Seacam Nikon D200 underwater housing and strobe
Sometimes, new products get buried in expo reports. At ADEX, I handled Seacam’s new strobe and Nikon D200 underwater housing. While I was taking pictures of the products, Harald said, “I don’t even have photos of these, yet! It seems North America always gets them first.”
If you’re interested in seeing the new Seacam D200 housing or strobe, check out the gear page of the ADEX report.
Manta Rays now protected in Hawaii
A research conducted by Manta Pacific Research Foundation and the University of Hawaii has concluded that populations of Manta Rays along the Hawaiian Islands are vulnerable. This research led to a legislation that has just passed at Hawaii’s Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources.
The Resolution calls for the establishment of a working group to protect the batoidea order, including manta rays, from poaching and fishing in Hawaiian waters. Specifically, it directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) with researching and pursuing all possible means of protecting manta rays, and drafting proposed administrative rules to prevent poaching, fishing, or killing manta rays.
ULCS introduces accessory neck ball (AC-NB)
Ultralight has built a new part that attaches to the neck section beneath the ball of any ULCS base adapter or arm segment, forming an excellent way to mount accessory focus lights.
This new part, called AC-NB (accessory neck ball), comes as two parts that encircle the neck of every other ULCS parts. The base ball is adjustable, allowing 360 degree movement of the spotting light adapter.
Wetpixel Photo of the Week Contest
Some of you may have noticed that POTW #128 didn’t go online as expected earlier this week. It’s online now, so go on over and submit your best images taken at night!
We’ve been getting some fantastic POTW entries. Remember: the POTW contest doesn’t work unless you vote each week. Winners receive a free Ikelite PC light!
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ADEX 2006 Travel Specials
FiNS Online has posted the special “Fly & Dive” travel packages offered by Nemo Travel during ADEX last weekend. The reduced local pricing was originally restricted to ADEX members for booking during the expo, but we convinced Nemo Travel and FiNS to extend them to Wetpixel members for an additional week.
Specials include deals to Indonesia, Sabah, PNG, Palau, Australia, the Philippines, and more. Rates are listed in Singapore Dollars (1 USD = approx 1.6 SGD), and are quite good. If you’re planning a trip to the Asia Pacific, you should definitely check out these deals! You must contact Nemo Travel by April 30th in order to get the discounted fares. Tell Nemo you were referred by Wetpixel.
ADEX 2006 Asia Dive Expo Report
ADEX is tiny compared to shows in the United States and Europe, and I was told beforehand by more than one person to “not expect much.” But what I discovered when I arrived was a tight network of dive operators, tourism representatives, manufacturers, distributors, publishers, editors, and photographers working together to further the industry as a whole (for the most part). Three days hardly seemed like enough time to meet and befriend all of the people I wanted to see, and evenings were spent out dining and hanging out at bars, often into the early hours of the morning…
- World’s largest aquatic insect discovered in China (via )
- Blackmagic design updates camera firmware to version 1.8.2 (via )
- Adobe releases Camera Raw release candidate version 8.6 (via )
- Free Aperture to Lightroom migration tool in open beta (via )
- Seahorses growl when stressed study shows (via )
- Artist Nathaniel Stern and his team make underwater scans (via )
- Japan’s prime minister confirms whale hunt to resume in… (via )
- Nikon NX-D software to be released for free in a week (via )
- Stunning school of mobula rays NG photo of the day (via )
- New TSA rules require batteries to be charged before flights (via )