UK-Germany 45° Viewfinder
Housing manufacturer UK-Germany has announced a new 45° viewfinder. Wetpixel member Helge Suess has posted several photos and details about it in our forums. According to Helge:
The finder has an angle of view of about 40° at a distance of approximately 45mm from the rear lens. This allows to view the whole viewfinder area with a mask at a scale of 1:1. It has a ball lock to snap in position at 90° steps when rotated. The finder is not restricted to UK-GERMANY housings. It is available to all housing manufactureres and DIY projects, and may be easily customized to fit housings on request.
No pricing information was made available yet.
Amazon.com pulls shark fin products from inventory
Victory! Today, Amazon has pulled all shark fin related products from their offering. No official statement has yet been made by the company; however it appears that they have chosen the ecologically responsible path.
Wetpixel brought this issue to the public in a post dated Jan 1 (followed by a front-page post on Jan 4). Within hours, members caused this story to spread like wildfire to many major media outlets around the world. Members pressed on, and after only 10 days of protest, a major corporation has pulled an objectionable product line from their offering. This is an impressive feat—a testament to the power of the internet to inform and drive action. In the uphill battle to save shark populations from extinction, there are some wins. Way to go, folks!
*UPDATE*: If you would like to voice your support for Amazon’s decision to remove shark fin products and press them to take a public stand on this issue, please feel free to you use the following text: (continue for full text)...
Shawn Heinrichs joins moderating team for conservation
Please join me in welcoming Shawn Heinrichs to the Wetpixel moderating team! Shawn will help to promote and lead discussions related to conservation and environmental issues.
About Shawn: Shawn Heinrichs is an independent videographer and filmmaker who specializes in underwater and adventure travel. His passion and work have taken him to the corners of the planet in pursuit of wild encounters with some of the oceans’ most impressive creatures. Shawn is dedicated to marine conservation and is active in a number of conservation initiatives. His video offers a perfect medium to capture the majesty of the underwater realm and communicate it to the world, in hopes of creating increased public appreciation, understanding, and action. Shawn shoots in high-definition with a Sony HDV-FX1 in a Light and Motion housing.
Remember, we have other moderators, too! If you’re interested in seeing the team behind Wetpixel.com, please check out the About Wetpixel page.
CES brings new HD camcorders from Sony, JVC, and Sanyo
At CES, a few manufacturers announced new HD camcorders. Sony produced two new camcorders to replace the HDR-HC3, the HDR-HC5 and HDR-HC7. Both have a higher resolution CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario lens and rated at 2 lux minimum, recording in HDV.
JVC showcased their HDD Everio GZ-HD7. The 3CCD camcorder uses the AVCHD codec, writing to a 60GB hard disk for up to 5 hours of HD recording and more at lower resolutions. Fujinon supplies the 10X optical lens and also the mounting system for the 3 1/5” CCDs.
Sanyo presented the successor for the Xacti VPC-HD1, the Xacti VPC-HD2. Boasting to be the smallest HD camcorder, the little camcorder shoots 720P Mpeg4 onto SDHC memory cards. And it can shoot 7 megapixel still pictures as well.
First look at Fantasea FD-40 housing for Nikon D-40 dSLR
Diving and watersports photo accessories manufacturer Fantasea Line has provided Wetpixel with first-release images and information about the upcoming FD-40 housing for the Nikon D-40 digital SLR.
Due out in mid-February, the FD-40 will retail for around $1099, and will come standard with a full-range zoom port and one year of flood insurance. The housing will have a 5-pin standard Nikonos-type sync port and will work in iTTL with Fantasea’s FSB-800 strobe housing.
Look inside for additional details and to view the photos…
OWU/DEEP contest entry deadline extended 12 hours
Deadline for Our World Underwater and DEEP 2007 competitions
The January 7, 2007 deadline for the 2nd Annual Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide International Photo & Video Competition and DEEP Indonesia 2007 Underwater Photography Competition is Jan 8 at 12PM NOON, Pacific Time!
We can’t imagine anyone would pass up a chance to win a part of over USD $55,000 in prizes, ranging from 21 different dive trips around the world to an extensive selection of dive and photography gear.
Winning images in the Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide competition will be announced and presented at the Our World Underwater festival in Chicago between Feb 9-11, 2007, and winners of both competitions will have their images printed in some of the most popular dive magazines in the world (see contest site for publishing partners).
Submit your entries before it’s too late! For more details, visit UnderwaterCompetition.com.
Claude Ruff photographs, creates ‘le Rubis’ panorama
On a trip to Egypt last May, Wetpixel member Claude Ruff (Claude) decided that a panorama would be a unique way to capture the well-known wreck of le Rubis submarine. Claude took the time to write about how it all came together:
It’s about 200 feet long and 30 feet high! There was just one problem: there are generally a lot of people there…knees in the sand, moving forward slowly, I took a bit more than 80 shots during about 20 minutes…
Keep reading to see the impressive final product, a composite of 30 images painstakingly blended together. The panorama was first posted in the “Your favorite shot of 2006” discussion - be sure to contribute your own favorite photograph!
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