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Hot Products at the Long Beach Scuba Show

Michael Zeigler
The Long Beach Scuba Show was quite busy this past weekend, and many exhibitors were showing off their newest products.

New Products Featured at the 2013 Long Beach Scuba Show

By Michael Zeigler

 

The 2013 Long Beach Scuba Show was packed with people seeking out the latest-and-greatest products!

 

 

SeaLife showing off their DC1400 Maxx Duo, which includes their SL975 Fisheye Wide-Angle Lens. This easy-to-attach lens increases the field of view by 80%! It can also be used above water for amazing landscape photos. http://www.sealife-cameras.com

 

Karl Schuster at SeaLife shows off the super cool AquaPod (SL913). This compact accessory extends from 18" to 53" and fits all cameras with a standard tripod mount. It also includes an adapter for GoPro cameras! http://www.sealife-cameras.com

 

 

Doug Taleski, president of i-torch, proudly shows off the new iPix A5 housing for the iPhone 5. There is a custom app available at the App Store, along with buttons on the enclosure to optimize still and video camera functions up to 183 feet! It also includes an integrated universal tripod mount which works great when attaching it to a tray and light set-up. Lens bezel allows for the attachment of external filters and lenses (pictured). http://www.itorch.ca

 

i-torch's yet-to-be-released Video Pro6 features white, red, and purple (UV) modes. This 2400 lumen light, along with a 110 degree beam angle make this a serious contender when shopping for video lights. It boasts a one-hour burn time when at 100% and includes batteries, a charger, and YS mount. The Video Pro6 is due out in July. http://www.itorch.ca

 

 

i-torch's new Gen 1.2 light is due out later this month. It features 2000 lumens (2400 in over-drive mode), a 110 degree beam angle, white and red modes, and a burn time of 100 minutes at 2000 lumens. The Gen 1.2 includes four batteries, battery charger, and YS mount. http://www.itorch.ca

 

 

At over 220 lumens in a featherweight 4 ounce frame, Ikelite's Gamma light boasts the highest power to weight ratio in its class. Military-grade anodizing and a double o-ring seal provide corrosion-proof and waterproof operation up to 400ft (120m). A heavy duty mechanical tail switch provides either continuous or momentary lighting at the touch of a button! http://www.ikelite.com

 

 

If you own a GoPro, be sure to check out the Octomask! Octomask's built in GoPro Camera mount offers divers a great way to shoot incredible video while diving in addition to keeping your hands free. http://octomask.com

 

 

The Bluewater Photo & Video booth always had a steady stream of traffic. They featured the lastest from all of their vendors including Nauticam, Sea & Sea, Recsea, Aquatica, and many more! http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

 

 

Not to be out-done, Bluewater Photo & Video highlighted their own line of wet lenses, including this +7 macro lens. This all new lens is designed with a dual lens element and is vacuumed sealed. The Bluewater Macro Lens is a must have for all compact and mirrorless camera set-ups! http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

 

 

Mayan at Fantasea shows off their FG15 housing for the Canon G15. Released just last month, the Fantasea FG15 housing is depth rated to 60m/200 feet and is fully functional with ergonomically designed and labeled controls. It also features an audible and visual leak alarm! http://www.fantasea.com

 

 

Oceanic is about to release its latest dive computer, the OCi. According to Oceanic's website, the "i" stands for Incredible. The Oceanic OCi is an advanced all-in-one dive computer featuring Oceanic’s exclusive Dual Algorithm, wireless air-integration, digital compass, and so much more.  All in a strong, lightweight housing. For more information, please visit http://www.oceanicworldwide.com/us

 

 

About the Author

Michael Zeigler is a contributor, instructor, and trip leader for the Underwater Photography Guide and Bluewater Photo, as well as an AAUS Scientific Diver. Michael's underwater photography and blog can be seen at SeaInFocus.com.

Join Michael as he leads an amazing underwater photography workshop at the famous Wakatobi Dive Resort 11/21/13 - 12/2/13!

 

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Flickr Redesign Includes 1 TB Free Storage

Travis Ball
New look seeks to bring photographers back to Flickr and includes a massive incentive - 1 Terabyte of free storage space.

Flickr Redesign Includes 1 TB Free Storage

New look seeks to bring photographers back to Flickr and includes a massive incentive: 1 Terabyte of free storage space.

