Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

External Monitor for Still Shooting


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 AForns

AForns

    Damselfish

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 21 July 2018 - 02:53 PM

Returned from Little Cayman aboard the Aggressor V, two photographers had external monitors.  On for video, no surprise but the other was mainly doing stills.  Never thought much about it but does seem like a great idea.

 

For framing difficult shots, framing in general, critical focusing and as a big bonus, easier for keeping away from delicate structures.  Seems like a good idea all around.   Interested in thoughts.   I have seen threads on this topic but they are from three years ago and lots has changed.  Nauticam 502 and housing having both moisture detector & vacuum.... monitors are not cheap and is a good insurance.

 

Will be checking on this set up Monday at Reef Photo.  Any interesting information will add to this thread.   

 

Thanks for any thoughts.

al



#2 DocTock

DocTock

    Wolf Eel

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 115 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 29 July 2018 - 07:12 AM

I was wondering what you learned while at Reef Photo.

This sounds like an interesting addition for still photography and might solve some of the issues I have using the back LCD.

 


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

#3 AForns

AForns

    Damselfish

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 29 July 2018 - 12:04 PM

Yes Wolf, got great information from Reef as usual   All positive !

 

I guess we are all in the same page, big advantage for still will be super macro and macro in general.   Looking at some of my macros from Little Cayman, noticed other things in the frame I could have gone after.  Using a 45 degree finder, can see well but not comfortable in low angles.

 

Placed my order for. a SmallHD Bright 502 and Nautical Housing.   They did not have a demo unit but got to see some extra images.  The monitor will be in this week and the housing got my fingers crossed.   Leaving for Little Cayman Aug 18, got it gets in before.  They will be getting some in soon and I'm third on the waiting list.  

 

Will post after receiving, hopefully be able to do a review from my time in Cayman.

al



#4 DocTock

DocTock

    Wolf Eel

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 115 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 29 July 2018 - 12:35 PM

I will be very interested to read your review.

 

I find my 45degree to be fine for the ttl view/ composition. What I would like the external monitor for is for the information I cannot see well on the small back camera LCD (strobe positioning & power/ exposure adjustments/ histograms/ etc). 

 

Are you planning on using "live view" or equivalent for composition/ focus?


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

#5 Kraken de Mabini

Kraken de Mabini

    Sting Ray

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 235 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Greater Los Angeles, California
  • Interests:UW photography, travel, carpentry, gardening, biology, medicine, physics, design & build UW custom gizmos

Posted 30 July 2018 - 07:23 AM

Do you plan to use this monitor underwater?  If so, how will it be housed and connected to the camera?

Photos and details of your new arrangement will be welcome.

 

Best of luck! 



#6 AForns

AForns

    Damselfish

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 30 July 2018 - 08:10 AM

Hi Kraken

 

The monitor will be used in Nauticam Housing with moisture detecting and vacuum.  Connected to the camera via HDMI cable through a port in housing.   Simply unscrewing the plug and replacing with the proper connector.

 

Will be used as the primary focusing/framing device.  Have found difficult looking through the 45 degree finder at times, particularly low angles  and times when staying off the coral difficult due to conditions.  Reviewing my images from last week at Little Cayman, I'm able to see many instances how it would have been useful.  

 

The units have been traditionally used for video but getting more popular for still shooters.

 

al



#7 audsred

audsred

    Moray Eel

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 87 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Florida

Posted 01 August 2018 - 05:11 AM

Hi Al,

 

What camera are you pairing this with?  About how much does the package cost?  I've seen similar set-ups but haven't talked with anyone that has used it.

 

Audrey



#8 DanielD

DanielD

    Damselfish

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 17 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Germany
  • Interests:Diving, Photography, Rock Climbing, Cocktail Mixing

Posted 01 August 2018 - 07:09 AM

With a DSLR aren't you going to lose auto focus accuracy with this kind of setup? At least in my Nikon D750 the internal autofocus sensor only works if the mirror is in the down position. As soon as you switch to live view, it's using the internal CPU to do the autofocus work, which I often find to be less accurate an very tiresome when it comes to selecting focus areas. With a mirrorless camera or if you're focusing manually this is not an issue of course.


Edited by DanielD, 02 August 2018 - 06:00 AM.


#9 AForns

AForns

    Damselfish

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 02 August 2018 - 11:15 AM

Hi Audrey

 

With the extra batteries and cables (both internal and external) will be around $3700.  There is an option of an all inclusive unit, sealed and can't open, but the screen resolution is not nearly as good.

 

Hi Daniel

 

I'm using it with an Olympus OMD 1 Mk2.  As you mentioned it is a mirrorless and makes no difference.   btw Reef Photo is waiting on the batteries to ship the order.  I should be using next Thursday to try it out before heading for Little Cayman.

 

al



#10 AForns

AForns

    Damselfish

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 03 August 2018 - 07:27 PM

Monitor/housing were both shipped by Reef Photo today and will be arriving Monday !!   Will take some pictures and post, Thursday will dive.

al



#11 AForns

AForns

    Damselfish

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:42 PM

Received monitor/housing from Reef Photo, got to check it out in Molasses Reef Key Largo

 

It is a lot of bulk as expected, weight not all that bad.   In the water got it neutral after the first dive, just hovers in front of me.   Only had to use two large Nauticam Carbon floats (1.3 lb flotation each)   Handling is easy and no trouble, did not have any current to deal with.  

 

Used a macro lens for both dives, thought it would be the better way to test it.  All shooting was still, no videos.  Observations were mostly as expected.  The monitor was not needed for the majority of images, just makes shooting much easier and somewhat more accurate.  For a small number of images made the images possible, do not think I could have done without.  For other slightly higher percentage, say 20%, made obtaining a keeper more of a certainty.

 

The bottom line,  not a necessity by any means but sure nice to have, a keeper in my book. Heading for Little Cayman aboard the Aggressor  next Saturday for a week of diving.   Any unusual finds will post.

 

al

 

al