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Scuba Attacker Charged with Misdemeanor

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Misdemeanor Charge for Jay Lovell's Underwater Attack of Umberger

 

Scuba Attacker Charged with Misdemeanor


Misdemeanor Charge for Jay Lovell's Underwater Attack of Rene Umberger

By UWPG News, August 1, 2014

 

 

 
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In May, the Underwater Photography Guide learned that environmental activist Rene Umberger had been victim of a potentially lethal underwater attack while filming aquarium fish collectors taking fish from the reef off Kona, Hawaii.

Rene and several other divers had been filming the duo in 50ft of water when Jay Lovell stopped his work and swam rapidly towards her, forcefully removing her regulator from her mouth. Scott Gietler interviewed Rene shortly after the incident to learn exactly what happened (see links below).

Fish collecting for the aquarium trade is not illegal and actually very unrestricted once proper permits are obtained, however Kona's reefs are feeling this impact greatly and popular aquarium fish populations are becomming scarce.

 

Watch the Video of the Underwater Attack

 

Read Scott's interview with Rene after the Attack

 

West Hawaii Today reports that the Prosecuting Attorney's Office has filed a second-degree terroristic threatening charge against Lovell with an arraignment hearing scheduled for next month in the Kona District Court.

 

To learn more about the aquarium fish trade, please visit ForTheFishes.org.

 

 

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Underwater Project: A Year-Round Australasia Shootout

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The Underwater Project Launches as the World's First Perpetual Underwater Photo & Video Shootout

 

The Underwater Project: A Year-Round Australasia Shootout


The Underwater Project Launches as the World's First Perpetual Underwater Photo & Video Shootout

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The 7-year-old Underwater Festival has undergone a big change this year, becoming the Underwater Project - the world's first perpetual underwater photo and video shootout competition. Designed to be dynamic in nature, the Underwater Project is a rolling shootout competition that is judged annually and offers near $100,000 in prizes for the upcoming year. All photos/videos must be shot in the Australasia region.

Instead of paying per photo entered, registrants pay an annual membership (2 levels available) in order to upload photos every month. Other users can check out each other's portfolios and allow non-profits to use their photos for conservation purposes.

The Underwater Project isn't just limited to underwater photographers and videographers - any dive center, liveaboard, resort or dive club can become an Underwater Project Fringe Event host and be listed on the website.

 

 

Learn more at the Underwater Project website:

The Underwater Project

 

 

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SeaLife Micro HD Sealed Never-Leak Camera

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SeaLife Introduces the First Permanently Sealed Never-Leak Underwater Camera: The Micro HD

 

SeaLife Micro HD Sealed Never-Leak Camera


SeaLife Introduces the First Permanently Sealed Never-Leak Underwater Camera: The Micro HD

By Brent Durand, July 28, 2014

 

 

 
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SeaLife has announced a small photo and HD video camera, The Micro HD, that looks poised to give GoPro some serious competition for underwater use. The Micro HD and Micro HD+ record 13MP photos and 1080p HD resolution video, but the ergonomic housing design is made to be handheld - an obvious advantage for still photographers. SeaLife's trademark piano key controls are very easy to see and operate underwater.

The beauty of the SeaLife Micro HD is it's simplicity. It is fully sealed, which means there are no o-rings to clean, memory cards and card readers to buy or any risk of flooding. The camera is charged via a wet USB port. And while photos and videos are transfered to your computer via USB on the Micro HD, the Micro HD+ can transer images to any of your devices via WiFi. You can also control the Micro HD+ and see the real-time view of the LCD through the app.

Underwater photographers using GoPros must use filters to bring proper color and contrast into underwater scenes. The SeaLife Micro HD has 4 underwater modes specific for diving - no external filters necessary. The other cool function of the Micro HD is that you can shoot stills while recording video, so now you can have the best of both worlds.

The SeaLife Micro HD won't be replacing larger camera systems for serious underwater photographers, but it is a great option for those who want HD video and photos from small, compact and easy-to-operate camera. It is also compatible with the Sea Dragon light system.

 

SeaLife Micro HD Models:

  • Item SL500:  Sealife Micro HD (16GB)
    • MSRP:  $399.95 USD
  • Item SL501:  SeaLife Micro HD (32GB + WiFi)
    • MSRP:  $499.95
  • Item SL505:  SeaLife Micro HD+ and Sea Dragon Pro Set
    • MSRP:  $899.95 (includes Sea Dragon 2000 lumen light, micro tray, grip and case)

 

Availability:  Starting September 1, 2014

 

Order your SeaLife Micro HD and SeaLife Micro HD+ at Bluewater Photo

 

 

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Moorestown, NJ   –   Introducing the Micro HD from SeaLife - the first permanently sealed underwater camera that never leaks. There are no O-rings to maintain, no openings or doors that could possibly leak, and no batteries or SD cards. The self-contained camera has no housing and is waterproof down to 200 feet.

