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New Exposure Labs film highlights coral bleaching around the world with never-before-seen time-lapse sequences, drama and more
By Brent Durand

Chasing Coral Doc Debuts at Sundance Film Festival

Brent Durand
New Exposure Labs film highlights coral bleaching around the world with never-before-seen time-lapse sequences, drama and more

We hear stories of coral bleaching around the world. We have seen some photos and heard some cautionary tales, but just how bad is coral bleaching? Is it really as dramatic as some articles would make you think?

The answer is YES, according to the team that has recently finished the documentary Chasing Coral.

Chasing Coral is produced by Exposure Labs. The production company began when filmmaker Jeff Orlowski embarked on a project to bring worldwide awareness to the changing climate through the melting polar ice caps. The film, Chasing Ice, followed photographer James Balog as he and team documented the disappearance of glaciers and ice caps across several continents, bringing some of the most powerful climate change film and phtography into local theatres and picking up a long list of prestigious awards along the way.

Chasing Coral was made with a similar goal in mind; to highlight the effects of global warming and ocean acidification through powerful imagery of bleaching coral. The team went far beyond some still photos of coral - they developed their own time-lapse cameras in order to document coal bleaching as it is occurring all over the world. You can imagine the logistics involved in this!

 

 

Chasing Coral debuted and is currently playing during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and has been collecting some exceptional reviews. In fact, Netflix has already signed a worldwide rights deal for the film, so we can likely expect widespread availability in the near future.

The timing of this documentary is also important as the United States ushers in a new president that many fear will erase years of environmental protection legislation, lower standards that limit pollution across the country, and slow the pursuit of sustainable forms of energy. Time will tell whether the documentary will sway the masses and spur widespread change.

Chasing Coral was directed/produced by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes. It was filmed over three years with 650+ hours underwater, footage from 30 countries and support from over 500 people around the world.

Learn more:  www.ChasingCoral.com

 

 

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Fujifilm has just announced their new G Series products, including a new medium format mirrorless camera, lenses and many different accessories.
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Fuji Announces GFX 50S Medium Format Camera

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Fujifilm has just announced their new G Series products, including a new medium format mirrorless camera, lenses and many different accessories.

Fujifilm has recently announced their upcoming  G series, their medium format cameras, specifically the GFX 50S Mirrorless Camera.  Along with the camera, they have also announced a few lenses and accessories.

 

The GFX 50S Camera

The GFX 50S is packed with power to its small body with its mirrorless design.  It only weighs 2.7 lb, including the 63mm f/2.8 lens, battery, and memory card. Buttons and dials are well placed.  The camera also offers dedicated buttons and dials for pertinent controls for setting such as shutter speed, ISO and aperture.  The camera has a small LCD monitor which would show exposure data, this is very helpful so that the photographer would not need to check the information on the rear screen.

 

 

The camera utilizes a large 43.8 x 32.9mm 51.4MP CMOS image sensor and X-Processing Pro to produces excellent image quality with reduced noise and outstanding dynamic range. Its ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-12800 and can be expanded up to 102400 with aspect ratio of 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1, 65:24, 5:4, and 7:6.  Its autofocus features, 117-point contrast-detection system, which can be adjusted to 425 points if needed and has a dedicated focus lever as well.  Its touchscreen monitor can also be used to focus.  For thee video features of the camera, it uses a Full HD video recording at 29.97p, 25p, 24p, and 23.98, and Film Simulation modes can be used during video to limit the amount of post processing.  The X-Processing Pro also includes the new Color Chrome effect.  For photos, multiple file formats are available with 3 levels of JPEG compression and also produce TIFF files using in-camera raw development.

 

 

One of the cameras interesting feature is its  0.5" OLED electronic viewfinder.  Aside from having a high resolution (3.69m dots) it also slides the hot shoe.  The viewfinder has its own hot shoe as well for flash.  Fujifilm will  also be offering an optional  EVF-TL1 Tilt Adapter for the photographer to do vertical and horizontal adjustments to the viewfinder.  For the photographers who likes to use flash, both hot shoe and a PC sync port can be utilized with a flash sync speed of up to 1/125 second with the built-in focal plane shutter.  

 

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Other features include weather, dust and freeze proofing (can operate at temperatures as low as 14°F).  It also has Dual UHS-II SD card slots for fast saving.  It also offers different options for saving such as sequential (when one card is full, it automatically saves to the other card), backup (which saves on both cards) and sorting (saves JPEGs to one card and RAW to the other card).  The GFX 50S is capable of advanced tethering over USB to a computer.

