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Sea & Sea MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 Housing

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Optical YS Converter, Better Lever Ergonomics and More in this New Housing

 

Sea & Sea MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 Housing Announced


Optical YS Converter, Better Lever Ergonomics and More in this New Housing

By Brent Durand, January 23, 2015

 

 

 
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Sea and Sea has announced a new underwater housing for the Canon 5D Mark III - available now. While Sea & Sea has had a 5D MkIII housing for years, the popularity of the camera for underwater shooters and convenience/functionality of their relatively new Optical YS Converter are reason enough for designing the new housing.

 

So what is the difference with the older housing?

 

  • The new Sea & Sea 5D Mark III housing features a built-in Optical YS Converter. This means that 5D MkIII shooters can use fiber optic cables instead of sync cords. This is beneficial for three reasons:
  • Sync cords are effortless to maintain. Plug in and unplug without worrying about o-rings and salt water corrosion that come with sync cords.
  • Less time maintaining and breaking down gear, plus quicker switches from strobes to video lights or ambient light.
  • Traditionally, fiber optic is used with a DSLR's built-in flash, which limits rapid strobe firing since that internal flash needs to recycle (using more camera battery as well). Since the 5D Mark III has no built-in flash, it uses an electronic signal sent to the strobes via sync cords. This does not run into the problems listed above yet is more to maintain with chances of flooding a sync cord port. But when the electronic signal is converted into an optic signal for fiber optic cables, you have the best of both worlds!
  • Improved ergonomics. All the control levers on the housing have been redesigned into more ergonomic shapes. We can't wait to test these for use with bare hands to dry gloves.
  • Bioluminescent stickers on the control buttons. As an avid night diver, I thought this was a great feature that disappeared on a couple housings, but is back for the Sea & Sea 5D Mark III version 2 housing.

 

Improved ergonomics on the MDX-5DMKIII

 

New bioluminescent stickers on the MDX-5DMKIII buttons

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

SEA&SEA Announces MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 Housing

SEA&SEA continues to be one of the top manufacturers of underwater photography equipment since 1972. The new MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater camera housing for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera will bring the exclusive SEA&SEA advancements to the market. Built upon numerous years of profound engineering experience, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is designed to utilize all features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera with precision and ease, making it the housing of choice for any enthusiastic underwater photographer using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. 

 

MDX-5D Mark III Ver.2 Underwater Camera Housing

The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater camera housing maintains SEA&SEA's premiere status as one of the leading manufacturers of underwater photography equipment by utilizing all features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera while conveying new improvements to the field of underwater photography.  As always, SEA&SEA upholds its high standards of cutting-edge workmanship with this housing.  Constructed from black galvanized corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is a sturdy and protective outer configuration for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.  Two sacrificial zinc diodes are attached to the front and rear of the case for added protection against electrolysis damage. The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 points out SEA&SEA's attentiveness to detail, as virtually all functions of the camera can be utilized underwater.  The newly designed ergonomic controls for the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 were enhanced and fashioned with the underwater photographer's dexterity in mind. The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is equipped with a movable focus/zoom gear allowing a lens with a big diameter to be mounted in the housing easily. The shutter sensitivity on the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 can be adjusted by changing the location of the adjustment plate. The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with SEA&SEA's signature Internal Optical YS-Converter. SEA&SEA's optional leak sensor comes installed in this housing, which provides an alert upon any water entry. A depth rating of 100m/330ft provides versatility to any underwater photographer.    

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera is a popular full-frame 22.3MP DSLR that conducts extraordinary still image and movie recording capabilities. Crafted from a highly durable magnesium-alloy compound, the camera body encapsulates all of the camera's components and offers increased dust and weather resistance. Many of the physical controls on the camera are fully customizable for an efficient workflow.

 

By integrating the new DIGIC 5+ Image Processor and 14-bit A/D conversion, Canon created this camera to produce excellent detail within images even when there are immensely low-light situations. The ISO range was extended up to 102400 to aid during these low light situations. The image quality is further enhanced by the new 61-point high-density reticular autofocus, which includes up to 41 cross-type AF points and 5 dual diagonal AF points for guaranteed sharpness. iFCL metering works in combination with the AF system by using color information from the scenes of a photo shoot to produce precise exposure readings using the 5D Mark III's 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor. The Canon 5D Mark III contains HDR and multiple exposure modes that provide countless creative prospects and help to decrease the amount of post-production time needed to create high quality images. Also capable of recording full HD video, the 5D Mark III has the option to do this with manual exposure control in multiple frame rates, including 1080/30p and 720/60p. 

  

Image review is possible using its 1,040,000-dot 3.2" Clear View II LCD monitor that features a high-transparency reflection-resistant multi-coating for sufficient viewing under bright conditions. The signature Intelligent Viewfinder also incorporates a covered LCD providing the photographer with the exposure information, as well as features a 100% field of view. Extended support can also provided with the optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter and GPS receiver for remote logging, tracking, and sending images.

Accessories

The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with SEA&SEA's signature Internal Optical YS-Converter, which offers the functionality of the Sync Cord system while concurrently offering the benefits of a Fiber Optic system.  It converts the camera's TTL signal into a light signal.  This particular design reduces possible leak points by erasing the need to use threaded bulkheads while allowing for rapid fire and a reduced recycle time by linking directly to the camera through the hot shoe.

