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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.

 

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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

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Comparison at ISO 6400

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Analyzing Results for Underwater Photo and Video

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Orca Rescue Video in 4K

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

 

Orca Rescue in 4K


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

By UWPG News, December 3, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

 

GoPro: Orca Rescue in 4K

 

 

 

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Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing

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

 

Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing


First Look at the Nauticam 7D Mark II Underwater Housing

By UWPG News, November 26, 2014

 

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

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

 

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MSRP:  $3,400

Available late-November 2015

 

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New Nauticam Housing for Canon 7D Mark II

Performance Digital SLR

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

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The Canon 7D Mark II

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

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

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

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

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The Nauticam NA-7DMKII Housing

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

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

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

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

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

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The APS-C Advantage

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

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

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

 

Canon 7D Mark II Key Features

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

 

 

Nauticam NA-7DMKII Feature Checklist

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

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

  • Access to all key camera controls

  • All controls clearly labeled

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

  • Patented Port Locking System

  • Patent pending Multi Controller pad

  • Lens release button

  • Easy to operate locking housing latches

  • Rubberized ergonomic grips

  • Quick release camera mounting plate

  • Optical strobe connectors for fiber optic flash triggering

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

  • Single M16 accessory hole for vacuum valve installation

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

  • Vacuum reset button in port mount for quick lens changes

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

  • 1/4-20 tripod mounting holes

  • Dual 10mm threaded accessory mounting points

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

  • 100m Depth Rating

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

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

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Nauticam Viewfinders

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

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

 
   

NA-7DMKII Details and Specifications

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

Model Number: 17319
Shipping: November 27, 2014

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Ikelite Now Supports Mirrorless Cameras

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Ikelite Announces New Line of Mirrorless Camera Housings

 

Ikelite Now Supports Mirrorless Cameras


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

By UWPG News, November 25, 2015

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

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

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

 

 

Ikelite Olympus OM-D E-M10 TTL Housing

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

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Ikelite Olympus PEN E-PL7 TTL Housing

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

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Ikelite Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Housing

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

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Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

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

 

Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

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

By UWPG News, Novembr 25, 2014

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

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

 

Aquatica A7D Mk II Key Features:

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

 

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MSRP:  $2,799

Available early 2015

 

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Aquatica 7D Mk II housing

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Montreal, November 14, 2014

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Aquatica 7D Mk II housing

 

About the Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

20077-OPT           Housing with dual optical strobe connectors

20077-NIK            Housing with dual Nikonos type strobe connectors

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

20077-KM            Housing with one Ikelite type strobe connector

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Ikelite 7D Mark II Underwater Housing

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

 

Ikelite 7D Mk II Underwater Housing


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

By UWPG News, November 25, 2014

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

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

 

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MSRP:  $1,799.95

Available mid-December

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

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

 

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

 

The True TTL Advantage

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

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

Ikelite 7D MkII Housing

Exposure Adjustment

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

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

 

Ergonomics

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

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

 

Construction

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

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

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

Ikelite 7D MkII Housing

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DEMA Coverage 2014

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The best new underwater photography gear from the DEMA tradeshow 2014

 

DEMA Coverage 2014


The best new underwater photography gear from the DEMA tradeshow 2014

By UWPG News

 

 

 
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The DEMA tradeshow is back in Las Vegas, NV, and presents a venue for the dive industry (and underwater imaging companies) to present their latest and greatest products.

We're covering the DEMA news in tandem with Bluewater Photo, giving you an inside look at new lights, housings, arms/clamps and many other accessories. This is the time to dream of new gear!

 


DEMA 2014 Preview

 

We started receiving press releases even before the show began, setting expectations for the new products on the floor. In one sentence, they are awesome.

See the full roundup in Bluewater Photo's DEMA Preview 2014.

 

 

The Essentials from DEMA

 

Canon 7D Mk II Housings

The Canon 7D MkII will surely become a staple for underwater photographers in the Canon camp, either purchasing a prosumer DSLR for the first time or upgrading from the original 7D or other EOS camera. The Dual-pixel CMOS sensor is a game changer for autofocus video underwater, with AF much faster and more accurate than previous live view SF systems. Read our Canon 7D Mk2 Overview or learn about the new sensor technology in our Canon 70D Video Review (which uses the same sensor).

 

Aquatica 7D Mk2 HousingAquatica

Aquatica's 7D MkII housing will be available in early 2015 and promises to deliver Aquatica's iconic ease of use, ergonomics, toughness, precision and attention to detail for photographers and videographers.

 

Ikelite 7D Mk2 Housing

 

Ikelite

The Ikelite 7D MkII housing will be first-to-market, shipping in mid-December. Packing maximum value to dollar ratio and incredible TTL strobe control through the back of the housing, this will be a big seller for the new 7D MkII.

 

Nauticam

Nauticam will be releasing their housing for the Canon 7D MkII end of year or early 2015 as well - stay tuned for updates!

 

Sea & Sea

The Sea & Sea housing for the Canon 70D was amazing for use shooting stills and video underwater, and the new 7D MkII housing promises the same ergonomics. Look for this housing in early 2015.

