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Lens Report: NEW Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

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Canon Announces New f/4 16-35mm Lens with Optical Image Stabilization and 77mm Filter Size

 

Lens Report:
NEW Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM


Canon Announces New f/4L 16-35mm Lens with IS

By Brent Durand, May 16, 2014

 

 

 
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Canon recently announced two brand new lenses, one of which is a 16-35mm f/4L IS USM designed for full frame bodies like the 6D and 5D Mark 3. Price of the new 16-35 falls between the 16-35mm f/2.8L II and 17-40mm f/4L Ultra-Wide zoom lenses.

The new lens also features an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps. It also features 16 lens elements in 12 groups and a nine-blade circular aperture for nice bokeh.

So which Ultra-Wide Angle zoom lens should you use for undewater photography?

There are a number of factors in that decision.  The 17-40 f/4L is the most affordable, is lightweight and has 77mm filter threads. The 16-35 f/2.8L II is the priciest, bulkier with 82mm filter threads but arguably the best image quality. The fast 2.8 aperture is great for those who shoot indoors (weddings, etc). The new 16-35 f/4 should also be small with 77mm filter threads, but a build quality more similar to the f/2.8L II.  While the IS isn't useful underwater, it will be nice for the casual topside photographer.

In summary, I don't find it necessary to upgrade from my 17-40, but if I was buying for the first time I would probably opt for the new 16-35mm f/4 because of the nicer bokeh and smaller build (lightweight for travel), plus acceptance of my 77mm landscape filters.

 

 

OFFICIAL CANON PRESS RELEASE

 

 

CANON BROADENS ITS IMAGING LINEUP WITH TWO NEW EF ULTRA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENSES AND WHITE EOS REBEL SL1 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA

High Performance Lenses Offer Optical Image Stabilizer and a Refined Compact Design; Lightweight EOS Rebel SL1 SLR Kit in White Available Soon

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 13, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce two new wide-angle lenses and a new white color model of the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera, just in time for summer. The introduction of the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom lenses provides Canon digital SLR camera users with the ability to capture stunning photographs and videos of spacious landscapes and many other iconic scenes. The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is the first L-series wide-angle zoom lens equipped with image stabilization, providing professional photographers with expanded creative options, especially in low light. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide-angle lens is an affordable option for entry-level DSLR users looking to enhance their images and videos with unique and creative perspectives.  

Since its introduction in March 2013, the EOS Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR camera[i], has provided photographers of all levels with a high-performance digital SLR in a small, compact camera body. The new white EOS Rebel SL1 Camera Kit is complemented by a matching white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and offers a stylish alternative for photographers who like to stand out from the crowd.

“Having just reached a milestone of producing 100 million EF lenses, Canon is dedicated more than ever before to its heritage of creating outstanding optics for photographers of all levels,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses, when paired with Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, are powerful tools that can enhance any photographer’s creativity. And new to the U.S. market, the white EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera with its companion white lens, provides users with high-quality images in a small, compact body that is easy to bring along on all their summer adventures.”

 

EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Fully compatible with all EOS Digital SLR cameras including full-frame models like the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D Digital SLR cameras, the compact and lightweight EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens offers high image quality and an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps[ii], making handheld shooting possible in dimly lit scenes where camera shake can occur. In addition, an intelligent CPU in the lens automatically selects the optimal IS mode by recognizing differences between normal handheld shots and panning. This technological advancement supports a greater range of creative expression for photographers in otherwise difficult shooting situations, such as dark indoor scenes where flash photography is prohibited, or in places where a tripod cannot be used, or when shooting at low ISO speeds.

The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features newly developed, high quality Canon optics that incorporate three GMo (Glass-Molded) aspheric lens elements, including a large-diameter aspheric lens, which help improve image quality by correcting aberrations. Two additional UD lens elements help reduce chromatic aberration from edge to edge throughout the entire zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. The lens also features enhanced fluorine lens coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces to repel dust particles and help ensure superb color balance while minimizing ghosting. The inner focusing and ring USM offer silent, fast and accurate autofocusing. Full-time manual focus adjustment is available in autofocus (AF) mode. A nine-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds. A new compact four-group zoom system provides a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m/11 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.23x at the telephoto end for outstanding performance.

 

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Created to be a great companion lens for the Canon EOS 70D, EOS Rebel T5i, EOS Rebel SL1 and other EOS Digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens expands Canon's line of Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. For entry-level users, this affordable wide-angle lens offers the ability to shoot creative, high-quality images and video in tight indoor locations such as a cozy corner table in a restaurant or unique vacation photos where the subject is close up, yet the surrounding area can still fill the frame.

The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features a compact and lightweight design with an Optical Image Stabilizer for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps[iii], enabling handheld shooting in low light.  The lens’ stepping motor and newly designed focus mechanism are ideal for Canon EOS Movie Servo AF (available on EOS 70D, EOS Rebel T5i and EOS Rebel SL1 cameras) to provide smooth, quiet and continuous autofocusing during video shooting, as well as when taking photos.

The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lens features one UD lens element to help reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. It also features enhanced multi-layer lens coatings to help ensure superb color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare, while a seven-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds.

