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Last Call for Entries: SEA International Photo Competition

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Submit your entries by Monday, June 30

 

Last Call for Entries: SEA International Photo Competition


Submit your entries by Monday, June 30, 2014

By UWPG News, June 19, 2014

 

 

 
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Have some great photos and want to win a fantastic prize? Be sure to enter the SEA 2014 International Photo Competition. Organized by the Northern California Underwater Photography Society, the SEA contest is open to amateur and advanced underwater shooters worldwide. Details below:

 

 

SEA 2014 Photo Competition

The Northern California Underwater Photography Society announce the 49th Annual International Underwater Photo & Video Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography. The competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world using any type of camera to capture our underwater world. With prizes totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, award sponsors of the SEA 2014 competition include: SCUBA ecotourism resorts, travel agencies, and luxury live-aboard dive boats, as well as SCUBA and photography equipment manufacturers. Previous competitions have brought in the finest still images and video entries from underwater photographers and videographers around the world!

The SEA 2014 competition will issue awards for the best work in still categories including Macro, Wide Angle, Underwater California, and Marine Conservation; plus Creative. There are two video categories; Classic and Video Snapshots. The SEA 2014 competition Best of Show, in addition to a selected prize from the prize list, is awarded the prestigious Bob Commer Award of Photographic Excellence! The Bob Commer Award consists of a trophy and a check for $500.00 USD.

Entry is open on May 15, 2014. The deadline for entry is June 30, 2014.

 

Visit the SEA 2014 Competition website

 

 

 

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Adobe Announces All New Creative Cloud Photography Plan

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New Photography Plan Combines Lightoom, Photoshop and Powerful Mobile Apps

 

Adobe Announces All New Creative Cloud Photography Plan


New Photography Plan Combines Lightoom, Photoshop and Powerful Mobile Apps

By Brent Durand, June 18, 2014

 

Adobe Creative Cloud Updates

 

 
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Adobe has announced some major updates to its Creative Cloud service, including a revised $9.99/mo Photography Plan. The services available in the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan are well worth the monthly subscription for anyone who doesn't have Lightroom and Photoshop or has older versions of the software.  I'm one of the folks who bought an upgrade to Photoshop CS6 before Creative Cloud gained momentum and have been holding back on switching to the subscription, however the new Cloud and Photography Package is looking pretty irresistable.

 

Hightlights:

 

New Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

  • $9.99 per month
  • Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5.5
  • Lightroom mobile apps for iPad and iPhone
  • Photoshop Mix:  New iPad app bringing some powerful Photoshop features into the iPad for edits on the go
  • Lightroom and Photoshop upgrades as part of 14 new version releases

 

Benefits

  • Always have the latest software versions
  • Powerful editing tools for editing while on trips or in the field via iPad and iPhone

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

New Creative Cloud Technology Connects Latest Photography Tools; New Photoshop Mix Debuts for iPad

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 18, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Designed for anyone interested in photography, the new plan brings together -- for USD$9.99 per month -- Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, two tools that have fundamentally impacted how photographs and imagery shape our visual culture, as well as Lightroom’s breakthrough mobile apps on iPad and now iPhone. Also introduced today is the all-new Photoshop Mix, a new iPad app that provides access to powerful Photoshop features normally confined to the desktop, enabling compositing and transformative edits while on the go. Built using the new Adobe Creative SDK, Photoshop Mix delivers new levels of Adobe imaging precision and magic to mobile users.

“With our Lightroom products alone managing over 100 billion images, we know there’s a huge appetite from photography enthusiasts to have powerful, world-class software available on their mobile devices as well as their computers,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president, digital imaging, Adobe. “With Photoshop, Lightroom and new mobile photo apps, we’ve created the most complete photography solution on the planet, ensuring that anyone interested in photography can be creative with their images, no matter where they are.”

 

Create and Manage Beautiful Images in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5

Photoshop CC, part of the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, was updated, with stunning new features -- as part of a milestone release of Adobe Creative Cloud (see separate press release). Features for photographers, include:

  • Perspective Warp – The recently introduced capability for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area.

     
  • Blur Gallery motion effects - Two new additions, Path Blur and Spin Blur create a sense of motion, even if not originally captured with a camera, enabling photographers to tell their story or express just the right feeling in an image. There’s also faster performance when creating blur effects with the Mercury Graphics Engine delivering a performance boost with OpenCL.

     
  • Focus Mask - Lets Photoshop CC create the first step of a mask by automatically selecting the in-focus areas of an image. The Focus Mask feature works great with headshots and other images that have shallow depth of field.

     
  • Content-Aware color adaptation improvements - Previously when using Content-Aware features, if a selected area contained smooth gradients, it didn’t necessarily appear in the final image. Now retouched images using Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Patch gets more seamless and realistic. Additionally, new technology blends areas containing gradients, like skies, to give exceptional results.