By Travis Ball, May 20, 2013

 

 
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If there's one thing photographers can always use more of, it's storage space for your images and a place to share them with the world. Flickr, one of the earliest social media sites (based around photography) received a major upgrade today. Included in the "spectacular" redesign is a new look that puts a focus on the images themselves. More importantly, free storage space has increased from 300mb a month to a flat 1 terabyte of storage space.  It's hard to argue against 1000 gigs of free space and the ability to share all those images with a community of other photographers.  

You have the option of paying to upgrade your account to an ad-free experience for $50 and can also opt to double your storage to 2 TB for $500. We think the new design does a great job incorporating photo-streams we enjoy on other social media platforms and that the larger image sizes create a much-improved user experience.  

 

 

 


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Ikelite Announces Panasonic GH3 Housing

Travis Ball
First mirrorless housing from Ikelite - the feature filled GH3 housing is due out late May

Ikelite Announces Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix GH3


Feature filled housing due out late May

 

 

 

 
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The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a top quality micro-four thirds mirrorless camera capable of capturing both stunning video and high quality stills.  The Ikelite housing is sure to be a great value, especially considering the TTL capability, which is one of the best features of the housing.  The clear, poly-carbonate material allows you to see inside the housing and is an Ikelite feature most other housings don't have. Ikelite joins Nauticam as the only two manufacturers so far to annonuce a GH3 underwater housing.

 

Ikelite jumps into Mirrorless housings

This is Ikelite's first foray into the mirrorless housing arena. It will be interesting to see if they quickly expand their mirrorless offerings, or if they selectively and slowly choose their models.

 

Ikelite GH3 Housing Features

TTL or "Through-The-Lens" flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. The Ikelite housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is able to tell the camera that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately*. The housing translates direct electrical impulses from the camera, triggering the external 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 another diver's flash going off. Avoiding the need to fire the camera's built-in flash also prolongs battery life and reduces recycle time between shots. 

Exposure adjustments directly through the back of the housing put the perfect shot within reach every time. Tweak the exposure or take total control without taking a hand off of the housing. Two pushbuttons below the camera's LCD viewfinder act as a remote control for Ikelite DS-series strobes*. Access is provided to 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. Unlike other housings currently on the market, the Ikelite housing brings video record start/stop and AF lock out to the side of the housing for quick thumb-access without taking a hand off of the handles. Translating the movement via a lever control ensures that the video will start and stop without the shakiness typically caused by rear push button action.

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 Panasonic Lumix GH3, providing comfortable hold, 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 a unique system of universal zoom gears. Two zoom sets are provided with each housing: one for use with most popular larger diameter zoom lenses and one 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.

Special polycarbonate blends shape up to an extremely strong yet clear and lightweight enclosure. There's no substitute for inspecting the actual o-ring seal once the housing is closed. A 100% clear back provides visual confirmation that the housing is watertight and dry before entering the water, and provides full view of the camera while diving. The heavy-duty polycarbonate housing never bubbles or flakes and is fundamentally corrosion-resistant.

Like every Ikelite product, the 6860.03 housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is designed, built and tested in the USA. All 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. Each Ikelite housing is backed with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry. 

 

Ikelite GH3 Availability

The Ikelite housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH-3 is currently in production for late-May release. This product is available for pre-order through any Authorized Ikelite Delaer.

Product No. 6860.03
US Market Suggested Retail Price $1,500
Camera, lens and lens port not included.

Ikelite housings for the Nikon D7100 and Canon EOS 700D are shipping now. Photos and specifications for all housing models can be found at ikelite.com.

* Requires current model Ikelite DS Substrobe. Click here for strobe requirements by serial number. TTL circuitry does not operate with non-Ikelite strobes. Non-Ikelite strobes provide manual exposure only. 

 

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Nauticam Housing for Canon 6D

Travis Ball
Great new housing for a fantastic new camera.

Nauticam Announces Housing for Canon 6D

 

 

 

 
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Photographers seeking full frame performance at a lower price will be taking a long look at the Canon 6D.  Nauticam announced today their new underwater housing for Canon's 6D called teh NA-6D.  A full frame sensor with new features like GPS and wireless control?  Who wouldn't want to use one of these underwater?  Read the full Nauticam press release below:


 

The NA-6D Housing

Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-6D. This new housing even 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. No other housing manufacturer comes close to achieving this kind of ergonomic access to these critical controls. 

