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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.

 

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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

Buy Nauticam NA-70D Housing

 

 
 

 

 

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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

 

 

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Aquatica Housing for Nikon D7100

Brent Durand
Complete Specs for the Aquatica AD7100 Housing for the Nikon D7100

Aquatica AD7100 Housing Announced


Complete Specs for the Aquatica AD7100 Housing for the Nikon D7100

By Brent Durand

 

aquatica ad7100 housing

 
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Aquatica has a long history of making "bombproof" housings for serious underwater photographers, and the AD7100 lives up to this reputation. There are quite a few improvements on this housing, with one of the most important being direct access to the Fn button on the D7100. Nikon shooters have many custom functions available through the Fn button, and Aquatica kept this in mind while planning the housing ergonomics.

Highlights

  • Direct access to Fn button
  • Aquatica's notorious flexibility in strobe and accessory connectors
  • Newly designed camera tray
  • Easy access to video controls
  • Price:  $3,199 USD

The Nikon D7100 camera also sets a new standard for underwater photography. Check out our D7100 camera review here.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

Upcoming Aquatica AD7100 housing for the Nikon D7100 camera

 

aquatica ad7100 housingThe Aquatica Team is proud to introduce to you the Aquatica AD7100 housing for the new bench mark in digital photography, the Nikon D7100.

Aquatica has designed the ultimate housing for the new Nikon D7100 camera. Along with the comfortable ergonomics usually associated with our housings, the AD7100 also incorporates a multitude of refinements. Among them, it offers access direct to the Fn button. This is done via an easy to reach and unique design push button that is conveniently located on the rear of the housing. The many Custom Functions roles that can be attributed to this Fn button sure made it worthy of attention of our design team.

Here is a quick round up of the featured roles of the Fn button:

Image area (FX to DX and vice versa), Convert to depth of field Preview, FV Lock (lock the flash value), AE/AF Lock, AE Lock only, AE Lock (Reset on release), AE Lock (Hold), AF Lock only, AF-ON, Flash Off, Bracketing burst, Active Lighting, Metering pattern, Framing Grid, Personalized Menu, Playback, 1 Step Speed/aperture shift

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The housing features an internal flash up/flash down capability, a quick access ISO lever that is thumb actuated and a total of three access holes are provided to accept various accessories such as our remote trigger (# 19306), Hydrophone and/or external monitors.

aquatica ad7100 housingAquatica has the most comprehensive selection of easily interchangeable strobe connectors in the industry. The 20073-NK has two of the classic 5 pins Nikonos connectors and the 20073-KT is supplied with a time proven 5 pins Ikelite connector. Both version are ready to accept currently available TTL converter, S-TTL is also available with the 20073-OPT through optical connectivity with either of the supplied Sea & Sea and Inon type adapters. Lastly the 20073-HYB offers both a classic Nikonos and an optical connector giving the housing the ultimate choice in strobes selection. Bulkheads are now replaceable in the field without the need for specialized tools.

This precision housing is the product of a time proven lineage of underwater camera housing. Over 30 years of expertise in this field has made sure that every aspect of the housing’s ergonomics was studied and access to its controls carefully implemented. This housing is a statement to the constant evolution of our knowledge and of the influence of the many professional’s image makers from around the world who work and consult with us.

aquatica ad7100 housingThe Aquatica AD7100, like all of our housings, benefits from the finest material available in the metallurgic industry. It is carefully crafted from a selected alloy of aircraft grade aluminum and graced with the finest grade of stainless steel for its multiple controls. Every Aquatica housing is machined on the latest 5 axis computer assisted machines. It then undergoes a protective anodizing process to the stringent North American Military Specifications. For further protection, a baked on powder coating paint is applied, this coating is as tough as nail tough. Furthermore, corrosion inhibiting, zinc anodes are supplied as standard equipment. This extra level of protection does make a huge difference as can be seen on some Aquatica housings that even with over 1,500 dives on them, still look as fresh as the day they came out of the box. This housing is made for the hard working professional in mind, one who truly understands reliability in the field.

The AD7100 housing features a newly designed camera tray; it smoothly and precisely positions the camera in the housing and is easily disengaged by a simple push on a tab, it incorporates a linkage for transmitting mechanical input of the Fn button from the rear to the front. The zoom actuating pinion gear and the lens release lever pull out to allow the user to remove the camera from the back while keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.

All video controls are designed for easy reach and smooth operation. Whether it is for video or for still images the serious side of this housing operation is apparent from the get go.

