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  1. 6 points
    After many months of lockdown in which we have done everything possible to cultivate our passion for diving, finally we are back in the sea and the island of Giannutri (Italy) welcomes us in the best way. Punta Pennello shoal with its forest of black coral (Antipathes subpinnata) surrounded by forests of Paramuricea clavata and Eunicella cavolini is a riot of color and life and reminds us that the Mediterranean mesophotic coral has nothing to envy to the tropical seas. A short video by @MarcoP.
  2. 2 points
    Bloody 8-15mm lenses! Why on earth don't manufacturer go for a Tokina 10-17mm like lens (FOV wise) :/
  3. 2 points
    I think it is wrong to assume that all of these Sony influencers are not pointing out flaws and have no negative remarks to be made about the Sony products they are reviewing, including cost. Sony has mastered the art of using social media to promote new products. They have chosen "influencers" that have huge following on social media some with over a million Youtube followers. Most of the Instagram folks have over 50,000 followers, I just need about 49,650 more at IG philrudinphotography and perhaps I can get an invite to a Sony soiree. Also keep in mind that the lions share of these photo influencers also review products from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and others. Several are Sony Alpha Ambassadors that get some free equipment or at least advanced equipment for reviews. Like I said before the lions share get equipment directly from Sony to review which is then returned and used at those large Sony events referenced above. Guys like me as Senior Reviewer for Underwater Photography magazine don't get any equipment direct from the camera manufactures even though I have done almost 100 reviews for the magazine. The equipment I review comes from manufactures of the underwater equipment I review and some of my personal gear. For almost every review I have done in the last seven years some or all of the equipment being reviewed was on load and returned after field testing. You may also be surprised to know that to own a dealership for any camera/lens brand has a minimum startup cost of over $25,000.00 on average, so while you may think that every U/W photo equipment dealer has this unlimited access to new gear prior to release that is just not the case. Also keep in mind that some of these new products are just that good compared to aging equipment. The new Sony A1 and Canon R5 for instance. The new Sony FE 50mm F/1.2 GM a $2000.00 lens has set a new standard for 50mm lenses and in spite of the cost they are on backorder all over the world primarily because of Sony's outstanding use of social media. If I was a Nikon mirrorless owner I could only hope that Nikon has such a strong presence on social media as they are sitting at number six in mirrorless which can't be good for the bottomline. And yea this original topic has gone completely off the rails.
  4. 2 points
    To be fair, the manufacturers also make it easy for them. Tell me, when is the last time a bad camera or a bad lens was released? Youtubers don't even need to feel all that guilty and there are definitely enough reviews on topside photography that tell you the negatives of a lens or camera or provide enough full resolution samples for you to make your own mind up. The availability of sample images is probably the biggest problem in UW-Photography, although that is also due to the fact that wet lenses are compatible with a variety of camera and lens combination and noone can test them all. I would prefer if they tested wetlenses on a variety of formats though instead of just one camera lens. For example, every single review of the Nauticam MWL-1 seems to be created with a FF sensor and all of them say that you need to stop down to f16. Not one tells you how different that would be on a crop sensor. Certainly you'll need to stop down less, but how much? And yes, we really derailed this thread as thoroughly as humanly imaginable.
  5. 2 points
    It's also a question of whether review gear gets provided. Of course shops do have all the gear, but if they decide to test the gear out on a dive it becomes open box gear so I think shops need to think carefully whether a review is worth it. And obviously most shops are not actually in the market for reviews. We are lucky that Bluewaterphoto and Backscatter sometimes step into the void of professional and independent review journalism, which we have very little of, mostly because there are so few of us.
  6. 2 points
    The folks in the reviews you have posted always get equipment ahead of release along with about thirty others but they are not underwater photographers. The point Is that folks like me who specifically review underwater products don't get the equipment until it is released to the public. My review for the Sony A1 and Nauticam housing was the first released on an Underwater photography site and both the camera and the housing were for sale to the public when I got the review equipment. In addition most of those reviews done by the same group you refer to are able to go to a park or other local location and shoot hundreds if not thousands of photos in a day for a review. U/W reviewers need to make dives to do reviews which also prevents posting quickly. Regarding the Sony FE 14mm F/1.8, Nauticam will likely recommend the 230mm dome port II and an extension in the 30mm range. I will likely know the extension length before getting the lens. DPReview, BH Photo, Adorama, Sony and others who support the "influencers" you are talking about have a huge online presence. None of the reviews or any of the advertising done by Sony even indicates that the new 14mm might be suitable for U/W use. Sony targets the lens as useful for Astro, landscape, architecture and interiors.
