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  1. Hi Dustin, thanks for nice reply, I check your vimeo videos, good work, also editing is cool. Can you send the pictures of your snoot, how it looks like on Sola 4000 ? I want to use fibre optic cables, and put the snoot on the led, so it might be the way, but of course I am curious about ideas. For now, I dont want to invest another money to Sola 2000, if not needed.
  2. thats a good idea, I will think about that in my design, just make there 2 holes more
  3. Hi Peter, thanks for opinion, I can really imagine what you are describing, it might be fun to try, but I think in long-run, I would pick the FiberOptics with LocArm, one of the reason is, LED light from SOLA is not in the middle. I really like the idea how it is done here: http://www.divematrix.com/showthread.php?11303-Photo-Essay-Building-a-Fiber-Optic-Snoot My idea is to use LocLine 3/4", fill it with FO inside, and on the end of snoot using different size of cap, so that way I can control the size of the light and using just one snoot per light. But I am not sure, if it is possible changing the last piece underwater. He is describing it here: http://www.divematrix.com/showthread.php?11303-Photo-Essay-Building-a-Fiber-Optic-Snoot&p=112661&viewfull=1#post112661
  4. thanks guys for opinions, so result is simple: if you got money, buy XIT, if you can not afford it gorrila will make also job but it will not so professional. I think I will take XIT with twist clamps, I guess it will also not lose the price during the time in case of selling it. Well 725 USD...
  5. Hi, after my last trip in Bunaken and Lembeh I found out I need to stabilize my macro shots, so I am looking for tripod. I read couple of reviews and discussions and I can not decide, if I should buy Gorrila Tripod or XIT404 tripod. I like XIT404, because versatile legs, and it seems more steady, but it is soooo expensive - also I would like to know difference between XIT Ball adapter and Twist Kit. I got NA-GH2 Nauticam housing and like to shoot a video, so if somebody tried both and compare them, you are more than welcome to comment. Thanks.
  6. kun1, and how you was happy with white balance ? It was OK, blue water, true colours? If so...I have to do something wrong maybe not enough light.
  7. Hi guys, I just come back from Lembeh, shoot some video footage on my new GH2 with +10 dio, I am quite impressed with that camera, too bad I can not use manual focus. Now I check some other videos and it seems, I need to buy some tripod (for camera only) and make a snoot for lights. I was looking for some snoots for Sola 4000, but I can not find any, everything is DIY, which is also good, so one can use imaginations and skills. Do you have any tips, how to make good video adjustable snoot? I would like to change easily position of light (using LOC I guess), but I would like to change also the amount of light area, and if I understand correctly with fibre optics I can not do that (using for example this DIY http://www.divematrix.com/showthread.php?11303-Photo-Essay-Building-a-Fiber-Optic-Snoot ) I got 2+2 big nauticam arms on camera, so position Sola 4000 is quite OK, so in my mind comes some adjustable simple snoot using this technique: http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-techniques/article/underwater-snoot-photography/ but adding adjust (somehow?) the length of the snoot. Any tips are appreciated.
  8. I will try in blue waters, setting manual white balance in Lembeh is not the best idea to try. But anyway, I got "feeling", that MWB works differently on Canon cameras. Maybe camera needs to be set up in Aperture mode (for example), I am using full manual.
  9. I got GH2 and "played" with Manual White Balance. I used before Canon P&S cameras and also Sanyo XACTI HD2000 and MWB works as expected - usually I just take the shot on sand, and everything was ok. With Pana GH2 it is different, I MWB on sand, and that sand is not white (in camera), but grey. For now I am ok, I am in Lembeh, and always shooting with video lights (sola 4000), so I use AWB, but there will be many situations, where I will use just ambient light and I want to be ready for that. I find Canon G12 as the best camera, which supports really nice manual white balancing - just set it up as shortcut, and with ONE press, you got white balance. On Pana GH2 one must made 4 button presses to achieve that. Oh well...also the results are not same.
  10. Hi guys from Lembeh Strai in North Sulawesit, just came from Bunaken. So I am fully testing the camera, got few things: - there is really problem to setup right white balance - is there any guide, how to set it up properly on GH2 ? Sometimes I want to take a shot from open sea, where is enough light and visibility is good, what I am doing is - manual white balance, choose 1, point at sand and shoot. WB changes, but it is greenish, not like on Canon camera I used to it. One have to use some white dive slate, or ? I really need proper white balance. - I set up few modes (c1/c2/manual), so far I like it, with ISO bug, when I set ISO to 160 on C1, I hope it is OK iso, not higher...sometimes I got grain there, so... - I am playing with Teleconverter /on/off, thats really fun, what are your findings on this ? - I set up fn3 for turning on/off teleconverter (shooting small stuff) - I got a little problem with stabilizing the camera, when shooting 2mm stuff, it is quite hard to not move it...it seems some underwater tripod would be great for that. I am using hacked Flow Motion 2 I think, so far it works nice, but I got problem importing it to FCPX, but I am doing workaround, and that works so far. Anyway, it is really big step up from my Sanyo HD2000 what I got before...and when the sun comes underwater, oh yes...
