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A collection of specs, rumors and anticipated release date of the much anticipated Nikon D820
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Nikon D820 Camera Rumors

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A collection of specs, rumors and anticipated release date of the much anticipated Nikon D820

Summer 2017 is shaping up to be the summer of prosumer full frame cameras. Canon is expected to announce a successor to the 6D while the rumors for Nikon's successor to the D810 are piling up.

The new Nikon camera will likely be labeled the D820, and is expected to continue the D810's focus on high ISO performance and a mega megapixel count. The specs below have been reported to and published on NikonRumors.com, and while they may easily change, they do seem very realistic.

 

Nikon D820 Rumors

Estimated availability:  Summer 2017

Sensor:  45-46MP sensor

No Built-in GPS:  This would be weird in the age of WiFi and NFC in most new cameras, and with the growing trend of amateur and beginner photographers purchasing these powerful prosumer full frame DSLRs.

Tiltable LCD Screen like the Nikon D750 and Nikon D500. This is a nice feature for Nikon video shooters, landscape photographers and those shooting from tough angles.

Memory:  Dual SD slots (SD & QXD).

 

Please note that these specs are far from guaranteed, but it's fun to speculate. 

We'll update this news article as soon as we know more.

- Brent Durand

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Wetpixel announces judges of the 2018 Lembeh Strait vs. Gulen shootout, where teams visiting Indonesia and Norway compete to create the best images and lead their team to victory
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The Shootout 2018 Team Captains Announced

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Wetpixel announces judges of the 2018 Lembeh Strait vs. Gulen shootout, where teams visiting Indonesia and Norway compete to create the best images and lead their team to victory

Our friends at Wetpixel have just announced the judges of The Shootout 2018. Alex Mustard will be leading team Lembeh, while Keri Wilk will lead team Gulen Dive Centre. Both of these world-renowned professional underwater photographers will be working with their teams to ensure each diver produces the best images possible, helping their team shoot towards victory. You can join either team!

The first edition of the event, held simultaneously in Gulen, Norway and Indonesia's Lembeh Strait last year, pitted the two teams of underwater photographers against each other. Each team shot underwater images to build a portfolio for judging at the end of the event, where the Lembeh team inched out a win over Gulen.

The 2018 Shootout promises to deliver even more critter-filled diving, along with a host of live social media coverage from the event.

Dates:  June 15 - 23, 2018

Locations:  Gulen, Norway & the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

What:  Photo workshop and Shootout where you can sign up to dive in either location, receive expert photo instruction all week and enter the contest with your team.

How to Sign Up:  Simply contact Gulen Dive Resort (Norway) or Lembeh Resort (Indo) to book your trip. OR, if you'd like to extend your trip, reach out to the dive travel experts at Bluewater Travel for advice and planning tips.

 

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Two eminent pro underwater photographers join The SHOOTOUT as team captains for 2018

 

The SHOOTOUT, which will be held from 15 to 23 June 2018, will again pitch two teams head to head in a live underwater photography contest. A team from the beautiful Gulen Dive Resort in Norway will be competing with their opposing team at the equally beautiful Lembeh Resort in Indonesia. The first contest, in 2016, resulted in the narrowest of last-minute victories for the team from Lembeh.

The 2018 event is proud to announce that captaining the Lembeh team will be the world-renown professional underwater photographer, Alex Mustard and in the corner for Gulen Dive Centre will be another big hitter of the underwater imaging world, Keri Wilk. Keri captained the Gulen team in 2016, so he has a score to settle:

"If last year's 3-round nail-biter was any indication of what to expect, we should have another exciting battle on our hands," and he went on to state, "last year, Team Gulen showed the world that we could indeed compete with Lembeh. Next year, however, we aim to show that we can WIN!"

Both captains will not only be providing guidance to their teams on how to get the winning shots but also will be making tactical decisions about image selection. They will, of course, also be helping team members to create stunning imagery by extracting the very best of their photographic ability.

Alex says: "Team Lembeh won the last SHOOTOUT, so the pressure is on me this time! It’s such a fun event where the team has to all work together to ensure that everyone gets great images to be sure of success."

The SHOOTOUT will feature a program of live broadcasts and reports from the event, including video discussions with the captains and teams.

 

Both Gulen Dive Resort and Lembeh Resort are actively seeking team members to help them to win. If you think you have what it takes and would like to participate in what will be the most talked about and fun event in underwater imaging during 2018, please contact Gulen Dive Resort or Lembeh Resort directly.

