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African Diver Issue 28 Available

Brent Durand
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

Brent Durand
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

Brent Durand
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

Brent Durand
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

Brent Durand
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

Brent Durand
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

 

For more information, please visit Nauticam's website at:  www.nauticamusa.com

 

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SEA&SEA Housing for Canon D7100

Travis Ball
Housing for Popular Nikon D7100 Available in July

SEA&SEA Announces MDX-D7100 Housing


New Housing for the Popular Nikon D7100 Available July 12

By Travis Ball

 

Sea & Sea MDX-D7100

 

 
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Sea & Sea has announced its much-anticipated housing for the Nikon D7100. Featuring the ergonomics and quality Sea & Sea is known for, the housing has access to the port lock outside the housing body. The new lens-lock release button allows divers to switch lenses without taking the camera out of the housing. This combination of features allows for quick switching between macro and wide-angle setups. The D7100 is sure to be a popular housing for underwater photography and the Sea & Sea Housing will be available starting July 12, 2013.

 

Sea & Sea MDX-D7100

 

Press Release:

 

LONG BEACH, CA [July 2, 2013] SEA&SEA announces MDX-D7100 housing available July 12th.
 
The much anticipated SEA&SEA MDX-D7100 housing will be available July 12th, 2013. The MDX-D7100 housing includes the port lock, 'lens-lock release' and leak-sensor. The port lock can be activated from outside the housing. The 'lens-lock release' button allows the lens to be replaced without opening the housing. In addition, the housing comes with a leak-sensor that is activated when moisture is detected.

The MDX-D7100 multi selector is the same design as the camera control and can be operated in the same way. AF areas and Focus points can be changed by depressing the selector. The multi selector control is accessible with your hand on the grip making it very easy for the diver to activate. The handles have also been significantly improved with the traveling diver in mind.  They are mounted with thread less fixings to facilitate easy transportation, and mounting and removing of them.  The new design also alleviates corrosion build up around the fittings.

MDX-D7100 is compatible with both VF180 1.2x and VF45 1.2x viewfinders. By attaching the VF180 or the VF45 prism viewfinders to the housing, the magnification increases by 1.2x and entire field of view can be seen at the same time.

The housing comes with the option for a built-in optical YS Converter N, which converts the camera's TTL signal to a light signal. A fiber-optic cable allows for both TTL and manual strobe photography. The camera also features a built-in flash that can be activated and deactivated from the housing. With the camera's built-in flash raised and fiber-optic cables fitted, external strobes can be triggered as 'slave units' by the built-in flash.

The MDX-D7100 (SS-06167) has a retail price of $2,999.95.

Be sure to check out SEA&SEA's Website and Facebook page for the latest product updates and more!

 

 

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Underwater Journal issue 29 Available

Brent Durand
Sharks & Wreck Diving in North Carolina, Lembeh & Curacao Diving & more!

Underwater Journal issue 29 Available


Sharks & Wreck Diving in North Carolina, Lembeh & Curacao Diving & more!

By Brent Durand

 

Underwater Journal

 

 
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Issue number 29 of the Underwater Journal is now available for download. This issue is filled with great articles about Shark Diving on the Caribsea wreck in North Carolina, diving Curacao's East End, Dive Rite's CCR XT Wing and diving Indonesia's Lembeh Straits.

You can download the new issue directly from the UWJ website: www.theunderwaterjournal.com.

 

Underwater Journal

 

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Canon Announces EOS 70D

Brent Durand
Videographers Rejoice: Ground-Breaking Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Technology

Canon Announces EOS 70D


Videographers Rejoice: Ground-Breaking Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Technology

By Brent Durand

 

Canon 70D

 

 
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Canon has officially announced the new 70D, along with a major upgrade that is of real interest to underwater videographers. The new camera features a brand new 20.2MP Dual-Pixel CMOS Autofocus sensor, which essentially allows the camera to use phase-detect autofocus in LiveView mode (i.e. for shooting video). Until now, DSLR cameras have been built with advanced phase-detect autofocus in the viewfinder but then switch to a contrast detect AF system in LiveView, which is considerably slower.

