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  1. Hello all, I'm trying to figure out what compact would work best for underwater video only. I've been looking at specs, reading reviews here and also wherever else I could find them, including for older RX100 models, watching side by side videos and whatever uw clips I could find, but unfortunately the mass of contradictory information found online is a little confusing. To summarise what I'm looking for: I'm only interested in a compact for shooting underwater video clips only, not stills. I'd shoot in 1080 and/or up to 4k, 24/30 to 60 fps - mainly with shallow ambient light in the tropics - and mainly wide angle general reef scences, with a red filter (primary), and less commonly with lights for macro/closeups (secondary) - I don't really care much for slow-motion. As a side-note I'm well aware of the limitations but have decided to focus on on compact-sized cameras for now, for specific practical reasons, - mainly to have something with manual controls and of reasonable size to work with for a couple of years before eventually upgrading to something bigger and more efficient like a dedicated camcorder or mirrorless. Main points of interest to me: • white balance for video in camera white balance (I'm partial to Lumix cameras on this), possibility to do a manual white balance, possibility to shoot in a flat profile to white balance in post (I don't think there is a compact capable of shooting raw video, but a flat/ flatter profile option would be very useful) • low light capacities for video how efficient is the video in lower light conditions - ie how will the camera handle darker days, going a little deeper, say with a red filter, what are the manual options • efficient video autofocus how good is the autofocus when shooting video - some cameras (LX series) have touch screen focus controls to set focus, but this is not really a practical option in a housing. How good is the camera at tracking in the sort of environment we shoot in underwater etc... • video image quality how defined is the video image, dynamic range etc - these compact cameras come with 2 sensor size options, four thirds for the LX100ii and 1" for the others, but it's not clear what really works best due to cropping, processing etc Not a major difference in apertures for these cameras, but there might be something to lookout for in lens quality • video stabilisation these compact cameras offer 2 types, lens and in camera - the RX100 seems to have a slight edge on this • battery life how does the battery hold when shooting video - I've heard that the RX series drains batteries very quickly when shooting 4k videos this is less of an issue on land, but underwater and in housing, for one hour dives shooting short clips, more so • overheating when shooting video? I've heard this is/was a major issues when shooting video on the Sony RX series. I shoot to edit 10 to 30 seconds clips, might go up to 1 minute for very specific reasons but not beyond, so a 5 minute cap like the RX100's 4k mode doesn't bother me for instance however the camera will indeed be used for underwater video only, in a housing, so reallynot very practical if it overheats easily --------- As mentioned in the title, I've narrowed down the search to 3 classic compacts: • Sony RX100 V or VI (or higher) • Lumix LX100 ii • Lumix LX 10 But I'm open to other recommendations for good video cameras of of similar size. I am quite partial to the Lumix series, have seen some good really good and helpful feedback here (thanks again), but have been reading contradicting information on video performance, especially when compared to the RX series. It doesn't really help that most of the video info found elsewhere online is focused on vloggers shooting in very different conditions from what we would find underwater, and that most commercial showreels focus on closeup scenes with a great light rig, which is not what i'll be using the camera for most of the time, and hardly mention white balancing Some info i've picked up along the way on these cameras: The older Panasonic LX10 seems to have focusing issues, and stabilisation is not great The Sony RX line (V, VI, VII....) is also very interesting, but I have heard of the overheating issues, which seems to be a common problem for other users shooting video. Since I'll be using this camera for video only, this does seem like a major problem. Not clear if this is major issue really fixed with the RX100 VII - found tests saying that it is, others that it isn't... Apparently in a studio, 40 minutes of continuous shooting is possible, but not sure what this would translate to inside a UW housing. RX100 battery life is also supposed to be quite dismal when shooting video, again not great underwater, and not sure what to make of its white balance options The Panasonic LX100 ii seems like a good alternative without the overheating issues and with better battery management, but what of autofocus, low light and image quality? It's also not clear how its bigger sensor really performs>>> ------- Beyond dry camera specs, it would be fantastic if people with real-life underwater video experience with these cameras could give opinions to help me make a more informed decision on which compact to get for shooting uw video clips. Thanks in advance for your help and pointers cheers ben
  2. What program do you Recommend for editing?
  3. Hi Divers Sadly we can't dive in Thailand these days and I miss it badly. But it's given me time to do something I've wanted to do for a long time, to rewatch and rank my favourite underwater documentaries. So I made a video about my top 10 favourites. What's your favourite? Check out my video:
  4. I've been reading some posts online recommending that for "on land" shooting, the Hero 7 sharpness be set to "low" for more natural looking footage. I haven't gotten to use mine in the water yet but I'm wondering if settings of "medium" or "high" might yield better results underwater where the overall environment is less sharp than on land due to less that gin-clear visibility. Any recommendations for WB of "auto" or "native" (or some other choice) would be helpful, too. I'd be free diving with the camera a depths of 30ft of less. Thanks!
