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Researchers recently filmed a great white shark sleeping.
By Chino Mendoza

Great White Shark Sleeping Caught on Camera

Chino Mendoza
Researchers recently filmed a great white shark sleeping.

Ever wonder how great white sharks sleep? Now, no need to wonder. A submersible has captured a video of "Emma" the great white shark sleeping on the east side of Isla Guadalupe in the eastern Pacific Ocean.  

During the day, great white sharks stay in the deep waiting for prey to swim overhead, presenting an oppurtunity to feed. At night, the sharks' behavior is completely different.  The great white shark, Emma, swims near the shoreline and stays close to the bottom, just cruising around Twin Canyons to east of Guadalupe.

At 8:30pm, researchers noticed that Emma opened her mouth while swimming slowly against a 3 km/h current.  She seemed to be in a very relaxed state and might have been taking a nap. With her mouth open, the oxygen rich water flows freely to her gills, which allows her slow down and save energy for the hunting activity during daylight hours.

Due to their size, great white sharks could not stop swimming because they would sink and suffocate.

Check out the video below:

Footage was taken from Shark Week 2016's Jaws of the Deep

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Cayman Islands and St Maarten declare two new shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean.
By Chino Mendoza

2 New Shark Sanctuaries in the Caribbean

Chino Mendoza
Cayman Islands and St Maarten declare two new shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean.

With the desire of protecting endangered species, two Caribbean governments have now declared two new shark sanctuaries.  The territorial waters of Cayman Islands and St. Maarten, approximately 119,631 sq. kms, are now being protected and now closed to all commercial shark fishing. 

The announcement was made during the three-day conservation meeting in the St. Maarten with the ministers, global shark experts, officials from Pew Charitable Trusts, St. Maarten Nature Foundation, Bahamas National Trust and billionaire ocean advocate Richard Branson.

Currently, there are 14 shark sanctuaries worldwide, half of which are found in Caribbean waters.

Mr. Branson commended the two Caribbean governments on their "act" and encourages other regional areas to follow and establish a Caribbean-wide shark sanctuary.

This move will greatly improve the Caribbean ecosystem and will boost ecotourism in the region.

 

Read the full story in the News 24 article '2 new shark sanctuaries created in Caribbean' or on Ecophiles 'Two New Caribbean Shark Sanctuaries Created: Goodbye Shark Fishing'.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Australian photographer captures a rare moment with a fish trapped inside a jellyfish
By Chino Mendoza

Fish Trapped inside a Jellyfish

Chino Mendoza
Australian photographer captures a rare moment with a fish trapped inside a jellyfish

An Australian photographer, Tim Samuel, captured a rare moment underwater the other day, when a small fish swam inside the bell of a jellyfish.  Samuel captured this moment while free diving in Byron Bay, later posting the photo on his Instagram account. The photo, and several posted later, have since gone viral and are receiving global media attention.

It seems that the fish was able to control the jellyfish's movement and direction to a great extent, steering the jellyfish as it swam. Samuel decided not to intervine, letting nature take its course as the pair swam off into the blue water.

 

 

According to Associate Professor Ian Tibbets from the University of Queensland, the fish could have been a juvenille travally and might have initially been using the jellyfish as protection. 

 

 

Tim Samuel knew that he had stumbled a unique occasion, but didn't realize just how rare it was until the photo started being reposted all over the internet. He admited that he was “completely blown away by all the attention” he received online and from individuals around the world.

 

Read the full story, in the 9News article 'Aussie photographer discovers fish trapped inside jellyfish' or on NH Voice 'Images showing fish swimming inside a jellyfish go viral online'.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Sync your photos to your digital dive profile through the Deepblu social platform and COSMIQ dive computer
By Brent Durand

Dive Logs, Photos and Social Media Combined

Brent Durand
Sync your photos to your digital dive profile through the Deepblu social platform and COSMIQ dive computer

WiFi and NFC are being built into most modern cameras, from compact to DSLR, as photographers look to share images to social media while the action is still unfolding. Even the pro-level Canon 1DX Mk II has a wireless file transmitter! The next step is (naturally) to start syncing your photos with your digital dive log.

