Hi all, time to update this thread. After having inconveniences/equipment failures on both of my last two dive trips, it is definitely time to update my equipment, especially now that the new gear is out. I have been talking with a couple of vendors, who are giving me different advice, so I could use your help sorting it all out. I am planning a trip to Guadalupe Island, so I would like to have the new gear in hand prior to that trip to get a chance to play with it first. I am on a bit of budget, and would like to stay in the range of about $5K USD, and I already have video lights, so it is really the camera/housing/port combination that I would be replacing.
Basically, I have been shooting video with camcorders for a while now, starting with Sony handycams (digital tape versions), but got so discouraged with their WB problems, that I switched to a Canon HF S30 in a Light and Motion housing several years ago. The last two trips, either the camera or housing has had problems, causing me to lose shots so it is time to upgrade, and getting 4K in the bargain isn't a bad thing.
I basically shoot fish portraits, up to the size of sharks and rays, and down to macro subjects using a Subsee +5 flip in diopter. I pretty much only shoot video, since I dive with some excellent still shooters, anyway.
A friend that I dive with has a TG-4 and has suggested the TG-5 as an option. When I talked with one vendor, he suggested a GH-5 set up, and I was leaning strongly that way, but was a bit worried that I would have to add an external monitor/recorder to be able to see the image well, especially when shooting macro. However, after talking with another vendor (who has been my supplier for years), he suggested a Sony AX700 in a Gates housing. His argument was the GH-5 has such a small DoF that I would need a tripod for any sort of macro work with the GH-5, and it already has a large screen, which is visible in the Gates housing, so that I would not need any sort of external monitor. Those points both make sense to me, but I am really worried about the Sony WB issues not being resolved yet. I have been enjoying the quality of the Canon WB, which hasn't needed anywhere near as much work to get decent color.
So, if you were in my shoes, which option would you choose? Thanks for the help.
Edited by SwiftFF5, 30 April 2018 - 04:00 AM.