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Matt Dunn

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  1. I am an experienced land photographer, but have yet to take a camera underwater. Picked up a G11 and the Canon underwater housing (which I will be using without strobes for the moment). Am interested in picking up a book about U/W photography, but in the meantime, I was wondering if someone could give me a sense of what basic settings would be. Just guessing, but I am assuming you guys are shooting at fairly high ISOs (400? 800?) I would also think you would want to leave the lens as open as much as reasonably possible in order to get your fastest speeds. Am I at all on the right track here? Any assistance is much appreciated in advance. Thanks, Matt
  2. Sorry for asking yet another question about cameras, but I am trying to educate myself as much as possible. I believe I am set on the Z1 as a camera choice, but have recently read (and seen footage from) the HVX-200 and am having second thoughts. I foresee that this camera will have a significant amount of topside use, in addition to its underwater use. I have to say that, to my eye, the HVX footage is much more stunning than anything I have seen from the Sony line. Perhaps that is simply the difference in footage I have seen... So... Other than the clear downsides, including: 1) Increased cost 2) Reduced choice of housing 3) Perceived difficulty/cost of working with P2 storage Are there reasons why people prefer the Z1? I guess I am asking at a technical, spec type of level... Again, thanks in advance as always for any and all help. -Matt
  3. Thanks for the welcome. I've checked out your site a number of times and really like your work. Great stuff that you should be proud of. I just want to clarify one point briefly. The audio really shouldn't be a concern if I am putting it into the film as part of post-production. In other words, if I want to provide a voice-over narrative (as in a documentary), that is really a function of the microphone and my computer's capabilities and not the camera's...correct? For instance, I recall recently watching a video from your site in which Kelly narrated a dive around an aquarium/observatory at what looked like the end of a pier (fantastic, by the way ). I assume that was simply a matter of feeding an audio track into the computer and getting the timing correct. From that perspective, whether you have the XLR inputs on the Z1 is a non-issue, right? Again, thanks for all your help!
  4. New to videography here and am looking to purchase my first camera sometime later this year. In the meantime, I'm trying to read all that I can about HDV technology, standards, etc. I really like some of the footage I have seen from the FX1 and the Z1 and am trying to understand the real difference that (approximately) $1500 gets you. From the research I have done, it seems that the two significant differences that appear to be touted are (1) the ability to record in PAL (50i, among others, correct?) and the presence of XLR audio inputs. I live in Boston, MA and don't ever see myself doing this other than as a "serious hobbyist" (meaning that PAL doesn't really seem to be an issue), and it seems like the lack of XLR inputs can either be overcome, or aren't that significant if all you are going to do is lay down a voice or music track...assuming there is going to be no significant topside voice work, am I ok without the XLRs? Again, these seemed to be some of the major differentiators in the reviews that I have read...I ask you folks because none of those reviews were done with an eye toward underwater use so it would be helpful if you could help me see things from that perspective. On another note, how "future-proof" is an investment in one of those cameras today? I understand technolofy lifecycles are short and there is always something better around the corner, but I would like to think that I am not buying a camera at the tail end of its viability. As always, thanks guys. These forums are super useful and always friendly. Its a fun place to hang out and read...
  5. Hi folks. I am very much looking to get into videography and enjoy reading the information that is available here but must confess to being rather baffled by a lot of the terms and the underlying technology. But I want to and am willing to learn. So...can you assist me in directing me to perhaps a book, some other sites, or some other kind of resource that offers a "primer" that would put me in a better position to make an informed choice about a camera? Thanks, as always, in advance. -Matty
  6. Hi all. I am looking to get a bit into digital photography (and video) and am hoping eventually to be able to shoot cold-water wrecks. I live in Boston, MA and while we go get good visibility in the water, its obviously not what anyone would call "great". If I am planning to shoot wide-angle (something like these, which are pictures of local wrecks), what are the primary factors that I need to consider? In other words, is more light the key? Are longer arms the key? I really am a beginner and am looking for all help. Thanks as always. You have a great crew here.
  7. Actually, my biggest concern is "upward mobility" (for lack of a better phrase) vs. technology life-cycle time. In other words, I want to be in a position where I don't outgrow the camera, but I also don't want to over-invest in a camera that isn't going to be useful/supported in a few years. As a for instance, if someone said, (just hypothetically), that it takes a couple of years before you really learn the ins and outs of video cameras and the technology and coincidentally, a couple of years is essentially the lifetime of a camera, I would think I would be far better off purchasing "less" camera and learning. If, on the other hand, the life cycle is a bit longer, I don't want to go cheap and get stuck in something that doesn't allow me to expand my own horizons... Am I making any sense to anyone?
  8. Hi folks. I am looking to get into videography and will most likely be using the system in local waters (off Boston, MA). An average dive will probably be 80-120 feet with little ambient light, and anywhere from 5-25 feet of visibility. My question(s) - please feel free to treat me as if I know nothing. You won't be far off at all. 1) In general, if I am looking for a camera that will grow with me as I become more proficient but that will not totally break the bank, which among the A1/HC3/FX1 would you recommend. If you would recommend another camera, why? 2) In low-light situations, will proper lighting be sufficient to overcome the low-light problems of a given camera? In other words, given a certain set of money and the need to be able to handle low-light situations, is that money better spent on the camera or on lights? 3) Other than this site, what resources would you recommend for someone looking to learn more about HD technology, HD camera technology, etc. Websites? Books? Magazines? 4) What questions am I not asking which I should be asking? Thanks in advance to all who respond. I'm not usually this much of a pain in the posterior. I hope to able to contribute in the near future. -Matt
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