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Fun underwater and nature video series explores Borneo's marine world
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Discover Borneo from Below

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Fun underwater and nature video series explores Borneo's marine world

Have you been looking for more underwater videos to watch... and videos that educate and provide valuable environmental messages?  We found the Borneo from Below series and think it fits the bill perfectly.

To date, Borneo from Below (produced by Scubazoo) is comprised of 15 web episodes that are available for free on their website and YouTube page. Each episode dives into the marine world all around Borneo, featuring never before seen marine life footage, progressive photo techniques, local cultures and threats to the local animals and ecosystem.

Presented by Aaron "Bertie" Gekoski, Borneo from Below will keep you mesermized by Borneo's marine world... so check it out!

 

Visit the Borneo from Below website to watch all the episodes:  

->  Borneo from Below

->  Follow Borneo from Below on Facebook

 

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New and Improved with sharper images and video, a Sony CMOS sensor and SeaLife's iconic piano key controls
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SeaLife® Unveils New Micro 2.0™ Underwater Camera

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New and Improved with sharper images and video, a Sony CMOS sensor and SeaLife's iconic piano key controls

November 4, 2015

 

SeaLife Micro 2.0 Review

 

SeaLife has announced the latest edition to their easy-to-use line of compact cameras - the Micro 2.0. This camera is a follow up to the SeaLife Micro HD fully sealed, compact camera. If you're not familiar, with the camera, check out our photo and video essay Sea Lions with the SeaLife Micro HD+ camera.

Below are some of the key features of the Micro HD as well as the significant upgrades for the SeaLife Micro 2.0.

 

SeaLife Micro 2.0 Highlights

  • New 16MP Sony CMOS image sensor

  • New 1080p video at 60fps - perfect for slow motion

  • Fully sealed and flood-proof to 200ft/60m - no o-rings to maintain

  • 3+ hr rechargeable battery and 32GB or 64GB internal memory

  • 4 underwater scene modes - no filters needed

  • 130 degree fisheye lens with 12" minimum focus distance

  • Small, compact size and light weight.

 

Availability:  Early-December through Bluewater Photo

MSRP:  $499.95

 


Purchase the SeaLife Micro HD+ from Bluewater Photo

 


 


PRESS RELEASE

 

SeaLife® Unveils New Micro 2.0™ Underwater Camera

 

Orlando, FL - SeaLife announced their latest addition to the Micro camera series, the Micro 2.0 underwater camera at the DEMA (Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association) trade show. The successor to the Micro HD, the compact Micro 2.0 is also fully sealed and flood-proof down to 200ft/60m. With no O-rings or doors to maintain the Micro 2.0 camera comes fully equipped with powerful 3+ hour internal rechargeable battery and 32GB or 64GB of internal memory.

The Micro 2.0 features a 16MP SONY® CMOS image sensor providing stunningly vibrant stills as well as sharp full HD videos with 1080p HD @ 60 frames per second or 1296 HD @ 30fps. The 130° wide angle fisheye lens allows you to get close and fit everything into the scene.  Color correction filters are not necessary.  Choose between four Land and Sea™ scene modes with three built-in underwater color corrections for diving or snorkeling, and by depth or lighting being used.  You’ll never miss the shot with the fast shutter response time and one-touch video recording.  The camera’s lens focuses as close as one foot (12 inches/30cm), that distance can be cut in half with an optional Macro close-up lens.

Ergonomic and compact at around 4 inches wide with a large 2.4” color LCD screen, the Micro 2.0 has three “Piano Key” controls that control all the cameras essential functions, the large keys make it easy to operate with or without dive gloves.

The Micro 2.0 includes two shooting modes: time lapse shooting and upside-down shooting. Time lapse shooting mode saves the footage as a video file or a series of still images based on the set time interval. The upside-down shooting mode corrects pictures and videos to an upright position when mounted upside down.

The SeaLife Micro 2.0 is available with 32 GB or 64GB of internal memory, the 64GB model is  capable of storing up to 25,000+ 16MP still images or 12+ hours full 1080P HD video while the Micro 2.0’s large internal 3.7V 2350 mAh battery will easily last for a full day of active use.

The Micro 2.0’s built-in WiFi feature wirelessly connects the camera to any iOS and Android smart phone or tablet using the free SeaLife Micro Cam app, eliminating the need to travel with a laptop computer.  You can preview and download pictures/videos from the camera to your smart device and instantly share your diving adventure with friends and family.  Additionally, the app allows for remote control of the Micro 2.0 camera, providing a live view of the display and the ability to capture and review photos and videos all on your smartphone or tablet.

Charging the battery or downloading images and video is an easy process simply done by attaching the USB cable into the camera’s waterproof USB port, the camera will trickle charge while connected to a computer and fast charge when plugged in directly to an AC power source with its included global charging kit.