  11. Davide - yes I want to throw away that neoprene cover too, I saw your 8mm cover, nice one, do you got pic also for 7-14 dome ? Definitely I will go to kitchenware shop and look around, in my boxes I got one big plastic bottle, but it is 1cm less in diameter I would say. Which stickers are you using, both sided ? Also for 7-14 cover it would be maybe good if cover touch the housing, so it can not touch at all dome, if it goes beyond sticker. How do you find 8mm vs 7-14mm ? Are you always using lights with these lenses ? Today, in poor visibility I would get better video (maybe), if I dont use lights at all and use manual white balance.
  12. today I tried the camera underwater, we got terrible visibility (5-7 metres), no sun, so it was just test. Overall I am pleased with camera and controlling in port, everything is so easy. Setup lightning is quite tricky part, but it will go by time.I read discussion about focusing, very informative. With 7-14 lens I have to use biiig dome port, and I see you guys using custom made cover for yours acrylic domes, so I am looking around to made some, because sooner or later there will be scratches on the dome. Also when checking videos, I see reflection from the text on the lens, I guess you are using black pen to cover it? Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it!
  13. Davide, really nice work in this video: - filming, editing, music. Great work. Thanks a lot of help, I will "play" with settings as you suggest, and I didnt know about ISO bug, thats quite strange. ScubaBob, we got similar setup, good luck with filming!
  14. Hi Kun, yes, flow motion v2 looks like nice hack, it is quite popular I would say. I got 64gb 90mb/s SD card, so thats also not a problem. Yeah, thats what I want to confirm - Manual Mode, HBR, 24p cinema. Magic filter with lights ? I used them before, when I didnt have lights, but now I dont think I need magic filter. Can you also tell me your settings for FN buttons?
  15. Hi guys, soon I will go underwater with my new set-up: Panasonic GH2 (hacked) with nauticam housing Panasonic 7-14mm wide angle lens, dome port, zoom gear Panasonic 14-42 PZ, dome port, zoom gear Diopter +10, lens holder 2xSola 4000 I got some questions on divers, who using Panasonic GH2 for filming and photo underwater: 1. How do you set up FN buttons? 2. Do you record on manual film mode - or which mode you are using? 3. Which hack you usually use (if any) You can write any hints and tips for achieving best results. I am looking forward to make some nice videos and photos. Thanks
  16. ChrigelKarrer, thanks for info, and others too. In the end I decide to buy 2xL&M Sola 4000, one of the reason was safety in plane. I am also happy L&M advertise what they sell and I take this company as "big" brand name in business, Keldans are great for sure too, and FY Aquavolt also. It was hard decision, and as I wrote - I just bought L&M because of that safety lock, I am pretty sure, all of them are great. So it is time to shoot something nice!
  17. @HAK, I dont want HID lights - I think LED is the way now, I think there are also quite heavy and there is not much technical specs on website such as how many power positions they got and so on, I didn't see any review. @Timmoranuk I am not sure, which lights you mean, I didn't find any video lights around 4000 lumens there
  18. Hi guys, thanks for help, I did my homework and made a little list of ~4000 Lumens lights (LED). If I didn't put some light into list - let me know. From the list I can remove Mangrove VC-4L6 and SEASTAR LED 4000 they are quite heavy for traveling, but Mangrove got very good price. So there are 3 lights left, all of them are very similar: Keldan Luna 4V - reviews are good, 5000 maybe 5500 kelvins is really nice. L&M Sola 4000 - got "air" mode, 6600 kelvins - so light is little bit more "cold", one can see power of light Fisheye FIX Aquavolt 3500 - 115 angle comparing 90 angle of previous, 6500 kelvins, can fine-setup the output level, just 498grams, which is hard to believe It is hard to decide, I like Keldan, because of warm light comparing others two, Sola 4000 is nice because of "air mode", Fisheye for its angle - but quite cold light. It would be much more easier to decide, if there is some video light, which would work as a strobe also...
