O-Ring care for the new underwater shooter Photo

O-Ring care for the new underwater shooter

One of the most discussed items on the forums revolve around the simplest part of the underwater image maker’s arsenal; the o-ring. Steve Douglas takes a step-by-step look at the use and preparation of these simple yet vital components. His article provides hands-on guidance for the new housing owner, and a revision for the experienced shooter.

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Olympus E-PL2 housing pictures leaked Photo

Olympus E-PL2 housing pictures leaked

43 Rumours has already leaked the release of the Olympus E-PL2 EVIL camera due to be released at CES on 6 January. It also appears that Olympus will announce a new housing at the same time. The new housing seems smaller than the existing E-PL1 housing as it appears to have lost the bump that was built-in to accommodate the optional electronic viewfinder. Pictures of an Olympus housing for the new XZ1 compact have also been leaked.

Port compatibility, available lens configurations, prices and availability are to be confirmed.

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RED EPIC camera stolen Photo

RED EPIC camera stolen

The first RED EPIC camera to be released has been stolen in what appears to be a general burglary from a chalet in Meribel, France. EPIC camera number 0006, owned by Mark Pederson, CTO of Offhollywood studios, was stolen while he and his family slept, their front door having been forced open. Also stolen was cash and an Angenieux Optimo 15-40mm (s/n1591382) lens.

Jim Jannard, founder of RED, has offered a $100,000 reward for:

“The safe return of EPIC #00006 and the rest of the system including the media with Mark’s files… and the arrest and conviction of those that broke into Mark’s chalet in France.”

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Happy New Year from Wetpixel Photo

Happy New Year from Wetpixel

Wetpixel wishes you all a very happy New Year: May your diving be safe, you image-making rewarding, and your ventures profitable! Many thanks for all your support and contributions during 2010.

We are looking forward to some exciting layout changes on the site in 2011, as well as more great discussion in the forums. Please stay tuned as the year progresses.

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Gates adds correction lenses to Panasonic AG-3DA1 Photo

Gates adds correction lenses to Panasonic AG-3DA1

The Panasonic 3DA1 is an ideal tool for underwater 3D film making. However, as the two “eyes” or lenses are fixed relative to each other, this brings about some challenges. Effectively, this means that it has a fairly narrow field of view and 8 foot minimum convergence for the eyes. Hence, wide shots are a problem, and subjects closer than 8 feet will be off the screen in the positive 3D space, and may not make for comfortable viewing.

Gates Underwater Products has attacked this by adding conversion lenses to the camera. The lenses are from Zunow with a front aluminum bezel, which actually replaces the camera’s own, machined by Gates. This makes the camera truly usable underwater (and above too) as the lens both increases the field of view dramatically and allows the 3DA1 to converge closer; down to 5 feet. The lenses are 0.6x magnification, and the Gates 3DA1 housing has been extended to accommodate them. Please contact Gates directly for price and availability information.

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Underwater Photography Magazine issue 58 available Photo

Underwater Photography Magazine issue 58 available

The January/February edition of Underwater Photography magazine (UwP) is available as a free download. Issue 58 includes Alex Mustard’s review of the Nikon D7000, Chris Mitchell’s First Sardine Run, Working the Subject by Michael Gallagher and Rio Negro’s Amazons by Michel Braunstein among others. In addition there are pages of news, reviews and product announcements.

UwP magazine is a free download in pdf format.

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Creative Cow DSLR Video podcasts Photo

Creative Cow DSLR Video podcasts

Creative Cow has launched a series of podcast totorials for the DSLR user who is shooting video. Hosts Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman are planning to cover topics specific to DSLRs and current episodes include topics like understanding frame sizes, frame rates and memory cards. The episodes currentlt seem to be targeted towards the newcomer to video, rather than the seasoned pro.

The podcasts are free to download on iTunes.

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R.I.P. Kodachrome Photo

R.I.P. Kodachrome

The Telegraph reports the final “retirement” of Kodachrome film as the last machine capable of processing it ran out of developing chemicals last Thursday. Dwayne’s Photo, a small family business in Parsons, Kansas, was the last place Kodachrome could be developed. Kodak announced in June 2009 that it would stop making the chemicals needed for the process, but had committed to supply Dwayne’s until the end of 2010.

First launched in 1935, it has been in use for 75 years, and has been superseded by digital technologies over the last decade. Many photographers will remember the excitement generated by the processed slides arriving, often weeks or months after the images were captured. R.I.P. Kodachrome.

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