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Ikelite Introduces Mounting Kit for Gamma Light

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

Ikelite Introduces Mounting Kit for Gamma Light


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

By Brent Durand, October 3, 2013

 

Ikelite Gamma Light

 

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

 

PRESS RELEASE:

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

 

Gamma Photo Kit / DSLR SA-100

(Part No. 1887.1)

Ikelite Gamma Light

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

 

Gamma Photo Kit / DSLR Flex

(Part No. 1887.2)

Ikelite Gamma Light

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

 

Gamma Photo Kit / Quick Release Handle

(Part No. 1887.3)

Ikelite Gamma Light

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

 

Gamma Photo Kit / Tubing Mount

(Part No. 1887.4)

Ikelite Gamma Light

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

 

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

 

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10 Bar Panasonic Lumix GH-3 Housing

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

10 Bar Panasonic Lumix GH-3 Housing


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

By Brent Durand, October 2, 2013

 

 

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

 

PRESS RELEASE:

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

Visit the 10 Bar website for more information: 

www.10bar.com

 

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GoPro Introduces the Hero 3+

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

GoPro Introduces the Hero 3+


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

By Brent Durand, October 1, 2013

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Side by Side with the Hero 3 Black

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

 

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Comparison

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Comparison

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Housing Comparison

 

 

GoPro Hero 3+ Black for Underwater Video

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

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

 

 

Accessories for Underwater Video

Underwater Filters

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

Be sure to read the Complete Guide to GoPro Filters for Underwater Video.

 

Video Lights

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

 

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

 

 

Editing Your GoPro Underwater Video

The easiest way to edit GoPro video is with their free software, GoPro Studio 2.0. Using the software is very intuitive, and even has templates that help you to create "GoPro-Style Videos" with fast cuts, slow motion and other cool effects.

Tutorial:  

Editing Your Video with GoPro Studio 2.0

 

 

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

 

 

Improving Your Underwater Video

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

Tutorial:  Beginner's Guide to GoPro for Underwater Video

 

 

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

 

Quick action captured by the Hero 3 Black Edition.

 

 

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Nauticam Housing for Canon 70D

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

Nauticam Announces Housing for Canon 70D


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

By Brent Durand, September 27, 2013

 

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

 

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

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

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

View the SoCal Shootout Winning Photos Here

 

socal shootout 2013

1st Place Macro: Shark Eye by Craig Hoover

 

SoCal Shootout 2013

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

 

SoCal Shootout 2013

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

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

LIST OF WINNERS:

Best of Shootout

Nirupam Nigam

Wide-Angle

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

Macro

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

Marine Life Behavior

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

Portrait

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

Video

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

Compact Wide-Angle

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

Compact Macro

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

Compact Behavior

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

Compact Portrait

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

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Underwater Journal Issue 30 Available

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

Underwater Journal Issue 30 Available


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

By Brent Durand, September 17, 2013

 

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

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

 

Underwater Journal

 

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

 

 

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Ikelite Housing for Canon EOS 70D

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

Ikelite Announces Housing for Canon EOS 70D


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

By Brent Durand, September 16, 2013

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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X-Ray Mag Issue #56 Now Available

Brent Durand
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

Brent Durand
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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