Review: Lastolite EzyBalance color balance target
Wetpixel’s Adam Hanlon presents a field review of the Lastolite EzyBalance color balance target for scuba divers. This is described as a tool for adjusting color balance and exposure settings in both still and video cameras. The collapsible square is made of a waterproof wipe-clean surface material sewn to a sprung steel rim, and has a white side and an 18% grey balance target side. Join Adam as he uses it underwater.
Improve your photography: Wetpixel macro workshop 2013
Wetpixel is hosting the ultimate macro photography workshop in October this year. Trip leader and tutor, Alex Mustard will be heading for Lembeh Resort and the group will take over the whole resort for the workshop. The timing is chosen to coincide with an especially critter rich time of the year in Lembeh, and particularly plentiful encounters with ghostpipefish, hairy frogfish and octopus likely. The trip’s dates are from 12 to 23 October 2013.
There are still a few spaces left on the workshop. If you are interested, please email Dan Baldocchi to ask for details or to reserve a place very soon.
UnderWater Camera Stuff releases new products
Underwater Camera Stuff has announced a new version of their vacuum housing check system. The Housing Sentry Basic has manual pump that allows users to check the integrity of their housing’s seals prior to diving. In addition, the company has launched a version of the vacuum connector that can be screwed into a hole created by removing an unused control on an Ikelite housing. The Housing Sentry Basic is available now at a US retail price of $290.
CITES 2013: The results
As of earlier today, oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) and both species of manta ray (Manta birostris and Manta alfredi) have been added to Appendix II of CITES. Appendix II lists species which are not necessarily threatened with immediate extinction but which may become so unless trade is closely controlled.
CITES 2013: Shark and manta protection hangs in the balance
Georgienne Bradley, of the Sea Save Foundation, has filmed Japanese delegates to CITES holding a secret meeting with several African delegates earlier tonight. It is surmised that these were to attempt to pressurize those delegates into reversing their earlier votes in favor of the addition of shark and manta species to Appendix II of CITES. The Plenary session, scheduled tomorrow will give them the opportunity to do so. (Images by Michael Aw).
Last few spaces available on Wetpixel Alaska 2013
The last few spaces for the Wetpixel Alaska Expedition 2013 are now available. The two-week itinerary, which runs from Juneau and Ketchikan, will take in some of the best cold-water diving on the planet aboard the famous liveaboard, the Nautilus Swell. Dates are from 18 July to 1 August and the places are sure to be filled very soon, so please don’t delay contacting trip leader, Jason Bradley if you are interested.
CITES extends protection to shark species and mantas
Delegates at the triennial meeting in Bangkok of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have voted today to accept that oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) and porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) be added to Appendix II of CITES. Appendix II lists species which are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but which may become so unless trade is closely controlled.
Nauticam unveils the NA-EOSM
Nauticam USA has announced the imminent release of their housing for the Canon EOS M EVIL camera. The manufacturer states that the housing’s controls closely mimic those of the camera and give access to the 4-way control pad and control wheel. The housing will accommodate the Canon Speedlite 90EX, so strobes can be controlled via fiber optic. Port support is offered for the EF-M 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 and the EF-M 22mm f/2 pancake lens. In addition, Nauticam has designed a port and focus gear for the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 EF lens mounted on the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter.
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