Compared to the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide-angle lens, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens is nearly 20% smaller and 38% lighter. When combined with a compact digital SLR, such as the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera, the smaller size makes it very convenient to carry with the camera when traveling. The compact four-group zoom optical system provides a maximum magnification of 0.15x at the telephoto end. The wide-angle zoom range of the new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a perfect complement to the currently available EF-S 18-55mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm IS STM zoom lenses.

 

New Lens Availability

 

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses are scheduled to be available in June for estimated retail prices of $1,199.00 and $299.99, respectively. For more information about Canon EF Lenses visit: www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup.

White EOS Rebel SL1 Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Availability
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit in white is scheduled to be available at the end of June for an estimated retail price of $749.99.  For more information about the white Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera kit and the full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/eos

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital-imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2013,† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

[i] Among digital SLR cameras which use APS-C size equivalent sensors. As of March 1, 2014, based on Canon's research.
 

[ii] Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using EOS-1D X digital SLR camera at focal length of 35mm
 

[iii] Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera at a focal length of 18mm (29mm in 35mm equivalence).

 

UPDATE:  The 16-35mm f/4 is now in stock at local retailers and shipping!

 

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Ikelite Housing for Nikon D3300 DSLR

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Ikelite Releases Underwater TTL Housing for the Nikon D3300 DSLR

 

Ikelite Housing for Nikon D3300 DSLR


Ikelite Releases Underwater TTL Housing for the Nikon D3300 DSLR

By UWPG News, April 8, 2014

 

 

 
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Ikelite has announced the release of their underwater housing for the Nikon D3300 DSLR camera.  The Nikon D3300 is a compact DSLR featuring 24.2 megapixels and Nikon's new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine.

Ikelite maintains its reputation as first-to-market with a housing for the D3300, building high value into a low pricepoint that creates a great entry-level DSLR underwater photo/video rig.

 

Highlights:

  • Full TTL functionality (auto flash exposure)
  • TTL exposure adjustment on back of housing
  • Large knobs to easily adjust camera settings
  • Clear polycarbonate housing makes it easy to ensure properly-seated o-rings
  • Wide range of lens ports and accessories

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Waterproof TTL Housing for Nikon D3300 DSLR

MSRP $1500
Product Number 6801.33

We’ve designed this housing to be one of the best performance-to-dollar purchases in the world. The Ikelite DSLR housing is a seamless blend of functionality, durability and waterproof integrity.

 

TTL Advantage

Other housings simply waterproof your camera. An Ikelite TTL housing improves your photos. TTL or “Through-The-Lens” flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. Our built-in proprietary circuitry tells your camera that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately than with the slave TTL strobes.

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

 

Exposure Adjustment

Exposure adjustments directly through the back of the housing put the perfect shot within reach every time. Tweak your TTL exposure or take total manual control without taking your hand off of your housing. Controls on the back of the housing act as a remote control for compatible Ikelite DS-series strobes.  Access plus/minus exposure compensation in TTL mode, plus manual power settings in half-stop increments.

 

Ergonomics

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

This housing includes a balanced aluminum tray with our signature quick release handles for easy attachment and removal of external lighting. An aluminum ¼-20 threaded top mount provides an additional attachment point for lightweight accessories.

 

 

Construction

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

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

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

 

What’s Included 

·         Housing

·         Tray with dual quick release handles

·         Port hole cover

·         Waterproof bulkhead cap

·         5509.27 Universal zoom set up to 2.8-inch diameter

·         5509.28 Universal zoom set 2.8 to 3.3-inch diameter

·         Silicone lubricant 1cc tube

·         Micro-fiber lens cloth

·         1 year manufacturer warranty

 

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To learn more about the Ikelite D3300 or to purchase the housing, visit:

Bluewater Photo

 

 

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FIX Neo Focus & Video Light Release

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The new FIX Neo line of Underwater Photo & Video Lights

 

FIX Neo Focus & Video Light Release


Nauticam Announces the Release of the FIX Neo Line of Underwater Photo & Video Lights

By UWPG News, April 7, 2014

 

 

 
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The new FIX Neo line of underwater photo and video lights are now available. The lights build on the trend of replaceable light heads, providing experienced divers with various light beams for specific tasks and newer divers with an affordable light that they can slowly "expand". Besides the interchangeable lightheads, the lights feature a replaceable battery. This benefits divers who are away from chargers for several repetetive dives, allowing one to bring a single light with a couple extra batteries instead of several different lights.

 

Highlights:

  • LCD Status Display
  • Removable Battery
  • 100 Degree Beam Angle
  • Interchangeable Light Heads
  • Optional Remote Controller
  • Sealed Recharging
  • Pricing from $349 to $699 (depending on light head package)

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

FIX Neo, Everything You Asked for in a Photo and Video Light!

FORT LAUDERDALE – March 27, 2014 – Nauticam USA announces the release and immediate availability of the FIX Neo line of underwater photo and video lights. Neo combines the most requested features in a light by combining an ultra-modern LCD status display, removable battery, 100 degree beam angle, interchangeable light heads, optional remote controller, and sealed recharging. Whatever a shooter’s ambition, wide-angle, macro, focus light, video or photography, Neo delivers the configuration, power, and control in a travel friendly small-lightweight size to keep shooting to create the memories of a lifetime. 

