Choose your weapon: SLR versus video cameras for filmmaking
Filmmaker Jonathan Bird has written an article suggesting that people re-evaluate the use of SLR cameras for filmmaking. He points out that there are significant drawbacks in doing so, particularly underwater, and that there are very good video camera alternatives available. The article is meant to create discussion and debate, so we have created a topic on the Wetpixel forum for this to spread over on to.
Deadline extended: OWU 2015
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we had posted two different deadlines for the Our World Underwater contest. Please accept out most humble apologies if this caught you out and you have tried to enter, only to find the site would not accept your entry. To try and remedy this, we have reopened the site now and will accept entries through until 11.59 PM PST on 10 February.
Canon announces EOS Rebel T6 SLR cameras
Canon has announced the release of two new EOS Rebel cameras. The Rebel T6s and Rebel T6i both have a new 24.2 megapixel Canon CMOS sensors with native ISO Ranges of 100-12800. AF has 19 cross type points and 1080 video recording is available at 30 fps.
New shark sanctuary announced in Madagascar
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports that the government of Madagascar has created the country’s first shark sanctuary. Antongil Bay, the largest bay in Madagascar, now offers protection to 19 species of shark and also restricts international fishing trawlers from fishing in the area.
Earthtouch video: Creepy critters of the tidal lagoon
Earthtouch has been posting a series of videos entitled “Wild Oceans” onto their YouTube channel. The latest entitled “Creepy critters of the tidal lagoon,” features cameraman Bart Lukasik exploring Mozambique’s mangroves and captures some of nature’s underwater oddities on film, including sea moths and snake sea cucumbers.
Final call: Our World Underwater 2015
This is your last chance to enter the 2015 Our World Underwater Contest. The competition is viewed as being one of the most prestigious in the world and offers over $50,000 in prizes. The deadline is Saturday 7 February at 11.59 PST, so if you haven’t entered yet, now is the time to do so!
Canon announces 11-24mm f4 wide-angle lens
Canon has released details of their new EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens. Billed as having the widest angle of view of any rectilinear full-frame lens, the L series lens has 16 elements in 11 groups. However, the minimum focus distance of 11 inches may present some optical challenges with conventional dome ports.
Canon announces the EOS 5DS SLR cameras
As widely rumored, Canon has announced the EOS 5DS and RDS R SLR cameras. Both feature a new 50.6 megapixel full-frame image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, with the 5DS R not having a low pass filter. AF is provided by a “61-Point High Density Reticular AF array” including up to 41 cross-type AF points and the EOS Scene recognition system. Native ISO range is 100 to 6400 and HD video is 1080p at up to 30p.
- The Neptune Undersea Observatory Project (via )
- 11 More pilot whales found dead in Florida Keys (via )
- Local Hawaiians killing Monk Seals (via )
- Review of the Nikon AW1 (via )
- December edition of DIVEMAG now available to download (via )
- Japanese super sub discovered off Hawaii (via )
- December issue of DIVE magazine available to download (via )
- Seahorse shape aids stealth hunting techniques (via BBC)
- Protecting underwater real estate for fish (via )
- NOAA and state shark fin bans (via )