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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



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 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.


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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Where to Buy

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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



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






“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.


Further Reading


Where to Buy

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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


  • $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.





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





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





Where to Buy

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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










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.


Further Reading


Where to Buy

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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





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. 


Further Reading


Where to Buy

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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




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.


Further Reading


Where to Buy

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February News Roundup

Travis Ball
Tons of new Nauticam announcements, Mike Ball adds special expeditions and sharks gain ground around the world.

February News Roundup

Highlights include new housings from Aquatica, Ikelite and Nauticam.

By Travis Ball










Nauticam NEX-6 announced, shipping soon

The first mirrorless housing Nauticam has announced for this year is for the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera, which housings starting to ship out later this week. The camera's sensor size, images quality and resolution are all on par with DSLRs and when one in an aluminum Nauticam housing, you have an extremely powerful tool to use underwater. They also announced ports for the NEX 10-18mm and 16-50mm ports.  Read the press release.


Nauticam G15 announced

The impressive Canon G15 will soon have an equally impressive housing that will take the camera underwater.  Who wouldn't want to take down a compact camera that shoots RAW and uses high quality zoom lenses?  Read all about the housing.




Aquatica D4 HousingAquatica D4 announced

Aquatica has announced their new housing for the powerhouse that is the Nikon D4 camera.  Features include:


-Toggle access to Fn and Pv buttons
-Smooth operation of all video controls
-New lens gear system for improved video zooming
-New camera tray works with a simple push tab
-New left-hand quick lever for ISO access-Strobe connectors easily replaced in the field
-Unparalleled durability and corrosion protection


Zen 6-inch glass dome port for Nauticam NEX housings announced

New for the Nauticam NEX series housings, this is a 6-inch glass dome for the 16mm pancake or fisheye conversion lens.  These will provide excellent optical quality and a scratch resistant surface to your kit.





Ikelite D5200 HousingIkelite Announces Housing for Nikon D5200

Available in early March for about $1,500, Ikelite might be the only company to make housings for the D5200.  Rubberized handles, propriety circuitry and their signature clear housing will all be attractive aspects of this housing D5200 owners.  Read more.




Lithium BatteryNew Lithium Batteries from Ikelite

Ikelite strobes got a boost last month with an decrease of nearly 20 percent in weight while nearly doubling the number of flashes you get per charge.  These backwards compatable battries also work with the newly released smart charger.  Read more.





Minke WhaleSpecial New Expeditions Announced by Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Specializing in the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea, Mike ball just added some special new trips to their roster.  Newly announced expeditions include:


  • Shark Shooter Expedition with Damien Siviero, May 9th - 16th
  • Week Long Minke Whale Expedition, July 11th - 18th
  • Far North Wreck Special Expedition, October 3rd - 10th
  • Torres Strait to Cairns Expedition, October 10th - 17th
  • Deep Reefs Exploratory Expedition, November 21st - 28th 

Detailed information can be found on the Mike Ball Website.

Walindi ResortWalindi Resort Becomes Technical Diver Training Center

Walindi Plantation Dive Resort has partnered wiht Alp-Maritimes Marine Institute and been granted the status of NAUI Worldwide Technical Diver Training Center. Congratulations!



SharkSharks Gain Ground

It was a good month for Shark species with multiple news items proving that the world is starting to protect these misunderstood animals.  The first Great White case and conviction took place in South Africa, which was also the first country to impose legislation protecting great whites. In the area of protection, California moved to add sharks to the endangered species list and the protections incorporated at the Raja Ampat shark sanctuary became law in Indonesia.


About the Author

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






Where to Buy

Please support the Underwater Photography Guide by purchasing your underwater photography gear through our sister site, Bluewater Photo & Video. Click, or call them at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!



Acqua 2013 - Underwater Art Competition

Brent Durand
Acqua 2013 Underwater Art Competition by H2O Photo Tribe - call for entries

Acqua 2013 - Underwater Art Competition



By Brent Durand




The Acqua 2013 Underwater Art competition is a new underwater photo competition with some great prizes. There are categories specifically for Mediterranean Sea underwater photos, and the deadline to enter is in 6 days. Entry fee is 10 Euro ($13) per photo. Contest details are here.


Here is the official press release:

A new international underwater photo contest organized and founded by H2ophototribe, the Italian underwater photography comunity, designed for photographers of all levels with 14 categories (11 for photography divided between Digital SRL and compact camera and 3 for book and publications).

The objectives of the organizers is to create a major new photography competition, involving many authors from all around the world and to be able to associate it with an new dive show.The awarding ceremony will take place in connection with SCUBASHOW 2013 on Saturday, April 20th 2013 in Rome where pictures will be displayed in order to show the beauty of the most remote places of underwater worlds.

Thanks to close cooperation between "H2O Viaggi" tour operator and many of the most important dive resort in the world, many dive travel packages, live aboards and underwater photo equipment will be up for grabs; the most prestigious award consists of a 3 weeks stay in papua new guinea (1 week at Loloata Island Resort, 1 week at Walindi Plantation Resort and 1 week at Lissenung Island Resort) including two dives per day and flights from Singapore.  This fantastic trip will be awarded to the winner of the digital SRL Porfolio (5 photos) category.