  19. Hi guys, I decided to buy Panasonic GH2 with Nauticam Housing and now I am in process to select the right light for me. First of all - 80% of use of GH2 is for video, I just love to shoot video and make some clips . I like to make wide angle shots and also macro. I came to videography from uw photography, so I also *love* to make some nice photos. I know, it is not possible to make both in 100%, but I just want to get as much as possible from my setup. So the question is: Which video light you would choose, to make great videos and good photos ? First of all, I know, I can not make perfect pictures using video light comparing to strobes (Z240/D2000/S2000). From all, what I read till now, the really great video lights are: - Light and Motion Sola 4000 - FishEye Fix Aquavolt 3500 (thanks to Davide for nice review) - also they got 5000 version - Keldan Luna 8 LA-V High CRI LED Video Light 2012 - quite expensive, very powerful - SeaLife SL980 (I am putting it here only because they state it is video AND photo light) The best would be to find the video light which got option for flash. Any recommendations ? Thanks
  20. Kevster, thanks for nice answer, sure $3000 is meant to be without lights, strobes, lights, thats expensive thing, and I never use it before. I would like to know, if it is possible to combine one Strobe and one Light, or it is completely wrong idea ? When using strobes, I heard it is good to have one powerful strobe, and other one less powerful, so here it comes to my mind strobe/light good combination. With video lights, for sure, 2 powerful lights are ok, but maybe one should be enough for start too. GH3 is expensive, no housing for it, and doesnt bring much extra comparing to GH2 (hacked version), so I am not sure if I want to wait. Vagabonder, yes, if GH2 fails for some reason, GX1 is on the list too By the way, do you miss EVF ?
  21. Hi Alex, thanks a lot for answer, so I don't have to write to Nauticam, I check their .com site and yes - this housing is not even available, so I would be forced to buy either 2nd hand, or 10bar housing. I just not clearly understand, the Nauticam, company is living from making housing stops producing this, when GH2 is one of the best cameras out there, and housing for GH3 will be ready let say in 5 months...so there is quite big gap between. I understand developing of housing is expensive, but then production should cheap. It would be nice to read how it is in reality, maybe I am wrong. Anyway, I decided bought GH2 for its video (yes, because exists hack, if there is not hack, I would go to OMD-EM5 I think). EM5 is making better pictures, but in video falls I think. GH3 is not option for now, because I dont want to wait another 6 months to make footage underwater.
  22. Hi guys, I am going to upgrade my old cameras, I started with Ixus 860, followed by G11, I started to make some underwater shooting with Sanyo HD2000 until my case was recently broken. I was quite happy with Sanyo (for that price a lot of music, check uw videos here), currently G11 is also broken, so we can say, I am without camera now. I really like to shoot video. I really like to make a pictures. What I don't like is to edit the footage and kill 1 day to make 5 minutes video, but thats another story. After spent some days infront of computer I decide to buy Panasonic GH2, it seems like the best option for me, if somebody got any other idea for camera, you are welcome. You may ask for budget...let say, budget would be around 3000 USD or even more. So, let's say, I choose a camera Panasonic GH2. It comes with two different lenses, I guess it is "better" to buy more expensive ones, of course I want to shoot some photos on the land also. Underwater housing - Nauticam or 10bar? Is 10bar so much worse (what about dome availability?), I should choose Nauticam? Lenses - which lenses do you suggest? I saw some really wide footage, which was too wide, I didn't like it much, for me, it was quite nice, what I did with my wet macro lens DC-20, it can be a little bit more wide. Also I like to make a macro photo/video, so I would need some macro too. I guess 45 macro and 7-14mm would be good start Lights - my friend got Inon Z240, it is amazing light. The question is, is this kind of light suitable for my needs ? I want to shoot video in first, photos come after. Do you know some good video lights, which can serve also as good photo light ? Or I can buy 2 lights, one better for photo, another one better for video ? Please suggest. I am sorry, if some of my questions doesn't make much sense, I am completely new to m43/dslr so please bear with me.
  23. 2ge

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    Really "funny", now after, when I sent this text I can do everything, what I describe, so I guess no action is needed, please ignore this Adam, hi... I would like to start new topic with my problem, but I can not, so sorry to write OT, but simply I can not do it in other way, I dont know why. 1. I can login to wetpixel forum, I registered really long time ago and I didn't write anything on the forum 2. I can not edit my profile, I get access is denied 3. I can not start any new topic 4. I can not PM anybody I guess, there is something wrong with my account, so maybe the best solution would be delete my account, so I can register again. Can you do that for me, or check my account please? Thank you.
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