Equinox announces housing for Canon 5D Mk II
Equinox has announced the release of a housing for the Canon 5D Mk II camera. Somewhat of a departure from the company’s line of video specific housings, this reflects the popularity of the camera for video rather than stills use. The housing is designed around the use of a 16-35mm lens, although other lenses can be accommodated by special request and it provides access to shutter release, menu button, menu select/scroll and play controls. It also features Equinox’s ballast release handles, which allow the user to make the housing positively buoyant if some contingency demands it.
The housing is available now at a price of $1599.
PhotoZone at London Dive Show
A new feature of the London International Dive Show (LIDS) this year will be the PhotoZone. This will incorporate the stands of camera and accessory suppliers, alongside the organizations like the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP). In addition, there will be a series of free 45-minute sessions in the new Photo Zone presentation area in the main hall. Speakers include Saeed Rashid, talking about Photoshop, Alex Tattersall on macro photography and Paul “Duxy” Duxfield on video editing; among others. Lastly, there will be a collection of underwater prints taken by BSoUP members on display.
LIDS is to be held on 26 and 27 March at the ExCel, London.
Scuba Symphony launches monthly photo contest
Scuba Symphony has launched a monthly underwater photo competition, in conjunction with their Facebook fan page. The competition has monthly subject or technique oriented themes and works with a public vote for each image on the site. There will be monthly prizes, and the winning shots will be displayed at the Scuba Symphony showroom, website and Facebook for the next month.
Underwater images from PhaseOne 645DF medium format camera
Chris Parsons has posted some pictures and video in the forum of a fashion shoot utilizing the PhaseOne 645DF camera and a P series back, all in a Nauticam NA-645DF housing. The shoot was held in a private cenote outside of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The conditions in the water were a challenge for the 645DF, as it is advised not to utilize high ISO settings, which were necessary for the shoot. Chris reports that the resolution and level of detail in the images was amazing.
Report on dynamite fishing in the Coral Triangle
Huffington Post has published a brief report by James Morgan on the human and environmental effects of dynamite fishing in the Coral Triangle. Due to decreasing fish stocks, many local fishermen are making improvised explosives. They are:
“Grinding up match heads and combining them with sand and fertilizer. The concoction is then put in an empty soft drink bottle, lit and thrown onto reefs where it decimates coral, killing all the fish within its blast radius. This practice has arisen as a result of rapidly declining fish stocks. As the number of fish decreases, fishermen are turning to more and more destructive measures in order to feed themselves and their families.”
The report features some powerful images of the human cost of this practice. The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. (Image by James Morgan)
Sigma updates 105mm f2.8 macro lens
Sigma has updated their 105mm EX DG macro lens to the 105mm EX DG OS HSM version. In addition to the features of the original, the new lens features Sigma’s optical stabilization (OS) system, to give better performance when hand-holding the lens. It is compatible with Sigma’s APO Tele Converters.
Price and availability are to be confirmed.
Nikon launches COOLPIX S9100 compact camera
Nikon has announced the launch of a new high-end compact camera, the COOLPIX S9100. Features include a 3” LCD display, 1080p HD video, Hybrid VR lens stabilization and ISO’s of up to 3200. The camera makes use of Nikon’s Expeed C2 processing engine and a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, with a backlight feature for low light photography.
The camera will be available in March for £299.99 / €348.00 / $329.95.
Dates for Hugycup 2011 announced
The 2011 Hugycup International Underwater Photo and Video Contest will be held from 5 September to 22 October 2011 in the resort of Dahab, Egypt. The format is for people to go out diving during the dates of the event and enter their images/video footage upon returning. Hence, each picture or video entered must be registered in the competitions database or use a supplied unique time code.
The organizers are planning additional events to be held during the competition and these will be announced in late February. Full details are now available for accommodation and diving packages for the competition, as well as the rules for photo and video entrants.
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