     
  • Improved stylus support and experimental features for Windows 8.1 – Enjoy smoother brush strokes and a simple out-of-the-box experience with expanded stylus support for Windows 8.1. Turn on experimental features for touch and gesture controls and bigger touch targets on devices like Surface Pro 3.
The Creative Cloud Photography plan includes Lightroom 5 desktop software, a staple for all photographers, making digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Photographers can experiment without limits in a nondestructive editing environment and perfect shots with advanced controls for tone, contrast, color, and more. Efficient organizing tools help sort thousands of photos and make it simple to share them almost anywhere.
 
 
Mobile Solutions Takes Serious Photography Work Anywhere

Following its April 2014 release on iPad, Lightroom mobile is now available for iPhone. Lightroom mobile for iPhone and iPad provide the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web. The apps can automatically import images from the iPhone camera roll and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop. Lightroom mobile provides photography essentials, including non-destructive processing of files using Smart Preview technologies to enable professional class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Quickly apply star ratings, flag or reject images and edit them on iPhone and iPad. Edits and metadata changes automatically sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop and are also viewable from any Web browser at lightroom.adobe.com. Lightroom mobile photo collections are also accessible for users of Adobe Voice, the recently introduced free animated video storytelling app.
 
Photoshop Mix, provides a connected mobile workflow to Creative Cloud, aimed at anyone who wants access to powerful editing tools on their mobile device. Open Adobe Photoshop documents, individual layers from PSDs, and images from Lightroom mobile. Easily apply looks, create advanced selections and masks, and access advanced Photoshop features like Upright, Content-Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction to take creativity on the go. Then export your layered and masked composition to Photoshop CC for further refinement on the desktop. Share work, or even save it to a Photoshop document for a mobile workflow that works seamlessly with Photoshop CC.
 
 
Technology Optimized for Mobile Photography

The Creative Cloud Photography plan’s desktop and mobile apps are connected by a powerful technology designed to enable users to edit and sync photos non-destructively from anywhere. By combining the same non-destructive editing pipeline found in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, with Adobe’s renowned Smart Preview technologies, the amount of information being moved between apps is minimized, without compromising the end result. This gives users confidence that edits will be saved while being able to access their images with unprecedented speed, no matter what device.
 

Pricing and Availability

Creative Cloud Photography plan is available at $USD9.99 per month. For additional details, please visit www.adobe.com/go/photographyplan.

To get started with Lightroom mobile, visit www.adobe.com/go/lrmobile_getstarted.

Photoshop Mix is free and available for download in the Apple app store:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-photoshop-mix-creative/id885271158. To learn more about Photoshop Mix, please visit mix.adobe.com.

 

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

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MyShot Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries!

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Italian Underwater Photo Contest is Underway - Submit Photos Taken Worldwide

 

MyShot Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries!


Italian Photo Contest is Underway - Submit Photos from Anywhere

By UWPG News, June 11, 2014

 

 

 
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The MyShot Underwater Photo Contest has begun accepting entries for 2014. There are 7 categories open for compact and DSLR cameras plus video.

The MyShot contest was very successful in 2013, and 2014 offers some great prizes for the winners. Entry fees are minimal, so now is the time to enter!

 

Entry Deadline

October 31, 2014

 

Categories

  • Category RM: "REFLEX: MACRO"

  • Category RA: "REFLEX: WIDE ANGLE"

  • Category CM: "COMPACT: MACRO"

  • Category CA:  "COMPACT: WIDE ANGLE"

  • Category ED:  "DIGITAL ELABORATION"

  • Category NM:  "MEDITERRANEAN NUDIBRANCH"

  • Category VC:  "VIDEO CLIP"

 
 

Judges

     > Marco Daturi, administrator, jury coordinator

     > Cristian Umili, professional photographer

     > Alessia Comini, fotografa professionista

     > Francesco Turano, journalist, biologist and professional photographer

     > Marco Milanesi, photography and digital photo editing professional

     > Roberto Sozzani, professional photographer

     > Massimo Boyer, biologist and underwater photographer

     > Luca Coltri, professional video
 

 

Details and Entries

MyShot 2014 Underwater Photo Contest Website (english)

MyShot 2014 Underwater Photo Contest Website (Italian)

 

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Beautiful Video of Woman Dancing with Tiger Shark

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Tigress Shark: Shawn Heinrichs, Hannah Fraser & Jim Abernethy team up to Oppose West Austalia's Shark Cull

 

Tigress Shark

Shawn Heinrichs, Hannah Fraser & Jim Abernethy team up to Oppose West Australia's Shark Cull

By Brent Durand, June 10, 2014

 

 

 
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Shawn Heinrichs and Hannah Fraser have teamed up again, delivering another incredible video to share the message "End the war on sharks." The duo have worked on similar projects with whale sharks, humpback whales and most recently in Mantas Last Dance, but have taken it one step further for Tigress Shark.

