DEMA 2008: ReefNet
ReefNet has a diverse product line-up, only a part of which caters to underwater photographers. They are well known for their dive data recorders, but were showing off a new flip macro diopter called the SubSee Magnifier. ReefNet also produces a Caribbean fish guide on interactive DVD.
The SubSee Magnifier is compact, and sits on an ABS plastic flip mechanism that can be custom manufactured in 48 hours for any port (on-demand production).
DEMA 2008: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
At the last minute, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society decided to represent themselves at DEMA. Their booth seemed to constantly have a bunch of people around it, and Captain Paul Watson’s presence certainly caused a buzz on the show floor.
SSCS members are currently in New York city doing the radio and TV circuit because Whale Wars premieres on November 7.
DEMA 2008: Nauticam
Nauticam, a total newcomer to the industry, demonstrated their new, patent-pending white-balancing device for dome ports. The WB-PORT is a translucent white iris that can be opened and closed via a knob on the side of the port. Similar to the way an ExpoDisc works, the Nauticam diffuses incoming light, and provides your camera’s sensor with an “average” light value with which to white-balance.
At the moment, you may think that this product is aimed only at the filtered SLR crowd. You’re right, of course, except that we are on the brink of massive convergence. Two SLRs that shoot HD video have already been released…
DEMA 2008: Fantasea
Fantasea‘s goal is to provide affordable underwater photography and diving products. They have full underwater photography systems that include a housing, base, arms, strobes, and connectors. Howard and Nadav Rosenstein took Matt Segal and me on a tour of their new products.
Last month, Fantasea kicked off a strobe naming contest on Wetpixel, which resulted in the re-naming of their newest strobe, the Remora…
DEMA: Ultralight Control Systems (ULCS)
Ultralight Control Systems (ULCS) is probably the strongest brand in underwater bases, handles, balls & clamps, and strobe arms. From what I’ve seen, the majority of serious shooters out there (whom I travel with, anyway) use ULCS products, and ULCS says that in their 15 years in business, no arm has ever broken and been returned to them for warranty work.
ULCS had a wide array of underwater photography accessories on display at their booth, including their line of solid buoyancy arms and a tripod clamp and adapts three ULCS arms into an underwater tripod.
DEMA 2008: Subal
Subal has been a strong contender in the high-end underwater housing market for as long as I have been in the business. Their housings have always been light and well-designed, and I see a ton of their products on boats—especially around Nikon cameras.
Subal showed housings for the Nikon D700, Nikon D3, Canon 50D/40D, and more. They also had on display their housing for the Nikon SB900 strobe, as well as their huge dome port with conical back, designed for large lenses like the Nikon 14-24mm. A new 45° viewfinder was also on display, attached to the D700 housing.
DEAM 2008: NEXUS USA
NEXUS is sort of a mystery to many of us. It’s pretty clear that they would be able to sell many more housings than they actually produce, but there doesn’t seem to be any effort to ramp up production.
DEMA 2008: Magic Filters and UwP Mag
Our good friends Alex Mustard and Peter Rowlands shared a booth with us to represent Magic Filters and Underwater Photography Magazine (UwP). Alex and Peter started Magic Filters to provide an easy, ready-cut solution to underwater filter photography for both SLRs and compact cameras. They were also showing a new educational DVD called Shooting Magic, which comes out in a week.
Peter Rowlands represented UwP, which is a free underwater photography magazine published bi-monthly.
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