Equipped with two fiber-optic sockets, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with SEA&SEA's newly fine-tuned and restructured Fiber Optic Cable II for easy ultimate lighting.  Made of 613 individual fiber cores, the Fiber Optic Cable II decreases the chance of light attenuation, resulting in minimal transmission loss.

Renowned for high-tech underwater lighting, SEA&SEA strobes are the accessory for the proper underwater imaging execution. Through fiber-optic connection, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with the YS-D1, YS-01, and YS-03 strobes.  Links regarding strobe compatibility and comparison have been added on the newly updated SEA&SEA website to help further SEA&SEA strobe awareness.

Fastening strobes to the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2  is effortless with the SEA&SEA Sea Arm 8 collection.  Designed using the latest structural analysis software, the Sea Arm 8 was systematically machined from a solid block of aluminum, providing robust lightweight durability and security.  Ball clamps allow for easy manipulation and maneuverability, while keeping SEA&SEA's standard of structural reliability. 

The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater housing is compatible with both optional viewfinders that SEA&SEA has to offer: VF45 Prism viewfinder and VF180 1.2x. Covering the entire field of view, the VF45 enhances magnification by 1.2x and enables subtle framing and focusing of subjects.  The eyepiece rotates 360° in increments of 90° to provide the ideal camera position in either landscape or portrait. The 45-degree prism viewfinder is ideal for all conditions, but especially suited for macro photography when the camera is often positioned lower than the photographer.The magnification ratio is 1.2x without sacrificing the field of view. The VF180 1.2x allows for easy image composition.  The eight element six group optical lenses help to reproduce the natural colors captured in images.  To prevent condensation and fogging, VF180 1.2x is filled with nitrogen gas.  This viewfinder is an excellent tool for those pelagic animal shots. 

SEA&SEA's sturdy mechanical design for the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater camera housing continues to offer exceptional creations to the thriving community of underwater imaging.

Available now.

 

The Sea&Sea MDX-5DMKIII underwater housing

 

The Sea&Sea MDX-5DMKIII underwater housing top view

 

 

The Sea&Sea MDX-5DMKIII underwater housing with dome port

 

 

 

 

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Nauticam NA-G7X Housing

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Nauticam Announces Housing for the Canon G7X 20MP Camera

 

Nauticam NA-G7X Housing


Nauticam Announces Housing for the Canon G7X 20MP Camera

By UWPG News, January 7, 2015

 

 

 
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Nauticam has announced their housing for the Canon G7X "Super Compact" camera. Boasting a 20MP 1" sensor, fast f1.8-2.8 lens, RAW format and full manual control, the Canon G7X promises to rival the ultra-popular Sony RX-100 cameras for underwater photography. Read Scott Gietler's Canon G7X Review for Underwater Photography for more detailed info.

The Nauticam NA-G7X housing provides an impressive feature set for underwater photographers looking for high quality images in a small, travel-friendly size.

 

Highlights:  See Features box below

 

Available at:  Nauticam G7X Housing at Bluewater Photo

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Announcing NA-G7X

The New Housing for the Canon G7 X

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of its newest aluminum underwater camera housing, NA-G7X for the 20MP Canon G7 X Camera. The NA-G7X is the latest release in the Nauticam advanced compact camera lineup, and provides an impressive feature set for underwater photographers seeking big image quality in a small package.

 

 

The Canon Powershot G7 X

The G7 X was one of the most interesting introductions of September's Photokina Imaging Fair in Cologne, Germany.  This camera is a serious competitor to the hugely popular Sony Cyber-shot RX100 series cameras with a large 1" image sensor in a truly pocketable form factor. The size of the G7 X is reminiscent of the Canon S-series of high end compacts, a model which has also been very popular for underwater photography, but sports an impressive 2.8x larger sensor. Digital Photography Review suggests: "The G7 X is just as small as the Sony RX100 but offers much more in terns of direct control."
 
The G7 X is a true enthusiast camera built around a 20 megapixel 1” BSI CMOS imaging sensor and  updated DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Image quality is nothing short of exceptional. 

To make the most of these digital chops, G7 X sports an outstanding lens, covering an extremely versatile 24-100mm equivalent range. This is just as wide, but with more reach than competing compact options. The lens is also very bright, with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 on the wide angle end, and only closing down to f/2.8 at full telephoto.

Most interesting to underwater photographers is the excellent macro performance of G7 X when used with accessory macro conversion lenses. G7 X can capture significantly smaller subjects than Sony's RX100 series. The only current cameras that we've tested offering better closeup performance are the smaller sensor Canon G16 and S120.

The display panel is a 3” TFT-LCD, and is articulated, allowing a full 180 degrees tilt for shooting in tricky circumstances.

As expected, 1920 x 1080 Full HD movie clips can be captured at 30 or 60 fps and enhanced by Canon's very accurate underwater white balance capability, producing pleasing color when shooting movie clips with only a filter.

Canon's determination to compete with the best in the compact camera market means we all reap the benefits.

 

 

Nauticam NA-G7X

NA-G7X is the latest iteration in a lineup of advanced housings for very capable compact cameras supported by Nauticam.  Features found on professional DSLR systems have been integrated into this system, and the result is an underwater housing that allows the user to harness the full potential of advanced compact camera in water.

