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#394641 GoPro Fusion or ThetaV - Anyone got one?

Posted by thetrickster on 22 April 2018 - 09:12 AM

I normally fly BA or United or similar. Horrible old planes, crap seats etc. But still give you 23kg bags (cheapish 2nd bag) plus the old style “if you can lift it, you can bring it” for hand luggage. This trip was really last minute and I had to get the same plane as the others on the trip to get the bus. Probably not my first choice. It will be an adventure.

Have a super trip! Look forward to the photos / videos.

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#394589 Show me your GH5, How you trim your buoyancy?

Posted by thetrickster on 20 April 2018 - 02:29 AM

Do you mean the Ikelite handle quick release system? Can it be adapted to the Nauticam?


I'm thinking these :




Can you explain what is your tyre weight system?



At your local garage, they have to balance your car wheels, they use stick on weights, in 5g or 10g blocks. You can use these anywhere on your camera housing, arms etc to get the weighting just right



#394567 Show me your GH5, How you trim your buoyancy?

Posted by thetrickster on 19 April 2018 - 10:06 AM

Here is my current setup



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#394505 Who is excited about Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K?

Posted by thetrickster on 17 April 2018 - 11:17 PM

At first, like everyone (I think) I saw the specs, the price and thought..whoa! Makes my recent GH5s purchase very expensive (but I still got it for a super low price, so can't complain...)


But here and on other forums I visit, people are starting to see the drawbacks of the battery, recording formats and the additional accessories you need to get it up and running.


Underwater, we have the issues of:
1. Battery life (only real option is USB based pack inside housing, like the A7 but means bigger housing)
2. Screen position
3. Control access
4. Heat (so might need fans, then an increase in housing size to cope with additional hardware and NPF battery)


As to whether or not it will get ProResRAW, that will be complicated issue, as its a licensing issue, only DJI and Atomos (I believe) have acquired ProResRAW licensing for their devices at the moment. So if they managed to get it on there, it will probably be a V-LOG-L type activation, or back to base upgrade as the licensing is per device.


Looking into the future, I can say that my 'next' camera (whenever that will be) will have to have ProResRAW, to make me wanna upgrade, it looks an amazing advancement in the < $5000 category.

#394321 News: Atomos Ninja V - New 5&rdquo; Recorder

Posted by thetrickster on 11 April 2018 - 06:57 AM

It’s written PRORES RAW, hopefully it has an SDI input connector.


Only HDMI. And it appears Atomos is getting ahead of itself in regards to getting a RAW signal over HDMI.... 

(DAMN - I was hoping it would be possible too...)


From a Panasonic rep at the Varicam division:



Panasonic is part of the HDMI consortium. This organization sets the standard for HDMI signals so that devices can talk to one another properly. RAW is not part of the spec, so there for it will not be output over HDMI.


Maybe in the future, but HDMI spec 2.1 is already out for consultation with a release Q1-Q3 this year - so we won't see anything this side of 2019.. :(

#394279 Who is excited about Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K?

Posted by thetrickster on 10 April 2018 - 05:59 AM

Looks good!


But I don't think its not going to happen, unless there is support for some sort of LANC controller to control the camera.


The camera is heavily controlled by the touch screen, with the videos I've seen, most of the adjusters being in different places depending on what you want to adjust. Making the use of hard to soft buttons (like on the atomos housings) would make a mess of the screen, as you would have to cover the number of options.


Have a look here, to see what I mean about the different screens (click the different 'Monitor' 'FPS' 'Shutter Angle' etc.. on the webpage to see the different screens) 



Would be amazing thou, as it shares the GH5s sensor, but seems to extract more performance from it.


Exciting times, especially with ProResRAW on the horizon too!

#394135 GH5S Better colour

Posted by thetrickster on 06 April 2018 - 05:57 AM

Richard, have you found a way to use the speedbooster in the housing?

No, I haven’t as I don’t own any Canon glass and prefer using native glass for the auto corrections, and the rest of the goodies (CA, distortion correction etc)

But I know there is a port now available going from n85 to n120 specify for using the SpeedBooster:


As to the colours. Looking again at the differences this morning. There is a ~2% increase in exposure on the GH5s also which also affects the difference.

