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Canon UK and WWF “Freeze Frame…Living on Thin Ice” lecture Photo

Canon UK and WWF “Freeze Frame…Living on Thin Ice” lecture

Cameras Underwater is pleased to offer the chance to see extreme wildlife photographers Doug Allan and Sue Flood talk about their experiences, up close and personal with polar bears, as they present personal videos and images during the Canon and World Wildlife Fund-sponsored presentation “Freeze Frame…Living on Thin Ice.”

The lecture, to be held at the prestigious IMAX cinema near Waterloo Station on September 24, 2008, will “provide an opportunity to view unique footage of life in the Arctic…[and hear] about the effects of climate change on the plight of the polar bear.” All proceeds from the event will go directly to the WWF - read on for all the details…

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Ikonoskop A-Cam DII, the new RAW HD video camera Photo

Ikonoskop A-Cam DII, the new RAW HD video camera

Ikonoskop, a Swedish maker of cinematic film cameras, has just announced its latest offering, the A-Cam dII. This 1.5kg compact camera uses Leica, PL, IMS and C Mount lenses, shooting 1080p at 1-60fps in RAW mode to a 80GB memory cartridge, also developed by Ikonoskop. The cartridge can record at 240MB/s and holds 12 minutes of images at 25fps.

With its compact size and weight, this camera signals the exciting possibilities for the future of underwater filmmaking - join the ongoing discussion in the forums for the latest news…

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Nikon D3 Field Review in the East Pacific. PART 3

Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard has recently returned from an extended shoot with the Nikon D3 in a Subal ND3 housing the East Pacific, diving in Canada, USA and Mexico. This three part field review discusses what the DX to FX change means to a Nikon shooter underwater and explores the capabilities of the Nikon D3.

Part 3 is now available covering wide angle, dome performance, rectilinear and fisheye lenses, high ISO, dynamic range, summary and conclusions.

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Canon announces EOS 5D Mark II SLR Photo

Canon announces EOS 5D Mark II SLR

Today, Canon finally announced the successor to the 5D, the EOS 5D Mark II. The 5D Mk II is a full-frame digital SLR featuring a 21-megapixel CMOS sensor, full 1080p HD video recording (H.264, with sound), and DIGIC IV processor. It shoots at 3.9 fps continuous, and has a buffer of 13 RAW frames or up to 310 Fine JPG frames. It doesn’t look like the 5D Mk II is fully weather sealed. Underwater photographers are hopeful that the camera will fit into existing 5D housings.

The 5D Mk II is priced at US$ 2,699 / € 2,499 / £ 2,299.

Canon also announced a new 24mm f1.4L USM lens (a ground-up redesign) that is weather-sealed.

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Nikon D3 Field Review in the East Pacific. PART 2

Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard has recently returned from an extended shoot with the Nikon D3 in a Subal ND3 housing the East Pacific, diving in Canada, USA and Mexico. This three part field review discusses what the DX to FX change means to a Nikon shooter underwater and explores the capabilities of the Nikon D3. Part 2 is now available covering macro, macro lenses, image quality, diffraction and underwater autofocus performance, coverage and modes.

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The Mystery of RAW Converters, Take Two Photo

The Mystery of RAW Converters, Take Two

Four years ago, I wrote a RAW converter comparison article called The Mystery of RAW Converters. In the 2004 article, I concluded that I prefer Canon’s Digital Photo Professional for RAW conversions when the image contains an underwater sunball. That conclusion still holds.

Sunballs are still a disaster when images are converted with Aperture or Lightroom. Underwater, I would rather shoot sunball images in JPG mode than use Aperture or Lightroom to convert RAW files—and believe me, it takes a lot to convince me to shoot JPG over RAW.

Continue reading for a one-image update to the article…

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Nikon D3 Field Review in the East Pacific. PART 1

Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard has recently returned from an extended shoot with the Nikon D3 in a Subal ND3 housing the East Pacific, diving in Canada, USA and Mexico. This three part field review discusses what the DX to FX change means to a Nikon shooter underwater and explores the capabilities of the Nikon D3.

The three part review covers general housing and camera handling, macro, wide angle, lens selection, dome performance, diffraction, autofocus performance and modes, high ISO, dynamic range and image quality. This is Part One, Part Two tomorrow.

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Bahamas shark expedition, Sep 19-25, 2008 Photo

Bahamas shark expedition, Sep 19-25, 2008

Our good friends over at Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures have just had a last-minute cancellation for a shark expedition this coming month. The Bahamas shark trip is well known here at Wetpixel, but has historically been expensive and hard to get on because of limited availability.

There is a significant discount on this trip, and it is rare for a spot to be available at such a good deal. Trip dates are September 19-25, 2008, and price is USD $1989.00.

If you are interested, contact JASA immediately!

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Aquatica announces underwater housing for Nikon D700 dSLR Photo

Aquatica announces underwater housing for Nikon D700 dSLR

Aquatica has sent us photos and details of their upcoming AD700 housing for the Nikon D700 full-frame digital SLR. Featuring a 100m/300ft depth rating, the housing comes standard with two Nikonos or Ikelite strobe bulkheads, and offers compatibility with Aquatica’s Aqua View Finder and remote control cord.

Machined from solid aluminum, it utilizes a locking-bayonet port mount design, adds a lens release lever for easy switching, and is expected to be available shortly - continue reading for the full press release and images…

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Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 1: Water Photo

Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 1: Water

Water and I have had a tempestuous relationship. Around the age of 7, I was swimming at the local pool and a girl, perhaps a year or two older than I, jumped into the pool about 3-feet from where I was; a little too close for my liking given the splash she generated. In a passive/aggressive fit of vengeance, I “inadvertently” kicked water in her face. She, in turn, responded by grabbing me and shoving my head underwater for what seemed like 20 minutes (it was probably 3 or 4 seconds)...

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