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  1. Hi Mattdiver. Thank you for your kind words. Some of the clips had a ti y bit of tweaking or boosting to auto levels in post, but not much. I used a Magic Filter, internally, and shot auto white balance up to around 10 metres, after tbat I focised on the white sand bottom, which did a good job down to around 35 metres with no lights. It's my first time with the camera and next year I'm sure I'll get better results. Corrinek, thankyou also. I only ever used the red filter, which did a great job, although I may try next time without the filter to see how it copes with white balance. My personal feeling is that below 10 metres uou could probably get great results without the filter.
  2. Glad you're here Bob. Its a Titan Trigger Fish and yes, he scratched my dome port! I also wanted to publicly thank you, here, for your patient and invaluable advice you so kindly gave me, prior to my trip. You're a true gentleman and a scholar, and such people make forums such as this truly worthwhile. Best wishes, Bob. PS: My wifes pictures with the GX80/85 are to follow!
  3. Hope you don't mind me posting this here. It's my firts time with the housing, obviously, and I need more practise, but I think this camera has amazing potential for a lot less than the GH5.
  4. New underwater housing for the G80/85.....all ready for an upcoming trip to Egypt's Red Sea! LOTS of money for what is, effectively, a plastic box, but hey ho. Have the 6 inch dome port fitted, (which WILL accommodate the 12-60mm kit lens), and I am planning to use the Lumix 12-32mm and the Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm. Am NOT a stills man so will be shooting, primarily, video using ambient light in the relatively shallow waters off Hurghada. Hope to post some footage around end of August.
  5. Haha. Rest assured I'm patient my friend. Unless I spend a fortune on equipment then find out they've released the equipment I wanted in the first place
  6. Erm.....the problem is, they're DIFFERENT housings for different cameras?
  7. Bloody typical!! After shelling out for a GX80/85 and an Ikelite housing after getting fed up of awaiting the release of THIS one, Ikelite announces its ARRIVAL!! http://www.ikelite.com/housings/panasonic/6961.08-panasonic-g80-g85.html
  8. Bob. You're a true gentleman. Can't thank you enough for your help and thoughts. There's so little info out there about this camera and it's capabilities, which is surprising given the length of time the housing has been available. I guess you're the 'pioneer', and I shall be joining you this summer with my own efforts in Egypt. I have ordered the IKELITE housing in a dome port, which accommodates a lot of lenses, including the 14-42mm Lumix Vario PZ, the 12-32kit lens AND the Olympus 12-50mm should I elect to get that lens too.
  9. OK, last pester on this GX80/85!! I think I have solved SOME of the problems and created more!! Ikelite, officially, do NOT offer a port option for the Lumix 14-42mm Vario PZ lens, as: " Physically the PZ lens could fit behind a port, but you would not be able to access the zoom feature. We cant access it in our housing because the zoom is controlled by a toggle switch that is too close to the camera body, right in line with the port mount". Of course, now that I have pointed out to them that the ZOOMING of the lens can be operated via the camera and a 'sleeve' is not necessary, they are probably going to change their mind. Sooo....final lens choice. Should I stick to the 14-42mm PZ option, OR go for the Olympus 12-50mm. AND, If I DO; should I choose a flat port or a dome. As I film in ambient light, (fairly shallow waters of the Red Sea, down to around 25 metres/80 feet), I need to Manually WHITE balance using a Red Filter, something easily done with a flat port of course. Please note that my interest is purely VIDEO, although I am learning some stills. Thoughts and advice most welcome.
  10. Thanks Griff. I am a seasoned videographer, and shooting video with these mirrorless or DSLR type cameras is all new to me. I'm not that conversant with diopters, and the 14-42 Panasonic PZ lens seemed the ideal option to me until I discovered there's no DOME port for it, although I would have thought a flat port would have worked. I can't understand why not, if not, but certainly this lens isn't listed on the Ikelite PDF that I have read. May have to look at other options, including diopter. Once again, many thanks for your input and help.
  11. Bob. Very many thanks for this. Does the 12-50 Olympus lens work with the GX85 IBIS? I like Ikelite housings, especially so given they are a lot less expensive than Nauticam.
