Sigma Announces Two New Digital Fisheye Lenses Photo

Sigma Announces Two New Digital Fisheye Lenses

Today lens manufacturer Sigma announced two new fisheye lenses made specifically for cropped sensor digital cameras (such as the 1.5x cropped Nikons and 1.6x cropped Canons).  The first lens is a 10mm fisheye, yielding an approximate field of 180 degrees across the diagonal (only ~170 degrees on the Canon).  This lens focuses down to a staggering 1.8cm from the lens glass - so underwater photographers will need to be careful not get get lint or bugs in their dome ports - lest the lens refuses to focus past the dirt :-) 

The second is a 4.5mm circular fisheye lens which yields a complete 180 degree circular field of view.  These lenses will be available in Nikon, Canon, and Sigma mounts, however, pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet.

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Underwater Journal issue 5 now available for download Photo

Underwater Journal issue 5 now available for download

Issue #5 of the Underwater Journal, a free online magazine about the underwater world, is now available for download.  Readers can immerse themselves in photo-rich features such as the centerpiece focusing on the lovely mermaids of historical Weeki Wachee Springs in central Florida. Another article, “Freedom Divers”, is about how distinguished American war veterans use the underwater world to cope with their disabilities.

To subscribe or download issues of the Underwater Journal free of charge, go to underwaterjournal.com.

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Blue Ocean Institute launches fishphone.org Photo

Blue Ocean Institute launches fishphone.org

My friends frequently call me up to ask me whether a particular fish species is ok to eat.  If I’m near my computer, I usually go to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch site to look up the fish in question, but I’m often caught away from a computer.

Luckily, the Blue Ocean Institute has launched fishphone.org, a web site formatted for web-enabled mobile phones and PDAs.  All you have to do before you order fish at a restaurant is hit the website on your mobile phone and choose a fish species in the drop-down menu.  If you don’t have a web-enabled phone, you can SMS 30644 with the text, “FISH fishtype”.  The SMS database isn’t as complete as is the website, but it’s a start.

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Seacam Seaflash 150 strobe Photo

Seacam Seaflash 150 strobe

Stephen Frink has sent us studio photos of the new Seacam Seaflash 150 strobe, including comparison shots with the popular Ikelite DS-125.  The new strobe weighs 2.65 lb (1.2 Kg)—approximately the same weight as the Ikelite DS125 .

Stephen also tells us that the new strobe will have a removable diffuser than can be attached to the back of the strobe when not in use.

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DEMA 2007 Official Wetpixel Show Coverage Photo

DEMA 2007 Official Wetpixel Show Coverage

Wetpixel.com is covering DEMA Show 2007 in Orlando, Florida, between October 31 and November 3, 2007.  In addition to bringing you semi-live coverage of all of the photo and video products on the floor, we will also be represented our new print magazine, Wetpixel Quarterly, at booth 2449 (listed as DivePhotoGuide in the exhibitor list).

Reporting for Wetpixel on the floor are Eric Cheng and Matt Segal.  Eli Woolery and Heidi Connal are representing Wetpixel Quarterly at booth 2449.  Use this page to track all of the live posts and coverage from the show.

UPDATE: All updates completed!

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