All of the basic functions and ergonomic enhancements that Nauticam users have grown to know and love are incorporated in NA-G7X.  The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized to seal out corrosive salt water.  It is closed via a simple, yet secure locking rotary latch. The right side of the housing is sculpted to fit the palm of the user's hand, and Nauticam's two-stage shutter release lever provides clear differentiation between the half press and full press shutter release positions.  All functions are clearly labeled, and an m14 accessory socket allows an optional vacuum valve to be installed.

NA-G7X represents Nauticam's continued commitment to evolve its sophisticated line of housings for the finest compact cameras for underwater photography. This is the first Nauticam compact camera housing to feature an interchangeable port system.  This new port line is called the "N50" mount, and allows optical solutions to be precisely dialed in for maximum performance in water.  Ports are attached via a bayonet fitting, and locked securely in place.

The Nauticam leak alarm and vacuum monitoring system is installed as standard equipment.  This system provides an audible and visual alert to any water entry in the housing, and when combined with an accessory M14 Vacuum Valve (#25611) the water tight integrity of the system can be tested before ever entering the water and monitored during every dive.

Expert product design, modern manufacturing techniques, top quality materials, and a critical focus on the user experience combine to produce the premier system for Canon Powershot G7 X.  The Nauticam NA-G7X.

 

 

NA-G7X Feature Checklist

  • Secure, easy to use locking latch
  • Ergonomic controls with size, shape and color differentiation
  • All camera controls accessible
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Popup flash lever
  • Dual fiber optic bulkhead
  • Integrated leak detector and optional vacuum check
  • M10 mounting ball
  • Cold shoe mount
  • Interchangeable port mount
  • Standard port: full zoom through & m67 accessory mounting
  • 1/4-20 tripod or tray mounting holes
  • Sculpted, sensitive shutter release
  • M14 bulkhead port for vacuum valve

 

 

 

The New N50 Port System

Because of the specific camera and lens function of the Canon G7 X, a special port system is required to fully realize the potential of accessory wide angle lenses underwater.

The NA-G7X "standard" port, supplied with the housing, allows full zoom through and features a 67mm threaded front for attaching accessory macro lenses. This port is ideal for mid-range fish portraiture style shooting, close-up, and macro with add on wet-lenses. 

An optional N50 Short Port with M67 Thread for Wide Angle Lenses (#38701) is available, offering precise placement of wide lenses very close to the camera's lens at its wide angle zoom position.  Zoom through is not available with this port, but it does offer the widest coverage possible with minimal vignetting for wide angle photography.

A dome port solution is also available, restoring the in-air field of view of the lens.  This is a light weight configuration that offers a surprisingly wide angle of coverage.  This port is called N50 3.5" Acrylic Dome Port (#38702).

Testing indicates that the Inon UWL-H100 (either in the m67 mount or the LD mount) is an ideal wide angle lens for the NA-G7X. This combination will result in a diagonal FOV in excess of one hundred degrees (100º). 

 

Coming Soon:

Compact Macro Converter

The Nauticam Super Macro Converter shook up the super macro shooter world last year when it was released, bringing more sharpness and less distortion to an underwater macro lens than had ever been seen before. Building on that success, Nauticam is nearing release of a new and similar lens, this time designed for compact camera lenses. The Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC), as it will be called, will become the ideal closeup lens for this and other similar compact cameras. 

Shot with NA-G7X and prototype Compact Macro Converter, by Alex Tattersall

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

Amazingly, the engineers at Nauticam managed to squeeze in the Nauticam vacuum monitoring and leak detection electronics. By default, it serves as an audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (p/n 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system.  The vacuum monitoring system provides early warning for any problem with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater. 

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 0.83kg
  • Dimensions: 146mm (w) x 100mm (h) x 111mm (d)

Model Number: 17318
USA Retail Price: $1100
Shipping Now with Bluewater Photo!

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Ikelite Releases Magnified Viewfinders

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New 45 Degree & Straight Magnifying Viewfinders for your Ikelite DSLR or MIL Housing

 

Ikelite Releases Magnified Viewfinders


New 45 Degree & Straight Magnifying Viewfinders for your Ikelite DSLR or MIL Housing 

By UWPG News, January 6, 2015

 

 
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Ikelite has entered the magnified viewfinder market with the release of two new viewfinders designed for their DSLR and MIL housings. Before now, underwater photographers who wanted a viewfinder had to purchase them from other manufacturers.

There are two new viewfinders available.

 

Straight Magnified Viewfinder

This viewfinder offers magnification with a straight, 180 degree view. This means that you are still holding the camera housing in front of your face to compose the shot.

MSRP:  $850

Shipping:  Mid-January

Available at:  Bluewater Photo

45 degree Magnified Viewfinder

This viewfinder offers magnification at a 45 degree angle to the back of the housing. This viewfinder is ideal for shooting macro in either landscape or portrait orientation, since you can hover above the sand/reef and compose your image.

MSRP:  $950

Shipping:  Mid-January

Available at:  Bluewater Photo

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Press Release: Ikelite Magnified Viewfinders for DSLR and MIL Housings

 

Announcing two new viewfinders designed to position the viewing window farther away from the housing without changing the viewfinder image size. Enjoy a brighter, larger image with less vignetting (dark shadows in the corners of the image) as compared to the standard Ikelite viewfinder.

