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FIX Neo Mini 500 FS Light

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

 

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS Light


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

By UWPG News, July 23, 2014

 

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

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

 

 

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

 

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FIX Neo Mini 500 FS:

The next evolution in focus lights.

 

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

 

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

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

Two Beams - One Light!

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



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

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

Auto Shut-Off:

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

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

Battery Status Indicator:

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

FIX Neo Mini 500 FS focus Light

 

USB Charging with CR123 Back Up:

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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


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

By UWPG News, July 22, 2014

 

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

 

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

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

 

MSRP:  $1,995

Delivery:  TBD

 

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

 

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Aquatica AGH4 Preview:  4K cinema for the consumers!

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

About The Aquatica AGH4

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

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

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

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

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

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

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

 

ISO Control

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

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

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

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

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

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Port System

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

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

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

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

 

Viewfinder Options

Aquatica AGH4 Housing Viewfinder

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

 

 

Camera Protection

Aquatica Surveyor Moisture & Vacuum Sensor

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

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

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

 

The Amphibico Latch

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

 

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

 

The Aquatica Hand Grips

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

 

Housing Construction

Aquatica AGH4 Housing

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

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

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Depth Rating:

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

 

Dimensions:   

Height: 6’’

Depth: 3.75’’

Width:  7.140’’ (without grip attached)

With grips: 11.2’’ (with grips attached)

Weight (with grips attached): To be determined         

 

Standard features

-  Quick removal camera tray

-  Ergonomically optimized   for diving conditions

-  Oversized knurled controls knobs

-  Sturdy comfortable grips

-  Extended shutter release

-  Port lock mechanism

-  Lens release mechanism

-  Standard high quality Galileo optical eyepiece

-  Dual sacrificial anodes (front and rear mounted)

           

Construction of shell 

-  6061 T6 Marine Grade aluminum

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

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

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

 

Control shafts and push pins

-  Type 304 marine grade Stainless steel

-  All shaft double sealed with double O-rings

-  All push pins sealed with Quad Rings  

 

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

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

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

 

 

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Ikelite Optical Slave Converter

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

 

Ikelite Optical Slave Converter


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

By UWPG News, July 22, 2014

 

 

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

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

 

 

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Trigger your Ikelite strobes without cables or cords!

 

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

 

 

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Swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii

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

 

Swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii


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

By UWPG News, July 22, 2014

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Ikelite Housing for Sony RX100 III

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Ikelite First to Market with Housing for Sony RX100 III

 

Ikelite Housing for Sony RX100 III


Ikelite First to Market with housing for Sony RX100 III

By UWPG News, July 15, 2014

 

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Sony Rx-100 III

 

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

 

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

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

 

Availability:  Ships Mid-July

Product Number:  6116.12

MSRP:  $550

 

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Ikelite™ Underwater Housing for Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Humpback Whales From a Drone

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Incredible Aerial Footage of Humpback Whales Shot with GoPro

 

Humpback Whales From a Drone


Incredible Aerial Footage of Humpback Whales Shot with GoPro

By UWPG News, July 10, 2014

 

Humpback Whale Video with Drone and GoPro

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nauticam Housing for Panasonic GH4

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Nauticam Announces Housing Support for the GH4 in Two Ways: Learn How

 

Nauticam Housing for Panasonic GH4


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

By Brent Durand, July 9, 2014

 

Panasonic GH4 Nauticam Underwater Housing

 

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

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

Ship Date:  July 15, 2014

 

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Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing

 

Housing for Panasonic GH4

Innovation Underwater

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

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4

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

 

Panasonic GH4 Housing

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4

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

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

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

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

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

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

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

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

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

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

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

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

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

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

 

Video shot with the GH4 in the NA-GH3 housing

 

 

Lenses and Ports

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

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

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

Nauticam SMC

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

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

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

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

 

Magnifying Optical Viewfinders

Nauticam Viewfinder

 

Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º magnifying viewfinder (#32201) and a 45º angled viewfinder (#32202) that provide a bright, corner to corner view of the GH4’s excellent EVF. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible. An optional LCD window (p/n # 17751), containing the viewfinder mounting ring, is required to attach these finders. For owners of NA-GH3, this is the same window used for that housing. 

