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Anyone using a Panasonic GH4 Underwater?

Discussion in 'Underwater Videography' started by rmrobbins, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. rmrobbins

    rmrobbins Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Salem, MA USA
    Is anyone using this camera for underwater video? I'm looking for something with versatility for video above and below the surface. New to professional level gear underwater and have been shooting with a GoPro Hero4. Been a serious hobbyist still photographer for several years now and have prior video production experience.

    I have my eyes on Nauticam housing and WWL-1 wet lens for this body. Is anyone using it? Would very much appreciate some direction from someone with personal experience with this camera and or housing.
  2. japan-diver

    japan-diver Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Okinawa, Japan
    Have used this camera and housing combo on professional shoots and it has worked great. We use it alot for B camera work or when a smaller video camera is needed as the primaries we use are normally a bit larger.
  3. TheTrickster

    TheTrickster Instructor, Scuba

    With the 14-42mm MKII - its a great combo.
  4. Cali_diver

    Cali_diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: California
    My husband uses it and loves it. He has the Nauticam housing and uses the subsee +10 and the CMC with Oly 60mm and Pany 45mm lenses for macro and the Pany 12-35mm for most everything else. His vimeo page is: https://vimeo.com/sdpaboojian
  5. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    We have a review of the GH4 and the GH4 with the Oly 7-14mm lens written by Margo up in our review section with some videos. I just used the E-PL7 and 14-42mmEZ with the WWL and it works out pretty well, full zoom through. A bit heavy in the water, but a few floats evened it out.

    Nauticam GH4 Review
    GH4 with Oly 7-14mm Review

    View attachment 356807
    Here's a test shot with the WWL. I'll have a review soon on this combo...

  6. TheTrickster

    TheTrickster Instructor, Scuba

    I've gone full circle with my GH4 for wide angle underwater videography, from kitting it out with a 170mm dome and the 7-14mm and 60mm for macro - I'm now back with the 'kit' lens...

    Without doubt the 14-42mm (MK II) with the CMC and WWL is a powerfully versatile 'rig'

    One minute you can be really wide for the establishing shots (with the WWL), you can remove the WWL, then you've got a nice AoV for diver close ups or bigger fish etc (at 14mm - 35mm eqv underwater), you can zoom to the other end to get close ups, or slip on the CMC and get some extreme macro stuff.

    All this with a optically stabilised lens in a relatively compact package. Granted the WWL is heavy.
  7. flspy

    flspy ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States

    Excuse my ignorance, but what is the
    "CMC and WWL?"

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