Mantas Last Dance
Wetpixel Senior Moderator Shawn Heinrichs has premiered his new film on Vimeo. Entitled “Mantas Last Dance”, the film serves as a finale to the Manta Ray of Hope Campaign. This aims to raise awareness to the plight manta rays prior to the CITES meeting, which begins this weekend. At the meeting, 177 member nations will vote on whether to grant international protection to certain highly threatened and endangered species, which for the first time this year, includes manta rays. There is a petition that needs your support to pressurize the CITES delegates into protecting these animals so if you haven’t done so yet, please sign now.
Aquatica announces the AD4 housing
Aquatica has released the specifications and renderings of their new housing for the Nikon D4 SLR. The new housing, which will be known as the AD4, will have access to both the Fn and Pv buttons that are situated on the front of the camera body, a new smoother operating lens gear, a new camera tray that indexes with a push-tab and a left-hand lever that adjusts the camera’s ISO.
Shipping dates for the AD4 are still to be confirmed, and it will have a US retail price of $4,590.
Interview: Jason Isley on his ground-breaking new images
Jason Isley is co-founder of Malaysian-based, independent production company Scubazoo. He has filmed and photographed extensively all over the world including overseeing the underwater logistics and filming for the two UK Survivor series and the Disney IMAX production Sacred Planet. He also filmed on programs like Journeys of a Lifetime, Animal Planet’s The Jeff Corwin Experience, Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures and Perfect Predators for Discovery Channel’s shark week.
In a departure from traditional underwater photography, Jason has been creating macro images using toy figures “interacting” with underwater scenery and marine life. Jason’s work is being featured in Wetpixel’s new Full Frame; Adam Hanlon caught up with him and asked about his innovative images.
Indonesia World Underwater Photo contest is open
The Indonesia World Underwater Photo contest is now accepting entries. The competition, organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, actually started to accept entries on 1 January, and will remain open until 30 November 2013. Images are being accepted in 7 categories, with prizes for each as well as a prize for Best in Show. Images must have been taken in Indonesia, and all entrants submitted are required to have taken the images whilst diving with a participating dive operator (PDO) and be accompanied by the local dive leader provided by them. Entries are free but must be submitted via the PDO.
Full rules and procedures are on the Indonesia Underwater Photo contest website. Given that the prize fund is $200,000, this is another good reason to come to Indonesia as a part of the Wetpixel Lembeh macro workshop.
Review: Easydive Leo II housing
The Italian-made Easydive Leo II housing has attracted a great deal of attention as its USB camera control offers the ability to host a variety of different cameras and also allows the user to upgrade to newer camera bodies without needing to invest in a new housing at the same time. In this article, Rico Besserdich, who is sponsored by Easydive, provides his impressions of the housing’s performance.
Canon petitioned to investigate issues with 5D Mk III
A petition has been created to attempt to force Canon to address issues with its 5D Mark III SLR. The fault is that it freezes after capturing a video up to the time limit. This issue seems to occur with certain Compact Flash (CF) cards once the camera reaches the 30 minute mark. As the 5D Mark III records to a FAT32 file system on CF cards, the maximum file size for each clip can only be 4GB, which corresponds to about 12 minutes of footage. The bug seems to make the camera lock-up and lose the previous 12 minute clip in the process.
Canon’s current position is that it is a card issue, particularly with SanDisk cards. The petition has been created to ask or force the company to look at the problem more comprehensively.
Raja Ampat shark sanctuary becomes law
Shark Savers has announced that the decree that created the Raja Ampat Shark and Ray Sanctuary has been written into provincial law by the Raja Ampat parliament. The sanctuary was originally created in September 2010 by use of a local Bupati decree, after the council was presented with an 8,500 strong petition. Since then, Shark Savers, Conservation International, the Nature Conservancy, WildAid, CORAL, Papua Diving and Misool Eco Resort have campaigned to get it enshrined in a more permanent and enforceable law. The resulting legal framework is the first of its kind in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle.
Nikon announces the D7100 DX SLR
Nikon has announced that they will release a successor to the popular D7000 SX SLR. The D7100 uses a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, and is supplied without an optical low pass filter (OLPF). The camera uses Nikon’s proven EXPEED 3 image processing engine, and features a native SO range of 100 to 6400. It has a new 51-point AF system and a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. For metering, it uses Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System. Uniquely and of interest for macro shooters, the camera offers a 1.3 x crop mode which gives an extra telephoto boost (2X) with 15.4 megapixel resolution. In addition, in 1.3 x mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame.
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