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Nick Hope

Member Since 12 Sep 2004
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In Topic: Video Light Filters

Yesterday, 09:36 PM

Nice DIY project Peter.


On daylight dives I used to snap blue gels into the front of my Light & Motion halogen heads. That worked well because they had a slight recess that was just right.


I'm thinking of making some cylindrical cups to go over my Keldan Luna 4X lights to do this. I might have to get them 3D printed unless I can find pipe that has the right diameter. Failing that, I may copy your idea.


Kind of ironic. Get lights with a nice high CRI and then completely knacker it with a bit of coloured plastic over the front :D


The other strategy is just to throw so much artificial light on the subject that the ambient daylight is overcome, but that's not always conducive to keeping the subject happy.

In Topic: GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Yesterday, 09:20 PM

Nice idea! You could do that with the Tripod Leg w/Ball Adaptor Kit and a triple clamp and a ball on the bottom of the housing. But the problem is that when you loosen the clamp to move your tripod leg, the monitor will also be loose. You'd need some sort of brace linking the top of it to something else on the housing. It wouldn't have to be much. Just to stop it flopping about.


If you have the more expensive twist leg it would get a bit clumsy because you'd need a triple clamp then a short arm, then another clamp. Quite a chain.


I'm very interested to see what Nauticam come up with as a mount.


What type of Gorillapod did you break?

In Topic: GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

19 December 2014 - 11:01 PM

A lot of airlines allow for a "personal item" in addition to your carry-on. Typically if it could fit under the seat in front then it can be classified as a personal item. For my next trip I'm deciding whether my personal item (in addition to backpack) will be my laptop or my bare housing (like EunJae) or a very large bumbag. Or maybe I'll try for 2 or 3 of those. It's always a gamble and it's totally airline-dependent. You need to have a plan in case they enforce the rules. Taking a bare housing like EunJae has the benefit of distracting the staff and making them forget what they should be weighing and charging for. The best thing is if you have someone accompany you to the airport and hide around the corner with some of your carry-on gear while you check in.

In Topic: GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

18 December 2014 - 08:23 PM


Nick, did Nauticam get back to you in regards to your questions?


Yes. 11 days ago.


It sounds like they will be including the vacuum sensor and valve.


They will make it compatible with as many batteries as possible (they referred me to the TVlogic 058 monitor housing, I assume as an illustration).


Still working on the best mounting solution. No mention of mounts for tripod legs. The mount seen at shows was just an old prototype.

In Topic: 3-Point Lighting, Spotlights, Snoots for Video Lights

08 December 2014 - 01:15 AM

ND filters on the lights was really my thought for approaching sensitive critters at night. Even my old L&M Elite halogens sometimes felt too bright on the lowest setting for some shots.


I used to snap blue gels into the front of those halogen lights. It certainly helped in the daytime.


Will have a play with home-made reductive snoots first and see how I get on. Lack of a workshop here limits what I can make these days.