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In Topic: Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

28 January 2015 - 01:19 AM

Here are some photos
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Sort of looks like that mechanical spider in the Will Smith movie Wild Wild West...

Can you program it to walk across the sea floor? :)

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In Topic: Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

26 January 2015 - 02:31 PM

New firmware v21 announced.

Good. Now the only thing missing is the Shogun housing.

Do you have any insight into a delivery schedule for Nauticam's Shogun housing? I was hoping that they'd have it out quite quickly once the Shogun was delivered. I wonder if Nauticam are having some technical challenges - maybe with the touchscreen?

I've got a couple of trips planned for March. I hope I receive the housing by then...


In Topic: GH4 with 14-42mm lens or LX100?

16 January 2015 - 10:25 PM

Agreed, and I'm pretty good with the slow panning when required, but there are always those scenarios where a shark or codfish will dart across the frame. 


If the difference between the two isn't significant then no big deal, but if it's pronounced then it will tip the scales.


I think that you are worrying about an immaterial thing.  Rolling shutter is only obvious when panning across straight, distinct verticals.  Underwater, about the only place you'll find straight, distinct verticals are on ship-wrecks.  And then only obvious with a fast pan - which is likely to make your audience so dizzy that they won't notice the "rolling shutter" anyway.


Any shark darting across the scene might look slightly distorted if compared to a still photo but the audience will be oblivious.




In Topic: GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

03 January 2015 - 08:41 PM

Peter I just returned from Raja Ampat. Amazingly enough Singapore Air weighed my ThinkTank Camera Backpack at JFK before the start of my trip. They made me take my Nauticam Housing out of my backpack and put in my luggage. Luckily nothing got broken and all my luggage arrived ok. 


Maybe it's a JFK airport policy.  The staff who insisted were probably not even SQ people, just their ground handling agent.

In Topic: Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

30 December 2014 - 08:26 PM


The reason I'm asking is that I still might buck the trend and mount a Shogun up top. Or at least look at using top mounting holes as part of an overall mounting solution.


There's always gotta be one radical...   :)


For some type of shots, I could see how a top mount would work well.  For example, macro shots with the unit on a small tripod or set of legs.  A top mounted monitor would probably be more convenient.


Earlier this month, I was shooting macro in Lembeh using the GH4 (without any monitor as the Shogun had not yet arrived).  The only way to see what I was shooting was to get my face right down behind the camera's tiny monitor.  Sometimes my chin was resting on the sand or mud.  I was thinking, "if there's a spiny poisonous fish under this black sand, I could be the first person ever to get stabbed in the chin".  Then I imagined my chin swelling up to look like Mr Incredible.  I think my guide wondered why I was chuckling...


But I think that top-mounting would increase "pitch" instability when free-swimming, shooting WA.  Then a rear-mount monitor, extended back from the camera would be better, lengthening the whole rig. Some carefully placed floatation might help balance it. Maybe need to add a rear handle.


All good stuff to play around with over the next few weeks....