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Cal for entries: 2016 SoCal Shootout Photo

Cal for entries: 2016 SoCal Shootout

Underwater imaging retailer Bluewater Photo has announced their 2016 SoCal Shootout. It is being held from 9 to 11 September and is open for any image shot during the period from anywhere south of Pt. Conception to north of the Mexican border. The entry fee is $40 for up to 8 still images or 3 video entries. Prizes are valued at $22,000 and registration is available now online.

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Ikelite announces housing for D500 and port system Photo

Ikelite announces housing for D500 and port system

Ikelite has announced their new housing for the Nikon D500 camera along with a whole new port mounting system. Available is three versions, the housing is made of Ikelite’s white ABS-PC and has a redesigned zoom/focus knob and AF ON lever. The new port mount is a press-fit O ring sealed system that eliminates water from entering the housing during port changes and accommodates large diameter lenses.

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Nikon announces entry level D3400 SLR camera Photo

Nikon announces entry level D3400 SLR camera

Nikon has announced the D3400 SLR camera. It features a 24.2 megapixel DX CMOS sensor with a native ISO range of 100-25600. It is equipped with SnapBridge Bluetooth technology and has an improved battery life over that of its predecessor. Nikon’s entry level cameras offer limited lens compatibility and since there is no fisheye lens option, the D3400 is of limited use for underwater imaging.

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Sony releases details of X-OCN RAW format Photo

Sony releases details of X-OCN RAW format

No Film School has posted details of Sony’s new X-OCN RAW file format. It offers a compromise between file size and quality that Sony say is visually identical to F55 RAW footage. It will be available in “both ST (Standard) and LT (Light) versions, with LT coming in at about 1/3 the data rate of traditional RAW for the same settings.”

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Norbert Wu’s Favorite Images: School of Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks Photo

Norbert Wu’s Favorite Images: School of Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks

Norbert Wu presents the next in his series highlighting his favorite images from his career. He takes us to the Cocos Islands in the late 1980s and the large schools of scalloped hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini) that surround the islands. In his article, Norbert bemoans the “new” tradition of shark fin soup an the damage that it is causing to shark populations worldwide.

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