The AF-L/AE-L button access is provided with a lever right under the users thumb. Menus buttons are angled to provide better access for your left hand. The AD7100 also uses the new 4xxxx generation lens gears system with a smaller housing pinion gear and a larger lens gear, the results is a smoother action while zooming in a video sequence.

The AD7100 retains the same standard 90m/300ft depth rating as all our other housings and can still be upgraded to 130m/425ft depth rating. Its knurled knobs and oversized controls mean easy operation no matter what the situation is. Anyone familiar with our climate knows that being built in Canada also means that all housings from Aquatica are born and bred in one of the world most rugged diving environment. Bottom line, if it works in our local conditions, it will work everywhere else!

The AD7100 retain our popular molded grips; these have been the reference in comfort for the last 25 years. They are lightweight, sturdy, are made of one piece and cannot come unglued, fall apart or corrode. Both grips have mounting holes ready to accept popular mounting bracket of our TLC system and for the most current strobes and lighting arms out on the market. An extra mounting point for a focus/video light or other accessories is on top of the housing and three additional mounting points are provided under the housing for various brackets, support or tripods.

aquatica ad7100 housingSeen on the right is a view of the business side of the new Aquatica AD7100, clearly showing the serious nature of this housing. On the left hand, the buttons and mode selector control are angled and positioned for quicker access to the various functions. On the right hand the record lever has been relocated closer to your index. The Live View toggle remains within easy reach. The multi controller pad found on the Nikon D7100 is made accessible with a simple and proven design and its SET button has been oversized. All push buttons are of high quality Type 304 stainless steel, the same used in the aerospace industry; these will not break or rust. Their smooth operation and position gives the photographer a very intuitive and normal feel to the housing.

Aquatica housings are supplied with our own exceptional Galileo type eye piece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the view finder. For those seeking the ultimate in viewing for still image, the optional Aqua View Finder, available in straight 180 and 45 degrees version, are among the best of the industry. They can easily be installed in a matter of a few minutes by the user. The enlarged and enhanced image of the Aqua View Finders are second to none in clarity; they provides the photographer with tack sharp corner to corner viewing of the camera view finder for composing and critical focusing

The D7100 is supported by one of the most established and comprehensive port and accessories system of the industry. This port system has been a stable platform for over 20 years and remains one of the most reliable and used designs on the market.

For more info, visit Bluewater Photo.

 

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SEA&SEA Housing for Canon 6D

Brent Durand
An Industry-First with Internal YS-Converter, New Port Lock System, Lens Release & more!

SEA&SEA Announces MDX-6D Housing


An Industry-First with Built-In Internal YS-Converter - Switch Easily Between TTL and Manual

By Brent Durand

 

Sea and Sea MDX-6D

 

 
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SEA&SEA makes great underwater housings, and the MDX-6D ups the ante with an industry first built-in YS-Converter. Many experienced photographers find themselves switching between TTL and Manual strobe power (depending on the subject/situation) and now they can do this directly from the housing with the MDX-6D - the first housing with the functionality.  In addition, SEA&SEA now offers the internal YS-Converter for the MDX-5D Mark III.

 

Highlights

  • Internal YS-Converter
  • Re-designed Port Lock System - now activated from outside the housing
  • New Lens-Lock Release button - lens can now be released without opening the housing for quick switches between macro and wide-angle
  • Re-designed handles great for traveling
  • Built-in leak sensor
  • MSRP: $3,795.95

 

Sea and Sea MDX-6D

Sea and Sea MDX-6D

 

Press release:

LONG BEACH, CA [June 13, 2013] SEA&SEA announces the availability of the MDX-6D dSLR housing, an industry first with a built-in internal YS-Converter. Achieving perfect TTL has never been easier.
 
The MDX-6D housing will revolutionize the world of underwater photography. This is the first housing with a built-in internal YS Converter/C allowing the photographer to switch between TTL and Manual directly from the housing. Equally innovative is the newly re-designed Port Lock System and new Lens-Lock release button. The Port Lock can now be activated from outside the housing and the Lens-Lock release button allows the lens to be replaced without opening the housing. A diver can now go from wide-angle to macro simply with the push of a button, and without having to open the housing and remove the camera.
 
 The MDX-6D housing also comes with re-designed handles for the traveling diver in mind. The new handles facilitate mounting and removal of the grips easier. The design also reduces corrosion build up along the fittings. This handle placement also makes it much easier to record video by placing an over-sized record button next to the right grip. It allows the diver to access the record button with one single movement of the thumb.
 