Charging the battery or downloading pictures and video is as easy as plugging the USB cable into the camera’s waterproof USB port, and the internal high-capacity Li-Ion battery lasts for 3+ hours of continuous operation with one charge.

Small and ergonomic, the camera operates with three wide “Piano Key” controls that make it easy to handle underwater, even while using dive gloves.

The SeaLife Micro HD is offered in two models: The standard Micro HD includes a 16 GB internal memory for hours of continuous recording and thousands of pictures, and the premium Micro HD+ model features a 32 GB internal memory and WiFi for connecting to smartphones and tablets.

The Micro HD+ can wirelessly download and share images and video to iOS and Android devices through the free Action Cam HD app. The app provides uploading to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and other online services, perfect for backing up and sharing your photos and videos immediately after a dive or during your vacation. The app also allows for wireless control of the Micro HD+ camera, providing a real time view of the LCD and the ability to capture and review photos and videos all on your smartphone or tablet.

 

The Easy Setup Guide is a fast and intuitive new way using pictures instead of text menus to select land, dive, snorkel, or external light modes, allowing users to spend more time immersed in their environment rather than scrolling through a menu list.

The Micro HD offers fast one-touch video recording. Bypassing the usual steps, the video key will start and stop videos immediately. While video is recording, pushing the shutter button will take a still picture without stopping the video. Featuring full 1080p HD resolution video and 13MP images, the Micro HD is capable of delivering stunning underwater footage of colorful sea creatures, reefs and other undersea landscapes.

Capturing surprise encounters with sea creatures is made possible with a fast shutter response and sharp focus from one foot to infinity, and the built-in 140-degree wide angle lens helps stabilize videos and capture large objects and wide scenes at close shooting distances.

Color correction filters are not necessary since the camera features four underwater modes with automatic color correction. The Snorkel Mode is perfect for capturing vibrant natural colors at shallow depths, while the Dive Mode restores the red and yellow colors lost at deeper depths.

Since bright lighting is essential to reveal magnificent underwater colors, the Micro HD is expandable with the powerful new Sea Dragon underwater lights and flash. Also available to expand the camera’s capabilities are Flex-Connect arms, grips, trays and accessories. Flex-Connect accessories “click” together in seconds for easy set-up and disassemble equally as fast for compact traveling. 

 

An exciting way to get close to colorful reef scenes and creatures in caves and crevices is to mount the camera on SeaLife’s extendable AquaPod, a 54-inch extendable camera pole designed especially for use in water.

The revolutionary new Micro HD underwater camera will be available at SeaLife dealers starting September 1, 2014.

 

Models:

Item SL500              SeaLife Micro HD   (16GB)                                        $399.95 (MSRP)   

Item SL501              SeaLife Micro HD+ (32GB + WiFi)                          $499.95

Item SL505*           SeaLife Micro HD+ Sea Dragon Pro set               $899.95

* includes Sea Dragon 2000 Lumen underwater light, Micro Tray, Grip and Case 

 

About SeaLife:

SeaLife underwater cameras, lights and accessories are made and distributed by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, NJ.   SeaLife cameras were first introduced in 1993. In 2000 SeaLife made the first digital underwater camera. In 2007 SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm and accessory system. SeaLife Cameras, Lighting and Flex-Connect Accessories are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world.             

 

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FIX Neo Mini 500 FS Light

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Nauticam Announces all New Mini Focus Light with White & Red Beams

 

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS Light


Nauticam Announces all New Mini Focus Light with White & Red Beams

By UWPG News, July 23, 2014

 

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

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Nauticam has announced the new FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus light. The small light features white and red beams. Combine that with a small size and light weight auto shut-off, battery status indicator and USB charging and you have an ideal focus light.

 

 

Model Number: 30358
Retail Price: $249 USD
Availability: August, 2014

 

Order your FIX Neo Mini 500 FS on Bluewater Photo

 

 

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FIX Neo Mini 500 FS:

The next evolution in focus lights.

 

JULY 23, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -

 

As most underwater lights continue to grow bigger, brighter and more expensive, the Neo Mini 500 stays true to the original task of providing an economical and purpose built focus light. The Neo Mini 500 provides excellent photography utility with red and white beam options, auto flash shut-off, battery indicator, and Micro-USB recharging. Combine the Neo Mini 500's features with an industry best price and that makes the Neo Mini 500 and easy choice for all photographers.

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

Two Beams - One Light!

