BtS announces buoyancy float system
Beneath the Sea (BtS) has released a float system for their arms. Constructed of a high density foam, each 2” (50mm) segment offers 4 oz (113g) of buoyancy. The floats are available in 3 kits to suit differing length BtS arms.
Sony announces the PXW-X70 camcorder
Sony has announced the release of a pro XDCAM camcorder which will be upgraded to be 4K enabled later in 2014. The PXW-X70 camera has Wi-Fi control and a 1” type Exmor® R CMOS sensor with a Zeiss Varion Sonnar T lens.
Cannon warns about some third party batteries
In a PSA video posted on YouTube, Canon USA have warned about inferior production techniques in some third party batteries. They aren’t against using 3rd party batteries per se; they are simply concerned that users are able to identify those that are safe to use and has been produced to the correct specifications.
Scientific American’s antidote to Shark Week
Ikelite offers optical slave converter
Ikelite has released an optical converter for use with their DS1, DS160 and DS161 strobes. Suitable for off camera use, it will give manual exposure control of the strobe and will ignore pre-flashes. Uniquely, it can also accept a fiber optic cable, allowing it to be used to trigger Ikelite strobes via an optical signal.
BBC offers underwater camera operator bursary
The BBC is advertising a bursary to develop an individual as an underwater camera operator. The successful applicant will need a strong diving background and ideally will already be shooting underwater in 4K. He or she will be a part of the OCEAN production team, which is the next series in the Blue Planet and Planet Earth stable of programs. Filming is due to commence in January 2015.
Ikelite announces housing for Nikon D810
Ikelite has announced their housing for the Nikon D810 SLR. It features TTL flash exposure control, polycarbonate construction and is compatible with Ikelite’s port system. It ships with zoom/focus gears and an aluminum tray as standard.
James Cameron’s Deep Sea 3D in theaters today
James Cameron’s latest endeavor, Deep Sea 3D, is in US theaters beginning today. The 3D film documents Cameron’s journey to construct a submarine capable of transporting him to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and subsequent dive to get there. The Mariana Trench is unique in that it is almost seven miles down, the deepest part of the ocean.
- 11 More pilot whales found dead in Florida Keys (via )
- Local Hawaiians killing Monk Seals (via )
- Review of the Nikon AW1 (via )
- December edition of DIVEMAG now available to download (via )
- Japanese super sub discovered off Hawaii (via )
- December issue of DIVE magazine available to download (via )
- Seahorse shape aids stealth hunting techniques (via BBC)
- Protecting underwater real estate for fish (via )
- NOAA and state shark fin bans (via )
- New marine conservation zones for UK (via BBC)