 

The GF Lens Series

Aside from the GFX 50S camera, Fujifilm is also releasing thier GF lens series.  All lenses from the GF series features a flange distance of 26.7mm, helping reduce back focus distance for minimizing vignetting and maximizing edge-to-edge sharpness.  Lenses are also "future-proof" as it is designed to work with sensors that can have resolutons over 100MP.  Other features of the lenses from these series include aperture rings with a Command position and Auto position, weather & freeze proofing, and a special coating on the front element to for waterproofing.

 

GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR Lens

 

  • Equivalent to 50mm focal length
  • Composed of 10 elements / 8 group optical construction
  • Dimension: 3.3 x 2.8 in.
  • Weight: 14.2 ounces

 

 

GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR

 

  • Equivalent to 50mm focal length
  • 1:2 magnification of your subjects
  • Fitted with three ED elements into the 14 elements in 9-group construction. 
  • Uses a floating focus design with a silent but high-speed autofocus motor
  • Built-in optical image stabilization (up to 5 stops)

 

 

GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR

 

  • Equivalent to 25-51mm focal length
  • Fitted with three aspheric elements (1 ED les and 1 super ED lens)
  • silent but high-speed autofocus motor

 

 

Accessories

Fujifilm will also release new accessories along wih their new GF Series.  Some of the most popular accessories are:

  • VG-GFX1 Vertical Battery Grip - doubling battery life of your camera
  • AC-15V AC Adapter - To be able to charge the battery while attached to the grip
  • BC-T125 Battery Charger - wall charger
  • EVF-TL1 EVF Tilt Adapter - adds more movement to the EVF (tilt and rotaton; 0 to 90° vertically and from -45 to +45° horizontally)
  • H Mount Adapter G - Adapter to be able to use Fujinon HC lenses
  • View Camera Adapter G

 

 

 

 

 

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Nauticam releases underwater housing for the Sony A6500 mirrorless camera.
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Nauticam Sony a6500 Housing Available

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Nauticam releases underwater housing for the Sony A6500 mirrorless camera.

Recently, Sony has released the new addition to their mirrorless interchangeable lens series, Sony a6500.  The camera features a few important updates from its predecessor (Sony a6300); 5-Axis Image Stabilization, Newly Developped Front-End LSi (image processing algorithm) and Higher quality 4K video recording (Super 35 feature now uses 6K of data before recording at 4K).

Nauticam has now released the underwater housing for the Sony a6500.  The housing showcases Nauticam's patented ergonomics, build quality, expansive port system and high quality optical accessries.

Below is the press release.

Purchase:  Nauticam Sony A6500 Housing

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PRESS RELEASE

Introducing NA-A6500

 

A New Nauticam Housing for Sony a6500

Sony a6500 is the latest high performance mirrorless interchangeable lens camera placed in the Sony E Mount lineup. Similar in size to many compact cameras, the a6500 body surrounds a large APS-C image sensor with fast and accurate autofocus performance.

The a6500 is an incredible camera for underwater imaging (both stills and motion) when paired with the ergonomic, rugged, and down right good looking Nauticam housing. The combo excels at fast action still photo shooting, 4K video, and everything in between.  

 

 

The Sony a6500

The a6500 predecessor, a6300, unveiled incredible enhancements in all aspects of performance.  All of those features remain in the a6500, with a few significant upgrades.

The most notable new feature is 5 axis in-body image stabilization.  This means that every lens - even retro manual glass from previous rangefinder systems, benefits from image stabilization.  Modern Sony OS lenses work in conjunction with the in-body system for even greater stabilization.  Underwater photographers can use this feature to allow slower shutter speeds in low light or available light situations, brighten backgrounds, and as a "steady shot" function when shooting video.

The focus system is astounding, with the fastest auto focus acquisition of any interchangeable lens digital camera available, and the highest number of phase detect focus points.  These 425 focus points spread across almost the entire frame help the camera accurately track subject motion in all directions.  This phase detect AF system has an uncanny ability to track moving subjects, dramatically improving the accuracy of continuous focus.

 

© Edward Lai
Image taken with A6500, Zeiss 50mm Macro, and an in development wide angle conversion lens.