The Micro 2.0 is expandable with SeaLife’s powerful Sea Dragon underwater LED lights and Flex-Connect™ arms, grips, trays and accessories. Flex-Connect trays, grips and accessories mount together in seconds for easy set-up and disassemble equally as fast for compact traveling. 

The new Micro 2.0 underwater camera will be available at SeaLife retailers in early December 2015.

 

Models:

Item SL510              Micro 2.0 (32GB)                                                                                             $499.95 (MSRP)

Item SL512              Micro 2.0 (64GB)                                                                                             $549.95 (MSRP)

 

Camera Sets with lights, grip, tray and case included:

Item SL514              Micro 2.0 (32GB Camera with Sea Dragon 1500 Lumen light)        $799.95 (MSRP)

Item SL516              Micro 2.0 (64GB Camera with Sea Dragon 2500 Lumen light)        $999.95 (MSRP)

 

About SeaLife Cameras:

SeaLife Underwater Cameras are made by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, NJ and were first introduced in 1993. In 2000, SeaLife developed the world’s first digital underwater camera. In 2007, SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm and accessory system. In 2014, SeaLife introduced the Micro HD, the world’s first permanently sealed underwater camera. SeaLife Cameras and Lighting Systems are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world. For more information visit www.SeaLife-Cameras.com.

 

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Aquatica's new Sony a7r II and a7S II housing is specifically designed for the demanding diver to easily access controls shooting photo and video
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Aquatica a7r II Housing Announced

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Aquatica's new Sony a7r II and a7S II housing is specifically designed for the demanding diver to easily access controls shooting photo and video

October 29, 2015

Aquatica has announced their housing for the much-discussed Sony a7r II and a7S II mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (yes, they use the same housing!). The a7r II sets the new standard for mirrorless cameras, producing 42MP images on a full frame sensor with excellent dynamic range, great high ISO performance (new backlit sensor technology) and 4K video resolution in-camera or to external monitor.

Bluewater Photo has published a detailed Sony a7r II Review for Underwater Photo & Video on their site.

The Sony a7S II camera is very similar to the a7r II, however instead of a huge megapixel count it is simply a beast of a camera for low light performance. The 12.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor has larger pixels for low noise at high ISOs. This is great news for underwater video shooters.

The new Aquatica housing is designed to let divers take full advantage of the a7r II and a7R II photo and video capabilities. One highlight is access to the rear rotary dial, which can be used to control ISO, white balance, shutter speed, aperture, etc). Another is the ability to use a magnifying viewfinder or attach a sunshade for LCD viewing, plus the usual HDMI bulkhead options for external monitors. Full details are in the press release below.

 

USA MSRP:  $2,699

Availability:  Please contact Bluewater Photo for details.

 


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PRESS RELEASE

 

Press release: Montreal October 26, 2015

 

ANNOUNCING THE AQUATICA A7r II HOUSING

This new Aquatica A7r II housing is designed specifically for the Sony a7R II camera, with 42mp still image and 4K video possibilities, an unequalled level of low light performance and a newly release set of high performance optics, this camera is one, if not the best, cameras to bring underwater for imaging purpose.

 

WHAT’S IN THE SONY® a7R II CAMERA?

The a7R II is the first camera with a full frame sensor to benefit from the back illuminated technology. This incredible advance in electronic science leads directly to previously unheard of, level of performance in low light situation and high ISO setting.

Mirrorless design make do without the mechanical complexity and bulkiness of traditional DSLR cameras, instead relying on electronic viewfinder or LCD viewing, some of the perks of the Sony® Aa7R II are:

 

  • It can alternate from still to video record mode directly, without the need to switch, rotate or flip a lever to go from one shooting mode to the other.

  • Doing away with the mirror mechanism makes for a slimmer body design, yet, the camera maintain a solid quality of feel and handling and the body has a great layout of controls for the underwater photographer with a large choice of customizable buttons. Most functions can be reassigned, including focus operations of the camera to the rear AF-ON button. Shutter speed adjustment, aperture value (both have independent controls) and the ISO setting is quickly accessed using the rear control wheel.

  • The Sony® lens round-up has dramatically improved recently, and can be expanded by using a Sony® FE to Canon® EF lens mount converter to access a multitude of Canon® EF mount lenses.

  • The Sony® a7R II is premiering the recording of 4K 30p video footage straight on the internal memory card or stream uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit signal via HDMI, or actually do both simultaneously, it also does in-camera recording of full frame 4K  video footage, using the full width of its sensor. It has the incredible 5 Axis sensor shift image stabilization of its predecessor, the A7 II, so be prepared for super high quality images coming out of the water with this camera.