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

Monitoring or Recording

Nauticam GH4 Underwater Video Monitor

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

 

Key NA-GH4 Features:

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing Features & Specs

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing Features & Specs

 

Lighting and Mounting Options

Nauticam Underwater Housing for Panasonic GH4

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

nauticam Clamp

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

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

 

Nauticam Build Quality

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

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

Specifications

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

 

Model Number: 17709

USA Retail Price: $2250

Shipping July 15, 2014

 

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4

 

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Scalloped Hammerheads listed as Endangered

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NMFS Lists 2 Hammerhead Populations as Threatened & 2 Populations as Endangered Species

 

Scalloped Hammerheads Listed as Endangered

NMFS Lists 2 Hammerhead Populations as Threatened and 2 as Endangered Species

By Brent Durand, July 3, 2014

 

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Today is a special day for hammerhead sharks. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued a final determination to list 4 key scalloped hammerhead species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), scheduled to become effective on September 2, 2014.

Listing a species under the ESA provides critical step for raising awareness of the plight of both the sharks and their habitat, as well as research efforts to address conservation needs. The newly listed scalloped hammerhead sharks live primarily outside U.S. waters, however this is a critical first step towards larger protection measures.

Which populations were listed?

  • Central & Southwest Atlantic and Indo-West Pacific distinct populations listed as threatened species
  • Eastern Atlantic and Eastern Pacific distinct populations listed as endangered species

 

This petition was submitted by WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals, with many other supporting groups and organizations.  Jay Tutchton, Senior Staff Attorney with Defenders of Wildlife, issued the following statement:

“This is great news for hammerhead sharks. The National Marine Fisheries Service deserves credit for moving to protect a shark species headed towards extinction. This is what the Endangered Species Act is for and we’re glad to see the National Marine Fisheries Service embracing this valuable tool for wildlife conservation.

“Today’s listing is a significant step in the right direction, but there is still much work to be done. Defenders looks forward to working with the National Marine Fisheries Service on implementing habitat protections for these sharks within U.S. waters in order to give these animals a fair shot at recovery.”

 

Full details on the ESA's hammerhead listings can be found on their website here.

Special thanks to Defenders of Wildlife for sharing the news.

 

 

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FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR Light

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Spot, Wide, Red & Mixed Light in the FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR for Photo & Video

 

FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR Light


Spot, Wide, Red & Mixed Light in the FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR for Photo & Video

By UWPG News, June 27, 2014

 

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Nauticam has announced a new FIX light that is actually 4 lights in one:

  • 2000 lumen wide beach
  • 720 lumen spot beam
  • Red beam
  • Red / white mixed beam

 

This light offers versatility in a single light body. Small in size, the new FIX Neo 2000 will be a great option as a focus light for underwater photography or as a video light(s).

 

MSRP:  $899

FULL SPECS & PURCHASE:  FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR Light

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

 

For Immediate Release:

FORT LAUDERDALE – June 27, 2014 – Nauticam USA announces the FIX Neo 2000DX SWR underwater photo and video light. The Neo 2000DX SWR is four lights in one: a powerful 2000 lumen wide beam for focus assist or video shooting, a focused 720 lumen spot beam for macro, a red beam for a stealthy night dive focus light, and a unique red/white mixed mode.

Gone are the days when you had to choose a light that could only help you shoot in one mode. Most of today's sophisticated cameras can switch between wide-angle, macro, and video all on the same dive. The FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR is the only light that can provide for those scenarios to you get the image you want!

By simply toggling the Neo's mode button, you can switch the light from wide beam for maximum coverage, to a focused beam to isolate light on a small subject, to a red light for a covert night focusing light.

 

 

 

A Powerful 2000 Lumen Wide Beam

 

Shooting video or photos, more light is always better. At 2000 lumens and a 100° beam angle the Neo 2000 DX SWR has the performance you need for wide-angle success.

 

 

A Focused Spot Beam for Macro

 

Get close! Get tight! A single push of a button and switch the Neo 2000 DX SWR to spot mode for macro. The spot beam focus the Neo's beam on to the subject where your camera is focused. No more wasting light and battery power by spilling light outside of the composition. The Neo 2000 DX SWR puts the spot beam just on your subject creating a more dramatic shot. 

 

 

A Red Beam for a Stealthy Focus Light

 

Marine life is more approachable using a red light to focus your camera which allows you to get closer and get the shot you want. Using the Neo's simple interface change to red light mode with just the push of a button. This is especially effective at night when most night critters recoil from a white light.

 

 

Mixed Light Mode Returns Warm Colors:

 

Found only in the new FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR, a unique mixed light mode activates both the wide white beams and red beams. Mixing red into your video or photos can return the warmer red and orange spectrum normally lost at depth. Use the four user programmable mixed modes to specify how much of each color desired to achieve the color results for spectacular underwater images.

