rjaywallace: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 has been badly overlooked this year. With many "best in class" and more than a few "best in show" features, it is deserving of a full-scale review and a superlative rating. Please get with the program, Editors of DPReview. MFT rules!
I too think we have been waiting rather a long time for a full review of the GX8 from DPReview. Maybe the editors could at least tell us why.
DavidsfotosDotCom: Just go diving with it & you can get 2-4 atmospheres of compression ;-)
Actually with a bit of Helium in the mix I'll get a bit more compression than that. Seriously though, do you think uncompressed RAW will be useful underwater?
luigibozi: without those guys, no Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon and others...
Some people do re-evaluate thoughts. In the latest round of military adventures for example no critiscism is allowed and all journalists are strictly controlled. When looking back at Vietnam it is important to be aware of the history, which is still coming out. The recent revelations about LBJ's knowledge of Nixon keeping the war going is a case in point. It looks more and more as though people like Lennon and Hendrix told the truth while governments lied to a man. I think it is important to keep this in mind when looking at these shots.
I bought one in the early 80's and thought it was great. In the mid 80's I took it with me on a cruising yacht. By the end of the 80's it had fallen to pieces.
Cy Cheze: It might be nice if someone offered a housing that included a dual LED lamp arrangement of some sort, perhaps like a scuba 168268. Dual lamps of some sort are essential long before reaching depths of 100 meters. Seawater filters out red frequencies and, below a certain depth, color filters merely turn blue to gray.
What colours you loose and how quickly depends on the water colour and viz where you are diving. It's not that difficult, although getting decent buoyancy control seems to be tricky for some.
Ben O Connor: Sure its soemthing great, brings your device to another world to bring you "hands on" images...
does it have to be that hard to own one ? Seriously ? dont talk like "yeah butm its pro gear" well nex-6 is an enthusiast camera, does not make sense... or does it?
no it doesn´t.
A better way might be for camera manufacturers and housing manufacturers to get together and work out a way that you could upgrade the body without having to buy a new housing.
Benarm: Will it work with Metabones SpeedBooster?
Not sure about the speedbooster but they are playing around with a normal metabones adaptor. Check my link to the wetpixel forum below. Sounds like if there is a demand they will produce a port.
See the post by rsf3127 below. You can quite happily get a housing that costs a LOT less and go diving and if you stay reasonably shallow and dive in nice clear water you can use filters and ambient light and get fantastic photos. But if you want to go deeper and/or have changable ports sadly you have to pay. Nauticam produce some seriously good kit but it's not really for everyone. So actually it does make sense. And thanks dpreview for posting this news because it's very relevant to some of us. OK I'll go away now and surf around on wetpixel a bit!
ir Bob: What is it with these underwater housings that they are more expensive then the camera's inside them. (I probably know the answer though, must be something with supply and demand)
Or just a mixed gas rebreather, a dive shop that can do O2 and trimix fills and a nice deep wreck. I think I can feel a NEX coming into my life this summer.
Well if you look at some of the manufacturers own housings which are typically rated to 30 or 40 metres they aren't expensive. If you want something that you can take to 100 metres it's going to cost, but then so is all your other gear. Depends what you are doing. If you just go holiday diving in warm clear water you don't really need a housing like this, nor probably a strobe. It's quite a small market really for housings like this one so that doesn't help the price
Oh, and I just found this:
which is interesting if you are into underwater macro
Nauticam are also going to make a port for the WA zoom. So the NEX system now just needs the 50mm macro and it starts to become very interesting underwater. Would be even better if the camera and lenses were weather sealed
timccr: I am old and out of date and still using Mac OS 10.5 so can't use these downloads. It would therefore be nice if Dpreview posted RAW samples also in DNG format. I am particularly thinking of the Olympus PENs but really it should be standard practise for all RAW samples. Please. It would save so much hassle.
I understand some people want the original RAW file. That is why there is the word "also" in my post. Since the problem is that I am still running Mac OS 10.5 how exactly do you suggest I do the conversion to DNG? Can't buy a new OS because I am saving all the pennies for an Olympus PEN and Nauticam housing and Sea and Sea strobes and, and, and.
I am old and out of date and still using Mac OS 10.5 so can't use these downloads. It would therefore be nice if Dpreview posted RAW samples also in DNG format. I am particularly thinking of the Olympus PENs but really it should be standard practise for all RAW samples. Please. It would save so much hassle.
I'd like an Olympus PEN or Panny GX that is weather sealed with a fast, weather sealed, ultra wide prime (OK so that bit is really unlikely so a faster weather sealed version of the Panny 7-14mm) and the Oly 60mm macro. The stills can be printed as exhibition quality A2 prints, it records 4:2:2, 10-bit video at 50Mbps and someone makes a really nice underwater housing for it so that I can take the whole lot to 100 metres.
Machines can't think, have no imagination and don't understand what a sub text is. Rather like the people who came up with this idea.
After playing around with lots of RAW samples I think Samsung make a good system. Obviously these newer models are even better so you should all sell your NX 200s, preferably with 16mm, 30mm and 60mm lens because I don't want a zoom.
If you are still there talking to Samsung please could you ask them about underwater housings. If there was something like a Patima housing for the NX200 I would have bought one by now, whether I can send emails from it or not. That wouldn't work underwater anyway. Thanks
Well I suppose there are people who want that sort of stuff. Personally I would be more interested in taking a Samsung camera underwater. Why don't Mr. Samsung and Mr. Patima do lunch together sometime? Please!