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Davide DB

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  1. 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
  2. It's not necessarily a bad thing I see your point but If it was for action cams or smartphones, WetPixel and uwpmag would have closed down by now. I agree with you. Nobody knows. Perhaps a big change like this will force manufacturers to move from their positions and progress will take unexpected paths.
  3. John, from what you write, you are a pro. So why bothering discussing with us about this camera? Go ahead and give us a review of the kit. Bye
  4. Nobody replied to my first post but I was right. This won't be the last sad news on camera industry.
  5. Yes, but I wouldn't do it on regular basis. You can find instructions to do so on the user manual. Bye
  6. Despite of all marketing campaign, camera market is in full and steady decline since several years. Profit margins are razor thin and the Corona dealt the final blow to an already compromise situation. New advanced features require new LSI development with huge investment and right now few company have the expertise and money: Sony and Samsung. Sony have still great margin developing sensor for most of the brands out there. Even Canon has serious issue developing in house technology. Low margin is the main reason we saw the FF race of the last two years. FF camera are perceived as pro gear with more margins. Unfortunately IMHO they just delayed the sad end. Yes I'm pessimistic. Looking at camera sales figure is clear that manufacturers fail to persuade people the they need a new camera every year. As consumer I'm happy that the race to new models every year is stopping. Just to put some figure on the table: Year to Date Sales compared to Jan-April 2019: DSLR Units : 754K, -47% YTD DSLR Shipped Value: ¥32.3 billion -45% Mirrorless Units: 720K , -36% Mirrorless Shipped Value: ¥50.4 billion -40% Compact Units: 1.16m -47% Compact Shipped Value: ¥22.9 billion -44% Lenses for smaller than 35mm Units: 1.68 million, -41% Lenses for smaller than 35mm Shipped Value: ¥23.9 billion, -40% Lenses for 35mm and larger Units: 978K, -40% Lenses for 35mm and larger Shipped Value: ¥48 billion, -39% I hope it will never happen but: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/22998/olympus-closure-is-near-can-happen-in-less-than-8-months/p3 Canon results: The last two pages of this thread are very informative of the situation: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/23470/industry-rumors-coronavirus-can-be-final-blow-for-camera-industry/p9 These are rumours: Olympus leads sales fall in EU and US, it reached 97% in some areas Pentax is close, in one area that had 98% fall, overall is is around 90% Panasonic comes third, L mount FF bodies sales drop is staggering, some areas >85% Nikon is next with 60-70% fall Canon and Sony are best, in some areas they are even above 60% drop slightly.
  7. Hi, Any quick source in Europe for a HDMI internal cable for GH5? (not Nauticam) 90° full hdmi male to straight micro hdmi male It seems that Amazon and Ebay have all sort of connectors combination except what I'm looking for... Thanks in advance
  8. Wow, very interesting indeed.Nice work P.S Another twilight zone lover, I see
  9. Massimo, I'm speaking about a NLE you don't know and you reply me about sensors and processor and rolling shutter. I have countless DVD made from HD and 4K content and since Edius introduced Lanczros 3 scaling algorithm, results are quite different. Moreover I don't see why I should not believe a document from Grass Valley, a company completely dedicated to professional equipment. I'm done too
  10. Why don't you just say I didn't know it! it's much simpler. Isn't it?
  11. Nope. On Edius it works on video downsampling: https://www.ediusworld.com/old_pdfs/en/support/faq/EDIUS_ResamplingMethod.pdf https://www.videoproductions.com.au/html/edius-downscale.html
  12. John, no offense at all, but it's clear from what you write that you have little or no experience of underwater filming. As @Interceptor121 and @Lionfi2sare trying to tell you, it's not all gold that glitters. The data on the paper doesn't necessarily reflect real advantages in the field. Besides, I stopped giving too much importance to VIP reviews on the web years ago. Many people have a strong incentive to push one product over another. Read: biased opinions. Full frame is by no means the best format to shoot underwater. Even a RED (except the MONSTRO 8K) has a smaller sensor than the FF. On this forum you can find hundreds of posts explaining the pros and cons of having an FF camera. And no, photography is not video. In addition, all these hypothetical advantages will be put to the test by the operator's skills (read my signature). Since you're talking about costs (and selling a kidney), things are pretty simple: we all know that selling used equipment means losing a lot of money anyway so: #1 you're a professional. So you can spend a lot of money on the right tool for the job you just took. Surely with the revenue from your work you can easily make up the initial investment in a short/medium period of time. #2 you are an amateur like many of us here (me first). Then it's important to stay mainstream. Because when you'll sell your used equipment, just having something very common/appealing can make up part of the investment. I have a nice collection of camera housing on the shelf. It's clear that this camera is very niche. Only one manufacturer of niche underwater enclosures has claimed to make one. Do you think when you decide to sell it, it'll be easy? That's why they pointed out to you that there is the Panasonic S1/S1H that has the same sensor and an electronics that has a history behind it. And yet, I'm convinced that it would be very difficult to sell a used SH1 housing. Of course if you are a billionaire who has fallen in love with this camera, then the two options mentioned above do not apply. Bye It's not true. My Edius have Lanczos 3 downsampling method among the other and difference is quite noticeable
  13. Good video. Perfect time to sit on the couch and see or favorite documentaries. As I wrote on an old thread, I find US and EU storytelling completely different. Anyway I agree on your chart except you missed the Laurent Ballesta work. i.e.
