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NEW Fast-Charging Light & Motion Sola Lights

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Light & Motion releases new Sola 3000 Flood light & Sola 8000 PRO video light

 

NEW Light & Motion Lights:

Sola 3000 Flood & 8000 PRO


Light & Motion releases new Sola 3000 Flood light & Sola 8000 PRO video light

By UWPG News, November 14, 2014

 

Sola 8000 video light

 

 
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Light & Motion has announced two brand new video lights just in time for the DEMA tradeshow next week. The Sola 8000 PRO is a light for serious underwater videographers, designed to have the highest lumen output in the smallest size of its class. The new Sola 3000 Flood is 33% smaller than competing lights in its class and is 20% more powerful. Both lights are packed full of features and showcase Light & Motion's ingenuity in light design.

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Sola 8000 PRO Highlights

  • 8000 lumens
  • 90 degree beam angle
  • 7 power levels
  • New "direct cooling technology" provides increased performance
  • OLED display to manage power levels and battery charge
  • New "Fast Charge" circuitry
    • 80% charge under 1 hour
    • 100% charge in 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • 984 grams
  • MSRP:  $2299.00

Purchase the Sola 8000 PRO on Bluewater Photo

 

Sola 3000 Flood Highlights

  • 3000 lumens
  • 90 degree beam angle
  • 3 power levels
  • New "Fast Charge" circuitry
    • 80% charge under 1 hour
    • 100% charge in 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • 265 grams
  • MSRP:  $799.00

Purchase the Sola Video 3000 on Bluewater Photo

 

 

PRESS RELEASES:

 

 

Sola 8000 PRO

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Light & Motion Introduces the NEW Sola 8000 PRO – the  

Industry’s smallest most compact powerful light!

 

Monterey, CA November 14th, 2014 - Light & Motion, the premier manufacturer of underwater, bike, and outdoor LED lights offers Professional Image makers an all new, high-performance Sola video / photo light.

 

The new Sola 8000 Pro delivers more FL-1 certified lumens than any light in its class. It is a ground up new design leveraging the latest LED array and driver design along with direct cooling technology for the highest output possible in the smallest size.

Sola 8000 video light

Sola Pro’s new design incorporates Light & Motion’s new patented “direct cooling technology” which allows the LED, driver, and high capacity battery to operate with increased performance to give the user more power and longer runtimes.  Other product features include an OLED (Organic LED Display) to manage and monitor power levels, battery and charge status.

 

The new “Fast Charge” internal circuit eliminates reliability issues that come from external chargers and recharges the light to 80% full in less than an hour with full charge in 1 hour, 45 minutes. The factory-sealed housing with easy-to-remove faceplates makes the Sola Pro reliable and travel friendly.

 

Every aspect of the Sola 8000 has been designed to enhance the user experience with the aim of creating the most reliable, compact, and powerful light in the industry that can still fit in your backpack.

 

The new Sola 8000 will provide me with a powerful wide angle beam with consistent output for fantastic control over the lighting of my subjects. The new fast charge is just what I need for multiple dives on a shoot. The Sola lights are smaller and lighter than strobes and much easier to move underwater and less weight at the airport!”

- Amos Nachoum, Wildlife photographer, explorer and frequent contributor to Explorer Journal, Time, Life, the New York Times, and Der Speigel.

 

Product Specs:

8000 Lumens

90-degree Beam Angle in water FWHM

7 Power Levels: 50 min to 800-minute runtime

1 Hour 45 Min Fast Charge (charges to 80% in one hour)

984 grams

Factory sealed

Price: $2299.00

 

Sola lights have been recognized around the world for their reliability, flood-free design and unparalleled brightness. The compact, lightweight, and beautiful design belies the powerful and intuitive functions that make Sola Simply Better.

 

 

Sola 3000 Flood

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Light & Motion Introduces the NEW Sola 3000 Flood – the Lightest, Brightest, Widest,

Most Compact Light in its Class 

 

Monterey, CA November 14th, 2014 - Light & Motion, the premier manufacturer of underwater, bike, and outdoor LED lights launches a new powerful Sola Video Light with new “Fast Charge” Capability

 

Sola 3000 Flood video light

The new Sola Video 3000 is the highest performance wide-beam flood light available in a lightweight, compact size. The Sola 3000 is 33% smaller than its closest competitor and 20% more powerful. Its 90-degree beam in water is clean and smooth, and the factory sealed design will provide years of trouble free use.

 

Sola’s all-new electronics allow for the fastest charge times available in a professional light. Full charge from empty is accomplished in 1 hr 45 minutes; 80% charge in 50 minutes.