  7. 2 points
    I've just created a mini tripod (tetrapod) for my action cameras. I used some scrap metal pieces (aluminium) I found in my tinkering cabinet (probably pieces not used for furniture assembly). Assembly was quick. I sprayed it with black paint and next day it was ready. Light and easy to transport.
  8. 1 point
    Great work! Mare Nostrum
  9. 1 point
    Regulator: A couple of years ago I bought a Poseidon Xstream - and for me it is perfect. It has a side exhaust, similar to the Hollis mentioned above. No bubbles in front of your mask; it is streamlined so there is almost no drag in a current. It does not protrude much, so it will not interfere with a housing. The regulator is bullet-proof, the inner construction seems to be simple but very effective - and I find it very comfortable to breath with. Both the Poseidon and the Hollis are a little bit "exotic", so if you should go for one of these it might be a good idea to know where to find a qualified/certified service center... Jock
  10. 1 point
    This is probably normal (at least it is for the a7siii). Do you have the the "Auto Power OFF Temp" setting set to Standard or High? If you don't want to see the warning, set it to High and you should be good.
  11. 1 point
    fwiw, Canon recently filed a patent for an RF mount 8-15mm L fisheye with image stabilization. The IS would likely price it over $2k though.
  12. 1 point
    Thanks From about 70m to 90m. Most of the video is shot between 70 to 80m on a small plateau on the outer side of the shoal.
  13. 1 point
    Really beautiful! How deep are the black corals? globaldivemedia.com
  14. 1 point
    Let's just say we hacked this thread In the mainstream photography market, it's really hard if not nearly impossible to find unbiased reviews. I'm not saying that all reviewers are paid by the various companies, but it is difficult to resist the more or less indirect pressure that comes from the manufacturers. I'll give you an example of what I mean with a video from a video blogger I follow who does some really interesting things. Sony, to name one but they do it almost all, organizes these tests of their equipment to which all the most influential video bloggers are invited. Waste 10 minutes watching this video or skip right to 2:30. In that warehouse there will be $500K worth of gear at their disposal for a weekend at a gorgeous lake cabin. With the current recession these initiatives have greatly diminished but we all know it's been working that way for years. Other companies, at a new product launch, take all the influencers to an exclusive resort for a weekend. All paid for. As upstanding and principled as you are, tell me how you can remain unbiased when you are embedded in such an exclusive circuit. You must be a Tibetan monk. But how many are out there? Maybe we also appreciate that these things are not organized in secret but are out in the open. As end users the important thing is to know this and take it into account when making choices.
  15. 1 point
    And if I'm being honest, I prefer it that way. All we need is the Gerald Undone of diving to destroy this market for good.
  16. 1 point
    You don't realize how niche our market is. We are 4 cats compared to the global market. If our market counted more than a zero point we would have had a native sony fisheye lens for years.
  17. 1 point
    I have used both lenses and don't recall much difference in AF speed even though the Pama lens is a bit faster at F/2.8. I did an full review of the Olympus 30 macro in issue #98 of uwpmag.com if you are interested. I also reviewed the EM1 II in an Ikelite housing for the same issue. uwpmag.com is a free PDF download and the back issues are at the top of the home page. If you enter my name in the search engine you can find other Olympus and Olympus releated equipment as well.
  18. 1 point
    I don't think any of the so called Sony "influencers" are involved much in U/W photography with the exception of the couple that shot the Sony A1 underwater for its release video. The fact is that most of use reviewing new equipment don't get it until the rest of the world gets it. New cameras don't get reviewed for at least 4-8 weeks after they are released to the public because you need a housing and those can't be developed until the manufactures have the camera. New lenses added to the Nauticam port charts don't get added until Nauticam has had the opportunity to test them in their test tank which means they need to have the lens for at least enough days to design gears and test. Retail dealers get information on port extensions and dome size for manufactures not by doing testing themselves.
  19. 1 point
    Beautiful movie, you encapsulate what i love about the Mediterranean sea : the colors and that San pietro..!
  20. 1 point
    Very nice work! Thank you for sharing.
