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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

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

Through Your Lens Photo Contest Winners Announced


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

By Brent Durand, September 5, 2013

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

Taken in the Maldives

 

Full List of Through Your Lens Winners

 

GRAND PRIZE: Els Van Den Borre

 

1st Place Divers: William Goodwin

2nd Place Divers:  Mark Fuller

3rd Place Divers:  Filip Staes

 

1st Place Macro:  Chia-Chi Chang

2nd Place Macro:  Amir Stern

3rd Place Macro:  Luc Rooman

 

1st Place Wide-Angle:  Aleksandra Bartnicka

2nd Place Wide-Angle:  Luis Javier Sandoval

3rd Place Wide-Angle:  Francis Pérez

 

1st Place Behavior:  Marcello Di Francesco

2nd Place Behavior:  J. Gregory Sherman

3rd Place Behavior:  Alan Lo

 

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

 

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

Through Your Lens Winners

 

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

2013 Through the Lens Semi-Finalist Gallery

 

Congratulations again!

 

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UWP Mag Issue 74 Available for Download!

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

UWP Magazine Issue 74 Available for Download


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

By Brent Durand, September 3, 2013

 

UWP Magazine issue 74

 

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

 

UWP Magazine:  http://www.uwpmag.com

 

Sept/Oct 2013, 66 pages.

News, Travel & Events

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013

Beneath the Sea (BTS) International Imaging competition

Underwater portraits for cancer survivors

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

Dive China 2014 March 1st-3rd, 2014

Backscatter Roatan Expedition with Jim Decker

S/Y Maldives Siren

SeaLife Shootout and Demo Event

Philippines Photo Workshop with Alex Tattersall

New Products

Intova Sport Pro SP1

Nauticam Carbon Fiber Float Arms

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

New Acquapazza products

Nauticam Flash Trigger for Canon

Nauticam NA-V2 for Nikon 1 V2

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

Ikelite Housing for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 & FT25

Sea & Sea M52 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens

SL TecH2 GmbH Actioncam Magic filters

Backscatter Flip3.1 for GoPro Hero3

Product reviews

Backscatter Airlock review by Alex Tyrell

FIX NEO 2000DX review by Peter Rowlands

Nauticam NA-GH3 housing by Peter Rowlands

Techniques

Art filters by Phil Rudin

Locations

Night Muck Diving at Porteau Cove, BC by Lee Newman

SS Thistlegorm Text by Phil Rudin Images by Augusto Salgado

Simon's Town South Africa by Gregory Sweeney

A whole lotta Rozi By David Watson

Marine Life

Scorpion fish by Mark Webster

Parting Shots

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

 

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African Diver Issue 28 Available

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

African Diver Issue 28 Now Available


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

By Brent Durand, August 30, 2013

 

African Diver Issue 28

 

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

 

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

 

DOWNLOAD AFRICAN DIVER ISSUE 28

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Nauticam Releases Carbon Fiber Float Arms

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Nauticam's Carbon Fiber Arms Now Shipping!

Nauticam Releases Carbon Fiber Float Arms


Now Shipping!

By Brent Durand

 

Nauticam Float Arms

 

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

 

PRESS RELEASE:

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

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

Nauticam Float Arms

 

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

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

Nauticam Float Arms

 

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

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

For more information, visit www.NauticamUSA.com.

 

Nauticam Float Arms

 

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2013 Underwater Festival

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This Australasia Shootout Contest is back for the Entire Month of September!

2013 Underwater Festival - The Australasia Challenge


All September 2013 - Where will YOU Dive?

By Brent Durand, August 13, 2013

 

 

 
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PRESS RELEASE:

The Underwater Festival is back and it is on again in September! Like all things that come back, the next one is always going to be BIGGER and BETTER, so in 2013 we again listened to the comments of participants to evolve.

The 2013 Underwater Festival™, the Australasia-wide Shootout happens over the whole month of September 2013.

25 countries spanning both hemispheres - every dive site you can imagine will be a shootout locality, every dive centre, liveaboard, dive resort in the area facilitates this new kind of shootout. You can dive your local favourite spots, go out with your dive club or shore dive with your buddy - or travel and join in one of the many Underwater Festival Fringe Events that are happening all over Australasia.