 

A high resolution, low lag electronic viewfinder provides an experience remarkably like an optical viewfinder, with minimal delay.  Uninterrupted live view while shooting at up to 8fps is possible, reducing the "blackout" that previous mirrorless cameras have when shooting bursts of photos.  The a6500 live view display is much like a digital SLR, with minimal blackout between shots.  The a6500 is capable of 4K video capture.  The camera records a 20 megapixel (6K!) portion of its sensor, then resamples in body to produce an extremely sharp low noise image.

A more extensive buffer with a newly developed front-end chip that provides more processing power increases the burst shooting capacity to 300 JPEG or 107 Raw images at 11 fps with full autofocus and autoexposure. Instant image review is possible, even while images are being written to the card. This expanded buffer means you can shoot continuously at 11 fps for 14 seconds!

Operationally, the camera is extremely intuitive.  A new touch screen can be used for focus point selection. New C1 and C2 buttons provide even more  extensive customizability (with 10 total customizable buttons).  The extensive menu system has been organized, and is much easier to navigate.

 

© Edward Lai
Image taken with A6500, Zeiss 50mm Macro, CMC-1 Macro Lens.

a6500 Features:

  • 24MP CMOS APS-C sensor with copper wiring
  • 425-point on-sensor phase-detection AF system
  • 11 fps continuous shooting for up to 300 JPEGs / 100 Raws (8 fps continuous live view without blackout)
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • 2.4m dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 120 fps refresh rate
  • Tilting Rear Touch Screen
  • Silent shooting in continuous drive (3 fps with AF/AE)
  • Max ISO of 51200
  • 4K video capture up to 100 Mbps
  • Phase-detect AF compatible with A-mount lenses via LA-EA3 adapter
  • Magnesium alloy design with upgraded dust and moisture resistance
  • Improved hand grip

 

The Nauticam NA-A6500 Underwater Housing

Nauticam is the industry leader in mirrorless interchangeable lens underwater camera support. Nauticam has housed more mirrorless cameras, and more Sony E (NEX) Mount cameras than any other housing manufacturer.  This experience results in the most evolved housing line with broadest range of accessories available today.

Pioneering optical accessories elevate performance to a new level.  Magnifying viewfinders, the sharpest super macro accessory lenses ever made, and now the highest quality wet mount wide angle lens (the WWL-1) combine with the NA-A6500 housing to form a complete imaging system.

Nauticam is known for ergonomics, and an unmatched experience.  Key controls are placed at the photographer's fingertips. The housing and accessories are light weight, and easy to assemble.  The camera drops in without any control presetting, and lens port changes are effortless.

NA-A6500 features an integrated handle system.  This ergonomic style is well proven on the full frame NA-A7 and NA-A7II housings for Sony Full Frame (FE) cameras.  Exceptional control access, even with thick gloves, and ideal placement of the shutter release and AE-L / AF-L buttons at the right handle.

Nauticam build quality is well known by underwater photographers around the globe. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water corrosion.  Marine grade stainless and plastic parts complete the housing, and it is backed by a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.

 

© Edward Lai
Image taken with A6500, Zeiss 50mm Macro, CMC-1 Macro Lens.

 

Key Features

 

Integrated Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection

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

 

 

Shutter Release Extenson

Cold water divers rejoice!  The housing has been designed with an oversized paddle style shutter lever, perfectly placed for operation from the integrated handle system.

 

 

AE-L / AF-L Thumb Lever

A rear thumb lever can be assigned various focus related tasks, such as autofocus on, or autofocus lock. This lever is easily reached while the finger is on the shutter release, and the combination of half press and focus lock functionality puts the user in complete control of the advanced a6500 autofocus system.

 

Shutter Release Extenson

Cold water divers rejoice!  The housing has been designed with an oversized paddle style shutter lever, perfectly placed for operation from the integrated handle system.

 

 

Patented Port Locking System

Lens ports are securely locked in place with our iconic port locking system.  This system was launched on our very first DSLR housing in 2009, and provides effortless port mounting for quick lens swaps without twisting.  Lens ports are securly locked in place, and won't twist in the mount even in extreme conditions (like surf).  

 

 

 

Stainless Steel Handle Brackets

Stiffening handle brakets are included with the housing, providing a solid "wobble free" attachment to the integrated tray and handle system. Multiple lanyard attachment points are included in the brackets.

 

 

Optional Angled LCD

The camera mounting tray allows the rear LCD screen to be positioned at a 15 deg angle.  This small angle benefits low angle compositions where the camera is below the diver, and is also useful for snorkeling / surface imaging.