“The Neo is the culmination of listening to market demands and delivering the most advanced underwater photo and video light system to date.” – Chris Parsons, Nauticam USA  Sales & Support Director. “As a videographer or photographer there are specific needs for lighting and lighting control which don’t map-over from products designed only to be a simple dive light.”

 

Neo is Sophisticated

Neo features a revolutionary light status display!  An ultra-modern LCD panel clearly communicates Neo’s status by simultaneously providing remaining battery time and light output level. Need more data? Just wait a few seconds after adjusting Neo’s output and the LCD screen displays the remaining burn time in minutes!

The range of Neo’s light output is virtually infinite. The primary control button allows for large 25% output changes to quickly move up Neo’s output scale. Use Neo’s micro adjustment buttons to increase or decrease output in 1% increments. Micro 1% adjustments give the shooter the control for perfect lighting on their subject without altering camera settings or changing camera to subject distance.

Neo adapts to shooting demands as diver’s inspiration changes. Neo performs as a complete unit as packaged. When the ocean conditions or motivation changes, the light heads can be swapped to deliver beam angles and output to match the performance desired. Neo’s interface allows shooters on-the-fly reprogramming to match light head configuration with the lighting controls.

Neo is microprocessor controlled. Unlike old-style lights who’s light output diminishes as the battery capacity drops, Neo’s microprocessor maintains a consistent light output throughout the charge cycle of the battery. Neo leverages it’s microprocessor to allow for use in air safely up to 25% output. The microprocessor’s heat sensing components are constantly evaluating Neo’s internal temperature. Protecting the internal components, Neo’s internal thermal monitoring will reduce or shut off the light if output is too high for use in air or if Neo is inadvertently activated.

 

Neo Charges Two Ways

Neo’s battery is easily removable allowing a fully-charged spare battery to be installed and get the diver back in the water shooting. The battery pack, light head, and light body are splash proof sealed, eliminating the possibility of errant water damaging Neo or compromising the sealed battery pack. Accommodating interchangeable battery packs on multi-dive trips keeps divers shooting, not waiting.

Neo’s light body includes gold plated exterior battery contacts. When the dive schedule doesn’t require battery swaps or if you prefer to keep Neo sealed, simply plug the charger into the back of the Neo leaving the entire unit sealed. Each Neo ships with a charge plug cap to keep water out when diving and keep the contacts sparkling.

 

FR1 - Neo’s Remote Controller

Neo features an optional remote controller called the FR1. Position the FR1 on a handle or tray of your system and instantly transform your lighting control within thumb’s reach. Shooters can easily make the same 25% or 1% adjustments of individual Neo lights or all altogether using the FR1 while keeping hands on the housing and eyes on the subject. The FR1 interface mimics Neo’s and controls up to four Neos via fiber optic cable.

Pricing and Availability

Neo is available now in the the Americas and is distributed by Nauticam USA. The Neo 2000DX lumen wide model is available for $699 (US), Neo 1200DX lumen wide modes for $499 (US), 1200DX S lumen spot model for $499 (US), and the 800DX lumen for $349 (US). The FR1 is available as an optional accessory for $199 (US).

Neo 2000DX and 1200DX models include, 1 battery, 100-240v charger, 1” ball mount, Loc-Line mount, YS-Mount, GoPro Mount, spare O-ring and charge plug cap. The Neo 800DX includes 1 battery, 100-240v charger, YS-Mount, spare O-ring and charge plug cap. 

 

Learn more about Neo

To learn more about FIX Neo visit: www.fixneo.com

 

Talk to the Experts

To purchase FIX Neo lights or for any questions on photo & video lights, contact
Bluewater Photo.

 

 

 

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Ikelite Canon SL1 Housing Released

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Ikelite Releases Underwater Housing for the Canon EOS 100D Rebel SL1

 

Ikelite Canon SL1 Housing Released


Ikelite Releases Underwater Housing for the Canon EOS 100D Rebel SL1

By UWPG News, March 14, 2014

 

 
 
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Ikelite has announced the release of their housing for Canon's EOS 100D Rebel SL1. This is the first housing to hit the market for SL1 shooters, who will be pleased to have a compact housing for the "world's smallst and lightest digital SLR camera."

As always, if you'd like more details on this housing, contact the team at Bluewater Photo.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Canon EOS 100D Rebel SL1 DSLR Waterproof Housing, Camera, and Lens Kit

Professional performance that fits in the palm of your hand.

 

About the Camera

Canon calls the EOS Rebel SL1 100D camera "The World's Smallest and Lightest Digital SLR Camera." We call it one of the best packages for underwater use we've ever offered. Enjoy the responsiveness, razor-sharp image quality, and creative control of a DSLR in a truly miniaturized package essential for streamlined air travel. The EOS Rebel SL1 100D camera captures vibrant 18.0 megapixel stills and colorful, full HD video over an impressive 100-12800 ISO range. The included Canon EF-S 18-55mm STM lens is the perfect companion for shooting both wide angle and close-up on a single dive. Let your imagination run wild - there's no limit to what you can do with this system.

 

True TTL Exposure

TTL or "Through-The-Lens" flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. Unlike fiber optic systems, which attempt to copy the behavior of the camera's built-in flash, this unique housing for the Canon EOS 100D Rebel SL1 provides direct, electrical transmission of this TTL signal to the strobe*.