Teaming up with Jim Abernethy, Hannah dived with swarms of tiger sharks without the use of protective or dive gear. The result is an incredbile video and photo series. If this video doesn't show the beauty of these magnificent sharks, then we don't know what will.

 

 

Please make sure to do what you can to help end West Australia's Shark Cull. Tiger Sharks are one of the most heavily hit species.

You can sign a petition on Shawn Heinrich's website and learn more about the Tigress Shark project below:

Tigress Shark:  Woman Dances with Tiger Sharks

 

 

 

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Sharks are Back in SoCal

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Video from Bluewater Photo's Blue & Mako Shark Dives

 

Sharks are Back in SoCal


Video from Bluewater Photo's Blue & Mako Shark Dives

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Bluewater Photo has been diving with blue and mako sharks in southern california with some great success. Unusually warm water brought makos around earlier in the season than usual, which made for some exciting diving.

UWPG publisher, Scott Gietler, made this great video showing the shark encounters.

 

 

To see all of Bluewater Photo's local and international trips, visit their trip page:

Bluewater Photo Dive Trips

 

 

 

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New Release: Bob Halstead's Coral Sea Fish Guide

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Fish ID App for the Coral Sea is available on iPhone & iPad

 

New Release: Bob Halstead's Coral Sea Fish Guide


Fish ID App for the Coral Sea is available on iPhone & iPad

By UWPG News, June 9, 2014

 

 

 
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Most divers travel with a cell phone, tablet and/or computer these days. Over the past few years we've seen apps appear that help divers and underwater photographers ID fish and marine life. Most of us can't bring our heavy collection of marine life textbooks on trips, so these apps prove invaluable while traveling.

Bob Halstead's Coral Sea Fish Guide is packed full of features and great photographs to help ID marine life in the Coral Sea. It's available for $4.99 in the Apple App Store.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

BOB HALSTEAD’S CORAL SEA FISH GUIDE

for iPhone & iPad

NEW RELEASE! With more than 850 marine species featured and over 2000 high quality colour photographs, Bob Halstead’s Coral Sea Fish Guide App provides the easiest and most interesting way for reef lovers, snorkelers and scuba divers to identify and learn about the diverse and amazing fish life of the Coral Sea area – The Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia - and often beyond. For convenience, the guide also includes some common reptiles, mammals and mysterious invertebrates.

Simple navigation for both iPad and iPhone using images allows users to quickly browse different species whether you know what you are looking for, or need a name for the fish you have just seen. You can also search for species under their “Common”, Scientific” or “Group” name. Once loaded the app does not require an Internet connection so can be used on boats at sea.

You can add your own notes to each species and create your own personal list of favourite marine animals, or animals seen on a dive, with the “My Reef” facility, and make personal notes/logs. Save, display and edit your list whenever you like. Distribution maps are provided with the opportunity to add to our knowledge by reporting your discoveries. A Rogue’s Gallery provides images and references for unusual marine creatures that might otherwise be difficult to find.

Bob Halstead has dived and photographed the Coral Sea for over 40 years and in 2008 was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. He has led innumerable dive tours in the Coral Sea area and this app aims not only to identify the marine life seen but also answer the many questions that his guests have asked him over the years. He recalls many personal encounters with Coral Sea creatures.

 

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Check out the new app, screenshots, functionality and download for iPhone and iPad:

 

 

 

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Nauticam Housing for Sony a6000 Announced

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Nauticam Announces NA-A6000 Underwater Housing

 

Nauticam Announces Housing for Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera

 

By UWPG News, May 26, 2014

 

 

 
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Nauticam has announced a housing for Sony's a6000 mirrorless camera. The camera takes the place of the NEX-6, but boats several new features, most important being a new hybrid autofocus system. The autofocus system blends contrast and phase detection to create incredibly fast focusing and focus tracking.

The new Nauticam NA-A6000 housing is feature packed and another great addition to their mirrorless housing lineup.

 

Key Features

  • Signature Nauticam Port Locking System
  • Vacuum System
  • EVF/LCD Switch
  • Locking Latch
  • Ergonomic Controls

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Housing for Sony A6000

Innovation Underwater

Nauticam announces the NA-A6000 for Sony’s exceptional mirrorless camera, the Alpha 6000 (A6000). As the clear leader in mirrorless interchangeable lens camera housings, Nauticam continues to bring innovative design and engineering to this rapidly expanding segment of the photographic community. The NA-A6000, based on the highly successful NEX series of large sensor mirrorless cameras, should prove to be one of the best underwater imaging tools to date.