Switch between red and white beams with a push of a button. White light can be more successful as a focus light when competing against the sun in daylight hours or when a subject is further away and more light is needed. The red beam is particularly useful for night photography where red is less disruptive to night animals allowing the photographer to get closer to their subjects.



The Neo 500 Mini has several built in programmed functions. A diver controls either the red or white beams at Full, 75%, 50%, and 25% output levels. In addition, the Mini 500 features an auto detect flash off mode and a distress signaling mode.

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

Auto Shut-Off:

That little round opening below the two red LEDs may seem innocuous but its full of magic! The Auto Shut-Off (ASO) of the Neo Mini 500 detects the flash from a strobes and automatically shuts off the Mini's red or white light output. This feature frees the photographer from the need to dim their focus light to avoid undesirable side effects in the photo. Without dimming a traditional focus light, you can wind up with excess or conflicting shadows or an undesirable red cast in your photos. With the ASO feature those concerns no longer exist. After about 1 second from the ASO, the Mini 500 turns on again allowing you to capture the next series of shots.

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

Battery Status Indicator:

Highly visible and easy to read, the Mini 500's battery status indicator needs only a glance to know if its ready to dive. The indicator status, green/red/flashing, indicates approximately how much run time is remaining to keep you shooting, not guessing.

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

USB Charging with CR123 Back Up:

What easier way to travel and charge your Mini 500 than with the world standard Micro-USB connectivity. Charge the Mini from your laptop, with a wall adapter, or any other standard USB connector. That's one less specialized charger to pack and travel with. And in the event you want more run time or need back up, the Mini's battery pack can be replaced with two common CR123 batteries.

Specifications:
  • Beams: Red and White
  • Lumens: 100 Red / 500 White
  • Auto Flash Detect: Yes
  • Rechargeable: Yes, with Micro-USB Connectivity
  • Battery Status: Yes, Full, 50%, and 10 min. remaining
  • Battery Type: Neo Li-ion pack or 2x CR123
  • Burn Time: 120 min. Red / 60 min. White
  • Charge Time: 2 hours max at 1 Amp
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Weight: 160g

Model Number: 30358
Retail Price: $249 USD
Availability: August, 2014

 

 

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Aquatica AGH4: 4K Cinema in Micro 4/3 Housing Line

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New Aquatica Housing is Designed to Take Full Advantage of 4K Video Capabilities

 

Aquatica AGH4: 4K Cinema in Micro 4/3 Housing Line


New Aquatica Housing is Designed to Take Full Advantage of 4K Video Capabilities

By UWPG News, July 22, 2014

 

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Aquatica has announced their housing for the Panasonic GH4 Micro 4/3 camera. The Panasonic GH4 accepts a wide-range of lenses, making it a great option for underwater photographers. Add in the compact size and 4k video at Ultra HD resolution, and those looking to produce great video won't hesitate to have the camera in their kit.

Aquatica's AGH4 housing was designed with video functionality and ergonomics in mind, creating the best video experience possible in a compact, precision-designed housing.

 

MSRP:  $1,995

Delivery:  TBD

 

Learn more about the Aquatica AGH4 Housing and preorder yours at Bluewater Photo.

 

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Aquatica AGH4 Preview:  4K cinema for the consumers!

 

Aquatica AGH4Buckle up, the future is here. Panasonic GH4 brings cinematic 4k video performance to your door step, with its Micro 4/3 lens mount, this camera benefits from a very large selection of lenses. In fact, an astounding array of lenses from Panasonic, Leica and Olympus, just to name a few, are offered in this lens mount. Add the fact that is has 4x times the resolution of HD, one can easily understand why the GH4 will stand out head and shoulder above its competitors. Video shot on Ultra HD 4K is razor sharp and needs to be experienced firsthand to be believed!

Recording video in Ultra HD at resolution of 3840 x 2160 in 30p/24p or 4096 x 2160 in 24p, compared to standard HD which is 1920 x 1080p, the 4k quadruples the standard HD resolution. It is also the only one in its league to record 4K 30p directly to a SD card, this is big news, since there will be no need for a bulky external drive!

If current post production and viewing technology has not yet caught up with the 4K, you need not worry, even scaled down to a 1080p, the footage still looks noticeably sharper, the added resolution offer a generous margin in post processing cropping and stabilization. The GH4 offer some nifty features in 1080P as well, silky smooth slow motion, less compression and wider latitudes for post processing and editing.

Files sizes are surprisingly small, being similar to what pro DSLR will offer in 1080P, managing your footage is and will definitely be easier to manage, obliviously, in order to extract the maximum out of the GH4, only the best and fastest memory card, such as SDXC-UHS-II should be used, slower cards will do fine for still images and lower resolution footages.