Since the camera is talking directly to the strobe, the camera's built-in flash does not need to fire. This dramatically increases battery life and virtually eliminates the recycle lag, allowing the camera to be triggered in more rapid succession than with optical-based systems. When shooting a fast moving object, this make the difference between going home with the shot or just talking about it. Additionally, in-line communication between the strobe and the camera completely eliminates signal interference and false triggering caused by light rays bouncing off the water's surface or your buddy's flash going off.

 

 

Ergonomics

We've packed a lot in a small package, only slightly smaller than the EOS 100D camera and just as comfortable to hold. Set up is a snap with simple, fully front-loaded camera installation. The camera mounting shoe is designed to be unobtrusive and allow changing of battery and memory cards, or attachment to a surface tripod without being removed from the camera. A smooth-action, sensitive shutter trigger is right at your fingertips whether holding the side of the housing or the optional dual tray with quick release handles. Controls are provided for all camera functions except for the rear touchscreen, so you have complete creative control anywhere you go. For a system of this caliber, a tray with handle is essential to good handling, balance underwater, and attachment of external lighting. The complete handle assembly removes with just two nut for traveling.

 

 

Optics

This housing comes standard with an optical grade acrylic dome port with zoom ring. This port provides sharp images and zoom capabilities with both the Canon EF-S 18-55mm STM kit lens, plus the popular Tokina 10-17mm lens. Minimal vignetting (dark shadows in the corners of the image) will be present in the 10-12mm range when used the Tokina lens. A special zoom gear system allows the camera with lens attached to be installed from the back of the housing, without requiring removal of the dome port.

The dome port may be removed without tools to attach the optional Flat Port for the Canon EF-S 60mm Macro lens. Simply loosen the securing thumb screws and slide the port off. The optional Flat Port allows use of the 60mm Macro lens in auto-focus mode and features 67mm front threads for the optional attachment of macro converter wet lenses.

 

Materials

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

Like every Ikelite product, this housing is designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. We pride ourselves in being readily available to help our customers with any need. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the best service in the dive industry.

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Video: Octopus Life, Death & Birth

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A Beautiful Film Documenting a Giant Pacific Octopus and her Eggs

 

Video: Octopus Life, Death & Birth at Three Tree Point


A Beautiful Film Documenting a Giant Pacific Octopus and her Eggs

March 6, 2014

 

 

 
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Drew Collins and Myra Wisotzky made a great discovery while diving Three Tree Point in the Puget Sound this past November. They were searching the tire reefs at the site after a friend mentioned seeing a Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) in a den lined with eggs - a sight that many underwater photographers dream about. Over the next 6 weeks, Drew and Myra made as many dives as possible to watch and document the maturation of the eggs and behavior of the soon-to-be "Octo Mom." 

The video below is the product of their efforts; it is beautifully made and very informative, especially for those who don't often get to dive with enormous octopuses.

 

"I learned more about the Giant Pacific Octopus during the six-week real life laboratory that was diving to Octo-Mom's den than I have in the last three years. I dive regularly and often in Puget Sound, I do 'Life Science' work each week, I've read multiple books and web blogs about Octopuses and have discussed all of the developments weekly with the world's leading authorities on GPOs. This entire experience was truly amazing, inspiring and rewarding beyond my expectations."   - Drew Collins

 

"I was always thrilled at the unique privilege of witnessing the unfolding life cycle of an animal that lives in such a different environment than the one we know above the water. Although an octopus is about as different from a human being as you can get, there was something about seeing her eye and seeing the developing eyes in the eggs that made me feel a strong connection."  - Myra Wisotzky

 

For those interested in reading the full story and learning even more about the Giant Pacific Octopus (GPO), you can read Drew and Myra's writeup linked below. Enjoy!

- Brent Durand, UWPG Editor

 

Read the Article:  Octopus Life, Death & Birth at Three Tree Point

 

 

VIDEO:  Octopus Life, Death & Birth at Three Tree Point

A Made in Puget Sound Production in association with MW Consulting.

 

 

 

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New Aquatica Dome Port for Micro 4/3

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Aquatica Announces the SW8 Dome Port - 8" Optical Benefits in a Smaller Dome

 

New Aquatica Dome for Micro 4/3


Aquatica Announces the SW8 Dome Port - 8" Optical Benefits in a Smaller Dome

By Brent Durand, February 26, 2014

 

 

 
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Aquatica has just announced a dome port to complement their new line of housings for Micro 4/3 cameras. Dubbed the SW8, the new dome port has been specifically designed for the super wide-angle lenses used on Micro 4/3 cameras, including the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 (see the Aquatica AE-M1 housing).

So what's the big deal? The new port uses only a portion of the 8" dome lens (and curvature) required to cover the extreme field of view of these lenses. These are the benefits:

 

Smaller, lighter dome port (1/3 the cubic volume of 8" dome)

  • Easy to pack and less "front float" on housing

 

By using the curvature of the 8" dome to create a smaller dome, the minimum focus distance on the dome's virtual image is maintained.

  • Normal 6" dome ports require a shorter focusing distance (than 8" dome), increasing depth of field and forcing photographers to stop down when shooting scenes like close focus wide-angle.

