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  1. I had the opportunity to test out the new RECSEA Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Housing earlier this year in the Philippines. I've copied the writeup from the vimeo page below. Welcome to answer any questions. First time posting a video here, let alone alone of underwater footage, so go easy on me. Earlier this year, I flew to the Philippines and joined A.J Saito from RECSEA to test out their new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Housing. The Philippines is home to some of the best diving in the world, and I was happy to be returning for my third visit. I've been shooting underwater with a RECSEA S95 housing for several years and absolutely love it. But ever since the BMPCC was released, I've dreamt of shooting underwater with a higher quality yet compact underwater camera setup. During my two week trip, I had the opportunity dive in the spectacular waters of Anilao, Puerto Galera, and Dumaguete. I had a large array of lenses and ports available for my setup along with several of RECSEA's Mini 1000lm LED lights; most of the footage consists of Panasonic 45mm 2.8 Macro, Olympus 9-18mm 4-5.6, and Panasonic 8mm 3.5 Fisheye. Other lens were tested but not included in this video. My first destination in the Philippines was Anilao, where I stayed and dived for four days with the fantastic crew at the Aiyanar Resort. This was my first time diving in Anilao and it definitely lived up to world-class reputation. I moved on from Anilao to what feels like a second home to me, Puerto Galera, where I earned my PADI Divermaster certification during two-month internship a couple years ago. Upon my arrival in Sabang, Puerto Galera, my good friend Ted Dunn arranged a trip to nearby Verde Island which is probably my favorite dive site of all-time. It's an advanced dive site with strong and varying currents, but it is absolutely rich with color, movement and underwater life. After a couple days of diving and catching up with my friends in Puerto Galera, I jumped on a flight to Dumaguete. This was my first time diving in this area, and Apo and Simulon Island did not disappoint. Technical tidbits: I updated the BMPCC to firmware 1.8.2 prior to this test. Firmware 1.9.3 was released just a few days after my trip which was too bad since that firmware release featured new functions which would of been a great benefit (histogram and time remaining!). This video comprises of footage shot in every type of scenario I could put the camera and housing through, so there variance between shots. I shot in ProresLT , ProresHQ and RAW (CinemaDNG) (highly recommended for color correction!). Usually a 64GB SD card would last at most for two dives, but if I was smart with my shooting, I could sometimes get three dives in. Battery life was superb with the additional 12v battery pack that is included. The extra four 18650 batteries would easily give me more than enough battery power to last 3-4 dives (my SD card would fill up before the batteries would die). After Anilao, I shot only with the Panasonic 8mm lens with no lighting so it was all 'wide' shooting from here on out. I was okay with this as I love shooting wide (but I do have a new fond love for the difficulty of shooting macro). I did NOT have a magic filter for my 8mm lens which I only found out about after my trip. This would be quite helpful with some of my color correction. I rarely pushed the camera above ISO800. The deeper shots (ie: with shark and on the wreck; 30m) are quite blue, but I just wanted to include these shots to show what the camera could capture. I know a majority of those out there prefer underwater footage to be shot at a nice crisp 30p/60p however I kept the camera on 23.976 for a majority of the time. My personal preference has always been to shoot at 23.976 as I prefer the more cinematic look of it. A few shots were done at 30fps and 29.97 then later slowed down respectively in post. I may release a short clip of just 30p footage which actually looks very good.
  2. Nauticam Spree Demo Days are back for 2013!!!! A Big Boat. A Ton of Nauticam Photo Gear. A National Park.A 19th Century Fort. (With a Moat) Join us this summer for a 5 day trip to the Dry Tortugas aboard the Mighty Vessel Spree. The trip includes 4 days of diving in the Dry Tortugas Ecological Preserve, the Fort Jefferson National Park, and on the USNS Vandenberg. We’ll have plenty of Nauticam demo gear on hand to try at no extra cost, daily presentations, a nightly photo presentation, and an opportunity to show off your images. Whether you are well versed in all things underwater photo and want to try the latest Nauticam gear, or are a novice interested in getting started, this trip is for you. No passport is required! The Dry Tortugas are a remote collection of tiny islands about 70 miles west of Key West Florida. One of the islands is home to Fort Jefferson, which besides being the largest masonry structure in the western hemisphere, has a unique history and is quite photogenic. Oh, and the fort has a moat - how cool is that? The fort, along with the area around the islands, is part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. North of the park, where much of the best diving is located, is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. We'll have all of the latest models of housings (like Nikon D7100, Canon 6D, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Panasonic GH3 and more) - rigged and ready to dive, plus viewfinders, arms/clamps/trays, our DP4 external monitor, flash triggers, and all of the other latest gadgets and parts available to try out. There is no extra charge for demo gear - your only costs are getting to Key West and the liveaboard fare. The details? We board the boat the evening of July 30th... July 31-Aug 3rd are the dive days. Plan on going out in Key West to check out the sunset on Mallory Square and the craziness on Duval Street the evening of the 3rd. You are welcome to stay on the boat on the last night, disembarking at 9am on Aug 4th. The price is $1725, and includes diving, tanks, weights, nitrox... and meals, snacks, beer, wine (that's right - free beer!). The boat holds 24 passengers but we limit it to 18 to allow a little extra space for all of our gear. The fort has to be seen - it's an amazing structure - and it has a moat! For those who'd rather stay in the water than walk around a dusty old fort, we have you covered. We'll do an over/under session, taking advantage of the beautiful scenery at the fort coupled with the amazing blue water. Laptop: Yes, bring your laptop. The Spree is laptop friendly and you’ll want it to process some images. Cell Phone: There’s no cell service in the Dry Tortugas, so plan on shutting it off. The Spree has a satellite phone that is available if needed for an emergency. Diving: Diving will be conducted in the Dry Tortugas Northern Ecological Reserve, The Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Key National Marine Sanctuary and the USNS Vandenberg, conditions permitting. Typical dives will be 50-70 feet, some more shallow, some deeper. We have one wreck in 20 feet of water that is amzingly photogeneic hen conditions are good. We’ll be trying to optimize the diving around good sites for photography. On a couple of the more shallow dive sites, we've made arrangements with the Spree for open deck diving for 1/2 day. This means you'll be able to dive longer and really take your time on some of these great sites. Dry Tortugas has a nice mix of reef scenery, some large animals including the namesake turtles, tarpon, sharks, and grouper including Goliath Grouper. With a very healthy gorgonian and hard coral population, the macro opportunities are abundant. Night diving will be available as well which can bring out another cast of macro subjects. Join us for this unique opportunity to dive with fellow photographers and try out the latest and greatest nauticam gear. More info about Nauticam: http://NauticamUSA.com More info about the Spree: http://SpreeExpeditions.com To Book: Spree Booking Page for Nauticam Demo Trip 2013 Other questions: innovation@nauticamusa.com
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