The MDX-6D housing also comes with a built-in leak sensor that alerts the user if moisture or water intrusion is detected.  In addition, an LED indicator light has been placed above the viewfinder showing battery charge for the internal YS Converter/C.  
 
The MDX-6D housing is compatible with both the VF180 1.2x and VF45 1.2x viewfinders. The viewfinders increase magnification by 1.2x and the entire field of view can be seen at the same time.    
 
The MDX-6D (SS-06166C) with internal YS Converter installed has a MAP of $3,795.95.
(The internal YS Converter/C for MDX-5D Mark III is also available for $534.99.)  
 
 
Be sure to check out SEA&SEA's Website and Facebook page for the latest product updates and more!

 

Sea and Sea MDX-6D

Sea and Sea MDX-6D

 

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Hot Products at the Long Beach Scuba Show

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

New Products Featured at the 2013 Long Beach Scuba Show

By Michael Zeigler

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

About the Author

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

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

 

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Flickr Redesign Includes 1 TB Free Storage

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

Flickr Redesign Includes 1 TB Free Storage

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

By Travis Ball, May 20, 2013

 

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

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

 

 

 


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Ikelite Announces Panasonic GH3 Housing

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

Ikelite Announces Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix GH3


Feature filled housing due out late May

 

 

 

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

 

Ikelite jumps into Mirrorless housings

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

 

Ikelite GH3 Housing Features

TTL or "Through-The-Lens" flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. The Ikelite housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is able to tell the camera that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately*. The housing translates direct electrical impulses from the camera, triggering the external strobe and precisely adjusting its power without the need to fire the camera's flash. In-line communication between the strobe and the camera completely eliminates signal interference and false triggering caused by light rays bouncing off the water's surface or another diver's flash going off. Avoiding the need to fire the camera's built-in flash also prolongs battery life and reduces recycle time between shots. 

Exposure adjustments directly through the back of the housing put the perfect shot within reach every time. Tweak the exposure or take total control without taking a hand off of the housing. Two pushbuttons below the camera's LCD viewfinder act as a remote control for Ikelite DS-series strobes*. Access is provided to plus/minus exposure compensation in TTL mode, plus 7 manual power settings in half-stop increments. Strobe settings are indicated by a series of LED lights and plainly visible even at night. 

Controls are customized to put all important camera functions within comfortable reach. Unlike other housings currently on the market, the Ikelite housing brings video record start/stop and AF lock out to the side of the housing for quick thumb-access without taking a hand off of the handles. Translating the movement via a lever control ensures that the video will start and stop without the shakiness typically caused by rear push button action.

For a system of this caliber, a tray with dual handles is essential to good handling, balance underwater and attachment of external lighting. An aluminum tray with right- and left-hand rubberized grips is included with the Ikelite housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH3, providing comfortable hold, two quick release points for strobe and video arms, and tripod attachment holes. The complete handle assembly removes with just two screws for traveling. 

An over-sized knob smoothly engages a unique system of universal zoom gears. Two zoom sets are provided with each housing: one for use with most popular larger diameter zoom lenses and one designed for use with smaller diameter zoom lenses. Both sets are lightweight and easy to install with no modification to the lens required. A variety of dome and flat ports attach with four locking latches for maximum security and quick changes between dives.

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

Like every Ikelite product, the 6860.03 housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is designed, built and tested in the USA. All housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. Each Ikelite housing is backed with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry. 

 

Ikelite GH3 Availability

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

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

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

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

 

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Nauticam Housing for Canon 6D

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Great new housing for a fantastic new camera.

Nauticam Announces Housing for Canon 6D

 

 

 

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


 

The NA-6D Housing

Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-6D. This new housing even borrows a control from it's Nikon brethren - the patent pending Multi Controller Pad that is located within easy reach of the right thumb. The Multi Controller Pad allows full multidirectional use of the 8-way controller, while still allowing for the rear command dial to be brought out to the right side of the housing. No other housing manufacturer comes close to achieving this kind of ergonomic access to these critical controls. 

The patented housing Locking Latch System has received acclaim worldwide for its ease and functionality. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks, reduce bulk and require minimal physical effort to engage and release. Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock. Lens changes are also easily accomplished without removing the camera from the housing using the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front. The lightweight, rugged Nauticam handles are generously contoured with a durable over-mold process of comfortable non-slip rubber.