 

THE AQUATICA A7r II HOUSING

The constant progression of digital technology is apparent in this Sony a7R II, and as they say, never say never, only a few years ago, it was thought that the DSLR as we know it, would reign has undisputed master of the underwater realm, then mirrorless camera started showing up, mostly relegated to the entry type of photographer, as of now, with this amazing camera, we can safely say that there is an heir to the throne.

 

THE CONTROLS LAYOUT

Aquatica patiently studied the Sony Alpha 7 camera line-up carefully selecting the features that set it apart from other system. We then ergonomically placed the vital controls where they were most needed, right at your fingers tips. At the core of this housing design, is over 30 years of expertise in this field, pushing us forward in incorporating new ideas, concept and technological advances to these constantly evolving imaging tools.

 

 

THE REAR ROTARY DIAL OR HOW TO QUICKLY GET TO THE ISO

Expert in the field have moaned the absence, on existing housings for this camera, of accessibility to the rear rotary dial. Given all the interesting functions (Shutter speed, aperture, and white balance and especially ISO) that can be assigned to this back wheel control, it was imperative that an easy and ergonomically located control be designed. Aquatica’s design department came up with a quick and logical way to reach it and this exclusive rear rotary dial is now accessible via a knurled control knob located within easy reach of the photographer thumb. 

The SET button is accessed via an extender, engaging the desired value is quickly and efficiently done without the need to remove your hand from the grip, or for that matter, your eye from the view finder.

The custom function buttons C1 and C2 locations are optimized, C1 being extended so has to be right at your fingers tips. Aquatica is well aware that no matter what amount of customizing a camera can offer, if these options are not easily accessed, they might as well not be available, success is often delimited by one reaction time in adapting to a specific situation, and we have invested many hours in designing this ultimate imaging tool that the Aquatica A7r II housing is.

 

HANDLING THE HOUSING THE BEST GRIPS IN THE INDUSTRY

Handling is made with a pair of grips that have become the bench mark in comfort since their introduction a quarter of a century ago, these grips are a perfect example of Aquatica philosophy, change should be implemented to improve a products, and not for the sake of novelty, when grips are as perfect as these are, leave them alone! Our grips are light, sturdy and form fitting, they contribute to making your underwater photography experience, more pleasing and comfortable. Mounting points on top of them allows strobes arms, such as those from our Delta 3 line, to be mounted securely, freeing the top of the housing from unnecessary clutter.

 

STROBE CONNECTIVITY

The Aquatica A7r II offers the best available options on the market for connecting strobes with dual optical ports which includes the LED strobe trigger relay, or a choice of either wired dual Nikonos or single Ikelite connectors. No matter which strobe option you select, you can be assured that there is no hidden cost or supplementary accessory required to be fully operational since all options retail at the same price and includes all components required to connect your strobe(s).

The LED Strobe trigger relay, which is included with the optical version of this housing, is powered by two popular “off the shelf” CR 2450 batteries, averaging 4,000 to 5,000 burst of light, the trigger slide into the hot shoe of the camera like any other hot shoe accessory would. The 20079-OPT version of the housing is ready to accept standard optical fiber sync cable commonly found on the market, there is no need for special proprietary or custom type cord, the optical fiber cord supplied by the strobes manufacturers are ready to use as is.

The 20079-NK versions is set up with time proven Nikonos bulkheads connectors, the same found on all our current Aquatica DSLR housings, it is a well-established standard, which has been the back bone of strobe technology for decades and still, by far, the most distributed type of strobe connectors in the whole underwater photography industry, every strobe manufacturer offering then as a mean of connection. The Aquatica A7r II housing comes, not with one, but two of these connectors installed. These connectors, as well as the optical ones are easy to replace in the field, should one decide to alternate between way of triggering their strobes, no special tools are required, and the operation is done in minutes.

Also available is the 20079-KM version. Since many hard working underwater professional photographers prefer using Ikelite strobes and connectors for their ruggedness and reliability. Aquatica has made a point to have this housing version available equipped with an Ikelite strobe connector.

 

VIEWING OPTIONS

Viewing is done with either our standard Galileo type eye piece or through the rear LCD screen. Shooting close up at sea floor level is much easier when viewing with the rear LCD screen, while viewing through the view finder is ideal for bright sunny condition that may affect viewing the rear LCD screen.

Additionally our two optional finders, the Aqua View 45o and 180o finders can be attached in less than a minute, they provide enhanced viewing of the camera view finder and when coupled with the Sony excellent focus peak option, will be sure to results in razor sharp focusing performances.

An optional LCD sunshade is also available to improve viewing when using the rear LCD screen for shooting.

 

 

 

PORT SELECTION

While the Sony® a7R II camera itself is diminutive in size, it is nevertheless a full frame sensor and the choices of optics are accordingly sized for the task. Rather than introducing yet another line of ports and extension, Aquatica opted to use its excellent line up of existing port for the DSLR line of housings, simply put, there is no need for special dedicated ports or adapter to benefit from the most appealing lenses mentioned earlier for this camera, it also means owners of any current Aquatica DSLR system can migrate their ports, extension and view finders straight to the Aquatica A7r II housing.