 

Modular Port System

  • Use different extension rings for perfect fit with a wide variety of lenses

 

 

 

Press Release:

 

MONTREAL, QC. - Along with its new line of housings for the Micro 4/3 series of Camera, Aquatica is proud to introduce the SW8 Port, specially designed to cover Super Wide Angle lenses such as the 114o FOV Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F/4 and the 100o FOV Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6. With these ultra wide angle rectilinear lenses, to get the best optical results, the use of a large radius dome port is required. 

To achieve the optimum quality over the whole image area, Aquatica uses its legendary 8’’ diameter dome port with an added twist. The SW8 port only uses the portion of the dome lens required to cover the field of view of these extreme lenses. Consequently, the resulting dome port is substantially smaller and lighter, while retaining the optical performance associated with these large hemispherical dome ports. 

Whenever a dome port is immersed in a liquid, it creates a Plano-Concave lens element of its own. This additional lens element has the property of retaining the original field of view of the lens (as opposed to a flat port which will considerably reduce the field of view of a lens). One of the side effects of this optical phenomenon is that it creates a virtual image of the scene being photographed. This image is projected at 4x the radius from the optical center of the dome used. In other words, that scene is now projected at a much closer distance than it is in reality, and a lens will usually need to be focused close to its minimum operating distance.

Using an 8’’ dome wraps the projected virtual image at +/- 12’’ (30cm) from the external surface of the dome lens, while a smaller dome port, such as one with a 6’’ diameter, will force this virtual image to be wrapped a mere +/- 9” (23cm) away. This might be a relatively innocuous difference of distance in normal situations, but it is also common knowledge that the closer the focusing distance, the harder it will be to get adequate depth of field. At these close distances, such small difference does have a huge impact on the success of the images taken.

 

 

The Modular System:

Once underwater, a dome port will force the light to radiate towards a central point. To obtain the best performance, this optical center should be located, as close as possible, where the optical center of the lens used is when set at its widest field of view. With the Aquatica system, a modular port extension system allows the SW8 port to be optically optimized to this position so that it can be used successfully with wide variety of lenses. 

To complement the SW8 port, Aquatica also offers its well established and renowned 4’’ BK-7 coated glass dome for the Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 lens, and for Macro work, two dedicated flat port for the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED and the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8. 

In keeping with the spirit of the housings it was designed for, the Aquatica SW8 port is compact, and because of its modular nature, its footprint in your luggage will be 1/3 the space than a regular 8’’ dome port would require. This should be a welcome relief for the travelling photographers. 

The SW8 Port is priced competitively at retail USD $579 and will be available in March 2014. 

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Nikon Releases RAW Image Processing Software

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Capture NX-D (beta) is Non-Destructive to RAW Files & Free to Download

 

Nikon Releases RAW Image Processing Software


Capture NX-D (beta) is Non-Destructive to RAW Files & Free to Download

By Brent Durand, February 25, 2014

 

 

 
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Nikon announced today that the beta version of their new photo processing and adjustment software, Capture NX-D, is available for download. The new software is much more robust and includes more features than Nikon's current editing software (Capture NX 2) and will replace it upon official launch.

 

Two things immediately jump out at me when reading the release:

  • The software allows users to apply changes to RAW files in a non-destructive sidecar format. This means that changes are "overlaid" on the RAW file and can be reversed at any point in time. It's one of the features that makes Adobe Lightroom so popular.
  • The software is free to download. Free is a great price for those who want to process their RAW images but don't feel the need to purchase expensive software.

 

Read Nikon's official Capture NX-D press release for full details.

 

Press Release:

 

Nikon releases the new RAW image processing and adjustment software, Capture NX-D, today

February 25, 2014

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that Capture NX-D (beta version), software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras, will be available free of charge beginning February 25, 2014.

Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 application. RAW images (with the NEF or NRW file extension) captured with Nikon digital SLR cameras, Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, and Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras can be loaded into the application for high-quality photofinishing through the processing and adjustment of images. In addition to RAW images, the application can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files. "D" comes from the word, "Development" for software that offers adjustment functions specializing in RAW development.

During the period that Capture NX-D (beta version) is available, we will collect requests and ideas regarding the application from those using it on our website. We will then use those requests and ideas to improve the application prior to its official release scheduled for this summer.

We will continue to update and provide support for the current Capture NX 2 application while the beta version of Capture NX-D is available. However, once the official version of Capture NX-D is released, we will no longer support Capture NX 2 with updates.

 

Overview

Product name: Capture NX-D (beta version)
Release date: February 25, 2014
URL: http://beta.nikonimglib.com/

 

Development Background

To date, Nikon has supported the processing and adjustment of RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras, for high-quality photofinishing, with its Capture NX series of software applications (sold separately).
Though the ViewNX series of image browsing and editing software bundled with Nikon cameras also offers some functions for adjusting RAW images, many users have demanded more advanced RAW image adjustment functions.
Therefore, we have developed a new software application that allows users to enjoy the same RAW image processing and adjustment capabilities available with the Capture NX series, and will be available free of charge*.
Capture NX-D is a software application developed with Nikon's particular imaging concept, enabling high-quality photofinishing through the adjustment of images after they are captured.

  • *Can be downloaded from our website.

