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  1. 3 minutes ago, TmxDiver said:

    Hi Davide,

    Almost all my dives are done with dry gloves as well. I have/use the Rolock 90 system and the gloves might be a little thinner than yours, but not by much (if at all).

    I was having trouble removing the cover as well (I never tried the on-land test). I found that a small vacuum would happen so I drilled holes in my hard cover (I cringed) to allow it to equalize and it does make removing the cap easier. Sometimes it still gets stuck which is a real pain when you are deep and building up deco and sometimes it still requires two hands. Or I have to wiggle it around while depressing the tabs.

    I have yet to find a better solution that is as protective for all the situations I get into.

    - brett

    Few posts above I wrote that I never use a cover and it was true until I changhed my rebreather. Now, with a SM rebreather i have tanks below my hips and I nearly scratched my lens two times...

    I'm thinking to add some grip extending the tabs with a material like Sugru. I have to try if it's so durable.. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089WHP1WD?th=1


  2. I am reopening this old thread because I still can't find a satisfactory solution to protect the WWL-1 lens for the kind of diving I do.
    I need to protect the lens in the transfer I make between shots and I would like to be able to take the cover/cap off and put it back on with one hand. 

    BTW this is my buddy carrying his camera basket style...


    I agree with @OwenF but absurdly (once modified with a bolt snap and paracord as suggested by @TmxDiver) the original hard cap remains the best solution...
    Unfortunately I dive with dry gloves and it is almost impossible to get it open. Could it be that Nauticam, who is so detail focused, has never thought of this? You don't make good videos and photos only in tropical seas ;)
    Maybe at the next WWL1-C @Edward Lai will give us a dryglove-proof cap.

    This is an example of wht I'm saying

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  3. On 6/24/2022 at 1:13 AM, Pomacentridae said:

    Hi Owen,

    Having the same concerns. I did talk with Nauticam and they said “Yes, you can absolutely use the hard cap for protection while in water.” So I will definitely be taking a drill and adding a clip to my hard cap. It’ll give me options.

    But as for the neoprene cover. I have bought the WWL-1B neoprene cover (https://www.nauticam.com/products/neoprene-cover-for-wwl-1b) and sewn on a bungee cord to the top velcro clasp.


    This allows me to undo and loosen the top clasp while keeping the cover securely on the lens.


    Having loosened it, i can now pull the neoprene cover under the lens and out of the way.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    This could be a good solution. i have to try if I'm able to remove and put it back easily with one hand...

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  4. After the Ring Trilogy, the Coral Trilogy could not be missed!

    English Subtitles Available!

    In the summer of 2022, we were involved in a citizen science project collaborating with Dr. Martina Coppari of the Università Politecnica delle Marche on a study on the reproduction of the Mediterranean black coral, Antipathella subpinnata.

    It was an opportunity not to be missed for us to package a "trilogy" of videos documenting all the work done by teams of divers in the water led by university biologists.

    In the first of three episodes, after a lecture on the reproductive biology of these beautiful hexacorals, the technical divers dive on a black coral forest at 70-80 meters (230-260 ft) to take the samples needed to census the Antipathella colonies under study.


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  5. 8 minutes ago, Phil Rudin said:

    You may also want to consider the new Sony FE 20-70 F/4 announced yesterday. This new lens is a constant F/4 across the zoom range and also focuses at 25cm across the full range, so about 1:2.5 at the 70mm end. I suspect this lens will be ideal for video and stills use. It has all the latest Sony lens tech including the ultra fast focus motors.

    Maybe just behind a dome.

    Zooming it extends a lot!



    Of course it is a very good photo camera but as usual Panasonic is among the best when it comes to the video compartment...

    Lets see if we will have an underwater housing for it.

    Camera will be introduced today along a new lens and maybe other goodies.

    It comes in two flavors: DC-S5M2 and DC-S5M2X. The latter with Prores and IP streaming.

