Sea and Sea releases RDX-600D housing
Sea and Sea has announced the release of the RDX-600D housing for the Canon Rebel EOS 600D/T3i. The polycarbonate case accepts ports from the Sea and Sea NX, CX and RDX ranges, and comes equipped with fiber optic strobe connectors. A sync cord bulkhead can be fitted by the user as an extra option.
The RDX-600D is available now and can be supplied as a package with various port options. The housing is priced at $1,395.00.
Dominica announces Dive Fest 2011
The Island of Dominica will be hosting its seventeenth annual Dive Fest from 8 to 17 July. Dive Fest is an annual event held to educate the public about diving, and to raise awareness about Dominica’s stunning and unique marine environment.
During the festival, Sealife cameras will be hosting several photography competitions and events.
Call for entries: World Festival of Underwater Images
The World Festival of Underwater Images, held annually in Marseilles, France, is calling for entries. The Festival, now in its thirty-eighth year, will be held from 26 to 30 October and, as usual, will feature categories for stills, video, web sites, magazine articles, music and books.
The competition is open for entries now with a deadline of 15 September.
Panasonic releases the LUMIX GF3 EVIL camera
Panasonic has released the LUMIX GF3 EVIL camera. It features a 12.1 megapixel sensor with a Venus VII HD processor that is designed for give performance in low-light situations. It also has 1080i HD video at 25fps, in AVCHD format with full-time AF and AF tracking. Although the camera features touch screen controls, it also features for the first time on the LUMIX series, a touch-wheel to access key camera functions.
The Panasonic LUMIX GF3 will be available for a suggested retail prices of $699.99 with the 14mm lens kit system starting in July 2011, and $599.99 with the 14-42mm lens kit system starting in late August 2011.
Call for entries: Diving, Resort and Travel Expo
The 2011 Diving, Resort and Travel Expo will be held from 8-10 July at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center. The event will host 130 exhibitors, and it is expected to have over 30,000 visitors. The event will be hosting an underwater photography competition with categories for behavior, reefscapes and conservation. In addition, the show plans to highlight the issues facing the conservation of the marine ecosystem, via professional seminars and promoting public dialog.
The deadline for entries to the competition is 18 June.
Underwater VFX demo reel posted in forums
Wetpixel member Chris East has posted a demo showreel of visual effects (VFX) onto the forums. The sequence includes some underwater footage and also shows what software went into creating each shot. It highlights several uses of post production VFX compositing, from match-moves and 2D camera solves, through to 3D modelling and placement. Chris reckons that it took about an afternoon to actually cut together, but the total time to acquire the footage was about a month.
Muck diving tips and techniques on YouTube
As trailed earlier this week, Steve Fish and the Critters@Lembeh/Lembeh Resort team have released a video highlighting good practices for muck diving onto YouTube. The idea is that this video will be used by many of the dive centers in the area to promote responsible environmental practices among their visitors.
The video also highlights issues like photographic etiquette and using too much strobe on a single subject.
Ikelite suspends production of EVIL housings
In a surprise announcement, Ikelite has announced that due to unexpected delays it is suspending the development of housings for all current model EVIL cameras. The models listed that this affects are the Olympus PEN , Panasonic GF, Samsung NX and Sony NEX ranges. It was widely expected the Ikelite would introduce models for these cameras soon.
The company stress that this does not affect their ongoing development of new housings for popular models of conventional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Fuji, Kodak, Panasonic and JVC cameras.
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