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Pete L

Member Since 22 Jan 2010
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#353321 FS-Panasonic GH4 Body & Nauticam GH3 Housing

Posted by Pete L on 11 October 2014 - 02:59 AM


#349514 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Pete L on 27 June 2014 - 10:33 PM

Simon, if you get the 7-14mm lens, make sure you black out the silver writing on the front of the lens as it will reflect in the 6inch dome.

#348685 GH4 footage and rig pic

Posted by Pete L on 04 June 2014 - 11:18 PM

Yeah Nick, no manual focus on the 12-50 or the 7-14.

I just used auto focus & then switched in to manual focus to lock it & stop it from hunting.

There is a switch on the back of the GH4 to flick between manual & auto focus.

Focus peaking only works in manual focus too.

I would kill to have manual focus for both of these lenses.

I hope as the Gh4 becomes more popular then there will be manual focus options available to us.

It is really my only serious complaint so far.

#348568 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Pete L on 02 June 2014 - 11:51 PM

Nick, with the couple of dives that I have used the 12-50mm lens on the GH4, I have not seen the same amount of softness in the corners at full wide.

Whilst I can't remember the numbers off hand, the GH4 in UHD mode has a different crop factor compared to 1080, something like 2x for 1080 & 2.3x for UHD plus it reads the sensor differently in the two modes so I do think the 12-50mm is better on the GH4 but sydneys conditions this last week have been not very good for wide angle shooting so it may be a little while before I can do some decent tests with this lens in the 12mm region.

Cheers Pete.

#348164 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Pete L on 25 May 2014 - 11:29 PM


A little bit of footage from my first outing yesterday.

#347971 GH4 4K setting

Posted by Pete L on 20 May 2014 - 10:15 PM

No worries nick, the lens & port are sitting here in front of me waiting for my camera to arrive hopefully tomorrow :)

Pencilled in Saturday arvo for it's maiden voyage with the 12-50 so stay tuned :)

#339153 Alaska macro shot

Posted by Pete L on 07 November 2013 - 12:21 PM

Very nice.

#339121 SmallHD DP4 vs Atomos Ninja 2 in Nauticam housings

Posted by Pete L on 06 November 2013 - 11:11 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

Nick, I did read that the XA20 does output 8bit 422 over HDMI which is great.

I would only be recording 25fps so the 50/60p is no concern to me anyway.


Jon, yep I was thinking the extra colour space & higher bitrate would be beneficial if I can sell some of my footage to TV or use for Blu Ray etc where someone may specifically want 422 colour etc, it could give me an advantage there.

I understand the footage will look the same as the in camera footage but having the extra colour space/bitrate could help me sell footage?


I will be using a Ninja for some topside work in the future with the XA20 so it makes sense to me to house it & have that extra colour space available anyway.

I gotta say, I LOVE how small & light the XA20 is & for this type of camera it has a very nice image.


Nick, it sounds like you may be better with the DP4 if you don't want the recording option of the Ninja?

What I have found is just how useful Focus Peaking is!

I don't have that on my HVX200 & I have become addicted to Focus Peaking now:)

I really can't wait to get the XA20 underwater & see just how it goes.

The GH3 with a DP4 would be a nice compact macro rig that is for sure.

Keep us updated on your progress.

#338406 The Triangle

Posted by Pete L on 20 October 2013 - 08:46 PM

Beautiful stuff Dustin, well done mate:)

#336768 sxs cards v tape

Posted by Pete L on 07 September 2013 - 02:04 AM

Max, I use shotput pro to transfer footage onto 2 separate hard drives simultaneously at the end of a diving day.

That way I have 2 separate copies incase of hard drive failure & shotput will give you a green light at the end of the file once it has checked that the two transfers are identical file size & numbered files.

Cheers Pete.

#331259 First Place Video - Classic - SEA International 2013

Posted by Pete L on 12 May 2013 - 01:23 PM

Well done mate.

#328390 RED 4k+ (and similar) vs Sony PMW 200 (and similar)

Posted by Pete L on 22 March 2013 - 09:44 PM

Another camera to consider would be the Panasonic HVX200 & a Gates housing.

Great macro, especially behind a flat port or in combination with a diopter.

The Fathom wide port also works very well.

The camera records Dvcpro100 & 422 colour onto P2 cards-although expensive.

Records 1920x1080 & variable frame rates.

Get yourself a set of Sola 4000 lights with the blue filters & also a set of the flouro front plates & you have a versatile setup.

Flip red filter also inside the housing.

It is certainly a dated camera compared to some of the others & obviously not in the same league as Reds etc...

But what are you really going to do with your footage? If you are talking about a 12 month stretch with a camera then these are cheap to buy, you won't lose much on resale, they are cheap to pick up a second camera if you flood or have issues & still pull a nice image.


Just another suggestion as the list is endless really.

Cheers Pete.

#322838 New short films

Posted by Pete L on 16 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Say when Steve...
My wife & i would be up for that in a heartbeat. It probably wouldn't take much to get Jon Shaw over there also.....
Maybe a wetpixel video trip to palau is in order soon?
Maybe the end of next year?????
Cheers Pete.

#322588 A bit of everything from Manta to ladybug,Komodo,Indonesia.

Posted by Pete L on 13 December 2012 - 01:10 AM

That macro stuff is awesome.
Cheers Pete.

#313441 Attaching Loc-line arms to Gates housing handles

Posted by Pete L on 23 July 2012 - 10:51 PM

For anyone wanting to use Loc-line arms on a Gates housing, here is what i did.
Light & Motion Bluefin housings have a fitting that comes on there handles. This fitting can be unscrewed & better yet, contact your local dealer & order a pair from them.
I got mine from Pete Mooney at Scubapix.
The centre hole in the fitting is the same size as the hole in the Gates handles so it was just a matter of finding the right screws or nut & bolt combo & fitting them.
I used 316 stainless screws & a nyloc nut but you could easily cut a thread into the handle with a tap & dye & just use a screw.
Now my Sola 4000s are easily attached & unattached simply by pulling up the collar & twisting.
Hope that is of use for someone else.
Cheers Pete.

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