 

The combination of advanced optical design and regulated output (Tested and certified to the FL-1 Standard) ensures a consistent beam throughout the runtime to make the Sola 3K a great companion to any video kit.

 

 “Knowing that I have an easy to use, high-performance, and reliable video light is priceless especially when shooting in challenging environments when I have seconds to get the perfect shot” – Shawn Heinrichs, Blue Sphere Media

 

Product Specs:

3000 Lumens

90-degree Beam Angle in water FWHM

3 Power Levels: 50 min to 200-minute runtime

1 Hour 45 Min Fast Charge (charges to 80% in one hour)

265 grams

Factory sealed

Warranty: 2 years

Price: $799.00

 

Sola lights have been recognized around the world for their reliability, flood free design and unparalleled brightness. The compact, lightweight, and beautiful design belies the powerful and intuitive functions that make Sola Simply Better.

 

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New Web Series 'Water Born' Begins

Brent Durand
Episode 1 of new web series, Water Born, is released featuring incredible underwater footage

 

New Web Series 'Water Born' Begins


Episode 1 of New Web Series 'Water Born' is Released

By Brent Durand, Nov 6, 2014 

 

 

 
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The first episode of a new underwater web series 'Water Born' was just released. The series showcases three freedivers working with the film team to produce mesmerizing visual films and works of art with a superhero storyline feel.

"The ultimate mission is to re-inspire, by a creative "out of the box" style of filming, an appreciation and excitement for 73% of the planet ocean."

I think this is very cool and can't wait for Episode 2.  How about you?

 

Water Born - Episode 1

 

Visit the Water Born website:  Water Born

 

View some amazing freediving images in our tutorial:  Tips for Dive Model Photography

 

 

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Canon Announces EOS 7D Mark II DSLR

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The Long-Awaited Canon 7D Mark II Specs and First Thoughts for Underwater Photography

 

Canon Announces EOS 7D Mark II DSLR


The Long-Awaited Canon 7D Mark II Specs and First Thoughts for Underwater Photography

By Brent Durand

 

Canon 7D Mark 2

 

 
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The Canon EOS 7D was a game-changer when it was released, with HD video, high frames per second, fast autofocus and a very nice pricepoint. Today Canon has announced it's successor, the EOS 7D Mark 2. The new camera is sure to be very popular with shooters in the Canon camp and might make a few Nikon video shooters reconsider their equipment.

The new camera has many upgrades you would expect: 20.2MP APS-C sensor, faster processers, higher FPS, increased ISO, intervalometer (finally, Canon!) and even a new battery. But why should you consider buying the 7D Mark II? Because it also has the new Dual-Pixel CMOS AF first released in the Canon 70D. This new sensor technology allows the camera to use phase detection and contrast detection AF in the Live View mode (most DLRs rely only on contrast in Live View, which is why that AF is slow and unreliable for video, especially underwater). Long story short, the Dual-Pixel AF opens new possibilities for using autofocus when recording video. Oh yea, and 60fps for both 1080p/720p is pretty sweet for underwater videographers interested in slow motion.

The new Canon 7D Mark 2 autofocus system has 65 points, using the All-Cross-Type with dual cross on the center point. For comparison, Nikon's D7100 has 51 points, 15 of which are cross-type. Be ready for some sharp images of fast-moving subjects!

 

Read our Canon 7D Mark II review here

 

Key Specs

  • 20.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • Dual-Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual Digic 6 Processors
  • 1080p/720p video both with 60fps
  • Servo AF for video shooting
  • 65 Point "All Cross-Type" Autofocus
  • 10 FPS
  • ISO 100-16000
  • CF & SD Card Slots
  • Built-in Flash (means fiber optic cables for u/w strobes)
  • GPS (no wifi)
  • New, larger capacity battery

 

MSRP:  $1,799 USD

 

Canon 7D Mark 2

Canon 7D Mark 2

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, incorporating professional features and quality in an affordable DSLR. Building upon the proven success of the EOS 7D camera, this new EOS model features a range of “EOS firsts” such as Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and rapid burst shooting up to 10 frames per second (fps), as well as Canon’s first 65-Point* All Cross Type autofocus (AF) system for compositional freedom and accurate, spot-on fast focus. Great for shooting indoor activities such as sporting events, concerts, or weddings, the camera’s impressive low-light shooting capabilities along with its up-to-10 fps high-speed shooting can capture a fast-break basketball dunk, a band’s encore performance, a bird in flight or wildlife in exceptional quality. In addition, the EOS 7D Mark II is the second EOS DSLR camera to incorporate Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for rapid and precise focusing of video as well as still images.

