Inon X-2 housing system for LUMIX GF1 available
Inon has announced the release of an aluminum housing system for the popular Panasonic LUMIX GF1 micro four thirds camera. The system consists of the X-2 housing, dome and flat ports that support the following lenses: 8mm/F3.5 Fisheye, 20mm/F1.7 Pancake, 45mm/F2.8 Macro, 14-45mm/F3.5–F5.6 Zoom and 7–14mm/F4 Zoom and the M1 grip base tray. The housing will support S-TTL and all the ports use optical coated lenses.
Adobe Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2 release candidates available
Adobe has announced release candidates for Lightroom (version 3.2) and Camera RAW (version 6.2) on Adobe Labs. The release candidate status means that they are almost ready for release, but will benefit from additional beta testing. Adobe has never released a “.1” version of Lightroom, although there is a Camera RAW 6.1 release.
The new versions will extend RAW support to other camera models, add additional lens profiles, and fix some bugs in the earlier releases. Lightroom 3.2 now allows publishing directly to Facebook from the library module.
Video tribute to Wes Skiles
Axel Sproul has posted a powerful tribute to the late Wes Skiles on Vimeo. It includes film shot of Wes during cave diving projects, as well as interviews with him. Wes Skiles died on July 21, 2010 while diving off Boynton Beach, FL. His career included many credits in broadcast television and film for PBS and National Geographic.
Call for entries: Wild and Scenic Film Festival
The ninth annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival will be held in Nevada City over 14-16 January 2011. The festival showcases environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing it, and the work communities are doing to help protect it. Entries for the festival are now open and close September 30.
Layang Layang Digital Photo Shootout 2011
Layang Layang Island Resort has announced that they will hold their “Digital Photo Shootout” from 20 to 26 July 2011. Last held in 2008, there will be over $30,000 worth of prizes available for the 2011 event, and the judges will include Settimio Ciprianni, Rocky Chang, Kurt Svrcula and Mike Veitch. There are only two entry categories: wide-angle and macro.
Out now: X-Ray magazine issue 37
X-Ray magazine issue 37 is now available as a free download. This issue focuses on polar diving, with articles about the Antarctic Peninsula, Greenland, the Russian Arctic and diving the Central Arctic. Polar explorer and photographer Göran Ehlmé is profiled by Peter Symes, and Lawson Wood asks “Why Digital?” in the underwater photography section.
Call for entries: Ocean Art Underwater photo competition
Underwater Photography Guide has announced its first annual Ocean Art photographic competition. There will be $62,000 worth of prizes on offer, including over 25 liveaboard and resort packages with trips on the Arenui, Solmar V, and Febrina liveaboards up for grabs. Winners will be able to choose their own prize based on what is available. The contest has 11 different categories, including novice dSLR and 3 for compact cameras.
This will be an excellent opportunity for compact camera shooters to have a real chance at winning a great prize and judges will include Martin Edge, Chris Newbert, Marty Snyderman and Bonnie Pelnar.
Information can be found on the contest page. The deadline for entries in 14 November.
Dr. Carl Safina to receive 2010 Sylvia Earle award
BLUE Ocean Film Festival has named Dr. Carl Safina as recipient of the 2010 Sylvia Earle award. The award is given annually to people who have shown outstanding advocacy for the worlds oceans. Dr. Safina has written five books about the nature of our relationship with nature, and is president of the Blue Ocean Institute. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the Golden State Theater, Monterey, California on 28 August during the BLUE Ocean Film Festival.
- Brian Skerry’s new book Sharks (via )
- A drop of water used as a lens (via )
- Canon updates firmware for EOS 5DS and 5DS R to v.1.1.1 (via )
- Humpback whales return to NYC in large numbers (via )
- DiCaprio and Mexican government draft plan to save Vaquita (via )
- Asian nations make plastic oceans promise (via )
- Great whites spotted off Santa Cruz beach (via )
- 10,000 coral transplanted in Bonaire (via )
- Nikon releases KeyMission 360/170 utility version 1.0.3. (via )
- After Effects CC version 14.2.1 is available (via )