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Review: Light & Motion’s SOLA600 focus light Photo

Review: Light & Motion’s SOLA600 focus light

Light and Motion’s new SOLA600 focus and video light is put to the test by Alex Mustard. This new light packs 679 lumens of illumination into a small, lightweight and completely sealed package. It also features an interesting red light mode designed to minimise disturbance on marine life during photography.

Alex has been so impressed with the SOLA600 that he has stretched his review out over five countries to put off having to return it! Read on for his thoughts.

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Canon releases compact HD pro camcorders Photo

Canon releases compact HD pro camcorders

Canon has released a new series of compact HD professional camcorders: The XF105 and XF100. Both models are designed to record in MPEG-2 50Mbps with 4:2:2 color sampling direct to Compact Flash memory cards and are very compact, which may make them ideal for underwater use. The new models can also give multiple bit rates, resolutions and variable frame rates for over or under cranking. They also feature a built-in infra-red low light feature, and have specific features designed to allow two cameras to run in tandem for 3D footage.

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Alex Mustard to speak at Scottish Nature Photography Fair Photo

Alex Mustard to speak at Scottish Nature Photography Fair

Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard is speaking at the twentieth edition of the popular Scottish Nature Photography Fair, which runs a identical program on both 4 and 5 September 2011. The event, organized by Scottish Natural Heritage in the Scottish highlands, costs £25 to attend. It is sold out on Saturday, but a few tickets remain for Sunday.

The other speakers are leading nature photographers: Niall Benvie, Ian Cameron, Fergus Gill and Danny Green. There are trade stands, a photography exhibition and results for the SNPF Photographic Competition will be announced.

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UnderWater Camera Stuff releases the Housing Sentry Photo

UnderWater Camera Stuff releases the Housing Sentry

UnderWater Camera Stuff has announced the release of its Housing Sentry. The device monitors the status of a vacuum inside the housing, giving feedback via LED displays of the integrity of the seals and hence avoiding leaks. The vacuum is created using a pump and fittings that are attached though the housing. The Housing Sentry is designed to be compatible with most camera housings, and can be self installed, or fitted by the manufacturer.

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Sea & Sea releases VF45 viewfinder Photo

Sea & Sea releases VF45 viewfinder

Sea & Sea has announced the release of the VF45 viewfinder compatible with its MDX housing series. The viewfinder appears to be similar to the well-proven Inon 45° viewfinder, giving 100% coverage of the whole viewing field at a magnification of 1.2x. The viewfinder can be rotated through 360° in 90° increments to allow for different camera orientations.

The VF45 is compatible with the MDX-7D, MDX-5DMKII, MDX-D300, MDX-D300s, MDX-40D, MDX-D700, MDX-PRO D3 housings (although some may require LCD window replacement) and will be available in September.

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DVD Review: Sensational Seas 2 Photo

DVD Review: Sensational Seas 2

Sensational Seas 2 is subtitled “rare sights from under the sea”. It is the second anthology DVD of the series, and like its predecessor, consists of a series of video contributions from many leading underwater filmmakers and photographers. The “sights” are “rare”” not only in the actual footage, but also in the manner in which they are presented.

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Blue Ocean Film Festival winners announced Photo

Blue Ocean Film Festival winners announced

At the “Blue Carpet Awards” on Saturday night, the winners for the second Blue Ocean Film Festival were announced. The award ceremony included performances by Grammy Award winning singer Paula Cole, and special recognitions for Jean Michel, Fabien and Celine Cousteau who won the “Making Waves” award as well as Dr. Carl Safina who received the Sylvia Earle Award.

Bag It” by Susan Beraza won the Best of Festival, and “Under the Sea 3D” by Howard and Michelle Hall received a special jury award. The full list of winners and finalists are available on the Blue Ocean Film Festival website.

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Patima 3D housing for Panasonic HDC-TM700 available Photo

Patima 3D housing for Panasonic HDC-TM700 available

Patima has released a 3D housing that uses two Panasonic HDC-TM700 camcorders. The housing allows for the cameras to be mounted in either horizontal or vertical format and the system can be used for filming on land or underwater. The housing is made primarily of anodized aluminum and allows access to most of the controls for each camera. In addition Patima has developed a 3D external monitor to use with the system, as well as a 2D monitor that allows the user to switch view between the cameras. The housings are available now although the prices for the monitors are to be confirmed.

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Gates releases housing for Panasonic AG-3DA1 Photo

Gates releases housing for Panasonic AG-3DA1

Gates Underwater Products has announced the imminent release of a 3D housing for the Panasonic AG-3DA1. The new housing was unveiled at the Blue Ocean Film Festival, and pictures of it are on the wetpixel coverage of the event. Designed for the broadcast 3D market, the 3DA1 housing is provisioned for the Convergent Design nano3D recorder to which can record data rates of up to 280 Mbps at 4:2:2 color. Rental housings will be available in October, followed by production models in the fourth quarter 2010. Pricing is not yet available.

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Macgillivray Freeman launches massive “One World Ocean” campaign Photo

Macgillivray Freeman launches massive “One World Ocean” campaign

At a luncheon sponsored by Magillivray Freeman at the Blue Ocean Film Festival today, Greg Macillivray shared a teaser from the company’s massive new campaign “One World Ocean.” The five-year, $35 million dollar project will include an IMAX film, theatrical film, and an eight-part television series, all filmed in 3D, and all focusing on the goal of raising awareness about the critical and immediate need to protect our ocean. A major social media campaign will accompany both the production and release of the films. Filming will commence this fall, with an anticipated release date in 2015.

Greg Magillivray was featured yesterday in Variety Magaizine as a “peak performer,” having reached the incredible milestone of $1 billion in box office receipts, a remarkable achievement for any filmmaker, let alone a documentarian. Magillivray was quick to point out that the majority of these profits have helped the educational and scientific institutions who show the films in their IMAX theaters.

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