Deepblu has released an iOS dive log and social media app as well as the COSMIQ Dive Companion computer to do just that.

The Deepblu iOS app allows users to create immersive dive logs that can be shared in the Deepblu social community, exported to the major social networks, or kept private. The logs display all the relevant log information in an easy-to-naviate interface designed around social media interactions. If shared in the Deepblu community, other users can like the dive, leave a comment, or share the dive. You can also tag dive buddies and rate dive sites on an interactive dive site map.

The brand new COSMIQ Dive Companion computer is a very affordable recreational dive computer with a bright pixel-less display, making it very easy to read underwater. Simple navigation via just two buttons and Bluetooth 4.0 technology make exporing your dive profile to your Deepblu dive log a snap.

 

What about the photos?

Sync the time and date on your COSMIQ computer with your camera, and the Deepblu app will syncronize and integrate the data! This means that you will be able to see the exact depth, time into your dive profile, water temp and other log info that relates to the exact moment your photo was captured. You can then share it for friends to see.

Why is the Deepblu app so cool?

First, keeping a dive log is great practice. Not only can you track things like the relationship between wind, currents, upwelling and visibility at specific dive sites, but you can also track the ideal conditions for finding marine life.

Many marine biologists and citizen scientists will record all the essential info when finding an interesting species: depth, water temp, habitat, moon phases and more. They record this in a dive log and then can later match the data with photos. With the Deepblu app this is all handled automatically... and can then be easily shared. 

Not only is it fun to geek out on this new social technology, but it should prove a great resource for many divers who keep detailed logs. The interactive dive site map will help you plan out exactly which dive sites to visit on your next trip.

 

Video:  Revolutionize Your Dive

 

Deepblu is currently developing a far more comprehensive social platform for divers, which will be available for both iOS and Android users. We can't wait to see it.

Check out the Deepblu website for more info.

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Several TTL converters now available for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras with several new features, including TTL with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobe
By Brent Durand

Nauticam Releases New TTL Converters

Brent Durand
Several TTL converters now available for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras with several new features, including TTL with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobe

Nauticam has just announced several new TTL converters for Canon and Nikon DSLR housings. This anouncement comes at the perfect time, fixing several big issues and inconvenices, plus upping the game for upcoming D5 and D500 housings.

The first announcement is a new TTL converter that allows optical TTL for Canon DSLRs in Nauticam housings. It's backwards compatible with the latest Canon DSLRs and finally works with Sea&Sea's wildly popular YS-D2 strobes. Advanced users shooting manual strobe power can now trigger the strobes in full continuous shooting (14fps with the 1DX II).

The second is a new UW Technics converter for optical TTL with Nikon DSLRs in Nauticam housings. This also allows TTL use of the YS-D2 strobes.

The third annoucement is that the Nauticam Nikon D5 and D500 housings will ship with a new manual LED flash trigger as standard equipment - no more extra $$ to purchase a flash trigger. Users are then able to remove the flash trigger in favor of a TTL converter (purchased separately).

 

Why use a TTL Converter?

TTL converters have two main benefits. The first is to allow TTL shooting, of course! This means that your camera will send a preflash to determine how much strobe power is needed to properly light the scene, and then trigger the strobes with the correct intensity. This is popular with many new photographers and some more experienced photographers who do not want to worry about controlling strobe power manually.

The second reason to use a TTL converter is to bypass the camera's pop-up flash. This means that you can fire the strobes as fast as they can recycle without waiting for the camera pop-up flash to recycle. I was borrowing Bluewater Photo's rental Nauticam 7D Mark II housing in Anilao, Philippines for a recent workshop and missed (didn't nail the exact composition) incredible shots of fish feeding on spawning corals because of the 7D Mark II's on-board flash recycle time. I was limited to firing one frame every 6 seconds, whereas a TTL converter would have allowed me to fire a frame or two per second during the heat of the action.

