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  1. 2 points
    The debate has taken unexpected turns. Instead of continuing to mourn Olympus or betting on who will be next (Nikon?), comments on children and young generations reminded me of two essays by Italian authors: Massimo Mantellini and Paolo Magrassi. which perfectly center the side theme slightly touched by @oneyellowtang and @Interceptor121 "We live in the "good-enough society", the age of good enough: we don't need the optimal quality of the CD, MP3 is enough; phone calls with perfect audio? Skype VOIP is more than enough". The Internet has radically changed our approach with depth, information, social relations, markets and culture. We listen to music in new digital formats, we photograph the world through the small lens of our mobile phones. We no longer read newspapers, preferring random information that bounces off the social profiles of our "friends". But we embraced Ikea kitchens and Banksy's graffiti, new low-resolution artifacts that fill our lives today. Often through such options we can glimpse the signs of a new intelligence, other times they tell the story of our usual superficiality. In low-resolution technology real time overwhelms the archive. The Internet, the place of memory, is transformed into the space where everything will be quickly forgotten. Let's take music: while still discussing whether vinyl or CD is better, we switched to mp3 and then to streaming. It all happened quickly while we were discussing which are the best gold cables for our high fidelity systems dusty in the living room. Then I go into my son's room and his tech equipment is very simple: a laptop connected to the internet, Youtube and two $10 plastic speakers. If I ask him "how does it sound?" the answer is "great". It sounds great. We can do the exact same thing for photography. The current transformation is similar to the revolution introduced by Polaroid in the era of film. The digital image has changed skin and is now dominated by the speed of the transition to new media other than paper: social networks where our friends will be ready to welcome them and comment on them. The low resolution at least in our photos is not a simple process of degradation for practical purposes but a complex process that expands in several directions. A significant number of photos we see on the net are low-resolution but highly processed images. The software that modifies them before they are published is equipped with predefined filters and options that allow in a few gestures even on the screen of a mobile phone to make the image we have just taken more interesting, artistic or captivating. Such modifications are improvements and adulterations: They make the photos more similar to us and to the idea that we want to suggest us to others, but they intentionally betray the principle of truth. above all, they make the photos that we observe on the net all substantially similar. It's no coincidence that there are now groups of people on the internet who would like to eliminate the use of filters and who add the proud caption "nofilter" as proof of the authenticity of the look that technology has now compromised and deceived everywhere. Within the vastness of the digital offer, everything seemed at hand. Just then we decided to slow down, making an unexpected choice: the reduction of our expectations. Understanding this choice means understanding the contemporary. Low-resolution
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    I would have upgraded camera bodies more often if manufactures kept the body physically compatible. ie. I can continue to use this year's body in last year's housing. But even with the smallest minor version upgrade they insist on moving a button a few mm and thus a camera body upgrade dictates a housing body upgrade and hence the cost of upgrading is prohibitive. The last time I managed to do that was a Nikon F801 to an F801s! (I still have them sitting in box somewhere if anyone wants to make me an offer) Looking at it naively and simplistically, if manufacturers committed to a standard physical body across several models and just fitted different electronics into it, they could put the cash saved on tooling into the electronics and get more sales from us underwater photographers. But then we have been saying that forever and no manufacturer has listened to us. That is all at a bit of a tangent. As per the original premise, I agree that once you have a camera that can see better than you can, focus faster than you can, and takes pictures technically good enough for what you want to do with them, why should you ever need more? The product becomes a commodity and has to compete on price and convenience rather than technical excellence.
  4. 1 point
    You need to look at the housing add on items as a once in a lifetime purchase. I agree with the purchase of a vacuum system. With the items like a vacuum system, viewfinder, strobes, arms and clamps, you purchase them once and when you upgrade your camera, you upgrade your housing and transfer all the items to the new housing. Yes you may need to get a different adapter for the vacuum system and viewfinder but that cost would be minimal in relation to the cost of new items. It may be out of your price range right now but it may be less expensive than buying a inon and then selling it and buying a nauticam viewfinder.
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    Up for sale is a used Nauticam NA-E-M5 housing in good used working condition. Comes with an Olympus’ groundbreaking OM-D E-M5 body, also in good working condition, with 10.8k actuations. Comes with box, FL-LM2 flash, OEM battery, charger, caps. Ready to dive! $375 plus shipping in the United States. I sold a similar setup on eBay (I had three of these housings) but eBay is now charging sales tax in addition to the ten percent they take, so no more eBay. Photos to come.