Two continents, two hemispheres, two climates: ONE WINNER

The SHOOTOUT


 


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SeaLife has launched their new fluorescent dive light which shows a different view in diving
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SeaLife Sea Dragon Fluoro Light

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SeaLife has launched their new fluorescent dive light which shows a different view in diving

SeaLife has been well known in the diving industry to provide camera and accessories.  Recently, SeaLife has partnered with Fire Dive Gear to bring us their first fluorscent dive light.  This special dive light emits a blue light which makes fishes, corals and other organisms glow.

The Sea Fragon Fluoro Light is packed with with features.  The light offers multiple modes modes such as 4 fluoro mode, 2 white flood light modes and emergency mode.  It includes barrier filters for camera lens and for the divers mask to highten the divers experience.  The dive light has a depth rating of 100m and a dual o-ring system to make sure the it is waterproof.  

 

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SeaLife Introduces Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam


Moorestown, NJ – SeaLife recently launched their first Fluorescent dive light, the Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam in partnership with Fire Dive Gear, one of the world’s foremost experts in Fluoro diving and imaging. Favored by divers for its spectacular show of color and impressive nighttime display of emitted energy, Fluorescence or "Fluoro" diving with specialized lighting has become popular. The new Fluoro-Dual Beam is available now at select SeaLife dealers.

Here’s how Fluorescence or Fluoro diving works: The light’s Royal blue LED’s emit blue light in the range of 450-460nm that is in the approximate wavelength range to “excite” the fish, reef and organisms into making a light filled energy response; SeaLife adds a finely tuned and proprietary dichroic filter that pinpoints the exact light wavelength to get the highest energy response from the underwater subject results, revealing vibrant fluorescent colors of underwater creatures.

Another innovation that SeaLife has packed into the new Fluoro-Dual Beam is that the light also offers an 800 lumen white light spot beam so it can be used as a dive light guiding you to your favorite Fluoro viewing area.

The Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam features two switchable beams that easily transforms from a blue fluoro 65° flood light to a white 800 lumen 15° concentrated beam with a push of a button. A rechargeable Lithium Ion 7.4V, 3400 mAh, 25Wh battery delivers power for a continuous 2 hours at 100% fluoro emission.  With its single button operation, the light can quickly adjust between four brightness modes: 100% fluoro flood, 50% fluoro flood, 100% white spot, and 50% white spot. Additionally, the Fluoro-Dual Beam has an emergency signal mode that is activated by holding the power button in for four seconds. 

Two universal, barrier filters are included to improve your experience in underwater fluorescent viewing and imaging. The mask filter fits over the dive mask to filter out the residual presence of blue light emitted by the light (it’s the response from the sea creature you want to see, not the blue light).  The second filter attaches to any underwater camera with a lens diameter up to 47mm. The user or person viewing the emitted light energy wears a yellow mask filter so they see only the fish or sea organism’s emitted energy and not the blue light the Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual beam projects.    A yellow camera lens filter is also used to serve the same function on an underwater camera.

The Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam is depth rated down to 330ft/100m. The dual silicone O-ring battery component is independent from the Sea Dragon’s electronics, so the light will not be permanently damaged if there is accidental water intrusion.

The Fluoro-Dual Beam includes a Flex-Connect Single Tray, Grip and Sea Dragon Ball Joint Adapter (SL995) that connects the light to any underwater camera using the 1”/25mm ball joint mounting system. Like all Sea Dragon lights and strobe, the Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam can easily be expanded with Flex-Connect trays, grips, and mounting accessories.

 

The Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam will be available for shipment in March 2017 at the following price:

SL673                     Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam                           $499.95         
(Includes Flex-Connect Grip, Single Tray, Flex-Connect Sea Dragon Ball Joint Adapter, mask and camera barrier filters)

 

About SeaLife:

 SeaLife Underwater Cameras are the world’s most popular underwater cameras because of their ease of use and impressive imaging results.   SeaLife’s first camera was introduced in 1993. In 2000, SeaLife developed the world’s first digital underwater camera. In 2007, SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm, and accessory system. By 2014, SeaLife introduced the Micro HD, the world’s first permanently sealed underwater camera, followed by the Micro 2.0 in 2015. In 2017, SeaLife launched the new DC2000 camera which features manual aperture and shutter priority and RAW imaging format. SeaLife cameras, lighting and accessories are sold and serviced in over 60 countries around the world.   

 

For more information visit www.SeaLife-Cameras.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Croatia's Valentina Cafolla has set a new distance record while freediving under lake ice in the Italian Alps.
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New World Record in Freediving Under the Ice

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Croatia's Valentina Cafolla has set a new distance record while freediving under lake ice in the Italian Alps.

Freediving takes many different forms, from advanced snorkeling to spearfishing to competition. Competitive freedivers compete in many disciplines all over the world, pushing the limits of the human body year after year.