 

Primary Features

  1. Adjustment functions specialized for RAW processing, just as they were with the Capture NX series

    The application includes functions for adjusting aspects of RAW images captured with a Nikon digital camera (NEF or NRW file extension) that can be adjusted even after images are captured, including white balance and exposure compensation. Smooth adjustment of images is possible immediately after they are transferred to computers.
    Picture Control, Nikon's exclusive function for specifying imaging characteristics, is also supported.

  2. Support for simple adjustment of JPEG and TIFF images

    In addition to processing and adjustment of RAW images, the application offers the same functions available with Capture NX 2 for adjustment aspects such as tone curves, brightness, and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration caused by lenses, in JPEG and TIFF images.

  3. Floating palettes that are easy to use with multiple screens

    When two or more monitors are used, the image display area can be expanded by moving individual floating palettes for each adjustment function. Convenience has been increased with the ability to combine two or more floating palettes, which can then be moved together.

  4. A variety of displays, including comparisons of multiple images and adjustment before-and-after images

    Display of the application window can be adjusted for greater convenience. Thumbnail display, filmstrip display, single-image display, and full-screen display are possible. When filmstrip display is selected, thumbnails can be positioned at the top, bottom, left, or right of the image area. In addition, displays for comparing images, whether multiple image files, or a comparison of a single image before and after adjustments are applied, are available. When comparing images, enlargement of a portion of one image automatically enlarges the same portion of the other image, making the application of adjustments with simultaneous viewing of the primary subject simpler.

  5. Adoption of a sidecar format that saves original data as non-destructive files

    Unlike the format previously used to save images to which adjustments have been applied, a sidecar format, which saves adjustment data as a separate file, has been adopted.
    Saving original data as non-destructive files allows users to start over with the adjustment of RAW images in their original, post-capture state, without undoing previous adjustments.

  6. Other functions

    Filtering functions have been built into the application, allowing users to easily find the images they are looking for by filtering them according to criteria such as camera name or lens focal length based on tag data. In addition, batch processing can be used to simplify the troublesome process of applying adjustments to multiple images, and images can be transferred to another application in 16-bit TIFF format after RAW processing.

 

Read the Press Release on the Nikon website: Capture NX-D Press Release

Download Capture NX-D here: http://beta.nikonimglib.com/

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Nauticam Housing for Panasonic GX7

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High-Quality Aluminum Housing for Panasonic GX7 Mirrorless Camera

 

Nauticam Housing for Panasonic GX7


High-Quality Aluminum Housing for Panasonic GX7 Mirrorless Camera

By Brent Durand, February 20, 2014

 

 

 
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Nauticam has announced their new housing for the Panasonic GX7. The GX7 has proven to be a popular camera option in the Panasonic Lumix lineup and boasts several new features (outlined below). Nauticam has a reputation for building excellent housings for mirrorless cameras and the NA-GX7 will be no exception. Underwater photographers will quickly notice Nauticam's intelligent engineering, quality and ease of use.

 

Panasonic GX7 Camera Highlights

  • Hybrid capture as 16MP Photo or Full HD Video 1080/60p
  • In-body stabilitzation for non-stabilized lenses (important when using 3rd party lenses)
  • 3-level foccus peeking to ensure sharp focus
  • Improved low-light performance
  • Biult-in WiFi

 

Nauticam NA-GX7 Housing Hightlights

  • Prgressive Shutter Release - easy to focus and shoot
  • Redesigned Port Latch - easily switch ports with DSLR-like system
  • Excellent ergonomics and access to all important camera functions
  • Supports wide range of lenses
  • Many accessories available

 

Official Press Release:

 

Nauticam is pleased to introduce the NA-GX7 aluminum camera housing for the Panasonic GX7 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Nauticam is the dominant manufacturer of professional grade aluminum underwater housings for mirrorless cameras and the NA-GX7 will be the clear choice for shooters of this versatile new Panasonic. Both camera and housing are bristling with technology packaged in a lightweight, rugged and easy to operate system.

 

The Panasonic DMC-GX7

The GX7 proves to be a sophisticated evolution of what has been great about the previous Panasonic Mirrorless cameras and a notable response to the features found on competitor’s models in this hotly contested enthusiast’s market segment.

 

 

Like previous Panasonics, this camera offers impressive video specs including 1080 60P in MPEG-4 or AVCHD format. But the biggest changes are served up to still photo shooters. Perhaps the most striking new feature is an articulated electronic viewfinder with 2.76 million dot resolution that provides striking detail. Panasonic has even achieved near 100% AdobeRGB color accuracy on the EVF – another first. A new in-body image stabilization system helps improve slow shutter and low light capabilities – even when shooting Olympus or third party lenses. The new 16 MP CMOS sensor has improved image quality and better low-light characteristics (a claimed 25% S/N improvement). Underwater shooters will embrace the 1/320 of a second shutter sync speed, 1/8000 top shutter speed, and close to five frames a second High Continuous mode when shooting RAW. The GX7 also offers true two command dial operation that allows for the type of instant manual or semi-manual control that underwater photographers need.

The GX7 is easily Panasonic’s most well rounded offering yet and should readily appeal to fans of the popular Micro 4/3 lens format.

