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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

 

Nauticam 70D

 

 
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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

 

socal shootout 2013

"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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X-Ray Mag Issue #56 Now Available

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Weekend Reading! X-Ray Mag's new issue is available for download

X-Ray Mag Issue #56 Now Available


Weekend Reading!  X-Ray Mag's new issue is available for download

By Brent Durand, September 6, 2013

 

x-Ray Mag issue 56

 

 
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X-Ray Mag's new issue is available for download, so if you're looking for weekend reading, this is it!  #56 is a feature-filled pdf mag with articles spanning the dive world, including photography, marine life, dive fitness, media and several awesome dive destinations. Dive in and enjoy!

 

 

Issue 56 Includes:

  • Diving Indonesia's Lembeh Strait and Buyat Bay
  • Mexico's Sea of Cortez
  • Portugal's artificial reef
  • Sidemount diving
  • Hardhat diving
  • Opening up closed circuit
  • Interview with Mike Fletcher
  • Beyond the muck ecology
  • Sea legs for dive fitness
  • Wide-macro fisheye photography for critters
  • Mirrorless macro underwater photography
  • Sharon Brill portfolio
  • Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

 

Download X-Ray Mag Issue #56 Here

 

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Nauticam Housing for Sony RX-100 II

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An Excellent Housing for the Popular RX-100 available September 10

Nauticam Announces Housing for Sony RX-100 II


An Excellent Housing for the Popular RX-100 available September 10

By Brent Durand, September 5, 2013

 

 

 
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Sony's RX-100 II is arguably the best compact camera for underwater photography, picking up where the popular RX-100 left off. Nauticam's new housing announcement is no surprise, and delivers excellent quality to match the RX-100. Nauticam's press release is below:

 

PRESS RELEASE:

Nauticam is pleased to announce the NA-RX100II for the new Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 II compact digital camera. Building on the phenomenal success of the Nauticam RX100 housing, the NA-RX100II once again provides professional quality engineering to the compact camera underwater world. The NA-RX100II represents a compact camera enthusiasts dream system, but also provides an easy to use and instantly rewarding experience for people just starting to explore underwater imaging.

 

About the Sony RX100 II Camera

The RX100 II builds upon the incredibly successful RX100 by adding key features to an already feature rich palette. The "II" retains all of what made the RX100 such a success... a 1" 20 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for stills and video, ISO expandable to 100-25600, 10 FPS, 25 point AF, 1080 60P video and built-in 28mm-100mm equivalent optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens. The RX100 II adds a hot shoe, tilting LCD screen, and NFC enabled WiFi, plus up to 40% more sensitivity in low light thanks to a new backlit CMOS sensor.

The RX100 is credited with producing some of the best video ever seen from a compact camera, and this only gets better with the low light capability of the RX100 II. Video enthusiasts will enjoy the ability shoot in 24p in addition to the 30p and 60p from the RX100.
 
Controls on the camera remain very similar to the RX100. Of particular interest is the programmable Fn button that works in conjunction with user assigned menu options to take advantage of the most often adjusted settings – a first in this market segment. Like the RX100, the "II" features Sony’s “White Magic” LCD technology which uses four dots for every pixel instead of three for the display - this time on a tilting display. The result is a LCD that can offer twice the traditional brightness in very demanding conditions and much lower battery drain in normal use. The RX100 II is brimming with technological tools and those who have a chance to play with the focus peaking option will appreciate its use.

 

About the NA-RX100II Housing

The Nauticam housing for the RX100 is one of the bestselling housings in Nauticam history, and for good reason. Despite the difficulty of making a housing for a camera with small controls, the NA-RX100 is unrivaled in it's reliability of operation. With the RX100, Nauticam raised the bar for professional grade aluminum housings for the compact digital camera market segment. The NA-RX100II is built on that success, and similarly sports industry leading features such as the intuitive single rotating housing latch, rugged machined aluminum case, 100 meter depth rating, rear mounted o-ring, and a sculpted shutter release that give the user direct control over half press and full press of the camera shutter button.

Every button is clearly labeled and placed for ultimate ease of use. This housing is designed by photographers and engineered to capitalize on every ounce of potential from both camera and photographer alike. Front and Rear command dials are readily available to forefinger and thumb while never releasing grip. Manual aperture and shutter speed adjustment is a snap; as is white balance, ISO, drive modes, shooting modes and video recording.

The RX100 II adds a bulkhead port for optional installation of accessory bulkheads. With the new hotshoe on the RX100 II, the user who wants to add a Nikonos or Ikelite style bulkhead to manually fire strobes with electrical sync cables can now do so.