The Panasonic GH4 would be an impressive camera, even if meant for shooting stills only! It sure shine in this department with its 16mp sensor, very desirable flash sync speed of 1/250, increased ISO/dynamic range and burst rate of up to 12 frames a seconds even in RAW! 

 

About The Aquatica AGH4

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

The Aquatica AGH4 housing is built with quality materials and craftsmanship, it is designed and machined with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC GH4 in mind from the onset. Taking full advantage of this camera extraordinary video capability was a top priority for our design team. All of the vital controls that require to be operated while shooting have been conveniently located so as not to restrict your creative flow. This housing is manufactured and carefully studied to insure that the controls are not only accessible, but also comfortable to use, in all kinds of diving conditions.

Aquatica fully understands the requirements involved for shooting high quality video, with the acquisition of Amphibico, the legendary video housing manufacturer, came a wealth of expertise in the field of video capture, it is this knowledge, coupled with over 30 years of manufacturing housings ourselves, that is now distilled into this AGH4 housing. By natural necessity, a housing needs a sound, practical and ergonomic design for video, fiddling around to access controls can easily ruin your important sequence. You need intuitive and precise access these controls, so you can keep your eyes on the monitor and, importantly, the housing needs to be a well balance and stable setup, the Aquatica AGH4 delivers on all aspects.

On previous camera models, some form of video mode was offered, while it was genuinely considered an interesting feature to be had, it definitely lacked the awesome performance that the Panasonic DMC-GH4 now brings forth. This level of excellence in video needed to be taken into account in our housing design.

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

Even though the latch used on the GH4 is small and compact, we located it on the left hand side of the housing, allowing more room on the right hand side, and allowing us to position all the controls, right where you want and need them, especially the vital front dial/aperture control knob, which is located just below the extended shutter release lever, so in perfect reach of your right hand.

This view of the right hand side clearly demonstrate that, while being a compact housing, the controls do remain accessible, even when wearing thick cold water gloves. The shutter release, video record lever, aperture and shutter knobs, programmable AE/AF LOCK lever are all reachable with your right hand resting on the grip. 

 

ISO Control

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

ISO is a key control for video exposure, and our engineering team has put its access lever exactly at the right location, essentially putting it under your right thumb, this lever being at right place means you have quick access to this control, without removing your hand from the grip.

On the left side, right above and forward of this non obstructive latch, one will find the zoom/focus control knob, it’s position allows it to be rotated with the tips of your fingers, it is setup with a silky smooth gearing ratio that will ensure a smooth transition when zooming or manually focusing a lens.

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

In order to contribute to the fluidity and stability required for shooting such high quality video as this camera is capable of delivering, we put all of our knowledge, experience and creativity in this AGH4 housing.

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Port System

The AGH4 housing uses the already established 4/3 Micro series of ports and accessories; Aquatica is renowned for the quality of its optics and this is no exception to the rule, every lens supported by Aquatica is evaluated on an optical bench, and from the data gathered, we can determine the best port to use and, if required, the extension ring length that will match the optical center of the dome to that of the lens. This all important step is necessary if one wants to extract the maximum optical performance possible from a lens and port combination.

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

The 4/3 Micro series ports includes the dedicated 4”/100mm Fisheye dome port, the SW8 super wide angle dome port and two flat ports for macro lenses, along with port extensions, the port system will support all desirable Micro 4/3 lenses for underwater photography.

The system is further expanded with the addition of the upcoming 4/3 Micro series to DSLR port adapter. In essence, a step up adapter that will allow our regular DSLR ports to be mounted on the Aquatica 4/3 Micro series housings. Thus offering the Aquatica AGH4 the largest and finest selection of underwater ports in the industry. This port adapter also help integrate the 4/3 Micro series housing to existing DSLR system by sharing the existing ports.

 

Viewfinder Options

Aquatica AGH4 Housing Viewfinder

The AGH4 housing comes with our standard state of the art Galileo optic viewfinder. Our Aqua View 180 or Aqua View 45 finders can be installed, without any specialized tools, in a matter of minutes.  Both of these are recognized as the best in the industry. These finder enhance your viewing experience, providing you with a clear sharp image of your camera finder that will be easier to critically focus and compose.

 

 

Camera Protection

Aquatica Surveyor Moisture & Vacuum Sensor

Given the harsh environment associated with underwater photography, impeccable protection of your sophisticated camera equipment become paramount, multiple steps have been taken by Aquatica to address this. Every AGH4 housing is assembled and adjusted by hand, once completed, it undergoes a series of functional testing, the final step being the hydrostatic test, perform in a pressure tank filled with water and compressed to a 300ft/90m equivalent, only after going through this exhaustive series of test will the housing be signed off to be delivered.