  12. I TOO, am planning to use this camera, (GX80/85) purely for VIDEO in an IKELITE housing. However, I have been labouring under the impression that Ikelite provided a suitable port for the 14-42mm PZ Panasonic lens. I wanted to use this lens as I was hoping to operate the zoom mechanism via the cameras up/down keypad function. It would appear, from my limited research, that this lens cannot be used with Ikelite housings, which I can't quite understand, given that it is just a small, pancake type lens. I'm not a great macro freak and I don't like the idea of trying to rig up 'zoom gears', so any thoughts on other zoom lenses that may be operated via the camera controls, that will work with the Dual IS? Many thanks.
  13. Hi, thanks for the input. Beautiful camera, I'm sure, but it's over THREE times the price of the G80. Pretty certain it's not three times the camera, alas!
  14. Thanks Griff. Yes, they told me there should be some news perhaps this week. The housing for the G7 is pretty damn cheap so I'm hoping that the new G80/85 will fit in it as I'm sure the price will escalate if they end up making a new, dedicated model!
  15. Many thanks for this, buddy. I did SEE that Ikelite were working on something but who knows how long! I may have to opt for the GX80/85, which already has a housing available. Unless they bring out the housing the G80/85 before next summer! I plan to dive the Red Sea again in August and don't want to buy the latter camera and get left stranded!!
  16. Huge thanks for this input. Just what I needed. GH4 is still pretty expensive, as is the HOUSING. The G7 is great quality video AND much cheaper set up but no stabilisation, and as I haven't seen any footage from anyone underwater with this camera I'm assuming it to be a no go. I was almost at the point of purchasing the LX100 but I do agree that something with the IBIS will greatly enhance the experience. I rather fancy the G80/85 over the GX80/85 but of course, there appears NOT to be a housing available yet! Again, many thanks for much needed advice. Spud
  17. Promising, I agree. Alas, there is no sign of this camera and I don't think it will surface until next summer. Then we have to wait for the housing, given the camera is smaller than the GH4. So what to DO? I fancy the G80/85 because of the stabilisation, but there are a couple of Sony's, albeit expensive MFT cameras.
  18. Would you consider the Panasonic GX80 an UPGRADE in relation to the LX100? Many thanks
  19. Greetings my fine fellow divers and artists. I would very much welcome your opinions and advice. My area of interest is predominantly VIDEO, with an occasional stills option. The time has come, I fear, to dispense with my trusty Canon HV30 and Ikelite Housing and get a new set up. Of course, the SONY AX100 looks mighty awesome but the cost of the only housing available, (from Gates), ( consider to be exorbitant and believe there to be alternatives available. It would appear to be the general consensus of opinion that the Panasonic GH4 is probably the king for 4k Video, (excepting more professional, much more expensive set ups, a la RED or Canon CINE cameras, for example). My dilemma is, given that audio is not an issue for me as I only wish to procure Stock Footage, should I perhaps go with the Lumix G7, given that one presumes the Video quality to be almost equal of the GH4? That said, some opine that the humble Lumix LX100 is almost of equal quality in terms of 4k Video, also. And what about the Lumix G80/85?? A new kid on the block? Are you guys excited by the upcoming Sony RX 100 V?. Do you think that the quality of its 'higher sampled' 4k video will surpass the Panasonic examples? Decisions, decisions.... I welcome your thoughts. Kindest wishes. Spud
  20. Gentlemen, (and ladies); what a fine Forum. Please permit me to solicit your much needed advice. I have recently acquired a Canon HV30, (small high def camcorder), and my proposals are to shoot in progressive mode, (25p here in Pal land), with a fixed Tv shutter of 1/50th. I believe this will help with the potential low light scenario and create that rich, 'filmic' appearance. That said, I have read elsewhere that perhaps interlaced is the better way to go, possibly producing smoother underwater footage. That been the case, my gut instincts are to shoot possibly Interlaced, 50i here, but with what Tv shutter value?. I am reluctant to simply shoot all in auto mode. To make matters worse, I intend to combine the undersea footage with topside filming, which WILL be 25p, so if I elect to shoot underwater at 50i, what potential problems with mixing those settings on the same tape? I would greatly welcome your thoughts and opinions on your own shooting preferences. I have endeavoured to post on several video and scuba forums, with very little in the way of response. Thank you so much in advance. Spudgun
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