Underwater Journal issue #15 now available for download
Underwater Journal issue #15 is now available for download. Highlights from this issue include diving in the Bahamas, Humboldt Squid, Fiji’s Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Ice Diving in the Northeast and diving Curacao’s Christmas wreck.
The Underwater Journal is published six times a year by Wetpixel member Walt Stearns and is free for download.
Canon 1D Mark IV fits Aquatica’s current housing for Canon 1DS Mark III
Canon’s new flagship camera the Canon 1D Mark IV is a perfect fit for Aquatica’s current housing for the Canon 1DS Mark III. If you already own this housing and want to upgrade to a 1D Mark IV, no modifications are required and no function or access buttons are sacrificed when using the newer Canon body. Of particular note, access to the video mode requires no modification.
Access to the FEL button used to activate video capture was already in place as well as other important buttons such as exposure compensation, ISO and the illuminator button. Reassignment of these functions through the DSLR’s custom menu setting is not necessary. Visit the Aquatica website for more information.
How to win underwater photo competitions
DIVE Magazine have posted an article online by Dr Alex Mustard on ‘How to win underwater photo competitions’.
According to Alex “I feel as if I am in quite an unusual position at the moment, as I sit on both sides of the fence. I judge a lot of major competitions each year, but unlike nearly all the folks I judge with, I also still enter photo competitions (obviously not the same ones - that would be too easy). I tried to write the article from both perspectives.”
And while it is written for the upcoming BUIF comp, it can be considered generic for most underwater photography competitions. A great read for all those looking to submit photos throughout 2010.
Misool Eco Resort and Seven Seas Auction
Misool Eco Resort has announced plans to expand their existing 425 sq km No-Take Zone in Raja Ampat, Indonesia to over 1200 sq km. This will safeguard some of the world richest reefs against fishing, shark finning, blast fishing, and turtle poaching in an area twice the size of Singapore.
To help fund the expansion, Misool Eco Resort and The Seven Seas are auctioning off a 14-night combination trip in February 2011. A charter of 14 guests will be joined by renowned Conservation International marine scientists Dr Mark Erdmann and Dr Gerry Allen. The opening bid is 96,500 USD, and all the profits benefit the Daram Project. Auction closes 31 May 2010. Please visit Daram Project for more information
Canon 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3 Release Imminent
Canon’s long awaited firmware update for the 5D Mark II full frame SLR is due for release sometime later this month. The update adds frame rates of 24p and 25p and updates the 30p frame rate to 29.97 fps to match television production standards. In addition, audio capability has been increased, with the audio sampling increased to 48KHz, and a new manual levels control. A histogram display now facilitates exposure control during video capture. Aperture and Shutter Priority modes are now available when shooting video.
Sadly, this update does not bring the 5D Mark II parity with the manufacturer’s 7D and 1D Mark IV bodies, as the 720/60p frame rate is conspicuously absent. This is no doubt due to a limitation in the original hardware.The 5D Mark II helped spark a revolution in video acquisition using SLRs, and this firmware update represents an important step forward in harnessing that capability.
Underwater Photography Magazine #53 now available for download
The latest issue of Underwater Photography Magazine (UwP) is now available for download. Its a bumper 67-page issue full of news and helpful articles.
This issue has reviews of the Canon 7D and Aquatica housing, Olympus E620 as well as the Memory Kick storage device. There’s a big feature on Shooting Great White Sharks, a visit to the Dubai Aquarium, Underwater Seasons of marine life and a dive on a Sunken Goose! UwP Magazine is free to download and keep on your computer to read whenever you like.
Backscatter’s best point and shoot systems for 2010
Our friends Berkley White and Jim Decker over at Backscatter have again come up with an excellent article on their recommendations for the best underwater point and shoot systems for 2010.
This evaluation is a terrific resource if you’re deciding on your very first underwater camera system, upgrading to the latest and greatest, or searching for a back-up. Evaluation criteria in the list includes wide-angle lens compatibility, manual exposure control, highlight warnings and histograms, as well as slave TTL strobe capability. Read the full article at the Backscatter website here.
Barry Guimbellot designs DIY small dome port for CFWA
Close-focus wide angle photography and the limitations of large dome ports has been a hot topic of late. Wetpixel member Barry Guimbellot (Dupsbear) explores what it takes to build a small dome port for his Nexus housing:
After reading on Wetpixel about the luck Alex Mustard and some others were having with the Tokina lens and a 1.4X teleconverter, I decided to give the combination a try as well.
Frustration quickly set in as I found my large dome port would not let me get as close as I wanted for shooting close focus wide angle. Even more frustrating was the price of a small dome port for my lens, so I decided to build a small port for my Nexus housing…
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