Ports are a vital part of the optical formula of any underwater photographic system, we, at Aquatica, have one of the most comprehensive selection available. Our flexible modular system of extension rings, dome and flat ports is ready to face the challenge of constantly evolving lenses coming out on the market. The irreproachable optical quality of these ports have long made them the choice of demanding professionals from around the world.

Wide angle imaging requirement can be addressed with dome of 4”/100mm, 6”/150mm, 8”/200mm and 9.25”/230mm, from ultra wide angle close up situation to top quality over/under images, our dome ports have you covered

Macro imaging needs can be fulfilled using one of three flat ports available, two are designed for AF operation, one being a slimmer version and the third one, and one, the AF/MF version, is equipped with a knob on its side so critically focusing in manual becomes possible, and if big is not big enough! Then all three of these ports are ready to accept our acclaimed close up wet diopter lenses.

 Tying the port system together are a set of ten extension rings, ranging in length from .65”/16.5mm to 3.82”/97.5mm. Port extension are important, as they help optimizing the performance of wide angle lens when properly placed and offer added flexibility in the range of lenses usable behind a specific dome port. When used behind a flat port, they add the necessarily length when using longer focal length, tele converter, dry diopter, extension tube  or other accessories that may contribute to added magnification.

 

SAFETY FEATURES

The Aquatica A7r II comes standard with our own Surveyor moisture and vacuum monitoring sensor circuit installed at the factory, the housing can be ordered with the optional pressure extracting valve and pump installed at the factory. The visual and audio signal will attract your attention should any of the O-ring becomes damaged or hindered by sand, hair or any foreign objects that would compromise the sealing integrity of the housing. All that is required are a few simple steps for your peace of mind and knowledge that your equipment is safely protected from the environment.

Securing of the housing is done with time proven stainless steel latches with safety tab, these are non-gimmicky, their solid track record shows that they are not failure prone, will not jam up or corrode over time. A large variety of scientific and military departments use theses for securing their valuables assets and equipment for a good reason. Their simple and efficient design makes them reliable, they are a reflection of Aquatica’s commitment to rely on time proven technology.

 

HOW IT’S MADE

At the core of the design is the shell, made of 6061 T6 aluminum, the same routinely used in aerospace technology. Known for its high resistance to corrosion, this material is then anodized to a MIL-A-8625 Type 2, Class 2 speciation, then covered with a tough as nail, black Polyester powder coating, certified to A.A.M.A 2603-98 specification, which is then baked on at high temperature. This kind of protection is not superfluous, as evidently shown on Aquatica housings having logged over 3,000 immersion and which are still on active duty, day after days.

Controls shafts and push buttons are Type 304 stainless steel, another metal commonly used by the aerospace industry, it is controlled to be free of the iron contaminants that degrade quality and integrity of the metal, such as often found on the less stringent type 316, which, unfortunately, is too often used in this industry.

The housing shell, has two entry point for connecting strobes plus three others for adapting various accessories. There is a large size one on the left hand side that can be adapted for a 16mm or 1/2” diameter, ideal for connecting a monitor, behind it is a standard 1/2” diameter one and to its right, a standard 1/2” hole is provided for the optional Surveyor pressure valve.

 

MAIN FEATURES OF THE AQUATICA A7r II HOUSDING

  • Well established and proven system of port, extension and accessories to attend to your personal lenses preferences.

  • Quick and simple installation of enhanced viewfinders, no special tool required

  • The best selection of strobes connectors on the market. No additional cost involved, no matter the options selected.

o   Dual Nikonos bulkheads

o   Optical fiber with flash trigger included

o   Ikelite single bulkhead

  • The best ergonomic, hands on the grip controls placement, including access to the all-important rear control rotary dial.

  • All controls accessible in all dive conditions, cold or warm, gloves or not.

  • Secure port locking system and easy access lens release button.

  • The most comfortable and sturdy hand grips of the industry.

  • Precise camera mounting via a quick release camera tray.

  • Three (3) entry point for accessories such as HDMI monitors, Hydrophone, remote control or vacuum monitoring system.

  • Eight (8) threaded standard ¼”-20 holes on top, bottom and grips for mounting brackets, arm, tripods or other accessories.

  • Depth rating options of 90m or 130m depth at no extra charges.

  • Time proven manufacturing process using state of the art tooling, and the best material available for years of enjoyable service. 