The patented housing Locking Latch System 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. 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-6D Features:

Feature Advantage
Rugged housing body milled from solid aluminum 100m depth rating and built to last
Patented port locking lever Easy and safe port mounting, solidly locks port in place
Knobby command dials Can be operated even with thick gloves on
Patented housing locking latches Secure but easy to use
Rubberized handle grips Comfortable and placed for optimum access to controls
Lens release button Easy changeout of lenses without removing camera from housing
Drop in camera tray No need to preset controls, just drop in and it is ready to go
Fiber optic ports Support for upcoming fiber optic trigger
2 Bulkheads, with Nikonos connectors Nikonos connectors standard, HDMI Monitor optional
Viewfinder, 0.66x Enhanced 180º and 45º viewfinders optional
Laser cut stainless steel handle brackets For extra stability when using heavy lighting
Light mounting balls 2 handle mounted balls standard, mounting balls for housing optional
Tripod mounting points Important for macro video shooters
Control labeling Easy to find and understand control functions

Nauticam has quickly become synonymous with ergonomic underwater camera housings. The NA-6D is an excellent example of why this is. Every control is well thoughtout, every button, lever and switch considered not in terms of what is easier for the designer, but what is right for the shooter. One only needs to look carefully at the engineering and design of the right hand side of this housing. The key shooting controls are all easily accessed with the right hand with very little finger movement required. While it may look daunting to the uninformed, 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.

"We are excited to see a lower cost full frame camera from Canon, especially one that doesn't skimp on important features for the underwater shooter such as great low-light performance and the new ALL-I codec for high quality video recording. The NA-6D housing includes Nauticam's outstanding ergonomic features it developed for the 5D MK III, with record, play, AF-ON and ISO levers easily accessible without removing your hands from the handles. With attractive price points for both the camera and housing, the Canon 6D is sure to be extremely popular with underwater photographers and videographers starting this summer."  - Sterling Zumbrunn, CTO, Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo

NA-6D 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 (instantly change focus points, 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)
  • Zoom 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)
  • Q, *, and Focus Points button accessible with right thumb (change focus points, lock exposure and much more)
  • Trash button requires reach (no accidental deletions)
  • 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)
  • Exposure compensation on right thumb lever (change exposure compensation quickly)
  • Metering mode (easily change to spot for manual blue water metering)
  • On/off  switch automatically aligns(no need to preset camera)

The Canon 6D Camera

The Canon 6D is indicative of Canon's commitment to the full frame SLR, making it more affordable for the underwater shooter to take a backup body on a long trip. With it's excellent low noise performance in low light and legendary video capture with the best white balance for underwater use, the 6D is a compelling choice for the underwater shooter. Couple that with the broad range of excellent Canon lenses, and this camera will take the underwater shooter into the depths with gusto.  

Canon 6D Key Features (and notes for underwater shooters):

  • 20.2 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor (36mm x 24mm - full frame)
  • ISO 50-102,400 (excellent high ISO, low light performance)
  • Canon EF-Mount (support for Canon lenses like the 8-15mm)
  • 3" 1.0mdot TFT-LCD (wide viewing angle, easy to see in bright sun)
  • 6 white balance presets (best custom white balance in SLR)
  • 11 focus points, -3EV focus sensitivity (most sensitive focus points of any current FF SLR)
  • UHS-1 SD Card Compatible (fastest SD card format)
  • Video with 1080p at 30fps, ALL-I or IPB compression (excellent video quality with headroom for post processing)

Lens Support

The quality of an image is only as good as the glass it was captured with, and Nauticam firmly belives that every lens that makes sense to be used underwater should be supported. 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.

Examples of supported lenses for 6D:

  • 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 II USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 17-40mm /4L USM
  • Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
  • Canon 24-105 /4L IS
  • Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
  • Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
  • and more....

Viewfinders

A high resolution camera like the Canon 6D 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. 


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-6D 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.

Optional accessories available for the NA-6D:

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder
  • 45º Enhanching Viewfinder
  • Complete line of ports for all major lenses
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 70mm
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon and Sea & Sea
  • 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

The Bottom Line

The Canon 6D offers full frame performance at a lower price, Canon still and video excellence with the best available white balance, and access to the superb Canon glass in the most ergonomic housing available. 
 

Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Dimensions (with handles mounted): 350mm x 190mm x 135mm

Model Number:  17311

USA Retail Price: $3300
Estimated Shipping Date: May 15, 2013
More information is available from Nauticam USA at:
http://www.nauticamusa.com

 

About Nauticam USA:

Nauticam USA is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Nauticam products in the North American Market.  Nauticam USA’s warehouse and service center is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Our staff of underwater photography experts strives to provide the best customer support and after sale service available.  Dealer inquiries are welcome!

 


 
 
 

 


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Calling All Shark Photographers!

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Sharks in Focus 2013 - A photography competition aiming to change attidues about sharks through imagery.

Calling all shark photographers!

Sharks in Focus 2013 - A photography competition aiming to change attidues about sharks through imagery.

 

 

 

 
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From their recent press release:

The Shark Trust has spent over 15 years raising public awareness about the issues facing sharks and challenging the common Jaws stereotype. After the huge success of previous competitions the Shark Trust will be launching their third shark photography competition, in association with Diver Magazine, on the 1st May.

Ali Hood, Director of Conservation, stated:

‘Shark photography features prominently in our work, as it’s a great way to engage the public and challenge people’s perceptions of sharks by showcasing and celebrating their diversity, as well as highlighting their vulnerability.’

Judging the images will be three renowned experts in the field of underwater photography - Alex Mustard, whose distinctive style has gained international recognition, Michael Aw, a multi-award winning nature photographer, and Andy Murch, a freelance photojournalist specialising in sharks and rays. Supporters will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite image via Facebook to champion the public’s choice.

The winner of Sharks in Focus 2013 will win a bespoke package of activities based in the Southwest of England. This will include shark watching and snorkelling/diving with tour operator Charles Hood off the Cornish coast and a sleep-over with the sharks at Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium, amongst other exciting activities. The best shots will also make up the Shark Trust themed 2014 Diver Calendar. All entrants will gain the satisfaction of having contributed to shark conservation and will have their work widely appreciated and showcased through the activities of the Shark Trust.

The competition will run until the 28th August, so be sure to submit your entries in plenty of time. To find out more, or to enter the competition, visit www.sharktrust.org/competition.

 

The Shark Trust 

Established in 1997, the Shark Trust is the UK registered charity that works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action.

The Trust is an effective and well respected advocate for sound shark management and protection; a founder member of the Shark Alliance; the Secretariat of the European Elasmobranch Association and a membership organisation, which provides a link between the public and the science community.

The Trust works through cross-sectoral collaboration and where possible works with governments and industry to attain sustainable goals.

 

Sharks in Focus 2013

Sharks in Focus 2013 is a Shark Trust photography competition, supported by Diver Magazine, that aims to change attitudes about sharks through imagery. The contest is open to everyone and images of all types of shark encounter are welcome. Entrants can submit their images to the following categories:

Shark! – The White Shark has become infamous, and even has its own theme tune.  However there are over 500 species of shark found worldwide, let’s celebrate them all!

Shark Personality – Sharks are known as formidable predators but they can also be playful, lazy, calm, shy and inquisitive…how do you see them?

Best of British – British waters are home to over 50 species of shark, skate and ray, including some of the fastest and rarest in the world – here’s your chance to help us showcase them.

Skates & Rays – These flat, cartilaginous fish are closely related to sharks, and with over 600 species worldwide, there are more than enough to choose from!

Human Encounters – This category provides an opportunity to explore the relationship between humans and sharks, whether positive or negative.

 

Diver Magazine - A diving magazine that covers every aspect of the sport, especially in the realms of gear testing and surveys, diving holiday destinations, and advances in technology and techniques. www.divernet.com.

Charles Hood – A Cornwall based tour operator, providing expeditions to encounter Blue Sharks and Basking Sharks. www.charleshood.com.

National Marine Aquarium - A registered charity committed to promoting a sympathetic understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research. www.national-aquarium.co.uk.

 

For more information and media interviews contact:

The Shark Trust on +44 (0) 1752 672020 / 07855 386083.