The TTL converter also allows use of fiber optic cables by cameras with no pop-up flash, like the Canon 5D Mark III. If you've had to maintain sync cords, then you really appreciate the convenience and zero maintenance required by fiber optic cables.

 

Nauticam TTL Converter Summary

With several new TTL converters availble on existing and upcoming Nauticam housings, things can get a little confusing.  If you're interested in more info, be sure to contact the team at Bluewater Photo for all the details, including compatibility with your housing.

 

  • Nauticam TTL Converter for Canon

    • #26321  $495

    • Backward compatible with Nauticam housings for 1DX Mk II, 1D X, 5DS R, 5D S, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D Mark II and 70D cameras

    • Communicates with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes

 

 

  • Nauticam TTL Converter for Nikon

    • #26307  $430

    • Remove the LED flash trigger in new D5 and D500 housings and replace it with this TTL converter

    • Communicates with Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes

 

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An octopus bravely escapes the National Aquarium of New Zealand through a 164 ft. drainpipe
By Adam Martin

Octopus Crafts a Slippery Escape from New Zealand Aquarium

Adam Martin
An octopus bravely escapes the National Aquarium of New Zealand through a 164 ft. drainpipe

The daring escape began with a tight squeeze through a gap at the top of his tank. Inky, a common New Zealand Octopus at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, must have been meticulously planning his escape for some time. When all the factors were perfect, he flawlessly executed.  

First dashing 8 feet across the aquarium floor of and then shooting down a 164 foot seawater runoff pipe to Hawke's Bay, Inky has not been seen since.  This remains the most extreme breakout in aquarium history.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is located on the east coast of the New Zealand's North Island, in a town called Napier. Staff noticed the escape when they discovered that Inky was missing, and that octopus tracks led to an escape path. 

 

Inky the octopus at National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier.<br/>Courtesy of National Aquarium of New Zealand

 

It seems Inky is now somewhat of an international sensation. His craft and grit have made headlines around the world. Yet, Inky is clearly not interested in the publicity, because he not made any public appearances since his escape. Marine bioligists are less suprised by this behavior as there have been many cases of octopi escaping through small holes, including these escaping jars and escaping from the deck of a boat

 

Photographs and notes showing Inky's likely escape path.<br/>Courtesy of National Aquarium of New Zealand.

 

New Zealand is an amazing destination for scuba diving, underwater photography and landscapes.  The North Island boasts subtropical reefs, kelp, and amazing marine protected areas such as Poor Knights Islands, while the South Island offers breathtaking topography and fjords such as Milford Sound. If you are very lucky, you can find yourself diving with Orcas.  Visibility can range from less than 10 metres/30 feet to more than 40 metres/130 feet. North Island water temperatures vary between 18-24°C/64-75°F depending on the location and season. South Island water temperatures are cooler, averaging 15-20°C/59-68°F depending on the season. 

 

Poor Knights Islands

 

* source: nytimes.com

 

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Ergonomic engineering and new flash triggering system meets Nikon's new flagship pro DSLR camera body
By Brent Durand

Nauticam Nikon D5 Housing Preview

Brent Durand
Ergonomic engineering and new flash triggering system meets Nikon's new flagship pro DSLR camera body

The Nikon D5 is the new flagship in Nikon's DSLR camera line. It is a robust pro-level body with the features and build quality to support the most demanding of photographers. The camera features a 20.8 megapixel FX sensor, 4K video resolution recording, 153 focal point AF, 12fps burst and many other high-performance features. You can check out full specs of the Nikon D5 here.

Nauticam has just announced their NA-D5 underwater housing, which combines the best features of the previous D4 housing with the latest advancements in housing technology. Nauticam is known for highly engineering the housing controls to improve ergonomics, which moves most camera controls to the housing sides for fingertip access. This attention to detail, combined with a wide range of ports and accessories make the Nauticam housings a very popular option for serious photo and video shooters. The Nauticam NA-D5 will be no different.

