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Tribute to the Life of Dr. Eugenie Clark

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A Scientist and Mentor, Dr. Eugenie Clark Inspires us with her Life and Love of the Ocean

 

Tribute to the Life of Dr. Eugenie Clark


A Scientist and Mentor, Dr. Eugenie Clark Inspires us with her Life and Love of the Ocean

By UWPG News, February 26, 2015

 

Photo: David Doubilet

 
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Dr. Eugenie Clark, known to many as The Shark Lady, passed away yesterday at her home in Sarasota, Florida. She was 92 years old.

A pioneering scuba diver, marine biologist, environmental advocate and mentor, she will be missed by many, and leaves a lifetime of work to inspire all of those who love the sea.

Red Sea diving pioneer Howard Rosenstein remembers Eugenie in the following tribute.

 

 

Dr. Eugenie Clark – The Shark Lady 1922-2015

Dr. Eugenie Clark, Sharon and my dear friend and mentor passed away today, at the age of 92 at her home in Sarasota, FL.

Genie as we all lovingly called her was one of the most remarkable and impressive people in our lives and in the lives of so many of my colleagues who live, work and love the Sea.

We first met, totally by chance in 1973 when I was speaking at a Boston Sea Rovers conference presenting the first dive travel operation in the Red Sea and she was awarded yet another honor for her life’s work studying, exploring, teaching and protecting the fishes of the sea.   

This chance meeting led to her coming to dive with me in the Red Sea with her wonderful (and very young) UW photographic team of David and Anne Doubilet. The year was 1974 and we at Red Sea Diver’s Sharem el Sheikh, then a mere desolate outpost at the tip of the Sinai, were overwhelmed with excitement of having the famous “Shark Lady” and her team from National Geographic coming to dive with us. We dived intensely for over a month and the fruits of that amazing experience was chronicled as yet another Cover Story by Genie in the Sept. 1975 edition of Geographic.

The great success of that story led to many more articles and years of cooperation between us. NatGeo articles as varied as “Flashlight Fish” The “Underwater Desert” “Sharks”, “Bioluminescence” and more.

Documentary movies and, TV reports and many other magazine articles and books followed.

What an amazing gift, what a capacity Genie had in sharing her passion and knowledge about marine life with all that surrounded her. 

Aside from her life’s scientific work, which was the main focus in her life, Genie also had an army of admirers and “student/tourists” who would follow her to the end of the Oceans to dive with her and assist her in her “field” work. Our diving base in Sharem el Sheikh and later aboard the “Fantasea” live aboards I operated, was the home of many of these unforgettable and productive expeditions.

With the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1982, Genie showed amazing leadership and determination to make sure the Red Sea reefs and fishes would continue to be protected under the returning Egyptian administration. She organized a meeting with President Anwar Sadat and almost single handedly convinced him to have the Sinai reefs remain and nature reserve and remain open to diving tourism and then personally led the first group of Egyptian scientists to visit the Sinai area after the signing of the Camp David accords. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p25T3Kbuu8)

Genie continue to lead diving trips and research projects until 2014 (her last paper on Ocean Trigger fish was published this month!). Genie was diving and working with her loyal followers and friends in places as far away as Indonesia and Eilat, in the Red Sea where she dived and celebrated her 92nd birthday!!

Genie’s greatest pride and scientific achievement was the founding and of the Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, FL where she was the first Director and affiliated with for over 50 years.

She was also Professor of Ichthyology at the Univ. of Maryland for many years, retiring only about 10 years ago as Professor Emeritus. Her most eminent student is the current Emperor of Japan, Akihito.

My wife Sharon and our 4 children loved Genie as much as I. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Genie’s 4 children, Aya, Hera, Tak and Nikki.

Permit me to share a personal gallery of some of the hundreds and hundreds of images taken with Genie and our colleagues who had together with me, the great and distinct honor and privilege to share the Red Sea with Dr. Eugenie Clark. View the gallery

May her memory be blessed and cherished by all who knew her and all people who love the sea and nature. 

 

 

Howard and Genie at the DEMA tradeshow.

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Nikon Camera & Lens Rebates - Only 3 Day Left!

