John Ellerbrock: Nikonos RS lens compatibility with RED 8K sensors
John Ellerbrock of Gates Underwater Products has conducted testing into the compatibility of Nikonos RS lenses with RED 8K Vista Vision sensors. These lenses are purpose designed water contact optics that can be sharp corner to corner. He has kindly shared his results with the Wetpixel community.
Call for entries: Neapolis International Contest of Underwater Photography
The Neapolis International Contest of Underwater Photography is calling for entries for its 2016 contest. There are contests for both Novice and Advanced photographers and categories are largely for macro, wide angle or “biological” images from the Mediterranean. There is one category for images from “Other Seas.” The deadline for entries is 2 September 2016.
Wetpixel Interview with photographer Michael Muller
Michael Muller has just published a book with Taschen titled Sharks. Face-to-Face with the Ocean’s Endangered Predator. Muller is a well known celebrity photographer who has worked for decades photographing musicians, artists, athletes and actors, but what is lesser well known is his passion for sharks and the ocean. This book features his shark portfolio using his “patented seven-bulb, 1200-watt plexi-encased strobe lighting rig”. Wetpixel had the chance to interview Muller and find out more about his life behind the lens above and below water. (©Michael Muller / Taschen / CPi Syndication)
Ikelite announces housing for LUMIX GX85, GX80 and GX7 Mark II cameras
Ikelite has announced their housing for the Panasonic Lumix GX85, GX80 and GX7 Mark II mirrorless cameras. Constructed from white ABS-PC, it features the company’s new smooth shutter release lever, wired TTL strobe control (with Ikelite strobes), a rubber front grip and port compatibility with “most popular zoom, macro and wide angle lenses.”
Kay Burn Lim: Preview of Nauticam LT housing for RED Weapon
NASA Astronauts head underwater for their NEEMO 21 training
Yesterday was splashdown for the NASA astronauts in their yearly underwater training off Florida. This year’s mission is the 21st NEEMO mission and will take place in the Aquarius Undersea Reef Base where the crew will live 62 feet underwater for 16 days in simulated space craft conditions.
Underwater review of EOS 1D-X Mark II on DPReview
Wetpixel sponsor Backscatter Underwater Photo and Video has recently had their review of the Canon EOS 1D-X Mk.II posted on DPReview. Their review finds that the camera’s ISO performance and manual white balance performer make it a strong contender for video shooters although its autofocus and large file sizes/storage issues are more limiting. The review highlights the ability to overcrank footage from 60fps to 30fps in order to get more stable images.
Call for entries: World ShootOut 2016
The World Shootout is calling for entries to the 2016 competition. Prizes include $1,500 in cash in the macro and amateur, $2,000 in the video, prizes totaling $16,000 in the team and $20,000 in the Destination categories. Entries must have been taken between 1 January and 1 November 2016. The winners will be announced at BOOT, Dusseldorf in January 2017.
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