Aquatica D2X Housing appears in the forums
The eagerly awaited Aquatica D2X housing has recently shown its face in the Wetpixel discussion forums. This housing is one of the cheapest available for the increasingly popular Nikon D2X camera. The housing is machined from solid aluminium and has many new features such as quick release tray with lock, spring tensioner on the command and sub command controls. It also has a built in eyepiece which allows viewing of the entire area of the finder. Note that this version is a pre-production unit and the controls will all be labelled on the final version. I am sure some sample images will appear here soon, once Wetpixel member Jean Bruneau has taken the housing diving in the next few days!
John A. Kendall’s Sea & Sea gear
The Washington Dulles International Airport Lost & Found office has a piece of equipment with a “John A Kendall, J3 Systems , LLC” engraved on it and a Sea And Sea decal on it. Do you have a customer “John A Kendall” and/or “J3 Systems, LLC”? If so can you put us in touch with this person or company so we can arrange to return this equipment to him? If we cannot locate this person or company the equipment will go to auction in 60 days. Thanks.
NCUPS announces SEA2005 Photo Competition
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society announces the 41st Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition.
SEA 2005 is a “mail-in” underwater photography and videography competition open to amateur photographers and videographers around the world. This year’s photography competition features Novice and Open skill levels, competing in Macro, Wide Angle, and Underwater California categories. Entrants may enter up to 5 images in each of the categories in each media; 35 mm Slides, Digital Still, Prints and Creative Prints. The videography competition features Novice and Open skill levels competing with short underwater videos.
Entries must be postmarked or received through email by October 7, 2005 or may be hand carried to the NCUPS Membership Meeting on October 14, 2005, in Millbrae, California. Winning entries and prizes will be announced on the NCUPS website in November.
Download Rules and Regulations, and the Entry Form from the NCUPS website: http://www.ncups.org
Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005: Daily Webcast
Splash into the world of underwater digital photography at the fourth annual underwater Digital Shootout in Bonaire, which is being held July 23-30, 2005!
July 24th update: I’ve posted the first entry in our daily webcast here from the Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005. Dan Baldocchi, Berkley White, Jim Watt, and I have been having a lot of fun with the 40+ shootout participants; we’re diving the rich reefs in what must be the most diver-friendly island in the world. Follow along here—I’ll be posting updates to this entry as the week progresses.
July 30th update: All updates have been posted, including the results of the 2005 Digital Shootout photo contest!
August 2nd update: Group photo added, plus link to all photos for print purchase/browsing.
Beneath the Sea 2006 Photo Video Competition
Beneath the Sea 2006 invites photographers and Videographers to enter its annual Worldwide Underwater photo/video competition. Wherever you live in this wide world, submit your underwater photographic entry to the Beneath the Sea 2006 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition. The contest deadline is December 31st, 2005. For contest rules and entry blank visit Beneath The Sea at their Internet site: http://www.beneaththesea.org. Click here to read more details about the categories and prizes.
Phase One Announces 39, 31, and 18 Megapixel MF Backs
In an recent announcement, Danish company Phase One has provided a 12 month product roadmap for their medium format digital backs. There will be three digital backs introduced in 2005-2006, all with a 1.1x medium format crop factor, ranging from 18 to as high as 39 megapixels. The largest will yield 242 megabyte 16 bit files! Recent updates say that the imagers are made by Kodak.
Seacam Nikon D2x Housing Field Report and Review
Dennis Liberson has written a comprehensive field journal and user review of a Seacam housing for the Nikon D2x digital SLR.
“I have been using housed cameras for underwater photography since the early 1990s. I’ve shot with the Nikon 8008s, F5, D1x, and now, with the D2x. After using the Nikon D2x and Seacam underwater housing for a few days I can honestly say that this is the best camera and underwater housing combination I have ever used.”
Epoque/PATIMA 7070 Housing for Olympus C-7070/5060
Epoque/Patima has announced a new all-aluminum housing for Olympus C-7070 and C-5060 digital cameras. The housing features patented controls, 67mm-threaded front port, solid tray-mounting, hotshoe-sync for direct strobe connection, and dual handles for strobe-arm mounting. Continue for photos and full feature list.
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- Seahorse shape aids stealth hunting techniques (via BBC)
- Protecting underwater real estate for fish (via )
- NOAA and state shark fin bans (via )
- New marine conservation zones for UK (via BBC)
- Video: Coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef (via BBC)