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Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005: Daily Webcast Photo

Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005: Daily Webcast

Splash into the world of underwater digital photography at the fourth annual underwater Digital Shootout in Bonaire, which is being held July 23-30, 2005!

July 24th update: I’ve posted the first entry in our daily webcast here from the Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005.  Dan Baldocchi, Berkley White, Jim Watt, and I have been having a lot of fun with the 40+ shootout participants; we’re diving the rich reefs in what must be the most diver-friendly island in the world.  Follow along here—I’ll be posting updates to this entry as the week progresses.

July 30th update: All updates have been posted, including the results of the 2005 Digital Shootout photo contest!

August 2nd update: Group photo added, plus link to all photos for print purchase/browsing.

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Beneath the Sea 2006 Photo Video Competition

Beneath the Sea 2006 invites photographers and Videographers to enter its annual Worldwide Underwater photo/video competition.  Wherever you live in this wide world, submit your underwater photographic entry to the Beneath the Sea 2006 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition. The contest deadline is December 31st, 2005. For contest rules and entry blank visit Beneath The Sea at their Internet site: http://www.beneaththesea.org.  Click here to read more details about the categories and prizes.

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Phase One Announces 39, 31, and 18 Megapixel MF Backs Photo

Phase One Announces 39, 31, and 18 Megapixel MF Backs

In an recent announcement, Danish company Phase One has provided a 12 month product roadmap for their medium format digital backs.  There will be three digital backs introduced in 2005-2006, all with a 1.1x medium format crop factor, ranging from 18 to as high as 39 megapixels.  The largest will yield 242 megabyte 16 bit files!  Recent updates say that the imagers are made by Kodak.

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Seacam Nikon D2x Housing Field Report and Review Photo

Seacam Nikon D2x Housing Field Report and Review

Dennis Liberson has written a comprehensive field journal and user review of a Seacam housing for the Nikon D2x digital SLR.

“I have been using housed cameras for underwater photography since the early 1990s.  I’ve shot with the Nikon 8008s, F5, D1x, and now, with the D2x. After using the Nikon D2x and Seacam underwater housing for a few days I can honestly say that this is the best camera and underwater housing combination I have ever used.”

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Epoque/PATIMA 7070 Housing for Olympus C-7070/5060 Photo

Epoque/PATIMA 7070 Housing for Olympus C-7070/5060

Epoque/Patima has announced a new all-aluminum housing for Olympus C-7070 and C-5060 digital cameras.  The housing features patented controls, 67mm-threaded front port, solid tray-mounting, hotshoe-sync for direct strobe connection, and dual handles for strobe-arm mounting.  Continue for photos and full feature list.

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SILVERFISH underwater housing for camcorders Photo

SILVERFISH underwater housing for camcorders

The SILVERFISH is a new underwater housing for camcorders having LANC-control. The housing fits over 100 different camcorders, is manufactured by RWE Mechatronics and will be delivered by AVD Videoproduktion GmbH.

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Sea and Sea DX8000G Review Photo

Sea and Sea DX8000G Review

The Sea and Sea DX8000G is an 8-megapixel compact, underwater photography system, made up of the camera, the compact polycarbonate case, a bayonet mount .6x wideangle lens, and a lens caddy made to mount onto the strobe arm.  The camera uses the same 8 megapixel sensor used in the larger prosumer cameras like the Sony 828 and the Olympus 8080, however this unit is considerably smaller.

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Seacam D2x spotted in the forums Photo

Seacam D2x spotted in the forums

In North America, Kasey Canton was the first person to take delivery of a Seacam Nikon D2x housing.

“The description of a “transparent” housing couldn’t be more accurate. If you are comfortable with the D2 camera, you’ll be shooting this housing with comfort in no time. The wheels an buttons are exactly where you’d expect them to be, and you never need to take your hands from the handles.”

Join us in the forums to see photos and a first impression.

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Adding USB Connectivity to your U/W Housing Photo

Adding USB Connectivity to your U/W Housing

It took only a couple liveaboard trips to convince me that there had to be an easier solution to downloading photos from the camera. Opening the housing after each dive, and either swapping out the memory card, or plugging in a USB cable to the side of the camera, was not only an inconvenience, but exposed the housing to an increased chance that a small hair or other contaminant might land on the main o-ring, leading to a flood. With the long battery life of the majority of dSLR cameras, the size of the memory card becomes the limiting factor, and with RAW files on some cameras breaking 15mb, one can only shoot so many pictures before the card fills up. Determined, I set about trying to find a way to transfer files over USB through the housing.  This article describes the author’s design (Matt Segal), which makes USB downloading of photos THROUGH the housing a reality.

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