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Nick Hope

Member Since 12 Sep 2004
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In Topic: Diving the Salish Sea

29 November 2016 - 06:06 PM

Very nice. The sharpness and colour of those macro shots is great. Was all that macro shot with a CX550 in a L&M housing? Did you use an extra macro lens?

In Topic: DSLR vs. designated video camera.

28 November 2016 - 06:14 PM

Now I'm shooting video with a "stills" camera (Panasonic GH4), these are some features I miss on my previous designated video cameras:


1. Wide range of focal lengths in one zoom lens

2. Better auto-focus

3. Longer depth of field (unless I specifically want a shallow DOF)

4. Flippable color-correction filter

5. Flippable ND filter (or at least an auto ND filter)

6. Smooth aperture adjustment (not in steps)

7. Simpler menu and controls

8. Better ergonomics for video


You potentially have most of those advantage in the AX33 over the D7100 (but probably not #5) and #4 would depend on the housing.


As a very general statement, designated video cameras are good for wide angle, underwater "run and gun" style shooting when you don't have much time. DSLRs etc. are good where you have time to set up a shot, such as benthic macro.

In Topic: Video Light Recommendation

21 November 2016 - 05:57 PM

My preference for shooting macro is a maximum beam angle of 30 degrees so the lights don't light up too much dirt in the surrounding water and are better for isolating the subject. For macro I changed from 2 x Keldan Luna 4x to 2 x FIX Neo 1000 DX SW and I've been pretty happy with them. The output is variable in small increments. I was given a snoot kit to test with them that is probably generally available too now. I got the all-black ones to minimize any reflections. The FIX Neo 1500 DX SWR and FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR would be other options with more output at the wider 100 degree angle but the 2000 has a 7500 color temp rating which is very much on the blue side of white. "R" means you have a red option. Here's a chart I made a few months ago when I was researching (and confused by all the models):



In Topic: Behavior question on remora

12 November 2016 - 06:48 PM

I have video of Echeneis naucrates on a feeding Scarus rubroviolaceus and separately on a sleeping Scarus frenatus from the Simlian Islands. The parrotfish seemed happy enough.

In Topic: Vimeo Vs Youtube in 2017

10 November 2016 - 06:59 PM

...For monetization purposes, how is Vimeo's model? I would think YouTube has the potential to expose your content to a wider audience -- not that the audience for underwater video is all that wide to begin with, I guess.


It can be wide if you get lucky with a formula that connects with non-divers and makes them want to share. That was originally just a stock footage screener but I added the music, synced the clips to it and got lucky.


It should be noted that you need a lot of views to make worthwhile money from YouTube ads, and the revenue from YouTube Red (paid subscribers) is still microscopic. On the other hand I've always assumed that very very few people would be prepared to actually part with cash to watch these type of videos. I did think about asking $99 per view (or download) for my long documentaries. I might try that for the next one, or offer an extended "director's cut".