The RX100 II features a standard 67mm thread on the port positioned precisely for maximum wide-angle lens performance. Also unique in this market segment is the ability to manually focus the RX100 II  when desired through the front command dial. Macro shooters in particular should enjoy the manual focus with focus peaking option to dial in those subjects using a strong close up wet lens such as a +10 diopter. The use of Nauticam’s new 67mm Flip Lens Holder makes this type of macro work easier than ever.

Wide-angle accessory lens compatibility is crucial for underwater photography, and RX100 II provides excellent performance when paired with Inon UWL-H100 28 M67 Type 2.  This system enables images with a wide 100 degree angle of view, sharp corners, and no vignetting!  The system also benefits from Inon’s optional Dome Unit II, a 145 degree lens that focuses on the front of the lens for exceptional close focus wide-angle photography.

"We're excited that Sony has taken their already fantastic RX100 compact to the next level with the Mark II. The difference in low light performance is noticeable, but it's the new hot shoe that has us excited about taking this camera underwater. At last, the compact shooter doesn't have to rely on the camera's own flash to recycle, and can have truly instantaneous shot to shot performance when using an electronic sync connection for their strobes. We're happy to see that the new NA-RX100II housing accommodates this feature. Easily grabbing your latest underwater photos off of the camera to share with the world on Facebook and Instagram is also a welcome bonus thanks to the new WiFi feature on the RX100 II." Sterling Zumbrunn - CTO, Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo

 

Accessories and Lighting

A full line of optional accessories are available, including trays, handles, hand straps, mounting hardware for lighting. Automatic flash exposure (TTL) via external strobes is available using Nauticam fiber optic cables and popular strobes like the Inon S-2000 and the Sea&Sea YS-D1.
 

Nauticam Build Quality

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

 

The Bottom Line

The NA-RX100II is a small camera system with a big heart (ok, well, sensor). The system is easy enough that it is ideal for anyone just getting into underwater imaging, yet features the kind of image quality and performance makes it at home in the camera bags of professionals.

 

Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: .75kg
  • Dimensions: 143mm x 113mm x 102mm

 

Model Number:  17408

USA Retail Price: $950
Estimated Shipping Date: Sept 10, 2013

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

 

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Through Your Lens Photo Contest Winners Announced

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Check out the winning photos of SCUBA Diving Magazine's underwater photo contest!

Through Your Lens Photo Contest Winners Announced


Check out the winning photos of SCUBA Diving Magazine's underwater photo contest!

By Brent Durand, September 5, 2013

 

Grand Prize Winner - Through Your Lens 2013. By Els Van Den Borre, Clownfish with parasite in Lembeh

Gear Nikon D90, Hugyfot housing, Nikon 105mm lens, two Inon Z-240 strobes ISO 200 F-Stop f/18 Shutter Speed 1/250

 

 
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SCUBA Diving Magazine has just announced the winners of their Through Your Lens underwater photo contest. We saw the 45 semi-finalists a few weeks ago and the judges have selected some incredible photos to win each contest category. These images were shot all over the world and capture incredible moments in diving, unique behavior and excellent underwater photo technique. UWPG offers a huge Congrats to the winners, honorable mentions and all the semi-finalists in Through the Lens.

As always, I hope you're as inspired as I am and can't wait to get back in the water! Below are the 1st and 2nd place images in each category followed by a full list of winners and links to all photos and captions on the SCUBA Diving Magazine website.

 

1st Place Divers - Through Your Lens 2013. By William Goodwin, taken in Bonaire

Gear Sony NEX-5N, 16mm lens, natural light ISO 100 F-Stop f/8 Shutter Speed 1/500

 

2st Place Divers - Through Your Lens 2013. By Mark Fuller, taken in Papua New Guinea, capturing Snell's window

Gear Nikon D7000, Aquatica housing, Nikon 0.5mm lens ISO 200 F-Stop f/13 Shutter Speed 1/160

 

1st Place Macro - Through Your Lens 2013. By Chia-Chi Chang

Gear Canon G15, Recsea housing, two Inon Z-240 strobes ISO 80 F-Stop f/8 Shutter Speed 1/200

 

2st Place Macro - Through Your Lens 2013. By Amir Stern

Gear Canon S100, Ikelite housing, Inon Bugeye lens, single Ikelite DS51 strobe ISO 80 F-Stop f/8 Shutter Speed 1/400

 