Nikon D5 MSRP is $6,499.99 USD. This prices out many casual underwater photographers who may opt for cameras like the new Nikon D500, Sony a7R II or Canon 7D Mark II. Serious photographers and pros know the high-performance of the Nikon D5 and that it will make or break certain shots. Paired with a Nauticam housing, the Nikon D5 is a very powerful underwater photo and video tool.  Let's explore the housing in more detail.

Product:  NA-D5 (17219)

Availability:  April 15, 2016

MSRP:  $5,200



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Nauticam Nikon D5 Housing


 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Introducing NA-D5

Nauticam NA-D5, Model Number 17219
Available April 15, 2016

 

Nikon pro series bodies are the cameras that can go anywhere, withstanding unbelievable punishment in the field, and bring back images bordering on the fringes of what is possible from current imaging technology.  Nauticam is pleased to announce the NA-D5 underwater housing, an ergonomic, rugged, and reliable underwater housing ready to take the camera underwater to the ends of the earth in search of these photographic fringes that make rarest and the most memorable images.

The Nikon D5

 

Pro body performance is difficult to quantify on paper, but immediately evident when holding the camera in hand.  Metal construction inspires confidence.  The 12 fps continuous shooting speed (with AF) and a 200 shot RAW buffer keeps ups with the fastest action.  A large, bright viewfinder offers a clear view of the shooting scene, and Multi-CAM 20K tracks focus with incredible accuracy.  The D5 is capable of 3,780 shots per charge (according to the CIPA rating).  We called the D4 a Professional Performance Powerhouse, and the D5 is even better.

Nikon has upped the resolution count in D5 from 16 to 20.8 megapixels, but that is far from the most exciting news for most users.  More interesting is the launch of the Multi-CAM 20K.  This new autofocus system features 153 focus points (up from 51), of which 99 are cross-type sensors (up from 15).  D5 has more cross-type focus points than the D4s had total focus points, and they are spread wider across the frame.  The autofocus system in the D4s was already one of the best available, and the improvements offered by D5 will elevate performance even further.  The D5 introduces a new, 180k pixel RGB metering sensor.  This metering sensor drives the advanced Nikon exposure system, and is also used to provide scene data for 3D focus tracking, improving accuracy.

In total, this is an extremely significant upgrade from Nikon.  D4s was already one of the best pro bodies in overall low light performance.  D5 increases the high ISO range to ISO 102,480, capable of being pushed to 3,280,000.  The D5 camera has a better 3.2" LCD review screen with touch capability, and the most advanced auto focus system ever released.  It is also the first Nikon DSLR body capable of 4K video capture.  High frame rate capability allows more captures, and Multi-CAM 20K Focus ensures more in focus captures.

 

Nikon D5 Key Features:

 

  • 20.8 Megapixel Resolution FX Format CMOS Sensor

  • 4K UHD Video Capture at 24/25/30P

  • Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus with 153 focus points

  • 180,000 RGB Metering Sensor

  • 12 fps Continuous Shooting with Autofocus

  • ISO 100-102,400 (expandable to 3,280,000)

  • 3.2" 2.36 m-dot XGA LCD Screen with Touch Functionality

  • 3,780 Shots per Battery Charge (CIPA Rating)

  • Dual XQD or CF Memory Slots

 

The Nauticam NA-D5 Underwater Housing

 

Nauticam housings are evolutionary marvels, with advancements from previous systems providing the foundation that new models are built on.  The new Nauticam NA-D5 housing incorporates advances from the NA-D4 that came before it, but features enhanced ergonomics, a more sophisticated flash triggering system, and reduced size / weight thanks to cutting edge manufacturing processes.

NA-D4 was a significant elevation of the Nauticam DSLR housing game.  Key controls, such as ISO, Video Record, and Playback, and Info were dramatically routed out to the housing grips.  Nauticam recognizes that advanced DSLR cameras, and advanced DSLR users, rely on these functions more than ever to realize the full potential of advanced imaging systems.  

