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EvilOtter

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  1. Thanks SwiftFF5! I spent a few days on dedicated critter crawls so I got more macro footage than usual. I did a couple of dives with Rino Jackson at Jackson’s Diver Center and he found a ton of stuff that I had never seen before. I also did some solo diving in Brick Bay and found a lot of interesting critters on broken sea fans and other detritus. We are booked to return in early January and early March. Hope you have a great trip!
  2. In July 2019, we spent two glorious weeks in Roatán with no kids, diving the South Side with Barefoot Divers, the East End with Dive Pangea and the West End with Jackson's Dive Centre. We logged 15 dives at a variety of sites that included Tortuga, Calvin's Crack, Coco View Wall, Labyrinth, Dolphin's Den, Jumping Jack, Divemaster's Choice and the Barefoot Palapa, among others. We also enjoyed a dive at our very own site, named D2T after the divers in our family (Doug, Deb and Téa). The site is halfway between Lita's Hole and Shark Bait Shallow at the entrance to the Mahoghany Bay inside channel. All underwater video was shot on a Panasonic DMC-LX100 in an Ikelite housing and all topwater video was shot on a GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  3. I may be interested in camera body and housing. Please PM your best price shipped to Ottawa, Canada. Thanks!
  4. Our most recent trip to Roatán was extremely special as we were joined by close friends from Canada, several of whom enjoyed open water scuba diving for the first time. We logged ten dives at sites that included Cemetery Wall, Elbow, Shark Bait Shallow, Missing Link/Menagerie, French Cay Cut and the Barefoot Palapa. We also enjoyed a dive at our very own site, named D2T after the divers in our family (Doug, Deb and Téa). The site is halfway between Lita's Hole and Shark Bait Shallow at the entrance to the Mahoghany Bay inside channel. Thanks to Nick at the Roatán Marine Park for hooking us up. A special thanks to Ron, Vance and Captain Angel from Barefoot Divers for helping to make this one of our most memorable trips ever! All underwater video was shot on a Panasonic LX100 in an Ikelite housing and all topwater video was shot on a GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  5. Thanks for the tips, @Interceptor121. There are no Cine like profiles on the LX100, only picture profiles that allow you to tune the contrast, sharpness, noise reduction and saturation. I keep all of these at -5 except for saturation which I leave at 0. I have found that these are the best settings for flattening the picture and leaving post processing to my NLE. I will try dropping EV comp in these conditions. @aviator8, I was referring to the underwater shots , which were taken on the LX100. All the above water shots were taken on a Gopro 7, set to 400 max ISO, flat, native WB, EV -1.0. Usually, I am just shooting at will in between dives, trying to capture candid moments with my friends and family. I agree with your suggestion that my "B-roll" could be dramatically improved with better composition.
  6. Thanks for the comments, aviator8. Most of the wide shots and people portraits from this trip really poor. All were shot in ambient light and it was overcast and rainy most of the time. I also seemed to be getting bad results from custom white balance. I tried to compensate in post production by reducing contrast and increasing exposure and that resulted in a more washed out look. The macro shots are more consistent as they were fully lit and white balanced to the colour temperature of the lights. In all cases I use a fixed shutter at 1/60 and manual ISO. I use manual aperture for macro but generally leave it in auto for wide shots. I had better results on my January 2019 trip as well as some improvements to macro.
  7. That was really incredible. Some of the best macro footage that I have ever seen and a great edit too. Awesome share!
  8. I am looking to buy a used 200DLM/B Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix G85, G80 Mirrorless Micro Four-Thirds Digital Cameras (Ikelite #6961.05) with or without ports. Please send me a PM with photos and your asking price, including shipping to Quebec, Canada. Thanks for looking!
  9. Thank you very much, SwiftFF5! I hope you have a great trip. Feel free to PM me if you need any local info. Cheers!
  10. This compilation video showcases the highlights of six dives during our latest trip to Roatán, which included a Discover Scuba Diving Experience for our 10 year-old niece. Dive sites included John's Spot, Jeff's Junk, Cemetary Wall, Zuli Palacio and the Barefoot Palapa. We really enjoyed the critter crawling and macro shooting on this trip. Our 13 year-old daughter even spotted her first nudibranch an ornate elysia that was no bigger than a grain of rice. Totally amazing! All underwater shots on a Panasonic LX100 in an Ikelite housing and all topwater shots on a GoPro Hero 7 Black. I hope you enjoy it!
  11. Dreifish, I was not advocating for the BigBlue lights. I was just spinning the available data. Also, I was not considering the more intangible but highly pertinent points that you raised re: weight, CRI, battery size, battery cost, etc. I agree with your assessment about BigBlue overstating their run times. I have a pair of 2600 lumen Black Molly 3's that I use for macro. While they run for 60 minutes, their power seems to drop significantly after 15-20 minutes. There was someone on Scubaboard who did some testing to demonstrate this point (I think he was an UWLD vendor). While I am happy with the ones that I have, I would not shell out for their medium to high power offerings. You get what you pay for. Conversely, I think that the data does demonstrate that Keldan and, to a lesser extent Gates, are demanding significant premium for comparable performance. I think that Jaunt and Scubalamp are hitting the sweet spot. The big takeaway for me is the point that 90-95 degree, high CRI offerings are where it's at.
