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Final coverage from Photokina 2008: Seacam update Photo

Final coverage from Photokina 2008: Seacam update

In an addendum to our general Photokina 2008 coverage, we received word of the Seacam booth at the exhibit - a 35-sq-meter location displaying their new Seaflash 150 eTTL2-compatible strobes alongside the collection of Seacam housings, domes, and accessories.

Wetpixel friend Stephen Frink has posted additional photos from the exhibition - we’re personally looking forward to rumors of new products at DEMA…

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Ikelite announces Nikon D90 underwater housing Photo

Ikelite announces Nikon D90 underwater housing

Ikelite has posted details of their new underwater housing for the Nikon D90 digital SLR.

The polycarbonate housing, rated to 200ft (60m) features iTTL conversion circuitry for Ikelite’s DS strobes, providing “four 1/3-f/stop increment flash compensation” and “seven manual power settings in half-stop increments,” and offers access to all camera modes, including D-Movie and Live View.

The housing is currently available, and we expect to see it exhibited at DEMA. Visit Ikelite’s D90 housing product page for all the details…

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Stephen Frink speaks out about Snapper Ledge petition Photo

Stephen Frink speaks out about Snapper Ledge petition

Stephen Frink has posted a video about Snapper Ledge, which includes footage of the magnificent dive site in the Florida Keys. He talks about Snapper Ledge’s history, and pleads with you to sign the petition we’ve set up to support Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA) status for Snapper Ledge.

Since we created and posted the petition on September 10, we’ve collected 1600 signatures. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please head on over and sign it. It only takes 2 minutes, and your signature could mean the difference between preserving a special underwater ecosystem and letting it be destroyed.

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Marcio Lisa wins 2009 Raja Ampat Tourism Entry Tag Contest Photo

Marcio Lisa wins 2009 Raja Ampat Tourism Entry Tag Contest

Conservation International, in cooperation with the Coral Reef Alliance and Wetpixel.com, are pleased to announce the winning photo for the 2009 Raja Ampat entrance tag design contest. 

After three weeks of public voting, Marcio Lisa won first place in the 2009 Raja Ampat Tourism Entry Tag Contest with his dramatic silhouette of a manta ray. In second place was Marli Wakeling’s portrait of a squid, and in third, a split image of a small island with a school of fish beneath the surface of the water.

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Photokina: World of Imaging live coverage report Photo

Photokina: World of Imaging live coverage report

Sharon Rainis, of Fantasea Line, is live on the floor covering the Photokina: World of Imaging exhibition in Cologne, Germany and looking for new underwater products:

Every two years some 160,000 visitors from 140 countries attend Photokina to fact-find the entire range of products and services in modern image communication.

This year’s show is a special one for all underwater photographers and underwater photography manufacturers. Visitors to the 2008 Photokina Show will be treated to the first-ever “Underwater Imaging World at Photokina”...

Continue reading for news from the show - updated with final coverage and concluding remarks!

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Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 3: The Housing Crisis Photo

Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 3: The Housing Crisis

When thinking about any large purchase, I’ve a tendency to “buy the good one first” rather than buying a lesser version only to upgrade later. Regardless of the expense of the initial item, it’s increased by having bought a “gap version” in the interim.

In this case, rather than buy a lesser camera in a modest housing which would need to be upgraded later, I decided to spend what was necessary to match my needs. Ideally, my skills could grow into the abilities of the rig and the rig would not limit (within reason) what I could do. I didn’t want to “under-buy”, but over-buying didn’t make sense either. (By the way, never do a “cost-per-dive” analysis unless you dive A LOT.) I was gonna “go big” right from the start…

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Final call for voting in Raja Ampat Tag Competition 2009 Photo

Final call for voting in Raja Ampat Tag Competition 2009

Hello, readers! This is a last call to vote for the image that will be used on the 2009 Raja Ampat park tag, which will be attached to every visiting diver’s BCD. The voting deadline is on Thursday, September 25, 2008. It only takes a minute or two, so vote now!

On a serious note, we’ve noticed some strange voting activity. It appears that some people are creating new users solely for the purpose of voting in the tag contest. We’ve analyzed the logs—it’s pretty obvious,  so I’ve changed the voting logic to try to account for some of this.  We are not saying that you shouldn’t encourage all of your friends to come vote. Just don’t try to game the system.

OK—vote away!

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Manta Fest 2008 closing words Photo

Manta Fest 2008 closing words

Our time in Yap has come to an end.  We would like to thank the entire staff of the Manta Ray Bay Hotel and Yap Divers for hosting us for the first two weeks of Manta Fest 2008.

We had several Wetpixel members arrive over the previous few days and have had some great dives with them so far.  Todd Mintz (aka Yasemtough) was welcomed in proper Yapese fashion with an up close and personal visit from Valerina, one of the friendliest mantas here.  As she moved slowly toward the cleaning station, she decided to check out Todd instead.  With a few graceful beats of her wings, she hovered inches away from Todd’s camera…

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