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    I guess the original intention of the post got sidetracked by the usual stuff Going back to what you say it may be true that national geographic is using a gopro for shark, sure you can put it on a stick and if it gets crushed who cares but viceversa is not true a lot of people that use a phone or a gopro stay there This is consistent across the number of surveys done Most people here and the readers of uwpmag dont come for gopro and phones Technology in the camera department is moving slow phones are moving fast the two things do not cross path. Phones have app stores you can write tools so they have much more to offer than a closed system camera Market consolidation will happen and the market becomes more commodity I see those as consequences that cannot be avoided, will it trickle to underwater photography? Not sure is such a small segment Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Putting this link up in case you might have missed this. It is very interesting to hear from a guy like Pawel.
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    It is my point because they are camera companies that are camera and image not consumer centric. Same issue of Olympus keep going on a certain path without trying to exploit the video potential of MFT while Panasonic was getting the whole public of DSLR and camcorders shooters interested in portable video. Camera will become specific devices for people that need a more creative support manufacturers keep making the same mistakes and pushing consumers to full frame because they make money with that not realising that the majority of people can't be bothered about ultimate image quality but need to share quickly ultimately this approach cannibalises their own cropped offering but does not win a single consumer that comes from mobile phone market
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    After having a look at the (Nauticam) housings for the Z7 and the D850 with no difference in weight and almost same size it will be a DSLR again. Thanks for all you kind help. The camera body might be a little bit lighter than the DSLR is but with the ftz Adaptor and using F-Mount lenses there is also not too much difference any more. The handling of the camera: also +1 for the DSLR. I couldn't have a look at the images, I still don't know much about the quality of the Z6/7 compared to a D800/D810/D850. Maybe the next or the generation after that will get it's chance. I can't wait for a successor (and I don't want to go with 60 MP with what the rumors say) and also a Z8 is too much. I think with the D850 I will get a partner for a couple of years.
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    I wrote this piece is pretty long but is getting some good feedback worth a read probably https://interceptor121.com/2020/07/05/what-happens-after-the-olympus-has-fallen/
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    Interceptor121...that guy in Australia happens to have won Academy awards for his tech work. He is a very accomplished engineer. I trust his work far more then I trust Nauticam. His housing for the FP is a nice bit of kit. That Titanium/Ceramic lens mount is nice ! Mating the Nikonos optics to a ceramic coated titanium lens mount means the lens is secure and tight with no play and the ceramics ensure the lens mount will never wear out. "titanium doesn't corrode, and it is very strong. Ceramic coating is even harder than titanium, hydrophobic and self lubricating. They will last true life time of constant use" The housing has a 2TB SSD onboard. The housing can be modified with more ports to spec upon request. The kicker here is this camera and housing are tiny.....and that gets me to places I couldn't go before. Plus its a bit of a crash-cam setup - if I do get held up and robbed the camera was only 2K. No one wants to be held up of course but the reality out there is some of us work in dangerous places. I've been grabbed by paramilitary rebel forces (manged to escape - May 2000), arrested for being a spy (because I took a photo of the Cessna Caravan that was chartered by a mine to fly our group in - contacts managed to get me released as I was being taken to a prison -2009) and thrown into prison twice in another country -2014/ 2016. (there is quite the story to all that - best thing in these countries is to keep a low profile and dont flash fancy gear around, because if you do you become a target and better have good contacts for when the SHTF - and it has a nasty habit of doing just that). The Thing about all this is, if thats where the fish you are interested in are...you have to risk it. I am saying all this here because you just dont seem to get that not all of us are in the Western world and take nice holidays to safe mundane places. The Sigma Fp is an amazing camera with a great sensor in a tiny package. It is so unique. Granted, not everyone needs that but to those who do this is an amazing camera that opens up opportunities that we previously could not get too because of the size and amount of gear needed. We could not begin to even dream of this quality footage from such a tiny camera even 5 years ago. Truly remarkable that this camera exists ! Pawels housing being equally tiny with a nikonos lens mounted to it is icing on the cake. A small camera and housing is nice for some of us...as I said...YMMV. But dont worry I also swing the other way. Big is fine - in appropriate places. The Fp is a tool in the box for some places where I cant access with big bulky gear. Make sense ?
