice. You can see the decision process in that thread if you are interested, or you can contact me via PM if you would like to discuss offline.
To update this thread, I thought that I would let you all know that I have placed on order (with one of the vendors that supports this site) for a Panasonic GH-5 with a Nauticam housing, 14-42 PZ power zoom lens, plus a Nauticam WWL-1, as well as an extra bayonet mount for my current Subsea +5 diopter, so that in theory anyway, I can go from wide angle to macro on the same dive. I also sprung for a SmallHD-502 Bright, with housing as well, so that maybe I will be able to see and frame my videos properly. It ended up being somewhat more than I had intended to spend, but I think that it will be worth it to get the capabilities that I need. I should probably get a new case to carry all this, but I want to set it all out and see what size I need before I order that.
I would like to thank all of you for your help and advice and answering all my questions. Now, I am anxiously awaiting delivery of my new toys.
So, for someone coming from the AX100, how hard was it to get used to the ergonomics of the GH5? [/t-quote]
Let me put it this way: If I could get a AX700-sized camcorder with the specs of the GH5 and a fitting housing by Gates or Nauticam, I'd definitely prefer a dedicated camcorder over the GH5 for its easy of use and better ergonomics. But you get used to the trade-off's of a photo-centric camera body. [/t-quote]
Yes, that would be ideal, wouldn't it? That is my dilemma, I guess. I want the image quality, plus the ease of use and flexibility at the same time. I'm afraid that my OCD is starting to get the best of me.
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I really like being able to go from shark or turtle-sized portraits, down to macro stuff on the same dive by zooming and using a flip in wet lens. [/t-quote]
My view: You can go from whale-sharks down to nudis on the same dive much easier with a camcorder due to the build-in zoom lens and macro-converters that you can swivel simply over the domeport. You could use wet-converters on the GH5 to achieve the same (Nauticam WWL with Bayonet mount etc..) but its somewhat more cumbersome. An yes, sometimes you miss shots on changeable lens system as you got the "wrong" lens on. [/t-quote]
I miss shots anyway, I don't need any help with that!
Having one button white balance on my right side handle is also really nice. [/t-quote]
You have manual WB right at your fingertips on the GH5 housing from Nauticam as well. More important is the quality of the WB you get underwater. Personally, I think Panasonic wins this over Sony. [/t-quote]
That is good to hear. Thanks.
[t-quote name="bubffm" post="396645" timestamp="1529591448"] There are now a couple test clips taken by the AX700 (or Z90, which fits the same Gates housing) on Youtube.
Have a look at this guys clips. he is a sort of "Gates Ambassador". I have seen better UW-footage taken with the GH5, but let me know what you think.
Well, it would appear that the AX700 is actually quite a bit better at white balancing than the AX100, at least based on those side by side comparisons. There is much less of that green color that was so hard to remove.
Again, I really do appreciate your help and comments. My desire to have it all at the same time, along with my tendencies to over-research and agonize over a decision like this is making it tough to decide which way to go. Thanks for your tolerance, and patience with my endless questions.
@bubffm - thanks, yes, I guess to sell housings, they need to generate some excitement about the camera that goes in the housing.
So, for someone coming from the AX100, how hard was it to get used to the ergonomics of the GH5? I really like being able to go from shark or turtle-sized portraits, down to macro stuff on the same dive by zooming and using a flip in wet lens. Having one button white balance on my right side handle is also really nice. Anything else that you can offer on the change from a dedicated camcorder to a mirrorless camera doing video? Thanks!
And this post makes an even 20 for me lol. Kidding aside I like the idea of a minimum post count but I am not sure what a good number would be. I have been a member here since 2007 and only have 20 posts. I am usually a pretty quiet guy in all areas of my life so I tend to not post much. Lately I may average 5 or 10 posts a year on my own Facebook page. I'm not sure I agree with a minimum post count to respond to an ad. I believe there is at least a small number of people who come here to get started and one of the first things they may do after reading all about which system is right for them (cough, cough Canon dslr cough) they would likely try to purchase something. I also think the purchaser assumes more risk than the seller since they will likely send payment and wait for delivery. Just my quick thoughts fwiw.
Except that this policy would not affect purchasers (unless they are trying to post a "WTB" ad), but rather the sellers - and is designed specifically in attempt to offer at least a little protection for the purchaser, since they are the ones sending money just as you say.
I'm with Humu797 - a long sleeved skin under the wetsuit, and a hat to cover my face is all I ever use. I don't like to think that I am killing the coral that I am there to see. I also can't stand the smell or feel of sunscreen on my skin.
I like this policy, thanks. I am a member of another forum that requires 25 posts before gaining the ability to post classifieds ads, so this is still only mildly burdensome and should not pose any serious inconvenience to "real" members of Wetpixel.