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Bluewater Photo announces winners of the annual SoCal Shootout 3-day underwater photo contest
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SoCal Shootout Winning Photos

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Bluewater Photo announces winners of the annual SoCal Shootout 3-day underwater photo contest

October 6, 2015

Bluewater Photo has just announced winners of the 5th annual SoCal Shootout underwater photo contest. The 3-day event saw some excellent dive conditions in Southern California, allowing photographers and videographers to access some of the most photogenic dive sites in the area.

The SoCal Shootout saw some intense competition from very talented photographers in all categories this year. A big congratulations goes out to Brook Peterson, who won Best of Show with her image of a sea lion pup swimming by blowing bubbles - a perfect example of active marine life behavior.

Over $20,000 in prizes are being awarded to the SoCal Shootout winners, including:

  • Aquatica Digital - choice of GH4 or OM-D E-M1 housing

  • Rocio Del Mar - liveaboard trip spot

  • Aiyanar - dive & stay package

  • SEA&SEA strobes

  • Bluewater Travel vouchers for dive travel bookings

Other sponsors include The Cortez Club, Maluku Divers, I-Torch, Channel Islands Dive Adventures, Bluewater Photo, Ikelite, Light & Motion, FIX Neo, Ultralight, Truth Aquatics and Peace dive boat.

The judging panel was comprised of professional photographers Andy Sallmon and Mark Strickland with Bluewater Photo owner Scott Gietler.

 

-> View all the SoCal Shootout Winning Photos

 

Bluewater Photo SoCal Shootout winners 2015

 

Socal Shootout 2015

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

5th Annual SoCal Shootout Results

Culver City, California – We are excited to announce the winners of the 5th Annual SoCal Shootout. With excellent conditions, our highest number of participants and overall great photographers this year we had an intense competition with some really fantastic entries. In the end, the best in show prize went to Brook Peterson with a stunning sea lion behavior shot. Ben Hofilena and Christopher Borel took first place in the Open Wide and Mirrorless Wide Angle categories respectively with colorful, fish filled photos from our local Oil Rigs.

Our new categories for this year, Mirrorless Wide Angle and Mirrorless Macro were extremely successful with many entries showcasing the beauty of the California waters. In addition we continued to have a strong video competition with Todd Kortte taking first place in our edited video category with his stunning edit of bait-fish schooling among the oil rigs. 

Compact shooters continued to amaze with incredible kelp forest scenes from Compact Wide winner Ty Oliver, and Compact Macro winner Michal Ross.

 

See below for the full list of winners, all winning photos can be found at:

www.bluewaterphotostore.com/2015-socal-shootout-results

The 5th Annual SoCal Shootout weekend took place September 18th-20th, 2015 with participants shooting all over the Southern California waters.

Entries were judged by professional underwater photographers Mark Strickland, Andy Sallmon and Bluewater Photo owner Scott Gietler.

Over $20,000 in prizes are being awarded to the winners with top sponsors offering a housing from Aquatica Digital, strobes from Sea & Sea and a lighting package from iTorch. We had several local trip prizes from sponsor Channel Islands Dive Adventures. Bluewater Travel will be organizing the winner's trips from our international sponsors. These included the Rocio del Mar liveaboard, Aiyanar Beach & Diving Resort in the Philippines, the Cortez Club & La Concha in La Paz, and Maluku Divers in Indonesia. A full list of sponsors can be located at www.bluewaterphotostore.com/socal-shootout#sponsors

 

About the SoCal Shootout: 

The SoCal Shootout is an annual photography competition where some of Southern California’s most active underwater photographers strive to capture the best possible photos over a three day period. Major editing is not allowed, so the competition truly tests a photographer’s ability to capture stunning imagery in-camera. Bluewater Photo, Southern California’s only dedicated underwater photography center, sponsors the event along with many top underwater photography and scuba brands, international resorts and local dive boats – all of which are excited to support the Californian scuba diving community.

 

Winners:

 

Best in Show

Brook Peterson

 

Open Wide Angle

First Place:  Ben Hofilena

Second Place:  Adam Martin

Third Place:  Jim Argonick

Honorable Mention:  Nayan Savla

Honorable Mention:  Jim Argonick

 

Open Macro

First Place:  Helen Brierley

Second Place:  Christopher Borel

Third Place:  Brook Peterson

Honorable Mention:  Craig Hoover

Honorable Mention:  Craig Hoover

 

Open Behavior

First Place:  Brook Peterson

Second Place:  Nayan Savla

Third Place:  Sandra Dildine

Fourth Place:  Brook Peterson

Honorable Mention:  Erik Lucas

Honorable Mention:  Steve Fitzpatrick

 

Open Portrait

First Place:  Cindy Shaw

Second Place:  Craig Hoover

Third Place (tie):  Tiffany Poon

Third Place (tie):  Desmond Ho

Honorable Mention:  Adam King

Honorable Mention:  Joseph Jenkins

 