 

The Shark Trust

4 Creykes Court

The Millfields

Plymouth

Devon, UK

PL1 3JB

www.sharktrust.org 

 

 


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MyShot Underwater Photo Contest 2013

Brent Durand
Free u/w Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries - Have you entered yet?

MyShot Underwater Photo Contest 2013

Enter Your u/w Photos for a Chance to Win Great Prizes!

By Brent Durand

May 1, 2013

 

 

 
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The 2013 MyShot Underwater Photo Contest is now underway!  Hosted by ScubaPortal, this is a great photo contest for both compact and DSLR shooters.  Enter both wide-angle or macro photos.  Below are some highlights, but be sure to visit the contest page for full details.

 

Dates:  Enter now through October 31, 2013

Submission Cost:  FREE

Categories: 

  • Category A: "DSLR: MACRO"

  • Category B: "DSLR: WIDE ANGLE"

  • Category C: "COMPACT: MACRO"

  • Category D: "COMPACT: WIDE ANGLE"

 

Judging:  An esteemed panel of underwater photographers will judge the winning photos.  There will also be a fan-favorite category, so be sure to enlist your social media "entourage."

Prizes:  Many great prizes in all categories, including a change to have your image published on the cover of ScubaZone, the #1 Italian dive magazine.

Website:  Click Here for All the Details and to Enter

 

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Check out the MyShot 2012 Winners Here

 

 

 

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Nauticam Housing for Nikon D7100

Travis Ball
An In-depth look at Nauticam's New Housing for the D7100

Nauticam Announces D7100 Housing

The NA-D7100 is a shining example of one of the best housings on the market today.

By Travis Ball

April 29, 2013

 

 

 
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Nauticam just added a new housing to its extensive catalog, this time for the Nikon D7100.  The NA-D7100 was modeled on the successful D7000 and D600 housings, and was built specifically for the newly released Nikon D7100.  Read more about Nauticam's new housing and details on lens support and supporting accessories.

 

Nauticam D7100 Press Release:

 

The NA-D7100 Housing

Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-D7100. The patented housing Locking Latch System 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. 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-D7100 Features:

 

Feature

Advantage

Rugged housing body milled from solid aluminum

100m depth rating and built to last

Patented port locking lever

easy and safe port mounting, solidly locks port in place

Knobby command dials

can be operated even with thick gloves on

Patented housing locking latches

secure but easy to use

Rubberized handle grips

comfortable and placed for optimum access to controls

Lens release button

easy changeout of lenses without removing camera from housing

Drop in camera tray

no need to preset controls, just drop in and it is ready to go

Fiber optic ports

accurate flash exposure (TTL) with Inon/Sea&Sea strobes

Bulkhead for optional accessories

HDMI Monitor, sync cables, remote control, etc.

Viewfinder, 0.66x

Enhanced 180º and 45º viewfinders optional

Laser cut stainless steel handle brackets

for extra stability when using heavy lighting

Light mounting balls

2 handle mounted balls standard, mounting balls for housing optional

Tripod mounting points

important for macro video shooters

Control labeling

easy to find and understand control functions

 

Nauticam housings are the finest, most ergonomic, most usable camera housings on the market today, and the NA-D7100 is a shining example of that. Every control is well thoughtout, every button, lever and switch considered not in terms of what is easier for the designer, but what is right for the shooter. One example is the patent pending Multi Controller Pad that is located within easy reach of the right thumb. The device virtually recreates the Nikon multi selector on the back of the NA-D7100 housing allowing full multidirectional use of this powerful tool, and no other manufacturer has it. 

 

NA-D7100 Controls (advantages/usage underwater):

  • Sensitive two stage shutter release (easy to gauge half press; gives fine control over the shutter release)
  • AE-L AF-L 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 top of housing (change shutter speed without removing hand from grips)
  • Multi Controller Pad controls the multi-selector (instantly change focus points, even diagonally)
  • Manual Zoom/Focus Knob (zoom/focus the lens without a reach
  • ISO Paddle at left thumb (ISO has become a key control, especially for video)
  • Flash popup (popup flash and control over flash compensation)
  • Flash down (instant switching between flash and ambient)
  • Playback button lever at left thumb (makes reviewing images easy)
  • Release mode dial (switch to continuous for fast shooting)
  • Info Button (easily accessed with right thumb to view camera settings on the main LCD)
  • Mode dial (switch from P to A to M modes easily)
  • Trash, Menu, WB/?, Qual/+, Info Push Buttons (all available easily with left thumb)
  • Movie/Still mode lever (accurately preview the 16x9 aspect ratio for movies)
  • Live view (flip to live view easily with the right thumb)
  • Start/stop video on thumb paddle (start video without inducing camera shake)
  • AF-M Lever (switch to manual focus for non manual focus override lenses)
  • Exposure compensation on right thumb lever (change exposure compensation quickly)
  • Metering mode (easily change to spot for manual blue water metering)
  • On/off (no need to preset camera)