“With more processing power than any other EOS camera available today, the highly anticipated EOS 7D Mark II camera has everything serious photographers have come to expect from Canon’s DSLRs and more,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “And, recognizing that for some, creative expression may expand beyond still photography, we continue to support these creative passions by offering new and innovative Full HD video capabilities, such as second generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology in the EOS 7D Mark II camera as well.”

Outstanding Performance
Within the camera’s durable magnesium alloy body resides a newly developed 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, safeguarded by enhanced dust and weather resistance to protect the camera.  Ideal for shooting in challenging lighting conditions ranging from indoor sports to dimly lit weddings, the camera features a standard ISO range of 100–16000 for both still and video (expandable to ISO 51,600). A new 65-point* All Cross-Type AF system with EV -3 sensitivity at the center point helps deliver sharp focus for still photos even in extreme low-light conditions on subjects with limited visible detail. The EOS 7D Mark II camera also features an enhanced version of Canon’s EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF, originally introduced with the EOS-1D X DSLR camera, enabling the camera to recognize subjects based on face and color detection utilizing the new AE system, and can track subjects using all 65 AF points.

The camera’s improved EOS Scene Detection system features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor for enhanced precision. The wide-area 65-point AF array combined with EOS iTR and adjustable high-speed continuous burst shooting up to 10 fps enables the easy tracking and capturing of fast moving subjects virtually anywhere in the frame such as birds in flight or running backs eluding a tackle. A new and innovative AF Area Selection Lever nestled around the multi-controller on the back of the camera makes it easier than ever for photographers to switch between the seven supplied AF Point Selection modes without removing their eye from the viewfinder.

At 10 fps, the camera’s buffer capacity can consecutively capture up to 31 RAW images or 1,090 Large Fine JPEGs[i]. Built to last, the camera also features a shutter durability rating up to 200,000 cycles, approximately thirty three percent more than the original EOS 7D camera. A newly developed mirror mechanism uses motorized control to help reduce impact and enhance camera performance during high-speed continuous shooting. In addition to adjustable high- and low-speed continuous shooting modes, single-frame shooting and two self-timer settings, the EOS 7D Mark II camera also features silent drive modes for single frame and continuous shooting. The silent settings support discreet camera operation in quiet locations.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools. When enabled, this system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting.

Innovative AF Technology
The EOS 7D Mark II camera features the next generation of Canon’s exclusive Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology, originally introduced with the EOS 70D DSLR camera. New DAF features include user-selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF Speed[ii] and Movie Servo AF Tracking Sensitivity. Additionally, overall focusing speed, face detection performance, and performance in low light and with low-contrast subjects have been improved over previous Canon models. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs proprietary Canon sensor technology in which effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection focus measurement simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance in both video and Live View still imaging modes.

With Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and customizable Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects over approximately eighty of the image area measured horizontally and vertically. DAF focusing modes include Face Detection with Tracking, FlexiZone Multi with 31 AF zones, and FlexiZone Single that allows users to position a focusing frame on the camera’s LCD screen. Canon’s DAF supports over 100[iii] models of Canon EF lenses (including many earlier models), providing a wide array of options for photographers to explore.

Expanding Creativity
The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides a wealth of creative controls building on the features and functions of the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X professional digital cameras. The new camera’s AI Servo AF III autofocusing algorithm is similar to that of the EOS-1D X camera in that tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching) can be easily customized for specific shooting situations, using the same type of AF Configuration Menu. This capability makes it easy for EOS 7D Mark II camera users to match AI Servo AF settings when used together with EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras, while also providing a high level of performance at an affordable price point.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera also offers the same level of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Multiple Exposure (ME) functionality that was originally featured in the EOS 5D Mark III camera. The HDR mode includes five HDR shooting functions and allows users to save all source images in addition to the composited HDR image. Similarly, Multiple Exposure mode provides four compositing methods and also allows users to save individual source images.

Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer, also EOS DSLR firsts, to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long- exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

In addition to optional settings for Peripheral Illumination Correction and Chromatic Aberration Correction, found in other current high-end EOS models, the EOS 7D Mark II camera, for the first time, adds Distortion Correction that operates with most EF and EF-S lenses to improve image quality even further while recording video and in-camera JPEGs. The My Menu feature has also been improved with the ability to store more user-selected settings in five additional tabs.

A new and improved Intelligent Viewfinder provides approximately one hundred percent field of view, while adding the ability to superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings data such as dual-mode electronic level display, grid, exposure mode, white balance mode and AF mode. A bright, three-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) on the back of the camera displays information and menus clearly even in bright sunlight. The EOS 7D Mark II camera is compatible with interchangeable focusing screens including the standard Eh-A as well as the optional Eh-S Super Precision Matte for use during manual focusing with large aperture lenses.