  5. Hello, For sale is an old school Amphibico Navigator 900 with the Sony DCRTRV900 (charger, battery, lens cap, and sunshade). This piece is in great condition and hasn’t been touched in years. Comes in watertight hard case and with external plastic UR-PRO color correction filters. Asking price around 300 but negotiable. (PM me for more questions and photos) DESCRIPTION The compact Navigator 900 mechanical underwater housing is designed for the popular Sony DCR-TRV900 Digital Camcorder. Built with marine grade aluminum and marine grade brass with stainless steel hardware that allows full use of camcorder features to depths up to 330. Supplied with the Amphibico bayonet mounted wide-angle conversion lens and an external hydrophone to pick up the best sound underwater. Housing includes various camcorder control and functions like wide angle and telephoto zoom, focus, exposure, white balance, and even has the capability to take stills with the photo mode feature on the camcorder, for more versatile recording capability underwater.
  6. Hello, I'm interested in starting more underwater video work. Any advice is appreciated!
  7. During my last trip to Raja Ampat I tried shooting HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) with my new camcorder Sony HXR-NX80. Before the trip I had no intention of shooting with HLG, but Juan Miguel Núñez Arellano (http://wetpixel.es) encouraged me to do so and mentored me during the trip providing me with valuable tips, and later - he guided me through post-processing of HLG footage. I am very grateful to Juan for all his time and mentoring. You could visit Juan's YouTube Channel to see his footage shut using HLG and recommended settings. The following video is a collection of 4K underwater video clips shot in HDR HLG, BT2020 color space at various depths: https://youtu.be/JaL6gkwfJQY The following equipment was used to make this video: Camera: Sony camcorder HXR-NX80 Housing: Gates AX700 / Z90 with Gates GP34A Wide Angle Port and internal UR Pro Red Filter Video Lights: Keldan Video 8X 11,000 Lumen CRI 92 (5400K) with Keldan Ambient Filter M1 (10-20m) for 4X/8X Camera Settings: 4K, 30 FPS, Picture Profile: BT2020. I followed this ARTICLE for recommended camera settings. All clips were converted to Rec.709 color space using the following two methods: 1 - FCPX HDR Tool 'HDR to Rec.709 SDR', and 2 - Lemming Camera LUT 'Pro Sony A - HLG to Rec.709 and Custom LUT 'Quicker - Neutral Film'. Please note that: Clip #13 is a comparison between FCPX HDR Tool and RAW file. Clip #14 was shot using SDR Rec.709. Clips #12, 13 and 14 were shot at the same point (Cape Kri site at 35 m) and at about the same time (at about 8:30 am), but clip #14 was shot a different day. It is my understanding that the optimal depth range for the UR Pro Red Filter and Keldan Ambient Filter is between 10 and 20 m, and I found it to be a bit more challenging to grade footage shot outside of that depth range. In most cases, the difference between grading using the above two method is very minor, but I found that grading using Lemming Camera LUT gives a bit better result compared to FCPX HDR Tool (except of Clip #13), but it could be due to a lack of my experience. Also, I should mention that I did not use much video lights as as specific situation demanded. I will keep experimenting with HLG on my next trip. Meanwhile, if you have any questions please let me know. In addition, I will appreciate your comments and constructive criticism. I numbered all clips for the convenience of referencing to them. Best regards and thank you.
  8. For Sale Lights & Motion Bluefin Housing and Canon XA 20 Video Camera Bundle This has been a great housing and camera for us. They are in good condition. Included in the bundle is: Lights & Motion Bluefin G30 housing Canon XA 20 Video Camera Fathom 90 wide angle lens Flat port Fathom 65 Wetmate wide angle lens (never used) 65 wetmate caddy Housing float 8 hour battery pack extra monitor battery carriage Original price $7113 would be happy with $2,495 plus shipping Please message me if you are interested. Happy to send additional photos or answer questions Thx!