We are excited to learn about Valentina Cafolla's new record, and as photographers, love seeing the vibrant images created by Predrag Vuckovic to document the feat. Enjoy!

 

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via Subal Underwater Housings 

 

New World record in free diving under the ice

There are two different types of free diving – the better-known free diving for depth and the lesser known free diving for distance. But in both disciplines the divers use just one breath to get as far as possible.

Croatia’s Valentina Cafolla, 19, set a new world record for distance on Sunday to 125 meters beneath a sheet of ice up to 70 centimeters thick on the Lago Di Anterselva Lake in the Italian Alps – beating the previous world record held by Turkey’s Denya Can. Cafolla accomplished the feat on the second and final attempt after aborting her first attempt.

“I didn’t get the perfect breath before the start and started to panic a bit so I had to abort it after 75 meters,” the new world record holder said after making it the full 125 meters on her second attempt. It took her exactly 1 minute and 27 seconds. When she surfaced Cafolla struggled to stay conscious and thus fulfill the resurfacing requirement protocol of the world association. “I’m really happy that all the intensive preparation paid off,” said the Italian-Croatian dual citizen. “I’m also happy that I’ll be able to dive into warmer water next time.”

For all images during this project was responsible Subal ambassador and World known Extreme sports photographer Predrag Vuckovic. He used Nikon D5 in the Subal housing ND5 with Nikon lenses 16mm fisheye and 16-35mm. Water was clear but really cold (2C)! The biggest issue to capture this was low light underwater because of 50 cm thickness of ice and a large quantity of snow on the surface, but the good thing was the sunny and bright day. The final results of the pictures are really amazing!

A day earlier, 32 year old Arthur Guerin-Boeri of France also set a new world record – 175 meters under the ice at the Sonnanen See in Finland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canon has just announced an addition to their mirrorless camera lineup - EOS M6
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Canon unveils their new EOS M6 Mirrorless Camera

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Canon has just announced an addition to their mirrorless camera lineup - EOS M6

Canon has just announced a new addition to their mirrorless lineup with the EOS M6.  The camera has been designed for the expert and advanced photographers who require high performance camera which they could take anywhere.  The camera packs a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, DIGIC7 image processor, super fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF speed and captures full HD videos.  It captures crisp, sharp and high quality images and videos.  For the advanced photographers, the dials and buttons are similar to a DSLR which the functions readily available at your fingertips.  

The camera has an optional viewfinder, EVF-DC2 which is more compact and lighter than its predecessor.  It provides high quality viewing with its 2.36 million dots.  

 

Retail Price (Body Only): $779.99

Availability: April 2017

 

 

NEW CANON EOS M6 DIGITAL CAMERA ADDS POWERFUL PERFORMANCE TO EOS M SERIES 

EOS M6 Camera Fuses Outstanding Image Quality, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Improved Manual Control in a Small and Lightweight Digital Camera Body

 

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 14, 2017 – Designed with the advanced enthusiast photographer in mind, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest addition to its EOS M series – the Canon EOS M6 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera; and a high performance External Electronic View Finder – the EVF-DC2, with approximately 2.36 million dots.  For photographers who demand premium performance, the new EOS M6 Camera features the company’s 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor able to capture sharp, high-resolution images even in low-light situations, its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 7, and super-fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF speed, enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos.

“The new Canon EOS M6 Camera and optional EVF-DC2 are ideal for expert and advanced amateur photographers looking for an easy, take-anywhere camera as well as a great choice for passionate image creators wanting to step-up to produce high-quality images and videos that are easily shareable,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It is with great passion that Canon continues to deliver variety to image makers across all skill levels and professional needs.”

Advanced photographers will find everything they need at their fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses1, all in a compact, camera body to take with them wherever they go. Additional advanced EOS camera technologies built into the EOS M6 camera include:

  • Fast & Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock)
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600
  • Full HD 60p
  • Combination IS with five-axis Image Stabilization*
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology
  • Intuitive Touch Screen, 3.0-inch Tilt-type LCD
  • Control & Customize with Five Functional Dials
  • Compatible with EF1, EF-S1 and EF-M Lenses & select EOS System Accessories

The Canon EOS M6 features an in-camera five-axis digital image stabilization to help reduce camera shake when shooting videos.  When shooting with a compatible lens featuring IS the EOS M6 will leverage both the optical IS in the lens as well as the in-camera digital IS through a Combination IS system, to help deliver tremendously smooth videos.

Usability has been improved from the previous model with separate controls on top of the camera body for mode and exposure compensation plus the controller wheel on the back to cycle through menus and additional in-camera features professional photographers are used to accessing.  The three-inch touch screen tilts approximately 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down for easy use when surfing the menus, composing an image, viewing images and videos or even taking a selfie.  

