Adding USB Connectivity to your U/W Housing
It took only a couple liveaboard trips to convince me that there had to be an easier solution to downloading photos from the camera. Opening the housing after each dive, and either swapping out the memory card, or plugging in a USB cable to the side of the camera, was not only an inconvenience, but exposed the housing to an increased chance that a small hair or other contaminant might land on the main o-ring, leading to a flood. With the long battery life of the majority of dSLR cameras, the size of the memory card becomes the limiting factor, and with RAW files on some cameras breaking 15mb, one can only shoot so many pictures before the card fills up. Determined, I set about trying to find a way to transfer files over USB through the housing. This article describes the author’s design (Matt Segal), which makes USB downloading of photos THROUGH the housing a reality.
Aquatica D2x Prototype Housing Photos
We have received 2 photos of the prototype Aquatica D2x housing. As you can see from this photos, this unit is machined from solid, much like units from Subal and UK-Germany. The photos show the unit after machining and assembly, but it is not painted yet. The housing is designed to work with all of the available Aquatica bayonet mount ports and other accessories. MSRP is reported to be $2,999
Vote for Sport Diver Magazine Cover
Sport Diver Magazine is using public voting to help them choose a cover for their next issue, the Photo Annual. Click through and vote, if you have an opinion! :)
ScubaDiving.com Announces 2005 Photo Contest Winners
This is a little late, but ScubaDiving.com has announced the winners of its 2005 Photo Contest. Congratulations to Wetpixel members Ralph Oberlander and Todd Mintz for receiving honorable mentions!
Aquatica D20 Housing Overview
Tom & Therisa Stack, who have been using the Canon 20D Digital SLR in an Aquatica A20 underwater housing for their commercial shoots, go over the features and benefits of shooting with the housing and camera combination. Included are detailed housing photographs and sample images taken with the rig.
Confessions of a Nikon Traitor
I really didn’t want to do it but I had no choice. I waited like a faithful puppy for Nikon to jump on the bandwagon and kick Canon’s rear but it never happened. I just became an old dog while everyone else was shooting bigger and faster with their Canon cameras.
When Jim Watt showed up in Palau as one of the judges for the underwater photo contest this year with a 10-22mm zoom for his new Canon 20D camera, that was the last straw. The D100s were bid a fond farewell as they served me well. The wonderful 10.5mm lens found a good home as did the 12-24 Nikkor. I cleaned house and restocked with Canon 20D bodies.
So, this is a story of both switching from Nikon to Canon and my first experiences with the Aquatica A20…
UWP Magazine’s 25th Anniversary Issue
Underwater Photography Magazine’s 25th Anniversary issue is now available, free to download from the UWPmag.com website. To mark the anniversary, this special issue includes an impressive list of photographers, including many Wetpixel members, who have contributed to the previous issues of this magazine, as well as all the usual content.
1 to 1 with Alex Mustard: Special digital day at Ocean Optics
On Saturday 9th July, Wetpixel Co-Admin Alex Mustard is running a FREE digital photography day at Ocean Optics in London. From noon, Alex will be on hand to offer one to one advice on how to improve your underwater images. Then as a special evening event Alex will make a presentation to reveal the intricacies of the techniques that he has used to produce his best underwater digital photographs.
The event is free, but with limited space, the talk is by ticket only - contact Ocean Optics to reserve yours. This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to learn simple skills that will greatly help you to make better underwater photographs, regardless of the digital camera that you own. And did I mention it is FREE!
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