 

 

 

The NA-GX7

The Nauticam philosophy for engineering and building the finest underwater housings in the world is simple. Think beyond what has been done before, work with the most demanding photographers on the planet, deliver beyond expectations, and never rest on past accomplishments – no matter how excellent. The results can be seen in everything from the smallest accessory to the most elaborate cinema based housing.

This philosophy is in full evidence on the compact, but impressive new NA-GX7. The pioneering features of the earlier Nauticam housings are apparent with the simple but secure rotating housing latch and superb progressive shutter release providing optimal “feel”. The NA-GX7 also sports some of Nauticam’s latest technology with the re-designed port locking latch that replicates the famous Nauticam DSLR port latch – making housing port changes easier than ever. Nauticam’s ground breaking integrated vacuum check and leak detector circuitry now comes standard. The new housing takes full advantage of the Panasonic’s many features and allows easy one handed operation of both command dials, video recording and EV control. The ability to activate or lower the GX7’s built in flash is immediately accessed by the left thumb to rapidly switch from optically triggered strobes to ambient light photography. The tilting LCD display is canted in housing for ideal in-water observation.

The extreme programmability of the GX7 is embraced with Fn1-4 all available in the housing. The superior video function that Panasonic is famous for is instantly accessible on the NA-GX7. Camera and housing provide an ergonomic powerhouse that will please the most critical Micro 4/3 shooter.

 

With the GX-7, Panasonic has introduced a camera that will challenge the best the mirrorless camera market has to offer. Nauticam has created the only underwater housing that is equal to that challenge.

 

 

Lens Support

Nauticam believes that every lens that makes sense to be used underwater should be supported, and the existing lineup of ports for m4/3 lenses is extensive. Nauticam carefully evaluates new lenses, and is often first to market with support when a new lens is offered. One of the advantages of the m4/3 system is that lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic can be used, and between the two, an excellent selection of lenses for underwater use is available, from the Panasonic 8mm fisheye to the Olympus 60mm macro. 

 

Examples of supported lenses for GX7

  • Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm F3.5
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS
  • Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Power OIS
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH
  • Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS
  • Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.
  • Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6

 

 

Accessories

Nauticam supplies a wide range of optional accessories that make the rig very customizable. For example, Nauticam’s NA-DP4 housing for the Small HD DP4 Monitor can take video performance to another level by rendering the video image in a position more amenable to the shooter. The monitor housing easily mounts to the top of the NA-GX7 and utilizes the optional HDMI Bulkhead for true HDMI connectivity. Utilizing DP4 features like Focus Peaking, Focus Assist, False Color, 1:1 Mapping and more, this larger monitor vastly improves composition, focus capability and exposure. 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 that allow 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. 

 

Optional accessories available for the NA-GX7:

 

  • Interchangeable back window (#17752) to allow 180º Enhanced Viewfinder or 45º Enhanced Viewfinder use
  • Complete line of ports and gears for all major lenses
  • Locking port extension rings
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor and Atomos Ninja-2 Recorder/Monitor
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon and Sea & Sea
  • 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
  • Vacuum Check Valves
  • Nauticam Super Macro Converter

 

 

Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 1.08 kg
  • Dimensions (with handles mounted): 193mm x 128mm x 99mm

 

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Ikelite Introduces Line of GoPro Accessories

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New Trays & Mounts to Prepare your GoPro for any Video Setup

 

Ikelite Introduces Line of GoPro Accessories

New Trays & Mounts to Prepare your GoPro for any Video Setup

By Brent Durand, January 20, 2014

 

Ikelite accessories for the GoPro Hero 3+

 

 
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Ikelite has just announced a new line of products for GoPro video cameras. The GoPro Hero 3+ is a versatile camera for underwater video and can be configured in a number of different ways. Ikelite has built the new product line to help photographers in any situation: mounting a GoPro on top of another housing, stabilizing shaky video or using quick release handles for easy accessory changing. Full details below.

 

 

 

Press Release:

 

Ikelite Introduces line of GoPro Accessories

Shooting with GoPro just got better. Whether you want to correct shaky video, improve comfort, add lighting, or capture video while shooting stills, Ikelite has designed a GoPro accessory to meet your needs.

 

Steady Tray for GoPro

Part No. 2601.03
MSRP $45

Ikelite accessories for the GoPro Hero 3+

Is your GoPro footage inducing motion sickness? Let's be honest, there's only so much post-editing work you can do to correct the unavoidable outcome of shaky video. Share your underwater footage with confidence by simply adding this lightweight, precision-machined aluminum tray to your GoPro camera. Steady Tray for GoPro encompasses two mounting points, designed to meet both your comfort and lighting needs.

 

Pistol Grip for Steady Tray

Part No. 2601.11
MSRP: $15

Ikelite accessories for the GoPro Hero 3+

Add a Pistol Grip to your Steady Tray for GoPro for increased comfort and stability. Durable ABS handle with soft-touch rubberized over-mold. Slightly angled for improved ergonomics. Attaches with a single screw for easy removal when backing or in between dives. Steady Tray sold separately.

 

Quick Release Handles for Steady Tray

Part No. 9531.3 - Left Handle; 9531.4 - Right Handle
MSRP: $35/ea.

Ikelite accessories for the GoPro Hero 3+

The Ikelite Quick Release Handle allows for easy attachment and removal of arm components at the touch of a button for added convenience above and below water. Durable aluminum and ABS construction with soft-touch rubber over-molding for a comfortable grip suited for large or small hands. Placement of release handle does not interfere with opening and closing the housing. Left and right handles sold separately.