Fully aware that real life is not a controlled environment, we recently introduced the SURVEYOR moisture and vacuum sensor alarm, which comes as standard equipment on the AGH4 housing. The moisture detection feature remain on constant duty to inform you, by way of audible an visual signals, of any possible water entry, no matter how minute this one would be.

The SURVEYOR circuit integrates a vacuum sensor, if one wish to take full advantage of this vacuum pressure option, then the simple addition of the accessory vacuum pump and pressure valve (19228) to the housing is all that is needed. This option is also available as a preinstalled kit, which would tested at the factory by our own technicians prior to shipping or it can be purchased later and installed easily by the user. 

 

The Amphibico Latch

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

 

This straightforward push, rotate and locking latch has been used on over 10,000 Amphibico and Aquatica housing for decades now, it is simply the best in the industry. 

 

The Aquatica Hand Grips

Handling the housing is done via a pair of the most comfortable hand grips in the industry, they are sturdy yet very lightweight, and offer mounting points that will handle the lighting system of your choice without the need for obstructive reinforcement brackets or supports. These grips are removable in less than a minutes with the supplied hexagonal wrench, making the storage footprint space minimal.

 

Housing Construction

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

Like all current Aquatica housing currently made, the shell is milled from a solid block of 6061 T6 aeronautical grade aluminum, black anodized to a military specification and then, for further protection, a resistant polyester electrostatic powder coating is applied and baked on. This process ensures that your investment will last you a life time.

Push buttons pins and control shafts are machined out of the finest grade of stainless steel, every component used in an Aquatica housing undergoes a series of stringent quality controls insuring that they respect our strict tolerance. 

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Depth Rating:

90m/300ft (upgradeable to 130m/425ft)

 

Dimensions:   

Height: 6’’

Depth: 3.75’’

Width:  7.140’’ (without grip attached)

With grips: 11.2’’ (with grips attached)

Weight (with grips attached): To be determined         

 

Standard features

-  Quick removal camera tray

-  Ergonomically optimized   for diving conditions

-  Oversized knurled controls knobs

-  Sturdy comfortable grips

-  Extended shutter release

-  Port lock mechanism

-  Lens release mechanism

-  Standard high quality Galileo optical eyepiece

-  Dual sacrificial anodes (front and rear mounted)

           

Construction of shell 

-  6061 T6 Marine Grade aluminum

-  Anodized to MIL-A-8625 (type 2, Class 2 specification)

-  Powder coated with certified A.A.M.A. 2603-98 Polyester coating

-  Baked at 177c/350F (specification ASTM D2794

 

Control shafts and push pins

-  Type 304 marine grade Stainless steel

-  All shaft double sealed with double O-rings

-  All push pins sealed with Quad Rings  

 

Mounting points for strobes arms, lighting fixtures and/or tripod

-  5 x ¼”-20 threaded holes on the top

-  3 x ¼”-20 threaded holes on the bottom 

 

 

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Ikelite Optical Slave Converter

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Fire your Strobes Remotely with Optical Slave Converter - No Cables Needed

 

Ikelite Optical Slave Converter


Fire your Strobes Remotely with Optical Slave Converter - No Cables Needed

By UWPG News, July 22, 2014

 

 

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Creative lighting in underwater photography just got a whole lot easier. Ikelite has announced their new Optical Slave Converter, which replaces the older EV Manual Controller.

What does this accessory do? It allows you to fire your strobe without a sync cord attached. This allows photographers to light the inside of wrecks, spotlight a diver or even attach strobes to divers to light the inside of a cave. The slave window provides a 90 degree field of view for remote triggering.

 

 

Learn more and order your Ikeite Optical Slave Converter on Bluewater Photo

 

Trigger your Ikelite strobes without cables or cords!

 

You can also use a fiber optic cable when attached to your strobe arms for maximum versatiliy.

 

 

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Swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii

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Sensational Video of Swimming with Dolphins right off the Sand in Hawaii

 

Swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii


Sensational Video of Swimming with Dolphins right off the Sand in Hawaii

By UWPG News, July 22, 2014

 

swimming with dolphins in hawaii

 

 
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James Chin has earned fame the last few days with this video of him swimming with Dolphins off the coast of Hawaii. Shot with a GoPro Hero3 and shared via GoPro's YouTube channel, this video is a must-see for ocean lovers.

The Underwater Photography Guide has all the resources you need to shoot great video.  Check out the articles listed under the video to bring your video to the next level!

