Canon revises release dates for 8-15mm Fisheye and other lenses Photo

Canon revises release dates for 8-15mm Fisheye and other lenses

Canon USA has announced a revised release date for the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens, as well as other new lenses. It is now expected to be available from late July. Canon claim that it will be the world’s widest fisheye zoom lens, delivering an 180° diagonal angle of view on all EOS SLR cameras, from full-frame to APS-C, and providing full 180-degree circular fisheye images for full-frame EOS models. Suitable for still photographers and cinematographers, the lens will offer a unique perspective particularly when coupled with the highly popular full-frame EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera.

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens will have estimated retail price of $1,399.

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Call for entries: Divers for Africa photo contest Photo

Call for entries: Divers for Africa photo contest

Divers for Africa (DFA) are calling for entries for their third International Competition of Photography. The online competition is being held in conjunction with the DFA Dive Days 2011, and the prizes will be awarded on 25 June, 2011 during a gala evening event at “The Palace of Congress” in Florence, Ravenna, Italy.

Full entry details are available on the organizers’ website and the deadline for online entries is 31 May.

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Dyron releases new products Photo

Dyron releases new products

Dyron has released a series of new accessory products for compact and SLR housings. These include a new quick release mount for use with the Dyron Fisheye lens on Recsea S90/95 housings, a glass fisheye lens for Ikelite, Patima and RecSea housings that gives full circle (8mm) field of view, a macro wet lens/diopter with a 77mm thread and adaptors that allows the lens to be used on Subal, Seacam, Hugyfot and Ikelite macro ports.

We have had the M77 macro lens on test and will be reviewing it shortly.

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Review: Xit 404 Quad Ball adaptor Photo

Review: Xit 404 Quad Ball adaptor

More and more previously dedicated still shooters are now trying their hand at video, using the capabilities that now seem standard in each new SLR. This brings with it a raft of design problems for housing designers and users. Not least of these is the fact that we often now need to attach two different light sources to the housing.

Adam Hanlon reviews the Quad Ball adapter by Xit 404, which offers the user multiple attachment points for video/focus lights and strobes.

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Video: The bull sharks from Playa Photo

Video: The bull sharks from Playa

New non-governmental organization XOOC has published a mini-documentary about the bull sharks of Playa del Carmen, Mexico onto Vimeo. Twenty five sharks, including pregnant females, were caught by fishermen in the area during November 2010. The animals were taken for their fins and this effectively destroyed a fledgling shark tourism industry in the area.

The film attempts to underline that those sharks had the potential to be great sustainable assets to the tourist industry, and that these earning are now lost.

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Scuba Show announces film festival line-up Photo

Scuba Show announces film festival line-up

The Long Beach Scuba Show has announced the full line-up of films that will be shown during the event. The show will be held on 4 and 5 June at the Long Beach Convention Center and the films will be shown on a “mega-sized” screen in the exhibit hall.

Tickets for the show are now available.

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Tickets available for Bite-Back Ball Photo

Tickets available for Bite-Back Ball

Marine environmental charity Bite-Back has released tickets for the fifth annual Bite-Back at Cancer Ball, to be held in central London on 24 September. The fundraising evening will take place aboard RS Hispaniola, a decommissioned ferry permanently moored on the north bank of the River Thames and up to 130 participants will be able to enjoy a three-course dinner with wine, raffle, disco, fundraising roulette tables and the chance to bid for a series of prizes.

Tickets are priced at £65 until the end of July, and £75 thereafter. Proceeds from the black-tie event will go to Bite-Back’s Shark and Marine Conservation programme and to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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Sealux releases housing for Sony HDR-CX700 Photo

Sealux releases housing for Sony HDR-CX700

Sealux has announced the release of a new housing for the Sony HDR-CX700 camcorder. It is constructed of CNC milled aluminum which is then hard anodized. The camcorder is mounted onto a special saddle, to ensure the camera is correctly fitted and all camera function will be available via electronic or mechanical controls.

The new housing will be available soon and prices are to be confirmed.

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