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    @Phil Rudin & @adamhanlon I think you are both on to something. Let me add the following - my daughter (18 yrs old) has a set of friends that are all certified to dive (and a majority of them shoot somewhat regularly u/w - with the express purpose of telling the stories of their trips & dives). The challenge is that in addition to diving, many of them enjoy hiking, surfing, kite boarding, etc. and they seem to equally enjoy capturing images from those activities. Many of the images are simple "action shots" but there is constant conversation about how to capture the essence of the activity, and how to process that one unique image to best show some unique aspect (or the environment) that might get 10k likes or shares. I think there are significantly more people that will try to capture their experiences underwater - they just may not put up with all the idiosyncrasies that we have - which puts the onus on the manufacturers to innovate. Both my kids shoot with housed systems in (fairly large) Nauticam housings. I can almost guarantee that neither of them will upgrade beyond the systems they have (in this form factor) without significant innovation being offered. They both want to continue to capture images underwater, but will be looking for a better form-factor and capabilities in the future.
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    Growing pain I think is not a good description of the numbers from CIPA https://www.statista.com/chart/5782/digital-camera-shipments/ A decline of 87% from 2010 clearly there is a consequence of mobile phones improvements. My wife used to have a camera since the iphone 11 she only takes it for a special occasion most times she does the whole thing on her phone When things go well and an industry segment is growing is easier for everyone. In a shrinking market it is harder to compete as overall numbers are reducing so even keeping market share means reducing revenues. This calls for a different approach to product development. I am looking at Sony sensor roadmap when I started this thread and specifically looking at the slow down of product release from a few brands with new models having the same sensor of 2017 (ZCAM, BMD, the new Olympus have the same identical sensor of the 2017 releases from Panasonic Olympus, Nikon last releases are the same sensors repackaged in mirrorless, or some other brands not releasing anything at all or looking at different ways to add value (see Panasonic G100 attempt) As the segment approaches maturity and overall number of sales shrinks there will be people going out of business and market consolidation it happens in any industry segment and will happen here too. My original post was not about the stagnation being a bad thing but being a good thing as it stops the rush for the newest model and focusses people on learning how to use a camera. Of course if your business model is built around someone buying a new housing and keeping the new well you have a problem but I have sold all housings I do not use as second. I never kept two housing if I don't use them I also think that the market might become a replacement market like appliances where people change only because of wear not because of features. The appliance market has undergone massive consolidation in the last 10 years and is larger than cameras but perhaps the same trend apply there too. Meanwhile we are at 4th of July and no hot models are being released. Sony now is finally decided to come out with their A7S instalment but this is around 2 years old news! It could well be that Covid-19 makes companies think twice before venturing out with new product who knows. All seems to come together now!
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    @Interceptor121 I don't know you so why would I have something against you? However I do know what is happening in the online influencer space, and specifically with travel, and I have seen first hand how this generation are capturing images (both terrestrial and u/w) and sharing them (while making $ doing it). I think your view is both somewhat narrow and short-sighted, however I do agree that u/w photography (as we currently practice it) is becoming more reflective of how we see the hobby, whereas my teenage kids shoot much differently that we would (but with no with less impact in capturing the beauty underwater, and on many occasions with more of a focus on story telling and experience sharing).
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    of course it's focus gear - it was my mistake it's impossible to make zoom gear for fixed focal lenses
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    Once again hello to all. I have been on/off u/w photography for a number of years but due to some personal issues haven't been able to go on many trips in last few years. Shooting Canon 7d, 5dMK4 which I am looking for a housing for.
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    Nikonos II, 28mm lens and Nikonos bulb flash.
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    Thanks @dave@immersed ! Here a short video of some rushes of this looong week-end (7 dives in 3.5 days) : I mainly made photos (some visibles in public on my FB profile https://www.facebook.com/romain.lamarche), but sometimes I want to use this "red" button I really have to paint this lens, even in video underwater I see these numbers ... Or buy the 180mm glass dome & adapter (~2000 € ..)