A built-in GPS[iv] Receiver provides a digital compass and can record location information including longitude, latitude, elevation, camera direction and universal coordinated time (UTC) as EXIF data for geotagging both images and movie files in real time. The built-in pop-up flash is convenient for many applications and can also act as an optical controller with compatible off-camera EX-series Speedlites for enhanced pro-quality lighting effects.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera features dual card slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC and CF memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Data transfer speeds from the camera to a personal computer are enhanced with the addition of a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port.

Stunning Movie Capability
The EOS 7D Mark II camera offers users the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video up to 60p enabling slow-motion capture at full resolution in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, exceeding the specifications of other current EOS cameras. Users can also choose between .MOV and .MP4 recording formats for maximum flexibility. The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders.

Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, significantly reduce focus motor noise, letting the EOS 7D Mark II camera’s built-in microphone capture clear audio of the scene being shot without picking up unwanted noise from the lens. The EOS 7 D Mark II camera also features a stereo microphone port and outputs stereo audio via the camera’s mini-HDMI port. The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is equipped with a headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, as well as a silent control feature that allows users to adjust audio levels during recordings. Other built-in ports include a PC socket for external flash units and an N3 socket for dedicated Canon wired remote control accessories[v]. A cable protector is provided to maximize safety when using the USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI ports.

Availability
The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2014 for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00 for the body only and $2,149.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. It will utilize a new LP-E6N lithium ion battery pack with increased storage capacity. The LP-E6N is fully compatible with the LC-E6 battery charger, which will be supplied as a standard item in all EOS 7D Mark II body only and zoom lens kits. Also scheduled to be available are the new optional Battery Grip BG-E16 and optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A Version 2, with shipping dates and estimated retail pricing to be announced at a later date. Both the EOS 7D Mark II camera and Battery Grip BG-E16 are backwards-compatible to the current LP-E6 lithium ion battery pack.

For more information about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the full list of product specifications and compatible lenses, 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 granted 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. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. 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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Canon 7D Mark II Underwater Housings

 

Nauticam 7D Mk II Housing

 

  Nauticam NA7D Mk II Housing

 

 

Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

 

  Aquatica A7D Mk II Housing

 

Ikelite 7D Mk II Housing

 

 

  Ikelite 7D Mk II Housing

 

Sea & Sea 7D Mk II Housing

 

Sea & Sea MDX-7D Mk II Housing

 

 

 

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NEW Beneath the Surface Buoyancy Float System

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New Floats for BtS Ball-Jointed Arms

 

NEW Beneath the Surface Buoyancy Float System


New Floats for BTS Ball-Jointed Arms

By UWPG News, August 11, 2014

 

Beneath the Surface Floats

 

 
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Beneath the Surface (BtS) has released a float system for their ball-jointed arms. The lack of a float system was a major drawback to the system for macro shooters (wide-angle domes contain enough air to offset some of a rig's weight underwater, however macro ports have much less air).

This is great news for those using or considering BtS arms and clamps for their strobes and video lights, for compact, mirrorless and DSLR housings.

 

Availability:  Now!

MSRP:  $39.95, $49.95 or $59.95 USD (see release below)

 

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Bluewater Photo can help you decide if Beneath the Surface arms and clamps are right for you, along with different housing options and more.

 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
 
 
Beneath the Surface Products is proud to announce our newest creation, the buoyancy float system. Designed specifically for the BtS ball-jointed arms, our new float system is easy to install, adjustable to suit personal needs, lightweight and very affordable. Each 2" float segment yields up to +4 ounces of buoyancy, so even the heaviest underwater camera system will be "lightened up" substantially. Our floats are manufactured from a new high-tech, high density foam and have been thoroughly tested to well beyond sport diving depths.
 
Available as three different kits to accommodate our most popular arm combinations:

 

BF-3: 3 float kit for 3" - 5" BtS arms:  $39.95

BF-5: 5 float kit for 5" - 8" BtS arms:  $49.95

BF-7: 7 float kit for 8" - 10" BtS arms:  $59.95

 

Below is a photo of one of our Pros, Andrew Sallmon, using our float system.  Notice Andy is balancing his rig on his fingers NOT holding the handles!

Beneath the Surface Floats

 

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Ikelite D810 Housing

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Built-In TTL and other Great Features in Ikelite's Housing for the Nikon D810

 

Ikelite D810 Housing


Built-in TTL and other Great Features in Ikelite's Housing for the Nikon D810

By UWPG News, August 11, 2014

Ikelite Nikon D810 Housing

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Ikelite has announced their Nikon D810 housing, designed to offer one of the best performance to dollar purchases in the world.