 

The Nikon D7100 Camera

Nikon declares the D7100 to be the current  "DX format Flagship" and has designed the D7100 to take every advantage of the DX format. The D7100 is a major step up from the popular D7000, and should prove to be every bit as successful. The DX format is important for underwater shooters as it provides high quality/high performance shooting while being easier to shoot and less demanding in regard to lenses than full frame cameras. 

Per Nikon's D7100 Press Release: “Solidifying Nikon’s ongoing commitment to the DX-format D-SLR customer, the innovative D7100 provides new ways for photographers to capture their creative vision with incredible detail and precision, whether through still images or HD videos,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The D7100 blends the best creative features with advanced-level functionality to give the enthusiast exactly what they want– and that’s a great shooting experience before, during and after capture, from shooting to sharing.”

 

Nikon D7100 Key Features (and notes for underwater shooters):

  • 24.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor (excellent resolution)
  • No optical low pass filter (even more resolution and sharpness)
  • Still shooting at 6 fps, 7fps at 1.3 crop mode (for when the pod of dolphins shows up)
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • Nikon F-Mount with focus motor (support for lenses like the Tokina 10-17mm)
  • 3.2" 1.2 mdot TFT-LCD (wide viewing angle, easy to see in bright sun)
  • 12 white balance presets 
  • Custom and "spot" white balance (spot white balance will make it easier to get accurate WB underwater)
  • 51 focus points, phase detect and contrast detect (faster, more accurate focus than D7000)
  • 2 SD/SDHC/SDXC slots
  • Built-in popup flash (can use fiber optic to get accurate TTL with Inon/Sea&Sea strobes)
  • Up to 1/320th second flash sync (great for shooting high contrast scenes like sun-balls)
  • Video with 1080p at 30fps, 1080i at 60fps, MPEG-4 or H.264 format (1080 30p, significant improvement over the D7000)

 

Lens Support

The quality of an image is only as good as the glass it was captured with, and Nauticam firmly belives that every lens that makes sense to be used underwater should be supported. 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.

 

Examples of supported lenses for D7100:

  • Nikon 60mm macro 
  • Nikon 105VR macro 
  • Nikon 10-24mm
  • Tokina 10-17mm fisheye zoom
  • Tokina 10-17mm fisheye zoom with Kenko 1.4x TC
  • Sigma 17-70mm
  • Sigma 15mm fisheye
  • Nikon 10.5mm fisheye
  • Nikon 18-55mm
  • Nikon 24-85mm
  • Nikon 12-24mm
  • Nikon 16mm fisheye
  • Sigma 8-16mm
  • and more....

 

Viewfinders

A high resolution camera like the Nikon D7100 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 goodand 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.

 

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-D7100 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.

 

Optional accessories available for the NA-D7100:

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder
  • 45º Enhanching Viewfinder
  • Complete line of ports for all major lenses
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 70mm
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon and Sea&Sea
  • 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 Nikon, 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

 

The Bottom Line

The Nikon D7100 represents the highest resolving and most capable Nikon DX camera to date, and the Nauticam NA-D7100 is ready to take it to new depths with the most ergonomic, best designed housing in the world. Find out for yourself why so many people have made the switch to Nauticam. 

 

Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Dimensions (with handles mounted): 350mm x 190mm x 135mm

 

Model Number:  17211

USA Retail Price: $3200

Estimated Shipping Date: May 5, 2013

More information is available from Nauticam USA at:

http://www.nauticamusa.com

 

About Nauticam USA:

Nauticam USA is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Nauticam products in the North American Market.  Nauticam USA’s warehouse and service center is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Our staff of underwater photography experts strives to provide the best customer support and after sale service available.  Dealer inquiries are welcome!

