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Beneath the Sea 2010, day 3 coverage Photo

Beneath the Sea 2010, day 3 coverage

Day 3 coverage of Beneath the Sea, including a write-up of Equinox, Canon, SeaLife, XIT404, and Pacific Housing Repair, with photos of lots of people including resort and liveaboard operators, well-known photographers, videographers, artists and marine biologists, and more!

Updated with text, 29 March 2010

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Beneath the Sea 2010, day 2 coverage Photo

Beneath the Sea 2010, day 2 coverage

Day 2 of Beneath the Sea was a whirlwind of activity on all fronts. The Wetpixel booth (#109) was crazy busy: subscriptions for Wetpixel Quarterly, boxed sets and t-shirts were flying across the counter all day, while I spent most of the day schmoozing with various equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in an attempt to collect enough information for proper coverage of the show. Even though BTS is smaller than is DEMA, many brands of underwater photo and video gear are represented here, and it’s good to see familiar faces…

UPDATE: text added.

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Beneath the Sea 2010, day 1 coverage Photo

Beneath the Sea 2010, day 1 coverage

Beneath the Sea’s Friday night opening of the exhibit hall runs from 6-9pm—an unusual opening time for a dive expo, but a welcome one because it allows eager beavers to get in before the Saturday rush and exhibitors to warm up before the floor is overrun.

After we set up the Wetpixel booth (#109—come visit!), I decided that I should get an early start on booth coverage and started trekking down the exposition hall, aisle by aisle. It took me over half an hour to get out of our booth…

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UnderWaterVisions is UK distributor for Nauticam Photo

UnderWaterVisions is UK distributor for Nauticam

UnderWaterVisions are pleased to announce the official UK launch of Nauticam housings at the London International Dive Show (March 27-28, 2010). UnderWaterVisions is the official distributor of Nauticam products throughout the UK.

Nauticam is a new underwater housing manufacturer whose product line already includes underwater housings for the Nikon D90, D300s, D300, D700, and the Canon 7D.

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Follow Wetpixel at Beneath the Sea! Photo

Follow Wetpixel at Beneath the Sea!

We’ve arrived in Secaucus, NJ and will be heading over to the Meadowlands Exposition Center soon to set up for Beneath the Sea 2010. If you’re going to BTS, please stop by booth 109 to say hi! We’ll be showing off our magazine and t-shirts while we cover the show. I bumped into Blake, Norma, Jean and Joe (Aquatica) at the airport and resisted the urge to snap a few photos for pre-show coverage.

We’ve still got a few extra exhibits-only passes for BTS. If you’re interested, follow @wetpixel on Twitter and send us a message with a request! I suspect that there are only a handful of dive folks who use Twitter, but it’s worth a try.

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Aquatica announces TLC Tripod Photo

Aquatica announces TLC Tripod

Continuing their flurry of announcements leading up to the Beneath the Sea show, Aquatica launched their all new TLC tripod today for video SLRs and other compact video cameras. The tripod features a pan/tilt head and uses standard TLC arms for the legs.

The TLC Tripod includes three 11 inch segments and will retail for $495. Aquatica will show the new tripod this weekend in their booth at the Beneath the Sea show.

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Aquatica announces port adapters for Subal and Sea and Sea Photo

Aquatica announces port adapters for Subal and Sea and Sea

Aquatica today announced that they are releasing a series of port adapters to allow owners of other housing systems to migrate to the Aquatica line. The first will accommodate older generation Subal (Type 3) ports. This adapter actually fits inside the Aquatica bayonet, and does not add any extension to the ports being adapted. As a result, any lenses can be used as they normally would have on a Subal housing, from the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye on up the focal range.

The second port adapter will accept Sea & Sea NX generation ports, but due to size restrictions adds a small amount of extension. This has been specifically calculated to accommodate the Tokina 10-17 zoom without further extension. Both ports adapters are manufactured from anodized aluminum, and are slated to ship this spring with a suggested retail price of $95.

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Wetpixel Quarterly Issue 1 is on sale! Photo

Wetpixel Quarterly Issue 1 is on sale!

Now’s your chance to get the first print issue of Wetpixel Quarterly for only $9.99 (a 38% savings)! WPQ #1 is what started it all, including a portfolio of Norbert Wu, winners of the 2007 OWU and DEEP Indonesia photo contests, and more.

We’ve also discounted what’s left of our 2009 T-shirts to $14.95 each (Mens S, and Ladies S and M). To see our t-shirt selection, click on over to the Wetpixel swag page and scroll to the bottom.

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Aquatica announces new Mini Dome 100 Photo

Aquatica announces new Mini Dome 100

The parade of the compact domes continues! Aquatica today announced the launch of their new four inch dome port, the Mini Dome 100 featuring BK-7 coated glass. The dome port is specifically designed for fisheye lenses such as the 10.5mm Nikkor, 10mm Sigma, and ever-versatile 10-17mm Tokina zoom. The Mini 100 joins Aquatica’s exisiting line of dome ports, including their 9.25 inch glass Mega Dome, 8 inch and 6 inch acrylic domes. Aquatica also announced that they will soon be manufacturing this port to fit other brands of housings as well.

The Aquatica Mini Dome 100 will offer optical anti reflection and scratch resistant coatings, and of particular interest to technical divers, is rated to 90m/300ft. The dome port will become available this spring, at a suggested retail cost of $699. Aquatica will have the Mini Dome 100 on display at their booth this weekend at the Beneath the Sea 2010 show.

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