 

 

 

© Edward Lai
Image taken with A6500, Zeiss 50mm Macro, CMC-1 Macro Lens.


Battery Pack for NA-6500 Housing (2500mAh, inc. USB cable)

Nau-36331

 

 

A new accessory battery pack has been released along with NA-A6500!  This larger capacity battery provides 2.5x the power of a single Sony NP-F50 battery pack, and slides conveniently into the underwater housing below the camera mounting plate.

This accessory benefits all users, greatly extending the time between battery swaps, and allowing the housing to remain sealed between dives.  

 

WWL-1, CMC-1, and CMC-2

Three in house Nauticam optical designs, designed by founder and Managing Director Edward Lai, are the perfect lenses to complete an a6500 underwater system.  The magic of the wet lenses is their tremendous versatility, paired with outstanding in water performance.  Both macro and super wide angle optics are available to the underwater photographer on the same dive. These lenses are completely engineered for use in water, providing the highest image quality available today in a wet mount optic. 

WWL-1 is a wide angle conversion lens, compatible with several lenses in the Sony system.  The field of view is widest when paired with the Sigma 19mm f2.8 DN Lens, providing 130 degree diagonal field of view.  WWL-1 is also an ideal match for the Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS lens providing over 100 degree diagonal field of view with full zoom through!  With either lens on camera, class leading center sharpness, corner sharpness, and contrast result in the clearest wide angle images possible underwater.  

CMC-1 and CMC-2 provide the best macro performance available, with two different magnification strengths, suitable for a wide variety of macro subjects.  With the popular Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS lens, CMC-1 is capable of capturing a macro frame 26mm wide, while CMC-2 captures a area 33mm wide.  CMC-2 is less strong, making it easier to use with more accurate autofocus.  CMC-1 is best suited for the smallest of macro subjects.  Macro enthusiasts will surely want both!

 

Viewfinder Options

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

 

45º and 180º Magnifying Viewfinders provide a large, clear, corner-corner view of the Sony 2.36 mdot OLED Electronic Viewfinder.

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-A6500 as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve (PN 25624), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing.  A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur. 

 

 

Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, Sea & Sea DS-TTL

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-A6500 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, and Sea & Sea YS-D1/YS-D2 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s 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-A6500 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. 

Strobes and light arms can be attached to the housing via included 1" accessory mounting balls. The housing also features a cold-shoe and M10 threaded mount for a focus light or other accessories.

Electrical strobe triggering (with power set manually on the flash head) is still an option for those with an investment in legacy lighting gear, requiring the purchase of an accessory electrical bulkhead.

 

Recommended Accessories


Optics

  • WWL-1 (83201)
  • CMC-1 (81301)
  • CMC-2 (81302)
  • M67 to Bayonet Mount Converter (83213)

Viewfinders

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder for MIL Housings (32204)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder for MIL Housings (32205)

Other Accessories

  • Battery Pack for NA-6500 Housing (2500mAh, inc. USB cable) (36331)
  • M14 Vacuum Valve II (25624)
  • HDMI Out for External Monitors (25028+25032+25046)
  • Nauticam Nikonos 5 Pin Bulkhead With Universal Hotshoe (25056)
  • Complete line of flat/dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26214) and Sea&Sea (26215)
  • 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
  • Replacement Housing O-Ring 

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 1.56 kg (including handles and strobe mounting balls)
  • Dimensions with Handles:  (306mm x 168mm x 100mm  W x H x D)
  • Dimensions without Handles:  198 mm x 138mm x 100mm  (W x H x D) 

Model Number: 17417
USA Retail Price: $1,800
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Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater project in Lanzarote, Spain has been inaugurated
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Official Opening of Museo Atlantico

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Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater project in Lanzarote, Spain has been inaugurated

The final phase of Jason deCaires Taylor's monumental project “Museo Atlantico”, in Lanzarote, Spain is now completed and officially inaugurated on the 10th of January 2017 by the President of the island, Pedro San Gines. 


Consisting of over 300 works spread over 12 installations, it is the first time Taylor has installed  large-scale architectural works. The new installations include a 100 Ton 30m long wall, an underwater botanical sculpture garden referencing local flora and fauna, and a colossal formation of over 200 life size-human figures in a gyre.

