I'm still doing some research about possible GH4 rig (also waiting for announcement of Panasonic LX8). I will be mostly doing video so I think the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm using the Nauticam Macro Port 35 would be the way to go. I read that the Panasonic 14-42mm has 37mm thread, which mean it's tiny! The Nauticam Macro Port 35 is 67mm threaded.
Anyway, I still have my Inon UFL-165AD port, I'm holding on to it because it's the best WA wet lens back in the day. I have a 67mm to AD adapter. So my question is, has anyone tried this set up? I know the Panasonic lens will have to zoom to 18mm (36mm equivalent), would there be vignette?
It's still a rumor and we will find out on July 13, the Panasonic LX-8 could have 4K video! I'm a big fan of the LX-7 and let's hope the LX-8 has built in ND filter. I can imagine saving quite a bit of money for lens and can do macro and WA in the same dive. The GH4 would set me back about $5K for the complete set up with 12-50mm lens and port. The LX-8 could be a $2K set up. So exciting!
The question is, does a 1" sensor and a M43 sensor makes big difference?
I manage to find a local company that can print the gear for me for $15. They actually charge by the hour so 3 files would take about 3 hours to print. However, the resolution will be 0.5mm. I'm wondering if anyone have gone this route. I requested to get a new quote for 0.1mm. If you have gone this route, which print resolution you used and if you have ran into any issue?
I will be going to Anilao early next year so I'm looking at some technique info to improve my shooting skill and I will be using a new set up.
This is the video that I'm using as reference:
I just sold my point and shoot (Panasonic LX-7) and probably will get a GH4 and Olympus 12-50mm. I also have a +4 i-das diopter and a +7 Dyron diopter.
Looking at Howard's video, I can't help but see that the footage show the standard shot, then zoom in close up, and then further close up. I don't know what equipment he used (could be Red?), but is that something that an interchangeable lens system could accomplish? I know once you put a lens into the housing, you're stuck with that lens so I don't know how he get various stage of close up with the same creature.
The 12-50mm lens is recommended because it's wide & decent macro on the same lens. Could I use my existing diopter for real macro or do I need to get the Nauticam Super Macro Converter?
Also, another workaround/trick could be shooting at 4K, and when I want the real super macro, I would crop the 4K footage and eventually ended up with a 1080 footage. But I prefer to not do the cropping.