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Instant Rebates Available on Nikon Camera Bodies & Lenses Through February 28

 

Nikon Camera & Lens Rebates - 3 Day Left


Instant Rebates Available on Nikon Camera Bodies & Lenses Through February 28, Including the 105mm Micro and 16-35mm

By UWPG News, February 25, 2015

 

 

 
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There are just a few days left to get nice discounts on Nikon DSLR camera bodies and lenses, so if you've been thinking about that D7100, D750 or D810, now is the time to pull the trigger.  Two great lenses for underwater use are also eligible for the instant rebate - the Nikkor 105mm Micro and the Nikkor 16-35mm rectilinear wide-angle lens.

The sale goes through February 28, 2015 and is available at your local camera shop or retailers like B&H and Adorama.

View all on items with instant rebates on the Nikon USA website.

 

Rebate Hightlights for Underwater Photographers

 

Nikon D810 Camera Body

 

Nikon D7100 Camera Body

 

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

 

AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

 

 

 

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New GoPro Hero4 Features Available to Download

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GoPro has Unlocked New Timelapse, Burst, HiLight Tags and Fast Framerates for the Hero4

 

New GoPro Hero4 Features Available to Download


GoPro has Unlocked New Timelapse, Burst, HiLight Tags and Fast Framerates for the Hero4

By UWPG News, February 4, 2015

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GoPro has officially announced a software update for the GoPro Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver. The update is packed with features that will bring new capabilities to the camera for a variety of different shooting situations, some of which will be very useful for underwater video.

There are three ways to update your camera. First is the traditional manual software installation. The other two options require you to use either GoPro's phone app or Studio editing software on your laptop/desktop, which will surely encourage many who aren't using these free products to begin using them.

GoPro's official press release is below.

 

Click to Upgrade your GoPro Hero4

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Today, GoPro unlocked a host of new features for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver that will amp the performance, capabilities and convenience of the cameras even higher. Run a quick update on your HERO4 software to enable even more dynamic content capture! The new features include: 

HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver

  • Time lapse video mode  - Capture Time Lapse videos automatically-no post-production needed. Showcase a sunrise, road trip or family gathering as a short, sharable video.
  • 30/6 burst photo - Introducing a new way to never miss a moment. Capture 30 photos in 6 seconds-perfect for longer duration fast-action activities like surfing and snowboarding.
  • Auto rotate - Automatically adjusts capture orientation to right-side up when the camera is mounted upside down.
  • Add HiLight Tags during playback - Now you can mark key moments both while recording video and playing back content on the built-in touch display to quickly find highlights for easy editing and sharing.  [HERO4 Black requires LCD Touch BacPac to utilize this feature]

HERO4 Black

  • 720p240 fps video - Record ultra high frame rate video at a staggering 240 frames per second for liquid smooth slow-motion playback
  • 2.7K60 fps video - Capture cinematic, high-resolution 2.7K footage at an impressive 60 frames per second

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Nauticam Releases the Compact Macro Converter 1

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New Nauticam CMC-1 Wet Diopter Specifically Designed for Compact & Mirrorless Cameras

 

Nauticam Releases the Compact Macro Converter 1


New Nauticam Wet Diopter Specifically Designed for Compact and Mirrorless Cameras

By UWPG News, February 3, 2015

 

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Nauticam previewed their Compact Macro Converter 1 (CMC-1) at DEMA this past November, and the new diopter is now available. This macro wet diopter is optimized for use with compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, providing the magnification needed to shoot the smallest critters on your dive trips.

The CMC-1 provides more magnification than the SMC with all compatible compact camera systems for which it was designed.

This lens will be a great addition to the kit of all compact and mirroless shooters and is now available at Bluewater Photo.

 

CMC-1 Availability:  Limited Quantities Available Now

Model #:  81301

MSRP:  $320 USD

Order your CMC-1 through Bluewater Photo

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Announcing Compact Macro Converter 1

A Newly Engineered Macro Accessory lens for Compact, Mirrorless, and More!

 

Nauticam is pleased to officially unveil the second installment of a growing family of optical products, CMC-1.  The CMC is an extremely powerful super macro accessory lens optimized for use with both fixed lens compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

 

Smaller, Lighter, Stronger

While the Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC) design inspired the development of the Compact Macro Converter, the new lens is actually more powerful.  The CMC provides more magnification than SMC with all compatible compact camera systems for which it was designed.  

