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Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film
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Ocean Gravity - Freediver Drifts Through Space

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Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film

 

Ocean Gravity - Freediver Drifts Through Space


Freediver Guillaume Néry drifts along the ocean bottom in an eerie yet fascinating underwater film

By Brent Durand, September 3, 2015

 

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I just discovered this film and was immediately mesmerized by the strong imagery pulling my away from the comfort of what we usually see in underwater movies.

Directed by Guillaume Néry and Julie Gautier, the duo behind Les Films Engloutis, Ocean Gravity is combines a freediver (Néry) with unusual cameras angles by underwater camerawoman Gautier as they drift along a seemingly barren reef.

The emphasis of the film is that there is no up and down and right side up underwater - the ocean becomes a great cosmos with man left to simply float along in its vast expanse.

If you have seen Les Films Engloutis' other popular film, Free Fall, then you're familiar with their imaginative work underwater and during post-processing.

Ocean Gravity was filmed in the Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. According to Gautier, the most challenging aspect of the filming process was trying to avoid filming the abundant marine life in the area (sharks, big fish, dolphins, etc).

Here's the fascinating film:

 

OCEAN GRAVITY by Les Films Engloutis

 

You can view more at Les Films Engloutis.

 

 


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Inside look at Fantasea's compact, sturdy and ergonomic housing for the incredible Sony RX100 IV
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Fantasea Sony RX100 IV Housing Released

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Inside look at Fantasea's compact, sturdy and ergonomic housing for the incredible Sony RX100 IV

Fantasea has released their new housing specifcally designed for the Sony RX100 IV - the Fantasea FRX100 IV housing.

The Sony RX100 IV has taken yet another major step in the world of compact cameras. Highlights include 20MP still images, ability to shoot 4K video, 5x faster processor than the RX100 III and super slow motion video at up to 960fps (40x slow motion). Check out the Sony RX100IV specs.

The new Fantasea FRX100 IV housing brings simple, functional and ergonomic control to the RX100 IV. Fantasea housings are known for their clearly labeled, easy-to-use buttons designed into compact camera housings, and the FRX100 IV is no exception. Shock resistant construction, depth rating to 200ft, access to all camera controls, wet lens compatibility and free moisure detector put this housing at an incredible dollar to value ratio.

Learn more and purchase the Fantasea RX100 IV Housing at Bluewater Photo.

 

 

 

Fantasea introduces a new underwater housing for the brand new Sony RX100 IV camera.

The FRX100 IV Housing is specifically designed for the Sony RX100 IV, thereby providing the most compact, sturdy and ergonomic waterproof housing for this camera. The FRX100 IV is also fully compatible with the RX100 III camera.

The FRX100 IV is manufactured to the highest professional standards of function, style and durability. It is depth rated to 60m/200 feet and is fully functional with ergonomically designed and labeled controls. The Fantasea FRX100 IV is the ultimate waterproof home for the Sony RX100 IV and RX100 III cameras.

  • Pro's consider the Sony RX100 IV to be 2015's World's Best Compact Camera (Kenrockwell.com)

  • Camera offers a handful of upgraded features, all so important to underwater photographers. Enhanced features include:

    • New 20.1 megapixel 1”-type CMOS sensor , considered to be years ahead of the competition

    • 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens

    • Slow motion video recording up to 1000 fps

    • 4K (UHD) video recording with full sensor readout and bit rates up to 100Mbps

    • Dual recording captures 17MP stills while recording up to 1080/30p video

    • Incredibly fast (16 fps!) continuous shooting

    • Anti-distortion shutter

    • NEW picture profile modes including SLog2 gamma settings

    • 3-stop neutral density filter

    • 3" LCD with 1.3m dots

  • The FRX100 IV Housing introduces the highest and most professional standards of function, style and durability

  • Full access to all essential camera controls & functions with clearly marked buttons

  • Depth rated to 60 meters / 200 feet

  • Lens port adaptor included, allowing the use of M67 (67mm) macro and wide angle conversion lenses

  • Shock resistant construction

  • Ergonomic design

  • Double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal

  • BONUS - Moisture Detector installed in every FRX100 IV Housing at no additional cost!