Since the viewing angle is consistent with how you use your camera already, the Straight Viewfinder is much easier to grow accustomed to than the 45° Viewfinder. It's also preferred when shooting over-under shots (half in, half out of the water).

The 45° Viewfinder provides a totally different shooting experience. Since divers are typically in a horizontal position underwater, viewing the frame at an angle reduces arm fatigue and often makes framing easier when the subject is slightly below and/or tucked into the reef. The 45° Viewfinder rotates to any angle, so it's simple to switch between shooting landscape, portrait, or just about anything in between!

Two versions of the 45º viewfinder are available to provide adequate control clearance. Choice of 45º Type 1 or 2 based on camera model. A compatibility chart is provided on the product webpage.

The included tool makes it easy to remove your housing's original viewfinder, and both install and remove a Magnified Viewfinder. Since no modification of the housing is necessary, the standard viewfinder may be re-installed and the Magnified Viewfinder will transition to a different Ikelite DSLR housing when upgrading cameras.

These viewfinders are offered specifically for use with Ikelite housings for DSLR and Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras.

Both viewfinders are expected to start shipping in mid-January.

 

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Ikelite TTL to be Offered in Aquatica Housings

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Aquatica & Ikelite team up to offer Incredible TTL Technology in Incredible Housings

 

Ikelite TTL to be Offered in Aquatica Housings


Aquatica & Ikelite team up to offer Incredible TTL Technology in Incredible Housings

By UWPG News, December 9, 2014

 

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Ikelite and Aquatica have announced a partnership that brings some of the best TTL technology into some of the best underwater housings on the market. 

Aquatica has a long history of making housings used by underwater photographers and videographers around the world, delivering quality, reliability and ergonomics to casual shooters and the most demanding pros. 

Ikelite has an even longer history, making not only housings, but some of the best strobes on the market. Ikelite's TTL circuitry connecting their housings to strobes delivers incredibly accurate and consistent results, with flash exposure compensation available via fingertips.

With this release, we can now enjoy the quality of Aquatica housings with Ikelite's legendary TTL technology. The first housing with this new feature will be Aquatica's housing for the Canon 7D Mark II. Note that you need to use Ikelite strobes for the TTL to work.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Press Release: Ikelite TTL to be offered in select Aquatica housings

 

Ikelite and Aquatica, two of the longest established housing manufacturers in the world and both proudly based in North America, share a long-term mutual respect and reputation for manufacturing high-quality underwater photographic equipment.

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Ikelite and Aquatica will be partnering to make Ikelite’s signature internal TTL circuitry available in Aquatica’s distinguished line of housings.

 

This collaboration means that Ikelite TTL circuitry, the industry’s finest, will be integrated into the design of select Aquatica housings. Consistent exposure is the hallmark of Ikelite TTL technology. Integration directly into the housing gives the photographer total creative lighting control, with the opportunity to access both over/under exposure compensation and manual exposure settings through a single easy-to-reach control. The visionary design of the Ikelite TTL circuitry takes its power source directly from the strobes, eliminating the unreliability of small batteries commonly used in TTL converters.

 

Ikelite’s legendary strobes are world renowned, coming from an evolutionary line of lighting products going back to 1962. Ikelite has dominated the strobe market with the quality of their products and savvy pioneering of true digital TTL technology. Ikelite DS-series strobes are favored by scores of well published pros, for the pleasant soft warm light they deliver. The new energy efficient Li-Ion battery pack of their current DS161 and DS160 strobes will simply provide the quickest recycle time and most flashes per charge of anything on the market. The sturdy construction and easy accessed controls layout means they can, and do work in all type of environments. Ikelite strobes have the true mark of professional level equipment, yet remain affordable and simple to operate.

 

Aquatica is no newcomer to the industry of underwater photography itself, founded in 1982, and has long been a staunch supporter of Ikelite strobes, which they consider to be the best in the industry. Ikelite strobe connectors have long been offered by Aquatica, chosen mainly because of their reliable and rugged design. The integration of Ikelite TTL circuitry to Aquatica housings adds yet another level of versatility and helps broaden the creative boundaries of today’s demanding photographers.

 

The Aquatica A7D Mk II housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR, to be introduced in early 2015, will be the cornerstone of this new and exciting collaboration.

 

This exciting partnership provides an unprecedented access for the consumer to better photos through the most sophisticated underwater TTL exposure available!

 

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New DSLR High ISO Comparison

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Nikon D750 Vs. D810 Vs. 7D Mark II Vs. 5D Mark III - What This Means for U/W Photographers

 

New DSLR High ISO Comparison


Nikon D750 Vs. D810 Vs. 7D Mark II Vs. 5D Mark III - What This Means for U/W Photographers

By UWPG News, December 5, 2014

 

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Underwater housings for the Canon 7D Mark II will be available from the major brands starting in about 2 weeks through early 2015, so there's no better time to take a look at the top DSLRs' sensor capabilities when shooting at high ISOs.

Camera website DPReview.com has just added the Canon 7D Mark II and the Nikon D750 DSLRs to their studio shot comparison tool. This tool is a great resource for comparing camera ISOs and settings under differet lighting conditions on different subjects (shadows, detail, etc).