 

 

Other Housings We're Excited About

 

Ikelite mirrorless housings

 

Ikelite Announces Mirrorless Camera Housings

Ikelite is entering the mirrorless camera category with a series of housings that bring everything we love about their compact and DSLR housings into the mirroless category. New housings will be available for the following interchangeable lens cameras:

  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 TTL Housing
  • Olympus PEN E-PL7 TTL Housing
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Housing

 

nauticam d750 housing

Nauticam D750 Housing

The FX-sensor Nikon D750 sits between the D650 and D810, offering demanding full frame DSLR shooters many of the nice features of the D810 at a lower pricepoint. Nauticam's D750 housing lives up to the Nauticam's excellent reputation for compact, mirrorless and DSLR housings and feel great in the hands! Learn more about the Nauticam NA-D750 housing.

 

Aquatica GH4 HousingAquatica GH4 Housing

More 4K video from Aquatica with the beautifully-made housing for the Panasonic GH4. With specific ports for popular mirrorless lenses, this housing is a great option for the GH4. Learn more about the Aquatica GH4 Housing on Bluewater Photo.

 

Fantasea RX100 III HousingFantasea RX100 III Housing

With the success and popularity of the Fantasea Canon G16 housing, we're exited to try out their new RX100 III housing. Flexibility in use with 0,1 or 2 strobes, easy of use and many accessories make this housing a great option for your Sony RX100 III. Learn more about the Fantasea RX100 III housing.

 

 

 

New Video Lights at DEMA

 

I-Torch

i-torch venom50 video lightVenom50 Video Light

5000 lumens, a white light intensifier and optional remote trigger make this light an essential for serious videographers. Learn more about the I-Torch Venom50.

 

I-torch venom 35SVenom 35S Video Light

3500 lumens in a video light with a warmer color temperature than the Venom 38 video light. Learn more about the I-Torch Venom 38S.

 

 

Light & Motion

Light & Motion has serveral new lights in the familiar body style, but don't be fooled - they have revamped the electronics in their entire line of lights, making them brighter, cooler and with incredibly fast recharge times. Some of the new release highlights include:

 

sola 3000 flood lightSola 3000 Flood

A powerful light in a small body, this light recharges to 80% in just 50 minutes, and to 100% in just 1hr45min.

 

sola 8000 PROSola 8000 PRO

This light has a whopping 8000 lumens, 7 light intensities and an incredible LCD on the back for monitoring remaining burn time and intensity. This light has a patented design that keeps it cool, with water passing behind the LED head and the body.

Get the full details on the Sola 3000 Flood and Sola 8000 PRO.

Tech divers will enjoy Light & Motion's brand new green laser built into the Sola Tech Laser. Yes, you heard that right - the light features a green laser that will be extrememly useful for signaling, drawing attention to points of interest on a dive and more. 

 

 

Other DEMA Essentials

 

Sea & Sea YS-03

Sea & Sea YS-03 Strobe

Sea & Sea has a new strobe for TTL shooters. Small in size and light, this strobe is perfect for TTL shooting with compact cameras in many different housings.
 
 
 
 

SeaLife Micro HD

SeaLife Micro HD Camera

SeaLife is now shipping the Micro HD camera. This fully sealed camera shoots 13MP photos and 1080P full HD video all with the simple push of a button. The Micro HD uses SeaLife's trademark "piano key" buttons, which make it extremely easy to shoot a photo or video (no need to change modes and miss the shot) and navigate the menu for settings adjustments. The camera is fully sealed and has modes that sync up with different Sea Dragon Lighting component setups and Flex-connect accessories. The Micro HD has 16GB of memory and the HD+ has 32GB of memory.
 

 

 

Expert analysis and advice on these new products from DEMA 2014.

Bluewater Photo DEMA 2014 Coverage

 

Also check out:

Bluewater Photo's Holiday Gift Guide 2014

 

 

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NEW Fast-Charging Light & Motion Sola Lights

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Light & Motion releases new Sola 3000 Flood light & Sola 8000 PRO video light

 

NEW Light & Motion Lights:

Sola 3000 Flood & 8000 PRO


Light & Motion releases new Sola 3000 Flood light & Sola 8000 PRO video light

By UWPG News, November 14, 2014

 

Sola 8000 video light

 

 
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Light & Motion has announced two brand new video lights just in time for the DEMA tradeshow next week. The Sola 8000 PRO is a light for serious underwater videographers, designed to have the highest lumen output in the smallest size of its class. The new Sola 3000 Flood is 33% smaller than competing lights in its class and is 20% more powerful. Both lights are packed full of features and showcase Light & Motion's ingenuity in light design.

Be sure to check back soon for detailed in-water reviews, sample video and more.

