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Difference between XIT404 and Gorrila tripods

19 March 2013 - 07:36 PM



after my last trip in Bunaken and Lembeh I found out I need to stabilize my macro shots, so I am looking for tripod. I read couple of reviews and discussions and I can not decide, if I should buy Gorrila Tripod or XIT404 tripod. 


I like XIT404, because versatile legs, and it seems more steady, but it is soooo expensive - also I would like to know difference between XIT Ball adapter and Twist Kit. 


I got NA-GH2 Nauticam housing and like to shoot a video, so if somebody tried both and compare them, you are more than welcome to comment.



Snoot for video light Sola 4000

18 March 2013 - 08:58 PM

Hi guys,


I just come back from Lembeh, shoot some video footage on my new GH2 with +10 dio, I am quite impressed with that camera, too bad I can not use manual focus.


Now I check some other videos and it seems, I need to buy some tripod (for camera only) and make a snoot for lights. I was looking for some snoots for Sola 4000, but I can not find any, everything is DIY, which is also good, so one can use imaginations and skills. Do you have any tips, how to make good video adjustable snoot?


I would like to change easily position of light (using LOC I guess), but I would like to change also the amount of light area, and if I understand correctly  with fibre optics I can not do that (using for example this DIY http://www.divematri...ber-Optic-Snoot


I got 2+2 big nauticam arms on camera, so position Sola 4000 is quite OK, so in my mind comes some adjustable simple snoot using this technique: http://www.divephoto...ot-photography/ but adding adjust (somehow?) the length of the snoot.


Any tips are appreciated.

Hints and Tips with Panasonic GH2 filming

18 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

Hi guys,

soon I will go underwater with my new set-up:
Panasonic GH2 (hacked) with nauticam housing
Panasonic 7-14mm wide angle lens, dome port, zoom gear
Panasonic 14-42 PZ, dome port, zoom gear
Diopter +10, lens holder
2xSola 4000

I got some questions on divers, who using Panasonic GH2 for filming and photo underwater:
1. How do you set up FN buttons?
2. Do you record on manual film mode - or which mode you are using?
3. Which hack you usually use (if any)

You can write any hints and tips for achieving best results. I am looking forward to make some nice videos and photos.


Choosing the light - Great video light with option to make good photos

13 October 2012 - 01:31 AM

Hi guys,

I decided to buy Panasonic GH2 with Nauticam Housing and now I am in process to select the right light for me. First of all - 80% of use of GH2 is for video, I just love to shoot video and make some clips . I like to make wide angle shots and also macro.

I came to videography from uw photography, so I also *love* to make some nice photos. I know, it is not possible to make both in 100%, but I just want to get as much as possible from my setup. So the question is:

Which video light you would choose, to make great videos and good photos ?

First of all, I know, I can not make perfect pictures using video light comparing to strobes (Z240/D2000/S2000). From all, what I read till now, the really great video lights are:

- Light and Motion Sola 4000
- FishEye Fix Aquavolt 3500 (thanks to Davide for nice review) - also they got 5000 version
- Keldan Luna 8 LA-V High CRI LED Video Light 2012 - quite expensive, very powerful
- SeaLife SL980 (I am putting it here only because they state it is video AND photo light)

The best would be to find the video light which got option for flash. Any recommendations ?


Here is another UW enthusiast

03 October 2012 - 10:00 PM


my name is Brano, I come from Slovakia, but I am living in Thailand for almost 5 years. I did my PADI in Koh Tao (oh, well), and I came to UW Photography, currently I got almost 200 dives, I have been diving in Thailand (almost everywhere), Indonesia (Bali, Lombok, Komodo, North Sumatra, Norh Sulawesi), Malaysia (Perhentian, Borneo, Tioman), Philippines (Boracay).. I bought Ixus 860 IS with Canon housing, and I made some nice pictures with it. Then I moved to Canon G11, but in meantime I got Sanyo HD2000 with Epoque housing, so I "move" to make a videos. Normally I bring to boat both, one dive I did with Camera, another dive with video camera and then I combined the result and made some 3-5 minutes UW clip, all my videos is without strobes/video lights.

If you like to see my videos and pictures, you are welcome, and also comments are appreciated.

Now, when my G11 is broken (locked lens), and Epoque housing is cracked for Sanyo camera, it is time to invest some money to the better equipment. I am thinking about buying Panasonic GH2 for making the videos, but more about that here.

So thats all for the start.