  21. 1 point
    While I agree that the A7C housing was able to be reduced in size due to the clam shell (hinged on one side) locking system I don't agree that the Nauticam locking system is what makes the housing larger. The Nauticam housing for the new Sony A1 and all other Sony FF housings have the N100 mount and use the same locking system as the Nikon Z7 II/Z6 II housing which uses an N120 port system. Surprise, surprise the width of the Sony housing is 20mm less than the Nikon housing with the N120 port mount. The idea that the Canon 11-24mm F/4 and Nikon 14-24mm F/2.8 can't be used with the N100 port mount is also incorrect. The Sony FE 12-24mm F/2.8 is 97.6mm OD, while the Canon 11-24 F/4 is 108mm and the Nikon 14-24mm F/2.8 is 98mm OD the problem again is not with the lens because all of these lenses can be mounted from the front of the housing. The big difference is that Nauticam's top recommendation or best results for the Canon and Nikon lenses is the 250mm dome port while the Sony only needs the 230mm dome port for like results. I have been advised by the design team that because the distance from the rear of the mirrorless lens to the sensor is much shorter than with a DSLR or Mirrorless with an adapted DSLR lens the port can be smaller assuming a full frame sensor. Also consider that at 847g for Sony v. 1180g Canon and 1000g Nikon you have less weight to offset so the housing can be smaller. If you add the extra weight of the 100 meter 230mm port at 2.67k v. the 40 meter 250mm at 2.81k (250mm 100 meter port weight not listed) that is even more weight to travel with. All this brings me back to my original premiss that Nauticam chose the N120 mount system for Canon and Nikon mirrorless so that the large C&N section of the Nauticam community could migrate over from DSLR's without needing to buy new ports, extensions and gears. Also as a point so no one will be confused the Sony FE 28-60mm which was released with the Sony A7C also works just as well with all Sony mirrorless cameras and allows the Nauticam WWL-1/1B to be used with any Sony FF camera.
  22. 1 point
    New price. €900 with GH4 camera body. Marco.
  23. 1 point
    Thanks for the heads up, I was planning on buying a few! Best go stick to their freediving neck weight then, as it's made for use in sea water. I've been using their FRD500 1.5kg neck weight (https://www.decathlon.sg/p/8546390-114679-frd500-freediving-lead-neck-ballast-15-kg.html ) for actual freediving training, it's solid and comfy for that purpose, and worked quite well to stabilise a Joby tripod on scuba. It's soft, with 2 main (closed) shot compartments and then smaller ones on the sides and good .velcro I saw they also have a heavier mode "chabaud"model, seems maybe a little rigid for tripod purposes https://decathlon.lv/en/unlinked/335751-85214-freediving-chabaud-hydro-2-kg-neck-weight.html other types of FD weights: https://www.deeperblue.com/neck-weights-for-freediving/
  24. 1 point
    No Decathlon weights are made of iron shots. They will rust quickly. i've tried it already
  25. 1 point
    Hi from Florida I have been diving for about 10 years but only more serioudly for the past 2. Recently started underwater photography. I have been doing topside photography for 15 years as a hobby but still find underater photography has a steep learning curve so here to learn what I can. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
  26. 1 point
    Hey! Somewhat new diver but longtime photographer just trying to do both at the same time.
  27. 1 point
    Hi, I am a free diver & BSAC Scuba diver based in the North of Scotland, shooting both stills and video on a variety of setups. Along with strapping cameras to ROV’s for the deeper stuff. Pete
  28. 1 point
    I'm a Tampa-based photographer and started shooting underwater almost two years ago now. I've read a bunch of information on this forum, particularly when starting, and finally decided to join it.
  29. 1 point
    Hello wetpixel.com I am an amateur from Vietnam, I specialize in diving Ly Son Beach Nice to meet you
  30. 1 point
    Since you are diving warm waters, I can recommend the BCD I've been using since 2009. Oceanic Islander, with an integrated octopus. Only 6 pounds in the suitcase. I've been looking at wings, but I just don't feel any need to upgrade. I've got 200+ dives on my BCD, it's in good shape, and I'm very comfortable with it. I really do like the fact that it's pretty light as I have so much other gear to pack with it...
  31. 1 point
    One vote for wing style BCD for fotographer. Some years ago I put together a backplate & wing system for travels containing a light weight aluminium backplate and Agir wing plus two tank straps. That has been easy to travel with. The only disadvantage is the need of weights but, as Tim explained his system the setup allows you to distribute weight optimal way by using weight pockets - or even put a weight to the tank band if needed. This setup has been extremely good for shooting macro: you don't have any extras in front of you so you can go low if you use angled viewfinder. For wide angle the advantage is not so obvious. However, I would not switch back to jacket style BCD. If you plan to travel with your setup you need a reliable but light regulator. For years I have used Apex Flight with no problems. When I bought it, it was the lightest on the market. Unfortunately, I think, it is now discontinued model. During the years I have had both Scubapro and Apex regs. Both are quality brands and have worked fine. The reason why I switched to Apex is the availability and quality of service in my area.
