When To Jump
One of the biggest hurdles facing the aspiring digital photographer is knowing which of the plethora of cameras to choose and when to get it. Digideep.com, a website dedicated to providing an overview of the digital underwater photography market, lists 773 different digital cameras and 483 digital camera housings! It is a confusing and intimidating ocean of choice. The selection problem is compounded when the new photographer then discovers that the camera they have been tirelessly researching is about to be replaced. Suddenly they are faced with the conundrum of waiting for the new model or buying the current one. And whenever you decide to look, there is always the promise of a new model just round the corner…
Ikelite announces DS200 Substrobe
The venerable Substrobe 200 now has the newest IC chips and IGBT circuitry allowing this ultra wide and ultra powerful strobe to be compatible with current digital cameras and any TTL circuitry included in our housings. State-of-the-art electronics provide a blazing 200 watt seconds of power recycling in an incredible 1.6 seconds…
HD Odyssey high-definition video expedition
Curious about High Definition Video? Join Connor Kirsch of Light & Motion and Sy Harris of Backscatter on an unforgettable trip aboard the Nautilus Explorer. In addition to housing demos and instructional seminars, HD Odyssey participants will receive a special discount on Light & Motion HD travel packages from Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the thrill of HD while diving in Guadalupe’s legendary, shark-filled waters. Come join this fun and educational event.
SHOOTUNDERWATER.COM Digital Pro Seminars
Tim Rock, Chris Bangs, and Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch are running two digital photography seminars in Yap and Bali in 2006. The Yap seminar focuses on photographing manta rays (July 12-19), and the Bali seminar focuses on macro photography (October 8-14).
Konica Minolta withdraw from camera and photo business
Konica Minolta has announced withdrawal plans for both its camera and photo businesses. They will withdraw from the film and digital camera business by March 31, 2006, film and paper by March 31, 2007, and all photo businesses by September 30, 2007. Konica Minolta’s will jointly develop digital SLRs with Sony “in order to continue to have [their] customers use Maxxum/Dynax lenses, and to maximize possibilities of the optical, mechanical and electronics technologies accumulated through development of SLR cameras in the years to come.” (thanks, Paul)
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition 2006
This is a call for entries for the 7th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition, scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, October 20 & 21, 2006 at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Each evening will feature a different program consisting of 14 to 16 short underwater films from locations all over the world. Here is your chance to see your work in a large-format, state-of-the art, digital theater, and to share your adventures with others. Submission deadline is August 15, 2006.
Zeiss Announces Two New Lenses for Nikon F Mount
Zeiss today announced two new lenses designed to be fully compatible with Nikon F mount cameras. The 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.4 will be available starting Spring 2006. Digital SLR’s with their extremely high resolution sensors have placed quite a demand upon lenses and lens design and manufacture, and apparently Zeiss plans to meet this demand. The company also announced a universal mount lens variant which when used with an adapter will be compatible with Canon and other lens mounts, however these lenses will likely not support autofocus and camera-based aperture control.
Fantasea announces F350D Housing
Fantasea Line, distributor of popular and affordable underwater photographic products, announces the release of the F350D waterproof camera housing for the Digital Canon Rebel XT/350D. The Fantasea F350D is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use. The F350D’s interchangeable port system accommodates a wide variety of SLR lenses, allowing photographers to capture the widest variety of superior underwater images…
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