Watershot Digital Announces Canon 350d and Speedlite 580EX Housings
We received a pre-DEMA press release from Watershot Digital announcing two new products. The 350D housing will be machined from aluminum in a compact ergonomic design, has full control access and an optional 45 degree angled 1.2x magnification action finder. The Speedlite 580EX housing will be injected molded polycarbonate with full control access, dome type flash port and integral laser pointer. Check their new website for full details.
Hugy D70 Review
A month ago I purchased a Hugyfot Nikon D70(s) housing as a follower to my much loved Hugy Atlan 81 for the Nikon F80. At the same time I also promised to write up a short review for Wetpixel on the the housing. The housing, as can be expected from Hugyfot/Greenforce is very well made by CNC machining out of a solid block of aluminium. The finish is satin dark grey, not painted but I suppose anodised. It feels very nice in the hand.
Wetpixel adds Consumer Review area
As many of you know, we have long been searching for a way for our community to formally review underwater photography equipment. The new Consumer Review area of Wetpixel provides a place for our users (and the greater online photography community) to add their own reviews of both topside and underwater photography and video equipment.
To power the new section, Wetpixel has teamed up with PCPhotoREVIEW.com and PhotographyREVIEW.com, two of the oldest and best online resources for digital camera and related photo equipment reviews by consumers.
Note that the items and categories in the Consumer Review area are not yet fully developed, and new products may take some time to be added and categorized properly.
Adobe Camera Raw 3.2 released
Adobe has released the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in version 3.2, which adds support for select Panasonic, Hasselblad, Konica Minolta, Leaf, Leica, and Nikon (D2Hs, D70s, D50) cameras. Along with the 3.2 release is a new DNG (“Digital Negative”) raw format converter.
Nikon service advisory for D2H, D70, N55
Nikon has issued a service advisory for its D2H, D70, and N55 digital SLRs, which in some circumstances have known electrical problems. If your D2H, D70, or N55 is locking up or will not autofocus, Nikon will repair it free of charge even if it is out of warranty.
Olympus E-500 DSLR and New Macro Lens
Update: Two weeks after our first posting, Olympus makes the announcement official. See the article at DPreview for full details.
A dutch website yesterday released some information about a new “entry level” DSLR from Olympus utilizing the 4/3 system. Also included was information about a macro lens with a 35mm focal length (70mm in 35mm equivalent) capable of doing 2:1 (35mm equivalent). I’m sure we’ll have some more information soon, so watch this space. Also of interest is the un-official Olympus 4/3 lens chart - which now shows some 3rd party (Sigma) lenses planned or available for this new mount.
Today I found a page on the unofficial 4/3s website about this camera.
Fantasea announces WiFi housing and more
Fantasea is unveiling a suite of new products at this year’s upcoming DEMA convention in Las Vegas, including the first ever consumer housing for a WiFi digital camera (the Nikon P1 and P2). Other products include a Nikon SB-800 flash housing, Nikon Coolpix S1, S2, S3, L1 camera housings, a Nikon DSLR D50 housing, and a Canon DSLR 350D. Later on this year, they will have a housing for the Sunpak PZ40X NE-1 iTTL, an iTTL-compatible flash for Nikon digital SLRs. Fantasea will be in DEMA booth 3012.
Wetpixel adds new Scientific Photography forum
The brand-new Scientific Photography Forum is dedicated to discussion about using digital images as a scientific tool for recording data, communicating to peers, and supporting education/outreach projects for the public. While everyone is encouraged to post there, the forum is specifically designed to promote discussions among scientists, conservationists and educators that use or would like to use digital photography in their work.
Stay tuned. Moderator Dr. James B. Wood will kick start the forum by posting several ways he uses photography in his work. If you’re using photography in your work as a scientist, conservationist, or educator, please tell us how you use your work!
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