 

DSLR Top Mount Kit for GoPRo

Part No. 2602.2
MSRP: $40

Ikelite accessories for the GoPro Hero 3+

Capture video while shooting stills! This mount kit is super lightweight, flexible, and includes everything you need to attach your GoPro to an Ikelite DSLR top mount.

 

Quick Release Kit for GoPro

Part No. 2602.3
MSRP: $45

Ikelite accessories for the GoPro Hero 3+

Capture video while shooting stills. Super lightweight and flexible, this mount kits includes everything you need to attach your GoPro to an Ikelite Quick Release Handle. Attach to the handle of any Ikelite DSLR housing or digital still housing. Tray and handle(s) not included.

 

Tray Mount Kit for Gamma 

Part No. 2602.3
MSRP: $55

Ikelite accessories for the GoPro Hero 3+

This kit has everything you'll need to use Gamma as a focus assist or macro video light. It's also super lightweight and flexible, so your Gamma can shine where it's needed most. 3/4 inch Flex Components act as a lightweight and comfortable handle for your compact system. Gamma flashlight not included.

 

About Ikelite

Ikelite has manufactured and designed underwater lighting and photography equipment since 1962, and continues to pave the way with innovations in the lighting and housing markets.  Like every Ikelite product, GoPro accessories are built and tested in the USA.

For more information on all Ikelite GoPro and underwater camera housings and accessories, visit www.ikelite.com.

 

 

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Aquatica Enters Micro 4/3 Housing Category

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Announces the AE-M1 Housing for the new Olympus OM-D E-M1

Aquatica Enters Micro 4/3 Housing Category

Announces the AE-M1 Housing for the new Olympus OM-D E-M1

By Brent Durand, January 10, 2014

 

Aquatica AE-M1 Housing

 

 
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Aquatica has announced a housing for the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera - their first product for the micro four thirds category. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is sure to become one of the most popular micro four thirds cameras for underwater photography. It's the new flagship model in Olympus' line of great OM-D cameras.

Previous Olympus OM-D models have housing choices from Olympus and Nauticam, so Aquatica's housing (and rumored Recsea housing for the E-M1) signal the importance of the category.

Aquatica has a long history of making dependable, high-quality housings, and the AE-M1 is no different. A relatively new feature is Aquatica's pressure "check" circuity and leak alarm, which allows divers to feel confident when taking their housing into the water.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Montreal, QC. - Aquatica Digital is pleased to announce the release of their AE-M1 housing, the latest in its fine line of precision crafted aluminum housings. This housing will incorporate all of the great features of our current DSLR line of housings, but in a much smaller and compact size. Our designers and engineers have taken full advantage of our 5-Axis machines and have come up with what we feel is the best engineered and best looking aluminum housing on the market, and with its long tradition of making underwater housings, it also has a depth rating of 300 feet.

The housing is priced competitively at USD $1,699 and will be available in March 2014. 

Aquatica AE-M1 Housing

 

ABOUT THE AQUATICA AE-M1 HOUSING

Housings built with quality

This new Aquatica housing, like all housings we make, is milled from a solid block of 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminum, it is black anodized and then for further protection, a resistant polyester electrostatic powder coat paint is added. This ensures that your investment will last a lifetime. The AE-M1 housing takes advantage of the best and lightest grips in the industry. These form fitting grips are not only light weight but also very strong and will allow you to mount large strobes or video lights hassle free and without the need for any reinforced brackets. 

 

PRESSURE ‘‘CHECK’’ CIRCUITRY AND LEAK ALARM: ALL IN ONE

The AE-M1 will ship with our new atmospheric pressure sensitive circuitry and leak alarm. This advanced Aquatica circuit has a temperature compensation included, so any change in ambient temperature or changes in the internal temperature will not cause an incorrect reading. The onboard start actuating button is for the vacuum only; your alarm is always on. The AE-M1 housing will ship with a bulkhead opening for future and easy installation of the optional vacuum valves.

 

THE RESULTS

This new Aquatica vacuum/alarm system is the most advanced on the market today:

  • Easy user installation
  • Intelligent use of LED technology
  • Onboard start actuation button

In one simple glance, the underwater photographer can be assured that the housing has water-tight integrity before, during and after the dive. 

Aquatica AE-M1 Housing

 

MORE ABOUT THE HOUSING’S UNIQUE FEATURES

 

LENS SUPPORT

The AE-M1 housing will support all the popular lenses that the shooter would want to use underwater, this will include lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic, ranging from the Panasonic 8mm fisheye to the Olympus 60mm macro and many other lenses in between. The AE-M1 housing will also have available an extensive line up of ports, including a 4 inch glass port, 6 inch acrylic port, macro port and various extension ring options.

 

VIEWFINDER OPTIONS

The AE-M1 housing comes with our standard state of the art Galileo optic viewfinder. Our engineers have made it very easy for the user to remove the back window allowing the use of our Aquaview or Aquaview 45 finder. Both of these are recognized as the best in the industry. 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

About AQUATICA

Since being founded in 1982, Aquatica designs and manufactures products of fine Canadian quality aluminum housings for underwater photography. 

 

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