Advanced high iso and video functionality in modern DSLR cameras has redefined what “essential controls” are really essential.    Buttons that seem like an afterthought in the D5 camera control layout, such as Info (which displays shooting data on the 3.2" color lcd screen), are critical for use in the housing.  This button is routed to the left handle for convenient access.  AF-ON, Movie Record, Playback, ISO, Pv, Fn1, Fn2 and Live View are all handled similarly.  Considerable design and manufacturing resources go into this ergonomic reshuffling, but the benefit to the user experience makes is worth the effort.


External Flash Triggering

 

The entire external flash triggering system has has been reworked from the ground up in NA-D5, increasing ease of use, setup convenience, and reliability.  A new LED flash triggering system is standard in every housing.

The Nikonos style bulkheads included in NA-D4/NA-D4s have been replaced by an integrated LED flash trigger.  This optical flash trigger can fire at the full 14fps of the camera (mirror locked up). Optical systems, with fiber optic cables linking the external flashes to the housing, are far more reliable than any electrical sync cable system.

The LED trigger circuitboard is mounted inside the housing, and connected to the camera with a hotshoe cable.  This new system is more powerful than the hotshoe mounted LED triggers used in the past, and is compatible with all currently available optically triggered flashes!  Powered by two CR2032 batteries, battery life is measured in the tens of thousands of flashes, driven by incredibly efficient electronics.  With good batteries, we expect 3-5 years of service, up to 50,000 exposures.

Users of legacy flashes without optical triggering are able to add accessory Nikonos (26074) or Ikelite (26075) style bulkheads for electrical flash sync.  These bulkheads plug into the LED trigger board for clean cable routing, and reliable connection.

 

Accessory TTL Converter


NA-D5 will also be the first Nikon DSLR release from Nauticam compatible with our accessory TTL Converter.  This optional upgrade provides accurate automatic TTL flash exposure with a number of popular flashes, and offers both optical and electrical strobe triggering!  Optical triggering works well with modern flashes like Inon Z-240, while electrical triggering supports Ikelite DS- and Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes.

Accurate automatic TTL flash exposure has been a favorite feature of Nauticam photographers using cameras with pop up flashes, and we are excited to bring this advanced flash control functionality to the NA-D5 housing!
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-D and Inon Series Strobes (26307)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Ikelite Strobes (26308)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-250 Strobes (26309)

 

Extensive Customization for a Tailored Ergonomic Experience

 

Professional Nikon cameras are known for to be extensively customizable.  NA-D5 offers access to more of these functions than any previous Nikon DSLR, with the ergonomic treatment that have made Nauticam housings legendary.

Pv is routed from the lens mount, and placed just under the right handle.  Fn1 & Fn2 are moved all the way to the left side of the housing to avoid crowded right hand grip.

These custom functions can be overwhelming at first, but the creative options they unlock can be incredibly valuable in the field.  In short, these assignable buttons mean less time digging through camera menus to change camera functions, and more time capturing the scene as it unfolds.

There isn't a right way configure these systems.  Every photographer and shooting scenario has unique demands.  Some ideas are listed below! 

  • 1 Step Spd / Aperture, allows changing exposure settings in full f-stop increments.  Think about changing from a wide angle scenic mode with relatively open aperture and slow shutter speed to a close focus wide angle shot that requires a closed aperture to shrink a sunball.

  • My Menu, a customized panel with frequently accessed menus settings

  • Access Top Item in MY MENU, actually jumps into a frequently accessed sub menu structure for the top level My Menu selection, saving at least two button presses.  (ie min shutter speed in auto iso mode, or quickly define a preset white balance)

  • Quickly access another metering mode, toggling between the selected metering pattern and an alternate that more appropriately mesures the current scene.

