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#370266 New Nauticam 29 port for Panasonic 14-42mm PZ could be a blast for 4K video s...

Posted by thetrickster on 08 February 2016 - 11:15 AM

Not very scientific. But here goes:

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At 14mm. No wet lens


At 14mm with INON 165


At 14mm with CMC


At 42mm. No wet lens


At 42mm with INON 165


At 42mm with CMC


#370213 New Nauticam 29 port for Panasonic 14-42mm PZ could be a blast for 4K video s...

Posted by thetrickster on 07 February 2016 - 08:56 AM

Will double check tomorrow - plus provide samples

#370069 New Nauticam 29 port for Panasonic 14-42mm PZ could be a blast for 4K video s...

Posted by thetrickster on 04 February 2016 - 12:17 AM

I don't think [Pana 14-42 II Mega + port35 + WWL-1] vignettes, but I'm sure others will confirm that. I'm not sure.


I can confirm it does not. 


I'm really happy with the swap from the 7-14mm / Dome  to the 14-42mm II / WWL

#370035 3D Printed Nauticam Bayonet Cap

Posted by thetrickster on 03 February 2016 - 12:00 PM

One of the things that struck me about the new bayonet system (apart from its great!) was that (unless I've missed it) there is no cap for the bayonet once you have it attached to your housing. I don't tend to keep my WWL attached, but once removed it leaves the front element of the port exposed.

8 or 9 trails later (might of been more. Lost count)

I made up a 2 piece cap for the bayonet system.
Reason for it being 2 piece was to get the front with the logo, so need to glue it. It does appear my printer isn't great at logos, so will probably go with something plainer next time.

Here is the finished project:





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#369879 Ninja2 can run upside down. News to me!

Posted by thetrickster on 31 January 2016 - 06:08 AM

I've had a Atomos Ninja2 for a while and thought I knew it pretty well... However yesterday I was doing some work on VLOG in 10bit 1080 topside and I had a friend turn up with his Ninja upside down. I was like - how you do that! Erm... Quite easily by the looks of it - Orientation option.

So now I can run my Ninja underwater more like the Shogun with it pivoting from the top - much easier.


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#369579 Decided on a new micro 4/3 setup now need help deciding on which camera?

Posted by thetrickster on 23 January 2016 - 10:06 AM

Definitely go Olympus (that's coming from a GH4 owner!) the IBIS is worth it.

You are at an interesting time to be honest. The EM-1 has been around for a while and you would expect Olympus to have something out soon. But how soon depends on how quickly you want to start shooting. As with any camera. There will also be a better one at some point. I possibly wouldn't get the E-M1 at this time.

If macro is your thing. The 60mm is a must.

Other points to look at is the flash sync. Is it 1/250, 1/320 or even 1/500? As this will effect your ability to get those in fashion blacked out shots
(Higher the better)

Apart from the camera and ports. Do you have decent strobes? A uw tripod?

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#369544 Filters and Nauticam WWL and the 14-42mm MKII

Posted by thetrickster on 22 January 2016 - 06:24 AM

Having used a magic-filter on the rear filter holder with the 7-14mm lens, I want to use a magic filter with my modified setup of the 14-42mm and WWL
I was hoping to be able to use an externally mounted 67mm filter in-between the port and the WWL (so I could remove while diving) - but there isn't any space. So I went hunting for a internally mounted solution.
The 14-42mm mk2 sits super close to the back (or is it the front? :) ) of the 35mm port - so close a Auto-Magic or URPRO filter (at 5mm thick) won't fit. 
So I went back to the original Gel Magic-Filters...
The first solution would be to just use tape and stick one on, but these Gel and fingers don't mix and I was forever getting finger prints over mine so wanted a more easy / permanent solution, so I could install / remove as required.
I looked for ultra thin UV filters (some only 2.75mm thick) perhaps to use as a frame- but these are still too thick.
I then remembered back to my old EPL-3 - and the Olympus shading rings they sold - so £30 later I have a Olympus POSR-EP08.



Alas the inner ring is too wide for the 14-42mm MK2 - and although would of been the ideal solution - it doesn't screw down all the way and within a hair is still too thick (pushing in the camera, makes the lens barrel go to 14.5mm)



So after a few trial and errors, I've now printed a filter holder, which is only 0.5mm thick and fits the lens using the lens hood bayonet fitting. I can now glue/fix the magic-filer to this and not worry and fingers etc





If anyone is in a similar situation - here is a link to the 3D file - https://tinkercad.com/things/2dlEK40xkKQ 

#369274 GH4 Photo and Video

Posted by thetrickster on 14 January 2016 - 12:24 AM





Most of the GH4 users on here I know (including myself) are using Nauticam housings, they seem to be very reliable, great support and the continuous improvements and upgrades are coming thick and fast. Just recently Nauticam have released a new 'deep' version of the NA-GH4 - good for 150m!


