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#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!

#394639 GoPro Fusion or ThetaV - Anyone got one?

Posted by Pajjpen on 22 April 2018 - 05:17 AM

Alas on my next trip in 2 weeks (which was only booked last week, last minute) I've only got 30kg of luggage and 7kg of hand luggage - which is taken up by my scuba gear, rebreather etc. So the big camera will stay at home :(
Will take a Hero 6 and a couple of the lights thou. QatarAirways want 480$ for extra 15kg rtn!!! So thats a non starter...
At the moment, looking at both, I'm gonna pass...

Dude I had that problem too with some companies. Not many offer decently cheap extra luggage anymore, it's a joke. Klm is my recommendation if flying to Asia tho. They have a 100 eur one way fee for an extra bag of 23kg, and carry on is 12kg. That's what I'm gonna be using in the future when flying to that part of the world, and using it next week when flying to indo :)

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#394637 GoPro Fusion or ThetaV - Anyone got one?

Posted by Pajjpen on 22 April 2018 - 05:06 AM

Gh5 and 5s with 48k of sunlight not enough of a toy? ;) haha

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#394517 Macro Dive in Tulamben-Bali : where Dive Guide can make the difference .

Posted by Pajjpen on 18 April 2018 - 04:56 AM

Love the close up of the pink nudi. Definitely my favourite

#394380 Photographing cuttlefish eggs

Posted by Pajjpen on 13 April 2018 - 07:06 AM

Just take pics of things how it is, leave the marine life be. I really thought this was common sense, or at least hoped it was.

#394344 Who is excited about Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K?

Posted by Pajjpen on 12 April 2018 - 01:22 AM

The form factor looks really weird. Also that large screen will not help so much underwater as it will sit low in any housing and particulary for macro you‘d still have to stick your head in the sand to use it. If at least it would be tiltable, housing mfg could consider a housing with the screen being tilted upwards 20 degrees or so, which would already help.

You took the words out of my mouth bubffm. Totally agree

#393824 IS IT WORTH IT? GH5s - No Stabilization

Posted by Pajjpen on 27 March 2018 - 05:28 AM

Hey guys I finally did it after many years mulling over the options, I am a Proud new owner of a GH5 in the Nauticam housing.  OLY M.Zuiko Pro 7-14 and the 60mm macro!  Little bit of buyers remorse as it was a lot of money for me but very excited to get in the water and learn.  I've been shooting GoPro for years and have some pretty good content but looking to up my game so to speak.  You all can expect this NEWB to be asking a fair bit of questions on Wetpixel and don't be surprised if you get a PM from me in the near future as all you guys are amazing.  I am open to suggestions and critique about method and settings, workflow, and equipment options.  I currently am limited to sola 3500's with diffuser and no monitor yet.  My quote for a monitor package is 2900 USD for the 502 HD.  That might be a little rich for me at this stage. A better light package is for sure in the future.  
If you had to make a choice on a better light package or monitor for video which would you go for first? 

Maybe this needs to be moved to a different thread.
I actually unboxed my monitor yesterday (smallhd 501 in nauticam housing) and I don't regret the purchase one bit.
To answer your question tho I guess it depends what u want to shoot most, if macro is your priority I'd definitely pick up a monitor as your lights are sufficient for that.
If wide angle is your main priority I'd definitely get better lights before a monitor. Monitor isn't really a necessity at all, but a very nice addition to primarily macro as u don't have to bury your head in the sand[emoji16]

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