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#360406 How important is underwater tripod?

Posted by thetrickster on 23 April 2015 - 04:52 AM

I had a GorillaPod (I think it was the SLR-Zoom one) - it broke after 3 dives. (a couple of the joints cracked)


I've now got a XIT404 one from Jack at Optical Ocean Sales - https://www.opticalo...404-tripod.html


Its an expensive item to start with, but with the cost of delivery to here - made the whole thing about 950€!! 


For sure its a great asset to have for underwater videography - especially for macro video!


Would I buy again - yes I would, the quality and flexible of the system have been great


But maybe I will wait for the Euro/Dollar rate to get better first!!

#360348 Good news for GH4 owner!!!!

Posted by thetrickster on 21 April 2015 - 10:02 AM

They are using the beta firmware sadly for us.

Results looking good thou!!

Panasonic have confirmed that FW V2.2 wont have the V-LOG-L implemented at this time:


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#360093 Betty Bomber - Truk

Posted by thetrickster on 15 April 2015 - 07:16 AM

I don't use filters.  I am not a big fan of filters myself, so you will never see that from me, at least with this camera. 


I have the wrong camera, I can't see the GH4 rendering this sort of color at all.

#360074 First clip with GH4 - Tulamben, March 2015

Posted by thetrickster on 15 April 2015 - 04:23 AM

You need to type the full URL:


#360043 Betty Bomber - Truk

Posted by thetrickster on 14 April 2015 - 10:12 AM

Wow. Just wow. Amazing colours!!!!!

I remember diving it and the water being quite milky then.

Can you say about what you did in post with this.

- and it's amazingly stable footage too!

#359991 Potential solution to shaky video footage?

Posted by thetrickster on 13 April 2015 - 07:06 AM

From the videos on Vimeo, it heavily crops to achieve the results - but they are impressive.  Fair play to them, showing the side by sides.


I've sent a message to them, asking why the need for Mic input and Video output (I presume for time syncing, can't understand why the mic input thou). For underwater it won't fit inside a housing, so will need a separate housing and a cabling duct.


The Unit is the same for both GoPro and any other camera, but the attachment for other cameras, has the 3.5mm inputs/outputs, which the unit clips into.


The unit fits in a standard go pro housing like a BatteryPac, so I was thinking, use that (GoPro + unit) underwater (attached to your main camera rig) and using something to sync the go pro and the other camera (clapper, hand wave or something..) you could then use the data from the unit taken with the GoPro, but for the video from your main video?


Looking forward to the Crowdfunding, I think it will be the first thing I've pledged too!

#359829 Canon Cinema EOS XC10 4K Camera

Posted by thetrickster on 09 April 2015 - 07:30 AM

I am right in thinking the Canon Speedbooster you can buy now, has full Iris control from the camera (and power to the IS) so the only thing lacking is AF (which isn't a great shame)


Nauticam already do a N85 to N120 adaptor, so only need an extension tube for the Speedbooster thickness, and you can use the currently availble ports for the larger lenses.

I suppose the issue will be gaining access to the lens for zoom ring 'over' the speedbooster.

#359811 Should i get a fisheye?

Posted by thetrickster on 09 April 2015 - 03:09 AM

I had the 9-18mm and I hated it (sorry) it was like butter left outside.


The 8mm is a cracking lens, however saying that I do enjoy the 7-14mm more.


Next question.... Glass Zen Dome or Acrylic Nauticam Dome................... I'll get my coat. ;)

#359527 Super Macro with Olympus 60mm and PT-EP05L

Posted by thetrickster on 02 April 2015 - 03:56 AM

I looked at this a few years ago.


What you can do is order the original port from the EPL1 housing - Part Number: VG657900 (This you will need to order as a 'spare part' from a service centre, its not something you can buy over the counter.


The only problem is that port does not have a threaded front - so you will need the clip-on 67mm adapter Part Number: PMLA-EP01


*** I see you are in the UK - you need to speak with Luton Cameras, these are the official Olympus service centre. :)

#358683 Over processing (especially magenta/red)

Posted by thetrickster on 09 March 2015 - 03:34 AM

First photo is cracking!

#358361 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 27 February 2015 - 03:45 AM

Done, much more fiddly than I first thought.

Will post up the .STL file for others to use.


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#358124 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 20 February 2015 - 02:52 PM

99% there with the focus gearing. Just ran out of time today, positioning screw holes. Thinking Monday its a done deal. [emoji106]


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#358104 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 20 February 2015 - 06:25 AM

Progress on the modified zoom gear. Once I had taken it apart. I realised the amount of effort Nauticam put in to it!! It's taken 3 trial prints to get this fair. Only thing concerning me is the wall thickness (in plastic) and the 3 small screws that will hold it together.



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#358050 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 19 February 2015 - 01:47 AM

After having a look at the current zoom gearing, it looks like it will be super easy to make it work with the focus switch.


The issue with this gearing is the springs - its quite a clever solution from Nauticam, if you're happy using the zoom gearing as a basis for the focus gearing, all that needs to be replaced is the top part (see photo) which I've redone for the smaller focus switch.


Will get the printer warmed up this weekend and get one printed and see how it works.


Ultimately a complete solution not using the zoom gearing would be good - but for now, this will do!


ScubaBob - whats your mailing address!

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#358026 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 18 February 2015 - 02:04 PM

Richard I would definitely be interested in a Print!

Happy to get you a print of the gearing in the post. :-)

Will have a proper look at the current zoom gear and lens in the morning (bit late in the day now) and get a model knocked up. Once it's done Ill send you one, and if anyone else is interested I can either send a print or provide the STL file (which you can use with any 3D printer or print service like ShapeWays.

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