In short, we've looked at results for the Nikon D750, Nikon D800, Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 7D Mark II at realistic ISOs for shooting underwater video or wide-angle with ambient light.

Below are the results.

 

Comparison at ISO 1600

dslr high iso comparison

 

Comparison at ISO 6400

dslr high iso comparison

 

 

 

Analyzing Results for Underwater Photo and Video

The Nikon D750 is a surprising winner at both ISOs, followed closely by the Canon 5D Mark III. The photos above speak for themselves, but keep in mind that most underwater photographers probably won't be using their camera out of the ISO 100-200 range until they are more advanced shooters. Some examples of high ISO underwater photography would be ambient light wide-angle scenes, certain low vis situations and night diving with a blue light like the Sola Nightsea (check out our article 'Fascinating Fluoro Photography').

Underwater video shooters might reach these ISOs when shooting ambient light in deeper water or on cloudy days.

All four of these cameras are excellent choices for underwater photo and video. Be sure to read through Bluewater Photo's 'Best Underwater DSLR Choices of 2014' for another great camera comparison resource.

You can also use DP Review's Studio Shot Comparison tool here.

 

 

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Orca Rescue Video in 4K

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Dr. Ingrid Visser has dedicated her life to studying Orcas and has teamed with GoPro for this short film about a wild Orca rescue.

 

Orca Rescue in 4K


Dr. Ingrid Visser has dedicated her life to studying Orcas and has teamed with GoPro for this short film about a wild Orca rescue.

By UWPG News, December 3, 2014

 

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GoPro recently teamed up with Dr. Ingrid Visser and her team in creating an impressive short film about Visser's work with Orcas, their behavior and the rescue of an Orca caught in a mooring buoy line.

The footage of the rescue is shown later in the film, but all 19 minutes are a great watch... especially if you like Killer Whales.

Dr. Ingrid Visser began her life-long dream to study Orcas in 1992, and has since earned many prestigious awards, backed funadmental legislation to protect Orcas and even contributed footage for the film "Blackfish."

The video was filmed in 4K resolution on several different GoPro models, including the Hero 3+ and Hero4.

 

GoPro: Orca Rescue in 4K

 

 

 

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Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing

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First Look at the Nauticam 7D Mark II Underwater Housing, with recommended ports, accessories and more.

 

Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing


First Look at the Nauticam 7D Mark II Underwater Housing

By UWPG News, November 26, 2014

 

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Nauticam debuted their underwater housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mk II camera at DEMA last week, which will begin shipping in just a few days. The Canon 7D Mk II camera sets a new standard for prosumer ASP-C sensor cameras. The 7D Mk II stands out with its dual-pixel CMOS sensor and autofocus technology, which provides the most accurate and fastest autofocus when using liveview (i.e. video). This sensor also has 65 cross-type AF points, which is far more than the Nikon D7100 and delivers lightning fast and smooth autofocus and tracking through the viewfinder. Read our initial thoughts on the Canon 7D Mark II for underwater photo and video.

The Nauticam NA-7DMKII housing features the latest in Nauticam's innovative design elements, including their simple and secure port locking system, housing lock latches, repositioning of some key camera controls at your fingertips and more.

 

Purchase Info & Recommended Accessories

MSRP:  $3,400

Available late-November 2015

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

New Nauticam Housing for Canon 7D Mark II

Performance Digital SLR

Nauticam is pleased to announce it’s underwater camera housing for the Canon 7D Mark II, the NA-7DMKII. The production, ready-to-dive NA-7DMKII made it’s debut at the 2014 Dive Equipment Manufacturers Association trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 19th - 22nd. 

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The Canon 7D Mark II

With the 7D Mark II, Canon has reconfirmed its commitment to the APS-C sensor, which is welcome news for discerning photographers who value the APS-C sensor size and its benefits for underwater use. This is a performance camera in every sense of the term… blazing fast 10 frames per second, exceptionally fast phase detection fast autofocus, dual pixel video autofocus, 60fps video and much more.

Of course, the 7D II has big shoes to fill. The original 7D, launched in 2009, was a smash hit for Canon, and at the time redefined the market for APS-C cameras, especially in regard to autofocus and shooting speed. The 7D Mark II picks up that baton and advances it well. The camera features a 20MP CMOS sensor and has dual DIGIC 6 image processors. The result of using this fast and modern processor is the ability to shoot at 10 frames per second in continuous drive mode, as well as capture HD video (IPB, ALL-I, or Light IPB) at 59.94 fps. 

The autofocus system gets a huge upgrade: 65 AF points (all “cross-type”) together with an updated set of options for subject types, subject tracking and more. Video autofocus is an updated version of the Dual Pixel CMOS system that was introduced with the Canon 70D. The dual pixel approach proved itself useful for underwater shooters with the 70D, allowing for both simple focus tracking or more advanced techniques like focus pulls. 

Also of interest to underwater photographers, the 7D Mark II Auto ISO is now programmable and allows for exposure compensation when shooting in manual. This is a valuable feature for underwater videographers as it allows control over over shutter speed and aperture, yet will automatically adjust ISO smoothly as the scene changes from from dark to light. 