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    We went to Myanmar a couple of years ago (though to different destinations). Four factors were key. First, transit through BKK onto Bangkok Airways is always a pleasure, they are so much nicer than the big national carriers. Second, contact hotels for airport pickup, don’t use airport taxis if they can be avoided, although they are fine in town. Third arrange with your first hotel in Yangon or wherever to set up with a local tour operator for longer trips by domestic airlines and a private vehicle and driver at the other end, they are affordable and reliable. Fourth, bring lots of shiny new USD in small denominations to deal with currency mismatches, many places will only take dollars and paying for tickets etc in kip is a constant annoyance. It is a beautiful and fascinating country, highly recommended.
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    This is an awesome shot! Was wondering if you've photographed the thesher sharks in the Philippines?
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    Why couldn't the manual just have said that? Thank you, that was helpful and straightforward.
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    Hi Andy Many thanks for the advice, I will give it a go next weekend. Best regards Chris
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    I agree about some peculiar choices, that is for sure. I believe the attempt to compete higher up the food chain is probably what killed them. I don’t agree that they stopped investing 3 years ago, as the EM-1x (and trickledown tech to the EM1 mk III) and the forthcoming 100-400 lens will show, but most m4/3 users were never going to go there with them. Regarding telephoto, I was referring to the combination of 7.5 stop in-body image stabilization, 2x crop factor, and relatively smaller lenses. I don’t know about others, but I cannot hand hold a DSLR at 1200mm equivalent but I can do it with the Oly 300mm lens and 2x teleconverter and get sharp images.
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    I can not get the Toslink fiber to reliably trigger most strobes from the Nauticam LED trigger. You can get multi-core fiber by the meter at Industrial Fiber Optics. Bill
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    @Interceptor121 The reason for "more seasoned" people initially getting into U/W photography was because of the startup cost. Outside of a GoPro, why would someone who dives 10-20+ dives/year commit $ to capturing a few images of their dives? I don't think it's an age or experience thing, I think it's a lifestyle choice. Having said this, both my teenage children now shoot underwater (one with a Sony A7III and the other with my backup D500, just recently upgraded from an Olympus). Their primary goal on most occasions is to capture images of the experience of diving so they can share with their friends on social media. They've expanded this from u/w shots of "diving" (where they started) to the "cool critters" they see, behavioral shots, and shots that they think can help educate their peer groups on the health of the oceans and the challenges we face. My daughter is one of about 20 teen divers in an extended social group she belongs to - at least 3/4 of them take some kind of camera underwater a majority of their dives to help capture their experiences (again, mostly for sharing on social media). There are literally millions more (terrestrial) images taken today then even 10 years ago, the challenge is virtually all these images are taken by phones, not dedicated cameras. Underwater is no different - this same generation wants to capture their experiences while swimming, snorkeling, surfing, paddle boarding, and diving - and don't have the same requirements we have on image quality, capabilities, etc. There is a *huge* economic opportunity for the company that gets the casual, water-capable camera platform correct. Some think that a protective case is the answer, others think it will be a more environmentally robust phone platform, and even others think a new device category (waterproof wearables) that wirelessly tether to your phone (post dive) might be the answer. None of this will help us keep our current u/w camera systems current, but I do think we are within 5 years (or less) of seeing capabilities from some of these other platforms that will challenge a number of us to figure out if we should keep shooting with these larger, more expensive, harder to maintain, u/w camera systems. I think the next generation will find ways to express themselves photographically that we can't even imagine at the moment. It just won't be with the limiting systems that we dive with today.
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    It's only on Garuda. On Air Asia you can (and should) prebuy checked-in luggage, and it's quite ok. But you can't do that at the airport, so be careful. You'll have to pay for overweight luggage on all the others (Lions/Wings etc), so look into their luggage policies - most of the time it's not that expensive on Indonesian domestic flights, but you should definitely look into it before-hands. Plenty of airline choices for Manado, so it should be fine - just go with Garuda if you can. Hope things will be open in September, "the New Normal"is still very blurry...
