Canon 30D Announced
Canon announced their latest 30D DLSR today. The camera is a mild update of the popular 20D camera, with one of the most notable features being a new large 2.5” LCD screen. This large screen is likely to appeal to underwater shooters enabling them to make a better evaluation of their shots while diving. That said the button positions on the back are different from the 20D meaning it will not fit into existing housings. And with few other specification advances over the 20D, I would not expect many housing manufacturers to be building new housings for this camera, especially because the 5D is proving such a popular camera with its FF sensor.
Nikon announces new 105mm macro lens
Today Nikon has announced the world’s first macro lens (offering reproduction ratios of up to 1:1) equipped with Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM - Internal Focusing) and Vibration Reduction (VR) systems. The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens also has a Nano Crystal Coat and Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass. For use with both Nikon DX format digital and new generation 35mm film SLR cameras (it is a G type lens, lacking an aperture ring).
Aquatica Canon 5D Housing Photos
This is old news, but Wetpixel user Brian Cripe has posted images of the Aquatica underwater housing for the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR in our user forums. Brian should be receiving his housing in a few days, and we eagerly await his first impressions.
From the Forums: Supermacro
Wetpixel member Rand McMeins has just returned from the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia and has started a very interesting discussion about shooting supermacro. Rand uses a combination of 105mm lens, 2x teleconverter and Woody’s dioptre on his APS-C sensor D2X to achieve very high magnification combined with good depth of field. Rand is becoming well known as a master of this technique having recently won the top award in the Turks and Caicos postage stamp competition with one of his supermacro images. Visit the forums to join in the discussion and pick up his tips first hand.
Alex Mustard Seminar - Feb. 15th
Wetpixel Admin and award-winning photographer Alex Mustard will be giving a talk at the February BSOUP meeting in London entitled: TECHNICAL TALK - ALEX MUSTARD: SHOOTING FISH. According to Alex, “Taking pictures of the cool fish we see while diving is what prompted many of us to pick up cameras in the first place” says Alex. “However, great fish photos remain elusive and are always a challenge”. Alex will share his tips for finding and getting close to the subject. He will also discuss various options for framing, lighting and composing fish images. As ever, Alex’s talk will be full of tips and ideas to try so don’t forget your pen and paper.” Not only will this talk be of interest to digital photography enthusiasts, but it will also appeal to all photographers with an interest in natural history subjects.
X-Ray Magazine Issue #9 available for download
Our friends over at X-Ray Magazine have released issue #9, which is available for download (free!) in PDF format. As usual, you can download either the entire magazine or individual sections separately. I highly recommend the download; as usual, the issue is filled with fantastic underwater images.
Issue #9 blurb: “FOCUS: PHILIPPINES: Dumaguate - Ligpo Island - Malapascua - Dauin - Profile: Phil Nyutten :: Guadalupe Sharks :: Worlds Deepest Wreck Dive :: Portfolio: Ray Troll : Valentines Gifts :: The First Frogmen, part 2 :: Nova Scotia :: Photography and Travelling”
The Stress Relief Button
Travel is a very stressful adventure for the underwater photographer. Many of the world’s best dive locations are remote, situated far from mankind’s influence. The lack of civilisation that makes these spots so desirable environmentally also ensures that there is not a handy camera shop on the corner waiting to fix any problems.
Our worries get a lot worse when we start to take pictures. Before shooting digital, I spent almost 20 years exposing film underwater, and whenever I was away I would have no real idea how I was doing. Certainly experience reassures us we are doing fine, but we can only remember what it looked like through the viewfinder and hope that our black box of mechanics and electronics is working properly…
Aquatica bundles Henrichs Weikamp iTTL converters
Aquatica is making available on all of its housings the Heinrichs Weikamp ittl converter. This small unobtrusive adaptor connects discretely inside the housing between the bulkhead and hot shoe adaptor allowing full ittl capability with many different strobes. Although it is currently incorporating the converter into only its Nikon-base housings, it will soon add this board to its Canon line as well. Aquatica will also retrofit this board into all of their older housings on request.
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