Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Underwater Housing for Panasonic Gh2

I love my Panasonic Gh2 for video and for a lightweight camera when I am out biking or skiing and don't want to carry my big Hasselblad. It has excellent image quality and the video quality is superb. I just got certified as a PADI open water scuba diver and recently acquired an underwater housing for the Panasonic Gh2.  I have previously done underwater photography by putting  various cameras in an Ewa- Marine bag and snorkeling - this worked great with the Sea Turtles in Maui, but to get good underwater shots I think you need a proper housing and scuba gear. I have tried the various water proof pocket cameras but found the image quality lacking and they often are not really waterproof so I have ruined a few that way. We are headed to the Big Island of Hawaii in July so I wanted to get proficient with all this gear in hopes of getting some better turtle shots, and hopefully some colorful coral reef and dolphin shots as well. I purchased the 10 bar Gh2 Underwater housing from a very helpful company in Seattle called Optical Ocean Sales. I traded in the big dome port for a flat port that works well with the pancake 14mm lens and makes the system less bulky. I am still in the testing phase for this equipment but as soon as I have some new underwater images I will post them here. My next dive will likely be in the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe - but I need to let the waters there warm up a bit before I take the plunge!

Sea Turtle Shots from Maui

Turtle 4 Photo
Sea Turtle Photo

Turtle 2 Photo
Sea Turtle Photo