As expected, the CMC  provides more magnification than any compact camera tested can achieve on its own, and does so with improved working distance.  This combination makes CMC ideal for tiny, skittish subjects.  Using the popular RX100 Mk III as an example, CMC-1 results in a magnification of 2.3X the smallest subject the camera is capable of photographing with no accessory lens (34.5mm v 80mm), and it does so with 1.4X the working distance (56mm v 80mm).  Results with the new Canon G7X are even more stunning, providing 3.0X magnification at approximately 2.4X the working distance. To achieve the same image sizes with sealed magnifying lenses +15 Diopter or stronger would be required, but no +15 Diopter lens can match the overall image quality of CMC-1. All while maintaining the smallest size and weight possible; a real plus for photographers in and out of the water.

 

Breakthrough Lens Design

Prior to the development of the Nauticam accessory macro conversion lenses, achieving “super macro” underwater meant using tools that were designed for in air use. These tools simply do not take into account the physics of shooting in water. Thanks to Edward Lai, Managing Director of Nauticam, the CMC takes a radically different approach: hundreds of engineering hours utilizing computer software to model a lens that complements an entire system - camera, lens, port, air, and water – as a whole. This accounts for the critical air-water interfaces in a conversion lens design to achieve the best image quality possible. The improvements are stunning, measurable and a new standard in underwater macro imaging has been established with the Macro Converter family.

 

Uncompromised Optical Quality

The Compact Macro Converter is constructed from lenses precision crafted of specially formulated low dispersion optical grade glass, ground to the most demanding standards. This means greater sharpness and contrast on every shot and extraordinary resolution rivaling a macro lens used in air. Broadband anti-refective coatings effectively reduce common optical issues such as chromatic aberrations, coma, spherical aberration, and field deformation associated with underwater macro photography using traditional magnifying lenses. This means superior light transmission, accurate color and no distortion and vignetting in the most demanding situations.  These exceptional optics are assembled in a rugged hard anodized aluminum housing, and nitrogen purged during assembly to eliminate fogging.

 

“Very impressive sharpness throughout the usable range on both the G7X and RX100 Mk III that I used it with. Impressively strong magnification in a compact unit.”

-Dr Alex Tattersall

 

Stunning Magnification

The CMC is compatible with a variety of camera systems, but the most impressive increase in magnification comes when paired with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Micro Four Thirds Systems.  This combination achieves a 2:1 reproduction ratio.  This translates into an image 8.5mm X 6.3MM, and one of the most powerful macro imaging systems available in the market today.

 

“Clarity of IQ speaks for itself. The perfect high quality complement to the high quality sensors in today’s compact cameras."

-Dr. Alex Tattersall

 

Optimized for Autofocus

By utilizing a specially developed algorithm in the optimization process, the CMC renders superior image quality over the full focusing range of the camera lens.  This, combined with the high brightness and contrast of the image, allows the autofocus system of the camera to work well - often better than less powerful close focus lenses. Just as important are the out-of-focus (Bokeh) portions of the image that exhibit the same creamy smooth quality that photographers appreciate when shooting macro in air - all without color fringing common to traditional magnifying lenses.

 

Avoiding Diffraction

Due to the overall superior optical performance and precision focus of the CMC it is possible to shoot larger apertures with excellent image quality.   This avoids reaching the diffraction limit of high resolution sensors, and allows selective focus effects with narrow depth of field in super macro images.

 

Also Compatible with Nikon AF-S 60mm Macro

While designed with compact cameras in mind, compatibility with larger formats has proven to be possible in some cases.  Nikon AF-S 60mm Macro (not compatible with the earlier SMC-1) provides 1.5 : 1 Reproduction Ratio when with combined CMC-1.  Image quality is excellent, even when used with full frame systems. This combination is extremely versatile, covering fish portraits, 1:1 macro, and now 1.5:1 super macro on the same dive!

 

Mounting, and Using the CMC

The Compact Macro Converter ships with the common 67mm threaded lens mount.  CMC-1 is has a protruding rear lens element, designed to place the  accessory optic as close to the camera lens port as is possible, providing the best overall image quality when used with flip lens adapters.  A flush mount adapter ring is used when attaching CMC-1 directly to an underwater housing, and is included with the lens.

Flip lens holders, available to suit most Nauticam housings and lens ports, provide the fastest and most convenient lens mount possible.  The lens is always threaded in place, and available to be “flipped” down as needed.

Recommended Compact Cameras

 

Native Lens

with CMC

Camera

Min Focus Dist.

