Canon releases firmware update for 5D Mk2
Canon has released firmware update version 2.0.8 for their 5D Mk2 SLR. The update addresses several problems including: Movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user’s settings if Aperture or Shutter priority is set in any of the camera’s user settings (C1, C2, C3); if the user attempts to shoot a movie, the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is on. In addition, it fixes the issues of overexposure when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L and also the problem in which the settings of the Speedlite transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off. Lastly it repairs a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.
It is available for download from Canon.
Save Our Seas Foundation wins a Panda Award
The Save Our Seas Foundation has received a Panda award in the category Best environmental Campaign for its short film “Save Our Sharks”. The Panda awards are given out at the annual Wildscreen Film Festival, and are widely regarded as the highest accolade for wildlife film makers. This year the three finalists were: The Bottom Line produced by Greenpeace; Yao Ming: Shark Fin Soup PSA produced by Wildaid and Save Our Sharks produced by the Save Our Seas Foundation.
The Campaign award is given to the best production, not commissioned by a broadcaster, that covers an environmental campaign. This award is especially significant as it was directed, filmed, produced and edited by an in-house team. Save Our Sharks is a 6 minute film which aims to educate the public about the barbaric practice of shark finning and it’s link to shark fin soup.
The great equalizer: Shootout, Monterey Style
Allison Vitsky and Andy Sallmon both competed in the recent NCUPS Beach and Boat competition at Monterey. They have joined forces to write this account of the competition, and their eventual success. Allison:
“Once again, that stupid camera has taken me out of my comfort zone. “
“I know we are both thinking that if the day continues this way, we’re going to get creamed.”
Comprehensive review of Canon T2i on Backscatter
Sterling Zumbrunn has published a comprehensive review of the Canon T2i on Backscatter, including a review of the current housing choices. He identifies the camera as being the “most exciting SLR offered from Canon this year,” and the testing was carried out on it by a total of eight individuals in a variety of environments worlwide.
To summarize his findings: The camera gives exceptional performance and amazing value. Positioned as an entry-level SLR, it’s performance and feature set are anything but entry-level, and it provides an ideal step-up from a compact camera. It’s small size and weight make it also very suitable for traveling or blue water divers, at the expense of some compromises in “performance, ergonomics and construction,” when compared against the Canon 7D.
Aquatica launches AN-5 for NEX-5 camera
Aquatica has announced the release of the AN-5 housing for the Sony NEX-5 EVIL camera. Despite a very small form factor, it features a flash activation lever, a pair of optical strobe connectors and 300ft/90m depth rating. Aquatica has also designed a series of compact ports for use with the NEX-5 lenses as well as an adapter that allows the sue of existing ports. Lastly, due to the absence of a viewfinder on the camera, the cameras LCD screen can be angled at 15° within the housing to allow fore easier framing.
Dreams of Kelp - Liquid Grandeur Mystiquez
Mikko has posted a video on the forum which he describes as:
“Scuba diving the magical kelp forests of California Channel Islands. Close to the California mainland, yet worlds apart, Channel Islands encompasses eight remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, San Clemente, San Nicolas, Santa Catalina, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural resources. This is a journey to the dreamlike underwater habitats of San Clemente and Santa Catalina islands and their ever dancing kelp forest. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve coastal southern California as it once was. Shot on location, on the liveaboard Vision of Truth Aquatics in September 2010.”
Canon EF 8-15mm f4L lens sample videos features underwater clips
Canon has posted a sample video from the EF 8-15mm lens, showcasing it using EOS 5D Mark 2 and 7D cameras behind custom dome ports in Sea & Sea MDX housing. The scene from Palau includes the famous Jellyfish Lake and Germany Channel. Underwater scenes from California’s kelp forest are also included as are some time-lapse photography sequences. Watch the opening sequence carefully to see how this lens performs.
Eric Cheng interviewed on Small Aperture
Eric Cheng has been the subject of an interview in Small Aperture: a web-based photography news outlet. The interviewer questions Eric on how he got involved in underwater photography, and his photographic motivations, as well as the usual queries about what equipment he uses, and whether it is scary to shoot pictures of sharks. In addition, Emma the tiger shark is erroneously mentioned as being the only “chick” he is interested in!
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