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In Topic: To light, or not to light, that is the question

23 October 2016 - 04:06 PM



I always have the lights attached to my video rig. Except where they are not allowed, as when we snorkel with the manatees.


I do not use them all the time; I try to use them only when I think it will help the video such as in turbid water, night diving and in overhead environments where the light levels are low.


Macro is usually better with lights on, but not always. Positioning the lights is very important too.


I guess what I'm trying to say is there is no set answer - yes/no to your question (sorry!) but depends on this operator's sense of whether they will add color or contrast to the video. A school of sennet or barracuda will pop when properly lighted, where they may appear dull in natural light.


At night I use red filters and low power levels most of the time so as to minimize annoying the critters. Sometimes full white light is needed, but usually at lower power than daytime. BTW, tarpon love hunting near me when they see my lights. I try not to illuminate their prey too often.


Well, I hope you get the idea,



In Topic: Winter musings

22 September 2016 - 05:27 AM



Interesting question.


I updated to 4K from basically the same setup you have, getting a Sony AX100 and a Gates housing. I'd never go back. The still captures alone are amazing, and the video (on a 4K monitor, of course) is incomparably better if I have all the settings right. The Gates housing has proved much more failure-resistant than the L&M ever was for me.


Having said that, the Sony setup is now two years old, and it does have a few shortcomings - white balance is tricky, and it needs a good manual shooter to run it for best results. And Sony (and maybe others) are about due to release newer models. When, and whether they will be housed are the big questions.


In your situation I think I'd wait a bit - maybe six months? Just to see what else becomes available.


My opinion, no-one else's!




EDIT: Moving to 4K also involves a lot more I forgot to mention: the PC needs more memory, more speed and more terabytes of storage. At 100mbps, older PCs can have a hernia and freeze up! If you already have this, good. If not, it's good to factor this cost into the mix.

In Topic: Bluefin OLED monitor - help!

04 August 2016 - 11:25 AM

Interesting problem...


It's been a long time since I used an L&M; usually no problem with that particular piece.


I can recall getting the wire pinched while closing the back - it was hard to diagnose since the outside of the wire looked OK. Also, if the other end of the wire wasn't plugged all the way in, problems...


The solder joint between the cable and the monitor (inside the back itself I think) can also cause a problem.


Here's one of my writeups that may help with diagnosis (or not!): http://wetpixel.com/...lem#entry312482


Be careful with this - it worked fine for me; you may not be as lucky.


L&M replaced the motherboard in the OLED back under warranty and all was good. Maybe yours needs that?


It couldn't be anything simple like the flip filter being in place when you wanted it out of the way, or the white balance way off and needs to be redone? You have no doubt tried these but I needed to mention them just in case.


No picture was attached to your message, so couldn't see what you were seeing.



In Topic: Raja Ampat on Sony AX100 4k Camcorder

02 August 2016 - 03:09 PM



Maybe you and I have different models of the Gates AX100 housing :pardon:


I just looked again - the housing was just returned after a rehab by Gates, and it definitely has 3D printed levers for the Record, zoom and ND controls. Also if you look carefully at my screen "finger" it too is clearly plastic.


If you have machined metal levers and finger, I'll go back to Gates and ask for some too!


Diving starting Saturday so I can try the SAGA/+10 combination among other things - looking forward to that!



In Topic: Raja Ampat on Sony AX100 4k Camcorder

29 July 2016 - 02:38 PM

I guess I'm too hard on equipment - the ReefNet 3D printed diopter adapter broke before I got into the water; I was tightening it and before it got completely tight on the lens shade, it snapped.


So no macro from Fiji. Ugh...


Now I have the machined aluminum Saga adapter installed on the GP34A. Headed for "the bridge" (Phil Foster State Park, Riviera Beach Florida) next week for a photo course with Reef Photo.


The Saga is an interesting piece - it doesn't clamp on. It uses an O-ring to slide over the lens's sunshade. No instructions came with it. It was so tight I had to put it on from the rear. I'll hope it lasts (grin) long enough for me to get some video with it and report back later. Fingers crossed.


BTW, just got the AX100 housing back from Gates. Guess what was broken? The 3D printed ND filter switch, along with one other similar piece whose function I can't recall.


So far, 3D printed parts -3, Tom 0. Not ready for my hands, anyway.