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In Topic: Underwater Monitor for Panasonic GH5

10 December 2017 - 10:32 PM

Nice! Just ordered my 501 as well. Did you find any deals? Any plans to flip it upside down? That feels like it would smack me in the face being that high hehe. What applications do you have in mind for a surface feed?

The extra long Nauticam clamp did make it sit fairly high, but I could flip it down, and also flat so I could look straight down while shooting macro.

Will have to figure out how to turn off the auto rotate on the screen as certain angles flipped the image on me...

Battery died about 70 minutes into the dive. It was relatively cold water at +/- 42F and I had played with it out of housing and let sit for a few days. I did expect better battery life with 2 connected, but as I didnt start with full charges will reserve judgement.

Ended up being a night dive which isn't ideal for learning new camera stuff, but saw some cool critters. Had to be selective in what I focused on as the moment we descended there was a seal using our lights to hunt fish.

Have not purchased the surface feed kit yet, but will in future which is why I chose the 502 over the 501 model. Will use at for live-feed at conservation / education events where we have interpreters on shore with some hardy diver-collected species, and likely some salmon stuff in streams and rivers.

Would love to do live-feed from a glass sponge reef, but given the depths it may not be feasible.

But speaking of sponge reefs I look forward to swimming the edge of reef with camera held below pointing diagonally back over the reef. Should be easier to frame the shot with a monitor pointing up [emoji6]

As I am in Canada there were not many options for purchase. I watched prices and purchased online from B&H on Cyber Monday. Got the kit for the same price as monitor alone from a Canadian site...



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In Topic: Underwater Monitor for Panasonic GH5

10 December 2017 - 04:28 PM

As I will occasionally use the monitor topside I have opted for SmallHD 502 (so I can send up a surface feed in the future).

Ordered the housing and just waiting to see if there are any Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for the monitor.

Will comment after I have tried it out.



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Finally getting my new addition in the water once the Marina closes tonight.


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In Topic: GH5S Rumours...

01 December 2017 - 05:38 PM

Some interesting stuff from the rumour mill....


If true I am definately interested... my main complaint so far is low-light performance, especially on deep glass sponge reefs.

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In Topic: New camera time and need advice please

30 November 2017 - 09:38 AM

The one that is listed for sale, 12-50 gear and lens, would access to the macro switch still be there in the N85 macro port 65? 

The 12-50mm lense plus gear to switch into Macro Mode uses a different port

N85 Macro Port and Zoom Gear Set for Olympus 12-50mm

It is 77mm diameter wide vs 67mm for the other macro port due to the grar mechanism which surrounds the 12-50mm lens to allow for the switch to macro mode. It also has a side knob to engage the macro mode (the knob on housing controls zoom).

Some use 3rd party gears and ignore the macro mode.

Being 77mm diameter you need different mounts or flip adaptors for wet lenses. Not a big deal, but something to be aware of.

This port is required for the 12-50 but also works for the 60mm

Note there is a newer variant of the zoom gear specific to Panasonic GH5 which is a simple swap of one piece of gearing.

Good luck on your choices and balancing the gear to spouse happiness ratio [emoji6]


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In Topic: New camera time and need advice please

30 November 2017 - 09:00 AM

Thanks for the reply.  I had thought about the 12-50 but, again, reviews are so mixed good vs bad I don't know what to believe.
Any thoughts on the 9-18 behind the 4" semi dome?

Have never used it myself, but hear more bad reviews than good about the 9-18mm.

Sometimes the 12-50mm combo and / or port are available used which helps the wallet. I see a lens / gear combo in the classifieds now.

It definately doesnt have the quality of the higher end lenses, but for me the flexibility makes up for that... That being said when I have specific goals in mind I chose my 60mm or the 12-40 over the 12-50 jack of all trades.

Seeing as you already have the 14-42 not sure the need for you to go that route. Thought it was worth throwing into the discussion.



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