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New book released: Man & Shark Photo

New book released: Man & Shark

On 22nd June at the Hong Kong book fair, co-authors Paul Hilton and Alex Hofford launched their book ‘Man & Shark.’

“From the beaches of Africa to the ports of the Middle East, a shark fin odyssey arrives back at ground zero: Hong Kong. ‘Man & Shark’ is book and short film of the same title, which explores the barbaric practice of shark-finning in developing nations, so that consumers in Hong Kong and China can eat shark fin soup at their weddings, company banquets and celebrations. The book and short film aims to show why sharks, as the ocean’s apex predators, are necessary to keep the marine ecosystem in balance. ‘Man & Shark’ also bears witness to the ignorance of shopkeepers selling shark fin in Hong Kong. And it explores why Chinese people eat shark fin soup in the first place, and the dangers to human health from mercury poisoning.’Man & Shark’ was conceived in Mozambique, Yemen, and Hong Kong, and includes many underwater images from all over the world.”

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Loreo 3D “Lens in a Cap” Photo

Loreo 3D “Lens in a Cap”

The Loreo 3D “Lens in a cap” can be used to turn a standard or digital SLR camera into a 3D camera. It is a self-contained, integrated lens and reflector system that mounts directly onto the camera body, and uses the cameras exposure and focusing controls. There are versions available for cropped sensor and 4:3 format cameras. Loreo also have a range of 3D viewers including one for computer screens and do not recommend using the anaglyph technique.

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Registration for DEMA 2010 now open Photo

Registration for DEMA 2010 now open

The annual DEMA show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada from 17-20 November 2010. DEMA is an international trade-only event for the diving, action water sports and travel industries.

There will be stands from most of the major underwater imaging brands at the show, as well as the Image Resource Center: an exclusive area of the show floor featuring photo- and video-related exhibitors as well as seminars on how underwater photography and videos can be powerful selling tools for the dive retailer.

Registration is now open for attendees and exhibitors.

DEMA also hosts an Awards dinner, and in the past, the infamous Wetpixel cocktail party!

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Canon firmware updates for 1D Mk IV and Rebel T2i Photo

Canon firmware updates for 1D Mk IV and Rebel T2i

Canon has released updates for the EOS 1D Mk IV and Rebel T2i (550D.) In both cases, the firmware is labeled v1.0.8 and primarily fixes:

“a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves unexpectedly when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses). Supplemental Information: This phenomenon involves the aperture of the lens moving unexpectedly when the focusing ring moves (during focusing). Please note that aperture values also change when operating the zoom ring of a zoom lens that has variable maximum aperture values.”

The updates are available for download now.

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AVCHD HD video workflow on Mac OS X Photo

AVCHD HD video workflow on Mac OS X

I’ve been cursing AVCHD ever since it started showing up in camcorders and still cameras that shoot video. I don’t really understand why it exists. Although its file and folder specification claims to be compatible with Blu-ray, it doesn’t seem likely that the majority of casual video shooters will choose to archive video content from cameras directly onto Blu-ray discs, and AVCHD’s awkward multiple-folder storage structure makes it extremely difficult to work with in video editing workflows.

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Tokina AT-X 16-28mm lens released Photo

Tokina AT-X 16-28mm lens released

Nikon Rumours has confirmed the imminent release of the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm PRO FX lens. It will be initially in a Nikon F mount, with Canon mounts to follow soon. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 across the zoom range, and is designed for use with full-frame digital SLR cameras. The lens design incorporates a new SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) DC autofocus motor and GMR high-precision magnetic AF sensor, which together aim to reduce focusing noise and increase both speed and accuracy.

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AQUA 2 amphibious robot showcased Photo

AQUA 2 amphibious robot showcased

Dr. Gregory Dudek, together with PhD candidates Junaed Sattar and Anqi Xu of McGill University school of computer science in Montreal, Canada, have developed AQUA 2: a robot which can move on land as well as swim and dive in the water.

The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) uses six independently controlled fins to offer a highly maneuverable underwater sensor platform.The arrangement of highly compliant thrusting surfaces results in a vehicle that poses no danger to humans or sea life and can land or take-off with minimal impact. Tested to a depth of 120 feet, the robot has an intended operating range from the shoreline to 100 feet.

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Thailand Travel & Dive Expo 2010, July 8-11, 2010 Photo

Thailand Travel & Dive Expo 2010, July 8-11, 2010

TDEX, the 7th Thailand Travel & Dive Expo, starts in Bangkok on Thursday, July 8, and runs until Sunday, July 11, 2010. In addition to the many booths, seminars, and activities planned for the 4-day expo, Tony Wu and Eric Cheng will be speaking on the mini stage at 2pm and 5pm, July 10-11.

We’re planning a Wetpixel / Tony Wu fanboy meet-up on Friday night (7pm at Baan Khanitha). See you there!

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