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LX7 is ordered

Discussion in 'Underwater Videography' started by Mike, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Contributor

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    Ordered the Panasonic LX7, the Nauticam housing and the Wet Mate dome a few days ago. Should be arriving shortly.

    Planning a trip to Rangiroa and Bora Bora for late May so I have until then to get up and running.

    Still deciding on arms and lights and a case for it all.
     
  2. Interceptor121

    Interceptor121 PADI Pro

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    Just put some very rough unedited footage here
    [vimeo]62838598[/vimeo]
     
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  3. ronscuba

    ronscuba Contributor

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    Looks good Interceptor. What white balance did you use ? Bare lens shots look ok. On the bare lens close up on the drum were you using any zoom ?
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Contributor

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    What happened to the Subsee diopters? Looks like you're using a 67m screw on Inon in the video?
     
  5. Interceptor121

    Interceptor121 PADI Pro

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    I don't use subsee too cumbersome.
    I have an inon UCL165 in those shots. Today I also tried two stacked lenses and full intelligent zoom I literally shot the eye of a shrimp.
    I use old AD lenses with an m67 adapter



    I used custom white balance on sand for ambient and 6500K for shots with lights
    On the drum shot I had been on a wreck dive so only had a wet lens and a diopter as the fish is skittish I kept distance and zoom around 50mm
     
  6. Scuba_Noob

    Scuba_Noob Solo Diver

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    I look forward to seeing your videos. :wink:
     
  7. matdiver

    matdiver Contributor

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    Hi Interceptor,
    that's very nice! I have another white balance question: did you use a filter of any sort? The WB looks great, even at 36m, for ungraded footage.
    Cheers,
    Matthew
    (Pana GH2 user)
     
  8. Interceptor121

    Interceptor121 PADI Pro

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    Hi Matthew
    No filter used on the Bianca C I balanced on my hand if I recall. With the lx7 you can fine tune the WB so I set magenta at +2 as it was quite green down there however I have later found out that if you leave it alone the colours are good already. Maybe the camera edges a bit towards the dark blue. I had many times issues with scene too bright on a white slate Omsk ended up using sand or hand
     
  9. ronscuba

    ronscuba Contributor

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    Looks like you did not have any of the white balance problems Backscatter had. Now that you have dove with the LX7, do you still prefer it to the RX100 ? Is one better than the other at photo, video, both ?
     
  10. Interceptor121

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    Am not sure about the issues backscatter had with white balance. For sure the Auto white balance in water performs badly on the other hand I would only use that with a filter and I did not try with one. I had several issue with 'scene too bright' for white balance that I resolved with my hand or sand. I think a matt slate will do wonders.
    Backscatter also said that all wide angle lens vignette and that is not true anymore as Nauticam have released a shorter port for the LX7 that works fine at 28mm with the Inon UWL-H100. I also found the ergonomics of the LX7 incredibly better than the RX100, the fact that you have always the same controls for aperture and shutter for me is a plus not a drawback.

    For what I can tell at this time I prefer the LX7 to the RX100 for video. For photos I have not really done a stress test but the lack of a fisheye lens for the LX7 is a big handicap, so for pictures I would stick with the RX100 especially as you can see the 20 megapixels in a still that in video you don't see.

    Overall I would say that if your main interest is photo with occasional video than RX100 is best. If it is video with occasional photo (especially macro) than LX7

    I am putting together the footage in few days to a week I should have a proper video of this trip.
     
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