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    I have been designing dome diffusers for strobes since 2005. I originally made them to help with hot spots because I was shooting with four of them. What always confused me was why for the longest time no one was making dome diffusers with quality material. Even today, manufacturers put out expensive strobes only to furnish it with an inexpensive piece of plastic in front of the flash tube. The dome, when used with studio quality plastic will give much greater control of your lighting, and allow the user to paint with the edge of the strobe more effectively, and at the same time eliminate hot spots. It will also give you more even lighting. If you use multiple stones , like me, then you can control foreground lighting better, and create volume in your shots by using techniques, like cross lighting, up lighting and drop lighting. It is also important to understand that domes also reduce lighting distance slightly.. so, if for example, you have a wide angle subject that is further away, say a beautiful coral head in the background, taking one diffuser off your most powerful strobe (usually called your key light) will allow you to light up the distant target while allowing the other strobes to fill the midsection and/or foreground to give you balanced.lighting, and a more pleasing image. Just a few thoughts..
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    Uhm no it is not the case I don’t like wider than 16mm the issue is that the domes are to small to contain the lens field of view. Once you push your 7mm lens close enough to avoid vignette you don’t loose just sharpness but also field of view so the lens no longer accomplishes 114.2 degrees it drops to below the maximum fov of the dome on its own as well becoming narrower than the 8mm correctly positioned and this is why I don’t bother with 7mm lenses Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Here's a few articles that may help you make a decision : https://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/best-compact-underwater-cameras https://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/best-mirrorless-cameras https://www.backscatter.com/reviews/post/Backscatter-Best-Underwater-Compact-Cameras
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    I currently shoot an S95 in a FIX Housing, Pair of YS-110's, wet fisheye lens, etc. I am a vacation diver, logging 10-50 dives a year depending on how many trips we go on, but I have also been considering an upgrade. I originally started looking at the high end all in ones, but most of the have removed the hot shoe. I am always frustrated by the internal strobe recharge time, so a hot shoe for an external TTL converter is a must. The pandemic put my purchase on hold, but I ended up settling on a Sony A6100, in a Sea Frogs Salted Line housing with a dome and macro port, a sony 10-18 and sony 50mm macro. I would add the UWtechnics TTL converter, as well as the compact Leak Sentinel vacuum/leak system. All in cost in the ~1500-2k USD range, but possible to do better if you can find deals on the lenses.
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    Good compacts ended when the housings moved to a port system due to longer zooms Currently the only one that still goes on a fixed ports are Panasonic LX10/15 and Canon that has short battery life with the S120 you know something about that Consider a low end MFT camera with wet lenses it may give you better value especially on the used market
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    Hi there, new member from Australia. I think I needed to make a post on this forum but this is the only thread I have access to! (Sorry if my post is in the wrong place.)
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    Dear All,, We made a new blog in Our site. I think we catch all information about the HSS functionality and wrote a deeply technical blog. You can find here. https://www.trt-electronics.com/blog/the-hss-and-the-turtle-smart/27/ Regards Balazs
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    Not to open another HLG thread, I have found the time and worked on some HLG files that were sitting on my hard drive since 2018. There are nothing special in terms of content or editing but I just wanted to see how they behave and how much I can push them. These were graded and edited on REC 2100 HLG color space and gamut on the free version of Davinci Resolve using only the scopes as reference as I dont have an HDR monitor. No secret sauce on exporting etc, just followed youtube recommendations for HDR content. I intentionally pushed the files way more that I normally do to have an idea of how much they can be abused and to my surprise and contrary to what I read they handled it well. If this is was a commercial shoot I would have pushed way less the footage to make it more compatible for SDR devices. If you are watching on an SDR monitor you will notice the abuse more but it is only a matter of the monitor color space, watch it in an HDR tv and you ll see the difference. For sure there is more room to play with as HDR and its workflow still holds secrets and requires some extra equipment but I think if you are a bit careful when shooting the footage HLG is a viable and quick solution to have HDR and acceptable SDR content. PS not LUTS have been used or abused during the making of this clip
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    The original version of this trip report was posted on the front page of Wetpixel a few weeks ago, but I have now updated it and added some new images on the version I have done on my site. Here is the link to Diving the Witu Islands All the wide-angle images were taken with a Nikon D500 and 8-15mm lens in a Nauticam housing with the 140mm port, which I personally find to be really great combo. The macro images were taken with the 40mm Micro-Nikkor - I screwed up in the last minute packing and left my 60mm and 105mm macros behind... As they say the best lens you have is the one on your camera! I have been visiting Papua New Guinea regularly for 20 years, but this was the first time to the Witu Islands and I really was impressed. When you look at the location of the islands in the Bismarck Sea, relative to the rest of the Coral Triangle, it becomes clearer why they are such so biodiverse. Here are a few images to illustrate what I mean. Don
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    Tonga is now on the bucket list! thanks for this!