  9. Here is my first video using Sony camcorder HXR-NX80 taken during the last diving trip in Philippines this August: https://youtu.be/XZ2JvM6JXkI I have not mastered this camera yet, and on a few occasions I inadvertently used wrong settings (i.e. the internal ND filter was on on a few dives). Also, playing with different settings and filters resulted in some color inconsistencies between different clips. While I am still trying to master this camera, I will greatly appreciate constructive criticism and recommendations. The following equipment was used to make this video: Camera: Sony camcorder HXR-NX80 Housing: Gates AX700 / Z90 with Gates GP34A Wide Angle Port and internal UR Pro Red Filter (on most dives) and UR Pro Pink Filter (on a few dives) Tripod: Gates Tripod Diopters: SAGA +5 Diopter Achromatic Close-Up Macro Lens, and SAGA +10 Diopter Achromatic Close-Up Macro Lens Video Lights: Keldan Video 8X 11,000 Lumen CRI 92 (5400K) with Keldan Ambient Filter M1 (10-20m) for 4X/8X Camera Settings: 4K, 30 FPS, Picture Profile: BT709. I followed the following article for recommended camera settings: AX700-Z90-Housing-Recommended-Settings-R2.pdf In my decision to buy this camera and housing, I followed an advise from Juan Monterey, who convinced me through his articles that this Sony camcorder is one of the best cameras for underwater videography: http://wetpixel.es/mi-actual-equipo-submarino/ As I am shooting only videos, I found many advantages of going with this camcorder and the Gates housing, including but not limited to the following: No need to carry several lenses. With one wide angle dome and diopters you could shoot wide angle and macro on the same dive. Very good and fast auto focus Very easy (one-button touch) white balance setup. Ability to use HLG - Hybrid Log Gamma (In the future for me) Battery is good for four dives (about 4 hrs) One things that puzzled me with this Gates housing is providing a control knob for ND filters, as I have never been in a situation yet when there is too much light under water. Maybe someone could enlighten me about this. For all footage above water I was using iPhone X. Hope to hear your comments and recommendations on how to improve my videos. Many thanks and cheers.
  10. Hello, I am looking for an advise on selection of an internal color filter(s) for Gates AX700 / Z90 housing. This housing comes with a red filter, but the filter could be changed for another color. Seller recommended me to buy both red filter (for blue water) and pink filter (for green water), as according to him "Water conditions vary due to time of day, currents and particulate in the water." Among other recommendations on internet, here is a typical recommendation: Pink Filter (for use in green water), OrangeFilter (for use at depth up to 15m), Red Filter (for use at depth of 15m or deeper). Could anyone recommend a good article on color filter selection for UW videography? I am diving only in warm water, i.e. Indonesia, Philippines, Caribbean, etc. Also, Gates' color filters are quite expensive ($138US), so I would like to know if there is another manufacturer of good 'pro' quality color filter elements? Thank you for your recommendations.
  11. I would love to hear any feedback on my short film I put out last year, as I am about to release another shortly. I just upgraded to an SPL housing and am looking to do more underwater shooting of marine life. I managed to get a turtle in here! Location: Costa Rica, Rhode Island, France Camera: Olympus Tough TG-5 Here is the link:
  12. Here is my latest video "Diving in Andaman Sea" from our last trip to Thailand and Myanmar in April. https://youtu.be/vJ4-l2nS7QQ All underwater footage and some above water footage are filmed with Sony A7Rii. I also used iPhone X for some above water footage, and Mavic Pro - for drone footage. I will greatly appreciate any constructive criticism. Many thanks
  13. Hi all, Last year I purchased a whole Nauticam setup for underwater macro photography (spending just short of £9k!). I went a bit far with my purchases and bought the Nauticam Housing for Small HD 502 5-inch HD Monitor with the intention to also shoot video. I was a little too ambitious with my purchases as I am still very much perfecting my macro photography and have no idea of when I intend to move into shooting video. So my perfect, never been used, Nauticam Housing for Small HD 502 5-inch HD Monitor (which is still in its box and only purchased April 2018) is up for sale. I appreciate that the item is classified as second hand now that I've had for almost one year. But it has never been used and still in its original box. So I will only be accepting fair offers. I am based in Essex, United Kingdom, so happy to meet up with someone to show them the goods for the sale if they are within a 25-mile radius. Many thanks for your time reading this... I hope to share my learning of macro photography in the copious forums with you all in the future.
  14. I just picked up a second hand PV102 10000 lumen video light by scubalamp. It has a contained 7X18650 battery pack. I am trying to find if this is allowed on airline travel. I know lithium packs need to be carried in carryon luggage, but I am having a hard time finding if this battery pack meets all the TSA regulations. Does anyone have this or large sized batteries like this who can point me the right way?
