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Lightroom 5 Beta is Now Available

Brent Durand
Learn About Great NEW Features for Lightroom 5 Beta!

Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available!


Learn what Adobe has Improved for Lightroom 5

By Brent Durand

 

Adobe Lightroom 5

 

 
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Adobe Lightroom is arguably the best tool for underwater photographers to edit, organize and catalog their photos.  Lightroom has been essential in my photography workflow and version 5 promises to enhance the editing power of the software.  If you're not yet a user of Lightroom, check out our article on Why You Should be Using Lightroom.

Lightroom 5 Beta is now available, meaning that you can begin using the software for free.  If you're a new Lightroom user, great, but if you're planning to test Lightroom 5 Beta, here are a few notes:

  • As with any Beta program, all the "kinks" haven't been worked out.  Back up your images and catalog.
  • Lightroom 5 Beta will build a new catalog for your images.  This means that you will not be able to upgrade your current catalog, and will need to import images directly into Lightroom 5 Beta.  Once Lightroom 5 is fully released these catalogs will be transferable.
  • Lightroom 5 Beta will expire once the finished Lightroom 5 is available, so you'll need to purchase the upgrade or keep your current version.

 

So what's new in Lightroom 5 Beta?  Here's a quick summary:

 

Advanced Healing Brush

This tool is much more robust for Lightroom 5.  Underwater Photographers can now adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths.

 

Upright

A new tool great for seascapes, landscapes and any other photos with a horizon or other verticle/horizontal lines.  Upright will quickly straighten images - the first edit for any photos of this sort.

 

Radial Filter

The radial gradient tool in Lightroom 5 is designed to help bring focus on the subject of an image.  Good composition requires the right depth of field and elimination of a distracting background to accentuate a subject (among other things), but sometimes this isn't enough.  This new tool allows photographers to create off-center vignette effects or multiple vignette areas in a single photo - great for underwater photography.

 

Smart Previews

Lightoom users (and especially traveling underwater photographers) know that carrying your full catalog and library of images slows down image editing while on-the-go.  New Smart Previews allows photographers to easily work with images without bringing their entire library with them.

 

There are many more updates in Lightroom 5 Beta, detailed at Adobe's blog.

 

Click here to read more about Lightroom 5 Beta and to DOWNLOAD.

 

Learn Lightroom for Underwater Photographers

Our partner, Bluewater Photo, offers great classes on using Adobe Lightroom every month in Santa Monica, CA.  Learn more HERE.

 

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Last chance to enter NCUPS SEA underwater photo competition

Scott Gietler
Deadline for the NCUPS SEA underwater photo contest is April 12th

NCUPS SEA underater photo competition

Deadline is April 12th, 2013

Great prizes from Nai'a, Bilikiki, Marco Vincent and more

By Scott Gietler April 11th, 2013

 

 
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NCUPS has been running great underwater photo contests for quite a while, with lots of great prizes, and a special category for images taken underwater in California. Here are all the details:

 

 

  • Lots of great prizes (see partial list below)

  • No pros or underwater photo trip leaders can enter (this is good for everyone else!)

  • Deadline is end of day Friday, April 12th

NCUPS SEA winning image
"Grand prize" winner from the previous SEA contest

 

NCUPS SEA Categories

Macro

Wide-angle

Marine conservation

California Underwater

Creative

Video - classis

Video - snapshot

 

 

NCUPS SEA underwater photo competition deadline

 

NCUPS SEA Prizes

Here is a partial list of prizes to be distributed to the winners of the SEA 2013 competition:

  • Nai’a Cruise – 7-day cruise for one (1) person in Fiji.
  • Discovery Fleet – 8 day cruise & dive package for one (1) person with companion 50%, Philippines, Northern Route.
  • MV Bilikiki – 7-night cruise for one (1) to the Solomon Islands.

  • Tawali Resort, Papua New Guinea – 7-night all inclusive for one (1) person.
  • KBR – Tasik Ria Resort & Spa Pkg – 10-nights for one (1) person, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Banca Diving – 10 day trip for one (1) to the Philippines. Companion for 50% off.
  • MY Vasco – 7 day cruise for one (1) to Tubbataha 2014 season, companion 50% off.