  • FREE Hand Strap and Port Cover

  • Best value-for-money deal

  • A complete accessory system available, including wide angle and macro lenses, color correction filters, flashes, video lights and all necessary adaptors and connectors

  • Manufacturer's warranty

 

 

 

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Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more
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X-Ray Mag issue #68 Available for Download

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Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more

 

X-Ray Mag issue #68 Available for Download


Florida's palm beaches, blackwater diving, wrecks, blue sharks and more

By UWPG News, Sept 2, 2015

 

 

 
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X-Ray Magazine has published their latest issue, #68. The minitheme of this issue is Florida's Palm Beaches, which includes articles on blackwater diving, the Florida springs, eh Warbird wreck mystery, Lamar Hires, symbiosis, children and scuba, plus much more.

This issue is available for free download and is packed full of great photos and words.

DOWNLOAD:  X-Ray Mag issue 68

 

 

 

 

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Fiji, Photo Contests, New Gear, Reviews, 10 Years of Magic Filters, and more!
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UWP Mag issue 86 Available for Free Download

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Fiji, Photo Contests, New Gear, Reviews, 10 Years of Magic Filters, and more!

 

UWP Mag issue 86 Available for Free Download


Fiji, Photo Contests, New Gear, Reviews, 10 Years of Magic Filters, and more!

By UWPG News, Sept 2, 2015

 

 

 
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Underwater Photography magazine has released their 86th issue, packed 68 pages full of great u/w photo articles, reviews, gear, dive stories, photo techniques and more.

This issue of UWP mag is available for free download as a pdf. You'll also notice that they have covered both of our big announcements. The first is the Ocean Art underwater photo competition (accepting entries now), and the second is Bluewater Photo's 5th annual SoCal Shootout.

 

DOWNLOAD:  UWP Mag issue #86

 

 

 

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New firmware allows GoPro users to trim and share clips in-camera or with the app
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GoPro Releases New Video Trim Feature

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New firmware allows GoPro users to trim and share clips in-camera or with the app

 

GoPro Releases New Trim and Share Features


New firmware allows GoPro users to trim and share clips in-camera or with the app

By UWPG News, August 31, 2015

 

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GoPro has just announced a great new feature available on camera firmware and mobile app updates, designed to make it easier to share video clips "in real time":  Trim + Share.

Most all of us who shoot GoPro video underwater know that you often end up with a long clip but only a few seconds of action that you want to share. This is where the new Trim + Share comes into play. Either on the GoPro or on the GoPro app, select the clim, hit trim, adjust the length and placement of the trim frame, save and share. Easy!

Unfortunately, you still cannot put multiple clips together in the GoPro app (which you can do with Vimeo's Cameo app), however you can still do your full editing on the computer with GoPro Studio editing software.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

GoPro is very excited to release its latest feature that further enables users to effortlessly share their memorable moments captured on their GoPro devices. This smart new feature allows the user to create short video clips directly on the camera or mobile device for easy sharing. Simply press the Trim icon in playback mode, choose a 5-, 15-, or 30-second clip from any of your recorded content, and save it for sharing, all without transferring entire video files. 

 

On-camera trimming, available on HERO4 Black with LCD BacPacHERO4 Silver, and HERO+ LCD, allows you to save your trimmed file directly back onto the memory card, adjacent to the rest of the video files for later sharing. As well, the in-app functionality will allow for instant saving to your camera roll and very precise trimming from all Wi-Fi enabled GoPro cameras. 

In order to focus on the run, the set wave, the trail in front of you, typically you would just press record and allow the GoPro to catch everything. However, if you caught some epic content during that session, you may want to set it aside or share it to the world as soon as you stop recording. Before, that required you to download your footage to your computer, find your best moment, edit a clip, export and upload it. With the new Trim and Share feature, you can select that climactic moment on your mobile device and upload it to Instagram while you are on the chairlift headed back to the top, on the beach between sets, or sitting on the tailgate in between laps.  

