Nauticam announces housing for Nikon D7000
Nauticam has announced the imminent release of the NA-D7000 housing for the Nikon D7000 camera. The D7000 is Nikon’s new mid range camera that was released at Photokina in September. The housing is in a small form factor and features new locking latches, a new lens release lever, a new flash activation button, a new patented two stage shutter release, and an improved rear command dial control. In addition, Nauticam has used the piano key design from their NA-7D housing for the video activation lever.
The housing should be shipping by 31 November this year.
Aquatica releases remote imaging system
Aquatica has announced the release of a remote imaging system. The pole is designed to collapse into a short portable sections, each no longer than 24”/60cm. The system is supplied with a small external monitor and video goggles, and has a tilt mechanism to create unique filming angles and make moving subjects easier to follow.
Visions in the Sea winners announced
Doug Robertson has been announced as the champion of the Visions in the Sea Summer Series underwater photography competition. The series of weekends held around the UK coastline provided a range of great entries including seals, tompot blennies, crustaceans, wrecks and other UK favourites but it was a Basking Shark taken off the coastline of Cornwall in June that was the overall winner. The prize was awarded at the Dive Show at the NEC in October.
Updates from Ambon: Laha’s twilight zone
The Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari is underway, please stay tuned for more updates from the field: The most well-known dive site in Ambon is called Laha. Laha is known as “Twilight Zone” by the folks who first dove it – and for good reason: its mucky slope is packed full of the strange and outrageous. When we came here in April of 2009, we enjoyed the site so much that we spent 6 full days diving its mucky slope.
How to create a housing: Mini series
Wetpixel member Jean Bruneau has written a mini series about the creation of an underwater housing over on DivePhotoGuide. Written in five chapters and covering everything from the design of a new housing all the way through to final assembly and testing, the series is being delivered in three installments. If you have ever wondered exactly how manufacturers create a housing or what actually goes in to making one, this is an excellent place to look.
Mantas of Hanifaru: Protection from tourists?
The latest Maldive dive spot has to be Hanifaru Bay and the amazing Manta action that happens a few months of the year. It is because of the increased tourism that the area was declared protected from fishermen and Mantas put on the no-fishing list. However, this year, the influx of tourists has now increased to the point where the mantas are affected and do not congregate in the great numbers documented from previous years. Is tourism too much of a good thing that it is now a bad thing? Join the discussion in the forum as member discuss this hot topic and the solutions that have been proposed.
Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari gets underway
The Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari is underway in full force; we are doing 3 night dives each evening and are enjoying being immersed in a soup of the bizarre creatures that inhabit the waters of Ambon, including discarded diapers, tampons and other desirable subjects. Unfortunately, the nasty stuff thrown into the bay is part of what creates such an interesting underwater habitat.
WildPhotos 2010 agrees ethics declaration
At the recent WildPhotos conference in London, a vote was carried out among the attendees about what was acceptable behavior when interacting and photographing wildlife. The results varies, with 95% of people comfortable with the idea of attracting birds with seed, compared with only 5-10% who would hire an animal model from a game farm. Perhaps most interestingly, only 30% would declare that they had digitally manipulated a picture to add or remove subjects or blemishes.
One of the results of this poll is the launch of an online ethics declaration to which individuals can sign up.
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