 

 

 

 

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Ikelite Housing for Sony RX100 III

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Ikelite First to Market with Housing for Sony RX100 III

 

Ikelite Housing for Sony RX100 III


Ikelite First to Market with housing for Sony RX100 III

By UWPG News, July 15, 2014

 

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Sony Rx-100 III

 

 
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Ikelite has announced their housing for the Sony RX100 III. The 3rd version of this popular camera is sure to be a hit with underwater photographers, building on the great success of the RX100 and RX100 II. If you haven't yet, check out Scott Gietler's Initial Thoughts on the RX100 III for underwater photography.

 

The housing is sized perfectly for hand-holding or mounting on a tray with strobes/lights for maximum versatility. The housing provides access to all camera functionality, including use of the camera's built-in WiFi while inside the housing - great for those real-time social media updates!

The front port has 67mm threads, allowing use of a variety of the most popular macro and wide-angle wet lenses.

 

Availability:  Ships Mid-July

Product Number:  6116.12

MSRP:  $550

 

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Ikelite™ Underwater Housing for Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

 

This sophisticated new housing housing is designed to include everything needed to get creative with this powerful compact camera! The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is superb for underwater shooting, with excellent low-light capabilities and a super-sharp, 24-70mm Zeiss lens.

The Ikelite housing is just-right-sized to hold comfortably in your hand. Controls are provided for all important camera functions including the rear dial. The camera's versatile front control ring is gear driven to place the control within easy reach. A sensitive shutter lever makes it easy to half-depress the trigger for focusing and metering. All rear controls are clearly marked with engraved indicia which will never fade or fall off.

Use the camera's built-in WiFi feature to download photos to another device without removing the camera from the housing. The WiFi feature is only usable above water within close proximity to the connected device.

There's no greater assurance than being able to see the o-ring seal. Simply close the two double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps, and see the o-ring form a solid black, watertight seal.

The housing port is designed to accept 3.0-inch diameter color filters, and wide angle or macro options with 67mm threads. Ikelite W30 and INON UWL-H100 wide angle lenses each provide excellent edge sharpness with minimal vignetting (dark shadows in the corners of the image). The cameras built-in flash can be used for primary illumination or to trigger an external strobe. Two ports are provided for the attachment of optional fiber optic cords.

Ikelite products are designed, built and tested in the USA. All housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. This housing includes a 1-year warranty against manufacturer defect and is backed by over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry.

 

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Humpback Whales From a Drone

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Incredible Aerial Footage of Humpback Whales Shot with GoPro

 

Humpback Whales From a Drone


Incredible Aerial Footage of Humpback Whales Shot with GoPro

By UWPG News, July 10, 2014

 

Humpback Whale Video with Drone and GoPro

Humpback whale & calf. Photo credit: Justin Edwards (YouTube screenshot)

 
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Drones are appearing more and more on dive trips, providing a brand new perspective on some of our favorite dive sites, remote islands and marine mammals. Justin Edwards filmed these Humpback Whales, including a mother and calf from his GoPro Hero 3 camera and has put together a great edit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nauticam Housing for Panasonic GH4


Nauticam Announces Housing Support for the GH4 in Two Ways...

By Brent Durand, July 9, 2014

 

Panasonic GH4 Nauticam Underwater Housing

 

 
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Nauticam has announced a new housing and a housing upgrade kit to provide two ways for users of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 to get their camera underwater. The new housing is designed specifically for the LUMIX DMC-GH4 while the upgrade kit allows owners of the NA-GH3 housing to pay just $20 to allow full functionality of the GH-4 in the older housing.

The new housing is what you'd expect from Nauticam: small, lightweight, ergonomic and supported by a wide range of ports and accessories to capture 4k video and 16MP stills. The press release and photos below provide all the details.

Ship Date:  July 15, 2014

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing

 

Housing for Panasonic GH4

Innovation Underwater

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 achieves what few would have thought possible: stunning 4K video utilizing a wide variety of excellent lenses, in a palm sized camera that retails for well under $2000. Nauticam is pleased to announce support for the GH4 in two ways: First, for existing NA-GH3 customers, a simple upgrade kit costing $20 allows for full functionality of the camera in the existing housing. Second, Nauticam today announced the imminent arrival of the NA-GH4, a refined housing specifically for the LUMIX DMC-GH4. Both options allow diving photographers and videographers to achieve incredible 4k video and 16MP stills at an affordable price. 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4

Ultra HD. 4K. Whatever you call it, it is here now, as digital cinema enabled movie theaters and 4K TV's are beginning to take over. The new GH4 shoots 4K video, at up to 30fps, recording it to fast SD cards (UHS Speed Class 3 [U3] recommended). 