Mirrorless Wide Angle

First Place:  Christopher Borel

Second Place:  Christopher Borel

Third Place:  Kelly Teich

Honorable Mention:  Renee Capozzola

Honorable Mention:  Mark Judd

 

Mirrorless Macro

First Place:  Desmond Ho

Second Place:  Bruce Sudweeks

Third Place:  Melvin Moncrieff

Honorable Mention:  Patrick Smith

Honorable Mention:  Melvin Moncrieff

 

Compact Wide Angle

First Place:  Ty Oliver

Second Place:  Ashley Lewis

Third Place:  David Guth

Honorable Mention:  Renee Capozzola

Honorable Mention:  Camilla Hall

 

Compact Macro

First Place:  Michal Ross

Second Place:  Brian Herold

Third Place:  Sandra Dildine

Honorable Mention:  David Guth

Honorable Mention:  Sandra Dildine

 

Edited Video

First Place:  Todd Kortte

Second Place:  Daniel McGanty

Third Place:  Robert Arnold

 

Unedited Video

First Place:  Andre Labuda

Second Place:  Daniel McGanty

Third Place:  Hank Kratzer

Honorable Mention:  Richard Hofmann

Honorable Mention:  Vanessa Homyak

 

 

Media Contact:

Kelli Dickinson

kelli@bluewaterphotostore.com

310-633-5052

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ScubaShooters announces Deep Visions UWP Awards photo contest with great prizes
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Deep Visions 2015 Contest Now Accepting Entries

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ScubaShooters announces Deep Visions UWP Awards photo contest with great prizes

Our friends at ScubaShooters have just announced the first annual Deep Visions underwater photo contest. Publishers of a fantastic e-Magazine, website and popular Facebook group, the Deep Visions contest is the ScubaShooters' most recent undertaking in the world of uw photography.

The Deep Visions 2015 contest is accepting entries through December 3, 2015. The contest features 7 categories: wide-angle and macro for DSLR and mirrorless, wide-angle and macro for compact cameras, black and white, behavior and a special Snoot Shots category for macro shooters.

Update:  DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 20, 2015 !!

Entries due:  December 3, 2015

More information & to Enter:  Deep Visions 2015 Contest

 

 

Enter the Deep Visions Contest:  Deep Visions 2015 Contest

 

 

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Nauticam's new full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens M3
By Brent Durand

Nauticam Canon M3 Housing Released

Brent Durand
Nauticam's new full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens M3

Nauticam has released a new housing for Canon's flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera - the Canon EOS M3. The new housing delivers Nauticam's signature ergonomic control access, complete functionality, and a comprehensive lens port lineup.

The NA-EOSM3 also features a brand new Shutter Release Extension, which provides the ability to customize the feel of the shutter release depending on shooter's style of holding the housing. 

A wide port selection for a variety of lenses, compatibiliy with Nauticam's vacuum check system, viewfinders and other accessories allow divers to put together the perfect Nauticam Canon EOS M3 housing kit.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Announcing Nauticam Support for Canon EOS M3

 

A full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon MIL flagship.

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of the NA-EOSM3, the newest offering in the largest lineup of precision aluminum underwater camera housings available today.

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The Canon EOS M3

EOS M3 is a high performance 24 megapixel APS-C mirrorless body that signals Canon's new commitment to the mirrorless segment.  EOS M3 improves upon its predecessors in nearly every way, but most noticeably autofocus.  The system uses 49 on sensor phase-detect points that result in focus speeds up to 6 times faster than the original EOS M.

nauticam canon m3 housing review

 

Ergonomically the body is much improved.  Individual command wheels access shutter speed and aperture, along with a dedicated mode dial, and an exposure compensation dial.  These physical dials give enthusiast photographers direct, convenient control access that perfectly complements the already excellent Canon EOS M touch screen interface.  The EOS M3 also features a nicely contoured grip that further improves handling.

Canon EOS M3 Key Features

  • 24.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • 49 on sensor phase-detect AF Points
  • 3", 1 m-dot ClearView II TFT-LCD Panel
  • 4.2 fps continuous shooting speed
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video at 30 frames per second with manual exposure control
  • HDMI Output

Nauticam NA-EOSM3

The NA-EOSM3 housing delivers ergonomic control access, complete functionality, and a comprehensive lens port lineup.  Nauticam leads the underwater housing market in mirrorless interchangeable lens camera support, and the expertise gained from dozens of previous models is fully integrated into the NA-EOSM3 design.

Essential functions are placed for fingertip access at the sculpted right grip.  Key controls, such as f-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, focus point, and the star button (*) are all easily accessed from the housing grip.  The highly refined Nauticam shutter release lever provides tactile feel of half press, critical for accurate pre-focus.