  • Sam’s Tours Palau – 5-days diving only, for one person with 1-day of UW Photo or Video class.
  • Marco Vincent Resort, Puerto Galera, Philippines, 5-nights with breakfast and 8 boat dives for one person. Island Cruise & Adventures

  • Kosrae Village Ecolodge & Resort – 5-nights for one person with 3-days of diving or island exploration, Kosrae Island, Micronesia

Call for Entries: San Diego u/w Film Exhibition

Brent Durand
Check out the Awesome Poster for the 13th Annual SDUFEX Competition!

Call for Entries: San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition


SDUFEX is Now Accepting Underwater Video Entries for 2013 Contest!

By Brent Durand

 

SDUFEX Undersea Video Contest

 

 
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The San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) is now accepting entries for their 2013 video contest.  The contest has been a great success since 2000, becoming one of the most prestigious underwater film festivals in the world.  Some highlights are below:

 

 

- $0 Entry Fee

- Entry deadline: July 15, 2013

- Distinguished panel of independent judges

- Winners will have videos played in front of 500+ audience at Qualcomm Hall in HD!

- Learn more at www.sdufex.com

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

This is your opportunity to see your work projected in a High Definition format in a state of the art venue on a 30 ft. screen! An independent panel of distinguished judges will select the approximately 30 films to be shown during the two night event. There is no entry fee! If your film is selected you are encouraged to come to the show and introduce it in person on the night of the exhibition. You may enter up to two films.

Here are the Entry Guidelines and Rules:

• Submission must be postmarked no later than July 15th, 2013. Submissions will not be returned, so do not send originals.

• We are accepting video files in the following format:

Please submit your video as a high resolution H.264 file that has been archived (copied) to a data DVD disk.  (Note: this is NOT a self-playing DVD!  This is NOT a Blu-Ray Disk!  This is NOT an HD-DVD Disk!)  

For additional information, please download PDF of 2013 Entry Rules.

• Blank Video Lead-In: Record or add a one (1) second black lead-in at the beginning of your video.

• Marking:  Each DVD must be marked with the filmmaker’s name and the name of the film.

• No film can be longer than five minutes, and at least 50% of the footage must be underwater.

• Please ensure that you have the rights to use all visual footage, images, audio, and music contained in your film.

• Filmmakers are limited to 2 submissions per filmmaker.

• We will not be able to return any submissions to entrants.

• Please include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, film’s name and length, and a brief bio with your submission using the Filmmaker Entry Form below.  Please use one form per entry.

• Judges selecting the films to be included in the two evenings' programs will not be permitted to submit film(s) for consideration.

 

For detailed instructions and entry forms, go to www.sdufex.com and click on "Call for Entries."

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Ikelite D7100 Housing Released

Brent Durand
Ikelite Releases Underwater Housing for the Nikon D7100

Ikelite D7100 Housing Released

By Brent Durand

 

Ikelite D7100 Housing 6801.71

 

 
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Ikelite has a long history of making quality housings at great prices, and we're excited for the NIkon D7100 underwater housing. This appears to be the first housing announced for the D7100.

The Nikon D7100 is a great camera, and when combined with Ikelite's built-in TTL system (compatible with Ikelite strobes) and great customer service, the new housing will be a excellent choice for those looking to purchase a housing for their D7100 at a good value. Read our Nikon D7100 review for more info on the camera.

 

 

IKELITE D7100 PRESS RELEASE:

 

Ikelite proudly announces a full-featured, TTL enabled underwater housing for the Nikon D7100 Digital SLR camera. The Ikelite housing is built by experienced divers and underwater photographers in the USA and comes with unlimited access to Ikelite's unparalleled customer support team.

Key Features:


• Superior flash control

Proprietary built-in TTL circuitry makes this the only housing for the Nikon D7100 that can actually improve your photos. Direct connect flash is the most reliable and efficient way to fire an external underwater strobe. The camera's built-in flash does not need to fire, providing the extended battery life and no lag between exposures. Our circuitry allows direct communication between the camera and current Ikelite DS Substrobes* for the most accurate through-the-lens (TTL) metering control of an off-camera flash. Electrical bulkhead and TTL circuitry are provided standard and included in the base purchase price.