Ikelite housings are known for their built-in TTL functionality, and the D810 is a great example of the ergonomically placed adjustment buttons that communicate directly with Ikelite strobesBe sure to check out our thoughts on the Nikon D810 for underwater photography.

 

Availability:  End-August

MSRP:  $1,799.95

 

Ikelite D810 Housing on Bluewater Photo

Bluewater Photo can help you decide if the D810 is right for you, best lenses, Ikelite port options and much more.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Ikelite™ Underwater TTL Housing for Nikon D810 DSLR

This housing is designed to offer one of the best performance to dollar purchases in the world. The Ikelite DSLR housing for Nikon’s D810 is a seamless blend of functionality, lighting integration, 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. Built-in proprietary circuitry tells the D810 that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately than with slave TTL strobes.

 

Exposure Adjustments 

Fiber optic slave flash units require the camera's flash to fire every time. This creates a shutter lag as you wait for the camera's flash to recycle in between shots, drains your camera's battery life, and builds up heat inside the housing. Ikelite electronics translate direct electrical impulses from the D810, 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.

 

Ergonomics 

An over-sized knob smoothly engages a unique system of universal zoom gears and is smartly placed within reach of your left hand. Two zoom sets are provided 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 Ikelite's signature quick release handles for easy attachment and removal of external lighting. An aluminum 1/4-20 threaded top mount provides an additional attachment point for lightweight accessories.

 

Construction 

Special polycarbonate blends create an extremely strong yet clear and lightweight enclosure. This 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. In addition to providing visual assurance, polycarbonate is also fundamentally corrosion-resistant for easy maintenance year after year.

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.

The Ikelite Housing for the Nikon D810 DSLR starts shipping this August.

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Ikelite Nikon D810 Housing

 

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Nauticam D810 Housing

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Nauticam Announces the NA-D810 Housing for Nikon's 36.3 megapixel D810

 

Nauticam D810 Housing


Nauticam Announces the NA-D810 Housing for Nikon's 36.3 Megapixel D810

By UWPG News, August 8, 2014

 

 

 
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Nauticam has announced their housing for the Nikon D810 camera. The NA-D810 will be available at Bluewater Photo by the end of August, setting a new precedent of access to a housing just 6 weeks after a new camera ship date.

Nauticam's long lists of housing features come standard in the NA-D810 housing, including their latch system, port release, ergonomics, vacuum leak detect system and much more. Be sure to check out our thoughts on the Nikon D810 for underwater photography.

 

Availability:  Shipping August 29, 2014

MSRP:  $3,700 USD

 

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Bluewater Photo can help you decide if the D810 is right for you, best lenses, Nauticam port options and much more.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

New Housing for Nikon D810

As the international leader in innovative underwater housing technology, Nauticam is pleased to announce the latest release in its acclaimed line of precision crafted camera housings, the NA-D810 Housing for Nikon’s 36.3 megapixel D810.  

NA-D810 is the first underwater housing for Nikon D810 to be shown publicly, and will be on the shelves of dealers, and in the hands of users, by the end of August.  Nauticam once again leads the industry by delivering this superior system less than 6 weeks from the initial camera ship date.

D810:  The sharpest, best image quality in Nikon history, available for the underwater image makers that desire the best.

 

 

The NA-D810 Housing

NA-D810 is an evolutionary marvel. A long list of pioneering engineering breakthroughs from previous Nauticam designs are now standard in NA-D810. The patented housing Locking Latch System has received acclaim worldwide for its ease and functionality. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks, reduce bulk and require minimal physical effort to engage and release. Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock. Lens changes are also easily accomplished without removing the camera from the housing using the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front. The lightweight, rugged Nauticam handles are generously contoured with a durable over-mold process of comfortable non-slip rubber. The vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuit provides peace of mind by enabling the user to ensure that their housing is water tight before entering the water.

 

Nauticam housings are the finest, most ergonomic, most usable camera housings on the market today, and the NA-810 is a shining example of the best that Nauticam has to offer. Every control placement is well thought out.  Every button, lever and switch considered not in terms of what is easier for the designer, but what is right for the shooter. An excellent example is the patent pending Multi Controller Pad that is located within easy reach of the right thumb. The device virtually recreates the Nikon multi selector on the back of the NA-810 housing allowing full multidirectional use of this powerful tool (including diagonal movement). No other manufacturer has this. Camera loading is “drop in” simple, with no controls requiring pre-alignment, allowing the fastest and easiest setup possible.

 

Core camera controls such as shutter release, aperture, shutter speed, live view, info, exposure compensation, depth of field preview, Fn, flash exposure compensation, focus mode, AF/M and zoom are located at the user's fingertips.  Dual thumb levers, located on the right and left sides of NA-D810 pull important camera functionality from the back of the housing out to the handles. This allows quick access to Video Record, AF-ON (for thumb activated focus), ISO and Image Playback. Complete control of the camera is available from the ergonomic rubberized handles.