 

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New features and special design for this new Olympus E-M5 Mark II housing from SEA&SEA
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SEA&SEA Releases the MDX-EM5 Mark II Housing

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New features and special design for this new Olympus E-M5 Mark II housing from SEA&SEA

 

SEA&SEA Releases the MDX-EM5 Mark II Housing


New features and special design for this new Olympus E-M5 Mark II housing from SEA&SEA

By UWPG News, August 5, 2015

 

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SEA&SEA has announced their new housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The housing is SEA&SEA's latest in a great line of mirroress housings, incoporating some great new design features.

If you haven't yet, be sure to read our Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera review.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

SEA&SEA Releases the MDX-EM5 Mark II Housing

SEA&SEA announces the release of the newest addition to SEA&SEA's mirrorless class family: the MDX-EM5 Mark ll Underwater Housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll Mirrorless Digital Camera.

The MDX-EM5 MK ll is designed, engineered, and manufactured in Japan. The MDX-EM5 MK II housing has been designed to accommodate the Olympus FL-LM3 flash. The FL-LM3 is required to trigger external strobes. The MDX-EM5 MK II housing grants access to the FL-LM3 ON/OFF power. Another key feature of this housing is that the levers and buttons will glow in low light conditions for enhanced visibility. The MDX-EM5 MK ll is also compatible with Ergo-Grips v2, SEA ARM 8, and Grip Stay L II.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll Mirrorless Digital Camera has significantly improved features for underwater photographers including an upgraded electronic viewfinder, focus peaking, and an upgraded frame rate with both ALL-l and IBP recording modes. 

sea&sea mdx-em5 mk II housing

Housing Features:

  • Two Fiber-Optic Cable Sockets
  • Two Sacrificial Zinc Diodes (front/rear)
  • Lens Release Button
  • FL-LM3 flash On/Off switch
  • Tripod socket
  • Depth rating: 100m / 330ft
  • Dim. (WxHxD): 325 x 160 x 104mm                                                         12.8in x 6.3in x 4.1inch
  • Weight: Approx. 1,600g / 56.4oz (housing only)                      Approx. 2,070g / 73.2oz (w/ Ergo Grips)
  • Body: Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy (machined)

Optional Accessories:

  • Leak Sensor
  • Ergo Grip v2
  • SEA ARM 8
  • VF45 / VF180 Compatible
  • Grip Stay L II
  • Port: ML Ports & NX Ports

Available August 6, 2015

MDX-EM5 MK II (SS-06177) Special Price: $1,849.95

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New NA-502 housing for the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors
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Nauticam Announces New Monitor Housing

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Nauticam Announces New Monitor Housing


New NA-502 housing for the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors

By UWPG News, July 9, 2015

 

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Nauticam has announced a housing for the popular 500 series SmallHD video monitor, which combines a stunning, pixel-packed 5" LCD display with simple-to-use ergonomics and menus.

The new NA-502 housing fits both the SmallHD 501 and SmallHD 502 monitors, which provides flexibility for serious underwater video shooters.

 

 


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PRESS RELEASE

 

NA-502 

for SmallHD 501 (HDMI) and 502 (HDMI and SDI Monitors)

The SmallHD 500 series, the sharpest and lightest 5-inch field monitors available, are the perfect complement to a Nauticam underwater video system.  These products combine a stunning 5", 1920 x 1080 Full HD Display with an amazing suite of software tools for image monitoring in a compact form factor.  

The monitor feels immediately familiar, almost identical in size to your favorite smart phone.  A rubberized joystick is used to effortlessly flip through video "pages".  Each page accepts multiple imagine analysis tools, configured by the user for their individual needs.  The NA-502 housing provides access to all monitor controls, and the complete menu system is available in the housing, and at depth.  To learn more, a complete 500 Series "Test Drive" is available here.