 

 

Other FIX Neo Advantages:

 

- 100° Beam Angle for excellent video/photo coverage.

- Option FR1 Remote Controller for easy on/off and power changes from a housing.

- Swappable batteries allowing you to keep shooting, not waiting or charge without removing the battery to keep the Neo sealed.

- Swappable Neo light heads for alternate configurations.

- Mounts included, no other parts required to attach to a rig, no other parts to buy.

 

Neo 2000 DX SWR ships complete with:

A battery, 100-240v charger, 1” ball mount, Loc-Line mount, YS-Mount, GoPro Mount, hand grip, spare O-ring and charge plug cap.

 

 

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Nikon Announces D810 Camera

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Spec Comparison of the D810 to the D800 for Underwater Photography

 

Nikon Announces D810 Camera

Spec Comparison of the D810 to the D800 for Underwater Photography

By Brent Durand, June 26, 2014

 

Nikon D810 Camera Review

 

 
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Nikon has announced the Nikon D810 Full Frame DSLR camera. The D810 boasts upgrades from the D800 that will be very appealing to pro-level photographers, delivering higher resolution, greater ISO sensitivity and an array of new pro-level video features.

The D810 replaces both the D800 and D800E. The sensor resolution increase is due to the lack of an optical low pass filter (OLPF) and anti-aliasing filter. For reference, the D800 has an anti-aliasing filter, while the D800E has no anti-aliasing but has the OLPF.

The new EXPEED 4 image processing engine is 30% faster - a major help when recording 36MB files.

 

Other Upgrades Include:

  • Increased ISO sensitivity range
  • Video flat picture control for more flexibility in post processing
  • DX crop mode that delivers up to 6 FPS
  • Better image stabilization
  • New shutter mechanism for sharper images and quieter operation
  • An array of new video record features
  • Larger LCD monitor

 

Will the D810 fit in current D800 underwater housings?

We're not positive just yet due to the deeper grip on the D810. The D810 also features a new secondary info button on the back that wouldn't be accessible with current D800 housings.

 

Who should buy the Nikon D810?

Most of the upgrades in the D810 will only be noticed by the most demanding underwater photographers. These are the photographers who require extreme resolution for large print projects and very custom control over video and sound capture along flexibility in post processing.

 

Availability:  July 17, 2014

MSRP:  $3296.95 (body only)

 

View Nikon's PDF Comparing the D810 to the D800/D800E

 

Nikon D810 Camera

Nikon D810 three-quarters view.

Nikon D810

Nikon D810 back view.

 

Nikon D810 Camera

Nikon D810 top view.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

June 26, 2014

The Power to Create the Compelling: The Nikon D810 is the HD-SLR that Delivers Unmatched Image Quality and a Truly Cinematic Experience

With Extreme Resolution, Powerful Video Features and Enhanced Performance, the New Nikon D810 is the Essential Asset for Pro Photo and Video Applications

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D810, the next benchmark in D-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers. The D810 features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range. Bolstered by Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D810 delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines. Whether photographing weddings, fashion or landscapes, shooting documentary-style cinema or video for broadcast, this is the one D-SLR that provides the ultimate in versatility and capability.

 

“Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail they are able to render using the immersive resolution of the D810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “When coupled with the amazing imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness.”

 

Nikon’s Greatest Image Quality Yet

The Nikon D810 is the pinnacle of D-SLR image quality, continuing to rival medium format cameras thanks to a variety of Nikon technologies engineered for professional image capture. At the core of the D810 is a brand-new, 36.3-megapixel FX-format (7360 x 4912 resolution) CMOS sensor that lets photographers wield the benefits of extremely high resolution, with rich tonality and a broad dynamic range. This super-high resolution gives professionals the power to capture with stellar sharpness, make massive prints or crop liberally with confidence. The OLPF has been removed to maximize the potential of every pixel, resulting in outstanding resolution and sharpness, yielding images that render subtle details with striking fidelity.

 

Image quality further benefits from the application of Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 image processing engine, which also provides enhancements to overall performance while suppressing instances of false color and moiré. Photographing in the field or in the studio, users will see the difference with the ability to create stunning images with unprecedented clarity in gradation rendering, expanded dynamic range and high accuracy white balance. Additionally, EXPEED 4 enhances noise reduction performance, and helps to achieve a wider ISO range, from 64 to 12,800, to improve low-noise image capture in a variety of lighting conditions. The ISO range is also expandable from 32 (Lo-1) to 51,200 (Hi-2) letting the photographer shoot with maximum fidelity under studio lighting or confidently capture a faintly-lit wedding reception or other subjects in even the most challenging light.