 

 

Crossing the Rubicon consists of a group of 35 figures walking towards an underwater wall and entrance, a boundary between two realities and a portal to the Atlantic Ocean. The wall, which is part industrial, part organic, stretches 30 metres long and 4 metres high and contains a single rectangular doorway at its centre.  The wall is intended to be a monument to absurdity, a dysfunctional barrier in the middle of a vast fluid, three-dimensional space, which can be bypassed in any direction. It emphasises that the notions of ownership and territories are irrelevant to the natural world. In times of increasing patriotism and protectionism the wall aims to remind us that we cannot segregate our oceans, air, climate or wildlife as we do our land and possessions. We forget we are all an integral part of a living system at our peril.


To cross the Rubicon is to pass a point of no return. The work aims to mark 2017 as a pivotal moment, a line in the sand and reminder that our world’s oceans and climate are changing and we need to take urgent action before its too late.

 


Deregulated consists of a children’s playground enjoyed by suited businessmen. A swing, a sea-saw, a play dolphin ride all demonstrate the insouciance and arrogance of the corporate world towards the natural world. The sea-saw references a petroleum extraction pump, a comment on the control of these fossil fuels and their unregulated use. The dolphin ride is indicative of the burden we are placing on marine species and its ultimate collapse if left unchecked. 

 

 

 

The Portal depicts a hybrid animal/human sculpture looking into a large square mirror, which reflects the moving surface of the ocean.  Forming part of the underwater botanical garden the concept is intended to portray water within water, an interface or looking glass into another world, the blue world. The mirror is elevated on a series of cactus forms which contain a series of small compartments and “living stations” designed to attract octopus, sea urchins and juvenile fish.

 

 

The last exhibit in Museo Atlantico is the Human Gyre, over 200 life-size figurative works creating a vast circular formation or gyre. Consisting of various models of all ages and from all walks of life, the positioning of the figures constructs a complex reef formation for marine species to inhabit and is a poignant statement for visitors to take with them at the end of the tour.


The artistic installation reminds us that we have evolved from marine life, and are all subject to the movements and will of the ocean. The piece embodies our naked vulnerability to its inherent power, and our fragility in the face of its cycles and immense force. It provides the oxygen we breathe, it regulates our climate and it provides a vital source of nutrition to millions of people.


A visit to Museo Atlantico may lead us to a closer understanding of our relationship with the natural marine environment and appreciate the need to value and protect this fragile ecosystem in order to save ourselves. 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes:

 

 

 

 

Via www.underwatersculpture.com

 

 

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Panasonic GH5 have been announced at CES 2017 - is this the u/w video camera we've been waiting for?
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Panasonic GH5 Camera Announced at CES 2017

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Panasonic GH5 have been announced at CES 2017 - is this the u/w video camera we've been waiting for?

It has been more than 2 years since Panasonic released their sought after GH4 Camera.  The camera is known to be one of the best mirrorless cameras for video.  Last September 2016, Panasonic have announced that they are developing the new Lumix GH5.  

At the CES 2017 trade show, Panasonic officially announced the specification and features of their mirrorless flagship camera.  The camera packs a newly developed 20.3MP Digital Live MOS sensor without a low-pass filter with faster processing using the Venus Engine, 4K video up to 60 fps without cropping, 4K and 6K photo  and alot more.  The GH5 camera will be available late March 2017.  

Below are the specs and features that were released.

Estimated Availability:  Late March 2017

Estimated MSRP:  $1,999.99

 

 

Panasonic GH5 Features:

  • 20MP Four Thirds sensor (no OLPF)
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization system with 'Dual IS 2' support
  • All 4K footage taken using full width of sensor (oversampled from 5.1K footage)
  • Internal 4K/30p 10-bit 4:2:2 video capture
  • 4K/59.94p and 50p shooting with 10-bit 4:2:2 output or 8-bit, 4:2:0 internal recording
  • 1080 video at up to 180p, enabling 7.5x slow-motion
  • 225-area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF system
  • 4K and 6K Photo, 18MP stills at 30 fps using HEVC or 8MP stills at 60 fps using H.264
  • 9 fps shooting with continuous autofocus
  • Advanced DFD autofocus
  • Dual UHS II card slots (V60 ready)
  • Autofocus point joystick
  • 5GHz Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Pre-configurable rack focus mode
  • Waveform and vectorscope monitors
  • 3.2" RGBW free-angle touchscreen LCD 

 

Underwater Housings:

We expect to see housings for the Panasonic GH5 arriving within 1-2 months after release. These include the manufacturers below. We'll update this section as soon as we know more.