  • Flash disable / enable, this is a big one!  Toggles external flashes on and off, allowing a switch between artificial light shooting (continuous shooting speed limited by flash recycle, and shutter speed limited by the strobe max sync speed at 1/250) to silhouette mode using only ambient light (full 12 fps continuous shooting speed, unrestricted flash sync speed). 

  • AF-area mode + AF-ON – very cool functionality, for a quick way of accessing a focus mode other than the mode currently assigned and activating it while held down.  Placed at the right thumb via the re-positioned PV lever, the current focus mode be overridden with something like auto area focus for quick grab shots where there isn't time to move the selected autofocus point.

 

Key Features

 

Patented Port Locking System

Unveiled on the very first Nauticam DSLR housing in 2009, this locking lever has become a signature of the Nauticam brand.  No twisting or threading action is required to mount a port,and it locks securely in place with this lever.  Nauticam also offers locking extension rings, meaning a dome will never twist, even when used with a long extension ring.

Housing Locking Latches

The industry's easiest to use housing closure system, requiring very little hand strength to close, secures the housing back in place. The latches are securely closed, but easy to open for a quick battery or memory card change.


Multi Controller Pad

Located within easy reach of the right thumb, virtually recreates the Nikon D5 multi selector allowing full multidirectional use of this powerful tool, including diagonals. No other manufacturer has it.



Integrated Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection

Circuitry included as standard equipment provides constant monitoring of water tight integrity when combined with an optional Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve II (PN 25625).

 


Stainless Steel Handle Brackets

Stiffening handle brackets are included with the housing.  These brackets eliminate any flex or wobble when using big strobes, and provide multiple attachment points for lanyards or other accessories.


Ergonomic Rubberized Grips

Another legendary Nauticam feature, these rubberized grips have been used every Nauticam DSLR housing release, and are some of the most comfortable in the business.

 


Clear Control Labeling

All camera controls are clearly labeled, allowing easy identification.



 

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is shipped with NA-D5 as standard equipment.  Combined with an accessory vacuum valve (PN 25625), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing.  A simple color 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 Nauticam system is temperature compensated, eliminating false alarms caused by a change in outside temperature, or from a camera heating up on an action packed dive.

 

 

Ease of Use

No system is easier to assemble or break down.  The camera drops into the housing with a quick release camera tray.  The camera tray has an extending bracket that allows the AF-M selector to be easily positioned to match the camera.  No controls need to be preset, as housing functions for dials and switches align automatically (on/off, af-m, still photo/video).   The large 120mm housing port opening allows even the largest popular pro Nikon wide angle lens (14-24 /2.8G) to be used, and the camera can even be mounted in the housing with this large lens attached.

Viewfinders

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.

Premium Professional Optics

Experienced shooters know a camera is only as good as the lens in front of it, and the same is true when choosing optics for an underwater camera system.  Four optically coated glass dome ports (250mm, 230mm, 180mm, and 140mm diameters) and a series of acrylic ports support popular lenses from Nikon, Sigma, and Tokina.  Port configurations are extensively tested at Nauticam to determine the ideal extension ring length for best performance.

For macro and super macro shooting, the Nauticam Super Macro Converter is a revolutionary accessory. This is an entirely in house design, optimized for use in water.  The water contact correction offers the highest overall sharpness, free from chromatic aberration and purple fringing, with reproduction ratios exceeding 2:1 when used with a Nikon AF-S 105mm /2.8 VR Lens.

 

Recommended Accessories

Magnifying Viewfinders

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder (32201)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder (32203)

Optical and Electrical TTL Converter

  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-D and Inon Series Strobes (26307)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Ikelite Strobes (26308)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-250 Strobes (26309)
  • M14 Nikonos 5-pin Bulkhead II with Red Micro-Match Connector (26074) 
  • M14 Ikelite Style Bulkhead II with Red Micro-Match Connector (26075)

