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#402856 Best red filter for m4/3

Posted by Pajjpen on 25 January 2019 - 05:59 AM

The keldan filters for WWL-1 look interesting but fairly expensive?

If I get decent results with the Lee filters I just picked up I’ll give the keldan one a go next trip.

It is a keldan product designed for nauticam products.. only outcome is expensive haha

#402766 Best red filter for m4/3

Posted by Pajjpen on 21 January 2019 - 12:43 PM

That was what I feared Richard! I actually got a reply from keldan saying the same thing. Gonna try to swing by Singapore while Im staying in Jakarta and pick one up to give it a go in Raja Ampat (couldnt find one for sale in indo and dont have time to order one as I leave in 2 days)
I mostly want it for deep rich blues.
Will be quite a challenge to remove it and store it somewhere during a dive as I go deeper tho.
Willl try to update this thread once Im back with a review of the light filters and this filter.

One thing is for certain.. I never seem to run out of ideas on how to spend more money 😂

#402483 Mucky Indonesia with the gh4

Posted by Pajjpen on 11 January 2019 - 09:03 PM

I use the Inon spotlight as well and love it but I find that unless I drop my colour temp down to about 3600K the images are very much warmer than my wide angle lights which are similar to your Archons. I find adjusting the colour temp white balance back and forth a little annoying and I know that you can just fix it in post for the most part but I was just wondering if you have the same issue and how you manage it?

That's correct. It is warmer for sure. I mostly use my snoot when I shoot macro, very rarely turn the big lights on so for me it's not much switching back and forth.
I try to always have my wb on the cool side and if I happen to use my wide angle lights and forget to switch to a warmer wb I'll just fix it in post.
There is a blue filter for the light that I haven't actually tried, if you swap a lot u might wanna give that a try altho I can't tell u how much it would actually help in your situation.

#402428 Gh5 for photography

Posted by Pajjpen on 10 January 2019 - 04:57 PM

you can do splits with the WWL-1 sealing the port

Did not know about this. Just ordered one, will see if I can give it a try in raja/triton bay in a few weeks.
Will try to remember to post my results. Since I dont shoot stills Ill try this for video, might be tricky!

#401985 Mucky Indonesia with the gh4

Posted by Pajjpen on 28 December 2018 - 10:21 AM

Stunning video! Truly excellent work. Thanks for sharing.

Thank u! I appreciate it!

Wonderful video - since you asked for constructive criticism, the only thing that I would say is that the music was a bit uninspiring.  Far more generic than the spectacular video work deserves.  Great stuff otherwise.

Thanks man! Looking back on it I kind of have to agree. I really struggled in my search for a song.

#401456 Avoiding Damaging Reefs

Posted by Pajjpen on 07 December 2018 - 04:35 AM

I think that uw photografers in general, while of course there are exceptions, are more aware of how to dive correctly in order to avoid damages to marine life and have on average a correct buoyancy control.
Perhaps diving instructors and diving guides have the hardest task in teaching new and occasional divers how to interact and how to move underwater...

Couldn’t agree more.

#399167 Blackwater dives and filming

Posted by Pajjpen on 08 September 2018 - 01:13 PM

I know of at least one well know bw photographer that used a 60mm with APS-C for stills. I have used from 50 to 100mm with full frame DSLRs for my bw shots. You can see the lens used in the exif data on my website pix by clicking on the tiny dot with the i in it next to the buy button (this is Smugmug styling). These bw shots are mostly in my invertebrate gallery (under Aloha!) but there are a few in the fish portrait gallery as well.
The main downside of the 100mm lens IMHO is when you get a large creature like a big jelly - one of the vids above showed a large ctenophore in front of a diver that I have seen as well - I ended up just getting close-ups of part of it using a 100mm. Most of the stuff is much smaller, e.g., 1 to 2 cm length or diameter. One can use either lens (normal or 100). And there is smaller still - the dots you see moving around in the vids: copepods and amphipods.
On my most recent HI trip I used a D3X with a 60mm AFS lens (Canon does not make a counterpart as their 50 is rather old and does not allow switching between MF and AF within one dive which is one reason I favored the 100 with C). Even with the 60 I was not able to get an entire box jellyfish in the pic (see my gallery header shot). Keep in mind I was shooting stills and using an OVF. Shooting vids with a back screen is going to be a different experience. The vids I have seen being shot were with rather small housings or a Gopro so short focal lengths were used (i.e. small format cameras).

We all know bw still shooting is indeed a thing but what OP was asking about was video, which is a lot harder for bw and in general imo.

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#399091 Blackwater dives and filming

Posted by Pajjpen on 06 September 2018 - 01:01 AM

From what I’ve heard from talking and reading about bw video it seems that the critters are generally too small (100mm+ macro ff equivalent required) to get a good video due to shakiness and keeping the subject in the frame for some time, getting focus right etc.

#398309 Think Tank Airport Commuter Alternatives

Posted by Pajjpen on 11 August 2018 - 06:37 AM

I have the think tank airport accelerator and love it. Weighs about 2,5kg unpacked I think, but stores a bunch of stuff.
Right now I have;
Nauticam gh5 + Camera in housing
Panasonic 14-42 with port
2 v6k pros with 4 big batteries
2 Phantom 4 pro batteries
Olympus 60mm with port
Smallhd 501 with Nauticam housing
A video snoot light
And a bunch of misc stuff like batteries and extra cables etc.
Weighs in at around 18-19kg but doesn’t get weighed.

Will probably buy a fisherman’s vest for the next trip and stuff those pockets with stuff before checking in as a safety precaution.

#398222 Nauticam WWL-1 questions

Posted by Pajjpen on 08 August 2018 - 01:24 AM

Anybody know if I need to change the focal length for the ibis when I have the wwl attached?

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#397954 Raja Ampat liveaboard route

Posted by Pajjpen on 30 July 2018 - 06:06 AM

Boat ???

Ilike in January :)

#397434 Give your feedback on buyers/sellers

Posted by Pajjpen on 16 July 2018 - 08:12 PM

Just bought a pair of v6k pros off of taxidiver. Everything went as expected.

#397184 Mucky Indonesia with the gh4

Posted by Pajjpen on 09 July 2018 - 04:18 AM

Very stable footage. Did you use a tripod I suppose?
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Yes, all the shots were shot with the xit 404 tripod. Quite heavy but excellent tripod!

#397063 [A7SII]Raja ampat

Posted by Pajjpen on 05 July 2018 - 08:13 AM

Lovely mate. Planning a trip to raja right now actually.

#396930 Mucky Indonesia with the gh4

Posted by Pajjpen on 01 July 2018 - 12:15 PM

Shot a little video in Indonesia last month, in Ambon and lembeh.
Would love some constructive criticism!