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Aquatica A70D Housing Announced

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Aquatica Announces Housing for the Canon 70D

Aquatica A70D Housing Announced


Aquatica Announces Housing for the Canon 70D

By Brent Durand, November 6, 2013

 

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The DEMA tradeshow is in full swing right now with many new product launches. As underwater photographers, our attention was drawn to Aquatica's new housing for the Canon 70D. The 70D is the first camera to feature a Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor.

What's so great about it? To date, digital SLRs have used advanced phase detection autofocus through the viewfinder and slower contrast detection AF in live view. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor allows use of phase detection AF in both viewfinder and live view, providing fast and accurate autofocus for video and live view shooting. The 70D presents the new standard for video autofocus on DSLRs.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Montreal, QC. - Aquatica, the only established manufacturer of aluminum DSLR housings in North America, announced today the release of the A70D housing for the Canon 70D.

With over 30 years of experience, the A70D housing has been carefully designed and manufactures with the finest and latest technological innovations.  Aquatica’s deep engineering mastery has yielded once more a finely crafted underwater housing.

The housing is priced competitively at a price point of USD $2,699.00 and will be available January 2014.

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About the Canon 70D

The Canon 70D comes along with a 20.2 MP APS-C sensor and offers lots of innovation  in the field of autofocus with their Dual Pixel CMOS technology allowing delivery of smooth and precise autofocus in full HD mode that were thought to be impossible until now.  The camera comes with fast acquisition in the LIVE VIEW mode brushing off the most challenging of situations easily. This new Auto Focus technology paired with the 19 points AF system enables the camera to shoot up to 7 frames at full resolution with tack sharps results.  Furthermore, the wide range of ISO setting from 100-12,800 (H: 25,600) and Canon famous dynamic range lets the photographer take advantage of the light, no matter how dim it is.

The AF system is highly customizable allowing you to adapt to your subject, this, obliviously, is a much desirable asset in underwater photography. The viewfinder of the camera has 98% coverage of the image, another desirable trait for the underwater photographer. Besides excellent still images, the Canon 70D also lets you shoot full HD movie with a 1920 x 1080p resolution and to push the creative boundary even further, frame rates can be adjusted to 30, 25 & 24fps in HD and in the 720p mode up to 50 and 60fps.

 

About the Aquatica A70D housing

Ergonomic comfort does matter and Aquatica has, yet again, lifted the bar higher in this sense with the release of their A70D housing.  Our innovative design team has conceived a precise, under your fingertips, housing that does away with confusing and cluttered controls area. The Aquatica A70D is spaciously located for easy access, even with the thickest of cold water gloves and its vital functions have been extended to “hands on the grip” positions allowing optimization of underwater buoyancy.

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Aquatica’s New Pressure ‘‘Check’’ Circuitry

Aquatica has developed a new atmospheric pressure sensitive circuitry that will allow the user to confirm water tight integrity before the dive. This new system will give the user additional peace of mind, knowing their expensive camera equipment will stay dry.

 

How it Works

Once your camera is installed, simply push the start actuating button (integrated on the circuit board). The LED light will turn green for two seconds, this will confirm actuation. Once a solid vacuum is achieved, the LED will blink green again for two seconds. During the dive the LED will flash green every few seconds, indicating system integrity. If the vacuum starts to decrease, the LED will start to flash orange, and if water is detected, the audible alarm will go off and the LED will also flash red.

The advanced Aquatica circuit has a temperature compensation included, so any change in ambient temperature or changes in the internal temperature will not cause an incorrect reading.

The onboard start actuating button is for the vacuum only; your alarm is always on.

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The Results

This new Aquatica vacuum/alarm system is the most thought-out on the market today.

  • Easy user installation
  • Intelligent use of LED technology
  • Can easily be adapted to any system on the market
  • The underwater photographer can now be assured with a single look, that their housing has water tight integrity before, during and after the dive.

 

More About the Housing’s Unique Features

The Aquatica A70D housing shell is built of the finest material available; crafted to military specification and meant to last a life time. It wraps around the Canon 70D like a glove and the access to the Quick Command knob has been totally redesigned from previous housings and is now positioned at a nice comfortable angle, right next to the main command knob, and just waiting for your creative input.  The AF-ON /* (star) lever is fitted with a rotating collar, this features allowing access to function without the need for obstructive levers sticking out the housing.  All while retaining its ease and simplicity of operation, the all important ISO function button is now activated with a thumb activated lever, again positioned so it does not overwhelm the already busy right hand side of the housing.

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The Aquatica A70D also takes full advantage of the Canon 70D high level of video performance, the access to the video feature of the camera has been optimized on the housing allowing a smooth underwater adventure.

Aquatica has pioneered oversized controls for decades, quite conscious that not everyone dives “warm tropical” conditions. Aquatica housings have been used under the ice of the Arctic Polar cap and they have withstood months of absolute brutal winter conditions in Antarctica, having plunged into the most extreme cave environment, been trekked all over the world to the remotest of area and yet, they remain tailored to your essential requirement.

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Moreover, the housing features quick and easy camera insertion into the housing, water proof integrity being secured with a reliable time proven closure system equipped with safety locks. A Reliable port lock mechanism also safely locks in the port to the housing. The comfortable housing grips are a sturdy platform for mounting the largest strobe and lighting without flexing or when requiring additional support.

Viewing is done with a state of the art Galileo view finder; Aquatica introduced its Aqua View series of finder a few years ago, and has built a solid reputation for crystal clear andprecision viewing. The Aqua View 180o finder is a streamlined design that is compact and non obstructive to the rear camera LCD window, the dioptric adjustment is internal, thus eliminating both unnecessary external bulk and the risk of being thrown out of adjustment unintentionally. The Aqua View 45o finder offers one, if not the most, compact profile of any 45 degree finders, it easily rotates left or right allowing vertical shooting.
These accessories finders provide the utmost accuracy, brightness and best viewing comfort that you can experience underwater.  No special tools are required to mount these accessories to the housing allowing new users to mount one safely and in very little time.