For an updated list of awards please click here:  LIST OF AWARDS

Full entry details and rules are on the contest website here :  H2OPhotoTribe

The deadline for entries is 10 March, 2013.




Where to Buy

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December News Roundup

Travis Ball
A roundup of underwater photography news from December

December News Roundup

New items from Dyron, Hugyfot, Nauticam, Recsea, Sealife, Polar Filters and more! Plus dive resort news...

By Travis Ball

Man reading Newspaper








Nauticam Releasing New Housings

Nauticam will be releasing housings soon for the Panasonic GH3 micro-four thirds camera, Canon EOS M mirrorless camera, Canon 6D full-frame camera, and the Canon G15. 




Hugyfot puts out new housing for GoPro Hero 3                                     


hugyfor gopro hero3 housing

Hugyfot, the high-end housing company from Belgium has just announced their new GoPro housing.    This new all aliminum housing allows for the attachment of an external monitor, great for people who choose to mount their GoPro on the end of a pole cam.    This allows you to see what you are shooting from up to 3meters away while underwater.  Another unique feature is the new Hugyfot battery that can allow the camera to run with an lcd attachment for up to 6 hrs.   This is a major improvement on the existing battery that dies within an hour while using and LCD bacpac.  The external battery is also a great tool for those who like to do very long duration time lapses.   The housing is supposed to be retailing in the $650 range.


Dyron has new items 

Dyron has a couple cool new items, the first being a new set of filters designed to snap right on your GoPro Hero3. These filters are high quality Red, Orange and Violet and can be purchased individually or as a set.

Secondly they also released a priority filter fo the Recsea RX100 camera which screws directly onto the RX100 port.

Last, they have a new wide angle lens for compact cameras. This new "super wide angle" lens ends up being the equivalent of a 13mm lens on a compact camera. It features a rotating and removeable shade, gives a field of view of 140 degrees and is great for over / under shots.


Reefnet Announces Threaded Diopters

Reefnet is coming out with threaded +5 & +10 subsee diopters so filters or other diopters can be added to front of the lens




New Sea & Sea MDX-D600 Housing for the Nikon D600

Available around Jan 28th. Includes 2 fiber optic mounts, leak detector. Price will be $3200. Sync cord for $100 more. Part # SS-06165, SS-06165A with sync cord.




Polar Pro Releases "Cube" Filters

polar pro cube filter hero3

Our friends over at Polar Pro have just announced that the new Hero3 "snap on" filters will start shipping next week!   Polar Pro filters produce some of the best results we have seen in a filter for the GoPro cameras.   They have tested many colors before selecting their current line which allows for excellent light transfer.   They will have a red filter(tropical/blue water), magenta(green water), and a polarizing filter to be used when shooting on the slopes or in direct sunlight.  Stay tuned for a full review on these filters in the near future.   They retail for only 29.99 and are made out of an almost indestructible acrylic.  


Nightsea X Front Plate for Sola 4000 from Light and Motion

light and motion nightsea x front plate

Already own a Sola 4000 Video Light?   You can convert it to a blue flourescent light by adding a Nightsea X Front Plate.    You simply attach the X Plate to your Sola 4000 and poof you have yourself an instant 4000 lumen blue flourescent  light.  You can easily switch the face plates in the same way that you remove the light for air travel.  Nightsea X Front Plate Retails for just $699.00


Dive Resort & Liveaboard News


Palau Dive Adventures Completes First Trip

Despite the fact that Palau was still recovering from Typhoon Bopha, Palau Dive Adventures, located at the Sea Passion Resort in Palau, successfully completed their first dive trip at the end of December.  Congratulations!



Seafari International Expands to Turks & Caicos Islands

Seafari is investing in new equipment, a Nitrox membrane and new excursions to West Caicos and French Cay, all in an effort to bring a new level of diving services to the region.  A photo workshop with Kimmo Hagman is being planned for April 2013




Sunset House Photofest in May

From May 11th to May 18th, 2013, Cathy Church will be hosting a Photo Fest at the Sunset House in Grand Cayman.  Separate photo contests for every level and classes with Cathy and her staff.  For more information, visit the Sunset House event page.  It's all about bottom time on sites that are pretty, interesting, fun and photogenic.




Underwater Workshop at Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Yap Pacific Dive Resort is hosting a "Creative Big Fish" workshop for intermediate to advanced photographers.  The objective of this event, running from April 30 - May 7, 2013, is to "develop a creative, individual style of Underwater Photography that will attract (an) audience."  Click here for more information.



New Products out now:

  • Nauticam Nikon D600 housing

  • Nauticam Canon S110 housing

  • Nauticam Sony NEX-5R housing - with 2 control dials!

  • Olympus housing for the Olympus E-PL5 - fits the Olympus 60mm lens!

  • Recsea Canon G15 housing

  • Recsea Canon S110 housing

  • Ikelite Canon 6D housing

  • Sealife AquaPod - could be a great polecam

  • Zen 100mm dome port for the Canon 8-15mm fisheye with removeable shade

  • Sea & Sea leak detector for dSLR housings


About the Author

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




Where to Buy

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