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    Full frame sensor (not the best option for shooting video underwater at the consumer or prosumer level), no IBIS, small size, small monitor, limited options in terms of button customization, battery life, limited lens, ports, housing options, ergonomics. Trade all these for what? 24K DNG raw and Rec 2020? (which you ll have to invest time and money to be able to fully exploit) Not a good option IMHO or might be an option but for very specific things. If you have money and time to spend wait for Canon R5 (if the specs come true), or go for a cinema camera (Canon, Panasonic) or the DX mk III. My 2 dirhams
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    Sometimes you really have to look closely especially when dealing with nudis in the nordic waters. Like this Goniodoris nodosa. Taken in Smögen (more exactly Pesa, a small island in the archipelago outside Smögen), Sweden. 25/4 2020. Encountered at 10 m depth. Camera: Olympus TG-5, 1/100@f/4.9, ISO 400. No strobes as of yet. Red cushion star (Porania pulvilus) taken in Smögen the same day (More exactly Stora Håskär, another island in the archipelago) at 21 m depth. Camera: Olympus TG-5, 1/60@f/3.6, ISO 400. No strobes as of yet.
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    Extraordinary, exhilarating images! Bravo!
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    Cause I’m using the GH5s which lacks IBIS, I had to come up with a way to balance my rig to to make it feel like a traditional video cam rather than the DSLR restricted position. This setup up helps me avoid all types of roll, pitch and yow. It is not a final setup up but it is so balanced that I can let go of the camera midwater and it will just stay there :). I rely totally on the external monitor for all my needs: exposure/focus etc... I can adjust the camera vertically (lookup/down) by adjusting the DIY floors position.
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    It is not an issue, it is by design. Wetpixel is meant to be a community for people tot discuss underwater photography and videography, not ebay. So if you just want to flog stuff, the 3 post limit might discourage you from using Wetpixel only as a sales tool. To keep out spam bots, you must first react to an existing post (preferably the introduction thread). People that are willing to contribute are more than welcome.
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    Honestly, it isn't that complicated... Looking through my A6300 menus, I have, among those that are relevant: Quality: RAW - there is no real reason to shoot JPEG underwater Drive mode: single - can't really shoot bursts with strobes and pop-up flash, maybe with a LED trigger and low power Flash mode: rear curtain sync Focus mode: DMF for macro, AF-C for wide-angle Focus area: Center AF illuminator: Off AF drive speed: Fast AF track sens: High ISO: 100 for macro, auto 100-800 for wide-angle Metering mode: Center White balance: Auto SteadyShot: On Zebra: Off - it's useful for video, kind of useless for stills with strobes Grid line: Rule of 3rds Auto review: 2sec - wish there was a 1sec option Peaking level: low for macro, off for wide-angle Peaking color: yellow Live view display: Setting Effect OFF - this is important, as if you turn it on, camera will focus with aperture at your set setting rather than wide open. With it off, it will let it maximum light for focusing, and close the aperture as you take the shot. Priority set in AF-S: AF Priority set in AF-C: Balanced emphasis AF w/shutter: On, but I use a trigger extension. If you want to use back-button focus, this goes to off. Exp.comp.set: Ambient & Flash Monitor brightness: Sunny weather Power save start time: 1 min As far as shooting goes, I keep it in manual mode, f/8-f/13 for wide-angle with 10-18mm or 16-50mm, f/11-f/16 for macro with 90mm, f/22 for supermacro with 90mm and +13 close-up lens, 1/160 shutter most of the time, a bit slower if I want a brighter blue background. Sometimes I play with flash compensation a bit if I feel that TTL isn't doing the best job. Display mode is almost always the electronic level; it makes a very handy reference. I shoot with both hands on tray handles, triggering via an extension on the right side. Don't really push buttons much while diving; right hand only really leaves the tray handle to adjust aperture via top knob or shutter speed via rear knob.
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    You may want to checkout this new Pelican hard case which is 40% lighter than past cases and suitable as a carry-on bag.
  44. 0 points
    As I was writing Olympus sold its camera business to a private equity...

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