Understandably, the ports system of any housing system is the key to optical performance, the Aquatica system is composed of four hemispherical dome ports, the 4” mini dome, the 6” dome, the 8” dome and the 9.25” Megadome. Three flat ports are available and nine ports extensions ring ensure that you can take full advantage from one of the largest range of supported lens for underwater photography.

 

About the Strobe Connectivity

The Aquatica A70D and it other siblings, have the largest selection of strobe connections.  The optical fiber connections provided are compatible with standard off the shelf cord and do not require proprietary adapters or specially made cords.  The unique strobe connectors system, designed by Aquatica, allows for modifying, adapting, replacing or alternating connectors simply in a matter of minutes without requiring any special tools. This design is made for easy field maintenance and the result is a long history of working with professionals in remote locations and paying attention to their needs. Aside from addressing all existing optical strobe requirements, the A70D can also be equipped with classic Nikonos type connectors or with Ikelite original bulkhead connections.

Extra access bulkhead on the housing provide space for accessories such as our own Aquatica Remote Trigger grip and Amphibico (or other brand of) video monitor.

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About AQUATICA

Founded in 1982, Aquatica designs and manufactures directly from Canada a fine line of quality aluminum housings for underwater photography.

www.aquatica.ca

 

 

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Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

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New System Announced to Confirm Watertight Integrity Before Entering the Water

Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System


New System Announced to Confirm Watertight Integrity Before Entering the Water

By Brent Durand, October 30, 2013

 

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Nauticam has announced a brand new system for alerting divers of housing leaks before and after entering the water. The system is comprehensive, meaning that it uses pressure inside the housing to detect possible leaks before diving, and also a traditional leak detector in case moisture does touch the sensor contacts once the housing is submerged. The color code system is easy to understand, with blue meaning safe, yellow meaning a pressure difference and red meaning moisture at the leak detector contacts.

The valve that sticks up from the housing is not too bulky and well worth the confidence it inspires. Nauticam has also taken temperature into account so that when divers put together the housing in an air-conditioned room then step into the heat outside there will not be a false alarm (since air expands when heated). Cool!

Estimated ship date is November 4, 2013.

 

Press Release:

 

Nauticam is pleased to announce an exceptionally comprehensive vacuum system that allows the underwater photographer to confirm watertight integrity before entering the water. This system provides additional peace of mind with expensive camera equipment and should mean fewer lost dives due to minor equipment issues.

 

Nauticam Vacuum

The system is comprised of two parts, a one way vacuum valve and an electronic monitoring circuit.

 

Nauticam Vacuum

 

Monitoring Circuit

The electronic monitoring circuit is compactly integrated into the housing's leak detector, where it constantly measures the vacuum level and reports its status via a multi-color LED easily visible on the rear of the housing. This sophisticated circuit has an advanced temperature compensation capability, so changes in ambient temperature or changes in internal temperature won't cause a false positive.
 
Starting with NA-70D for Canon 70D, all new Nauticam DSLR and Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera housing models will ship with the electronic monitoring circuit installed as standard equipment. Vacuum valves are sold as optional equipment, allowing the user to customize the housing accessory configuration as needed.

 

Nauticam Vacuum

 

Understanding the LED color codes is very easy. At ambient pressure, the LED slowly blinks blue. When a solid vacuum is achieved, the LED changes to a solid green, indicating system integrity. If the vacuum starts to degrade, the LED begins to flash yellow, and if water intrusion is detected, the LED flashes red, and the audible alarm is sounded. 
 
Retrofits for existing housings are available starting November 4, 2013. Contact your local Nauticam dealer for details.

 

 

Vacuum Valve

The second component of this system is a one way vacuum valve, which is available in several styles to support various housing configurations. These Vacuum Valves contain an integrated vacuum release, and a redundant waterproof cap. No tools are required to open the housing after creating a vacuum, as the vacuum is released with a simple knurled nut.

Nauticam Vacuum

The basic valve uses a hand pump to create the vacuum, but a more advanced Dual Activation vacuum valve is also available. The Dual Activation Valve accepts a BCD Low Pressure Inflator Hose quick disconnect, and uses tank pressure to create a Venturi effect that pulls the vacuum. This is recommended for housings like Nauticam's DCES for RED EPIC and SCARLET where the internal volume of the housing makes using a hand pump impractical.

Nauticam Vacuum

"Offset" Extension Valves are used when a housing has a single accessory hole, but requires both a Vacuum Valve and electrical bulkhead to be installed in the same location. This will enable most housings to be able to utilize this valuable tool.

Nauticam Vacuum

All vacuum valves also include a hand pump and spanner tool for installing valves.

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The Bottom Line

This new system is the most advanced integrity check system available today, and the only one with integrated leak detection and temperature compensation. With it's intuitive multi-colored LED status codes, the underwater photographer can now be assured with a simple glance that the watertight integrity of the housing is secure.

Nauticam Vacuum

 

All valves include a hand pump and installation tool at no charge.

 

Estimated Shipping Date: Nov 4, 2013

More information is available from Nauticam USA at:
http://www.nauticamusa.com

 

 

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Sony Unveils World's First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

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New Sony α7 Series Are World’s Smallest, Lightest Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Sony Unveils World's First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras


New Sony α7 Series Are World’s Smallest, Lightest Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras

By Brent Durand, October 16, 2013

 

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Last night Sony announced the world's first full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens bodies - the a7R and a7. Also released are 5 new full-frame E mount lenses, including some Zeiss glass! The small size, light weight and excellent image quality of Sony's a series cameras makes them a great option for dive travelers.

