DEMA 2007: Fantasea
Howard Rosenstein and his son, Nadav, took me on a tour of products at Fantasea’s booth. Fantasea sells low-priced SLR and compact camera housings (mostly, Nikon compacts) and various accessories.
A new Nano universal accessory system includes a universal tray, arms, strobes, focus lights, fiber-optic sync cables, and more…
DEMA 2007: Kiss Rebreathers
Norbert Wu took me over to the KISS Rebreather booth to introduce me to Alan Studley, a highly-regarded rebreather instructor. I’ve wanted to get rebreather certified for a long time, and I enjoyed the tour of the technology behind the KISS. My friend Doug Ebersole’s picture is all over KISS marketing material, and there was a feature on him in issue 27 of Advanced Diver Magazine.
DEMA 2007: Fisheye and SeaTool
Ryan Canon and Richard Perry (of Reef Photo & Video and DigitalDiver.net) manned the Fisheye / Seatool booth, along with Kenji Ohmura and others from Japan. A Japanese brand, Fisheye and Seatool are making it into the U.S. market with product distribution by both Reef Photo & Video and Backscatter.
On display were compact Seatool housings for the Canon Rebel XTi, Nikon D200, and Canon 40D (design prototype). Housings for the Nikon D300 and D3 are planned for December...
DEMA 2007: Sartek Industries
Sartek Industries is primarily a manufacturer of HID and LED light heads and video lighting systems. When I stopped by, Sartek Industries president Carl Saieva personally demonstrated an impressive 150W HID video light with 9600 lumens output at 6500K color temperature and a two-hour burn time.
All of Sartek Industries’ light heads come with a pre-drilled threaded hole and are focusable for an easy adjustment between dive and video lighting applications…
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.
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