Camera setup is designed to be simple, and fool proof.  The slides into the housing with all controls perfectly aligned, and nothing needing to be pre set.  A robust cam lever lock ensures perfect alignment.  It is impossible to close the housing back door with the camera incorrectly installed, or the camera tray unlocked.

 

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New Shutter Release Extension

NA-EOSM3 ergonomics are perfectly engineered for a "right hand on the grip" shooting style.  Some users, especially those diving in cold water with dry gloves, need alternate ways to hold and operate the camera.

This included shutter release extension and stainless steel handle bracket provide convenient shutter release access when used with the Nauticam Tray and Handle Systems.

 

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Locking Rotary Latch

A large, locking rotary latch securely closes the housing back door.  

Sculpted Grip
Ergonomic Shutter release lever and contoured grip.

 

 

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Patented Port Locking Lever

Closeup view of the patented Nauticam Port Locking Lever and large, rubberized zoom / focus control.

The Port Locking Lever is a signature Nauticam feature, providing the easiest and most secure port attachment available today.  No twisting, just push in, and lock!

 

Feature Checklist

  • Unsurpassed build quality, designed by award winning engineering team
  • Produced utilizing the most modern manufacturing technology available
  • Ergonomically placed controls with size, shape, and color differentiation
  • Access to all key camera controls
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Patented Port Locking System
  • Lens release button
  • Easy to operate locking rotary latch
  • Quick release camera mounting plate
  • Optical strobe connectors for fiber optic flash triggering
  • 1x M16 accessory hole for HDMI, hydrophone, or electrical sync connector installation
  • Single M14 accessory hole for vacuum valve
  • Integrated vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuit (valve optional)
  • 1/4-20 tripod mounting holes
  • Cold Shoe and 10mm threaded accessory mounting point
  • 100m Depth Rating

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system inspires confidence, with constant LED monitoring of the water tight system status.

NA-EOSM3 includes vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuitry as standard equipment.  When paired with an optional vacuum valve (sold separately), the operator can, at a glance, instantly see the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.

The NA-EOSM3 ships with a 2nd bulkhead port specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the primary bulkhead ports for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories.

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Recommended Accessories

The Nauticam LCD Magnifier (pn 25106) and LCD Magnifier Attachment Rails (pn 25122) allows for a clear, closeup view of the 1 m-dot EOS M3 LCD Screen.  The rubber hood and eye cup provide generous shading for clear viewing even in bright light, and magnifying optics with dioptric adjustment provide a sharp image for precise confirmation of fine focus.

 

M14 Vacuum Valve (pn 25611)

The NA-EOSM3 Housing ships with the Nauticam Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection circuitry installed as standard equipment.  An accessory Vacuum Valve is required to unlock vacuum monitoring functionality.

 

The Nauticam Easitray (pn 71206)Flexitray (71207), and Flexitray W (71209) provide added flexibility in underwater handling, enhanced ergonomics when used in cold water with thick gloves, and mounting locations for a myriad of accessories.

 

Recommended EF-M Lenses

 

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

An ideal mid-range zoom, covering the entire range between wide angle and macro images, and capable of excellent closeups.

 

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

A versatile wide angle zoom, free from fisheye distortion, with over 100 degrees of diagonal coverage at 11mm.

 

 

Recommended EOS Lenses (used with EF-EOS M Adaptor)

 

EF-EOS M Adaptor with Canon 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

8-15 is a truely remarkable fisheye zoom lens.  Covering a range from 10-15mm on APS-C without vignette, 8-15 provides the underwater photographer with a 180 deg full frame fisheye that can zoom down to a narrower 120 deg diagonal.  This lens is perfectly suited to close focus wide angle and big animal shooting.

 

EF-EOS M Adaptor, with Canon EF-S 60mm or EF 100mm Macro Lenses

The Canon 60mm and 100mm IS L macro lenses provide two outstanding options for the EOS M3 owner interested in macro and super macro imaging.

 

Both Lenses are capable of 1:1 reproduction ratio.  The 100mm lens has added working distance, image stabilization, and legendary "L" lens image quality.

For super macro subjects, add the revolutionary Super Macro Converter (pn 81201, SMC-1).  SMC Achieves 1.7:1 reproduction ratio when paired with the 60mm, and a stunning 2.2:1 reproduction ratio with the 100mm L lens.

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m

  • Dimensions: 195mm W x 127 mm H x 104 mm D

  • Weight: 1.09kg

Model Number: 17322
USA Retail Price: $1450
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Scuba Diving Magazine showcases the winning photos from 2015 Through Your Lens contest
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Through Your Lens Contest Winners Announced


Scuba Diving Magazine showcases the winning photos from 2015 Through Your Lens contest

By UWPG News, September 8, 2015

 

 

 
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Scuba Diving magazine has announced the winners of the 11th annual Through Your Lens underwater photo contest. The winning images showcase marine life from around the world, with both large and small creatures, as well as interesting stories behind each shot.

