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  1. The HDMI 2.0 Cables from Nauticam do appear to be slightly thinker so maybe the outer sleeve is stronger.

    However the major benefit of the new M28 bulkhead is that there is zero breaks in the cable now. It’s straight monitor to camera. So are easier to replace as a whole and not have to wonder if it’s the internal cable or external cable that has gone bad.

    Still will go bad with the slightest incorrect twist or undue pressure applied mind!


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  2. So I’ve been using cheaper end 18650 batteries with my BMPCC4K and even those sometimes are a bit tight.

     

    Then I saw backscatter advertising that the 3500 8A Nitecore fits - which surprised me! As those are much longer than other 18650’s..

     

    Anyway bit the bullet and ordered some.

    They fit just - Really have to squeeze them in.

     

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    So if you want the long run times - you can go 3500mAh!

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  3. I’ve designed something on my 3D printer for my underwater camera rig and confirm it’s the right spec for what I need - but plastic isn’t strong enough.

     

    Is there anywhere in the UK or Europe that for that matter, that can print/ cut aluminium and power coat it for reasonable costs for one of small pieces?


  4. Completely agree on all points Davide :-)

    For sure ‘out of warranty’ we / I might have issues. Mine have been fine so far - of the little diving I’ve done recently :-(

    I too was very very skeptical about the performance of the G18’s - so many cheap Chinese lights promising lots of power only to be very crap.

    But drefish did some excellent testing back in January 2019 side by side with other brands:

    https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/63400-testing-3-10k-lumen-lights-gates-gt14-vs-scubalamp-v6k-vs-jaunt-g18-plus/

    And that sold me on them, especially considering we know they are using CREE CXB CRI92 arrays.

    I do think the original CRI98 Luna8s were special - I had the same ones as you.

    I agree that 18k lm is very optimistic and definitely a marketing poly - but from an Image exposure point of view from Drefish tests above they are generating at least >15k lm from the tests done. So for me they were a massive improvement over 5k.

    But back to Keldans. If I had unlimited funds - I’ll be there :-)

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  5. John, I've owned Keldan lights - and they truly are fantastic - and if money was no object I would probably be on the new 24,000lm packs with the remote controls and all the goodies

    But (and I'm sorry to Daniel for saying this) there are much much cheaper options out there (DivePro being the one I'm currently using) that perform just as good for 1/2 or 1/3 of the money - there is nothing special about the LED COB Arrays (quality / power of the light) used throughout the industry for the higher powered units - they either come from CREE, LUMINUS or similar and most manufacturers (if they are any good) will provide info on which array (and what binning) they are using.

    Keldan's are built better and no doubt use good quality lithium packs - but this I can't see these aspects alone being worth that much of a difference.

    The other thing to watch out for is travelling with them, I had the Luna 8 as they were called back them - and its a pain travelling with the bulky dome fronts.

    Just my 2c

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    As to the ZCAMs - you will be forced into getting a Ninja V (or similar) at the minimum for monitor support - add the cost of a housing for that also - its not such a bargain as a GH5 or BMPCC4/6K.

    Its a shame the BMPCC6K isn't using the new canon mirrorless mount like the Komodo - as that would be a good option also for future proofing lens choice, while still being relatively cheaper than other options at the moment.

     


  6. Personally - as someone owning and using Atomos products and all the underwater housings that go with it

    Don't do it.  if you are spending your own money.

    The amount of bulk these external records add - plus the Odyssey is huge (and its discontinued..) is a lot if you are going to travel with it.

    Do I like my Shogun's 7" brighter screen and the better viewing position - oh yes, but it doubles the size of my camera rig - and weight too - and yes there is a marginal improvement in image quality going to ProRes from the GH5 - or now ProResRAW with the NinjaV and newer cameras - but it then needs its own bag on the boat etc - all for little improvement. Its a ball ache using it if you aren't on a liveaboard. I use it with my BMPCC4k just as a larger screen.

    There is zero wrong (some IBIS would be sweet mind..) with the BMPCC4K, its got loads of DR, its got RAW and is 12bit - a lot to like, and its relatively cheap now - its just lacking resolution comparatively with the current gen of incoming cameras.

    Saying that the newly released mid tier camcorders from Sony (FX6) and Canon (C70) are still only '4k' today.

    If you want something now - just go 2nd hand on a GH5 orBMPCC4K and spend the money on wet lenses, lights (things that will out last your camera) even a trip! and enjoy.

     

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  7. Great question John,

    I personally think we are in a bit of a change over phase from HD, 4K,SDR to 8K HDR and anything you buy today isn't what I would call future proofed at all - and with anything underwater camera related - it ain't cheap - so its got to last.