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There aren't enough good things that can be said about this screen...  Pixel density (the specification that results in sharpness) is greater than iPhone 6.  The monitor is capable of displaying 85% of the NTSC color gamut, surpassing REC 709.  These tech spec simply translate into the best color, contrast, and resolution available in this class.

nauticam na-502 housing

The Nauticam NA-502 housing features the rugged build quality and advanced manufacturing expertise our user base has come to expect.  The joystick navigation system used by the 500 series monitors is translated to four directional arrows, a center select button, and the dedicated "back" button.  The interface is simple, but elegant, and perfectly suited to the underwater environment.

Cable Routing & Power

nauticam na-502 housing

The form factor of 501/502 monitors is ideal for an underwater housing, with HDMI / HD-SDI cables nestled between two readily available Canon LP-E6 Batteries.

 

HDMI and HD-SDI (502) are both supported by a single housing, providing an extremely broad range of camera support in a single underwater monitor system.

Advanced Software

Joystick navigation, combined with a very well thought out image analysis tool set, make these monitors extremely useful for judging focus and exposure.  Examples of some of these tools (but not all) are:

 

Focus Assist

Highlights in focus edges, taking the guess work out of critical focus even when using large formate SLR cameras with narrow depth of field.

 

False Color

Extremely useful for judging exposure, false color mode maps the IRE Exposure Scale to color bars, providing detailed feedback about image brightness.  Purple and Yellow warnings indicate under and over exposed areas.  A gradient from blue through green maps shadows to highlights.

 

Pixel Zoom

Zooming in on the video feed is available from every monitor page, all the time, simply by clicking the up arrow.  The zoomed window can be moved around the screen via up/down/left/right, and exited easily with the back button.  

 

Zebra Lines

Designed to warn of over exposure, zebra lines can be mapped to a custom IRE level, and even enhanced with color to make them more visible.

NA-502 Features

 

Right angle cable connector provides clean cable routing, and protects the cable from wear and tear at the housing connection.

 

Joystick navigation is translated to a 5 push button directional pad on the housing front, with enhanced spacing that is easy to use even when wearing gloves.

 

A Vacuum Valve, along with the Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System is included as standard equipment..  A temperature compensated monitoring circuit with LED indicator provides constant feedback about vacuum status.  The green led means the system is safe to dive!

Optional Accessories

 

Optional NA-502 Monitor Hood (#17916) provides generous shading, and reduces glare in shallow water.

 

SDI Surface Feed Cables (#25064 15m or #25065 45m) provide a reliable SDI feed capable of traveling over long distances to a topside director's monitor.

Tech Specs:

#17906 NA-502H for SmallHD 500 Series Monitors, HDMI Cable Connection

#17907 NA-502S for SmallHD 500 Series Monitors, HD-SDI Cable Connection

 

Depth Rating : 100m

 

Weight : 1.39 kg

Dimensions : 222 x 118 x 67mm (excluding ball mount & cables)

 

Available July 28, 2015

MSRP : $1,600

 

 

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Incredible video of a tiger shark taking a diver's camera and dragging him through the water
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Tiger Shark Steals Diver's Camera

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Incredible video of a tiger shark taking a diver's camera and dragging him through the water

 

Tiger Shark Steals Diver's Camera


Incredible video of a tiger shark taking a diver's camera and dragging him through the water

By UWPG News, July 6, 2015

 

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We recently came across this incredible video on one of our social media prowls, and it will blow you away. Watch closely as a diver at world-famous Tiger Beach is approached by one of the sharks, who then takes his DSLR camera rig. You'll need to watch the video to see what happens next!

Tiger sharks can grow to 5 meters in length (16 feet) and are generally found in warm water. Their size and the fact that they have the widest food spectrum of all sharks make diving with them a highlight in many shark divers' careers. This video was filmed at world-famous Tiger Beach in the Bahamas.

Check out our article What you Need to Know about Diving Tiger Beach.

 


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The entire event was filmed by Shawn Hull* and will be the source of dive stories for years to come.