 

 

NA-D810 Feature Checklist

  • Unsurpassed build quality, designed by an award winning engineering team, and produced utilizing the most modern manufacturing technology available
  • Ergonomically placed controls with size, shape, and color differentiation
  • - Access to all camera controls
  • - All controls clearly labeled
  • - Patented two stage shutter release system, allowing precise feel over half press and full press
  • - Patented Port Locking System
  • - Patent pending Multi Controller pad
  • - Lens release button
  • - Easy to operate locking housing latches
  • - Rubberized ergonomic grips
  • - Quick release camera mounting plate
  • - Optical strobe connectors for fiber optic flash triggering
  • - Dual M16 accessory holes for electrical bulkhead, HDMI, hydrophone, or vacuum valve installation
  • - Integrated vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuit (valve optional)
  • - Dual 1" (25mm) strobe mounting balls included as standard equipment
  • - 1/4-20 tripod mounting holes
  • - Dual 10mm threaded accessory mounting points
  • - .66x optical glass pickup finder (magnifying 180 and 45 viewfinders available optionally)
  • - 100m Depth Rating

 

Nikon D810 Camera

Nikon D810 Camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The D810 Camera

The new Nikon D810 represents the refinement and merging of the D800 and D800E, two of the most highly regarded cameras ever produced.  

 

“I have been so pleased with the quality of the D800E camera, and the Nauticam NA-D800 housing for it, that I bought a second camera and housing so that I could have two different lens set-ups ready for underwater shooting opportunities, then sold my D4 and bought a third D800E to use for topside shooting while the other two are in their housings.  I have yet to see any sign of moire in the photos I have taken with the Nikon D800E, either underwater or above water”

Doug Perrine, www.seapics.com, widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost marine wildlife photographers.

 

Nikon has set a very high standard to improve upon.  The D810 maintains the same 36.3MP resolution from its revered predecessors, yet features a newly designed FX-format CMOS sensor that sees the complete removal of the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) from its design.  This results in increased measured resolution, allowing D810 to fully realize the benefit of its 36 million pixels.  This, combined with a new EXPEED 4 image processor, autofocus inherited from the D4S pro body, better battery life, and improved video shooting functionality make this a significant improvement on the best DSLR body available today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikon D810 Key Features

 

 
  • 36.3 Megapixel FX CMOS Sensor (excellent resolution)
  • No optical low pass filter (OLPF) (allowing the highest resolution and sharpness possible)
  • Still photo shooting at 5fps in FX Mode, 6fps in 1.2x & DX Crop Modes, and 7fps with battery grip (for when a pod of dolphins show up)
  • ISO 64-12,800 (lowest sensitivity available in any DSLR for shooting in extreme light, and sun ball control)
  • A new EXPEED 4 image processor (gains additional continuous shooting speed, provides lower image noise throughout the entire ISO range, improves battery life)
  • CAM 3500 FX Autofocus System with Group AF (51 points with 3d tracking, new Group AF mode introduced in tge D4s for improved focus tracking)
  • 3.2” 1,229k-dot RGBW LCD Screen (wide viewing angle, easy viewing in bright sun, and detail for focus review)
  • Auto ISO in Manual Exposure while shooting video with Exposure Compensation (a great way to enable seamless exposure transitions while recording video)
  • Custom and “spot” white balance (spot white balance will make it easier to get accurate WB underwater)
  • Highlight-weighted metering (new in camera metering mode to fully utilize camera’s wide dynamic range to deliberately underexpose for highlights)
  • 100% optical viewfinder coverage (composition without guesswork)
  • 1 SD and 1 CF Card Slot (high storage capacity with redundancy)
  • Built-in popup flash (usable with fiber optic strobe systems for accurate TTL automatic flash exposure)
  • 1/320th second optical flash sync (for high contrast scenes like sun-balls)
  • Video with 1080P at 60fps
  • Cean output over HDMI for external recording (allows up to 220mb/s ProRes 422 HQ recording with Atomos Ninja2 in a Nauticam housing)
  • New flat picture mode (professional level standard for post processing flexibility)

 

nauticam viewfinder

 

 

Viewfinders

 

Precision requires vision:  A high resolution camera like the Nikon D810 demands perfect focus for optimal results. Fortunately, Nauticam has developed the most user-friendly interchangeable viewfinders available.

The standard optical glass viewfinder is very good and travel friendly, but many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with adjustable diopter. Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º enlarging viewfinder and a 45º angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease of close quarters work often associated with macro shooting. Both viewfinders have high quality optics, and allow bright viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible.