1st Place Wide-Angle - Through Your Lens 2013. By Aleksandra Bartnicka, Manta Ray in Misool, Raja Ampat

Gear Nikon D300s, Ikelite housing, Tokina 10-17mm lens at 10mm, natural light ISO 200 F-Stop f/9 Shutter Speed 1/125

 

2st Place Wide-Angle - Through Your Lens 2013. By Luis Javier Sandoval, Croc in the Cenotes near Cancun

Gear Nikon D7000, Aquatica housing, Tokina 10-17mm lens at 16mm, two Sea & Sea YS-120 strobes ISO 100 F-Stop f/9 Shutter Speed 1/200

 

 

1st Place Behavior - Through Your Lens 2013. By Marcello Di Francesco, Cardinalfish brooding eggs

Gear Canon EOS 60D, Nimar housing, Canon 100mm lens, two Inon Z-240 strobes ISO 320 F-Stop f/14 Shutter Speed 1/200

 

 

2st Place Behavior - Through Your Lens 2013. By J. Gregory Sherman, photo of a Booby, taken in the Sea of Cortez

Gear Canon EOS 50D, Sea & Sea housing, Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens, two Inon Z-240 strobes ISO 100 F-Stop f/20 Shutter Speed 1/200

 

One of our favorite Honorable Mentions - Through Your Lens 2013. By Fabio Strazzi

Taken in the Maldives

 

Full List of Through Your Lens Winners

 

GRAND PRIZE: Els Van Den Borre

 

1st Place Divers: William Goodwin

2nd Place Divers:  Mark Fuller

3rd Place Divers:  Filip Staes

 

1st Place Macro:  Chia-Chi Chang

2nd Place Macro:  Amir Stern

3rd Place Macro:  Luc Rooman

 

1st Place Wide-Angle:  Aleksandra Bartnicka

2nd Place Wide-Angle:  Luis Javier Sandoval

3rd Place Wide-Angle:  Francis Pérez

 

1st Place Behavior:  Marcello Di Francesco

2nd Place Behavior:  J. Gregory Sherman

3rd Place Behavior:  Alan Lo

 

Honorable Mentions:  Charlotte Sams, Craig Dietrich, Jacqueline Jongenelen, Luis Javier Sandoval, Pietro Formis, Zach Ransom, Eduardo Acevedo, Marcello Di Francesco, Karen Doody, Rebecca Hewett, David Valencia, Goos Van Der Heide, Hamid Rad and Fabio Strazzi.

 

To view all the winning photographs, please visit SCUBA Diving Magazine's website: 

Through Your Lens Winners

 

The competition was tough this year. To see just how tough, check out all 45 semi-finalists' images: 

2013 Through the Lens Semi-Finalist Gallery

 

Congratulations again!

 

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UWP Mag Issue 74 Available for Download!

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Muck Diving BC, Wrecks in the Red Sea, New Gear and more in this packed issue

UWP Magazine Issue 74 Available for Download


Muck Diving BC, Wrecks in the Red Sea, New Gear and more in this Packed Issue

By Brent Durand, September 3, 2013

 

UWP Magazine issue 74

 

 
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Underwater Photography magazine issue 74 has just been announced for download. We've included the outline below, but make sure to visit UWP Mag's website to download the full PDF mag.

 

UWP Magazine:  http://www.uwpmag.com

 

Sept/Oct 2013, 66 pages.

News, Travel & Events

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013

Beneath the Sea (BTS) International Imaging competition

Underwater portraits for cancer survivors

Open Fotosub Isla de El Hierro 20th to 26th October 2013

Dive China 2014 March 1st-3rd, 2014

Backscatter Roatan Expedition with Jim Decker

S/Y Maldives Siren

SeaLife Shootout and Demo Event

Philippines Photo Workshop with Alex Tattersall

New Products

Intova Sport Pro SP1

Nauticam Carbon Fiber Float Arms

Sea & Sea Lens Caddy for M67 Wide-angle Conversion Lens

New Acquapazza products

Nauticam Flash Trigger for Canon

Nauticam NA-V2 for Nikon 1 V2

Ikelite Housing for Canon ELPH 330, HS IXUS 255 HS and IXY 610F

Ikelite Housing for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 & FT25

Sea & Sea M52 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens

SL TecH2 GmbH Actioncam Magic filters

Backscatter Flip3.1 for GoPro Hero3

Product reviews

Backscatter Airlock review by Alex Tyrell

FIX NEO 2000DX review by Peter Rowlands

Nauticam NA-GH3 housing by Peter Rowlands

Techniques

Art filters by Phil Rudin

Locations

Night Muck Diving at Porteau Cove, BC by Lee Newman

SS Thistlegorm Text by Phil Rudin Images by Augusto Salgado

Simon's Town South Africa by Gregory Sweeney

A whole lotta Rozi By David Watson

Marine Life

Scorpion fish by Mark Webster

Parting Shots

by Mark Sagovac, Mark Webster, Lisa Kelly and Alex Tattersall

 