Other Accessories

  • Patent Pending Super Macro Converter (81201), providing 2.3:1 reproduction ration with the popular AF-S 105mm /2.8G VR Macro Lens
  • M16 Vacuum Valve (25612)
  • Complete line of flat and dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 90mm
  • Monitor/Recorder Housing for Atomos Ninja2 (17902) or Shogun (17904)
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD 502 Monitor (17906)
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26211) and Sea&Sea (26212)
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up 
  • Focus and Zoom gears for many Nikon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses
  • Port Adapters for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion
  • Handle accessories including smaller handles, handle extensions for cold water diving
  • Spare Housing O-Ring (90134)
 
 
 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 3.67 kg
  • Dimensions: 357mm x 224mm x 148mm (W x H x D)

Model Number: 17219
USA Retail Price: $5200

Available April 15

More information is available at:

Nauticam NA-D4 Housing at Bluewater Photo

 

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Thousands of predatory Cobia have escaped pens in Ecuador and are swimming their way up to California
By Brent Durand

Predatory Fish Invasion Heading to California

Brent Durand
Thousands of predatory Cobia have escaped pens in Ecuador and are swimming their way up to California

Tens of thousands of predatory Cobia fish are making their way towards California, where scientists on unsure of impacts on the local marine ecosystem. Pete Thomas of GrindTV reported the news, which is interesting and scary at the same time. On one hand, you have a group of non-native fish who have escaped and are swimming wildly north, presenting great fishing opportunities for those anglers who find them. On the other hand, Coiba are a large predatory fish and non-native to California's eastern Pacific waters, which means they have the potential to disrupt a very delicate food-chain balance.

California is no stranger to strange creatures the past couple years, with warmer El Nino waters bringing rare guests like pacific seahorses, smooth hammerhead sharks and warm-water nudibranchs, but the appearance of a voracious predator is scary.

Coiba (Rachycentron canadum) can grow up to 2m (6ft) in length and weigh up to 78kg (172lbs). They are distributed through a wide range but are not native to the eastern Pacific, even though they can tolerate a wide-range of temperature. Coiba feed on crabs, squid and fish, and will not be bashful about following other predators in order to feast on their scraps. *

 

 

Scientists have reported Coiba as far north as Panama and Columbia, with reason to believe that the fish are headed to California where water conditions may be ideal for aggregation and spawning.

What happens next?  Will the Cobia make it to California?  We'll find out in coming months.

 

Read the full story, including a quote from marine biologist Dr. Milton Love, in the GrindTV article 'Thousands of Cobia Escape Pens in Ecuador' or on Pete Thomas Outdoors.

 

* source: Wikipedia.org

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New Ikelite a6300 housing with TTL, front loading tray and fingertip control will begin shipping mid-April
By Brent Durand

Ikelite Sony a6300 Housing Available to Pre-Order

Brent Durand
New Ikelite a6300 housing with TTL, front loading tray and fingertip control will begin shipping mid-April

Ikelite has released info on their brand new Sony a6300 underwater housing and it's looking very nice.

Sony's a6300 is sure to become a very popular camera among underwater photographers, with incredibly fast 4D autofocus paired with BIONZ X processor, built-in flash, 4K video with no pixel binning, and 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor in a small mirrorless camera body. If you haven't yet, be sure to read our Sony a6300 Initial Thoughts Review.

The relative affordability of the Sony a6300 compared to the full frame a7 II series, paired with the affordable Ikelite housing is going to be a sure winner for underwater photographers. I wish I could get my hands on one already!

Availability:  Available for pre-order. Ships mid-April

Product:  6910.63

U.S. MSRP:  $975

 


Pre-order the Ikelite a6300 Housing today!


 

Ikelite a6300 Housing Key Features

  • Integrated TTL circuit.

  • Accepts fiber optic cables or sync cord. Sync cord is required for TTL, offering benefits that use of popup flash does not have: no waiting on camera flash to recycle and less drain on battery. Con is more maintenance.

  • Lightweight acryllic port system supporting popular lenses like the Sony 16-35mm and 24-70mm.

  • New ABS polycarbonate blend for front, with clear back for easy inspection of camera and o-rings.

