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Fantasea announces F350D Housing Photo

Fantasea announces F350D Housing

Fantasea Line, distributor of popular and affordable underwater photographic products, announces the release of the F350D waterproof camera housing for the Digital Canon Rebel XT/350D. The Fantasea F350D is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use. The F350D’s interchangeable port system accommodates a wide variety of SLR lenses, allowing photographers to capture the widest variety of superior underwater images…

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The Trouble with TTL Photo

The Trouble with TTL

TTL. It’s just three letters. But, boy, has it caused some trouble in these digital days. Underwater photographers, unlike our land-loving counterparts, invariably use flash in almost all our shots and this makes us very demanding when it comes to flash performance. Ever since TTL strobe control was introduced with the Nikonos V in 1984 the vast majority of images have relied on it.

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Keldan Solaris Pro dive light review Photo

Keldan Solaris Pro dive light review

A few years ago I looked into buying a new dive light and decided it’d be time for an HID light. I’ve had a few lights before—from a DIY “bomb” made from a huge plastic tube to a sweet 50W Halogen light that illuminated half a reef. I also used some smaller backup lights over time. I had some money to spend, so price wasn’t too much of an issue and I wanted to get something that would last a long time and be of high quality. Plus, I really don’t like the “toy-lights” that run on AA or C batteries…

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Sealife Reefmaster DC500 Review Photo

Sealife Reefmaster DC500 Review

The Sealife Reefmaster DC500 is a well designed compact underwater entry-level system. When purchased as a package, the housing and strobe setup is easy to put together and use. The image quality is acceptable, and the built-in camera modes make the system adaptable and useful for both above and underwater photography. I would not hesitate to recommend this system to scuba-diving friends who have never used a camera underwater before, and to photographers who are not interested in comparing camera specifications and making complex purchasing decisions.

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Boston Sea Rovers 52nd Clinic Workshops Photo

Boston Sea Rovers 52nd Clinic Workshops

Berkley White, James Wiseman and I are partnering up to give two workshops at this year’s Boston Sea Rovers Clinic, which will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston during the weekend of March 4/5, 2006.  Our workshops are entitled Digital Underwater Photography: Gear and Techniques (Mar 4) and Photoshop CS/CS2 for Underwater Photographers (Mar 5).  If you haven’t been to a Sea Rovers Clinic, it’s definitely worth a visit.  The Saturday evening film festival always showcases some amazing work.

Past clinics: [2005 report] [2004 report (personal)]

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Backscatter Now Hiring: Salesperson Photo

Backscatter Now Hiring: Salesperson

Our sponsors and good friends over at Backscatter are seeking applicants for a full-time Salesperson position.  Preferred start date is February 1, 2006.  Backscatter is an equal opportunity employer and is thrilled to teach underwater equipment and technique to applicants with a positive attitude and a passion for personal creative output.

For a complete job description, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Nikon discontinues most film cameras Photo

Nikon discontinues most film cameras

In a bold move, Nikon has announced today that they will no longer sell most of their film cameras. The only film cameras that will continue to be manufactured are the F6 and the FM10. The F6 will be the only one sold in Europe. All large format lenses, and many manual focus lenses are as of now discontinued too.

Good news for digital photographers are that now “Nikon Corporation has made the decision to focus management resources on digital cameras in place of film cameras”.

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Adobe® Lightroom™ Public Beta Photo

Adobe® Lightroom™ Public Beta

Adobe has announced the public beta of Lightroom, “the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images. So you can spend less time sorting and refining photographs, and more time actually shooting them. [sic]”  Lightroom is a clear shot at Apple’s Aperture, which hasn’t been received so well by working photographers.  Lightroom Beta is currently available for Mac OS X, with a Windows version coming soon.  By releasing such an early beta to the public, Adobe hopes to solicit feedback from users about how to improve the product.

[lightroom] [20-minute video] [dev story] [digital outback] [luminous-landscape]

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DAN America insurance not accepted at SSS chambers Photo

DAN America insurance not accepted at SSS chambers

This seems like a bad thing.  Does anyone have more information about this?

The Recompression chamber network branded SSS (Sub-aquatic Safety Services), in service in a dozen popular dive destinations worldwide (and in most cases the only chamber in a several hundred mile radius), has been forced to notify the public that certain facilities in some destinations effective immediately, and others progressively so, will NO longer accept the Divers Alert Network (DAN) AMERICA insurance as a payment method for hyperbaric chamber and medical services…

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Ikelite Releases Details of 8-inch Dome Port Photo

Ikelite Releases Details of 8-inch Dome Port

After much anticipation, Ikelite has released photos and details about their new 8” dome port for SLR housings.  Ikelite has also published an updated port chart, showing lens compatibility with the big dome, as well as a listing of which lenses Ikelite believes perform better behind the 8” dome as opposed to the standard 6” port.  Another feature requested by users and now implemented by Ikelite is the use of an extension ring system (Ikelite calls them stalks) so that one 8” dome with various stalks can be used with a variety of lenses.

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