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Nikon announces the COOLPIX A Photo

Nikon announces the COOLPIX A

Nikon has announced the release of a new compact camera with a 16.2 million pixel DX format CMOS sensor. The COOLPIX A has an EXPEED 2 image processing engine and a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. It is equipped with an 18.5mm f2.8 lens, and its control layout is designed to mimic that of an SLR, making it suitable for use as a back-up camera for an SLR shooter.

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Sigma launch new product line video Photo

Sigma launch new product line video

Sigma has released an artistic interpretation of their new product line in the form of a video. The company; “used some internal parts from our lenses to show the commitment to the highest level of the work.” The film, entitled “Dancing parts” was partially inspired by the contemporary dancer, Pina Bausch and was shot using only Sigma lenses.

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Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually Photo

Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually

The Marine Policy journal has published a paper that attempts to provide an up-to-date and scientific assessment of the number of sharks that are caught each year. This number has been in dispute for some time, but the new paper seems to suggest that the number of sharks is around 100 million per year. The vast majority of these are caught to satisfy demand for shark fin soup. The CITES conference, due to start in Bangkok tomorrow will discuss adding five shark species to its endangered list.

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Backscatter releases the AirLock Photo

Backscatter releases the AirLock

Backscatter has released its AirLock vacuum system with. This offers the option of being able to manually verify that a housing is watertight, by creating a vacuum and maintaining a vacuum within the housing. Backscatter acknowledges that “most camera housing floods are preventable with good assembly technique but say that the vacuum system will prevent issues when “even the most experienced shooter can get in a rush and make a fatal error

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Show report: Golden Dolphin 2013 Photo

Show report: Golden Dolphin 2013

The Golden Dolphin annual dive show was held in Moscow, Russia from 14 to 17 February. Andrej Belic was exhibiting his Nikonos RS conversion and new housing at the show, and was kind enough to take some images and write some text for the Wetpixel community about it. He has overviewed the imaging products, and has also sent a few images of the rebreathers that were on display.

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