We hope to see housings for these cameras in the near future. Both the a7R and a7 will be available for purchase this December and are sure to be very popular with the mirrorless camera crowd.

 

Sony a7R and a7 Highlights:

 

  • a7R: 36.4 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor - the highest resolution sensor in Sony's a camera line!
     
  • a7: 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor and an innovative fast Hybrid AF system.
     
  • Powerful new BIONZ® X processor
     
  • Clear, bright XGA OLED Tru-finder
     
  • Full HD 60p video recording
     
  • Wi-Fi® and NFC connection
     
  • Dust and moisture resistant body
     
  • a7R est. retail price (body only): $2,300
     
  • a7 est retail price (body only): $1,700

 

Sony Mirrorless a7R

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15, 2013 – Sony’s new α7 and α7R digital cameras are the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models2.  Highly anticipated by professional photographers and imaging enthusiasts alike, the two new cameras offer an unmatched combination of creativity, customizability and portability.

The α7R model features a 36.4 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor – the highest resolution sensor in the history of Sony’s α line – with no optical low pass filter for added resolving power and increased image detail.  The α7 model boasts an impressive 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor and an innovative fast Hybrid AF system.

Each camera is equipped with advanced imaging features including a powerful new  BIONZ® X processor; fast AF capabilities; a clear, bright XGA OLED Tru-finder, full HD 60p video recording, Wi-Fi® and NFC connection, dust-and moisture- resistance and more.

“With these new α7 camera systems, Sony has completely redefined the look and feel of a professional-grade digital camera,” said Mike Kahn, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics.  “The α7 and α7R cameras are significantly smaller, lighter and more portable than any other full-frame interchange lens camera yet deliver image quality, power and performance that professionals and enthusiasts crave.”

Both cameras feature full customization and control to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers.  There are 9 different customizable buttons and 46 assignable functions that can be adjusted based on shooting preferences, including fully customizable front and back dials, a rear control wheel and an exposure compensation dial.  Users can preview all changes to photographic settings in real-time on the high-contrast, 2.4 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder or the high-resolution tiltable 3” LCD screen.

The new cameras share a powerful new BIONZ X processor that accurately reproduces details in textures in real-time via extra high-speed processing capabilities, and allows for exceptional low noise performance in all types of lighting conditions.  Additionally, the powerful processor combined with the advanced, high resolution sensors allow both cameras to shoot pro-quality Full HD video (AVCHD progressive, 1920x1080p @ 60p) with richly detailed colors and ultra-low noise.

Clear Image Zoom has been enhanced for video recording as well, allowing for powerful close-up shots without sacrificing pixel count.  Other pro-style movie features include an audio recording level control and display plus a “live” HDMI® output for passing through video to an external monitor or recording device.

The new cameras both have on-board Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities for instant image sharing and transfer to compatible smartphones and tablets.  The α7R and α7 models can access Sony’s platform of PlayMemories™ Camera Apps, allowing users to add new effects, filters, utilities and more.  This platform includes new ‘Multiple Exposure’ app, which automatically combines sequential exposures into one creative shot, and ‘Smart Remote Control’4, which allows for direct control of exposure and shutter speed from a connected smartphone and is particularly useful for self-portraits or group shots5.  Find out more here.

The new α7 and α7R cameras each have a tough, magnesium alloy build and are dust and moisture resistant for standing up to some of the toughest weather conditions.

 

Sony Mirrorless a7R

 

α7R Camera

            Designed for professional photographers and highly advanced enthusiasts, the new α7R model is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens camera2.

It has an impressive 36.4 effective megapixel full frame sensor and no optical low pass filter, ensuring that the extraordinary resolving power is fully realized and resulting in an unprecedented level of detail and clarity in images.

The camera features a new Fast Intelligent AF technology that delivers blazingly quick, accurate autofocus.  Additionally, there are a total of three selectable sizes for the Flexible Spot AF frame, minimizing the risk of accidentally focusing on the wrong target.

 

Sony Mirrorless a7

 

α7 Camera

            Offering an exciting entry into the world of full-frame photography, the α7 camera features an advanced 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor paired with the powerful new BIONZ X processor.

The exciting new camera has an innovative Fast Hybrid AF system that combines phase- and contrast-detect AF methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus.  It can also shoot at up to 5 fps continuously with non-stop AF tracking, allowing it to keep pace with fast-moving athletes, wildlife or energetic children.

 

New Sony α Lenses and Accessories

There are a total of 5 new full-frame E-mount lenses designed to take full advantage of the powerful imaging capabilities of the α7R and α7 cameras, including mid-range zoom lenses from Sony and Carl Zeiss, two bright Zeiss Sonnar T*™ prime lenses and a premium-quality G Lens™ telephoto zoom.  Sony’s growing E-mount interchangeable lens lineup now consists of 21 different lenses including the new full-frame models.

In addition to the new lenses, there are also two new-generation mount adaptors that give photographers the ability to utilize full-frame Sony A-mount optics on the α7 and α7R cameras.  The LA-EA3 adapter simply adds compatibility for existing A-mount lenses the new cameras, while the LA-EA4 model adds the ultra-fast focusing and shooting capabilities of Sony’s innovative Translucent Mirror Technology.

There is also a new vertical grip (VG-C1EM) that offers greater comfort during vertical shooting and can accommodate two separate NP-FW50 batteries for extended battery life and shooting time.  A new BC-TRW compact external battery charger that quickly charges batteries and is great for travel, and FA-CS1M off camera shoe allows the use of external flashes (HVL-43M, 20M) in off-camera wired applications.   Additionally, the new LCS-ELCA premium soft leather carry case protects the α7 and α7R cameras from scuffs and marks while being carried.

