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Dyron releases a macro lens, dome ports and lens adaptors Photo

Dyron releases a macro lens, dome ports and lens adaptors

Dyron has announced the release of a new macro lens, two dome ports and several new lens adaptors. The Double Macro M77 lens features dual coated lenses to limit distortion and the company now also offers an adaptor that allows any M77 threaded lens to be attached externally to Subal, Ikelite, Hugyfot or Seacam macro ports. This gives the option of adding an external diopter, or the Double Macro M77, to increase magnification to these ports. We have one on its way and will be reviewing it soon. Other new ports include a small hemispherical optical glass dome port for Ikelite and Nauticam housings. The dome is suitable for use with most fish-eye lenses.

Lastly, Dyron has released an AD (Inon) mount adaptor for the Recsea S90 and S95 housings.

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Sealux releases CD7000 housing for Nikon D7000 Photo

Sealux releases CD7000 housing for Nikon D7000

Sealux has announced the release of the CD7000 housing for the Nikon D7000 camera. It features access to the following camera controls: ON-OFF, display illumination, release knob, mode, plus-minus correction key, front adjustment wheel, AF/AE lock, multi-function selector, AF-pre-measuring field selection with enlarged key distance. AF-measuring field control, white-balance, ISO-adjustment, keys for replay, delete, menu, protect, picture index, detail enlargement, OK, info and LiveView. The left side is equipped with zoom or manual focusing, release and flash exposure correction.

The camera is carried on a special saddle and fitted inside the front part of the housing. It comes with one iTTL electric flash socket as standard. The housing is available to order now, and costs 2,033.00 euros.

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Apple updates Aperture to version 3.1.2 Photo

Apple updates Aperture to version 3.1.2

Apple has announced an update for Aperture, bringing the program to version 3.1.2. This aims to improve overall performance, and includes some specific fixes for known issues. These include: Addressing an issue that prevented referenced images from being reconnected in the library, fixing issues that made the computer cease responding whilst using brushes and displaying incorrect white balance values for some images. The fix also upgrades the compatibility of exported XMP Sidecar files with third-party applications.

The update is free for Aperture 3 users; and is available via Software Update or the Apple support site.

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Review: GoPro HERO HD LCD BacPac monitor Photo

Review: GoPro HERO HD LCD BacPac monitor

Steve Douglas presents a review of the GoPro BacPac LCD monitor. In it, he highlights that the GoPro HERO HD camera has opened up new creative opportunities for filmmakers, but this has been frustrated by the difficulties of trying to compose and frame subjects without a viewfinder or monitor. The new monitor can be easily retro-fitted to exisiting GoPro HERO cameras, and is supplied with housing backs that allow the existing underwater housing to be adapted for use with it. Steve concludes:

“With their new LCD BacPac, GoPro has succeeded in fulfilling GoPro owners wishes and married them to a low-cost solution.”

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Nauticam releases NA-60D housing for EOS 60D Photo

Nauticam releases NA-60D housing for EOS 60D

Nauticam has announced the release of the NA-60D housing for the Canon EOS 60D SLR. The new housing features: New-style locking latches (as on the Nauticam NA-D7000), a lens release lever, an ISO thumb lever, ergonomically placed AF-ON button, two-stage shutter release and an improved rear command dial control.

It will be available from 31 March at a US retail price of $3000.

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Bluewater Photo launches monthly photo contest Photo

Bluewater Photo launches monthly photo contest

Bluewater Photo has launched the first of its monthly theme photo contests on Facebook. Images entered will be available for public voting, with the winning images being the ones with the most votes. The competitions are free to enter, and each will have prizes for the winners. All submitted images must have been taken in last year and the each entrant is limited to three entries per contest.

The theme for the first competition is “blue” and the deadline for entries is 31 March.

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Ikelite releases housing for Canon EOS 600D Photo

Ikelite releases housing for Canon EOS 600D

Ikelite has announced the release of a housing for the Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i). It is constructed of heavy-duty clear polycarbonate and is rated to 200 feet (60m). It will be slightly negative in fresh water depending on choice of lens port. Controls are provided for every camera function except the diopter adjustment dial with a large zoom control knob that can be reached without removing your hand from the handle. Recording start/stop while in video mode can also be controlled from the handle by the thumb of your right hand. The housing is supplied with the Super-Eye magnifier which enlarges the view of the camera’s viewfinder.

The housing is available to order now, and has a suggested retail price of $1400.

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New award-winning films on DiveFilm HD Photo

New award-winning films on DiveFilm HD

DiveFilm HD has posted three award-winning short films. Scheldt Estuary, Dutch National Park by Edward Snijders won silver in the Our World Underwater competition this year. It features the amazing life in the estuary, which is near Zeeland, Netherlands. Galapagos: Evolution to Extinction is an award-winning short film by Josh Jensen documenting some of the major environmental and ecological threats to the Galapagos Islands. It includes interviews with local experts from WildAid, Conservation International, and Sea Shepherd. Lastly, Hope by Simon Spear won gold in the Our World underwater competition. In it, humpback whales are depicted as giving hope for our ocean’s future.

All the above films are available as free downloads from the DiveFilm HD page on iTunes.

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