 

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New iPhone-5 underwater housings

Travis Ball
Watershot announces professional and consumer level iPhone5 housings, including one with a wide-angle lens

Two New Housings for your iPhone 5 from Watershot

Two tiers of underwater housings are now available
A regular and pro version

By Travis Ball, April 25th, 2013

 
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It's a great day for divers, surfers, underwater photographers and any other iPhone 5 user looking to get their phone near the water without damage. Watershot Inc., the company behind the widely popular housings for the iPhone 4 series of devices, announced the release of two new housings for the iPhone 5.  

They are maintaining a line of entry-level housings with the MSRP for the consumer friendly housing priced at $109.  They are also introducing a new PRO model for $189.99, which can be used at a deeper depth rating and comes with two lenses, including a 110 degree angle of view wide-angle lens.  Read the press release below for more information.

Watershot  iPhone5 underwater housing highlights

  • Regular version retails for $109, rated to 130 feet

  • Pro version retails for $189, included a regular and wide-angle lens, rated to 195 feet

 

Watershot iPhone 5 Press Release:

In September of 2012, the company unveiled the housing for the iPhone 4 to superior reviews and social media success.  Designed specifically for the water sports market, the Watershot proved quickly to be the most durable and dependable solution for those seeking to venture into the surf and sea using their iPhone cameras.  The anticipated housing for the iPhone 5 was designed specifically with feedback from their stable of top photographers and videographers as well as avid water sports enthusiasts who prefer to leave their digital cameras at home.

As competition grows in the waterproof case market, Watershot has become the trusted source in the consumer market for those concerned about taking their iPhones into the water.  Most of customers’ trust is from the company history and water based resume.  Founder Steve Ogles began making splash and underwater camera housings over forty years ago and now focuses on producing motion picture camera housings and enclosures for product protection up to 30,000 feet under water.  “We treat our customers’ products, whether an iPhone or a extremely expensive specialty camera the same.  A person’s smart phone is an integral part of life, work and lifestyle.  Trust comes from track record, not from splashy marketing,” noted Ogles.

The Watershot housings are differentiated from the case market by functionality, design and flexibility.  The Watershot entry-level model for the 4 and 5 features a robust poly-carbonate shell, interior shock absorbers, glass lens and baffle for optical image clarity and a threaded lens bezel to add accessory lenses and filters.  A fourth conductive button was added to the new housing line to maximize extensive still and video camera features via a free app available on the App Store.   Both housings allow users to upload images and video directly to Facebook and Twitter while safely enclosed.  A battery lifesaver feature has also been added to the app.  The Watershot model for the iPhone 4 remains at a consumer friendly MSRP of $99.99 and the iPhone 5 housing MSRP is $109.99.

Image Courtesy of Watershot Inc.

The new Watershot PRO available for the iPhone 5 is designed for the person seeking more flexibility and professional options.   The housing comes with two large removable lenses – a flat port and wide angle. The wide-angle increases the field of view to 110 degrees.  The depth rating is 195 feet.  A removable colored grip allows the user to change colors or replace it with an upcoming Bluetooth® enabled grip designed for special features designed specifically for surfers and divers. The MSRP for the Watershot PRO is $189.99 and includes the two high quality glass lenses.

To learn more, log on to www.watershot.com or watch a iPhone 4 housing product review.

About Watershot Inc.®

Founded in 1995 by Steve Ogles, Watershot Inc. is located in San Diego, CA.  Trusted by the world’s best photographers, cinematographers and adventurers, Watershot Inc. designs and develops premium products used on, in and under water.  The diverse range of products and projects include DSLR dive and surf splash housings, freedive and surf rescue vests, iPod housings, dive lights and enclosures for underwater robotic exploration.  Camera housings built for use in the motion picture industry include the following theatrical releases: Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, III, Into the Blue, Into the Wild, Terminator III and All Is Lost. 

 


Where to Buy

Get your iPhone 5 underwater housing or iPhone 5 Pro underwater housing from BWP.