 

 

Tiger Shark Video

YouTube video: Paul & Ron Young mornings

 

* Special thanks to Pete Thomas Outdoors

 

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50 Percent Smaller and 40 percent lighter - Let's look at the HERO4 Session
By Brent Durand

GoPro Launches new HERO4 Session Camera

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50 Percent Smaller and 40 percent lighter - Let's look at the HERO4 Session

GoPro has announced a brand new camera to expand an already impressive lineup: The GoPro HERO4 Session.

The new HERO4 Session is the smallest, lightest and most convenient-to-use GoPro yet. Priced at the same level as the HERO4 Silver (less than the HERO4 Black), it has different features to make it easier to operate and use in capturing day to day activities. Below are some of the new spec highlights.

 

GoPro HERO4 Session New Features

  • 50% Smaller

  • 40% Lighter

  • No water housing - one single unit

  • Single button operation

  • 1080p60, 720p100, 1440p30 video

  • 8MP single, burst and time-lapse camera

  • Waterproof to 33' (10m)

  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to GoPro app and remote

  • Same mounting as other models

 

GoPro HERO4 Session for Underwater Video

The GoPro HERO4 Session looks like a great camera, however with the 33' (10m) depth rating, it is not suitable for scuba diving. That said, this will be a great camera for watersports like surfing and shallow snorkeling.

For scuba divers, we recommend the HERO4 Silver or HERO4 Black, especially since the HERO4 Session is the same price as the silver model (which comes with more features and an LCD screen). But if you only shoot waves, surfers or shallow, sun-filled images, then the new HERO4 Session should do the trick.

Also, if you find current GoPros to be a bit complicated to use and don't plan to take the camera on scuba dives, then the one-button simplicity of the HERO4 Session is the way to go. For more questions on GoPros and water accessories like filters and handles, contact the team at Bluewater Photo.

 

UWPG's GoPro Tutorial Series

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

50% Smaller and 40% Lighter – HERO4 Session Combines Ultra-Compact Waterproof Design with Easy One-Button Control for Simple Yet Powerful Life-Capture Solution

SAN MATEO, CALIF. (July 6, 2015) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, is proud to announce HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet.  50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning image quality and performance into an exciting new low-profile form factor. HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing and features simple one-button control to make capturing immersive photos and video quicker and more convenient than ever before. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99 MSRP at authorized GoPro retailers around the world and on GoPro.com beginning July 12, 2015.

“With HERO4 Session, we challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO. “HERO4 Session combines the best of our engineering and user-experience know-how to deliver our most convenient life-capture solution, yet.” Woodman adds, “I’m so excited about the launch of HERO4 Session because now I can finally use mine in public!”

HERO4 Session captures GoPro-quality 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. It features many of the same innovative features found in GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView™, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.

Operating HERO4 Session is very simple. A short press of the shutter button quickly powers the camera on and video recording begins automatically. A long press of the shutter button powers the camera on and triggers Time Lapse photo capture. Press the shutter button again to save video or photo content and power the camera off. This simple one button design drastically improves the speed and convenience of capturing life moments as they happen.

 

HERO4 Session is built to GoPro’s famous rugged standards and is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters). It features a sleek frame mounting system that is compatible with GoPro’s expansive array of mounts.  An innovative dual microphone system dynamically switches sound recording between microphones to reduce wind noise during activities. Audio performance during water-based activities has been dramatically improved thanks to HERO4 Session’s waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate waterhousing, which can often muffle sounds. 

 “At GoPro, sound quality is as important as image quality and we’re very excited about the stunning audio advancements we’ve made with HERO4 Session during water-based and windy activities. It’s incredible what this little GoPro can capture,” remarked Woodman.

