Gates announces new products
Gates Underwater Products has announced a series of new products. These include new housings for the Sony PMW-F55 digital cinema camera and the Canon VIXIA HF G20 camera, a new 5” widescreen HDMI monitor called the EM50 and a kit that can be installed into Gates housings that allows the surface control of focus, iris and zoom.
Review: Fisheye FIX Aquavolt 7000 video lights
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of the Fisheye FIX Aquavolt 7000 video lights. These lights are very suitable for use with SLR or POV cams as they are relatively small in size and light in weight, but still provide sufficient light output. Adam was able to test the lights in the gloomy UK winter, and has written a full report on their performance.
Nauticam releases digital cinema setup film
Nikon announces the COOLPIX A
Nikon has announced the release of a new compact camera with a 16.2 million pixel DX format CMOS sensor. The COOLPIX A has an EXPEED 2 image processing engine and a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. It is equipped with an 18.5mm f2.8 lens, and its control layout is designed to mimic that of an SLR, making it suitable for use as a back-up camera for an SLR shooter.
Sigma launch new product line video
Sigma has released an artistic interpretation of their new product line in the form of a video. The company; “used some internal parts from our lenses to show the commitment to the highest level of the work.” The film, entitled “Dancing parts” was partially inspired by the contemporary dancer, Pina Bausch and was shot using only Sigma lenses.
Erin Quigley’s tutorial on backscatter removal
Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually
The Marine Policy journal has published a paper that attempts to provide an up-to-date and scientific assessment of the number of sharks that are caught each year. This number has been in dispute for some time, but the new paper seems to suggest that the number of sharks is around 100 million per year. The vast majority of these are caught to satisfy demand for shark fin soup. The CITES conference, due to start in Bangkok tomorrow will discuss adding five shark species to its endangered list.
Backscatter releases the AirLock
Backscatter has released its AirLock vacuum system with. This offers the option of being able to manually verify that a housing is watertight, by creating a vacuum and maintaining a vacuum within the housing. Backscatter acknowledges that “most camera housing floods are preventable with good assembly technique but say that the vacuum system will prevent issues when “even the most experienced shooter can get in a rush and make a fatal error”
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