The other great news is we are signing up a long list of 'Redemption Centres' - which means that a large number of 2013 Underwater Festival™ sponsors and supporters will credit your Underwater Festival entry fee (up to a certain maximum) just by presenting them with your order confirmation email. For more info, visit http://festival.underwater.com.au/redeem/ and watch that list grow.

The 2013 Underwater Festival™ is open for registrations and you can order your entry credits now - you can register all the way to the last day in September.

VERY IMPORTANT: BEFORE you take any photos or video in the month of September 2013 you will need to set your camera(s) to a different date (this will be announced in late August). This is to prevent any images that were not taken during the festival month to be entered.

So please don't delay, log on now, create your profile and get your entry credits.

Good news for those that participated in 2011 and/or 2012, your login details are still working and there is no need to create another profile. The site works very much the same so you already know what's coming.

If you have a diving, photography or travel related website we would love your help to spread the word. We have created a page full of cool banners and videos you can embed in your own websites and this is also a useful tool for any dive operator in the area that want to promote the fact that over $100,000 in prizes can be won in September 2013 by diving RIGHT THERE!.

Check them out at --> http://festival.underwater.com.au/promote/

Many of the worlds most famous underwater photographers are part of this event and workshop hosts and competition judges. Just to mention a few of the big names already involved as Fringe Event hosts or judges - Stephen Wong, Takako Uno, Gary Bell, David Warth and the two new judges for 2013 Darren Jew and Kevin Deacon.

You can dive your local favourite spots, go out with your dive club or shore dive with your buddy - or travel and join in of of the many Underwater Festival Fringe Events that are happening all over Australasia. Basically everyone has 30 days to shoot - 1st to 30st of September 2013.

Any operators that wish to become involved in the 2013 Underwater Festival, please email us at info@underwaterfestival.org

The 7th Underwater Festival™ 2013 - where will YOU dive?

REGISTER NOW at http://festival.underwater.com.au/

 

 

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New 50mm Macro Lens for Sony NEX Cameras

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MUST READ for NEX Shooters: Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Lens Coming in October

New 50mm Macro Lens for Sony NEX Cameras - Coming in October!


MUST READ for NEX Shooters: Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Lens Coming Soon

By Brent Durand, Scott Gietler and Shane Spring

July 17, 2013

 

Sony NEX-7

 

 
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This announcement is big news for Sony NEX shooters, especially macro lovers. The 30mm Sony NEX DT f/2.8 macro lens is currently the only macro lens available for the camera, and while a great lens on paper, the focus distance is uncomfortably close to the lens for use underwater behind a port. The issue arrises when trying to light the front of your subject - there's not much space for positioning strobes. Many NEX shooters are using the 18-55mm kit lens with a strong wet diopter for macro photography.

The Zeiss 50mm macro lens will likely become a very popular lens since it will provide that needed focal distance. This is an e-mount lens, and will work on all Sony NEX mirrorless cameras. Zeiss is well-known for high-quality glass & excellent resolution and contrast, but also for premium prices - so be prepared to spend a lot on this lens. We don't know what the price will be, but I would not be surprised to see a price of $900 - $1,100.

Although not officially announced yet, the expected release date is early October 2013. Make sure to check back for a complete review of the lens on the Underwater Photography Guide once released.

 

Highlights

  • Designed for Sony E-Mount (NEX Cameras)
  • Zeiss Outstanding Optical Quality Lens
  • 50mm focal length, which is equivalent to 75mm on a full-frame camera
  • Floating Elements Design
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Expected Availability:  Early October, 2013

Learn more about Zeiss lenses on the Zeiss Website.

 

Sony NEX macro underwater photos

Bluewater Photo's Shane Spring took these underwater photos with lenses that delivered better results than Sony's 30mm E-Mount lens. See the photos below.

 

Photo: Shane Spring. Shot with NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens @55mm and stacked Bluewater Photo +7 wet diopters. Click here for larger view

 

Photo: Shane Spring. Shot with Sony NEX-5N in Acquapazza underwater housing with an adapter for the Sony Alpha 50mm lens. Click here for larger view.