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The Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing

It Is clearly true that the NA-7DMKII is an improvement over the original NA-7D housing, but Nauticam has come so astonishingly far in the last 5 years that this really is not a useful comparison. The NA-7D was an important housing for Nauticam (see the sidebar about that), but Nauticam SLR housings have advanced considerably. Take for example the housing latches. The NA-7D was the last Nauticam housing to use the "old school" stainless steel buckle style latches. The NA-7DMKII takes advantage of the simple yet secure locking latches that have since become famous. These latches are more secure, effortless to close, and eliminate the knuckle busting snap of the old buckles. The NA-7DMKII represents the ideal example of current Nauticam housing design. 

Nauticam's patented Port Locking Lever is as simple to operate as ever, enabling easy port changes without twisting or excessive force.  A vacuum reset button inside the port mount also allows the vacuum system to be quickly reset from the port mount making quick lens changes a snap. These touches further reduce the stress of proper gear preparation and allow more time for diving. 

Added to these now standard features are ergonomic refinements that further enhance the imaging experience for both still photo and motion imaging enthusiasts.  A new dual function lever under the right handle brings ISO and M Fn (used for AF area pattern) out to the fingertips of the user.  Nauticam's signature multi selector pad, found on the Nikon line and NA-70D, provides easy access to all 65 focus points and the ability to move on the diagonals without stair stepping.  All of the core functions needed to operate the camera are at the users fingertips, and available by feel.

The NA-7DMKII is the most refined Nauticam SLR housing to date. Every camera function is made easier by careful thought and design, aided by input from photographers who will actually use this camera. The housing borrows the best from recent housings like the NA-D810 and the NA-5DMKIII, and incorporates new enhancements to key exposure controls for both video and still photo users.

New to the Nauticam housings for Canon SLR's, the NA-7DMKII will feature a lever to activate or deactivate the camera's popup flash. While this task can be accomplished in the Canon menus, it is easier and faster to disable or enable flash with this lever. 

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The APS-C Advantage

What is it about the APS-C sensor size that makes it so ideal for underwater photographer, especially as compared to the 36x24mm full frame sensors? Simply put, it’s lenses. First, for macro, the APS-C yields more “reach” with a given macro lens, and more choices; in particular the Canon EF-S 60mm macro which does not work on Canon’s full frame cameras. The fully kitted macro shooter with the 7DII might have 3 macro lenses, the aforementioned 60mm, the Canon 100m f/2.8 IS L macro, and the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro. That is an impressive choice in macro lenses and, by adding a close-up converter lens like the Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC), covers the entire spectrum of the macro world, from fish portraiture to the tiny world of super macro. 

For fisheye wide angle lenses, APS-C again offers advantages, specifically two of the best and most versatile wide angle lenses available for use underwater. The Tokina 10-17mm is a favorite among underwater photographers, and for good reason. When used on an APS-C camera, this a super-wide 180º fisheye at 10mm, but when zoomed to 17mm the fisheye distortion is greatly reduced and the lens becomes excellent for close-focus-wide-angle or more distant subjects with a 110º fov. The Canon 8-15, used with it’s APS-C range of 10-15mm, is very similar in it’s versatility and produces even sharper images with less aberration. 

For rectilinear wide angle, again, the APS-C sensor provides an advantage, this time due to dome port optics. As full frame shooters are aware, it can be a challenge to get sharp corners when using a wide angle rectilinear lens like the Canon 16-35mm. For APS-C, Canon offers the much less expensive 10-22mm and 10-18mm lenses.  When these are used with a large dome like the Nauticam 8.5” acrylic dome or the Nauticam 230mm glass dome it is considerably easier to get sharp images, especially in the corners. 

 

Canon 7D Mark II Key Features

  • 20 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor with Dual Pixel AF Technology
  • 10 fps continuous shooting with autofocus
  • 65 point autofocus, all cross type sensors
  • 150,000 RGB + IR pixel metering sensor
  • Dual Digic 6 processors
  • Enhanced environmental sealing
  • Dual memory card slots, one CF and one SD
  • Built in GPS
  • Larger capacity LP-E6N Battery
  • 1920 x 1080 High Definition Video at up to 60 fps
  • Clean 4:2:2 Video Over HDMI for use with external recorders

 

 

Nauticam NA-7DMKII Feature Checklist

  • Unsurpassed build quality, designed by an award winning engineering team, and produced utilizing the most modern manufacturing technology available

  • Ergonomically placed controls with size, shape, and color differentiation

  • Access to all key camera controls

  • All controls clearly labeled

  • Patented two stage shutter release system, allowing precise feel over half press and full press

  • Patented Port Locking System

  • Patent pending Multi Controller pad

  • Lens release button

  • Easy to operate locking housing latches

  • Rubberized ergonomic grips

  • Quick release camera mounting plate

  • Optical strobe connectors for fiber optic flash triggering

  • Dual M16 accessory holes for electrical bulkhead, HDMI, hydrophone, or vacuum valve installation

  • Single M16 accessory hole for vacuum valve installation

  • Integrated vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuit (valve optional)

  • Vacuum reset button in port mount for quick lens changes

  • Dual 1" (25mm) strobe mounting balls included as standard equipment

  • 1/4-20 tripod mounting holes

  • Dual 10mm threaded accessory mounting points

  • .66x optical glass pickup finder (magnifying 180 and 45 viewfinders available optionally)

  • 100m Depth Rating

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-7DMKII as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve, this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe to dive status of the housing.  A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur. The NA-7DMKII ships with a 3rd bulkhead port specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the user two other bulkhead ports for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories.