 

 

Multi Selector Pad and Info Lever placed conveniently at the user's right thumb.

 

 

 

 

Front Command Wheel, Fn., Preview, and Locking Port Lever. Fn. and Preview can be used for seamless iris control when shooting video.

 

 

 

Recommended Accessories

 

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder (32201)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder (32203)
  • Patent Pending Super Macro Converter (81201), providing 2.3:1 reproduction ration with the popular AF-S 105mm /2.8G VR Macro Lens
  • Vacuum Valve (25612)
  • Complete line of flat and dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 70mm
  • Monitor/Recorder Housing for Atomos Ninja2 (17902)
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor (17901)
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26211) and Sea&Sea (26212)
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up 
  • Focus and Zoom gears for many Nikon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses
  • Port Adapters for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion
  • Handle accessories including smaller handles, handle extensions for cold water diving
 

Details and Specifications

 

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Dimensions: 350mm (w) x 298mm (h) x 134mm (d)

 

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Scuba Attacker Charged with Misdemeanor

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Misdemeanor Charge for Jay Lovell's Underwater Attack of Umberger

 

Scuba Attacker Charged with Misdemeanor


Misdemeanor Charge for Jay Lovell's Underwater Attack of Rene Umberger

By UWPG News, August 1, 2014

 

 

 
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In May, the Underwater Photography Guide learned that environmental activist Rene Umberger had been victim of a potentially lethal underwater attack while filming aquarium fish collectors taking fish from the reef off Kona, Hawaii.

Rene and several other divers had been filming the duo in 50ft of water when Jay Lovell stopped his work and swam rapidly towards her, forcefully removing her regulator from her mouth. Scott Gietler interviewed Rene shortly after the incident to learn exactly what happened (see links below).

Fish collecting for the aquarium trade is not illegal and actually very unrestricted once proper permits are obtained, however Kona's reefs are feeling this impact greatly and popular aquarium fish populations are becomming scarce.

 

Watch the Video of the Underwater Attack

 

Read Scott's interview with Rene after the Attack

 

West Hawaii Today reports that the Prosecuting Attorney's Office has filed a second-degree terroristic threatening charge against Lovell with an arraignment hearing scheduled for next month in the Kona District Court.

 

To learn more about the aquarium fish trade, please visit ForTheFishes.org.

 

 

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Underwater Project: A Year-Round Australasia Shootout

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The Underwater Project Launches as the World's First Perpetual Underwater Photo & Video Shootout

 

The Underwater Project: A Year-Round Australasia Shootout


The Underwater Project Launches as the World's First Perpetual Underwater Photo & Video Shootout

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The 7-year-old Underwater Festival has undergone a big change this year, becoming the Underwater Project - the world's first perpetual underwater photo and video shootout competition. Designed to be dynamic in nature, the Underwater Project is a rolling shootout competition that is judged annually and offers near $100,000 in prizes for the upcoming year. All photos/videos must be shot in the Australasia region.

Instead of paying per photo entered, registrants pay an annual membership (2 levels available) in order to upload photos every month. Other users can check out each other's portfolios and allow non-profits to use their photos for conservation purposes.

The Underwater Project isn't just limited to underwater photographers and videographers - any dive center, liveaboard, resort or dive club can become an Underwater Project Fringe Event host and be listed on the website.

 

 

Learn more at the Underwater Project website:

The Underwater Project

 

 

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SeaLife Micro HD Sealed Never-Leak Camera

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SeaLife Introduces the First Permanently Sealed Never-Leak Underwater Camera: The Micro HD

 

SeaLife Micro HD Sealed Never-Leak Camera


SeaLife Introduces the First Permanently Sealed Never-Leak Underwater Camera: The Micro HD

By Brent Durand, July 28, 2014

 

 

 
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SeaLife has announced a small photo and HD video camera, The Micro HD, that looks poised to give GoPro some serious competition for underwater use. The Micro HD and Micro HD+ record 13MP photos and 1080p HD resolution video, but the ergonomic housing design is made to be handheld - an obvious advantage for still photographers. SeaLife's trademark piano key controls are very easy to see and operate underwater.

The beauty of the SeaLife Micro HD is it's simplicity. It is fully sealed, which means there are no o-rings to clean, memory cards and card readers to buy or any risk of flooding. The camera is charged via a wet USB port. And while photos and videos are transfered to your computer via USB on the Micro HD, the Micro HD+ can transer images to any of your devices via WiFi. You can also control the Micro HD+ and see the real-time view of the LCD through the app.