 

 

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Call for Entries - Yap Pacific World Shootout

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Attention Photographers! Shoot Anywhere and Enter Yap Pacific's new World Shootout

Call for Entries - Yap Pacific World Shootout


Attention Photographers! Shoot Anywhere and Enter Yap Pacific's new World Shootout

By Brent Durand

July, 15, 2013

 

Yap Pacific World Shootout

 

 
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Yap Pacific has announced a new World Shootout photo contest. Shootouts are a lot of fun because you need to shoot the image within the contest timeframe. The more you dive and shoot, the more likely you are to capture that contest-winning image, especially since the Yap Pacific World Shootout allows ONE contest submission every day. That's a lot of entries!

 

Contest Highlights

 

  • Entry Period:  August 15 - October 15, 2013
  • Region:  Worldwide
  • Submit ONE photo per day
  • Facebook voting component
  • Great sponsors & prizes

 

Website:  Yap Pacific World Shootout

 

Good luck!

 

 

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Nauticam Announces Flash Trigger for Canon

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New Trigger allows Canon cameras without popup flash to use Fiber Optic cables

Nauticam Announces Flash Trigger for Canon

New Trigger allows Canon cameras without popup flash to use Fiber Optic cables

By Brent Durand

 

Nauticam flash trigger

 

 
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Nauticam has just announced a long-awaited flash trigger that allows use of fiber optic cables with Canon cameras that don't have pop-up flashes. These include the Canon 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS 1D X and EOS 1D C. Underwater photographers using these cameras can now benefit from the simplicity of fiber optic cables (vs. sync cords).

In addition, since these cameras don't use a pop-up flash that needs to recycle after firing, the new flash trigger unit allows divers to shoot as fast as their strobes will recycle!

 

Why is this Important?

  • Fiber optic cables are easy to set up, maintain and are less prone to flooding than sync cords
  • Continuous (rapid) shooting is not limited by the on-board flash recycle time

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

Innovation Underwater continues as Nauticam is pleased to announce the first in it's line of flash trigger units, allowing use of robust and reliable fiber optic cables to fire external strobes. The Flash Trigger for Canon works with Canon cameras without popup flashes, like the EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 6D, EOS 1D X and EOS 1D C, providing dependable, rapid-fire flash triggering over fiber.

Flash triggers allow motor drive shooting sequences, perfect for fast moving action.  Since the popup flash is not used, the camera does not have to wait for the popup flash to recycle, meaning faster shooting, less heat buildup, and longer camera battery life.  Shoot as fast as your external strobes can handle!

Video demonstration of the Flash Trigger for Canon. To capture the rapid flashes, this video was shot at 60fps; however, to share on the internet it had to be re-coded to 30fps. While not as smooth as it would be with 60fps, it does demonstrate how fast the Flash Trigger responds. 

This flash trigger is manual only; automatic flash exposure (TTL) is not currently enabled - a tool for reliable, fast external flash firing.  Supported strobes include the Inon Z-240 Type 4, D-2000 Type 4, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-250*, YS-01**, and YS-D1**.

 

Nauticam flash trigger

 

Shooting with Fiber Optic cables means shooting with confidence. There are no sync cables to flood or corrode, meaning much higher reliability, and the strobe can even be removed from the rig, while underwater, for off-board lighting opportunities. Nauticam fiber optic cables have the highest light throughput of any optical cables on the market, making the Nauticam Flash Trigger even that much more reliable.

 

Nauticam flash trigger

 

The Flash Trigger for Canon weighs under 70 grams, including batteries, and mounts on the camera hotshoe, locking in place with a locking lever. It uses 2 CR3032 batteries, which combined with the highly efficient LED trigger lights, provide for thousands of flashes (5000 estimated). An LED status indicator informs the user that the unit is on and functional. It fits perfectly into the supported housings, listed below. New housings for Canon SLR cameras will support the Flash Trigger as well.

 

Nauticam flash trigger

 

Supported Housings:

Housing Cameras
   
NA-5DMKIII Canon EOS 5D Mark III 
NA-1DX Canon EOS 1D X and Canon EOS 1D C
NA-6D Canon EOS 6D

*  2013 model YS-250 strobes have been tested and function properly.  Earlier models may have less sensitive slave sensors and be incompatible.  
** Sea & Sea YS-D1, YS-01 and YS-250 strobes require the installation of an optional flash prism for reliable triggering.  Prism model numbers are 26312 for NA-1DX/NA-5DMKIII, and 26313 for NA-6D.

Model Number:  26301

 

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