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Ikelite Housing for Sony RX100 III

Ikelite First to Market with Housing for Sony RX100 III


Ikelite Housing for Sony RX100 III

Ikelite First to Market with housing for Sony RX100 III

By UWPG News, July 15, 2014


Ikelite Underwater Housing for Sony Rx-100 III



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


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

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


Availability:  Ships Mid-July

Product Number:  6116.12

MSRP:  $550


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Ikelite™ Underwater Housing for Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III


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

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

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

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

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

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





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Humpback Whales From a Drone

Incredible Aerial Footage of Humpback Whales Shot with GoPro


Humpback Whales From a Drone

Incredible Aerial Footage of Humpback Whales Shot with GoPro

By UWPG News, July 10, 2014


Humpback Whale Video with Drone and GoPro

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


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








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Nauticam Housing for Panasonic GH4

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


Nauticam Housing for Panasonic GH4

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

By Brent Durand, July 9, 2014


Panasonic GH4 Nauticam Underwater Housing



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

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

Ship Date:  July 15, 2014


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Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing


Housing for Panasonic GH4

Innovation Underwater

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

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4


The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4

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


Panasonic GH4 Housing


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


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


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

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



Nauticam NA-GH4

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


Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4


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


Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4


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

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


Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4


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

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


Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4


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

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

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

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


Video shot with the GH4 in the NA-GH3 housing



Lenses and Ports

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

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

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

Nauticam SMC

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


Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4


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

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


Magnifying Optical Viewfinders

Nauticam Viewfinder


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


Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4


Monitoring or Recording

Nauticam GH4 Underwater Video Monitor

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


Key NA-GH4 Features:

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing Features & Specs

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing Features & Specs


Lighting and Mounting Options

Nauticam Underwater Housing for Panasonic GH4

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

nauticam Clamp

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

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


Nauticam Build Quality

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

Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4



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


Model Number: 17709

USA Retail Price: $2250

Shipping July 15, 2014


Nauticam NA-GH4 Housing for Panasonic GH4




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Scalloped Hammerheads listed as Endangered

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


Scalloped Hammerheads Listed as Endangered

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

By Brent Durand, July 3, 2014


Scalloped Hammerhead Shark



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

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

Which populations were listed?

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


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

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

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


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

Special thanks to Defenders of Wildlife for sharing the news.



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FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR Light

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


FIX Neo 2000 DX SWR Light

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

By UWPG News, June 27, 2014



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

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


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


MSRP:  $899







For Immediate Release:

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

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

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




A Powerful 2000 Lumen Wide Beam


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



A Focused Spot Beam for Macro


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



A Red Beam for a Stealthy Focus Light


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



Mixed Light Mode Returns Warm Colors:


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



Other FIX Neo Advantages:


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

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

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

- Swappable Neo light heads for alternate configurations.

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


Neo 2000 DX SWR ships complete with:

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



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Nikon Announces D810 Camera

Brent Durand
Spec Comparison of the D810 to the D800 for Underwater Photography


Nikon Announces D810 Camera

Spec Comparison of the D810 to the D800 for Underwater Photography

By Brent Durand, June 26, 2014


Nikon D810 Camera Review



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

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

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


Other Upgrades Include:

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


Will the D810 fit in current D800 underwater housings?

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


Who should buy the Nikon D810?

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


Availability:  July 17, 2014

MSRP:  $3296.95 (body only)


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


Nikon D810 Camera

Nikon D810 three-quarters view.

Nikon D810

Nikon D810 back view.


Nikon D810 Camera

Nikon D810 top view.






June 26, 2014

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

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

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


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


Nikon’s Greatest Image Quality Yet

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


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


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


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


Video Features Fit for Production

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Accuracy and Speed

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


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


Refined Controls and Construction

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


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


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


Superior System Support

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


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


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


Robust New Software Suite: Nikon Capture NX-D

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


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


Price and Availability

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

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


About Nikon

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






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Last Call for Entries: SEA International Photo Competition

Submit your entries by Monday, June 30


Last Call for Entries: SEA International Photo Competition

Submit your entries by Monday, June 30, 2014

By UWPG News, June 19, 2014




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



SEA 2014 Photo Competition

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

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

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


Visit the SEA 2014 Competition website




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Adobe Announces All New Creative Cloud Photography Plan

New Photography Plan Combines Lightoom, Photoshop and Powerful Mobile Apps


Adobe Announces All New Creative Cloud Photography Plan

New Photography Plan Combines Lightoom, Photoshop and Powerful Mobile Apps

By Brent Durand, June 18, 2014


Adobe Creative Cloud Updates



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




New Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

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



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





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


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

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


Create and Manage Beautiful Images in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pricing and Availability

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

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

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


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MyShot Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries!

Italian Underwater Photo Contest is Underway - Submit Photos Taken Worldwide


MyShot Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries!

Italian Photo Contest is Underway - Submit Photos from Anywhere

By UWPG News, June 11, 2014




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

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


Entry Deadline

October 31, 2014



  • Category RM: "REFLEX: MACRO"

  • Category RA: "REFLEX: WIDE ANGLE"

  • Category CM: "COMPACT: MACRO"

  • Category CA:  "COMPACT: WIDE ANGLE"



  • Category VC:  "VIDEO CLIP"



     > Marco Daturi, administrator, jury coordinator

     > Cristian Umili, professional photographer

     > Alessia Comini, fotografa professionista

     > Francesco Turano, journalist, biologist and professional photographer

     > Marco Milanesi, photography and digital photo editing professional

     > Roberto Sozzani, professional photographer

     > Massimo Boyer, biologist and underwater photographer

     > Luca Coltri, professional video


Details and Entries

MyShot 2014 Underwater Photo Contest Website (english)

MyShot 2014 Underwater Photo Contest Website (Italian)




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Beautiful Video of Woman Dancing with Tiger Shark

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


Tigress Shark

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

By Brent Durand, June 10, 2014




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

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



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

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

Tigress Shark:  Woman Dances with Tiger Sharks




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