 

Pricing and Availability

  • The Sony α7R and α7 full-frame interchangeable lens cameras will be available for purchase this December.
  • The α7R camera will be offered as a body-only for about $2300.
  • The Sony α7 compact system camera will be offered with a 28-70mm F3.5 – F5.6 full-frame lens (model SEL2870) for about $2000.  It will also be offered as a body-only for about $1700.
  • The versatile new LA-EA3 and LA-EA4 mount adapters will be available in December for about $200 and $350, respectively.
  • The new VG-C1EM vertical grip and LCS-ELCA premium case will also be available in December for about $300 and $ 140, respectively.
  • Please visit www.blog.sony.com for a full video preview of the new Sony α7R and α7 full-frame cameras and follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest α camera news.

 

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Ikelite Introduces Mounting Kit for Gamma Light

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Looking for a compact LED dive/focus light that's easy to mount? Check this out!

Ikelite Introduces Mounting Kit for Gamma Light


Looking for a compact LED dive/focus light that's easy to mount? Check this out!

By Brent Durand, October 3, 2013

 

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Ikelite has introduced a versatile mounting system for the popular Gamma LED light. The light is compact, powerful and most of all, affordable. It can be used for diving, focusing and video. Since its release, divers have found various ways to mount their light, but now the solutions below provide easy mounting options for any camera setup.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

INDIANAPOLIS – October 2, 2013 – The versatility of Ikelite’s Gamma can now be easily leveraged through a variety of mounting options designed to work with a range of Ikelite housings, positioning the dive light as not only a responsible purchase, but a wise investment. Liberate your Gamma with the mounting kits listed below and explore the benefits of using it as a close-up light, focus assist, macro video light, or to amplify a larger primary light source. Addition is easy!

 

Gamma Photo Kit / DSLR SA-100

(Part No. 1887.1)

Ikelite Gamma Light

Based on our popular SA-100 1in (2.5cm) diameter ball socket arm system, this mount kit includes everything you need to use your Gamma as a focus assist or macro video light. Compatible with Ikelite DSLR housings featuring a top mount. Gamma flashlight not included.

 

Gamma Photo Kit / DSLR Flex

(Part No. 1887.2)

Ikelite Gamma Light

This mount kit is super lightweight, flexible, and includes everything you need to use your Gamma as a focus assist or macro video light. Compatible with Ikelite DSLR housings featuring a top mount. Gamma flashlight not included.

 

Gamma Photo Kit / Quick Release Handle

(Part No. 1887.3)

Ikelite Gamma Light

This mount kit is super lightweight, flexible, and includes everything you need to attach your Gamma to an Ikelite release handle for use as a focus assist or macro video light. Compatible Ikelite trays with release handle(s) are available to fit most Ikelite and non-Ikelite compact digital systems, sold separately. Gamma flashlight not included.

 

Gamma Photo Kit / Tubing Mount

(Part No. 1887.4)

Ikelite Gamma Light

This mount kit is super lightweight, flexible, and includes the essentials to use your Gamma as a focus assist or macro video light. The tubing mount attaches to any Ikelite 3/4in flex arm as featured on the AF35 AutoFlash, or around any stem mount at Ikelite release handle (Ikelite product numbers 9571.3, 9571.31, and 9573.31 – not included). Gamma flashlight sold separately.

 

Read more about the Gamma Light & Mounts:  www.ikelite.com

 

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10 Bar Panasonic Lumix GH-3 Housing

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Specs and Photos of 10 Bar's New Housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH-3

10 Bar Panasonic Lumix GH-3 Housing


Specs and Photos of 10 Bar's New Housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH-3

By Brent Durand, October 2, 2013

 

 

 
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10 Bar has announced their new housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH-3 camera. The Lumix GH-3 is an excellent mirrorless camera that is well-known in video circles. It features a very high bit rate that rivals many prosumer DSLRs and also takes great still photos. Being mirrorless, the camera is compact and easy to travel with, especially when paired with 10 Bar's new underater housing.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

September 25, 2013 (Hong Kong) - 10 Bar is pleased to announce the launch of Panasonic GH-3 housing. The housings are machined from a solid block of aluminum with clear acrylic back cover, which allows easy checking of the rear LCD monitor of the camera. It employs double o-ring system and stainless steel locking latches for enhanced security.

  • It has levers and buttons accessing all controls on the Lumix GH-3 camera.
     
  • The fiber optic port provides TTL flash exposure with Inon/Sea & Sea strobes.
     
  • The housings are individually pressure tested to 90m.
     
  • Overall size is 192 x 186 x 162 mm (L x W x H) with a weight of 12.3 kg with 12-35 zoom lens port.

 

There is also an extension ring and dome port for 8mm lens for this housing. The package includes:

  • Padded housing carrying bag
  • 2 x spare o-rings
  • Opening Key
  • Silicone o-ring grease
  • Nylon landyard

 

 

Visit the 10 Bar website for more information: 

www.10bar.com

 

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GoPro Introduces the Hero 3+

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Lighter, Smaller and Sharper: Will it Live up to the Hype?

GoPro Introduces the Hero 3+


Lighter, Smaller and Sharper: Will it Live up to the Hype?

By Brent Durand, October 1, 2013

 

 

 
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GoPro just released their most advanced camera to date: the Hero 3+ Black Edition. Like the Hero 3, the Hero 3+ features video resolutions up to 4k, 12MP photos with a variety of timelapse and burst modes (up to 30 frames/second), built-in wifi, excellent low-light capability and a waterproof housing rated to 130 feet. The Hero 3+ is 20% smaller, lighter, sharper and has faster wifi - all excellent upgrades.