  14. Who makes these floating spherical balls? I think you already saw the BTM tutorial video
  15. With @Lionfi2s suggestion I could use the floating arm like a stick
  16. I disabled by mistake English subtitles, it should be ok now.
  17. Right now, without monitor, my whole setup stay exactly as yours @thani I spent several hours finding the best balance. I gave up using two section arms. It's a classic photo setup that IMHO does not work well for video. With a single arm section I find that everything is better balanced. With a classic dome as mine the main problem is that the camera rotate with the dome up, so I added nearly 1 Kg on the dome collar via an ankle weight. For this reason I had to use those big floating arms. Now everything will change because I could not use the central arm. Maybe I could use two small floating arms. I'v seen somewhere of spherical shape or, trying @Lionfi2ssuggestion. Anyway it's a long way to go. Here in Italy no dives until June
  18. Hi all, Here I am with my latest effort. You have English and Spanish subtitles Bottom trawling is the most common and destructive fishing practices in the Mediterranean Sea. Bottom trawling represents a major threat to the seafloor ecosystem. Yet soft bottoms are not desolate stretches of sand but complex ecosystems, populated by organisms that are fundamental to the conservation of fish stocks. Giannutri island, part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, is a good example of intact marine environments. The fishing ban up to three miles has preserved intact deep habitats and the particular morphology of the island's seabed allows divers to reach the "twilight zone" (i.e. he bathymetric range between 50 and 120 meters.) in a rather simple way. Trimix, DPVs and rebreathers are perfect tools for observing still extremely intact deep environments with less invasiveness. These protected areas suggests how protection, if properly managed, can effectively maintain integrity in environments that host hundred or thousands years old organisms and provide us with natural laboratories where we can study what these environments would be like if they had not been damaged by human activities. On a technical perspective An alternative title of the video could be "History of Panasonic underwater". In the video there are shots taken over many years with my GH2, GH3, GH4 and GH5. So from a technical point of view I'm not at all satisfied with the quality of the footage which in some cases I consider to be very bad. I'm not a professional; I have witnessed some phenomena in a completely unexpected way, with the poor beloved GH2 at 100 meters in winter sea at 1250 ISO or at the end of a dive with flat light batteries. The important thing for me was to be able to communicate a message.. Bye
  19. Yes, of course. Actually I was thinking about plain monitors. Ok, good suggestion. In the end I went for the Hugyfot. Just the thought that I'll have to do the weighing all over again and especially the camera trim makes me cry. I had just found the perfect trim using a floating arm above the camera. Now there's no room for the ball holding the monitor. On the scooter it's only important to make the housing neutral, but if you shoot by hand, the trim is essential, otherwise you just need the tension on your wrists to make the flickering footage.
  20. At depths where I usually work, 500 nits should be enough. Actually the DiveSee costs like a Ninja V + Nauticam housing but I agree that is the most compact of the row.
  21. Two questions for ext. monitor use: Do you use clean HDMI so you check settings on camera display or you mirror the camera display? If you mirror camera display, the focus peaking monitor display get fooled by camera controls on the image?
  22. For me is extremely important being able to have two configurations: monitor on top for sort of macro shots so I'm not obliged to lay down on the mud monitor behind the camera while scootering I've never used a monitor but unfortunately, age is advancing and even contact lenses are beginning to be insufficient. I also bitterly regretted not having a monitor for my latest project.
  23. The problem I see with these two monitors is the armball at the bottom. While you can flip the image on the display, I'm not use the sunshade is reversible and you would get control buttons on the bottom. Nauticam has controls on the front. You cannot get this configuration easily On the GH5 I could use the rear tripod armball to attach the display but I would have a limited movement. The Hugyfot has an extra armbal on the top that could be used to get the above configuration
  24. The Anglerfish is 1550 USD in USA, here in Europe, where I live, I found just one site at 1800 euro, so more or less same price. Of course you will get some discount. Never heard of this brand while Hugyfot is a well renowned brand and I have a customer support here in Italy. The Anglerfish seems to have exactly the same IPS panel as Feelworld, just 0,7" bigger. Exactly the same software, same controls. I'm not sure that bigger is better for an underwater setup. Atmos Ninja V and Nauticam housing about 2600€. Of course another league. Here a photo of Hugyfot monitor housing
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