The Sony A6000

The A6000 stands atop the new Ax000 series of APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras from Sony. The Ax000 series takes over the very popular NEX line with a new naming convention and fresh cameras that seem to get better with every release.

A good place to start when talking about the A6000 is the sensor. Many have found that APS-C seems to be the sweet spot in sensor design, large enough to produce excellent image quality yielding very large prints, but small enough to utilize lenses that are reasonable in size. The A6000 packs 24 megapixels of resolution prowess into this ideal sized sensor. One distinct advantage for APS-C over full frame for underwater shooters is the size of the dome port needed to produce sharp images; the domes can be considerably smaller for APS-C, which is important in these days of steep baggage charges.

The A6000 features an amazing 179 phase detect focus sensors on the sensor itself, and in combination with contrast detection, can track objects while shooting up to 11 frames per second. This is as fast the $6500 Nikon D4S! While that is impressive, one thing that stands out about the autofocus system is the wide coverage of the focus points. Frustratingly, many cameras do not cover the rule of thirds corners; the A6000 does, and actually reaches beyond that, covering about 92% of the frame. This is a photographer's camera!

A6000 is no slouch in the video department either, with 1080 60p MPEG4 and clean HDMI out. Sony has added a Zebra pattern display to aid with video exposure, a feature more often found in higher end video cameras.

 

Nauticam NA-A6000

Nauticam has more experience with mirrorless housings than any other manufacturer, yet continues to innovate with each new release. 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-A6000 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.

The new housing takes full advantage of the Sony’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 A6000’s built in flash is easily accessed 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 A6000 features a programmable function menu and two programmable custom buttons, a definite step up in utility from the NEX series. This programmability is embraced with all of these buttons readily available in the housing. For fans of “thumb focus” (moving the autofocus from half-press of the shutter to a button operated by the right thumb), this is fully supported as well, by setting the camera to use the easily accessible AEL button to AF ON.

Video is easily accessed; the video button is given special treatment, being larger, concave and red in color. For tripod use, the housing features two standard 1/4" 20 tripod holes, or is also tripod ready when using the Flexitray W camera tray.

The NA-A6000 comes standard with the Nauticam vacuum system electronic built in. By default, it serves as a audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve, (p/n# 25612) and it becomes a vacuum check system - early warning for any problem with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater.

Each control on the housing is clearly labeled, making it easy to learn the system. Milled from solid aluminum, the housing is rated to 100m/330ft depth, and is rugged and ready for use!

 

Lenses and Ports

The 16-50mm kit lens is quite versatile, and may be the only lens some people ever need. However, unlike with a compact system that does not allow lens changes, the A6000 supports a wide range of Sony and Zeiss lenses that are ideal for any shooting situation, including underwater use. Nauticam supports all of the Sony and Zeiss lenses that are suitable for underwater use.

Lenses like the Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake lens, either with or without the VCLECF1 fisheye conversion lens, or the Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS allow for full wide angle coverage, and a choice between fisheye and rectilinear. Sony produces the E 30mm F3.5 Macro lens for fish portrait and lightweight macro use. For hardcore macro enthusiasts, Nauticam and Zen Underwater support the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lenses via the Metabones adapters.

The Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12mm lens is one of the finest wide angle lenses available, and is supported via a Zen Underwater adapter and dome port. And, Zeiss is now shipping the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M macro lens, which is fully supported by a Nauticam port, for true 1:1 macro in a native E mount lens. 

 

Magnifying Optical Viewfinders

Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º magnifying viewfinder (#32201) and a 45º angled viewfinder (#32202) that provide a bright, corner to corner view of the A6000’s excellent EVF. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible. An optional LCD window (p/n #17454), containing the viewfinder mounting ring, is required to attach these finders.

 

Key Features

 

Optional Rubberized Ergonomic Handles

The optional Nauticam Flexitray or Easitray provide a lightweight, compact mounting solution for strobe arms and the NA-A6000 housing. Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic hand grips.  The soft feel and comfortable design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives.  Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit.  

 

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

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-A6000 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-01 and YS-D1 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-A6000 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea&Sea strobes, provide the best light transmission and therefore more accurate TTL of any fiber optic cable on the market. 

Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls secured to the handles of the Nauticam accessory tray systems or a single strobe mounting ball location on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for a focus light or other accessory mounting options. 

 

 

Nauticam Build Quality

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

 

Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 1.0kg
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 124mm x 88mm

 

 

Model Number: 17412

USA Retail Price: $1650

Shipping June 16, 2014

 

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For specific questions on the Nauticam NA-A6000, contact the team at Bluewater Photo. (310) 633-5052 or sales@bluewaterphotostore.com.

 

 

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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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Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

† 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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