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Colin Snow

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Sony a6500
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    Kraken Solar Flare 12000
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    Nauticam Flextray with Ultralight ball arms

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  1. I thought I would quickly share my experience using a Sony a6500 underwater. I am using: Sony a6500 in Nauticam housing with Sola 3500 and Intovatec 2500 lights. Zoom - Sony 18-55mm lens in N85 Flat Port 72. Macro - Inon UCL for macro in M67 Flip Diopter Holder. Wide - Sony 10-18mm + Zen Underwater DP-170 Fisheye Dome Port The video here has mostly a6500 footage (0:23 - 3:16): Pros: Having IBIS in a6500 helps to stabilize footage vs. none in the a6300 Using Sony lenses with OSS helps even more Fast autofocus works really well for UW video - especially when subjects move a lot I could get 3+ dives without changing batteries using the Nauticam 2,500 mAh battery pack. Cons: The Sony UW white balance sucks and always need to be corrected in post-production (I use Premiere Pro CC Lumetri). The 4K (3840 x 2160) 30 fps would be better at 100 Mbps and not 60.
  2. One thing I forgot to mention, I tested the $12 battery I found on Amazon (see post above) and it stays active all the time.
  3. I got my replacement battery and just did a dry test. After 3 hrs and 15 min the battery while attached to the camera is still "awake". I tried to simulate a real-world scenario where you attach the battery, close the case, go to the dive site (1-hour journey), and turn on and use the camera. I turned the camera on and off several times - including starting and stopping the video as I would do underwater. At one point I left the camera on for 20 min. As noted by jgttrey above when the camera is on the LCD is always on. At any rate with all that testing, the external battery was still awake providing power. I'm satisfied. I'll be pairing it with DSTE 1950 mAh NP-FW50 replacements. I'm hoping the combo should be enough for a 3 dive day.
  4. Thanks for the update. I called Reef Photo and they are exchanging my old for new.
  5. I found this battery for $12 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M19ZRKZ/ It's a snug fit, but it works. See pics below. I also ordered the USB Battery Pack Keep-Alive Load Kit (link above) and this USB 2.0 Extension Cable-Right Angle A Male to Female- 3.9 Inch(10 cm) for $8 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XRW713L/ I'll give an update if it works and fits. - Colin
  6. Thanks for the update. I am wondering if this USB Battery Pack Keep-Alive Load Kit would work. http://swling.com/blog/2017/03/usb-battery-pack-keep-alive-load-kit/. What do you think?
  7. Thanks for your write-up. What a hassle! I just got this housing but not filmed with it yet. At $60 a pop, this is a serious oversight by Nauticam. Perhaps you can write them and report back here their response.
  8. I have one but not shot with it yet. I'm still saving for the vacation after buying it, a Nauticam, and Zen port for the 10-18mm.
  9. I’m selling this GoPro HERO4 Black plus the LCD Backpack plus all the accessories on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/262726188300 Comes with everything you see in this picture which includes: GoPro HERO4 Black camera LCD BacPac 64 Gb Micro SD card 3 batteries Battery charger USB cord The Frame GoPro Underwater housing Backscatter Flip 3.1 Filter Kit (2 filters) All original accessories It’s everything you need to get started and more. Camera and LCD works perfectly. Never flooded or leaked, No scratches on the lens. This camera takes beautiful 4K video above and below water. See footage in my underwater videos here: http://vimeo.com/koptervision This is a package (and a great deal!). I’m not selling the separate pieces. NO International bids or shipments
  10. Bids close on this Sunday 11:54 AM Pacific time.
  11. I'm selling this Nauticam Underwater Housing for Sony a6300 camera on eBay Listing here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/262717829274 Summary It is in *excellent* condition. You can configure it with standard Nauticam ports and gears for your lenses. These are readily available at Backscatter or Reef Photo. I bought it June 2016 and used it one dive trip. It never leaked because I have been an underwater photographer for over 30 years and take immaculate care of my gear. I’m selling it because I want to move to a full-frame set-up See samples of my 4K videos taken with this rig on my Vimeo channel http://vimeo.com/koptervision I am the original owner. This unit was $1650 new. I'm offering free shipping to Continental U.S. only. NO INTERNATIONAL SALES or BIDS
  12. The eBay auction on this item closes today. See link above.
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