The new Canon EOS M6 Camera is scheduled to be available in both black and silver models through authorized Canon dealers or through the Canon Online store at http://shop.usa.canon.com/ in April 2017, for an estimated retail price of $779.99 for the body only**. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens with an estimated retail price of $899.99**, and with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an estimated retail price of $1,279.99**, scheduled to be available April 2017. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eosm6.

 

Optional Electronic View Finder EVF-DC2

The optional Electronic View Finder EVF-DC2 is both smaller and lighter than the previous model and provides high-performance viewing with approximately 2.36 million dots. Connectivity is very important to today’s photographers and the EOS M6 delivers built-in Wi-Fi®, NFC and Bluetooth® capability that can maintain a smooth constant connection with compatible smartphones or tablets when using the Canon Camera Connect App

 

CS100 Firmware Update

The new EOS M6 is compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100, a go-to-photo and video hub that allows family and friends a way to quickly and easily store, manage view and share unforgettable memorable moments wirelessly5. Canon is also announcing today a firmware update to the Canon Connect Station CS100 and mobile application. The firmware update includes the following improvements:

  • Compatibility for select Canon and non-Canon cameras, with a wider range of supported file formats6
  • Support for video playback of computer-edited movies7
  • Improved smartphone connectivity and compatibility

For more information about the Canon Connect Station firmware update, please visit usa.canon.com/cs100mobile.

To learn more about the EOS M6 visit usa.canon.com/eosm6.


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Two new cameras from Canon with great autofocus capablity, an upgrade of their 18-55mm lens and their first ever remote accessory using Bluetooth.
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Canon Announces Two New Cameras, Lens and a Bluetooth Remote

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Two new cameras from Canon with great autofocus capablity, an upgrade of their 18-55mm lens and their first ever remote accessory using Bluetooth.

Canon has just announced the addition of 2 new cameras to their DSLR product lines, the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D.  Furthermore, it would joined by 2 more new interesting products, a new lens - EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and Canon's first wireless bluetooth remote control for the Canon Connect Station CS100.

For the EOS Rebel T7i Camera, Canon listened to their entry level users who wanted to do more than just the program mode of the camera.  They made the new camera packed with great features such as a 45-point all cross-type AF system for the viewfinder, Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase-detection and DIGIC7 Image processor.  

For the more experienced photographers, the new EOS 77D Camera would best suit you.  The camera features 7650-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor, anti-flicker shooting mode, top LCD panel and quick control dial for users who demands quick access in changing settings for the camera.  

Aside from the two new cameras, Canon has also added a new lens and a Bluetooth remote control.  The new lens, EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, is significantly smaller than its predecessor without compromising its image quality. Canon is also introducing their first-ever remote utilizing Bluetooth, Remote Control BR-E1. This allows the user to trigger the camera up to a distance to 16 feet.

 

Retail Price Canon EOS Rebel T7i e (Body Only): $749.99

Retail Price Canon EOS 77D (Body Only): $899.99

Retail Price Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens : $249.99

Retail Price Canon Remote Control BR-E1 : $50.00

* All these new products will be available this April 2017.    

 

 

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NEW CANON EOS REBEL T7i AND EOS 77D CAMERAS POSSESS STUNNING AUTOFOCUS CAPABILITIES

New DSLR Additions are Joined by New Compact EF-S Lens and Canon’s First-Ever Remote Utilizing Bluetooth® Technology


MELVILLE, N.Y., February 14, 2017 – Developed and designed to meet the varying needs of entry-level and advanced amateur photographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the celebrated EOS system – the EOS Rebel T7i DSLR camera, which adds to the popular Rebel series of entry-level DSLR cameras, and the EOS 77D DLSR camera, which represents a new category of cameras for advanced amateur photographers. Canon also introduced today the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and Wireless Remote Control BR-E1, as well as added functionality for the Canon Connect Station CS100. 

“In what marks the 30th year since the introduction of the Canon EOS System, the announcement today of these two new DSLR cameras exhibits Canon’s commitment to providing our customers with the tools they need to grow their passion for capturing the best possible pictures of the moments in time that mean the most to them, or inspire them to one day shoot professionally,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A.

 

Focused on Innovation

The EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D both feature an optical viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF system to help enable more precise focusing. In live view mode, both cameras utilize Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF to deliver the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds.  This technical achievement allows users to find their subject, focus accurately, and capture the shot more quickly than ever before. Both models also have built-in Wi-Fi®, NFC and Bluetooth® technology for easy transfer of images.