Key NA-6D Features:

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

Nauticam has quickly become synonymous with ergonomic underwater camera housings. The NA-6D is an excellent example of why this is. Every control is well thoughtout, every button, lever and switch considered not in terms of what is easier for the designer, but what is right for the shooter. One only needs to look carefully at the engineering and design of the right hand side of this housing. The key shooting controls are all easily accessed with the right hand with very little finger movement required. While it may look daunting to the uninformed, after a few shots the controls become second nature. Shoot, change aperture, shoot, change shutter speed, flip to video, change shutter speed, start recording, change ISO - all with the thumb and forefinger, and all done quickly and easily.

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

NA-6D Controls (advantages/usage underwater):

  • Sensitive two stage shutter release (easy to gauge half press; gives fine control over the shutter release)
  • AF-ON Lever (strategically placed for easy thumb focus or thumb focus lock)
  • Front Command Dial directly under shutter release (change aperture effortlessly)
  • Rear Command Dial at left side next to thumb (change shutter speed without removing hand from grips)
  • Multi Controller Pad controls the 8 way selector (instantly change focus points, even diagonally)
  • Manual Zoom/Focus Knob (zoom/focus the lens without a reach
  • ISO Paddle at right thumb (very quick ISO changes; ISO has become a key control, especially for video)
  • Info Button brought out to left thumb (calls up the important info screen, in playback mode toggles histogram)
  • Playback button paddle at left thumb (makes reviewing images easy)
  • Zoom button paddle at left thumb (zoom, check critical focus, pan without removing hand from grip)
  • Mode dial (switch from P to Av to M modes easily)
  • AF Mode, Drive Mode and Metering Mode push buttons (easy to change with Canon's push-turn style)
  • Q, *, and Focus Points button accessible with right thumb (change focus points, lock exposure and much more)
  • Trash button requires reach (no accidental deletions)
  • Menu button near left thumb (access to all camera options)
  • Movie/Still mode lever (effortless switch from still to movie shooting)
  • Start/stop video on right thumb paddle (start video without inducing camera shake)
  • Exposure compensation on right thumb lever (change exposure compensation quickly)
  • Metering mode (easily change to spot for manual blue water metering)
  • On/off  switch automatically aligns(no need to preset camera)

The Canon 6D Camera

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

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

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

Lens Support

The quality of an image is only as good as the glass it was captured with, and Nauticam firmly belives that every lens that makes sense to be used underwater should be supported. Nauticam's lineup of ports, together with Zen Underwater dome ports is the most complete and extensive in the industry. Nauticam carefully evaluates new lenses, and is often first to market with support when a new lens is offered. Nauticam also provides the industry’s only locking extension rings in every size potentially required, thus preventing port slippage when using extension rings. Nauticam additionally offers a full range of port adapters allowing existing housing owners to use their current ports, reducing the cost of switching to a Nauticam housing. Port Adapters are available for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion lens ports.

Examples of supported lenses for 6D:

  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM
  • Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM & Kenko 1.4X Pro DGX
  • Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 17-40mm /4L USM
  • Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
  • Canon 24-105 /4L IS
  • Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
  • Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
  • and more....

Viewfinders

A high resolution camera like the Canon 6D demands perfect focus for optimal results. Fortunately, Nauticam has developed the most user-friendly interchangeable precision viewfinders in the world. The standard optical glass viewfinder is very good and travel friendly, but many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with adjustable diopter. Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º enlarging viewfinder and a 45º angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease of close quarters work often associated with macro shooting. Both viewfinders have high quality optics allow viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible. 


Accessories

Nauticam’s NA-DP4 housing for the Small HD DP4 Monitor can take video performance to another level by rendering the video image in a position more amenable to the shooter. The monitor housing easily mounts to the top of the NA-6D and utilizes the optional HDMI Bulkhead for true HDMI connectivity. Utilizing DP4 features like Focus Peaking, Focus Assist, False Color, 1:1 Mapping and more, this larger monitor vastly improves composition, focus capability and exposure.

Optional accessories available for the NA-6D:

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder
  • 45º Enhanching Viewfinder
  • Complete line of ports for all major lenses
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 70mm
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon and Sea & Sea
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up 
  • Focus and Zoom gears for many Canon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses
  • Port Adapters for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion
  • Handle accessories including smaller handles, handle extensions for cold water diving

The Bottom Line

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

Specifications

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

Model Number:  17311

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

 

About Nauticam USA:

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

 


 
 
 

 


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