Image Width (W)

Min Focus Dist. (T)

Image Width (T)

Magnification

Working Distance Increase

Sony RX100M2

40 mm

75 mm

65 mm

27 mm

2.8 X

1.6 X

Sony RX100M3

40 mm

80 mm

56 mm

35 mm

2.3 X

1.4 X

Canon S120

16 mm

48 mm

52 mm

20 mm

2.5 X

3.3 X

Canon G16

10 mm

30 mm

59 mm

19 mm

1.6 X

5.9 X

Canon G7X

23 mm

68 mm

56 mm

23 mm

3.0 X

2.4 X

Panasonic LX7

16 mm

52 mm

52 mm

27 mm

1.9 X

3.3 X

Panasonic LX100

16 mm

74 mm

74 mm

32 mm

2.3 X

4.6 X

Recommended Interchangeable Lens Systems

 

Native

with CMC

Micro Four Thirds

Format Width

Image Width

Working Distance

Image Width

Reproduction Ratio

Working Distance

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom (43mm Macro Mode)

17 mm

34 mm

73 mm

20 mm

0.9 : 1

14 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom (50mm)

17 mm

83 mm

286 mm

21 mm

0.8 : 1

48 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens

17 mm

62 mm

197 mm

21 mm

0.8 : 1

41 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Ver. II R (42mm)

17 mm

70 mm

211 mm

22 mm

0.8 : 1

41 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

17 mm

17 mm

98 mm

9 mm

2.0 : 1

22 mm

Panasonic

Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

17 mm

17 mm

71 mm

11 mm

1.6 : 1

17 mm

Panasonic

Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens

17 mm

17 mm

71 mm

11 mm

1.6 : 1

17 mm

Panasonic

Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (42mm)

17 mm

98 mm

307 mm

24 mm

0.7 : 1

49 mm

 

Sony E Mount

Sony

E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-Mount Zoom Lens

24 mm

75 mm

175 mm

27 mm

0.9 : 1

37 mm

Sony

E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount Power Zoom Lens

24 mm

92 mm

256 mm

26 mm

0.9 : 1

46 mm

Sony

FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens

36 mm

>150 mm

>350 mm

30 mm

1.2 : 1

54 mm

Zeiss

Touit 50mm Macro

24 mm

23 mm

54 mm

16 mm

1.5 : 1

10 mm

 

Nikon F Mount

Nikon

Micro-Nikkor AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED

36 mm

36 mm

47 mm

24 mm

1.5 : 1

10 mm

 

 

Recommended Accessories

Nauticam 

p/n

Item

25101

Flip Lens Holder for M67 Macro Ports

25103

Flip Lens Holder for M77 Macro Ports

25104

Flip Lens Holder for Nauticam Flat Port 72

25105

Flip Lens Holder for Nauticam 4" Wide Angle Port

25107

Flip Lens Holder for NA-LX100 Standard Port

25511

67mm Lens Holder: For mounting a 67mm threaded accessory lens on a Nauticam strobe arm

25513

67mm Double Lens Holder: For mounting two 67mm threaded accessory lenses on a Nauticam strobe arm

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  60m
  • Weight: .26 kg
  • Dimensions: Diameter 70mm x Length 34mm

Model Number: 81301
USA Retail Price: $320
Available Now in Limited Quantities

 

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Canon Releases New Firmware for 5D Mark III

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Canon releases new firmware version 1.3.3 for 5D Mark III DSLR

 

Canon Releases New Firmware for 5D Mark III


Canon releases new firmware version 1.3.3 for 5D Mark III DSLR

By UWPG News, January 29, 2015

 

 

 
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Canon has released new firmware for the Canon 5D Mark III, the first update since October 30, 2013. Updating the firmware is certainly not necessary for your DSLR, but new versions do address certain bugs and other issues, so it can't hurt. If you use 3rd party programs like Magic Lantern then you want to make sure to update your firmware when recommended by that party.

Firmware version 1.3.3 for the 5D Mark III improves the Live View autofocus when using wide-angle lenses, which is of particular interest to underwater videographers who rely on autofocus. Note that wide-angle refers to rectinilear wide-angle lenses like the 17-40mm and 16-35, and does not refer to wide-angle underwater photography with fisheye lenses.

 

 

You can download the new firmware version 1.3.3 on the Canon Website.

 

 

 

Special thanks:  CanonRumors

 

 

 

 

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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.

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The Sea&Sea MDX-5DMKIII underwater housing

 

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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
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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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