Gates releases housing for Canon HF-S30 and HF-S20 / S21 / S200 Photo

Gates releases housing for Canon HF-S30 and HF-S20 / S21 / S200

Gates Underwater Products has announced the release of a housing for the Canon HF-S30 and HF-S20 / S21 / S200 camcorders. It features a large 5.5in/14cm diagonal window for a wide viewing angles of the 3.5” diagonal camera LCD, which doubles as a viewfinder. Full camera functions are accessible on the HF-S30 via the Canon IR remote, which fits into the housing to provide white balance, teleconverter and all embedded menu functions.

The Gates HF-S30 housing is available now.

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African Diver issue 16 available Photo

African Diver issue 16 available

The April/May issue of African Diver is now available for download. In issue 16, there is a moving tribute to Witold Smilowski, Georgina Jones writes on South African Fur Seals, Doctor Simon Pierce on Chasing Giants, and the featured photographer is Geoff Spilby.

African Diver is available as a free download in a pdf format.

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GoPro acquires CineForm Photo

GoPro acquires CineForm

GoPro, maker of the GoPro HERO POV camcorders has announced that it has acquired the video compression and workflow company CineForm. CineForm is well-known for its 444 Codec, which is designed to allow fast and convenient editing of HD and 3D footage. CineForm will become a division of GoPro.

GoPro plan to incorporate “GoPro CineForm” Codec into their soon to be released 3D HERO system.

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DEEP Indonesia 2011: Full results announced Photo

DEEP Indonesia 2011: Full results announced

The full results for the Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide DEEP Indonesia competition have been announced. Many congratulations to best of show winner Erin Quigley with her stellar image of a Great White shark from Isla Guadalupe and to everyone else who participated. I think it is fair to say that most of the photographers in the placings are also Wetpixel members! There were over $51,000 in prizes available, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Thousands of entries from around the world continue to set the competition quality higher each year.

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Review: Tachyon XC HD camcorder Photo

Review: Tachyon XC HD camcorder

Steve Douglas reviews the Tachyon XC HD cam. This new POV camcorder comes equipped with various mounts, an LCD display, a 120° fisheye lens and it is waterproof to 100 feet (30 meters). However, once the cam is “locked” into its sealed underwater mode, the start/stop function can no longer be accessed.

Tachyon also produce a side-by-side mount to allow for two cams to be used to produce 3D footage.

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Amphibico announces two new housings Photo

Amphibico announces two new housings

Amphibico has announced that it plans to release two new housings. The first is a redesign of the Endeavor housing, to take the Canon XF105/100. This will feature two electronic hand grips, access to full camera functions, a hydrophone for clear sharp sound recording, top mounted 3.5” standard digital monitor and a depth rate of 330 feet. The housing will be available in April at a price of $4995 (excluding ports and lenses).

The second is a new housing for the Sony PMW-F3 camera. Amphibico has not yet released specific details, but have indicated that the housing will be released in August this year.

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Expedition: Whale shark aggregation near Isla Mujeres, August 2011 Photo

Expedition: Whale shark aggregation near Isla Mujeres, August 2011

Every summer, hundreds of whale sharks aggregate off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to feed on bonito spawn. Last year, we had a group of at least 250 whale sharks In an area the size of a couple football fields. Wetpixel has chartered the Lilly M, a comfortable sportfish boat, and will be bringing a few photographers along to capture the incredible experience. The trips will be led by world-renowned photographer, Douglas Seifert, and are in August, 2011.

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Eric Cheng and Sterling Zumbrunn launch Noodletron Photo

Eric Cheng and Sterling Zumbrunn launch Noodletron

Wetpixel publisher Eric Cheng has joined forces with Wetpixel Moderator Sterling Zumbrunn to launch Noodletron, a website that will cover the very latest in technology, photography, and social media. Eric and Sterling share a passion for cameras, mobile computers, workflow efficiency and the tools that help them work smarter. The site will cover the latest apps for Mac, iOS and Android platforms, as well as developments in the world of photography and video.

The site has launched with a gigantic iPad 2 review.

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