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#386007 Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

Posted by thetrickster on Yesterday, 11:15 PM

I have to admit the new Atomos screens (in the Flame and Inferno units) are to die for underwater, ultra bright and sharp and using the RGB parade, I can manually adjust the WB using Kelvin instead of using slates while eyeing the Red channel.


BUT, and having spent a small fortune on one and all the bits to outfit my GH4, the viewing position is no way as good as the Dive and See and other 5" screens -  I've had to modify (and still need to finish off) the way it fits on the handles to get the handles further back and the screen further forward, as the screen is just way too close to your face in the standard configuration - and I think my eyesight is going!


Looking forward to at some point towards the end of this year, upgrading to the GH5 and the better ergo of the NA-GH5 (still on the NA-GH3).

#384601 Panasonic GH-5 lens selection WWL1 or wide-angle

Posted by thetrickster on 01 June 2017 - 01:13 AM

Dont want to open a new thread so i ll post my question here.

I am thinking to make the move from a compact camera to the GH5.

Considering that it will be used 90% for video, mostly for wide angle with the occasional macro stuff and that i already own the WWL 1 and CMC 1 what would be your lens choice?




If you have the WWL-1 and CMC-1 already I would get the 14-42mm II or 14-42mm PZ and the flat port and go from there.


I'm really happy with my current setup with those wet lenses and my GH4and 14-42mm

#383955 Are you shooting 30-50-60 FPS?

Posted by thetrickster on 10 May 2017 - 07:56 AM

Its a really good question, and one which I find intriguing due to the recent onslaught of 4K@60p


Most of my cameras I've had, were limited to 25/30p in 1080 - so never really have actually shot much on my GH3 and GH4 at 1080p60 - i think the lure of UHD sort of spoiled the benefits of shooting 1080p60, and even now I'm hard pressed not to like my 30p stuff.


As the guys have said above, and from recent videos, underwater footage shot at 60p and played back at 30p - looks lovely. For me, its not that it looks 'slow mo' but that you get to appreciate the coral scenes more, the fish aren't so jumping around, the movement of the soft coral is more smooth and for sharks and the like, they look so much more defined slightly slowed down - yet you feel like the movement is still normal. On the other side, playing 60p back at 60p to me, looks awful from the youtube stuff I've watched - too real, too jerky and doesn't lead it self to storytelling - so for delivery to youtube etc I would still upload at 30p


I'm still shooting 30p at UHD, but instead of upgrading this summer, I'm going back down to 1080p and having a look at what my stuff looks like 2x slowed down.


As to WB - if I'm using lights, the WB is set to the Kelvin of the lights, or if not I'm Manual White Balance every few meters.

#382656 Panasonic 14-42mm ii vs 14-42mm PZ...

Posted by thetrickster on 28 March 2017 - 01:19 AM

Will do a side by side later, when I get home.

#382328 Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

Posted by thetrickster on 16 March 2017 - 10:54 PM

Might have my hands on a GH5 (no housing though!) for the weekend. Any tests I should do that haven't been covered by everyone else on YT?

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Can we assign one of the Fn buttons to do TRUE one-touch WB ?


Got another questions, but forgotten at present - will edit post once I remember.

#381371 Custom white balance and noise

Posted by thetrickster on 09 February 2017 - 09:59 AM

White or Grey. It doesn't really matter. The key is to have something that has no colour cast (so have the same about of Red, Green and Blue)

I have a WB slate which has actually a slight blue/green cast so making the camera over compensate a little towards red.

But anything Matt white or grey is a great start

Regards - Richard

#381197 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 03 February 2017 - 12:04 AM

Here are the GH5 overlaid (in Red) the GH4 - as you can see the GH5 is quite a bit different in all aspects



(Aligning to Mount)



(Aligning to EVF)



Aligned to Hotshoe

#381168 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 02 February 2017 - 10:26 AM

Oh and btw, would all/most of the buttons work on the gh5 in a gh4 nauticam housing?

The housing door won't even close if you tried the GH5 in the GH4 housing (if we are talking Nauticam) as the GH5 is thicker (and about 10% more in volume)

Regards - Richard

#380853 Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

Posted by thetrickster on 23 January 2017 - 03:12 AM

Well not per say for the GH5. This housing of their is a generic (hence the size) MIL housing that takes, GHx cameras, A6300/6500 etc.

They are somehow using wifi for the controls (the buttons on the right)

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#380840 Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

Posted by thetrickster on 22 January 2017 - 11:42 AM

EasyDive (Italy) have the GH5 in their Leo housing at Boot show...



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#380770 Panasonic GH5 Photos / Specs

Posted by thetrickster on 19 January 2017 - 05:54 AM

725 grams? That's a hefty body indeed!


Yup, especially considering they removed the flash part too and the battery is the same.


Can't wait to get it underwater!

#380688 High ISO Pana GH4 clip to share

Posted by thetrickster on 16 January 2017 - 10:17 PM

Sorry Davide, looked through all my FCPX Projects I can't find the dive I did looking at all the ISOs and Colour Profiles. Sorry [emoji52]

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#380526 High ISO Pana GH4 clip to share

Posted by thetrickster on 12 January 2017 - 12:21 AM

I'll see if I can find my ISO tests I did (underwater) a while ago.

#380297 Are people leaving micro four thirds?

Posted by thetrickster on 05 January 2017 - 11:40 PM

Hi Sully,

Just a quick bit of trivia. The Olympus underwater housings and ports are actually made by a company called AOI and branded Olympus.

Apart from the material the housing is made from, there is little functional differences in the housings. I suppose one of the benefits of the Olympus housings is that they are more buoyant than an Aluminium from Nauticam or others - so you potentially don't need the float arms that I seem to have a lot of..

Reasons for going for a 'generic' brand housing from Nauticam, Aquatica, Sealux and others is that the port system is transferable between different camera brands, so one year I could be shooting Olympus, the next Panasonic - so you can invest in your ports (as they are not cheap) and know they will last for many years on future cameras.

Going with Olympus they made it difficult on some of their housings (previously) to change ports and then you are limited to a very small selection and also they have been known to change the port mount completely between cameras - so you really can only buy for your current camera, with the likelihood that you will need everything again for your next camera.

Also the Aluminium housings are rated for sub 60m - even 100m+ dives and have many additional advantages like vacuums and leak detectors, better ergonomics for gloves, handles etc.

As to sizing. The m43 cameras and housings are slowly creeping in size (compare my old EPL1 and the GH4 for example!) so I would suspect with the GH5 and EM1mk2 the housing won't be much smaller than a Sony or even a mid sized Canon.

#380199 Lenses for GH5

Posted by thetrickster on 03 January 2017 - 11:03 AM

There is no way to operate a manual focus on that lens!?
BTW: https://nauticam.squ...do-in-4k-na-gx8

What some great tips for using magic-filter + lights - would never of thought of doing that with the WB

Thanks for posting!

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