DEMA 2007: Patima
Patima had only a couple housings available at the show this year. The team once again brought their aluminum housing for the Canon EOS-400D/Digital Rebel XTi, which can be fitted with either standard Nikonos 5-pin or proprietary Patima 6-pin strobe bulkhead sockets. The housing is 30g buoyant underwater and is rated to 80m (260ft).
Also shown was a housing for the Nikon D80; both housings are compatible with Patima’s 60mm flat port and 160mm dome port…
DEMA 2007: KELDAN
KELDAN was showcasing their new LUNA 8 WA-V, an adjustable 18-25W HID video light with five power levels, and a beam angle of 60 degrees with diffuser lens.
The Luna 8 runs for 130 minutes on high or as long as 180 minutes on low, charges in 7 hours, and weighs only 0.27kg (0.6 lb) in water. All KELDAN lithium-ion battery packs come with a built-in battery charge status display integrated safety light…
DEMA 2007: Intova
Intova specializes in inexpensive underwater cameras and housings and dive lights. New for 2007 are the Intova-designed IC500 and IC700 digital cameras and accompanying housings, with 5MP CMOS and 7MP CCD sensors, respectively.
The IC500 features a 2.5” LCD screen and 4x digital zoom, and supports up to a 2GB SD card, while IC700 in the shock-absorbent housing is waterproof to 180 feet and is equipped with a new 3” LCD screen…
DEMA 2007: Salvo
Joel Clark walked me through the full Salvo product line of dual HID video lights. Salvo offers paired lights in power ratings of 21W (2 hours burn time), 35W (2 hours), and 50W (1.5 hours) with 6000 Kelvin output temperature.
Each light head comes pre-drilled for standard ball adapter connectors, and the lithium-ion battery canister is completely sealed against water leakage from a broken switch or cord.
DEMA 2007: 10 Bar Underwater Housings
10 Bar Underwater Housings had on display a brand new aluminum housing for the Canon 40D dSLR that allowed access to all camera functions and featured a magnetic focusing ring. The housing comes standard with a single strobe bulkhead and a tray and handles.
Also sighted was a plastic housing for the Canon 580EX flash rated to 330 feet and utilizing a built-in diffuser and proprietary 6-pin bulkhead connector to allow for eTTL/eTTL2 compatibility.
DEMA 2007: BrightStar
Steven Tsou was representing the HID light manufacturer BrightStar, and he showed off the company’s smaller complement to their popular DarkBuster diving light - the DarkBuster Junior.
The DarkBuster Junior dive and video light is fitted with a 12W HID bulb, and with 550 Lumen output is advertised to be three times brighter than a similarly rated halogen bulb…
DEMA 2007: Epoque
Epoque had a few new products on display, including the EL-120 HID video light and the ultra-compact EHS-1000 HD housing for the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000, the “world’s smallest and lightest HD digital movie camera.”
The EL-120 features a 12W HID bulb with 7000K color temperature, and a beam angle of 80 degrees. It burns for 110 minutes on a Lithium-ion battery pack, and is rated to 150 feet. It is compatible with an optional blue-tinted color-correction filter…
DEMA 2007: Bonica Precision Inc.
When I stopped by the Bonica Precision booth, Kenneth Ho showed off the Snapper-XP and Snapper DV.
The Snapper-XP system includes the Snapper 5.0 5MP digital camera and is easily paired with the Neon-XP underwater strobe. The Snapper-XP features the Bonica “double-protection system,” designed to reduce shock and increase water resistance of the camera in the housing, and is rated to 55m…
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