 

Panasonic GH4 Housing

 

The news about 4K is so exciting that it is easy to forget about the rest of the features of this camera. The GH4 is a micro four thirds (m4/3) mirrorless camera, with a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, capable of a still photography burst mode of 12 fps. The contrast detection autofocus is fast and accurate with 49 focus points, and an easy to use focus mode lever/button that makes changing from autofocus to manual quick and easy. The combination allows for "thumb focus" with the AF-ON button whether the camera is in one of the autofocus modes or in manual focus mode. Image quality is excellent, and is a step up from the already very good GH3. 

 

With as much buzz as the GH4 gets about video, it's easy to forget this is a terrific stills camera too.

 

The large, bright 3" 1Mdot OLED panel is fully articulated, and the camera sports a high resolution 2.4 Mdot electronic viewfinder with eye sensor or dedicated button to switch between the two views. The camera also supports external monitors and recorders. There is an option for a "clean" HDMI output for recording, which supports both the HD and 4K modes via the HDMI 1.4 specification.

For video, the GH4 supports no less than 23 different resolution/frame rate combinations, spanning NTSC, PAL and Cinema frequencies, up to 60 fps, plus a special "Variable Frame Rate" (VFR) mode that enables the shooter to record at a different frame rate than is specified for playback. This makes in-camera slow motion (up to 400% speed reduction) and in-camera time lapse (up to 1500% speed increase) possible. 

 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4

Nauticam’s tagline is "Innovation Underwater", and the company is dedicated to continuing innovation in this industry, while helping to protect customer investments in existing Nauticam gear whenever possible. Case in point, Nauticam offers a user installable upgrade kit (p/n# 17753) to enable the existing NA-GH3 housing to enable the GH4 to work in that housing with full functionality. In addition, the new NA-GH4 housing can be used with either the GH3 or GH4 camera. 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

Relentless innovation demands that a new housing be designed for the GH4 and is able to incorporate new features that have debuted on more recent Nauticam housings, not to mention a couple of new features that are first seen in the new NA-GH4. One first is the unique placement of the ISO control. ISO is key for video exposure (think "gain" if you come from the video or cinema worlds), and this new control makes changing ISO very quick and easy, essentially re-routing this control back to the right thumb. The button is just in the right place, ideal for quick access but not easily bumped accidentally. 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

Another key concern for video - white balance - is achieved with another control that is re-routed for maximum ease of use. A push lever, accessible by the right thumb with no reach, engages the white balance button. From there, any of the white balance settings can be accessed, including any of the four custom white balance banks. To perform a custom white balance, the shooter would press the up arrow, point the camera to the white balance target, and press the OK button, all easily accomplished with an absolute minimum of reach.

Nauticam has always featured the only over-molded rubberized handles in the industry... the NA-GH4 now not only includes the handles, but they are angled forward at just the right angle for shooting steady video. The handle placements are adjustable horizontally, and include a stabilizing bracket that steadies the rig with heavy lighting attached. 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

The two command dials (Aperture and Shutter Speed) are at the fingertips, and can be reversed to put aperture on the forward dial if that is the shooters preference. The GH4 features 5 programmable custom functions, and they are all placed for easy reach. The combination lever and button of the GH4's AFS/AFC/Manual + AF/AE Lock is separated to two separate controls, making the AF On function available for "Thumb Focus." The GH4 allows autofocus via this button even with the lever set to Manual Focus, meaning switching between thumb focus and half press focus style can be done instantly. The Video Record button is engaged via a button placed at the right thumb, and easily is distinguished from other pushbutton functions.

One of the programmable functions (typically Fn5) is used to switch between the EVF and OLED panels. For shooters who decide they do not need to switch, Fn5 could be re-programmed for other functions, such as Photo Style, Video Recording Quality, VFR, Peaking, or any of dozens of other functions. 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

The housing gains a new-style port locking mechanism, which will be familiar to people who have seen Nauticam SLR housings. This locking lever made it’s mirrorless debut with the Nauticam NA-EM1 housing, and is an iconic symbol of Nauticam innovation. The new locking lever makes port changes effortless, quick, and just as secure. 

Tripod users will find 3 1/4-20 tripod holes, with extra space allotted for the width of standard tripod plates, meaning the housing can easily be opened with tripod plate attached. 

The NA-GH4 comes standard with the Nauticam vacuum system electronics built in. By default, this serves as a audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (p/n# 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system - confirming watertight integrity before, during and after the dive - which means peace of mind. 

Milled from solid aluminum, the housing is rated to 100m/330ft depth, and is rugged and ready for use!

 

Video shot with the GH4 in the NA-GH3 housing

 

 

Lenses and Ports

One of the strengths of the Micro Four Thirds system is the wide selection of excellent lenses from both Panasonic and Olympus, supporters of m4/3. GH4 ships body only, allowing the shooter choice. The Panasonic Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 is an ideal "walk-around" lens for this camera, with a focal length range that suits many shots. Or for video shooters, the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm covers a similar focal length but adds the power zoom functionality. These lens are also useful underwater as a fish portrait type of lens, or a shy shark lens. 