 

Summary of New Features

  • New Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Sensor
  • 19-point Autofocus module for viewfinder shooting (same as Canon 7D)
  • 3" touchscreen LCD
  • Wi-Fi & Remote Control from smartphone/tablet

 

Jump to Underwater Housings for the 70D

 

Canon 70D

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

London, UK, 2 July 2013 – Canon today unveils an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features – delivering a responsive, all-purpose camera ideal for capturing the moment with stunning images and Full HD video.

 

Capture the moment with stills and Full HD movies

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first Digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode. Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures incredible, full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst*. Additionally, a native ISO range of ISO 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

“I was incredibly impressed with how many new technologies the EOS 70D packs into one body, and how versatile it is,” said Brutus Östling, Canon Ambassador. “The EOS 70D is the perfect camera for anyone that wants to develop their photography skills. Not only is it suited to shooting people, landscapes and action easily and in outstanding quality, but also filming subjects in Full HD with focus speeds I never thought would be possible. The camera proved itself in the most challenging of circumstances, and had a range of new-generation technologies to comfortably solve any test I threw at it – especially with the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. It really takes DSLR shooting and filmmaking to a whole new level.”

Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth accurate focus for Full HD movies. It makes it easy for users to take their next step with movies, enabling them to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking pull-focus effects. The technology utilises advanced CMOS architecture, allowing two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture, with maximum image quality at all times.

An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high speed, accurate AF – ideal for tracking sports and wildlife subjects as they move within the frame. The AF system is customisable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they’re shooting. AF points can be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned conveniently next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.

 

Expertly designed for professional control

The EOS 70D’s powerful specification is packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to comfortably frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

 

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

 

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

 

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame** simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

 

EOS 70D – key features:

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies
  • *UHS-I card required for maximum burst duration

**Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible over 80 per cent of the width and height of the Live View frame

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Underwater Housings for the Canon 70D

 

 

Ikelite 70D Housing Details

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Nauticam NA-70D Housing Details

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Sony RX-100 II Review, Specs & Photos

Scott Gietler
The Sony RX-100M2, aka RX-100 Mark II, adds some features and price to the RX-100

Sony RX-100M2 Review & Specs

Adds wi-fi, hot shoe, new sensor, raises min ISO to 160

By Scott Gietler

 

 
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Sony has announced the new Sony RX-100M2 compact camera. This camera does not replace the "king of the hill" RX-100, but simply adds to the lineup.

I think it is fair to say that the RX-100 is one of most popular compact cameras ever for underwater photographers. It's large sensor and small, truly pocketable size has proved very popular, to say the least.

 

Let's see what's new in the Sony RX-100M2:

  • Hot shoe for external flash or EVF
  • Tilt LCD display
  • Wi-fi and remote shutter release via smartphones, tablets or other NFC devices
  • New sensor with supposedly better high ISO performance
  • External mic support
  • Adds 24p video mode
  • Same megapixels, same size, same lens
  • $100 higher price, price will be $750 USD. Avail July 2013

 

So what did Sony add to the already awesome RX-100? The hot shoe is nice because now underwater housings can offer a bulkhead for use with a sync cord. This will solve one of the minor issues of the RX-100 - a slow flash recycle time. Let's hope the RX-100M2 also has manual flash power settings because of the external flash support - the RX-100 does not. If it does, then underwater photographers can get a faster flash recycle time and still use fiber optic cables. Unfortunately I did not see manual flash power listed on the Sony site - so I am guessing that the RX-100M2 will not have manual flash power settings.

 

Sony Rx100 II - New BSI sensor

Because of the new BSI (Backside illuminated) CMOS sensor, the lowest ISO setting will now be ISO160. This is not a good change, it will make it more difficult to get those nice sunball shots that the RX-100 is good at.  BSI sensors are fairly new, and Sony has been leading the way in terms of BSI innovation. They have better low-light performance than regular CMOS sensors, because there is less wiring blocking the photosites. These types of sensors are common in smartphones, and this will be the largest BSI sensor mass-produced to date. 