For settings, its a purely personal choice, many people like to use a 'flat' profile and colour grade after, some prefer to try and get the internal recordings as close to their final grade in-camera as possible. 


The GH4 is very flexible and if I'm honest - too flexible and I haven't quite got to my favourite settings 'yet' even after over a yr of using it underwater. But for the moment I'm using 'Natural' profile with +2 Contrast, +3 NR, +2 Sat.


As to White Balance, if using lights its recommended to set the Kelvin to match the lights - at least you won't get any colour casts.


In ambient lighting, the GH4 really does need a Red filter (Magic Filter or URPro type) to bring the the G/B down a touch, with a filter - it really does 'pop'.


As to lenses, sadly I've got/had them all, 8mm,7-14mm,12-35mm,14-42PZ, 14-42MKII, 9-18mm, 60mm


For me the 7-14mm is a stellar lens underwater and one of my favourites, behind a dome (6" Nauticam, 170mm Zen or the 180mm Nauticam) its a great FoV for wrecks etc. However I feel the lack of OIS (or IBIS) really does let it down a little, as you have to be great underwater with your control to keep it steady! Some say corner sharpness isn't great, but I've been happy with the 4K video I've taken with the 7-14mm


The 60mm is a mega macro lens, for Nudi's and the like it great, I loved it, the colours, the sharpness its amazing, but for me I've found it a little too strong and the focusing annoys me, when it hunts backwards and forwards - and the manual focus is too slow when in a housing. I've heard good things about the 45mm and also the new 35mm too.


In the end, I got fed up choosing what lens to take (as its become apparent I'm diving less and less) so I've traded in the 7-14mm dome and the 60mm (the WA and Macro) for a middle of the road choice with the 14-42mm MK2, the CMC and the new WWL. That way on a dive I've now got Macro, Close Up and WA all covered - plus I've gained some IS.


If I were you (and If I was me again at the beginning!!), and you haven't got any domes or ports purchased yet - I would have a look at the WWL combo.

#369110 New Nauticam 29 port for Panasonic 14-42mm PZ could be a blast for 4K video s...

Posted by thetrickster on 09 January 2016 - 01:01 PM

I've invested (if you call it that!) in:

1x WWL
1x CMC Adaptor
1x 14-42mm II Mega
(And all the associated bayonet adaptors etc)

To replace the 7-14mm and 14-42PZ

There can't be any mod for focus for the 14-42mm II due to being a 'normal' lens. Can use the cursor buttons for manual focus thou (I think)

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#369109 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by thetrickster on 09 January 2016 - 12:56 PM

You still need to buy the zoom gearing for this to work (sadly).

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#367888 GH4: Cocos Island during 2015 El Nino

Posted by thetrickster on 03 December 2015 - 11:46 PM

Would you care to share your settings?

Color Profile (adjustments), WB, Focus, ISO?


Great job

#367755 Anyone Tried Nauticam's Shutter Release Extension?

Posted by thetrickster on 01 December 2015 - 07:54 AM

I got one for my GH4, but had to print a bracket for it to fit.




I took it off in the end as the button layout on my NA-GH3 wasn't useful if using the trigger (and trying to WB and back focus) as all the buttons were too fair from my thumb.

#366057 Reflecting problem

Posted by thetrickster on 10 October 2015 - 10:49 PM

Found this today (on a different issue - to strengthen a usb cable)


But I reckon it would work on lenses too...?



#365943 4K downscale vs 1080p

Posted by thetrickster on 06 October 2015 - 02:59 AM

... however the LX100 doesn't take 1:1 pixels and operates from 4112 to 3840 on the horizontal axis. 



I think this is why you don't see any benefit from downscaling the 4K to 1080p - as the 4K mode from the LX100 is already performing some pixel squeezing.


I think its only the GH4 that is taking a pure 1:1 4k centre crop from the sensor.


The GX8 sensor has a greater crop (due to being 20MP) in 4K mode - and I think (from cameralabs review) its 4K mode is also not a pure 1:1 pixel reading


I wish they would give use the options

1. Use full width of sensor for 4k - but loose quality

2. Use 1:1 centre pixels - but lose some wide angle

#365935 Anyone used a 'Deeproof Housing Carrier' with a FlexiTray?

Posted by thetrickster on 06 October 2015 - 12:14 AM

Aluminium, its a just a guess, weight it by hand with bags of nuts I have on my desk.  :)