In addition to the focusing enhancements, common features of the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras include:

  • Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System
  • Fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®, NFC and Bluetooth® technology
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
  • Movie Electronic IS
  • HDR Movie & Time-Lapse Movie
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.0 frames per second (fps)

 

Canon EOS Rebel T7i Camera

The EOS Rebel T7i is the first camera in the EOS Rebel series with a 45-point, all cross-type AF system within the Optical Viewfinder. It is also the first in the series with Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection and the first with a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. Creative filters for both still images and video will allow users to customize the look and feel of their content in new and imaginative ways.

When designing the new EOS Rebel T7i, Canon took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning to go beyond the program mode of a DSLR camera. Users will now be able to see on-screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture, guiding photographers on their way to capturing more compelling images, such as ones with a shallower depth-of-field or being able to give moving-subjects a frozen or flowing look.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is scheduled to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price $749.99** for the body only, $899.99** with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and $1,299.00** with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens respectively. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eosrebelt7i.

 

Canon EOS 77D Camera

For advanced amateur photographers looking to expand their knowledge and experience with DSLR cameras, Canon’s new EOS 77D is the ideal next step camera for them. The EOS 77D represents a new category of advanced amateur EOS cameras, a step above the Rebel series. Users of the EOS 77D DSLR camera will benefit from features like the 7650-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor, similar to the one found in the EOS 80D camera and Anti-Flicker shooting mode to help combat the on-and-off repetitive flickering from artificial lights found in high-school gyms or auditoriums. The EOS 77D also features a top LCD panel and quick control dial for photographers who desire quicker and easier access to changing and controlling settings on the camera.

The Canon EOS 77D is scheduled to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price $899.99** for the body only, $1,049.00** with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and $1,499.00** with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens respectively. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eos77d.

 

EF-S Lens and Remote Accessory Utilizing Bluetooth® Technology

The new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is nearly 20 percent smaller than the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, without sacrificing image quality. Features of the lens include:

  • Compact-size, Standard Zoom Lens with High Image Quality
  • Lead Screw-type STM
  • Image Stabilization at up to 45 Stops of Shake Correction
  • Stylish Design

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in early April 2017 for an estimated retail price of $249.99**. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/efs1855stm.

In addition, Canon is introducing it’s first-ever remote utilizing Bluetooth® technology, the Wireless   . This new remote allows photographers to capture images from within a 16-foot radius of the camera. This camera accessory is useful for photographers who are looking to capture images remotely in situations where there could be issues with signal reception or line-of-sight to the camera. The Canon Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 will be compatible with both the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras. The Canon BR-E1 is schedule to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price of $50.00**.

 

CS100 Firmware Update

Both the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras are compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device, a go-to-photo and video hub that allows family and friends a way to quickly and easily store, manage view and share unforgettable memorable moment’s wirelessly. Canon is also announcing today a firmware update to the Canon Connect Station CS100 device and mobile application. The firmware update includes the following improvements

  • Compatibility for select Canon and non-Canon cameras, with a wider range of supported file formats
  • Support for video playback of computer-edited movies
  • Improved smartphone connectivity and compatibility

For more information about the Canon Connect Station firmware update, please visit usa.canon.com/cs100mobile.

 

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Researchers believes that they have discovered a new species of hammerhead residing in Belize.
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Possible New Species of Hammerhead Shark

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Researchers believes that they have discovered a new species of hammerhead residing in Belize.

It is amazing that we are still discovering new species of of life until now.  Recently, researchers from Belize believes that they have discovered a new specie of hammerhead shark.

Initially, the researchers thought that they encountered a bonnethead, which is a small hammerhead specie residing in the US, Bahamas, Caribbean and Latin America. But upon further investigation, the researchers are thinking that this might be a different specie according to their DNA analysis.

The Bonnethead is considered a single species with a wide distribution that is why it is categorized as "least Concern" risk for extinction.  But if it proves that in fact, bonnethead can have two species with more localized distribution it would require more protection from potential threats.  

 

 

According to Demian Chapman, a marine scientist at Florida International University and head of a global shark survey project called Global FinPrint "Now we have to define the range of each of these species individually and assess them independently,". "For example, there are published reports that bonnetheads have nearly been wiped out by unregulated fishing in Brazil. We do not know which species this is and our finding of a new species in Belize highlights that there could be more undescribed ones out there, each one facing a unique set of threats."

Though the specimen that the researchers has look like a bonnethead, their DNA analysis suggest that it is a part of the group from the Bahamas, MExico and US which has stopped breeding from those areas and could warrant as a new specie.

Truly the underwater world is still a mystery and it brings new suprises.