 

Nikon has also implemented a myriad of new features aimed at improving overall image quality for all types of photographers. Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III provides unbelievably balanced exposures in difficult scenes. The system analyzes each scene to recognize factors such as color, brightness and human faces with startling precision to determine what type of subject a user is shooting. The system then compares all the data using an image database to adjust exposure, AF, auto white balance, i-TTL flash control and enhances subject tracking.

 

Further enhancing the D810’s image quality, a “Clarity” setting has been added to the available Picture Control adjustment parameters, which adjusts mid tones to enhance details within an image. To help preserve the most amount of detail in shadows and highlights, the new “Flat” Picture Control Profile is now available. This Picture Control Profile allows both photographers and filmmakers to get the widest tonal range out of their cameras for maximum flexibility in post processing. For further customization of Picture Controls, users are now able to make adjustments in .25 step increments for the maximum level of custom color, saturation and brightness levels. Additionally, the D810 employs a new highlight-weighted metering option, which detects the brightness in a scene and determines optimum exposure, preventing blown-out highlights, which is ideal for stage and performance capture.

 

Video Features Fit for Production

The D810 has powerful video features that make it a valuable tool for any production environment. Whether a user is looking for manual control for pro video application or portability and lens selection for episodic broadcast, the D810 delivers a truly cinematic experience with a wide range of professional-oriented features:

 

Broadcast quality video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p.

 

Versatile crop modes: FX and DX crop modes give users a telephoto boost when needed, a feature that has been very popular with camera operators because of its added flexibility on set.

 

Flat Picture Control profile: This neutral color profile is ideal for video and gives the user maximum flexibility in post-production.

 

HDMI output: The D810 can relay uncompressed digital video to an external recorder via HDMI, while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and external LCD monitor. Operators can now also record both to the internal card (compressed) and to the external recorder (uncompressed) simultaneously.

 

Smooth in-camera time-lapse and interval timer: Like the Nikon D4S, the D810 uses an auto-exposure setting to help create super-smooth exposure and tonal transitions for professional results with time-lapse and interval-time shooting.

 

Audio control: The D810 features a built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone can also be attached, such as the Nikon ME-1. Additionally, wide and voice frequency ranges are also now available for audio capture.

 

Expanded ISO for video: The ISO range is expanded for video, now encompassing a clean ISO 64 to a versatile 12,800. The Auto-ISO function is also available while recording to adapt the exposure as the light changes, which can eliminate the need to adjust the aperture (in manual mode, ISO 200- 51,200).

 

Zebra stripes: A zebra pattern can be displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas.

 

Highlight weighted metering: This new setting helps to prevent blown-out highlights in video. This is especially useful when capturing spot-lit stage performances or shoots with harsh directional lighting.

 

Full manual control: With the innovative Power Aperture setting, it is simple to adjust the exposure and depth of field on the fly while recording to an external recorder or SD/CF cards. In manual mode, users can also control shutter speed and ISO while recording. Additionally, white balance and   exposure compensation can be adjusted prior to recording.

 

Full time AF: The Live View AF has been improved, and now provides faster full-time AF (AF-F mode).

 

NIKKOR lenses: Cinematographers and filmmakers are supported with more than 80 NIKKOR lenses, many of which are a popular choice for cinema applications because of their brilliant optical quality and characteristics.

 

Accuracy and Speed

With the ability to brandish the results of such staggering resolution, accuracy and precision become paramount as the need for razor-sharp focus is critical. The D810 renders every subtle detail and nuance in epic clarity, with the enhanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF sensor module that utilizes new AF algorithms for fascinating precision, even in challenging light. The focus system also has 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, and works with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder. The camera also utilizes 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (aperture value up to f/8), which is especially useful for wildlife photography. In addition to normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking modes, the D810 also features the new Group AF mode for enhanced accuracy, even while tracking subjects.