Underwater photographers using GoPros must use filters to bring proper color and contrast into underwater scenes. The SeaLife Micro HD has 4 underwater modes specific for diving - no external filters necessary. The other cool function of the Micro HD is that you can shoot stills while recording video, so now you can have the best of both worlds.

The SeaLife Micro HD won't be replacing larger camera systems for serious underwater photographers, but it is a great option for those who want HD video and photos from small, compact and easy-to-operate camera. It is also compatible with the Sea Dragon light system.

 

SeaLife Micro HD Models:

  • Item SL500:  Sealife Micro HD (16GB)
    • MSRP:  $399.95 USD
  • Item SL501:  SeaLife Micro HD (32GB + WiFi)
    • MSRP:  $499.95
  • Item SL505:  SeaLife Micro HD+ and Sea Dragon Pro Set
    • MSRP:  $899.95 (includes Sea Dragon 2000 lumen light, micro tray, grip and case)

 

Availability:  Starting September 1, 2014

 

Order your SeaLife Micro HD and SeaLife Micro HD+ at Bluewater Photo

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Moorestown, NJ   –   Introducing the Micro HD from SeaLife - the first permanently sealed underwater camera that never leaks. There are no O-rings to maintain, no openings or doors that could possibly leak, and no batteries or SD cards. The self-contained camera has no housing and is waterproof down to 200 feet.

Charging the battery or downloading pictures and video is as easy as plugging the USB cable into the camera’s waterproof USB port, and the internal high-capacity Li-Ion battery lasts for 3+ hours of continuous operation with one charge.

Small and ergonomic, the camera operates with three wide “Piano Key” controls that make it easy to handle underwater, even while using dive gloves.

The SeaLife Micro HD is offered in two models: The standard Micro HD includes a 16 GB internal memory for hours of continuous recording and thousands of pictures, and the premium Micro HD+ model features a 32 GB internal memory and WiFi for connecting to smartphones and tablets.

The Micro HD+ can wirelessly download and share images and video to iOS and Android devices through the free Action Cam HD app. The app provides uploading to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and other online services, perfect for backing up and sharing your photos and videos immediately after a dive or during your vacation. The app also allows for wireless control of the Micro HD+ camera, providing a real time view of the LCD and the ability to capture and review photos and videos all on your smartphone or tablet.

 

The Easy Setup Guide is a fast and intuitive new way using pictures instead of text menus to select land, dive, snorkel, or external light modes, allowing users to spend more time immersed in their environment rather than scrolling through a menu list.

The Micro HD offers fast one-touch video recording. Bypassing the usual steps, the video key will start and stop videos immediately. While video is recording, pushing the shutter button will take a still picture without stopping the video. Featuring full 1080p HD resolution video and 13MP images, the Micro HD is capable of delivering stunning underwater footage of colorful sea creatures, reefs and other undersea landscapes.

Capturing surprise encounters with sea creatures is made possible with a fast shutter response and sharp focus from one foot to infinity, and the built-in 140-degree wide angle lens helps stabilize videos and capture large objects and wide scenes at close shooting distances.

Color correction filters are not necessary since the camera features four underwater modes with automatic color correction. The Snorkel Mode is perfect for capturing vibrant natural colors at shallow depths, while the Dive Mode restores the red and yellow colors lost at deeper depths.

Since bright lighting is essential to reveal magnificent underwater colors, the Micro HD is expandable with the powerful new Sea Dragon underwater lights and flash. Also available to expand the camera’s capabilities are Flex-Connect arms, grips, trays and accessories. Flex-Connect accessories “click” together in seconds for easy set-up and disassemble equally as fast for compact traveling. 

 

An exciting way to get close to colorful reef scenes and creatures in caves and crevices is to mount the camera on SeaLife’s extendable AquaPod, a 54-inch extendable camera pole designed especially for use in water.

The revolutionary new Micro HD underwater camera will be available at SeaLife dealers starting September 1, 2014.

 

Models:

Item SL500              SeaLife Micro HD   (16GB)                                        $399.95 (MSRP)   

Item SL501              SeaLife Micro HD+ (32GB + WiFi)                          $499.95

Item SL505*           SeaLife Micro HD+ Sea Dragon Pro set               $899.95

* includes Sea Dragon 2000 Lumen underwater light, Micro Tray, Grip and Case 

 

About SeaLife:

SeaLife underwater cameras, lights and accessories are made and distributed by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, NJ.   SeaLife cameras were first introduced in 1993. In 2000 SeaLife made the first digital underwater camera. In 2007 SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm and accessory system. SeaLife Cameras, Lighting and Flex-Connect Accessories are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world.             

 

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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

 

Order your FIX Neo Mini 500 FS on Bluewater Photo

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

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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