Rather than reaching out to your external strobe, exposure with a current DS Substrobe can be adjusted quickly through the back of the housing using a large dial control. TTL mode provides four 1/3 f/stop increments over or under flash compensation to fine tune exposure. Or control strobe output completely through the back of the housing using one of the 7 manual power settings provided in half-stop increments.

• Ergonomic handling

Controls are provided for all critical camera functions. Shutter, video recording start/stop, and a large zoom control knob can all be comfortably reached without removing your hands from the handles. Comfortable rubberized grips provide quick-release attachment points for strobes and accessories. The try and handles may be removed from the housing for convenience in traveling. The complete housing is neutral or slightly negative in freshwater depending on choice of lens port.

• Clearly Superior Design

A clear view of the camera and o-ring seals facilitates easy assembly and operation. Heavy-duty polycarbonate construction is durable and corrosion-free to ensure performance in the most demanding conditions. Lens ports can be removed and replaced quickly with a simple positive locking system which provides visible assurance when the housing is assembled properly.

• Glass optical viewfinder enhanced for underwater

• 200ft (60m) depth rating

• Lens zoom gears included with housing

• Made in USA

* 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.

Full details are available here.
 

Availability

The Ikelite housing for the Nikon D7100 is currently in production for April release. This product is available for pre-order through any Authorized Ikelite Dealer.

Product #6801.71
US Market Suggested Retail Price $1,500
Lens port, camera and lens not included.

Ikelite housings for the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 6D are available now. Photos and specifications for all housing models can be found at ikelite.com.

 

 

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The "Waterman" Ocean Photo Contest & Scholarship

Brent Durand
Scubapro Announces the "Waterman" Ocean Photo Contest & Scholarship

The "Waterman" Ocean Photo Contest & Scholarship

Scubapro Announces a New Contest & Scholarship for Ocean Photographers

By Brent Durand

 

Waterman Photo Contest

 

 
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Dedicated scuba divers spend a lot of time in, on and around the ocean.  As underwater photographers, we pick up additional diving skills, seek out unique marine life and become involved in ocean conservation.  Ancient Hawaiians took pride in being true "watermen" - a tradition that continues to this day with many people around the world.  Stan Waterman is the definition of a true "waterman," and Scubapro has put together a great photo contest and sponsorship in his honor.

Are you a waterman?  Do you have an entry?

 

Submissions:  April 1 - 30, 2013.  Submit a photo & 300 word essay on why you're a waterman.

Winners:  Announced June 15, 2013

Prizes:  Full Scubapro kit ($5000 value) and PADI training coupon ($400)

Website:  www.scubapro.com/waterman

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Are you a ‘waterman’?”; best response wins $5,400 scholarship

The Waterman Scholarship: honoring a legend, fueling a new generation

To honor SCUBAPRO's longtime ambassador, Stan Waterman, and in celebration of his 90th Birthday, SCUBAPRO, and its partners PADI and Beneath the Sea, are launching an exciting campaign geared towards creating the next generation of ‘waterman’. The Waterman Scholarship will be awarded to the person who, like Stan Waterman, displays a contagious passion for diving, exploration, conservation, adventure and the oceans while inspiring others as well.

"It is no coincidence that Stan’s last name is Waterman. He’s the epitome of the definition and has been inspiring generations of them for decades. He's still living the life of his dreams at 90, and we’ve been honored to be part of it for almost 40 years,” says Joe Stella, SCUBAPRO’s President.

In recognition of Stan Waterman’s extensive contributions, the winner receives a full SCUBAPRO kit (up to a $5000 value) as well as a dive certification or advanced training from PADI (a $400 value) so they can follow in Stan’s legacy. Amateur applicants are challenged to use their creativity and provide an inspired photograph and description about why they are a “waterman”. Submissions will be accepted April 1st – 30th and a winner will be announced on or before June 15th.

What's more, SCUBAPRO is involving the entire online community of ‘watermen’ by asking them to ‘like’ their favorite submissions and vote for a final winner. All of the submissions can be viewed and voted upon on SCUBAPRO’s Facebook page during April and May, enabling everyone to be a part of the competition. “Through the viral nature of social media, it is our hope the campaign will capture the enthusiasm and excitement that both diving and Stan Waterman deliver, inspiring even more watermen to take that giant stride,” says Kate Booth, SCUBAPRO’s marketing manager.