 

Nauticam



Aquatica

 


Ikelite

 


AquaTech

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Blue pointy-nosed ghost shark was filmed for the first time at great depths in the Northern Hemisphere
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Ghost Shark Caught on Camera for the First Time

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Blue pointy-nosed ghost shark was filmed for the first time at great depths in the Northern Hemisphere

In 2009, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California sent an ROV (remote operated vehicle), on multiple dives of the waters of California and Hawaii which reached the depths of 6,700 feet.  They have recently released the video taken from those dives, and they have captured something incredible.  They have filmed a Ghost Shark which is also known as Chimaeras.  Ghost sharks are dead-eyed, winged-finned fish and they don’t have ragged rows of teeth; that resides at great depths and no sunlight can penetrate.  It is believed that they have been around long before the dinosaurs.          

According to Dave Ebert, program director for Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Laboratories, “The guys doing the video were actually geologists” “Normally, people probably wouldn’t have been looking around in this area, so it’s a little bit of dumb luck,”.

Upon seeing the footage from the ROV, researchers was not sure if they have captured a ghost shark since it did not resemble to common ghost sharks that live in the area.  They have asked help from Ebert and other chimaera experts and they have found out that this was a pointy-nosed blue chimaera (Hydrolagus Trolli), which is specie that is normally found of the coast of Australia and New Zealand.

 

This has been the first time that a pointy-nosed blue chimaera was captured on video alive and to be discovered residing in the Northern Hemisphere is truly remarkable.


 

Via National Geographic News

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A Russian deep sea fisherman has started posting photos of the strange creatures caught in the depths of the ocean
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Monsters of the Deep Sea

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A Russian deep sea fisherman has started posting photos of the strange creatures caught in the depths of the ocean

Nowadays, social media is used to showcase photos you've taken and share with everyone.  In the case of a Deep sea fisher, Roman Fedortsov, he has been sharing his unusual catch via his twitter account.  He works for a fishing trawler in Murmansk, a port city in the northwest part of Russia.    

Fedortsov catch looks like it came from a sci-fi movie, weird and dangerous.  

Below are some of the photos that he shared of his catch.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

via The Moscow Times

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Call for entries for Deep Visions 2016 Competition by ScubaShooters
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Deep Visions 2016 by ScubaShooters

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Call for entries for Deep Visions 2016 Competition by ScubaShooters

Scubashooters.net is a community composed of amateur and professional photographers binded by their passion for underwater photography.  Having this passion, they came up with creating monthly contests in order to showcase the beauty of the underwater world.  They have been organizing more than 20 monthly contests and partnering up with sponsors all over the world.  

This year, they are proudly announcing their Deep Visions 2016 Competition.  The competition would have 10 categories and 3 special prizes.  Prizes are amazing from wonderful dive trips to awesome gears.

 

Categories:

1. Wideangle
2. Macro
3. Compact Open "Duo"
4. Portfolio

Special categories:

5. Snoot shots (sponsored by Inon)
6. Behaviour (sponsored by Beuchat)
7. Sharks , Cetaceans and Dolphins (sponsored by Coltri)

Additionally a "Special Award of the Jury" and the "Best Youth Shot" (under 25) and "Best Nudibranch" will be selected among all entries. 

 

Enter the Deep Visions Contest 2016!

Visit www.scubashooters.net and take the challenge!

 

ScubaShooters Past Winners:


 

 


 

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Mexico Creates the country's largest natural protected area encompassing the coast of Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and other dive hotspots
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New Mexican Bioreserve Protected Area

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Mexico Creates the country's largest natural protected area encompassing the coast of Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and other dive hotspots

During the global biodiversity summit which was held in Cancun, the President of Mexico, Pres. Enrique Peña Nieto, has announced the creation of the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve which is the country's largest natural protected area.

The new biosphere reserve has a size of more than 5.7 million hectares, which consists of 6 core zones, which is approx. 1.9 million hectares.  Also included are the entire coast of the state of Quintana Roo, the whole municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Tulum, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco.  The remainder of the area would be considered as a buffer and transition zones to the reserve.  

Studies have shown that there are close to 1,900 species of flora and fauna, 500 species of fish and 86 species of coral can be found on the protected area.  Such efforts will protect and at the same time promote the ecosystems on the protected area.  