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African Diver Issue 28 Available

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The 2013 Sardine Run, Maldives, Wrecks & More in this Month's Free PDF Mag

African Diver Issue 28 Now Available


The 2013 Sardine Run, Maldives, Wrecks & More in this Month's Free PDF Mag

By Brent Durand, August 30, 2013

 

African Diver Issue 28

 

 
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The latest issue of African Diver is now available for free download. The PDF magazine covers the African dive scene and is packed with great articles and amazing photos this month. I've skimmed it through and can't wait to do a full read this weekend. Below is a summary of the issue:

 

In issue 28 we scoop the low-down on the recently wrecked Rio Sainas in Zavora, Mozambique. We have features diving in the Maldives and the Cape Verde archipelago. Staying with the islands, we have compelling story on the sterling conservation work being done in the Seychelles.  There’s sardine run stories too, packed with images of humpback whales and a close-up encounter with a Brydes whale. We celebrate the “Paddle Out 2013” movement to raise awareness of sharks on World Oceans Day and cover diving the Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone in the Red Sea.  Finally, there’s a stunning portfolio of images from Geo Cloete and news on the Ocean Art underwater photography competition. Download the magazine and enjoy it at your leisure.

 

DOWNLOAD AFRICAN DIVER ISSUE 28

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Nauticam Releases Carbon Fiber Float Arms

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Nauticam's Carbon Fiber Arms Now Shipping!

Nauticam Releases Carbon Fiber Float Arms


Now Shipping!

By Brent Durand

 

Nauticam Float Arms

 

 
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Most underwater photographers use some form of floatation to offset the negative bouyancy of their camera rig. These range in variety from foam to float arms to DIY projects out of PVC pipe. Nauticam first unveiled their new carbon fiber float arms at DEMA late last year and we've been anxiously awaiting the final product. Read on for the official press release and photos.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

Nauticam is pleased to announce the immediate availability of it's new line of Carbon Fiber Float Arms. First previewed at the DEMA Show 2012, these arms have undergone rigorous "gorilla" testing to insure they are ready to meet the needs of underwater photographers working in demanding conditions. The Carbon Fiber arm line is now in stock at Nauticam distributors worldwide.

Underwater photographers have long battled to make their camera systems neutrally buoyant in the water; a neutrally buoyant rig is easier to handle in the water and can be operated with one hand much easier than heavier rigs. Systems that are too heavy can result in arm strain and contribute to difficultly with buoyancy of the shooter. A properly balanced rig is a lot more fun to use!

Nauticam Float Arms

 

The Nauticam Carbon Fiber Float Arm series is manufactured from a high quality carbon fiber tubing with molded plastic end caps and machined aluminum balls.  O-Ring seals ensure water tight integrity and each arm includes an aluminum spine that ties the entire assembly together, making the arm stronger than one machined from solid aluminum.  This robust design ensures that these carbon fiber arms will last a lifetime.

One approach that some underwater photographers have taken to lighten the load underwater is through the use of floats made of a special type of foam that compresses less than conventional foam. While this can be a useful option, foam does have its drawbacks. Typical "incompressible" foam blocks begin to noticeably compress at 100' and by 200' have completely lost effectives, and have begun to permanently deform. Foam can also break down over time and make something of a mess. Nauticam Carbon Fiber arms do not measurably compress even at 100 meters/330 feet, and look more streamlined than chunky foam blocks.

Nauticam Float Arms

 

Carbon fiber doesn't just look cool.  It is five times as strong as steel, yet weighs about two-thirds less. Lighter means more net buoyancy for the same volume. In the 60mm diameter class, for example, the Nauticam arm provides 50% more buoyancy than competitors aluminum tubing arms. The 90mm diameter arms are perfect for systems demanding even more lift.

The Nauticam system of arms, clamps, trays and other mounting hardware allows a huge range of possibilities for arranging lighting. The addition of the Carbon Fiber Arms allows the underwater shooter even more flexibility in dialing in the exact rig desired.

For more information, visit www.NauticamUSA.com.

 

Nauticam Float Arms

 

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