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#393942 IS IT WORTH IT? GH5s - No Stabilization

Posted by thetrickster on 31 March 2018 - 10:36 AM

Hey guys I finally did it after many years mulling over the options, I am a Proud new owner of a GH5 in the Nauticam housing.

Good choice.
The GH5 is definitely the better choice for underwater than the GH5s

Having both, I always reach for the GH5 - it’s just more complete.

As to lights / monitor. As I and others have suggested - get Lights.

Depending on budget. Go bright. With tech these days, there is little point looking at less than 7500lm and CRI90. IMHO

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#393898 Best m43 zoom lens for WWL-1?

Posted by thetrickster on 30 March 2018 - 01:08 AM

Really thinking about trying the ...

Panasonic 14-42mm MkII with the INON UWL-H100 and  dome unit.  The WWL1 is too big and heavy for my trips.



I looked at this option before settling on the WWL-1. But going on the samples I wasn't happy with the corner sharpness (which was the main reason moving away from a dome)


Also, Interceptor might be better placed to answer this, but I'm not sure if the UWL-H100 can handle zooming through like the WWL-1 can.


The other positive benefit of the INON setup is the ability to use Red Filters, that you can remove/add underwater. But in the end final image quality pushed me towards the WWL-1.

#393884 IS IT WORTH IT? GH5s - No Stabilization

Posted by thetrickster on 29 March 2018 - 07:16 AM

Definitely get the best lights you can afford before a monitor.

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#393810 Best m43 zoom lens for WWL-1?

Posted by thetrickster on 26 March 2018 - 09:43 PM

Why not the 12-35 mm and just zoom to 14mm to avoid vignetting? 

This was one of my thoughts too. But I didn’t find a flat port that would work.

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#393672 Downsizing for travel - Opinions Needed

Posted by thetrickster on 22 March 2018 - 06:33 AM

Need to update this article but I think it is still relevant.  I shoot the Sony RX100IV and the camera is even better...




Great article.


I sometimes get that feeling too 'who / what am shooting for' Do I really need all that hand luggage and to check in a 23kg hardcase of camera gear - all for a few views on youtube.


I've never had a DSLR system, but my m43 systems haven't been small at all. A GoPro and some lights would probably actually do me, if I'm really honest with myself. But hey, they it wouldn't be as much fun playing with all this gear. hehe.

#393386 A7III is here !!!

Posted by thetrickster on 15 March 2018 - 12:28 PM

Seacam housing in two month... [emoji4]

I presume that means a housing for the A7Riii and A9 will then too!

Lots of FF choices soon then!

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#393297 4K vs 2.7K - 30fps vs 60fps, at least Sony should make the format

Posted by thetrickster on 14 March 2018 - 04:01 AM

If you aren't ready to spend big on a camera that doesn't fit your needs or likes (if you preference is to stick with Sony for example) I wouldn't get something 2nd hand which isn't what you want.


I personally I would get a GoPro 6 (or whatever it is these days) for its 4K@60 (so forfiling your needs) and spend the rest of some very good quality lights.

The lights will stick with you, when eventually you buy the camera you really want.

#393233 4K vs 2.7K - 30fps vs 60fps, at least Sony should make the format

Posted by thetrickster on 12 March 2018 - 12:50 AM

I do how ever still not see why the smaller format 2.7K in 60fps could threaten the FS5 and FS7 lines. 

Is there any mechanical limitations or maybe 2.7K is patended?


Nope. Marketing. Purely Marketing.


DJI had used 2.7K in its Phantom Drones and GoPro used it back in 2015 in their Hero4. But both are now 4K.


Most of the 4K cameras now are using 10/20+MP sensors (the A7r ii is 40mp isn't it?) and are either downsampling to 4K or pixel binning. (so could do to 2.7K easily)


We are talking every day consumers who buy the majority of these cameras, most of which don’t use them to their full potential, however selling them a camera only able to shoot 2.7K yet on the next aisle, selling them a 4K HDR TV makes for marketing disaster.


I agree that 2.7K is a nice resolution to work with, and for probably all online viewing its fine, but it has no meaningful marketing presence, there is no standard to it, and the horse has bolted, 4K is here, and Sony has already set in motion moving to 8K...




4K@60 is here, but not with Sony or Canon for under $2000...