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Nauticam Viewfinders

Precision requires vision:  A high resolution camera like the Canon 7D MkII demands perfect focus for optimal results. Fortunately, Nauticam has developed the most user-friendly interchangeable viewfinders available.

The standard optical glass viewfinder is very good and travel friendly, but many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with adjustable diopter. Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º enlarging viewfinder and a 45º angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease of close quarters work often associated with macro shooting. Both viewfinders have high quality optics, and allow bright viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible. 

 
   

NA-7DMKII Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 2.90 kg (with handles mounted)
  • Dimensions (with handles mounted):  353 (W) x 191(H) x 124(D)

Model Number: 17319
Shipping: November 27, 2014

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Ikelite Now Supports Mirrorless Cameras

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Ikelite Announces New Line of Mirrorless Camera Housings

 

Ikelite Now Supports Mirrorless Cameras


Ikelite Announces New Line of Mirrorless Camera Housings or the Olympus E-M10, E-PL7 and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema

By UWPG News, November 25, 2015

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Ikelite has entered the mirrorless housing category with three new housings for some of the most popular mirrorless cameras for underwater photo and video. These include the Olympus OM-D E-M10, PEN E-PL7 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The new housings signal a trend that UWPG and the Bluewater Photo team is well aware of: mirrorless cameras are popular and getting even more popular.

The latest generation of mirrorless cameras have grown by leaps and bounds, with fast autofocus systems, a wide selection of lenses (for underwater photographers) and great image quality for their compact size. Almost everyone views a mirrorless camera is a worthy upgrade from a compact setup, while others are selling their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the much smaller mirrorless kits. Be sure to check out Bluewater Photo's Best Mirrorless Cameras for Underwater Photography.

These new Ikelite housings bring us everything we have come to expect from Ikelite DSLR housings, but in much smaller sizes.

 

 

Ikelite Olympus OM-D E-M10 TTL Housing

The Ikelite E-M10 TTL housing is not just an underwater case for your camera - it offers full camera control and incredible built-in TTL capabilities. Pair this housings with an Ikelite DS-51 strobe and the camera will accurrately tell the strobe how much power you need for proper exposure of your subject.

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Ikelite Olympus PEN E-PL7 TTL Housing

The Ikelite E-PL7 housing is just like the E-M10 in TTL function, build and quality, however offers all important camera functionality for the Olympus E-PL7.

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Ikelite Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Housing

The Ikelite Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Housing offers a compact and affordable system for this ultra HD video camera. The housing accepts a variety of ports that accommodate all popular lenses for shooting the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema underwater.

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Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

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First Impressions, Specs and Details on Aquatica's New Housing for the Canon 7D Mk II

 

Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

First Impressions, Specs and Details on Aquatica's New Housing for the Canon 7D Mark II

By UWPG News, Novembr 25, 2014

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Aquatica has announced their underwater housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mk II camera, which will be available in early 2015. The Canon 7D Mk II camera sets a new standard for prosumer ASP-C sensor cameras. The 7D Mk II stands out with its dual-pixel CMOS sensor and autofocus technology, which provides the most accurate and fastest autofocus when using liveview (i.e. video). This sensor also has 65 cross-type AF points, which is far more than the Nikon D7100 and delivers lightning fast and smooth autofocus and tracking through the viewfinder. Read our initial thoughts on the Canon 7D Mark II for underwater photo and video.

The Aquatica A7D Mk II housing lives up to Aquatica's reputation for great ergonomics, a versatile port system and rugged, yet compact housing design.

 

Aquatica A7D Mk II Key Features:

  • Compact, rugged design with excellent ergonomics
  • Top grade aluminum and stainless steel controls
  • Easy access to video controls and switching to/from photo and video
  • Port system to accommodate all popular underwater photography lenses
  • Intelligent design keeps o-ring and latch maintenance extremely simple
  • Range of bulkheads & strobe connectors to choose from
  • Leak detect and vacuum monitoring system

 

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MSRP:  $2,799

Available early 2015

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Montreal, November 14, 2014

Press release: upcoming Aquatica housing for the Canon 7D Mk II

 

Five years since its introduction, the venerable and cutting-edge Canon 7D finally gets a facelift, and what a face lift it is!

Much like it did with the initial 7D, Canon implemented autofocus technology usually reserved to its pro level cameras. The 7D Mk II picks up the strength of its predecessor and improves on them.

In its role as a still camera, the 7D Mk II benefits from a 65 points, all cross-type, AF module and a 150,000 Pixels RGB+IR metering sensor, giving it the iTR (intelligent Tracking & recognition) capability of the flag ship Canon EOS 1Dx, using this technology, the camera can determine automatically which AF point is needed to properly maintain focus on the subject selected initially.

With an upward boost of 10 frames per second, again a feature found on pro level cameras, the shutter is designed to go beyond the 200,000 actuations.

The 20MP sensor is of the same generation as the ground breaking 70D, so focusing in video is vastly improved in this area, and also pertaining to video is the addition of 1080p/60 shooting and the possibility to choose between .MOV and .MP4.

