This is the second year now that we've had the Canon 5D Mark III in Nauticam housings at the Digital Shootout. Last year, we brought two of the 5DIII housings and they were both busy the entire week between guests, the Backscatter staff and me, all vying to get a chance to shoot with it. This year, we brought one for demo, and I brought my own personal housing and camera. The demo rig was very busy this year, and for good reason - the 5DIII is in it's prime and is a contender for best ever underwater camera rig.
My intent was to shoot my own system as a backup when everything I wanted to test got checked out to other folks. And... I did bring something special I wanted to test with it... more on that in a moment.
Shooting the 5DIII has become so natural to me now. Everything is right where I expect it, and it make shooting both stills and video so much easier. The controls on the right side of the housing are placed so that I can control Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Video/Stills Mode, AF-ON, Start/Stop Video with my hand on the grip... all with very little movement or reach.
There is a lot to like about the 5DIII, both as a still camera and as a video camera. One of the things that doesn't get talked about enough is the outstanding selection of lenses for this camera. I counted about 61 EOS EF lenses on the Canon product page, which includes awesome underwater choices like the 8-15mm fisheye, the 16-35II, the and 100mm IS macro. Zeiss also produces some terrific EF lenses, and I got to shoot the Zeiss 18mm on this trip.
The special thing I wanted to try out, that I mentioned above? It is our new housing for the Atomos Ninja 2, which is a video recorder/monitor that can capture 10bit 4:2:2 in Apple ProRes over HDMI. The housing is currently in testing and we wanted to get some comparison footage. Look for more about the Ninja coming soon.
Video from the 5D and 1DC will be posted soon.