I bought a Hero 3 Black a few months ago and love the versatility. I've used it to shoot video underwater at the same time as still photos with my DSLR, mounted it to kayak paddles, crashed it on my mountain bike and held it in many breaking waves. It's great as an entry-level video camera and has filters available for underwater use. I also took comfort knowing it was a backup camera in case anything happened to my DSLR on a recent dive trip to Northern California.

 

Hero 3 Black Edition capturing fast-moving detail in low light. The Hero 3+ should do even better, producing sharper images.

 

 

What's New with the Hero 3+ Black Edition?

  • 20% smaller and lighter than previous models
  • New SuperView mode that captures immersive wide-angle video
  • Auto Low Light mode for stunning low-light performance
  • 30% longer battery life (battery life was a downside to predecessor)
  • 33% increase in image sharpness
  • 40% faster built-in wifi (you can turn the camera on and off and see what you're shooting with the phone app!)
  • Improved audio recording

 

 

Side by Side with the Hero 3 Black

The camera body is the same size as the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition, however the new housing is smaller though. The smaller volume means there is less air inside the housing and less likelihood of fogging during a dive. Below are a few phone snapshots of the cameras:

 

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Comparison

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Comparison

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Housing Comparison

 

 

GoPro Hero 3+ Black for Underwater Video

The Hero 3+ is a versatile camera for underwater video. While it won't compare to the manual controls available when recording video with a DSLR or dedicated video camera, the compact size and ease of use make it a winner.

The Hero 3+ underwater housing has also been designed with larger buttons that are more comfortable to press and the latch system has less moving parts to get clogged with sand. Also, the accessories for the Hero 3 will work with the Hero 3+ black edition, which is great news for those planning an upgrade. High quality glass filters (red, magenta, etc) from several brands will be available soon.

 

Accessories for Underwater Video with the GoPro Hero 3+ :

1.  Dedicated video camera with easy-to-attach filters. These GoPro filters help improve your underwater video in a number of ways. A red filter will bring the reds and more contrast back into the scene (since red is the first color lost when descending in water). A macro filter will allow you to shoot very small subjects from close distances. Other options are also available

Read our Complete Guide to GoPro Filters for Underwater Video for more info.

 

2.  Dedicated video camera with video light(s). A strong video light (and preferably two) will bring vivid color back into the reef, especially when at depth. The GoPro is mounted to a tray with handles, to which the lights attach.

 

Visit the GoPro Buyers Guide on our sister site, Bluewater Photo for more info on underwater video accessories.

 

 

Sample Video from GoPro Hero 3+ straight out of camera:

 

 

Improving Your Underwater Video

Visit our video chapter for tutorials to help you capture and edit Great Underwater Video.

 

 

Returning from a kayak freediving video session. GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition.

 

Quick action captured by the Hero 3 Black Edition.

 

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Nauticam Housing for Canon 70D

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An Innovative Housing for Canon's 1st Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Sensor

Nauticam Announces Housing for Canon 70D


An Innovative Housing for Canon's 1st Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Sensor

By Brent Durand, September 27, 2013

 

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Nauticam has just announced their latest housing, built for Canon's EOS 70D. The 70D is the first camera to feature a Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor.

What's so great about it? To date, digital SLRs have used advanced phase detection autofocus through the viewfinder and slower contrast detection AF in live view. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor allows use of phase detection AF in both viewfinder and live view, providing fast and accurate autofocus for video and live view shooting. The 70D presents the new standard for video autofocus on DSLRs.

 

Nauticam 70D Housing - New Features

  • NEW integrated electronic vacuum seal check
  • Constructed with new weight reduction techniques
  • Advanced galvanic corrosion protection
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Easy lens changes without removing camera from housing

Nauticam 70D

 

PRESS RELEASE

Nauticam announces the release of the NA-70D, the latest in its acclaimed line of precision crafted underwater camera housings. Nauticam is the international leader in innovative housing technology, and the new housing for the Canon 70D capitalizes on that experience. Features include a new, totally integrated electronic vacuum check system - and a host of refinements such as very clever weight reduction techniques and advanced galvanic corrosion prevention.

The Canon 70D is blazing new territory with a spectacular new imaging sensor that turns 80% of the sensor area are into thousands of phase detection autofocus sites, meaning the 70D has the most advanced video focus capability of any current capable SLR. The 70D has taken over for the 7D as Canon's leading prosumer camera, and has all the key ingredients needed to be Canon's flagship APS-C SLR.

The NA-70D takes advantage of the 70D’s extensive new features and brings them into the underwater realm in the most innovative, best engineered, and most ergonomic camera housing available... leaving only one question:

What will you shoot with the NA-70D?

 

Nauticam 70D

 

The NA-70D Housing

Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-70D. Like the NA-6D, this new housing borrows a control from it's Nikon brethren - the patent pending Multi Controller Pad that is located within easy reach of the right thumb. The Multi Controller Pad allows full multidirectional use of the 8-way controller, while still allowing for the rear command dial to be brought out to the right side of the housing. This control is especially interesting with the 70D using the video autofocus... with a light touch, the user can change the focus during a video clip, allowing for "focus pull" and other advanced shots. No other housing manufacturer has this, and none come close to achieving this kind of ergonomic access to the 8-way controller.    

Nauticam 70D

 

New! Integrated Electronic Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

Nauticam is pleased to announce that the NA-70D is the first housing to ship with Nauticam's new vacuum system with integrated electronic vacuum and leak detection monitoring system. Now the operator can, at a glance, instantly see the vacuum/watertight status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, a audible and visual indication will occur. The NA-70D ships with a 3rd bulkhead port specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the user two other bulkhead ports for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories. More information about the vacuum monitoring system and availability for other Nauticam housings will be forthcoming.

Nauticam 70D

 

The patented Locking Latch System, used to close and securely lock the housing, 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.