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to all the winners, including several who have contributed photos and articles to the Underwater Photography Guide in the last few months.

View all the Through Your Lens contest winners.

 

 

 

 

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Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film
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Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film

 

Ocean Gravity - Freediver Drifts Through Space


Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film

By Brent Durand, September 3, 2015

 

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I just discovered this film and was immediately mesmerized by the strong imagery pulling my away from the comfort of what we usually see in underwater movies.

Directed by Guillaume Néry and Julie Gautier, the duo behind Les Films Engloutis, Ocean Gravity is combines a freediver (Néry) with unusual cameras angles by underwater camerawoman Gautier as they drift along a seemingly barren reef.

The emphasis of the film is that there is no up and down and right side up underwater - the ocean becomes a great cosmos with man left to simply float along in its vast expanse.

If you have seen Les Films Engloutis' other popular film, Free Fall, then you're familiar with their imaginative work underwater and during post-processing.

Ocean Gravity was filmed in the Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. According to Gautier, the most challenging aspect of the filming process was trying to avoid filming the abundant marine life in the area (sharks, big fish, dolphins, etc).

Here's the fascinating film:

 

OCEAN GRAVITY by Les Films Engloutis

 

You can view more at Les Films Engloutis.

 

 


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Inside look at Fantasea's compact, sturdy and ergonomic housing for the incredible Sony RX100 IV
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Inside look at Fantasea's compact, sturdy and ergonomic housing for the incredible Sony RX100 IV

Fantasea has released their new housing specifcally designed for the Sony RX100 IV - the Fantasea FRX100 IV housing.

The Sony RX100 IV has taken yet another major step in the world of compact cameras. Highlights include 20MP still images, ability to shoot 4K video, 5x faster processor than the RX100 III and super slow motion video at up to 960fps (40x slow motion). Check out the Sony RX100IV specs.

The new Fantasea FRX100 IV housing brings simple, functional and ergonomic control to the RX100 IV. Fantasea housings are known for their clearly labeled, easy-to-use buttons designed into compact camera housings, and the FRX100 IV is no exception. Shock resistant construction, depth rating to 200ft, access to all camera controls, wet lens compatibility and free moisure detector put this housing at an incredible dollar to value ratio.

 

 

 

Fantasea introduces a new underwater housing for the brand new Sony RX100 IV camera.

The FRX100 IV Housing is specifically designed for the Sony RX100 IV, thereby providing the most compact, sturdy and ergonomic waterproof housing for this camera. The FRX100 IV is also fully compatible with the RX100 III camera.

The FRX100 IV is manufactured to the highest professional standards of function, style and durability. It is depth rated to 60m/200 feet and is fully functional with ergonomically designed and labeled controls. The Fantasea FRX100 IV is the ultimate waterproof home for the Sony RX100 IV and RX100 III cameras.

  • Pro's consider the Sony RX100 IV to be 2015's World's Best Compact Camera (Kenrockwell.com)

  • Camera offers a handful of upgraded features, all so important to underwater photographers. Enhanced features include:

    • New 20.1 megapixel 1”-type CMOS sensor , considered to be years ahead of the competition

    • 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens

    • Slow motion video recording up to 1000 fps

    • 4K (UHD) video recording with full sensor readout and bit rates up to 100Mbps

    • Dual recording captures 17MP stills while recording up to 1080/30p video

    • Incredibly fast (16 fps!) continuous shooting

    • Anti-distortion shutter

    • NEW picture profile modes including SLog2 gamma settings

    • 3-stop neutral density filter

    • 3" LCD with 1.3m dots

  • The FRX100 IV Housing introduces the highest and most professional standards of function, style and durability

  • Full access to all essential camera controls & functions with clearly marked buttons

  • Depth rated to 60 meters / 200 feet

  • Lens port adaptor included, allowing the use of M67 (67mm) macro and wide angle conversion lenses

  • Shock resistant construction

  • Ergonomic design

  • Double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal

  • BONUS - Moisture Detector installed in every FRX100 IV Housing at no additional cost!

  • FREE Hand Strap and Port Cover

  • Best value-for-money deal

  • A complete accessory system available, including wide angle and macro lenses, color correction filters, flashes, video lights and all necessary adaptors and connectors

  • Manufacturer's warranty

 

 

 

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Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more
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X-Ray Mag issue #68 Available for Download


Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more

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X-Ray Magazine has published their latest issue, #68. The minitheme of this issue is Florida's Palm Beaches, which includes articles on blackwater diving, the Florida springs, eh Warbird wreck mystery, Lamar Hires, symbiosis, children and scuba, plus much more.

This issue is available for free download and is packed full of great photos and words.

DOWNLOAD:  X-Ray Mag issue 68

 

 

 

 

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