Stan Waterman is thrilled with the campaign. “I am truly honored and humbled by such generous recognition. The nature of the scholarship, with its reach and good purpose, is especially gratifying.“

"Stan's incredible, timeless tales of adventure, exploration and life in the deep make anyone want to rush out and do the same.” Says Stella. “What better way to pay tribute to that?”

To learn more, visit the website, www.scubapro.com/waterman, which shares even more about the original ‘waterman’ through contagious video, photos, and stories while providing details about the scholarship his name has inspired.

 

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Olympus underwater camera sale

Scott Gietler
Best deal on an underwater camera we have ever seen

Mirrorless housing on sale at 60% off

By Scott Gietler

 

 
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  • $1,200 high-end fast-focusing mirrorless camera & housing for $499.95

  • This is by far the craziest deal we've ever seen on an underwater setup

  • Olympus was overstocked on these setups, and is now dumping them

  • Their loss, your gain!

  • The E-PM1 is better than the E-PL2 PEN, just as good as the E-PL3, and almost as good as the E-PL5

  • Excellent sensor, ultra-fast focusing camera; great housing

  • Olympus only has limited quantites left; you can purchase it here from our sister site Bluewater Photo

 

I normally don't promote products with prices on the UWPG, but I strongly felt this deal from Olympus just had to be shared with everyone. This camera is the perfect underwater camera for any compact shooter looking for faster auto-focus and better image quality. It also makes a great gift for a dive partner, and is a great back-up setup for a dSLR shooter. I've used it myself on many dives.

 

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Thieves Steal Items at BTS Show

Travis Ball
Unfortunately - a variety of expensive items go missing from booths at Beneath the Sea.

Thieves Steal Items at BTS Show.

A variety of items go missing from booths at Beneath the Sea.

By Travis Ball

 

 

 
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Beneath the Sea is the largest consumer scuba and dive travel show in America.  Amongst the seminars and workshops on offer is a massive expo hall filled with exhibitors displaying scuba equipment, information on resorts and destinations, and underwater photography gear.  Bluewater Photo attended this year with plenty of gear for Beneath the Sea attendees to try out and experience hands on.  This year, however, they unintentionally left with less than they came with, and were not the only ones.

 

Out the emergency exit...

Of course, any exhibitor going to a show knows to keep a close eye on the demonstration gear, but there has generally never been an issue of this magnitude within the dive travel community.  Security was aware of the issue by Saturday night and gave a warning Sunday morning .  Even with three staff members diligently keeping an eye out, the Bluewater Photo store had their Sola Nightsea stolen Sunday afternoon. 

 

Multiple Thefts...

Security said a total of 4 or 5 booths had Sola lights stolen, including one from the Light & Motion booth, one from Bluewater Photo & Backscatter, and a 4-inch glass dome from the Aquatica booth.  The lights included 2 Sola 2000 lights, and one or two Sola Nightseas. All of the Sola lights were taken without chargers and we’d like to spread the word to keep an eye out for anyone looking to purchase chargers without the lights, or selling lights without chargers.  If you see a suspicious Ebay posting or otherwise have information that might help, please let us know. 

Email travis@uwphotographyguide.com if you have a story of items being stolen at a dive show or at the show from this weekend.


This Sola Nightsea light was one of the lights targeted at the BTS show.

 

About the Author

 

Travis Ball is a travel blogger and underwater photographer who recently finished 30 straight months of travel before taking a full time job at the Underwater Photography Guide as editor. He believes everyone should enrich their lives with travel and all the experiences it has to offer. His photography and writing can also be seen at his blog http://flashpackerHQ.com

 

 

 

 


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March News Roundup - 2 new Canon dSLRs!

Travis Ball
New Housings, new camera bodies, exciting new humpback sightings, win for sharks, NCUPS contest and more.

March News Roundup

New Housings from Sea & Sea, Hugyfot and Ikelite, new camera bodies from Canon, humpbacks, sharks, contests and more. 

By Travis Ball

 

 

 
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New Housings Announced for the Nikon D600 

Sea&Sea's newly announced MDX-D600 housing is now available.  This is another reliable Sea&Sea housing, featuring a more compact and lighter weight design than its MDX predecessors.  Check out the full press release here

 

Hugyfot also just announced their housing for the D600, the HFN-D600.  Another solid addition to the Hugyfot lineup, the HFN-D600 allows easy access to all the camera controls with Hugyfot's stylish design and HugyCheck (vacuum check) feature.