 

Sola 8000 PRO Highlights

  • 8000 lumens
  • 90 degree beam angle
  • 7 power levels
  • New "direct cooling technology" provides increased performance
  • OLED display to manage power levels and battery charge
  • New "Fast Charge" circuitry
    • 80% charge under 1 hour
    • 100% charge in 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • 984 grams
  • MSRP:  $2299.00

Purchase the Sola 8000 PRO on Bluewater Photo

 

Sola 3000 Flood Highlights

  • 3000 lumens
  • 90 degree beam angle
  • 3 power levels
  • New "Fast Charge" circuitry
    • 80% charge under 1 hour
    • 100% charge in 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • 265 grams
  • MSRP:  $799.00

Purchase the Sola Video 3000 on Bluewater Photo

 

 

PRESS RELEASES:

 

 

Sola 8000 PRO

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Light & Motion Introduces the NEW Sola 8000 PRO – the  

Industry’s smallest most compact powerful light!

 

Monterey, CA November 14th, 2014 - Light & Motion, the premier manufacturer of underwater, bike, and outdoor LED lights offers Professional Image makers an all new, high-performance Sola video / photo light.

 

The new Sola 8000 Pro delivers more FL-1 certified lumens than any light in its class. It is a ground up new design leveraging the latest LED array and driver design along with direct cooling technology for the highest output possible in the smallest size.

Sola 8000 video light

Sola Pro’s new design incorporates Light & Motion’s new patented “direct cooling technology” which allows the LED, driver, and high capacity battery to operate with increased performance to give the user more power and longer runtimes.  Other product features include an OLED (Organic LED Display) to manage and monitor power levels, battery and charge status.

 

The new “Fast Charge” internal circuit eliminates reliability issues that come from external chargers and recharges the light to 80% full in less than an hour with full charge in 1 hour, 45 minutes. The factory-sealed housing with easy-to-remove faceplates makes the Sola Pro reliable and travel friendly.

 

Every aspect of the Sola 8000 has been designed to enhance the user experience with the aim of creating the most reliable, compact, and powerful light in the industry that can still fit in your backpack.

 

The new Sola 8000 will provide me with a powerful wide angle beam with consistent output for fantastic control over the lighting of my subjects. The new fast charge is just what I need for multiple dives on a shoot. The Sola lights are smaller and lighter than strobes and much easier to move underwater and less weight at the airport!”

- Amos Nachoum, Wildlife photographer, explorer and frequent contributor to Explorer Journal, Time, Life, the New York Times, and Der Speigel.

 

Product Specs:

8000 Lumens

90-degree Beam Angle in water FWHM

7 Power Levels: 50 min to 800-minute runtime

1 Hour 45 Min Fast Charge (charges to 80% in one hour)

984 grams

Factory sealed

Price: $2299.00

 

Sola lights have been recognized around the world for their reliability, flood-free design and unparalleled brightness. The compact, lightweight, and beautiful design belies the powerful and intuitive functions that make Sola Simply Better.

 

 

Sola 3000 Flood

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Light & Motion Introduces the NEW Sola 3000 Flood – the Lightest, Brightest, Widest,

Most Compact Light in its Class 

 

Monterey, CA November 14th, 2014 - Light & Motion, the premier manufacturer of underwater, bike, and outdoor LED lights launches a new powerful Sola Video Light with new “Fast Charge” Capability

 

Sola 3000 Flood video light

The new Sola Video 3000 is the highest performance wide-beam flood light available in a lightweight, compact size. The Sola 3000 is 33% smaller than its closest competitor and 20% more powerful. Its 90-degree beam in water is clean and smooth, and the factory sealed design will provide years of trouble free use.

 

Sola’s all-new electronics allow for the fastest charge times available in a professional light. Full charge from empty is accomplished in 1 hr 45 minutes; 80% charge in 50 minutes.

 

The combination of advanced optical design and regulated output (Tested and certified to the FL-1 Standard) ensures a consistent beam throughout the runtime to make the Sola 3K a great companion to any video kit.

 

 “Knowing that I have an easy to use, high-performance, and reliable video light is priceless especially when shooting in challenging environments when I have seconds to get the perfect shot” – Shawn Heinrichs, Blue Sphere Media

 

Product Specs:

3000 Lumens

90-degree Beam Angle in water FWHM

3 Power Levels: 50 min to 200-minute runtime

1 Hour 45 Min Fast Charge (charges to 80% in one hour)

265 grams

Factory sealed

Warranty: 2 years

Price: $799.00

 

Sola lights have been recognized around the world for their reliability, flood free design and unparalleled brightness. The compact, lightweight, and beautiful design belies the powerful and intuitive functions that make Sola Simply Better.

 

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New Web Series 'Water Born' Begins

Brent Durand
Episode 1 of new web series, Water Born, is released featuring incredible underwater footage

 

New Web Series 'Water Born' Begins


Episode 1 of New Web Series 'Water Born' is Released

By Brent Durand, Nov 6, 2014 

 

 

 
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The first episode of a new underwater web series 'Water Born' was just released. The series showcases three freedivers working with the film team to produce mesmerizing visual films and works of art with a superhero storyline feel.

"The ultimate mission is to re-inspire, by a creative "out of the box" style of filming, an appreciation and excitement for 73% of the planet ocean."

I think this is very cool and can't wait for Episode 2.  How about you?

 

Water Born - Episode 1

 

Visit the Water Born website:  Water Born

 

View some amazing freediving images in our tutorial:  Tips for Dive Model Photography

 

 

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