 

Via United Press International

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Anglerfish Creative Lighting presents their remote strobe trigger - Anglerfish Trigger V1.0
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Anglerfish Trigger V1.0 Now Available

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Anglerfish Creative Lighting presents their remote strobe trigger - Anglerfish Trigger V1.0

Are you getting bored of shooting underwater with the traditional way? Or you are just looking for an interesting new equipment? Angler Creative Lighting got you covered.

Angler Creative Lighting released their Anglerfish Trigger V1.0.  It is the most advanced remote strobe trigger to date. It can trigger multiple strobes wirelessly with a range of 100m.  This can be used also with electronic sync cables or fiber optic cables.  It is also very compact, it could be kept inside your pocket when not in use.  

Truly this is an interesting equipment which you can add to your rig and can raise your shooting experience to another level

See press release below.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Anglerfish Trigger V1.0

By Anglerfish Creative Lighting

 

 

Features:

  • Dual optical and electric sync cables
  • Compatible with all strobe models
  • Intelligent ambient light sensitivity compensation via on board computer
  • 300mAh Li-po batter with charge circuit and power management. 
  • Type III hard anodized aluminum housing for maximum durability

  • Depth rating of 100m with the Sea & Sea Nikonos electric sync cords 
  • Comes with USB charger and universal plug for North American, EU and Asia wall outlets, operations manual, one year warranty
  • Light weight and compact design 
  • Ultra fast electronics able to achieve maximum sync speeds faster than 1/320s!
  • Intelligent power management system. Up to 40hr of shooting time on a single charge. Power down, standby and sleep modes. Up to 300day of battery duration in the sleep mode

  • Environmentally friendly design. Lead (Pb) free and RoHS compliant
  • Designed and built in Canada!

 

The optical capability of the trigger will allow the user to store the trigger in his or her pocket and use the trigger on the spot as required. You can use the trigger to perform off-camera lighting and to decouple the strobes from the camera giving the photographer ability to create creative lighting. It can be used in macro snoot application for difficult snoot light setup or it can be used in wide angle application such as wreck or cave photography.  

 

 

An underwater photographer who is already shooting macro with twin strobe setup can simply carry the trigger in his pocket. Once the diver sees an opportunity for snoot lighting, the diver can disconnect one of his strobes from the camera and attach it to a tripod. The trigger can easily be connected to the remote strobe underwater with a fiber optic cable. Once the lighting is setup with the appropriate light modifier (snoot), the diver can more around the subject to get the proper framing. By decoupling the camera from the strobe, the diver can move around and frame the subject without disturbing the lighting.

 

The trigger can be use in wreck photography whereby allowing the photographer to provide multiple light sources. Light sources can be modified using color gels to add dramatic lighting to the scene. since there is no cable between the camera and the strobe the light source can be place anywhere.

 

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The underwater photo contest by ScubaShooters.net has been extended up to February 28, 2017
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Deep Visions 2016 Deadline Extended

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The underwater photo contest by ScubaShooters.net has been extended up to February 28, 2017

Last December 15, 2016, Scubashooters.net a community of amateur and professional underwater photographers, started their yearly photo contest - Deep Visions 2016.  Recently, they have announced that their contest has been extended up to February 28, 2017.  They wanted to make sure that contestants would have more time to travel and shoot more in order for them get the perfect shot.  

Aside from the time extension, ScubaShooters will also add a new sponsor which is Bluewater Photo Store.  Bluewater Photo is sponsoring vouchers which totals to $1000.  

This is a great oppurtunity for us to still join the contest and win great prices.  See full press release below.

Enter the Deep Visions Contest.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Dear friends,

In order to harmonize this year's contest duration with last year's one, it was three months long then, and in order to give a lot of members actually travelling and shooting new photos the chance to join, we are glad to announce that DeepVisions 2016 deadline will be moved forward to February 28th, 2017.This means that you still have the chance to go on a trip and enter your latest masterpieces and try to win one of the amazing prizes offered by our sponsors. We will also add a new sponsor to the panel, Bluewater photo from California USA. They will offer a voucher for the amount of $1000 you will be able to spend on one of the most complete online shops dedicated to UW photography available at the moment.A special category will be added for the purpose and will be announced soon. Thanks for joining  Scubashooters.net every day and thanks for joining DeepVisions. Your feedbacks are important to us and the proof we're on the right path. Keep following us , as there are many news already lined up for the year ahead! 

 

Enter the Deep Visions Contest.

 

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Nauticam releases underwater housing for the new Olympus flagship mirrorless camera, OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
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Nauticam Olympus E-M1 Mark II Housing Available

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Nauticam releases underwater housing for the new Olympus flagship mirrorless camera, OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

Olympus has released their new flagship mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II which made lots of improvement from its predecessor.  It is packed with new interesting features such as  20 megapixel live MOS sensor, advanced 5-axis image stabilization, 121 point dual fast autofocus with 4K video.  It has surely passed our expectations.

