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#357870 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by escape on 15 February 2015 - 06:55 PM

Ok, another lazy test.

Min size to fill the frame. GH4 + pz 14-42 at 42mm.
Please note, this is not magnification test and wet diopter will work completely different when underwater.


  • CMC 17mm at 4cm
  • SMC 24mm at 6cm
  • Aquako IV (2.5x) : 20mm at 5cm
  • Subsee +5 : 40mm at 10cm
  • Subsee +10 : 27mm at 6cm


btw, it was very interesting how you attache zoom gear on pz 14-42.

I haven't try this lens underwater yet but so far footage looks reasonably sharp and OIS working well.
I think it should be good for medium size shot in mid water with handheld (Thanks Peter).



#357781 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by escape on 12 February 2015 - 09:19 PM

Ok, just lazy quick topside test. Min size to fill the frame.
GH4 + Oly 60mm.
Nauticam CMC : 8mm subject at 2.7cm
Nautcam SMC : 10mm subject at 2.8cm
Aquako IV (2.5x) : 8mm subject at 2.2cm
Subsee +5 : 11mm subject at 3.2cm
Subsee +10 : 9mm subject at 1.7cm
I guess CMC will be best choice for 60mm and personally I'll bring down CMC and Aquako IV with 60mm.
I'll try to do similar test with 14-42 when I have port.

#357736 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by escape on 11 February 2015 - 11:33 PM

Would love some comparisons with the Nauticam SMC, CMC and the Aquako +15.

Just got Nauticam CMC so hopefully I can try all three with 60mm and 14-42 soon. Water temp still damn cold here (3~5C) for macro shooting. :(

#356985 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by escape on 26 January 2015 - 06:23 AM

New firmware v21 announced.





  1. RSS (Recording Start/Stop) signal can be embedded to the HDMI output signal.
    - Selectable in Motion Picture menu : [HDMI Rec Output]>[HDMI Recording Control]
    * Available when DMC-GH4 or DMW-YAGH are connected with the products of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd. or the products complying with the extended specifications of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd..

#355908 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by escape on 27 December 2014 - 09:39 PM

There was a firmware update to version 1.1 for the Olympus 60mm macro in September. "MF shooting operations have been improved." Might be worth trying for those having trouble.


You can find firmware here (Oly 60mm update for Panasonic camera body).


#355183 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by escape on 08 December 2014 - 07:39 PM

Yup, sometime I add 1 or 2 Jumbo stix floats depends on the light configuration (2 x sola 5k + 2 x Fix 7k).




I saw a photo of your rig with Stix floats on the arms. Have you dumped them now? And do you use just the 2 carbon float arms for both macro with tripod and for wide angle?



I'm just thinking for recording underwater audio. Often that audio gets thrown away but sometimes it's useful. Seems worth doing if possible as the Shogun features high quality audio recording.



Interesting. I would have thought the buoyancy of that dome would pull the front up anyway. I now have the equivalent Nauticam dome but not got my rig underwater yet.

#354327 Canon 16-35 f4 L

Posted by escape on 13 November 2014 - 08:29 PM

Interesting stuff, compared to the 16-35 II how do you compare it with regards to corner sharpness?


I find better corner with 16-35 f/4 then f/2.8L II but maybe it's negligible behind the dome.

#353716 Canon 16-35 f4 L

Posted by escape on 25 October 2014 - 04:23 PM

I been testing 16-35mm f4 topside with f2.8 II. New f4 is sharper corner and have better lens coating (better sunball).
I couldn't try it behind dome but still if I don't have f2.8 then I would buy f4. IMHO, both lens will give you better sharpness and contrast then 17-40.

#352410 Living Colour Panasonic GH4

Posted by escape on 08 September 2014 - 03:22 AM



A sampling of underwater 4K footage shot on Panasonic GH4.
Filmed mostly in Tulamben, Bali in Indonesia and some more from Anilao in Philippines and Maldives.

Panasonic GH4 in Nauticam housing, Panasonic 8mm FE & 7-14mm, Olympus 60mm lens
Fix 7000, Aquako 4K, Sola 1200 lights, Nauticam SMC & Aquako diopters, Xit404 tripod.


#351573 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by escape on 14 August 2014 - 07:56 AM

Guys, a quick info.
The new Nauticam 180mm dome for the 7-14mm is it glass or plastic? Does it need an extra ring?
I found it on several shop online (I guess) but always without info if it's for mirrorless system or DSRL.
I got behind on new toys lately.




Hi Davide, I have that Nauticam dome (prototype) and it's glass, no need extension for 7-14mm.

I think they'll release it soon.

#351564 Pygmy Seahorse - Panasonic GH4 4K

Posted by escape on 14 August 2014 - 01:14 AM

Nice. What does "by wire" mean?


It's completely different feel from mechanical manual focus lens (Canon 100mm and 60mm in my case).

I think because the focus motor does not 100% follow my pulling speed.

#351495 Pygmy Seahorse - Panasonic GH4 4K

Posted by escape on 13 August 2014 - 01:08 AM

Wow that is not something I could afford to do on a regular basis but then I suppose you could shoot another fan lol. Maybe a less powerful diopter would be fine too and if you need some clear image zoom or whatever panasonic calls it loose bit of quality but keep working distance reasonable


I have some footage with less powerful wet lens. I'll try to post GH4 highlight video (WA + Macro) when I'll be back from Indonesia.

BTW, Ex Tele mode (in-camera zooming effect?) not working when 4K mode.


I saw twelve of them  :crazy:


I could spot only 7.  :notworthy:

#351490 Pygmy Seahorse - Panasonic GH4 4K

Posted by escape on 13 August 2014 - 12:07 AM



4K on youtube:



A very short video of Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) from Anilao, Batangas, Philippines.
Shot with a Panasonic GH4, Panasonic 7-14mm and Olympus 60mm lens in Nauticam housing, Aquako 4K lights and diopters.
I was using Standard profile (-4,-3), crushed black a bit in post.
Oly 60mm produce very sharp image but I'm not happy with working distance (too short) and "by wire" manual focus.
Try spot the seahorse on a seafan (WA shot). :)

#350277 I Love Frogfish

Posted by escape on 14 July 2014 - 08:56 PM



Everyone loves the frogfish! This is some of my frogfish footage from last 3 years. Enjoy!

#350099 GH4 footage and rig pic

Posted by escape on 09 July 2014 - 11:20 PM



Just got my Nauticam GH4 housing.
Ergonomic is much better than what I was using (GH3 + upgrade kit).
Now it's more like their DSLR housing which easily access all necessary button/wheel when holding the handle.
One small complaint is the front wheel (rear wheel is ok).
It's not smooth (because wheel is small?) as other housing which I've used (7D, 70D, 5D3) but it's no biggie since I can use rear wheel as a aperture control.