 

Sony RX-100M2 review for underwater photography

Sony is claiming a 1-stop improvement in high ISO noise. So ISO 3200 on the Sony RX-100M2 is supposed to look like ISO 1600 on the RX-100. We shall have to wait and see! Sony is also claiming a small improvement in the low-light focusing speed in the RX-100M2. We will test these claims once we get our hands on the new model.

Because of the hot shoe and the slight change is size, I am not at all expecting the new Sony RX-200M2 to work in the existing RX-100 housings.

There is also a new attachment grip available ($15) that will work with both RX-100 models.

Overall, my guess is that this will turn out to be a fairly minor upgrade. Most people will continue to purchase, and be very happy with, the existing RX-100.

Sony RX-100M2 underwater photo
Here is an underwater photo I took of my son with a Sony RX-100 housing and a UWL-04 fisheye lens. I expect the RX-100M2 to also perform exceptional underwater.

 

Summary - Should you buy the RX100 or the RX100M2?

So you are probably wondering - do I purchase the RX100, or wait for the RX100M2 housings to come out? Let's look at the facts (and some opinions). The RX100M2 is not a replacement for the RX100, it is an addition to the Sony lineup. The lens is the same. If you are shooting macro or wide-angle underwater at ISO100 using TTL, like most people, you will probably not notice a difference, except that your wallet will be a little lighter. Still - an extra $100 is not a lot in the grand scheme of things for what should be a slightly better camera.

So for me price would be a minimal consideration - if you enjoy shooting sunballs, you may want stick with the RX-100 because ISO 100 performance may be better on the non-BSI sensor (base ISO is ISO 160 on the RX100M2, but it is 'expandable' down to ISO 100), otherwise you probably want to go ahead and get the better RX100M2 and enjoy triggering the camera with your smartphone. We will be sure to give a more detailed recommendation once we review the camera.

 

Sony RX100M2 specs BSI sensor

 

Sony RX100M2 Features and Specifications

• New 1″ 20.2 MP Exmor R® sensor, 13.2 x 8.8mm

• 28-100mm lens, F1.8 - F4.9

• Max shutter speed 1/2000th

• Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC

• ISO range 160-12800, improved noise reduction

• Max resolution 5472 x 3648

• P/A/S/M operating modes via control ring

• Shoots in JPEG and RAW

• Macro focus 5cm

• Optical image stabilization

• Multi-interface Smart Accessory Shoe for external flash or electronic viewfinder

• Full HD movies at 60p/24p with full exposure control

• Tiltable, 1,229k dot, 3-inch LCD

• Battery Life (CIPA) 350

• Weight (inc. batteries) 281 g (0.62 lb / 9.91 oz)

• Dimensions 102 x 58 x 38 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.51″)

 

 

Underwater Housings for the Sony RX-100 II

 

Recsea RX-100 II Housing

Nauticam RX-100 II Housing

Acquapazza RX-100 II Housing

Ikelite RX-100 II Housing

 

 

RX100 II Sample Photos

 

Sony RX-100M2 underwater photo

Sony RX100 II, F3.2, 1/160. Shot using UWL-04 Fisheye Lens. Photo: Jeremy Hicks

 

Sony RX-100M2 underwater photo

Sony RX100 II, F4.5, 1/320. Shot using UWL-04 Fisheye Lens. Photo: Jeremy Hicks

 

Sony RX-100M2 underwater photo

Sony RX100 II, F6.3, 1/80.  Photo: Juan Demin

 

Sony RX-100M2 underwater photo

Sony RX100 II, F6.3, 1/40.  Photo: Juan Demin

 

Sony RX-100M2 underwater photo

Sony RX100 II, F7.1, 1/125.  Photo: Juan Demin

 

 

Further Reading

 

 

Where to Buy

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