Nauticam has always been there to cater to our underwater housing needs.  Nauticam has made the new housing for the Olympus E-M1 Mark II small and compact but not compensating the functionalities, ergonomics and durability.  Buttons, control dials and levers have the same operational feel as their DSLR housings.  Their housing is also built from solid aluminum block which ensures its longevity.  

Below is the press release.

 

Purchase:  Nauticam Olympus E-M1 Mark II Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $1,900

Availability:  Shipping Soon!

 



Purchase the Nauticam Olympus EM-1 Mark II Housing


 

PRESS RELEASE

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The Ultimate OM-D

Compared to the previous E-M1, and all other Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-M1 II is an improvement in every way.  The new 20MP Live MOS sensor provides a useful bump in resolution.  Dual quad core processors combine to allow 60 fps burst shooting (18 fps with autofocus).  An incredibly advanced autofocus system (121 focus points covering 75-80% of the frame) grabs subjects instantly without hunting, and doesn’t let go when tracking.

It takes more than just headline grabbing specs on paper to make a great underwater camera system, and the E-M1 Mark II does many of the less obvious things right.  The “2x2” dial and button structure doubles the functionality of the control dials and assignable push buttons. Typically these dials control shutter speed and aperture when shooting in manual mode, but with a flick of the 2x2 lever they are reassigned to other parameters (like ISO and Exposure Compensation, as an example). The control dials provide the easiest way to access frequently used camera settings directly, and Olympus has doubled their usefulness!

 

It seems to be a trend among camera makers to sacrifice battery life and handling in an effort to to reduce overall size.  Olympus didn’t make this mistake with E-M1 Mark II. The substantial hand grip provides exceptional handling, even with larger lenses, and makes space to accommodate a large battery that offers an exceptional 440 shots per charge (based on the CIPA rating, and many more are likely in real world use).

Also new, and notable, is a high bitrate UHD (4K) video recording mode coupled with very capable image stabilization. The camera offers HDMI output to an external monitor, providing an upgraded display for framing, exposure check, and focus confirmation.

 

Key Camera Specifications:

  • 20MP Live MOS sensor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization system
  • 121-pt hybrid AF system
  • 60 fps burst shooting (18 fps with continuous AF, 10 fps with flash)
  • Fully articulating 3" LCD display
  • High-res electronic viewfinder
  • Cinema (DCI) and UHD 4K video
  • 50MP High-Res Shot mode
  • Weather-sealed body
  • USB 3 (Type-C)

 

The NA-EM1II Housing

A camera of this caliber deserves an exceptional underwater housing.  Five and a half years ago, Nauticam entered the Micro Four Thirds underwater housing segment.  17 housing models later, Nauticam is proud to have produced more mirrorless underwater camera housings than any other manufacturer. The Nauticam NA-EM1II isn’t a new design, it is a refinement of the housings that have come previously.  The system is field tested, and underwater photographer approved. 

The housing is small, but not at the expense of functionality or ergonomics.  Integrated handles provide a sturdy and comfortable base to operate the system from.  An ergonomic shutter release lever, thumb lever for AE-L / AF-L, and well placed control dials provide the same operational feel as any Nauticam DSLR housing.  Control buttons are placed within easy reach of the handles, with sufficient spacing to allow easy operation, even by feel.  The ergonomic experience of this system is clearly influenced by Nauticam DSLR systems, with class leading control access and feel.

Key Features

 

Integrated Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection

Circuitry included as standard equipment provides constant monitoring of water tight integrity when combined with an optional Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve (PN 25624). Green means safe to dive!

 

 

 

Port Locking Lever

The iconic Nauticam port locking lever allows effortless port changes.  No twisting required, just press and lock.

This is a patented Nauticam feature, found on no other housing, providing unmatched ease of use!

 

 

Extensive Accessory Lineup

The range of Nauticam accessories is unmatched, with multiple accessories available to customize the system to individual needs.  A variety of  lens ports support all popular lenses.  Accessory lenses, like the revolutionary Compact Macro Converter (PN 81301) and Wet Wide Lens (PN 83201), attached with an easy to use bayonet system. 

 

 

 

Locking Mounting Tray

A cam lever system securely locks the camera in place, providing strength and precise positioning even when a heavy lens is mounted.

The camera, with lens and zoom gear mounted, simply sides into place.

 

 

 

Integrated Handles with Stainless Steel Support Brackets

Rubberized handles and oversized controls are easy to operate even when wearing thick cold water gloves.

Handle support brackets are included with the housing, providing a solid "wobble free" attachment base to shoot from, even with heavy lighting systems.  Multiple lanyard attachment points are included in the brackets.