  32. 1 point
    Hi Phil - Thank you for all the helpful information on the Sony/WWL-1B setup. I have read both your article in the current UWPmag issue as well as your comments here with gray interest. Like you, I have had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that an inexpensive consumer lens like the 28-60 zoom or the FE 28 f/2 with the WWL-1B could outperform lenses like the Canon 8-14 or Sony’s new 14mm rectilinear lens behind a high quality glass dome. But reading your article and the comments of other here, that seems to be the case. I shoot video and am transitioning from a GH5, to an A1/Nauticam system along with a Ninja V that will allow me to capture PROres RAW video. The good folks at Backscatter have recommended the WWL-1B. Are there any caveats that I should know about this setup, apart from it’s inherent unsuitability for over-unders? I have heard that the area between the front of the flat port and the rear of the wet lens needs to be “burped” at the beginning of a dive, as air bubbles get trapped in there. I assume this could be more of a problem if you’ve backrolled into the water with your camera as opposed to having your camera handed down to you. Do you find that there are any issues getting sand or debris trapped between the port and the wet lens? Thank you!
  33. 1 point
    Hi jay, Just to be clear the 28-60 works with all Sony FF cameras. So far I have used it with A7C, A7R IV and A1. In the past I used WWL-1 with Sony A7R II/III and with M43 cameras. At that time the only option was the FE 28mm F/2. The new 28-60 has better image quality, speed and more. If you buy the WWL-1 used it comes with a 67mm threaded mount and a bayonet mount. I recommend the WWL-1B if you are buying new because of the integrated float collar and smaller overall size v. WWL-1 with optional float collar. Be aware you will need three things in addition to the 28-60 lens. For Nauticam the zoom gear, the port with 67mm threads and the 67mm to port bayonet mount to mount the lens. The current issue of uwpmag.com has my review of the WWL-1B with the 26-60 lens, again this is a free PDF download.
  34. 1 point
    Hi! I am Iñaki from Spain, I've always loved photography and have a full sony setup that I use on land. I have been trying to put off underwater photography until I feel comfortable with my buoyancy etc... but I think that it is time to start exploring UW photo more seriously and learn from all of you to transfer the landside skills underwater! Couple pics I took with my iphone and Sealife housing (no lights and somewhat hard to nail the focus, but fun to use nonetheless) on a recent trip.
  35. 1 point
    Nauticam lists 18812 230mm Optical glass fisheye port II for use with both models of Sony 12-24mm (f/4 G and f/2.8 GM), and a choice of 18802 8.5" Acrylic dome port, 18815 250mm Optical glass wide angle port II, 18812 230mm Optical glass fisheye port II (recommended) and 18809 180mm Optical glass wide angle port for Sigma 14-24mm, so I doubt it will be anything out of the ordinary. It's far from the widest rectilinear anyway, Sony has the 12-24mm zooms, and Canon has an 11-24mm.
  36. 1 point
    Mark, Very cool video. What drone are you flying? Curious minds want to know. Best, Craig Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  37. 1 point
    Yes, but believe me, he is rock steady. A human dolly. Just look at his old videos before GH5S. Here he experimented with shallow focus. Perfect lightning. He creates a lot of shadows enhancing 3D and super CC. Keep in minf he's at 80m freehand. No camera, no scooter.
  38. 1 point
    Thanks, They are two completely different genre. The "fish id type" is a category born from the combination of music and images which is the simplest and most immediate thing you can do. In the specific case of underwater footage, it is a direct extension of the famous diaporamas of the film era. As simple as it may seem, it has its own language, its own grammar to be respected: Once upon a time I would have said that it was forbidden to exceed 5 minutes, but currently even 3 minutes is too much. The choice of music is fundamental. One should not go overboard with music beat editing. After a few beats, the brain notices and it becomes tedious. Images must be outstanding: since usually the person who edits the video is also the one who filmed it, you should not fall in love with your own images. This, I think, is the most important advice. The fact that the video is just music and images does not exempt it from having a story. Even a very simple one or even just telling the events in a coherent way. Almost a consecutio temporum AKA Sequence of tenses! This helps to get the viewer's attention. From the desire of "outstanding images" arise the so-called "pixel peepers". The most popular category on photography and video forums. Don't get me wrong: I like perfect images too. I just find that sometimes the evaluation of the pure perfection of the footage has too much weight compared to the finished video product. P.S. a few weeks ago I realized that on Prime Video (at least here in Italy) there are videos of Howard Hall. They are proposed as a documentary but in reality they are "only" a compilation of his images with music in the background: I've never slept so well on the couch! Yet the images of HL inserted in real documentaries are more than perfect.
