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#1 Lionfi2s

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 11:55 PM

As per the thread title how is the GH5 autofocus underwater? Settings recommendations?



#2 EspenB

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 12:30 AM

I think most people will recommend manual focus under water.



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Posted 28 November 2017 - 12:53 AM

For me.

 

f5.6 or above, set to focus (manually) on something around 2-3m away and you are good to go, as almost everything will be in focus.

 

I wouldn't trust the GH5 AF on continuous AF.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 01:10 AM

It works, but it is not always very reliable. I find it usefull when there is some light and not to much debris in the water. Choose not to many focus points. When doing video, use AF to focus, put in MF when filming so it doesn't hunt. It will not hunt without reason though. Low contrast or too much stuff in the water is a problem.

AF is better than most critical reviewers are trying to tell you, but indeed worse than the high end DSLRs or dedicated video cameras.

 

These are some short video's I made during my last trip to Norway with a GH5 in a Nauticam housing. Most of it is shot in continuous AF.


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#5 matdiver1234

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 02:33 AM

@Rollin, I see what you mean about switching to MF, but doesn't the AF-L button work just as well? I haven't tested my new setup yet, so I don't have practical experience underwater. I was thinking a single small AF point, aperture f5.6 or higher, then AF-L would do. I have the Pana PZ 14-42, and there's no MF control with the NA-GH5.

 

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#6 rollin

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 02:52 AM

If you don't have a focus knob, the back button is a good option indeed.

 

I choose the aperture I need for the image, sometimes f2.8 is the best, sometimes it is f16.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:50 AM

@Rollin, I see what you mean about switching to MF, but doesn't the AF-L button work just as well? I haven't tested my new setup yet, so I don't have practical experience underwater. I was thinking a single small AF point, aperture f5.6 or higher, then AF-L would do. I have the Pana PZ 14-42, and there's no MF control with the NA-GH5.

 

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Thats how I'm setup. back button AF, remove the AF on shutter, so I can setup initially and not worry about it shifting even if I start/stop recording.

 

This past weekend I tried the C-AF underwater with my Atomos showing me the focus peaking, you could see it shifting the focus while recording, so I decided its not worth using.

 

Agreed with rollin thou, its not that bad and the testing I did with it and my dog, it was fully useable for day to day stuff, but following a fish underwater for it to shift the focus would annoy me a lot.


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