  • Front loading camera tray.

  • Clearly labeled controls matching placement on camera.

  • Depth rated to 200ft (60m).

  • Weight 3.1lbs (1430g), not including port.

  • Dimensions 6.3 x 7.5 x 5.2 in (160 x 191 x 132 mm) including projections

Sony a6300 Recommended Lenses for Underwater

  • Sony 16mm pancake + fisheye conversion lens for reefs, mantas, whale sharks, whales

  • Sony 10-18mm wide-angle lens for sharks

  • Sony 16-50mm for fish, marine life portraits

  • Zeiss 50mm macro lens for macro

 

Ikelite Port Options for Popular Underwater Lenses

  • Ikelite Dome Port 5516.11 for the 16mm pancake lens solo, or with the fisheye conversion lens

  • IkeliteDome port with zoom 5516.15 for the Sony 10-18mm wide-angle lens with Zoom Sleeve 5515.43

  • Ikelite Dome port with zoom 5516.15 for the 16-50mm lens with zoom sleeve 5515.41

 

Thoughts for Underwater Photography

The performance the dollar value of the Ikelite a6300 housing will make this a very popular option for underwater photographers. We know that autofocus on the a6300 will be fast, and Ikelite presents two options for firing strobes to keep up with the action: TTL with sync cord or manual via fiber optic cable (and yes, you can shoot manual with sync cords). This flexibility will make this kit a great option for both divers who want simplicity and demanding photographers who want full manual control and fast strobe recycle times. Check out this test of the a6000 strobe recycling with sync cords.

Ikelite's unique housing design allows you to see the camera inside the housing, which helps those who don't yet operate the housing by feel. The controls are in the same positions as the camera itself so that is a seamless muscle memory transition from operating the camera to the housing - another bonus when shooting fast action. The transparent housing back allows easy inspection and maintenance of the o-ring. These are all great benefits, especially for those who are buying their first housing.

Ikelite's lightweight mirrorless port system makes it easy to travel with the gear, and supports all the lenses commonly used underwater.

The Sony a6300 battery will likely last through two dives before requiring a switch. And while Ikelite's front loading tray make it easy to insert and remove the camera from the housing, they do not always allow direct access to the battery compartment, requiring removal of the tray with a coin or screwdriver. Not a big deal, but certainly a consideration for those logging many hours in the water.

Overall, the Ikelite a6300 housing is a great option for both beginner and advanced photographers looking for a compact system. For more questions, feel free to email the experts at Bluewater Photo at sales@bluewaterphotostore.com.

 


Pre-order the Ikelite a6300 Housing today!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bluewater Travel is offering deep discounts on upcoming u/w photo workshops and group dive trips to celebrate 3 year anniversary
By Brent Durand

Insane Dive Travel Deals: Bluewater Travel Anniversary Sale

Brent Durand
Bluewater Travel is offering deep discounts on upcoming u/w photo workshops and group dive trips to celebrate 3 year anniversary

Our sister company Bluewater Travel turns 3 years old this month. That's three years of booking divers at some of the best dive resorts and liveaboards all around the world for all kinds of budgets and interests. To celebrate, the travel agency has decided to offer some major discounts on upcoming underwater photo workshops and group dive trips.

If you're thinking about going on a dive trip this year, then definitely consider a Bluewater group trip. Why? The research has been done to get you the best deal, best timing for wildlife sightings, most savvy dive operators and friendly professional trip leaders.

These 10 travel deals are a steal, but must be booked by the end of the month.

 

These are a couple of the highlights:

  • $1,000 off Galapagos photo workshop

  • $750 off Solomon Islands photo workshop

  • $800 off Cocos Island

  • Many more, including the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Bimini, Anilao, Tubbataha

  • Bonus:  5% off ANY dive travel booking!

 

See all the 3 Year Anniversary Sale Deals

 

There are two important conditions to note:  1)  Travel must be booked by Apri 8, 2016 (extended from March 31), and 2) deals are valid for new bookings only.

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