Nauticam 70D

 

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.

 

Key NA-70D Features:

Nauticam 70D

Nauticam 70D

 

The Nauticam brand has quickly become synonymous with superior ergonomics in all their underwater camera housings. The NA-70D will only enhance that reputation. Every control is well thought out. Every button, lever and switch is considered not in terms of what is easier for the designer, but what is best for the shooter. A careful look at the engineering and design of the right hand side of this housing reveals this philosophy in practice. The key shooting controls are all easily accessed with the right hand with very little finger movement required. While the controls may look daunting to those new to Nauticam, after a few shots the controls become second nature. Shoot, change aperture, shoot, change shutter speed, flip to video, change shutter speed, start recording, change ISO - all with the thumb and forefinger, and all done quickly and easily.

 

NA-70D Controls (advantages/usage underwater):

  • Sensitive two stage shutter release (easy to gauge half press; gives fine control over the shutter release)
  • AF-ON Lever (strategically placed for easy thumb focus or thumb focus lock)
  • Front Command Dial directly under shutter release (change aperture effortlessly)
  • Rear Command Dial at left side next to thumb (change shutter speed without removing hand from grips)
  • Multi Controller Pad controls the 8 way selector (easily change focus area, even diagonally)
  • Manual Zoom/Focus Knob (zoom/focus the lens without a reach)
  • ISO Paddle at right thumb (very quick ISO changes; ISO has become a key control, especially for video)
  • Info Button brought out to left thumb (calls up the important info screen, in playback mode toggles histogram)
  • Playback button paddle at left thumb (makes reviewing images easy)
  • Q button paddle at left thumb (zoom, check critical focus, pan without removing hand from grip)
  • Mode dial (switch from P to Av to M modes easily)
  • AF Mode, Drive Mode and Metering Mode push buttons (easy to change with Canon's push-turn style)
  • Focus Expansion Button (change focus area style quickly)
  • *, and Focus Points button accessible with right thumb (change focus points, lock exposure, plus zoom during live view)
  • Depth of Field Preview accessible with right thumb (programmable to several different functions)
  • Menu button near left thumb (access to all camera options)
  • Movie/Still mode lever (effortless switch from still to movie shooting)
  • Start/stop video on right thumb paddle (start video without inducing camera shake)
  • On/off  switch automatically aligns (no need to preset camera)

 

Nauticam 70D

 

The Canon 70D Camera

The Canon 70D camera is the 9th camera is the Canon prosumer XX series, dating back to the EOS-D30 and EOS-D60, and through the hugely popular 10D, 20D and on up to the 60D of 2010. This line of cameras was historically the breeding ground for the best of CMOS sensor technology, dating back to the early days of digital SLRs. The 70D is an exceptional camera just based on those credentials. However, this camera has a new trick up it's sleeve as well. Cameras by several manufacturers have taken to embedding a few phase detection sensors into the imaging sensor to help improve autofocus during video recording. Canon has, however, trumped that significantly by integrating phase detection sensors onto every pixel. In effect, the entire sensor becomes a field of phase detectors. Canon claims it is able to use 80% of pixels for this purpose, and the result is an accuracy of autofocus never before seen in SLR video.

The 70D sports 7 frames per second continuous shooting, 1/250 sync speed, built-in WiFi and access to some of the best lenses available. The 70D inherits the exceptionally good white balance system, and Canon SLR video is already known for appearances in movies and television.

Using the 70D's WiFi, it is possible to review images on a smartphone or tablet, without removing the camera from the housing. Connect to a WiFi hotspot or directly to the cameras own built-in hotspot, and enjoy viewing your images on an iPhone/iPad or Android device without opening the housing. Even more amazing, use the EOS Remote on an iPhone to remotely control your camera while it is in the housing. Leave your camera out in the rain while you control it from inside with your smartphone. [Note: WiFi signal strength is infrastructure dependent; these claims have been tested but results may vary depending on conditions. WiFi signals do not propagate in water.]

The year 2012 might have been the year of the full frame camera, but the 70D heralds the revenge of APS-C in 2013. The new Nauticam NA-70D allows the camera to explore the underwater world in style and with all of the elegant engineering, sophisticated ergonomics, clever innovation and shear ruggedness that Nauticam delivers every single day.

Canon 70D Key Features (and notes for underwater shooters):

  • 20 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Dual Pixel Sensor (APS-C sensor size means easier macro and more lens choices)
  • ISO 50-25,600 (excellent high ISO, low light performance)
  • Canon EF/EF-S-Mount (support for lenses like the Tokina 10-17mm and Canon 8-15mm)
  • 3" 1.0mdot articulated TFT-LCD (wide viewing angle, easy to see in bright sun)
  • 6 white balance presets (best custom white balance in SLR)
  • 19 focus points, -3EV focus sensitivity (focus system from highly regarded 7D)
  • Video with 1080p at 30fps, ALL-I or IPB compression (excellent video quality with headroom for post processing)

coral polyps underwater photo

 

Lens Support

The quality of an image is only as good as the glass it was captured with, and Nauticam firmly believes that every lens that makes sense to be used underwater should be supported. The APS-C sensor on the 70D allows use of a wide range of lenses that are widely known for their underwater capabilities. Lenses like the Tokina 10-17mm and the Canon EF-S 60mm are true workhorses in the Canon underwater domain. Nauticam's lineup of ports, together with Zen Underwater dome ports is the most complete and extensive in the industry. Nauticam carefully evaluates new lenses, and is often first to market with support when a new lens is offered. Nauticam also provides the industry’s only locking extension rings in every size potentially required, thus preventing port slippage when using extension rings. Nauticam additionally offers a full range of port adapters allowing existing housing owners to use their current ports, reducing the cost of switching to a Nauticam housing. Port Adapters are available for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion lens ports.