    There is a new lens too:

    LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO

    lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups (1 aspherical ED lens, 1 aspherical lens, 3 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
    Shortest shooting distance: 0.15m
    Maximum magnification: 0.5x (at 28mm) / 0.25x (at 14mm)
    Filter size: 77mm
    Size: φ84 x 89.8mm
    Weight: 345g










    S5 II


    24.2MP CMOS

    Dual Native ISO

    V-Log 640/4000 HLG 400/2500


    Phase Hybrid AF


    5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

    Internal Recording

    6K 3:2/17:9
    4:2:0 10-bit (23.98/24/25/29.97p)

    5.9K 16:9
    4:2:0 10-bit (23.98/24/25/29.97p)

    DCI 4K/UHD
    4:2:2 10-bit (23.98/24/25/29.97/47.95/ 48.00/50/59.94p)

    3.3K (4:3)
    4:2:2 10-bit
    (23.98/24/25/29.97/47.95/ 48.00/50p

    4:2:2 10-bit
    (23.98/24/25/29.97/47.95/ 48.00/50/59.94/

    S5 II X

    External Recording
    via USB-C
    to an SSD

    5.8K ProRes 422/422HQ

    DCI 4K/UHD
    ProRes 422/422HQ

    3.3K (4:3)
    ProRes 422/422HQ

    4:2:2 10-bit


  7. After so many videos just music & images, we wanted to try to tell stories around some of the lesser-known biological aspects of well-known dive spots but at the same time be "showcases" for those who have never been there.
    It was difficult and perhaps impossible to make mini-guides but we tried to show that the unexpected and the beauty are right there, in the places we frequent most. You just need to have the tools to see them.

    In the first episode we opened with a small introduction about our equipment and dives but we tried to use language that did not emphasize the danger and exceptionality of technical diving as we often see people do but rather show that scooters and rebreathers are just tools to closely observe these animals in their natural environment.

    In this episode we found at 65 meters (215 ft) a small resident community of John Dory (Zeus faber) that uses the complexity of the Lytocarpia forest as the ideal place to hide and hunt.

    We chose the Vlog format because it is perhaps the one that would most render to viewers the immediacy and impression of being there. All to the great shame of me improvising as a Youtuber with white hair and Claudio's big laugh behind the camera and the puzzled looks of the other divers in the Diving.

    For the pixel peepers: not all the images are technically perfect or exceptional, but they were chosen with the story-telling function in mind.

    For the techies: everything is shot with a GH5S and GH5 in Aquatica/Nauticam housing; several lenses: 12-35mm, 8-18mm, 14-42mm + WWL-1B and Keldan Lights.

    English subtitles available


  8. Today we launch Underwater Italy, a new video channel dedicated to deep diving in the Mediterranean sea. 

    The YouTube channel is a container through which me and my buddy Claudio Valerio narrate about our dives in the twilight zone, a depth interval, where coral forests, sponge gardens and millennia-old animals form ecosystems that have not yet been directly altered by humans. This is the so-called mesophotic zone, the bathymetric range between fifty and one hundred and twenty meters, which in recent years is proving to be crucial in investigating the impact of climate and anthropogenic changes on our seas.

    With our footage we want to unveil the secrets of little-known seabeds where scientific research and exploration confront the beauty of nature.

    Seabeds that are actually very close to the most common dive sites where hundreds of divers dive every weekend. And it is precisely in these spots, served daily by diving centers, that technical diving has redrawn and in some cases overturned the map of possible dives. It has given us the ability to combine two or more dive spots in a single trip or find new ones. 
    This information quickly became the heritage of local diving communities, but transmitted mostly in oral form it is inevitably destined for word of mouth distortion if not oblivion. Hence an additional reason for preserving the memory of these environments and perhaps setting a baseline for future observations.

    Out there, a few hundred meters from the diving moorings, close to walls, shoals and wrecks is an unknown world waiting to be (re)discovered.

    In the coming weeks we will publish the first video. for now a small trailer only music and images.

    If you like it, please subscribe :D



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  9. On the Anglerfish site the fact that the monitor is sealed is listed as an advantage. Maybe I am wrong but to me it gives me more confidence that a monitor is vacuum sealed with the camera housing.
    However seeing the photos and features it seems to me the best pure monitor among those on the market

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