 

Aquatica 7D Mk II housing

 

About the Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

Building up on the initial ground breaking Aquatica A7D housing, the A7D Mk II version keep all aspect of what made this housing one of the best ever made. But with newer improved ergonomics, with a versatile port system, a rugged, yet compact design, this housing is built to bring back images in all kinds of aquatic environments.

The shell is made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel controls, both being the same alloys as used in the aeronautical industry. Precision machined from solid stock, anodized to stringent norms and powder coated for added protection, our housing are known to routinely go beyond 3,000 hours in salt water, and are the brand used and recommended on the two largest fleets of live aboard boats in the world.

Access to the camera controls is complete, with special attention been given to the controls of the video features, for which a smooth operation is always crucial when shooting video footage. Knobs are large sized, giving the user a better and smoother feel when working with cold water gloves, depth rated to 300ft/90m and up to 425ft/130m (free of charge) on request.

An aquatica A7D Mk II is not just a housing, it’s the key to a comprehensive system, one which includes optical ports, designed and manufactured by Aquatica, which is the only sure way to get the precision and quality that the Canon 7D Mk II and its lenses would appreciate. A wide range of port extensions, enhanced view finders, lens gears, remote triggering device, hydrophones, vacuum monitoring system and to the longest established strobe arm system, Technical Lighting Control.

Made in Canada, and designed from the onset to work in this country’s demanding diving conditions, the Aquatica A7D Mk II joins the rank of a lineup of legendary housings which have helped define modern underwater photography as we know it today.

 

The new A7D Mk II housing will be available as follow:

20077-OPT           Housing with dual optical strobe connectors

20077-NIK            Housing with dual Nikonos type strobe connectors

20077-HYB           Housing with one Nikonos and one optical type connectors

20077-KM            Housing with one Ikelite type strobe connector

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Ikelite 7D Mark II Underwater Housing

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Detailed specs, ports, accessories and info on the Ikelite 7D MkII Housing

 

Ikelite 7D Mk II Underwater Housing


Detailed Specs, Ports, Accessories and Info on the Ikelite 7D Mark II Housing

By UWPG News, November 25, 2014

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Ikelite has announced their underwater housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera. Like all Ikelite housings, the 7D MkII promises to provide a seemless blend of functionality, lighting integration, durability and waterproof integrity. Ikelite offers one of the best performance to dollar purchaes in the world.

In addition, the housing uses Ikelite's built-in proprietary TTL circuitry so that you can fine- tune the automatic strobe power from the back of the housing.

 

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MSRP:  $1,799.95

Available mid-December

 

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Announcing Ikelite’s TTL Underwater Housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR

 

Ikelite proudly announces the latest addition to its DSLR Housing line, which is designed to offer one of the best performance to dollar purchases in the world. The Ikelite DSLR housing is a seamless blend of functionality, lighting integration, durability and waterproof integrity.

 

The True TTL Advantage

TTL or "Through-The-Lens" flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. Built-in proprietary circuitry tells the camera that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately than with slave TTL strobes.

Fiber optic slave flash units require the camera's flash to fire every time. This creates a shutter lag as you wait for the camera's flash to recycle in between shots. It also drains the camera's battery life and builds up heat inside of the housing. Ikelite electronics translate direct electrical impulses from the camera, triggering an external strobe and precisely adjusting its power without the need to fire the camera's flash. This eliminates the slave TTL strobe issues of signal interference, inconsistent exposure due to weak fiber optic transmission and false triggering caused by light rays bouncing off the water's surface or your buddy's flash going off.

Ikelite 7D MkII Housing

Exposure Adjustment

An Ikelite exclusive: exposure adjustments directly through the back of the housing put the perfect shot within reach every time. Tweak your TTL exposure or take total manual control without taking your hand off of your housing. Two push buttons on the back of the housing act as a remote control for compatible Ikelite DS-series strobes. Access plus/minus exposure compensation in TTL mode, plus manual power settings in half-stop increments. Exposure settings are indicated by a series of LEDs which are easily visible even at night!

TTL operation and exposure adjustment require the use of a current model Ikelite DS series strobe. Non-Ikelite strobes may be used in manual exposure modes only.

 

Ergonomics

An over-sized knob smoothly engages a unique system of universal zoom gears. Two zoom sets are provided with each housing, one for use with most popular larger diameter zoom lenses and a second designed for use with smaller diameter zoom lenses. Both sets are lightweight and easy to install with no modification to the lens required. A variety of dome and flat ports attach with four locking latches for maximum security and quick changes between dives.

This housing includes a balanced aluminum tray with our signature quick release handles for easy attachment and removal of external lighting. An aluminum 1/4-20 threaded top mount provides an additional attachment point for lightweight accessories.

 

Construction

Special polycarbonate blends allow us to create an extremely strong yet clear and lightweight enclosure. There's no substitute for inspecting the actual o-ring seal once your housing is closed. Ikelite signature clear construction lets you see that the housing is watertight and dry before you enter the water, and provides full view of the camera while you're diving. Polycarbonate is fundamentally corrosion-resistant for easy maintenance year after year.

Like every Ikelite product, this housing is designed, built, and tested in the USA. Ikelite housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the most accessible and responsive customer service staff in the dive industry.

This housing requires the addition of a compatible lens port for waterproof operation. Lens port not included.

Ikelite 7D MkII Housing

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