For those wanting to further expand their range underwater, lenses like the Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5, Olympus 9-18mm, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0, Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8, and the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro are all supported. These are really the "workhorse" lenses for m4/3 underwater, and would be highly recommended. Panasonic and Olympus also offer a number of "pancake" type fast prime lenses that are of excellent quality and minimal size. Lenses in this class to consider would include the Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 and Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0.

One of the most versatile lenses available for any system is the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Lens, which is a power zoom that features a built in macro mode.  Nauticam is the only housing manufacturer that fully support this multi-purpose lens, and it is worth considering for someone interested in shooting macro and fish portraits on the same dive. Add Nauticam’s pioneering SMC, the first accessory optic designed exclusively for in water use, for even higher magnification on the macro side.

Nauticam SMC

The Nauticam Super Macro converter is an ideal add on for macro enthusiasts, providing reproduction much greater than life size with minimal distortion and aberration, and works well with the Olympus 60mm macro lens. 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

Generally, autofocus is used underwater with wide angle zoom lenses. For cases where manual focus is required, however, Nauticam provides a solution for the Panasonic 7-14mm and 12-35mm lenses. The 6" Wide Angle port with Focus Knob (#36164) along with #36043 P714-F focus gear (for 7-14mm lens) and #36042 P1235-F focus gear (for 12-35mm lens) provide this functionality. 

Nauticam supports more lenses for m4/3, and has more m4/3 lens experience than any other underwater housing manufacturer. 

 

Magnifying Optical Viewfinders

Nauticam Viewfinder

 

Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º magnifying viewfinder (#32201) and a 45º angled viewfinder (#32202) that provide a bright, corner to corner view of the GH4’s excellent EVF. 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. An optional LCD window (p/n # 17751), containing the viewfinder mounting ring, is required to attach these finders. For owners of NA-GH3, this is the same window used for that housing. 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

Monitoring or Recording

Nauticam GH4 Underwater Video Monitor

Video shooters will want to consider an external monitor or recorder. The monitor makes shooting considerably easier in some scenarios, allowing the user to position the monitor for better viewing when the housing is in a tight spot or at a difficult viewing angle.
Nauticam produces a housing for the SmallHD DP4, a high contrast, easy to use HDMI monitor. This camera + monitor combinations offers several options for how shooting data is displayed on the monitor, LCD or viewfinder, including an option to show enlarged shooting data only on the LCD, or dim the LCD and display everything on the monitor. The camera is also noticeably faster than typical SLR's in syncing with the DP4. 
For recording, Nauticam produces a housing for the Atomos Ninja 2, allowing for 220 Mb/sec HD ProRes recording and monitoring. The GH4 is also capable of producing 4K 4:2:2 10bit output via HDMI 1.4. Future plans include a possible housing for additional Atomos products, including the upcoming Atomos Shogun, which will allow for 4K 4:2:2 10bit capture. 

 

Key NA-GH4 Features:

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing Features & Specs

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing Features & Specs

 

Lighting and Mounting Options

Nauticam Underwater Housing for Panasonic GH4

 
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-GH4 and a variety of optically fired flashes. 
The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-01 and YS-D1 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  
This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-GH4 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea&Sea strobes, provide the best light transmission and therefore more accurate TTL of any fiber optic cable on the market. 
Nauticam is also announcing the release of the Flash Trigger for Panasonic (p/n #26305), which is compatible with the NA-GH4 housing. The Flash Trigger allows for rapid fire manual flash firing via fiber optic, with no camera battery drain. 

nauticam Clamp

Video lights or strobes can easily be attached to the 1" ball mounts that come standard with the housing. Additional mount points include an M10 mount point on the housing (use #25221 M10 Strobe Mounting Ball for Housing), 2 M5 mount points (use #25228 M5 strobe mounting ball) a cold shoe mount, plus a newly introduced feature - 1/4-20 accessory mounts arranged in a multi-purpose  "cheese-plate" fashion on top of the housing.

In addition, Nauticam utility clamps can turn a single ball mount into 2, easily extending the mounting point choices. 

 

Nauticam Build Quality

Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings.  The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to saltwater and provides an impressive 100 meter depth rating. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.  

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 2.0kg with handles, 1.6kg handles removed
  • Dimensions:
    • 330mm x 175mm x 115mm with handles
    • 220mm x 160mm x 115mm handles removed

 

Model Number: 17709

USA Retail Price: $2250

Shipping July 15, 2014

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

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