    I don't know about you, but my camera setup(s) when I purchase them I want to last 4-5yrs at least - and you're right buying a GH5 now might not be the best option - I mean the GH5 and BMPCC4K/6K are great for today, but in 2025 say???

    They (and everything similar) all produce wonderful imagery at present (and its credit to the GH5 its still holding its own against cameras 3yrs+ newer) If the only place you view them is online via YT or FB then and you're not making money from it - perhaps nothing more is needed now or for a while - I'll even go as fair as admit that I found an older video of mine on FB the other day, via the history thing that pops up, and it was amazing quality (to me) and I couldn't remember which camera I recorded on - then I remembered it was my Hero 7.... so gee I don't even need my GH5 or BMPCC4K...

    We have ProRes RAW slowly slowly becoming more mainstream - and I can see eventually some cameras supporting that in-camera so you won't need an external monitor - and underwater having the ability to alter the WB etc after the fact is real nice.

    We have 8K screens, which obviously will demand 8K/12K sensors and then we have HDR and wide dynamic range.

    Interesting times - but if I was buying today, its a hard decision. Maybe get some super lights and a Hero 8 to tide me over...

     

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  8. there is a challenge with screens when you put an LCD in a housing it reflects and most screens are plastic with no antireflection treatment
     


    This is a big issue for me also. I tried putting an anti glare cover on the internal screen, which helped. But then the push through buttons no longer worked


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  9. Hogyfot always bring their own style to things eh!

    I like it. From the top mount to the heavily padded cable.

    From a purely monitor standpoint- don’t DiveSee do some nice compact/ cheaper options also?

    Needs to be > 500nits I feel to make it easy to see.

    I had my Inferno mounted behind my GH5 like that photo- but I had the opposite issue with my eyes - the screen was too close and hard to see!


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  10. On 4/23/2020 at 4:09 PM, wydeangle said:

    My shutter speed is set to 1/125. I formerly used 1/60 but find that action is a bit crisper at 1/125. The only time I'd be tempted to go back to 1/60 would be an ultra low light situation.

    Your thoughts?

    I think thats a really valid point - I remember a few years ago playing with 1/100 (for pal 25p) and it giving great results also. 

     

    7 hours ago, Davide DB said:

    Waveforms, where I can find them?  I've always been too poor to afford an external monitor and other gadgets...

    Have a good quarantine guys

    The waveforms on the GH5 i find too small, but they are within the video settings under Wave/Vector. :)

    Quarantine - gee man, Italy and Spain we are really locked in eh! Not sure my kit will still work when it gets wet again!


  11. Agreed the BMPCC4K isn’t good at AF. It isn’t good at lot of things I took for granted with my GH5. But what it does to well is wide dynamic range, raw recording, amazing highlight roll off and that nice colour BM has going on.
    - The screen on the BMPCC4K is fantastic thou for focus peaking with MF lenses mind.

    I would also say it’s got a very narrow use case underwater, great for static shots and scenic shots, but not the camera I would use for open water swimming or fast moving action.

    A Gates set would be a great choice from a ease of use perspective and travel point of view if starting from scratch. I do get frustrated with all the extra bits I’ve got attached to the GH5 and the whole handling perspective - it’s does everything and more, and is more camera than I need, but as bmffm attests to, it doesn’t do everything great. I did look at the ax100 / gates combo back when I had the GH4 and looking at ‘what next’ but I like my photography side of things too so in the end stayed with m43 - but see (with some envy) why bmffm went back to a gates. Less is more.

    The new canon mount Komodo Red looks super interesting, but I think we are in a whole world of wallet pain for that. The EZ cameras require monitors etc. So could end up expensive also.

    C200 another contender?


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  12. Good choices.

    If I'm honest the GH5s didn't win me over vs the older GH5 (I quickly sold off the GH5s) - the loss of the IBIS is a big ask, especially for your initial / beginner camera, having smooth video does help a lot to give your recording a more polished feel. The GH5 produces stunning video, given enough light and a good lens setup. (hint: 14-42mm ii and the WWL1 :)

    The only thing I would say about the Gates setup where it excels vs a nauticam setup, is the Gates are made to be neutrally buoyant from the get go, where as the GH5 (in a Nauticam housing) will require float arms to get it neutral, so for travel the gates might actually work out smaller for packing as you won't need to pack large float arms etc. But saying that, I would pick the GH5 (or a A6xxx APSC Sony series) over a Sony camcorder any day at the moment, I just don't think they are worth it over a hybrid.

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