 

 

 

CanonCanon Announces Two New Camera Bodies

On Thursday, Canon announced the EOS Rebel T5i. The new camera has a few upgrades on the T4i, including a new mode dial, body finish and new 18-55 STM kit lens.

Canon has also announced the EOS SL1, the world's smallest and lightest DSLR camera.  The camera features a thinner 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon's Digic 5 processor, but in a body more similar in size to mirrorless competitors.  This is great news for those who have an EF-S lens collection but are looking for a small camera body.

 

 

Ikelite XZ-2Ikelite Announces New Housings

This last month Ikelite announced two new housings, one for the Olympus XZ-2 and the SLR-DC for the Sony A57 and A65 SLT cameras.  These are two great housings for compact (XZ-2) and DSLR (A57, A65) shooters, backed by Ikelite's stellar customer service.

 

 

Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest 2013

This free contest is "the largest, the longest, the most prestigious photo contest in the world" according to Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.  With cash prizes worth over $200,000 US, this is certainly a very large contest, and one you should enter if you'll be diving in Indonesia anytime this year through November.  More information can be found here.

 

Humpback Whales Spotted in Saba

There's been an increase in recent sightings of multiple whales, mothers with calves and orcas in February and March of 2013 throughout Saba, St. Maarten and St. Barths.  Everyone is asking if the Humpbacks will begin to reclaim abandoned calving grounds now that the population is increasing.  Seasaba has a great article here.

 

NCUPS 48th Annual International Underwater Photo & Video Competition

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society is accepting entries for the 2013 SEA contest through April 12th, 2013.  With 7 categories and the deadline rapidly approaching, now is the time to get submit your images.  Check out the contest details at the SEA International Photo Competition website.

 

 

Big Win for Sharks and Mantas at CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (or CITES) passed a two-thirds vote adding five species of shark (porbeagle, oceanic whitetip and three species of hammerhead) and two species of manta ray to the list of protected species.  While this doens't guarantee protection, it does mean trade will be closely monitored in these species and is a necessary first step in the basis of full protection.  More information can be found here.

 

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Light & Motion Ultraviolet NightSea Flip Filter for GoPro Hero3

Scott Gietler
New UV flip-filter for the GoPro Hero3 announced. Very cool!

New Ultraviolet NightSea Flip Filter for GoPro Hero3

Light & Motion announced the NightSea Flip3 Filter

By Scott Gietler

 

What: A very cool flip-filter for your GoPro

What it does: Allows you to do ultraviolet light underwater video

When: Available now 

How Much: $99

What else is needed: Sola Nightsea Light, or another UV light

 

 
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How cool is this? A flip ultraviolet light filter for you GoPro hero3. When used a UV light like the Sola NightSea, you can take amazing UV underwater video. The filter is available here.

nightsea gopro filter for ultraviolet underwater video

light and motion flip UV filter for gopro hero3

 


Photo taken with an ultraviolet light

 

Official NightSea Flip Filter for GoPro Press Release:

Capture fluorescent underwater footage on your GoPro Hero3 using Light & Motion’s new Nightsea Flip3 filter. Crafted with aircraft grade aluminum, the robust Nightsea Flip3 filter is a quick simple installation process, that when used in conjunction with your Sola Nightsea blue dive light, gives you the opportunity to bring home astounding fluorescent underwater video and photos that will amaze and impress your friends and family. 
With the quick, simple one-screw installation process, you will be filming fluorescent coral and fish in minutes. Push open the yellow filter to take regular video and then easily flip it closed again to make the creatures around you fluoresceonce again.  It is that simple!

The Nightsea Flip3 filter is only effective when used with the Sola Nightsea, a blue LED light emitter.

“The Sola NIGHTSEA,is the most advanced tool for fluorescence diving on the market. This is not a white light with a blue filter. The Sola NIGHTSEA takes full advantage of the high output efficiency of LEDs by using blue LEDs coupled with NIGHTSEA’s proprietary interference filter that fine tunes the output for maximum viewing effect,” says Dr. Charles Mazel, President of Nightsea, LLC, and principal research scientist who pioneers the study of fluorescence as well as the specialized equipment needed to do so.