  15. Here is a link to a short video "Happy Women's Day From a Diver" in advance of International Women's Day on March 8th. I posted this video a few days earlier, as I will be away on the Ray of Hope Expedition, diving in Andaman Sea next week. Best wishes to all women, divers and non-divers. All footage is filmed with Sony a7rii camera. https://youtu.be/VeWGMLk4DGU
  16. I've uploaded a short video from a snorkeling trip I took last Thursday, Nov 1, 2018, off San Diego CA. We ran into some baitballs and I shot this using my GoPro Hero 7 and Phantom 4 Drone. -Roger Uzun rogeruzun@gmail.com
  17. Hello Folks, I am struggling with color correction in Premire. I am playing with RGB curves in a color workspace but the lumetri Scopes keep going all over the place. My content is a shark dive so there are shifts from reef sharks to sandy ocean floor. I am never getting a good gray and everything is washed out in cyan tones. Being new, I suspect it is all part of my learning curve but hoped someone might have some good resources to share. https://www.pbrosnanphoto.com/Travel/Bahamas-2018/i-56G7BQL/A
  18. Gates Underwater Z100 housing with Sony FDR-AX1 camera This is a professional underwater video system which has been used on numerous television productions as well as my show, Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, for a few years. This is one of the few cameras that can shoot 4K at 60p for awesome slow motion. I’m selling it as a complete package, with a few options. You can learn more about the housing on the Gates website The basic package includes: • Gates Housing (Retail $8,000) • Gates SWP44C super wide lens (120° field of view) (Retail $5,000) • Floatation collar for SWP44C (for neutral buoyancy) (Retail $300) • Gates Flat port FP44C for macro (retail $450) • SKB travel case (retail $300) • Top handle • White card on flexible loc-line arm • Sony FDR-AX1 4K camera (retail $4500) • Set of diopter flip filters for extra macro capability Total retail cost ~$18,550.00 ASKING $8,500.00 for the whole package. Will ship in the continental USA included. Please note that the monitor pictured on the top of the system is not included at that price. The outer element on the lens was replaced a few months ago so it is brand new and perfect. Options: • EM50 HDMI monitor (pictured on system) (Retail $2400) Add on: $1200.00 • Second camera so you can have a spare or matching above water camera: $2,500.00
  19. I posted a short video of a snorkeling session I had on Nov 6, 2018 in La Jolla Cove with some California Sea Lions, primarily to test out the Hero 7. It's on Vimeo here - -Roger Uzun rogeruzun@gmail.com
  20. In April 2018, I was very fortunate to participate in the Ray of Hope Expedition to the Revillagigedos Islands, off the coast of Mexico. The expedition was organized by Dr. Andrea Marshall – a National Geographic Explorer and the ‘Queen of Mantas'. Here is a link to my 4-min video-report about this trip: https://youtu.be/dJKKAWb0Efs This is my first video after moving from iMovie to Final Cut Pro. Camera: Sony A7Rii, Housing Ikelite, lens 28mm with fisheye. I did not use lights, and did not use any filters. I will appreciate your constructive criticism. Thank you.
  21. Hi Guys, I'm pretty much a complete beginner to underwater photography and filming and am hoping for some advice. I need to permanently mount an underwater camera to a boat, what features/functions should I be considering to ensure high quality, both viewing live and capturing photos/videos. What is important to me is high resolution, and being able to see through the water as far as possible. The camera will be around 1m below the surface, and next to a light, and will be displayed on a TV. For background, I work at a custom boat building company. We are going to mount a camera on the bottom of a boat we're building now to allow disabled and elderly passengers to be involved with the marine life. I appreciate any help. Cheers.
  22. For sale: Two Light & Motion Sola 2500 video lights. Both are in excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically. They come complete with ball mounts, chargers, manuals, and cases. Please note: These are the original Sola 2500 lights, with 90 degree flood beams. They are not the current model that also has a spot beam. Price is $260 each, or both for $500.
  23. I have a set of (3) XIT404 twist clamp tripod legs and a SLR housing bracket for sale. The housing bracket has the attachment hardware for a Subal housing, but I suspect you could change that easily to fit other housing brands. This is an amazing and clever system and well worth it if you are contemplating doing any kind of video work. This set is brand new, never used. I won it in a contest and never used it because I already had a set! I'm asking $625 plus actual shipping and insurance. PayPal and US shipments only please. Please check the photos. Thanks for looking.
  24. Here is a link to a short video I scrambled from the test footage I shot with Panasonic LX15 on my liveaboard trip to Sudan in may. All is shot with ambient light, no additional lighting, all color corrected and edited in Hitfilm Express. I was mainly doing photos, as it were literally my first dives with the new rig, hence the quality of the video is mediocre, just to test the capabilities of the camera. Enjoy
  25. 2x i-Torch Pro 6+ video/focus lights with ball mounts and chargers (only have 1 battery, batteries are about 20.00 on amazon) Never flooded, both work excellent. Will sell one for 150.00 or both for 250.00 plus shipping jcdovala@verizon.net
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