Canon 70D lenses

 

Examples of supported lenses for 70D:

Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM
Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM & Kenko 1.4X Pro DGX
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm /4L USM
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
and more....


Viewfinders

A high resolution camera like the Canon 70D demands perfect focus for optimal results. Fortunately, Nauticam has developed the most user-friendly interchangeable precision viewfinders in the world. 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 allow viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible.

Nauticam Viewfinder

 

Accessories

Nauticam’s NA-DP4 housing for the Small HD DP4 Monitor can take video performance to another level by rendering the video image in a position more amenable to the shooter. The monitor housing easily mounts to the top of the NA-70D and utilizes the optional HDMI Bulkhead for true HDMI connectivity. Utilizing DP4 features like Focus Peaking, Focus Assist, False Color, 1:1 Mapping and more, this larger monitor vastly improves composition, focus capability and exposure.

Nauticam 70D

 

Optional accessories available for the NA-70D:

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder
  • Complete line of ports for all major lenses
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 70mm
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor and Atomos Ninja-2 Recorder/Monitor
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon and Sea & Sea
  • Flash Trigger for Canon
  • 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 Canon, 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
  • Vacuum Check Valves

Nauticam 70D

 

The Bottom Line

The Canon 70D represents Canon's commitment to researching and developing the best performing imaging sensors in the SLR world. The APS-C has many advantages in shooting underwater, and is an ideal balance between image quality and ease of use. The pricing of this camera makes is appealing for those wishing to carry a spare body on a long trip. The ability to use somewhat smaller and less expensive lenses like the 10-22mm and the Tokina 10-17mm is a strong virtue, and the 70D is an extremely refined and capable camera. However, the most excitement about this camera is saved for the new sensor. Video shooters get the best of both - SLR video quality with it's capacity for shallow depth of field, combined with focus performance that rivals traditional handicams.  The year 2012 might have been the year of the full frame camera, but the 70D heralds the revenge of the APS-C in 2013. The new Nauticam NA-70D allows the camera to explore the underwater world in style and with all of the elegant engineering, sophisticated ergonomics, clever innovation and shear ruggedness that Nauticam delivers every single day.

Nauticam 70D

 

Specifications

Depth Rating:  100m
Weight: 3.17kg
Dimensions (with handles mounted): 348mm x 185mm x 135mm

Model Number:  17312
USA Retail Price: $3300
Estimated Shipping Date: Oct 1, 2013
More information is available from Nauticam USA at: www.nauticamusa.com
 

 

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SoCal Shootout Winners Announced!

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18-Year-Old Clinches Underwater Photo Championship in Southern California!

SoCal Shootout Winners Announced!


18-Year-Old Clinches Underwater Photo Championship in Southern California!

By Brent Durand, September 25, 2013

 

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"Best of Shootout" by Nirupam Nigam. A sarcastic fringehead lunges at the camera!

 
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The 3rd annual Bluewater Photo SoCal Shootout took place September 13-15, 2013, drawing photographers from all over southern California. The winning photos this year are simply stunning, and truly capture the essence of socal diving. Even more impressive is the fact that photographers were limited to basic global editing of their photos, so many tricks that digital photographers have become acustomed to were not permitted: cropping, backscatter removal, dodging/burning, etc. It was truly a test of in-camera photography skills.

Congratulations to the winners, especially the Best of Shootout winner Nirupam Nigam!

View the SoCal Shootout Winning Photos Here

 

socal shootout 2013

1st Place Macro: Shark Eye by Craig Hoover

 

SoCal Shootout 2013

1st Place Wide-Angle: Bat Ray in Kelp Forest by Liz Sullivan

 

SoCal Shootout 2013

1st Place Portrait: Harbor Seal in Kelp by Kyle McBurnie

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

18-Year-Old Clinches Underwater Photo Championship in Southern California!

Culver City, CA – September 25, 2013 – 18-year-old underwater photographer Nirupam Nigam just clinched the “Best of Shootout” title in the 3rd Annual SoCal underwater photo shootout. The Southern California competition attracted over 70 talented photographers with decades of experience, however Nirupam took awards in several categories, winning the competition. His winning shot of a sarcastic fringehead fish charging his camera is a stunning image that leaps out of the screen at you. The fish actually attacked his reflection in Nirupam’s camera dome port but he was still able to capture the best moment in the action while also protecting his gear!

Other winning photos include an endearing harbor seal staring into the camera, a galaxy lost in a shark’s eye, a dreamy scene of a bat ray soaring through a towering kelp forest and even a blue whale in the open ocean. These amazing photos truly represent the immense beauty of Southern California’s oceans. All photos entered had to be taken between September 13th and 15th, 2013 in Southern California waters.

Over $15,000 in prizes are being awarded to the winners, including trips to Wananavu Fiji resort, Club Cantamar in La Paz, Crystal Blue resort Anilao, the Rocio del Mar liveboard, Maluku divers in Indonesia, and a dive computer from Oceanic. Visit the SoCal Shootout webpage to view all the winning photos and prizes.

SoCal Shootout 2013: http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/2013-socal-shootout-results

 

About the SoCal Shootout: The SoCal Shootout is an annual photography competition where some of Southern California’s most active underwater photographers strive to capture the best possible photo over a 3-day period. Major editing is not allowed, so the competition truly tests a photographer’s ability to capture stunning imagery in-camera. Bluewater Photo, Southern California’s only dedicated underwater photography center, sponsors the event along with many top scuba brands, international resorts and local dive boats – all of which are excited to support the California scuba diving community.