  12. Dreifish, this is super interesting and a really great piece of work. I agree with your overall conclusion that the Jaunt G18 appears to be the best overall light, factoring in output and beam angle. That said, I think that run time and price are an important factor in the purchase decision for most people. To account for these variables, I took your data and calculated the average dollar per candela per minute of run time. Not surpringly, the BigBlue lights come out on top as they are clearly the "value" option within this field. They are closely followed by the Jaunts (W30 and G18) and the Scubalamp V6Ks (Flat and Pro). The next tier includes the remaining Scubalamp lights (V6K, V9K and V12K) followed by the Gates. All three Keldans cluster at the bottom of the list, largely as a function of their premium price. I suspect that a V6K Pro Flat would be very competitive, based on this methodology. Assuming same candela as the V6K Flat with the run time and MSRP of the V6K, this yields a $/candela/minutes of 0.0023, which puts it in between the two BigBlue lights. Obviously, this is a simplistic price-value comparison that does not take into account other elements such as CRI, reliability, usability, etc. I just think it is interesting to see how these lights position against each other when all variables in your dataset are normalized. I have enclosed the below worksheet with all the gory details.
  13. This is a pretty impressive project. Kudos for sharing your innovative setup and for all the great suggestions from others. I am curious to know how you pack this all down for travel. How much of this can you get into carry-on versus checked luggage? Or, do you go with a reduced setup when flying?
  14. Stunning video! Truly excellent work. Thanks for sharing.
  15. I shoot a Panasonic G85 above water and use an LX100 in an Ikelite housing for underwater video in 4K. I like the portability, image quality and excellent manual WB of this setup. I chose an Ikelite housing largely due to price considerations. The Nauticam has superior ergonomics and a variety of port options that accommodate premium optics such as the CMC but these come at a considerable premium. It's also more gear to lug. With the Ikelite, I use the standard 3.9" flat port and attach an inexpensive WD-4 dome for wide shots or use a couple of UCL100M67 on a flip mount for macro. I have two sets of video lights - one for macro and one for wide / portrait. Including the arms and clamps, everything fits nicely into a Pelican 1510 case for carrying on flights. For photography, the Ikelite housing also has integrated TTL circuitry. I picked up a pair of used DS125's for around $400 and I am very happy with the lighting. They are extremely bulky and are not well suited to travel. I don't find the strobe/video combos to be that compelling since the output of the video lights tends to be very low. Also, I never switch gears between video and photo on a single dive.
  16. I recently opted for the Hero 7 Black over the Osmo Pocket but that is mainly because I have other use cases such as downhill skiing and mountain biking. One thing that I was not aware of is that 4K 60fps and 1080 240fps only output to HEVC. While this is technically a good thing, I do not have the software or the hardware to manage the files without transcoding to H.264. I believe that there may be a similar issue with Osmo Pocket. Although this is certainly not a dealbreaker, I thought I would raise this for the awareness of other amateur / enthusiast videographers who have yet to upgrade their NLE.
  17. Simon, I have the V4K Pros and find that they are too powerful and bulky for macro. I use a pair of Black Molly 3's for macro since they are much more compact and offer ample lighting for video.
  18. After being unable to dive at Christmas and March Break due to crazy sinus infections, we finally got back into the water in August for a handful of dives. The conditions were quite challenging for filming on account of the weather. Poor lighting combined with a strong surge meant that most of my wide angle footage was unusable. That said, I was able to get a number of macro shots that I am pretty happy with. I feel that I am continuing to progress as an amateur underwater videographer, despite having logged very few dives over the past year. I would be grateful for any feedback and constructive criticism to help me improve my shooting and editing skills. Thanks for watching!
  19. There is one dive op in Roatan that regularly organizes Blackwater dives. I have a number of photographer friends who have taken some incredible and unique photos, mostly of small invertebrates rising out of the Cayman Trough. I understand that large pelagics are also sighted on these trips, although less frequently. I have some concern that the use of constant video lights could be an attractant for curious predators. While this is not something that I am normally worried about, I might have a different view of the matter while dangling on a 60-foot tether in the inky blackness over 2 km of ocean. If you give it a shot, please let me know how it works out for you!
  20. This article from B&H suggests that the form factor is identical to the Mk1 but that there have been minor changes to the positioning of certain controls: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/hands-on-review/in-the-field-with-the-panasonic-lumix-dc-lx100-ii?utm_medium=Email%201688815&utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_source=Newsletter%20180822&utm_content=Explora&utm_term=panasonic-limix-readmore&encEmail=AFFCAC64261DA1F42872E66DDB4BE6C0597A91A4176649648940838E37E89DD9 Even if it fits my Ikelite housing, I do not see a compelling reason to upgrade for use as a video camera. That said, I may pick up a second Mk1 at a reduced price to have a spare on hand.
  21. I am going back to Roatan next week and will finally have a chance to test out my V4K pros. I couldn't dive on my last trip due to a massive sinus infection. I am looking forward to sharing some samples here (of the video, not the infection )
  22. Other options that you might consider are a GX85 in a Nauticam housing or a G85 in an Ikelite housing. These cameras are limited to 4K UHD at 30fps but, then again, so is the AX700. On the other hand, they are well over half the cost of a GH5 body and are considerably smaller and lighter. With both systems, you could acquire the camera, housing, ports and gears for an Olympus 9-18mm and a Panasonic 60mm macro for around $4,000. That would leave you with ample budget to house the kit lens or add a CMC and flip holder for super macro. Note that the Ikelite ports are AF only, which may not be an issue for you given that you are comparing to a camcorder alternative. Nauticam also offers a lot more port options, which may or may not be a good thing for you and your budget. Finally, I should add that I have no experience diving either of these cameras. I have an LX100 in an Ikelite housing. However, I shoot a G85 above the water and absolutely love it. Dual IS (IBIS + a Power OIS lens) is very sweet, especially on long lenses!
  23. Very interesting film. The macro shots are great, especially considering how cold you must have been. Too extreme for me!
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