HERO4 Session    $399.99 MSRP

  •       Stunning 1080p60, 720p100, and 1440p30 video

  •       Waterproof to 33’ (10m), no separate housing required

  •       Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos

  •       Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos

  •       Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories

  •       Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities

  •       Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote

  •       Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording

  •       Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility

  •       New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Brent is a writer for the Underwater Photography Guide, an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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New Control Dials, Rear Glowing Panel and Audible Confirmation are Built in to the New YS-D2
By Brent Durand

SEA&SEA Announces the Next Generation YS-D2 Strobe

Brent Durand
New Control Dials, Rear Glowing Panel and Audible Confirmation are Built in to the New YS-D2

SEA&SEA has announced a new strobe that will replace the extremely popular YS-D1: the YS-D2 strobe. The new Sea and Sea YS-D2 strobe will look very similar to the YS-D1, at least until you take a closer look at the new features. If you're not familiar with these strobes, be sure to check out our YS-D1 strobe review.

 

YS-D2 New Features

 

  • Faster recycle time

  • Redesigned control knobs

  • Dual powered target light with red filters

  • Lighted / glowing rear panel

  • Audible confirmation

  • Newly designed battery compartment

  • Price:  $719.95 (available July 15, 2015)

 

sea&sea YS-D2 Strobesea&sea YS-D2 Strobe

   

SEA&SEA YS-D2 Initial Thoughts

 

Recycle Time

The new SEA&SEA YS-D2 strobe has really upped the ante. The most obvious improvement is the faster recycle time: .4 seconds faster than the YS-D1. When using Ni-MH batteries (like Sanyo Eneloops) the new YS-D2 will recycle in 1.4 seconds, while the YS-D1 recycles in 1.9 seconds.

This faster recycle time enables you to shoot more exposures during fast action and provides a nice reason for divers with the YS-D1 to look towards an upgrade to the new strobes.

 

Redesigned Control Knobs

Almost everyone who uses the YS-D1 will nod their head in understanding when you mention that you accidentally bumped the strobe setting knob when repositioning the strobe. The YS-D2 addresses this with new knobs that require two fingers to turn - they won't be moved by an errant finger when you grab the strobe head to position it.

The power dial also has new markings, showing strobe power as stops of light. The graphic is easier to see and read for both TTL and manual shooting. The photo below shows the new dials as seen on a demo strobe that arrived at Bluewater Photo today.

 

sea&sea YS-D2 Strobe

sea&sea YS-D2 Strobe

 

Dual Powered Target Light with Red Filters

The target (aka modeling) light on the YS-D2 is a nice feature. I use the target lights on my D1s as backup lights on night dives - double redundancy without carrying anything extra.

Divers using two strobes will generally not use the target light (and new red filter) to aid focus, since the strobes are generally not pointed directly at the subject. The target light will be useful, however, for divers shooting macro with a single strobe, when the strobe head will be pointed directly at the subject.

Learn more about underwater strobe positioning.

 

Lighted / Glowing Back Panel

Like the YS-D1, the YS-D2 has an LED indicator light on the back panel that let's you know once the strobe has recycled, the shooting mode and when power is low.

The YS-D2 strobe also includes this light, however the labels for shooting mode and power level now glow from this light so that you can see them at night. This is a very cool idea for those who don't know how to operate the strobe by feel alone. Plus, it looks pretty futuristic!

 

sea&sea YS-D2 Strobe light

 

Audible Confirmation

This feature will beep when the YS-D2 has recycled, so that you know when you can shoot again. Another great feature for shooting on high strobe power, but please, turn this off if we're diving together :- )

 

Newly Designed Battery Compartment

The largest weakness with underwater photography gear is a flood. The YS-D2 battery compartment is redesigned and should be able to withstand an accidental flood. Simply clean it out and replace the back battery cap (with a new one) and you're ready to keep shooting. Make sure to carry a spare battery cap on your next trip.

 

 

SEA&SEA YS-D2 Strobe Pricing & Availability

The YS-D2 will be availably starting July 15, 2015.

Retail price is $719.95.

Purchase the YS-D2 Strobe at Bluewater Photo.

 

sea&sea YS-D2 Strobe

 

Further Reading

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.
BrentDurand.com   |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Brent is a writer for the Underwater Photography Guide, an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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