 

LIST OF WINNERS:

Best of Shootout

Nirupam Nigam

Wide-Angle

1st: Liz Sullivan
2nd: Mel Moncrieff
3rd: Roger Carlson
4th: Nirupam Nigam
HM: Brian McHugh
HM: Ron Watkins
HM: Michael Zeigler
HM: Kevin Cushing

Macro

1st: Craig Hoover
2nd: Cindy Shaw
3rd: Nirupam Nigam
4th: Michelle Hoalton
HM: Cindy Shaw
HM: Ron Watkins

Marine Life Behavior

1st: Nirupam Nigam
2nd: Kevin Cushing
3rd: Alonso Cabello
4th: Michelle Hoalton
HM: Jeff Laity
HM: Brian McHugh

Portrait

1st: Kyle McBurnie
2nd: Nirupam Nigam
3rd: David Andrew
4th: Cindy Shaw
HM: Brian McHugh
HM: Craig Hoover

Video

1st - tied: Kyle McBurnie
1st - tied: Nanette Van Antwerp
3rd: Kevin Sullivan
HM: Roger Carlson

Compact Wide-Angle

1st: Carolyn Wang
2nd: David Thompson
3rd: Deanne Beck

Compact Macro

1st: Deanne Beck
2nd: Deanne Beck
3rd: Aaron Halstead

Compact Behavior

1st: Deanne Beck
2nd: Aaron Halstead
3rd: Renee Copozolla

Compact Portrait

1st: Debbie Karimoto
2nd: Renee Copozolla
3rd: Steve Murvine

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Underwater Journal Issue 30 Available

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Iceland, a journey into a world of water, ice & fire, Philippines Banca Safari & Utila - The “Just Right" Island

Underwater Journal Issue 30 Available


Iceland, a journey into a world of water, ice & fire, Philippines Banca Safari & Utila - The “Just Right" Island in the Caribbean

By Brent Durand, September 17, 2013

 

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Another great issue of the Underwater Journal is available for free download. This month's issue (#30) contains in-depth articles and photos on diving in Iceland, taking a banca safari in the Philippines and diving Utila in the Caribbean.

The pdf mag takes just a minute to download and will have you daydreaming about diving in no time!

 

Underwater Journal

 

Download issue #30 on the UWJ website:  Underwater Journal Issue 30

 

 

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Ikelite Housing for Canon EOS 70D

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The first housing for the 70D is here, with Ikelite's fantastic TTL flash metering system built-in!

Ikelite Announces Housing for Canon EOS 70D


The first housing for the 70D is here, with Ikelite's fantastic TTL flash metering system built-in!

By Brent Durand, September 16, 2013

 

ikelite 70D 6870.70

 

 
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Ikelite is first-to-market with a housing for Canon's new EOS 70D. The 70D is a mid-level DSLR in Canon's lineup that features a revolutionary 20.2MP ASP-C 'Dual Pixel CMOS AF' sensor.

So what's the big deal? To date, digital SLRs have used advanced phase detection autofocus through the viewfinder and slower contrast detection AF in live view. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor allows use of phase detection AF in both viewfinder and live view, providing fast and accurate autofocus for video and live view shooting.

Highlights:

  • Easy-to-use TTL flash metering and adjustment (with Ikelite strobes)
  • Video start/record button on side of housing for easy thumb reach
  • Glass optical viewfinder
  • Available starting October 2013

 

ikelite 70D 6870.70

 

PRESS RELEASE:

Ikelite proudly announces a full-featured, TTL enabled underwater housing for the Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera. The Ikelite housing is packed with standard features which perfectly complement the 70D camera's capabilities.


Product Features

TTL or "Through-The-Lens" flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. The Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D includes built-in proprietary circuitry which tells your camera that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately**. Spend more time showing off great photos, and less time tinkering in Photoshop.

Fiber optic slave flash units require the camera's flash to fire every time. This constantly drains your camera's battery life, builds up heat inside of the housing, and creates a shutter lag as you wait for the camera's flash to recycle in between shots. The Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D translates direct electrical impulses from your camera, triggering your strobe and precisely adjusting its power without the need to fire the camera's flash. In-line communication between the strobe and the camera completely eliminates signal interference and false triggering caused by light rays bouncing off the water's surface or your buddy's flash going off.

Exposure adjustments directly through the back of the housing put the perfect shot within reach every time. Tweak your TLL exposure or take total manual control without taking your hand off of your housing. Two pushbuttons below the camera's LCD viewfinder act as a remote control for Ikelite DS-series strobes**. Access plus/minus exposure compensation in TTL mode, plus 7 manual power settings in half-stop increments. Strobe settings are indicated by a series of LED lights and plainly visible even at night.

Controls are customized to put all important camera functions within comfortable reach. We bring video record start/stop and AF lock out to the side of the housing for quick access using your thumb without taking a hand off of the handles. The housing with tray and handles is nearly neutral in fresh water depending on choice of lens port and lens. An glass optical viewfinder is enhanced for viewing underwater with a dive mask.

For a system of this caliber, a tray with dual handles is essential to good handling, balance underwater and attachment of external lighting. An aluminum tray with right- and left-hand rubberized grips is included with the Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D, providing balance and comfortable hold, plus two quick release points for strobe and video arms, and tripod attachment holes. The complete handle assembly removes with just two screws for traveling.

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

NOTE: A lens port is required for waterproof operation.

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

Quality in engineering, manufacturing and service. Like every Ikelite product, this housing for the Canon EOS 70D camera is designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials from trusted vendors we've been working with for decades. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry.

Full details are available at http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/can_70d.html

** Requires current model Ikelite DS Substrobe. Non-Ikelite strobes provide manual exposure only.

 

Availability

The Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D is currently in production for release by early October.  This product is available for pre-order through any Authorized Ikelite Dealer.

Product No. 6870.70
Lens port, camera and lens not included.

 

ikelite 70D 6870.70

 

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