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Olympus expands underwater housing range Photo

Olympus expands underwater housing range

Olympus has announced new accessories and housings for underwater photography. New to the range is the PT-E03 (waterproof up to a depth of 40m) for the E-400 and the E-410 with Live View, which will be available from June. Live View technology lets underwater photographers use the LCD for framing.

The already waterproof (to 10m) compact 770 SW also gains a housing (waterproof to 40m). More information in the Olympus underwater website.

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Stephen Frink tests the Canon 16-35mm II Photo

Stephen Frink tests the Canon 16-35mm II

With Canon’s recent release of a redesigned 16-35mm lens that promised sharper corners, a lot of discussion has focused on comparisons between the new and old versions of the lens, and the combinations of ports and extensions for the best results. Professional underwater photographer and Wetpixel member Stephen Frink obtained a copy of the 16-35mm II to test underwater using a Seacam housing and ports.

Based on his results, compared to Canon’s 16-35mm I, 17-40mm, and 15mm fisheye, the 16-35mm II has much better color and contrast…[and] is very sharp in the center. To view images from each lens, continue to Frink’s Canon 16-35mm II results, or add your own impressions in the ongoing thread...

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2007 Asian Dive Exposition (ADEX) in Bangkok Photo

2007 Asian Dive Exposition (ADEX) in Bangkok

This year’s ADEX was held at a new venue called BITEC which is 22km away from Bangkok city center. Braving the infamously terrible traffic in Bangkok, Wetpixel moderator ‘Khun’ Drew Wong was there to report for Wetpixel what was formerly Asia’s largest dive expositions.

By far the biggest exhibitor was PADI…ADEX is also the place where many new dive resorts and liveaboards market their products. The most surprising one that I found was the booth for Christmas Island, an Australian destination known for the great red crab migration…

Continue reading for the full report, and photos from both ADEX and the official Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide gathering at the AD Maker bar…

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Howard Schatz to host presentation at NYUPS Photo

Howard Schatz to host presentation at NYUPS

The New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will feature a presentation from acclaimed professional photographer Howard Schatz at the upcoming meeting on May 17, 2007 at the Rock Theater.

The presentation will be followed by a showcase of new underwater photography and videography equipment by H2O Photo Pros. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP for the event.

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California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2007 Photo

California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2007

Celebrating its 26th year, the annual California Beach Dive Photo Competition (CBDPC) is held every spring in Monterey, California by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS). This is a one-day competition where all photos must be taken from beach dives along the Monterey coastline.

Entries are accepted in both film and digital formats, and underwater photographers have the chance to win up to $35,000 in prizes, including trips to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, gear from Backscatter and Stormcase, and more. This year’s competition is being held from May 26-27, 2007.

Continue reading for the full press release and more information on participating…

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Deadline extended for Under the Blue 2007 competition Photo

Deadline extended for Under the Blue 2007 competition

The deadline for the 2007 Under the Blue International Photo and Video Competition is 11:59pm (Pacific Time), May 16, 2007. Compete for over $20,000 in prizes, including trips to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, South Africa, and Australia, and dive and photo gear from Amphibico, Ultralight, and Ikelite. 15% of proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Winners will be announced online and exhibited at the 2007 SCUBA Show in Long Beach, California (June 2-3, 2007). May 16 is a hard deadline, so get your entries submitted!

*UPDATE*: Due to technical issues, the deadline for competition entries has been extended to 11:59pm (Pacific Time), May 16, 2007.

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Standard versus Enhanced Viewfinders - Size Matters Photo

Standard versus Enhanced Viewfinders - Size Matters

Wetpixel lighting moderator Julian Scheunemann has written an excellent article comparing the relative size and brightness of various camera viewfinders when viewed through both regular and enhanced Sealux underwater finders.

It was kind of a luxury during film days to have [an enhanced viewfinder]...things have become a bit more critical with digital APS cameras because the simple housing finders now shrink an already cropped camera viewfinder image even further. Different from simple housing optics, enhanced viewfinders almost maintain the size of the camera’s viewfinder underwater (close to 1:1)...

Continue reading to view Julian’s graphical examples for numerous cameras, and his opinion on the differences between the viewfinders…

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Fantasea announces FL-10 and FL-11 housings Photo

Fantasea announces FL-10 and FL-11 housings

Fantasea Line has recently released their FL-10 and FL-11 camera housings for the Nikon Coolpix L-10 and L-11 digital cameras.

The housings feature access to all camera functions, an anti-glare hood and built-in diffuser, and will soon be optionally available with a 46mm threaded port ring for accessory lenses or filters. As with all Fantasea housings, purchase includes a year of pre-paid flood insurance. Continue to view the full press release…

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Review of Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise Photo

Review of Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise

I’ll be honest. Having never been fortunate enough to dive in Asia, I’d never heard of Gorontalo - until recently. Nestled among sheer limestone cliffs on the northern arm of Indonesia’s four-fingered island of Sulawesi, the Province of Gorontalo is situated at the heart of the “coral triangle,” the most biologically rich concentration of marine life in the world.

Smack-dab on the equator, Gorontalo is a centuries-old community that is largely dependent on farming and fishing. However, as the world learns of the rich marine ecosystem just off its shores, tourism will no doubt gain in importance. Soon, people will likely be heading to the region in increasing numbers. And by “people,” I mean: divers.

Continue reading for the rest of Volk’s review of Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise…

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