The Sola Nightsea ships standard with a convenient hands-free wrist mount that is easily removed to substitute a ball mount, a locline video mount, or a pistol grip. This light also shipsstandard with a remote phosphor cap that turns blue light to white – perfect for orienting yourself, reading your gauges, or just seeing what exactly it is that is fluorescing.  It is a whole different world down there when you use your blue LED light! Be the first of your dive group to experience it. 

 

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SEA&SEA Announces MDX-D600 Housing

Brent Durand
SEA&SEA Announces the Availability of the New MDX-D600 Housing

SEA&SEA Announces MDX-D600 Housing


SEA&SEA's New MDX-D600 Underwater Housing is Now Available

By Brent Durand

 

 

 
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SEA&SEA has a long history of making great, reliable housings and we're excited for the MDX-D600.  The Nikon D600 is the perfect camera for underwater photographers who want an FX sensor without the extra megapixels and cost of the Nikon D800.  Read our D800 review here.

 

 

SEA&SEA MDX-D600 Underwater Housing Highlights

  • More compact & lighter weight design than its MDX predecessors; possibly the smallest, lightest D600 housing on the market
  • Compatible with both the Sea & Sea 180 and 45 degree prism viewfinders
  • Built-in leak sensor
  • Depth rated to 100m/330ft
  • 2 fiber-optic cable ports, sync cord bulkhead is optional
  • Great port locking system
  • Solid handles
  • Cold shoe mount on the top of the housing

 

Nikon D600 highlights

  • Full-frame sensor, 24 megapixels
  • Great high ISO performance and great dynamic range
  • On sale in the USA for $1,999, great price point for a full-frame

 

Sea & Sea D600 housing PRESS RELEASE:

SEA&SEA is pleased to announce the availability of its latest dSLR housing for the underwater market, the MDX-D600.

The Nikon D600 FX-format camera features 24.3mp full-frame images, high-quality full HD 1080p video at 30fps, 5.5fps continuous shooting, super fast framing and focus with a 39-point AF system, low-light performance with ISO 100-6400 and more.  The D600 HD-SLR is optimized for full-frame shooting and is compact and lightweight for ease of travel and packability, ideal for underwater photographers.

The MDX-D600 is feature-rich and precision engineered just as its MDX predecessors, but in a more compact and lighter weight design. The MDX-D600 allows for operation of the D600’s essential controls and built-in flash while underwater.  "Having taken my first look at the new SEA&SEA MDX-D600 housing, it is patently obvious that they (SEA&SEA) continue to provide underwater photographers with the superb craftsmanship and efficiency in design that has been the hallmark of this brand since the 1970's,” said underwater photographer Andrew Sallmon, of Andrew Sallmon Marine Photography.

The housing is compatible with both the VF180 and VF45 prism viewfinders (offering 1.2x magnification), is depth rated to 100m/330ft, comes standard with a built-in leak sensor, and is equipped with two fiber-optic cable ports. There are also two bulkheads available:  the first to accept a YS Converter or manual wiring harness;  and the second for an optional HDMI output for an external HD monitor.

The MDX-D600 is compatible with SEA&SEA’s NX series ports, digital strobes such as the YS-01, YS-02, YS-110α, YS-D1 and YS-250Pro, and many SEA&SEA SLR accessories.

The MDX-D600 (#SS-06165) has an MSRP of $3,399.00.  It is also offered as a package with a manual (2-pin) wiring harness (#SS-06165A) at $3,499.00.

Dealers are urged to contact your Regional Sales Representative or SEA&SEA customer service at 800-482-2282 to place an order.

Be sure to visit SEA&SEA’s website and Facebook page for the latest updates and events along with product videos and more on YouTube!

About SEA&SEA:  Founded in 1972, SEA&SEA is the leader in underwater imaging technology.  The company offers a complete line of digital imaging products ranging from compact point and shoot cameras to professional housings, strobes, and accessories. SEA&SEA products are distributed in the United States by TUSA, tusa.com.

 

About the Author

Brent Durand is an avid California beach diver, underwater photographer and editor with the Underwater Photography Guide. You can follow UWPG on Facebook, and also read Brent's article on Top 10 tips for fun beach diving.

 

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