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Fantasea Introduces Canon G15 Housing

Brent Durand
A First Look at Fantasea's New G15 Housing at a Special Price

Fantasea Introduces the FG15 Housing


A First Look at Fantasea's New Housing for the Canon G15

By Brent Durand  April 23rd, 2013

 

 

Fantasea FG15 underwater housing

 

 
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Fantasea Line proudly announces the release of a new and stylish waterproof housing for the Canon PowerShot G15 camera.  The Canon G15 is a great compact camera choice and underwater photographers will find that the camera paired with the new FG15 housing is an affordable way to capture high-quality underwater images.

Below are some details from the Fantasea website.

 

FG15 Housing Feature Highlights

  • Depth rated to 60m/200 feet
  • Ergonomic design
  • Full access to all camera controls & functions
    with clearly marked controls
  • Shock resistant
  • Double O-ring seal
  • Special mount for lighting accessories
  • Removable double fiber optic cable connection
  • Removable flash diffuser
  • Easy and secure installation of camera
  • Removable anti-glare hood for the LCD screen
  • Optional leak detector for increased confidence
  • Dedicated video control button for easy video filming in any shooting mode
  • Compatible with a wide range of underwater
    photo accessories
  • Manufacturer's warranty included

 

Suggested US retail price:  $499.95

 

 

The new PowerShot G15 reaches new heights in speed, agility and creative possibilities. The G15 introduces full HD (1080p) video recording capabilities, super bright f/1.8 lens and high speed AF, which all result with ultra-fast performance and phenomenal image quality.

The FG15 Housing, specially designed for the Canon G15, meets the same high and professional standards of function, style and durability as previously found in popular and successful Fantasea F series Housings (FP7000 and FP7100). It is ergonomically designed, fully functional and features easy-to-use, clearly labeled controls. This shock resistant housing protects your G15 camera from damaging elements including water, sand, dust, snow, ice and pollutants.

The FG15 has been successfully depth tested to 80 meters (240 ft.) and is certified to a maximum depth of 60 meters (200 ft.), which is well beyond the 40 meter (130 ft.) dive limit of most compact housings.

The FG15 Housing is supported by a complete accessory line, including wide angle and macro lenses. Additional accessories include a variety of color correction filters and lighting sets, which enable photographers to further enhance the quality of their images and videos.

 

For more info, sample photos, video and more, visit Fantasea's website at:

Fantasea FG15 Housing

 

 

Fantasea FG15 underwater housing

 

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Where to Buy

Fantasea FG15 Housing for Canon G15

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April News Roundup

Travis Ball
Shore and Explore in Bonaire, Free Underwater Photo Workshop with Wolfgang Polzer, Xray Magazine #54 Just Released, and more...

April News Roundup

Shore and Explore in Bonaire, Free Underwater Photo Workshop with Wolfgang Polzer, Xray Magazine #54 Just Released, and more... 

By Travis Ball

 

 
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New Shore and Explore Package at the Divi Flamingo Beach in Bonaire

Want to explore Bonaire on your own?  Take a look at this new package that grants you access to a 4-passenger pickup rental, a deal on a seven-night stay and unlimited shore diving.  More information can be found here: http://www.diviresorts.com/bonaire-shore/

Free Underwater Photography Workshop with Wolfgang Polzer

Respected underwater photo journalist, book author, and double gold medallist at the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography will be running a free week-long underwater photography workshop at ECO Divers Resort Lembeh from Septembrer 28th to October 5th.  More information about Eco Divers resort in Lembeh can be found here: http://www.eco-divers.com/

 

Issue #54 of Xray Magazine is Now Out!

New articles on Cocos Island in Costa Rica, Lermontov Wreck in New Zealand, Ojamo Mine in Findland and more.  Read or download the new issue here: http://www.xray-mag.com/content/x-ray-mag-54

 

Other News:

Scubapro Waterman Photo Contest

Ikelite D7100 Housing Released

Worldwide Dive & Sail Announces Truk Lagoon Liveaboard

Call for Entries: San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available

Winning Photos from the Acqua 2013 UW Photo Contest

Fantasea Introduces $499 Housing for the Canon G15

Watershot Housing now out for iPhone 5

 

Further Reading

 

About the Author

Travis Ball is a travel blogger and underwater photographer who recently finished 30 straight months of travel. He believes everyone should enrich their lives with travel and all the experiences it has to offer. Hisphotography and writing can also be seen at his blog Flashpacker HQ. 

 

 

 


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