 

Despite the D810’s immense imaging power, it will astound with its rapid response and speedy performance, thanks to the implementation of the EXPEED 4 image processing engine. The addition of EXPEED 4 allows for an overall 30% boost in performance, as well as a faster burst speed and enhancement to overall energy efficiency. Now the D810 is capable of shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution and 5:4, 6 fps in DX or 1.2x modes,  (15.4-megapixel, 25.1-megapixel, respectively), and 7 fps in DX mode (15.4-megapixel), with battery pack. For full workflow versatility, the D810 also gives users the option to shoot in full resolution 14-bit RAW/NEF file format or the new RAW Size Small format. This 12-bit file format is half the resolution and approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files, for increased flexibility when speedy downloads are desired or memory space is at a premium.

 

Refined Controls and Construction

From all day in the studio to an extended assignment in the field, the D810 has been engineered for superior comfort and operability. When looking through the wide and bright viewfinder with 100% coverage, users will see shooting data displayed on an organic EL display element for maximum visibility. The viewfinder now also features a prism coating for enhanced clarity. In addition, the grip has been refined for comfort and ergonomics, and the “i” button has been added for quick access to common mode-dependent settings.

 

Both photographers and videographers will clearly see the benefits of the new high-resolution (1229K-dot)  3.2-inch LCD screen, which makes it simple to check focus, review images or compose a scene. The color space of the LCD screen can now also be fully customized, a feature that is useful for matching monitor or print calibration settings. Using the high-resolution LCD screen, users can also activate the new Split Screen Display Zoom function. This new mode magnifies two separated points on the same horizontal line, making it easier to confirm the two points are both level and in focus; a true advantage for architecture, industrial and landscape photographers. 

 

Inside the durable magnesium alloy structure of the D810 improvements have also been made, including the use of a redesigned mirror sequencer / balancer unit, which minimizes vibration during shooting to increase sharpness during multiple frame bursts. Additionally, the electronic front curtain can now act as an electronic front shutter when using live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This new feature is useful to attain exacting sharpness when shooting slow-shutter landscapes or astrophotography. The shutter unit has also been tested to 200,000 cycles for years of maximum reliability. For further durability, the body of the D810 has been thoroughly sealed and gasketed to resist the elements, reinforcing this camera’s role in extreme production environments.

 

Superior System Support

Such extreme resolution requires that no compromise be made on glass, and NIKKOR lenses are the perfect choice to complement the D810. With more than 80 FX and DX-format lenses available, NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in image quality with sharpness and faithful color representation that is second to none. To light a scene imaginatively, the D810 has a built-in flash and is compatible with Nikon's acclaimed Creative Lighting System, including a built-in Commander mode for controlling wireless Speedlights. The MB-D12 battery grip is also available to give users both extra grip and extra power when it is needed most.

 

For wireless control, the D810 is compatible with a full range of Nikon’s remote systems, including the new wireless remote system with the WR-1 to trigger the camera remotely. This system uses radio frequency rather than infrared, eliminating the need for line of sight communication.

 

Nikon will also be making a Software Developers Kit (SDK) available in the near future for the D810. This SDK will give third party developers the resources needed to create applications and enhance the flexibility of the D810.

 

Robust New Software Suite: Nikon Capture NX-D

Capture NX-D is Nikon’s new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras. Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 program, and adds interface and performance enhancements. In addition to RAW images, the program can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files. This new software will support many functions needed by professional photographers, including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. Additionally, photographers will also have the ability to adjust parameters including exposure and white balance in RAW files, and can adjust tone curves, brightness and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration and vignetting in JPEG and TIFF files. The software also features a new “sidecar” format, which retains and saves the adjusted image as a separate file.

 

Nikon will also make available at no charge the new Picture Control Utility 2 software. This new software allows users to create custom Picture Control profiles, which can be easily loaded into the camera.

 

Price and Availability

The Nikon D810 will be available in late July for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $3299.95.* The MB-D12 battery pack is currently available for $616.00 SRP. The new Capture NX-D software package will be available mid-July for download at no additional cost. For more information about these products, NIKKOR lenses or to download the new Capture NX-D software, please visitwww.nikonusa.com.

Additionally, Nikon will be offering two kits designed for videographers and filmmakers; the D810 Filmmaker’s Kit consists of the D810 body, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mmm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses, 2 additional EN-EL15 batteries, ME-1 Stereo Microphone, Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen® 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops). For stop motion applications, the D810 Animator’s Kit features the D810 body, AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, EH-5b Power Adapter, EP5B Power Supply Connector and Dragonframe™ Stop Motion Software plus Dragonframe USB Keypad Controller. For more information and pricing for these kit configurations, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

 

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of NIKKOR optics, and announced the production of over 85 million NIKKOR lenses in 2014, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.

 

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