DEMA 2012 Coverage - Day 2
Ikelite, Aquatica, Sea & Sea and more...
By Todd Winner
Ikelite’s new Manta strobe with proprietary pre-flash technology. This strobe automatically adjusts to your camera’s model and exposure mode. This strobe will replace the AF-35 strobe, and will support a fiber optic cable, which the AF-35 does not. It is expected to come out in January of 2013.
Ikelite’s new Vega LED video light with 2,000 lumens of light, 5000k temp and a 70 degree beam angle. It has a sealed battery. The retail price wil be around $475.
Ikelite’s new small Gamma dive light with 220 lumens. List price is $85.
New Ikelite Underwater Housings
Ikelite is also releasing housings for the Canon G15 ($650), Panasonic LX7 ($550), and the Nikon P7700 ($650), all with TTL capability.
New Ikelite DS-161 & DS-160 Lithium Battery - more flashes!
Starting in December 2012, the new Ikelite DS-161 comes with a new lithium battery, that will double the amount of flashes you can do on a single charge. This is very exciting and a welcome change for these high-powered Ikelite strobes. The DS-161 will be $1,100 with the lithium battery pack and charger,the DS-160 will be $950 with the lithium battery pack and charger.
Ultralight arms – Hot shoe ball mount with a sleek new design as well as a new tiny video light from UK
The new Wasp video light from Edge is 200 watts and comes with a 160 and 90 degree faceplate. Available in 3500k or 6400k color temperature, List $2,495
Dive and See was showing their monitors and new prototype for the Ninja 2 monitor and hard disk recorder which records Pro Res files directly to the disk.
Aquatica was showing off their new Canon 5D-Mark III and Nikon D800 housings.
Sea & Sea underwater housings at DEMA
Sea & Sea's new Nikon D800 housing equipped with the 180 degree view finder
Sea & Sea Canon 5D mark III housing equipped with the 45 degree view finder
The Sea & Sea Canon T4i / 650D RDX housing is expected to be released in early December. The housing will be very similar to the well-priced Sea & Sea Canon T3i RDX housing, with just a few control changes.
Sea & Sea is also coming out with aluminum housings for the Nikon D600 and Canon 6D early next year (Jan or Feb 2013), and well-priced polycarbonate underwater housings for the Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera, and the Sony NEX-5R.
Sea & Sea leak detectors for the D800 and 5D Mark III housings should be coming soon, hopefully in early December.
Neptunic has a line of both loose fitting and tight fit fast drying rash guards that are great for sun / UV protection
About the Author
Todd Winner is the technique editor for Underwater Photography Guide and an instructor and trip leader for Bluewater Photo Store in Santa Monica, CA. You can see more of his work at www.toddwinner.com.
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