 

 

Rubberized Zoom/Focus Knob

A large, rubberized zoom and focus control knob provides easy lens control with excellent tactile feel.

The knob disengages, providing more working space for quick lens changes.

 

 

 

Port Mounted Vacuum Reset Button

A blue push button in the port mount allows the vacuum system to be reset, and recalibrate when changing lenses!

 

 

 

 


 

Micro Four Thirds Lens Bonanza!

It's all about the glass, and lenses are the key to terrific photography.  This has always been a strength of Olympus systems, and the lineup is now stronger than ever thanks to the Nauticam Wet Wide Lens (WWL-1).

WWL-1, paired with an Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens or ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ*, provides a full zoom through ultra wide angle field of view.  In our tests, this combination exceeds the corner sharpness and clarity of even very good micro four thirds wide angle lenses behind dome ports.  WWL-1 will focus on its front element for unmatched close focus wide angle performance, and full zoom through means you can zoom to crop in camera for tighter framing.

 

 

WWL-1 is mounted via a quick change bayonet system (67mm PN 83213 or 77mm PN 83215) that allows fast and easy one handed mounting and removal.  An optional lens caddy provides a place to park the WWL-1 lens when not in use.  For closeup and macro work, the Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC-1, PN 81301) allows images smaller than 1" wide to be captured.  Ultra wide, mid-range and macro imaging capability, all on the same dive!

 

 

The m4/3 system supports a large range of high quality lenses produced by Olympus and Panasonic (partnering with Leica), and third party lenses from Sigma are starting to appear. Several lenses that perform extremely well underwater are available (and reasonably priced!). Some examples: 

  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ: The ultimate jack of all trades tool, this lens covers a very usable mid range, and features a unique macro mode. Shoot dolphins and nudibranchs on the same dive! 

  • Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5: This 180º fisheye lens focuses close and is razor sharp. Combines with a small port, there is no better CFWA (close focus wide angle) option on the planet. 

  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro: This is an ideal macro lens for m4/3, and by adding the Nauticam CMC, it becomes a super macro monster. Imagine filling the entire width of the frame with something only 8mm wide!

  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH: The 7-14mm is a rectilinear lens, ideal for shooting people or sharks or wrecks... subjects where the fisheye distortion is not welcome. On the wide end, this lens 114º wide, ideal for getting close to subjects to reduce the amount of water shot through. But a zoom gets to 75º - ideal for reaching out to that subject that is a little more skittish. The very similar Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 can serve the same basic role at a lower cost.

  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm 1:1.8 PRO and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7‑14mm 1:2.8 PRO provide upgraded performance with faster maximum aperture, and are fully supported by the Nauticam port system.

There are many more options for the underwater photographer, including any of the several 14-42mm options, the Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S., Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH, Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH, and the Leica DG Macro Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH.

*12-50 is usable with WWL-1 from approximately 15.5mm - 50mm with WWL-1. 

 


 

 

Viewfinder Options

A clear view for fine focus and composition is critical for successful underwater photography, and nothing beats a magnifying viewfinder.  These viewfinders use distance, not closeup vision, and provide a large, clear view of the high resolution Olympus electronic viewfinder.  Available in angled 45º  (PN 32205) and Straight (PN 32204) formats, both viewfinders have external dioptric adjustments for dialing in perfect correction matched to the photographer's eyesight.

 

ntegrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-A6500 as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve (PN 25624), 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. 

 

 

Flash Connectors for Optical TTL

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-EM1II and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, and Sea & Sea YS-D1/YS-D2 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s FL-LM3 flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual exposure mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-EM1II comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea & Sea strobes, provide exceptional light transmission for accurate TTL performance.

 

Rapid Fire Optical Triggering

The E-M1 Mark II camera with FL-LM3 flash is limited to 2-3 fps continuous shooting, even when a low manual power is selected in the camera flash menu.  In situations where continuous optical shooting is required, Nauticam's Mini Flash Trigger (26306) can trigger external strobes over fiber optic at up to 10 frames per second!  The trigger is powered by onboard coin style lithium batteries, with thousands of flashes available from a set.

Electrical triggering of legacy wired strobe systems is possible via an electrical Nikonos style bulkhead (optional).

Strobes can be attached to the housing via included strobe mounting balls secured to the integrated handle system. A 10mm threaded accessory mounting location on the housing is the ideal position for a video light or monitor, a cold shoe mount is perfectly placed for a small focusing light.

 

Recommended Accessories

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 1.95 kg
  • Dimensions: 305mm x 175mm x 116mm W x H x D (w/ handles and mounting balls)

 

Model Number: 17811
USA Retail Price: $1,900
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