Nocturnal Lights, official distributor for Keldan Lights in the Americas
Starting in 2010 Nocturnal Lights is the official North/South American distributor for Keldan Lights. Keldan is a Swiss Lighting manufacturer for high-end dive lights and video lights that has the reputation of building some of the most advanced dive lights and video lights in the market. The latest product from Keldan is the Luna 8 LA-V 40W LED video light, which has 2100 lumens with a CRI of 95, with an 80 minute burn time at max power. Please visit www.nocturnallights.com for additional product information or to locate an authorized dealer in your area.
Firmware Update 2.0.3 for 5D Mark II Now Live on Canon’s Servers
The long awaited firmware update for the Canon 5D Mark II is now available on Canon Japan’s servers, and will likely become available on international sites on Tuesday, March 16. The firmware update adds frame rates of 24p, 25p, and changes the 30p frame rate to 29.97 fps to match broadcast standards. Additional features include live histograms when shooting in manual and aperture priority modes, increased audio sampling (48kHz), and the ability to adjust audio recoding levels manually. The firmware update is available for immediate download here.
Update: The firmware is now also available from Canon USA.
Tony Wu’s initial thoughts of the Nauticam 7D Housing
Tony Wu shares with us his initial impressions of the Nauticam 7D housing for the Canon EOS 7D digital SLR.
“It took me about five minutes on land to familiarise myself with the controls on the Nauticam housing, as the position of controls is unique on every housing. The layout was easy to understand, and I had no major issues underwater.”
The rest of Tony’s initial impressions and photos of the Nauticam 7D can be found on his blog.
DEEP Indonesia photo contest 2010 winners announced
DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com are proud to announce the winners of the 4th annual DEEP Indonesia international underwater photography & video competition. The competition is in held in association with DEEP & Extreme Indonesia and part of a unique joint series of international underwater photography competitions, with world-class prizes, esteemed judges, and significant global media support.
Photographers from around the world competed in seven themed categories to win over $35,000 in prizes. Winners represented eleven countries…
Join Eric Cheng in the Maldives aboard the MV Orion
Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng will be joining a Maldives manta expedition this coming August 19-26, 2010 aboard the luxurious MV Orion, planned by Richard Woulfe and Sue Chen of Reef Check. The trip runs north to Baa and Hanifaru Bay, and will be targeting the now-famous manta aggregation in the Maldives.
Trip cots $2,800 and includes 7 days of diving, accomodations, meals, guiding, tanks/weights, transfers, and Nitrox. Extensions to Sipada, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are also being planned. Continue reading for more details!
Underwater Journal issue #15 now available for download
Underwater Journal issue #15 is now available for download. Highlights from this issue include diving in the Bahamas, Humboldt Squid, Fiji’s Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Ice Diving in the Northeast and diving Curacao’s Christmas wreck.
The Underwater Journal is published six times a year by Wetpixel member Walt Stearns and is free for download.
Canon 1D Mark IV fits Aquatica’s current housing for Canon 1DS Mark III
Canon’s new flagship camera the Canon 1D Mark IV is a perfect fit for Aquatica’s current housing for the Canon 1DS Mark III. If you already own this housing and want to upgrade to a 1D Mark IV, no modifications are required and no function or access buttons are sacrificed when using the newer Canon body. Of particular note, access to the video mode requires no modification.
Access to the FEL button used to activate video capture was already in place as well as other important buttons such as exposure compensation, ISO and the illuminator button. Reassignment of these functions through the DSLR’s custom menu setting is not necessary. Visit the Aquatica website for more information.
How to win underwater photo competitions
DIVE Magazine have posted an article online by Dr Alex Mustard on ‘How to win underwater photo competitions’.
According to Alex “I feel as if I am in quite an unusual position at the moment, as I sit on both sides of the fence. I judge a lot of major competitions each year, but unlike nearly all the folks I judge with, I also still enter photo competitions (obviously not the same ones - that would be too easy). I tried to write the article from both perspectives.”
And while it is written for the upcoming BUIF comp, it can be considered generic for most underwater photography competitions. A great read for all those looking to submit photos throughout 2010.
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