  39. 1 point
    There is no doubt that the D500 remains a stellar choice for underwater photography. It has an excellent pallet of lens options and solid image quality. The AF performance is extremely reliable in underwater settings. If however, you would like to shoot any video, then you need to think a bit more carefully about a D500. The D500 has pretty good 4k if you can work with the crop factor (2.25x) and scene is well lit. The 4k cannot be pushed too much in post, so you have to feel good about getting it right when you shoot it. The 1080 modes are bad. On the D500 you are better off most likely just having a paralenz/gopro mounted on the housing. So if you are more of a hybrid shooter, you are better off looking at other options.
  40. 1 point
    Being a long-time Nikon shooter, I use Nikon underwater and above. Personally I use the same camera (D850 now, D810 before that) above and below water. I wanted the best camera I owned to go underwater with me, and it took me 10 years to convince myself to take that risk (and spend that much $$). I am extremely happy with the D850 underwater, and I would prefer it over the Z7 for instance, unless I was shooting video and wanting acceptable autofocus there. That said, I've come to the point where I typically don't mix above and below water for shooting. I used to do it a lot - diving from a cruise ship is a good example. But I got tired of lugging all the gear for 2-4 dives on a trip, or even 10 dives over 5 days. I've since started just doing dedicated dive trips of 1 or 2 weeks where I can get in 18 dives/week. When I go on a dive trip, ESPECIALLY WITH FX CAMERA, I simply don't have room to take many lenses. in fact due to the packing situation I have, I can really only take 3 lenses, and two of them are for underwater. The third has to be some shorter prime to fit the remaining space. Sometimes that is an 85f1.4, sometimes a 35f1.4. My diving lenses are limited to 16-35 and 105 macro. So on a dive trip, I typically don't have the lenses I want for above water anyway. To me this argues in favor of a dedicated dive camera as it may not be used much above water anyway. (I use my cell phone a lot for above water, and I also use my old RX100 which comes along as an emergency spare dive camera (along with housing). If you haven't looked at the logistics of bringing an FX camera along, or looked at available lenses, start looking. When I shoot Nikon FX underwater, I have the choice of fisheye, wide and macro - nothing in the middle. I don't much like fisheye, so that means I have a choice between a 16-35 (and a 230mm/9in) dome or a 105 macro. M4/3's has a lot more choices. DX has somewhat more choices. And a 230mm dome port? Until you've held one you don't know how big it is, and it is BIG. Until you've packed one, you don't know what will and won't fit in your bag. And it will limit you in how you pack and what you bring. TSA is really curious about it too when it shows up on the x-ray.
  41. 1 point
    Keep the 4/3 for UW and only use FF for topside. Satisfy the GAS for less money.
  42. 1 point
    Looking through the posts on wetpixel it soon becomes clear that the difficult subject of lens/port combination and image 'quality' repeats itself again and again. Given wetpixel's poster's experience and knowledge base I wonder if it would be possible for us to come up with a more standardised methodology for testing lens/port combinations which could be used to build up a database of recommended solutions and quality assessments? Unlike on land where MTF data is often available and testing is relatively easy, little data for underwater is available - other than that supplied by the manufacturers which does not always prove to be optimal. Add to this that underwater tests are time consuming and difficult to be precise over and it is clear that some defined standard (possibly using a downloadable 'target') is starting to be needed. Since people are testing and posting their observations it makes sense that such tests should be comparable. Anyway to start such a discussion I would firstly recommend that test distances are established and I'm going to suggest that for wide-angle lens/port combinations, test distances should include 1m (as being 'the' prime test distance), perhaps 3m and 0.3m (or minimum focus distance) as measured by a physical method - ie tape measure - from the sensor plane. Targets should be some form of varying line test chart and should be used centrally, on the centre edge and in the corner. Is this an idea which is of interest and if so has anyone got any suggestions especially regarding a suitable test chart or method of assessing field of view angle?
  43. 0 points
    You are right, I tend to forget about that sometimes, even though I know its a niche I tend to forget how small of a niche this really is for us, when most Divers bring a GoPro or PS camera along on the dive.

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