 

 

According to the Semarnat, the Environment Secretariat, that causes of damage to the said area are from the immense traffic of cargo and cruise ships, fuel spills and inexperienced divers.  In addition, having the biosphere reserve will also prevent exploration and exploitation of petroleum.  

In order to protect the reserve, Natural Protected Areas Commission will be on top of administration, handling and preservation efforts.  The Mexican Navy will be in charge on implementing and ensuring the preservation of the reserve.

Such efforts in protecting the reserve will incur cost which is estimated to be at 130 million pesos annually and government of Germany has pledged to help out in protecting the natural reserve.

 

 

Read the full story on the Mexico News Daily

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Deepblu Launches Online Social Network & Holiday Giveaway

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Deepblu has just announced the launch of their online social network - an expansion of their current iOS and Android social app. The platform is a fun community where divers to sync underwater photos and videos with their digital dive log profile and then share with friends. It makes it fun to see the photos and where in the dive they were captured. Deep water, shallow water, temperature and more.

Deepblu is also starting a Christmas Competition, where users can enter to win COSMIQ dive computers and Deepblu gift certificates.

Press release and all details are below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Christmas Competition

 Holiday season is here, and Deepblu is celebrating the launch of Deepblu — where divers come together to share their dive memories and dive logs.

Share your most memorable dive adventure in the new Deepblu Community Section to get a chance to win one of the 5 COSMIQ+ units or 20 vouchers worth $99 given away for free this December.”

Learn more: http://www.deepblu.com/events/dive_adventure_contest_2016.html


Deepblu Launches Online Social Network & Holiday Giveaway

 TAIPEI, December 12th, 2016 – Taipei-based Deepblu, Inc. today launched Deepblu beta, the first social network built for the diving community. Divers can showcase their diving feats, interact with the ocean community at large and plan their next dive trip.

With the launch of Deepblu, the previously wildly scattered diving community now has a single platform to gather, discuss and share underwater moments. Deepblu has all the functionality of a modern social network, with options to create a profile, follow friends and organizations, discuss, comment, like and share.

“Looking at the ways people currently interact in the diving industry and by extension the entire marine community, it’s easy to see how fragmented it is,” co-founder and CEO James Tsuei explains, “Our ultimate goal is to unite divers, dive businesses and conservationists alike around Deepblu and make diving more exciting for everyone with a passion for the ocean.”

 

All the Functionality of a Modern Social Network

Deepblu allows users to create a profile to interact with others on the platform. This profile includes all the diver’s certifications as well as a digital dive logbook, an overview of all diving adventures the diver wants to share with their buddies or the public.

Deepblu dive logs can be created manually, or automatically with a compatible dive computer such as Deepblu’s own COSMIQ+ or a 3rd-party computer via the open-source software Subsurface. Deepblu dive logs are beautifully designed, and divers can enrich them with underwater photo- and videography, creating a visually appealing timeline of their dive. It is also possible to add stories and descriptions of gear and diving conditions. Finally, divers can have their instructors digitally certify their dive logs, and tag their diving buddies.

Users can follow other profiles to explore the photos and dive logs of friends and see what celebrity divers and organizations are up to. A trending page brings up the hottest stories in the world of diving. Meanwhile, divers can discuss various diving topics in one of the many Community Groups for freediving, coral identification, wreck diving, and many more. Users can even create their own groups.

Deepblu is available through web browsers on the desktop or the fully redesigned mobile applications for Android and iOS.

 

Connecting Divers and Businesses around Planet Deepblu

One of Deepblu’s most exciting features is still in the testing phase and slated for release in January 2017. Aptly named Planet Deepblu, this interactive and quickly growing map of over 10.000 dive spots the world over aims to make it more convenient for divers and dive businesses, such as resorts, rental shops, instructors, liveaboards and conservationists to find each other.

Planning a dive trip used to be a tedious and cumbersome job, so divers will be relieved to find that Planet Deepblu’s fluid user interface makes it a breeze to plan, while businesses large and small will have a much easier way to reach the community and advertise their services.

“We are really excited about what we are setting up with Planet Deepblu,” Tsuei says. “Come January, our users will be able to pick their favorite destination, choose the accommodation with the best reviews and offerings, select the best place to rent their gear from and even the instructor they choose to learn from or dive with.”

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About Deepblu, Inc.: Deepblu, Inc. is a team of divers and technology enthusiasts whose goal is to use technology and the power of the internet to revolutionize the diving community and lifestyle.

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