Western Australian shark cull halted
The BBC reports that the shark cull that was being carried out in Western Australia has been vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Western Australian state government had instituted seven drum line baited traps in an effort, it said, to prevent shark attacks on the state’s beaches. This caused a worldwide protest, and the policy has now been overturned by the EPA, citing the fact that there was “a high degree of scientific uncertainty” about its efficacy. (Image from Shutterstock).
Nikon releases fast 20mm prime
Nikon has released a super fast 20mm prime wide-angle lens for FX cameras. The lens’s maximum aperture of f1.8 and minimum focus distance of 20cm make make this interesting for underwater use. Until tested, it remains to be seen how it will perform behind a dome port however.
CITES shark and manta protection comes into force
As agreed at the Bangkok Conference in March 2013, international trade in products from 5 species of shark and all species of manta ray will need to be accompanied by documents showing that they were sustainably and legally harvested from 14 September. CITES and the Food and Agriculture Organization on the UK (FAO) have been provided with funding by the EU and other bodies to implement and enforce the new regulations.
Seth Casteel releases underwater puppies book
Wetpixel Nikon D810 review
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of the underwater performance of the Nikon D810 SLR camera. The camera was released on 17 July, and Adam was fortunate enough to get hold of one to use on the Wetpixel Whale Sharks expedition later that month. The review is neither conclusive nor concluded, so please check back regularly for updates as he carries out further testing.
UnderWater Camera Stuff ships new 5” Precision dome
Underwater Camera Stuff has announced the release of their fourth acrylic half-sphere 5” Precision dome. It is designed to match the lens nodal points of Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG and Nikkor 16mm f2.8 AF lenses when used with Ikelite housings and hence do not vignette. The other advantage of providing a specific port/lens/housing combination is that the manufacturers claim that the images are “in focus edge to edge”.
Congratulations Alex Mustard and Eleonora Manca
Great news! Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard and Eleonora Manca got married yesterday in Sardinia. I’m sure the whole community will join us in sending them the very best of wishes as well as a long lifetime of much happiness together. Congratulations to you both!
WD releases wifi drive with card reader
Western Digital has released a wireless drive that integrates storage capacity with a wifi network and an SD card reader. Powered by a six hour battery 20 hours standby), the My Passport Wireless is available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions and users can offload memory cards and then send the images via wifi. It is also equipped with USB3.
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