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DEMA 2008: Patima Photo

DEMA 2008: Patima

Jae Lee was at the Patima booth (along with Reef Photo & Video) showing underwater housings for video and still cameras. I looked at housings for the Canon G9, Sanyo Xacti HD1010 video camera, and Canon 450D (Rebel XSi).

Patima’s underwater housing for the Canon G9 is really impressive. It is as fully-featured as any DSLR housing, but managed to keep a small size and price (retails for $995). I picked up the housing, and it felt great in my right hand—all of the controls were easily accessible…

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DEMA 2008: Fisheye and Seatool (with interview) Photo

DEMA 2008: Fisheye and Seatool (with interview)

Kenji Ohmura of Fisheye and Seatool was stationed at the Reef Photo & Video booth. Both he and Ryan Canon took me on a tour of their new products, including a the new FIX LED1000DX modeling/focus light, the FIX VMT-3W, a 3” widescreen LCD monitor, various Seatool video and still-camera housings, and a Fisheye underwater housing for the Sony EX1.

The FIX LED1000DX is a fantastic upgrade from their older halogen and LED-based lights. It produces 1000 lumens, has a 120-meter depth rating

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Wetpixel Bahamas Expeditions 2009 Photo

Wetpixel Bahamas Expeditions 2009

Come photograph sharks and dolphins in the Bahamas with Wetpixel aboard the M/V Shearwater!  We have 4 Bahamas expeditions in 2009, including a winter shark expedition, two May oceanic white-tip expeditions, and one summer sharks & dolphins expedition. Jim Abernethy’s shark expeditions are well-known in the industry, and Wetpixel expeditions in the past have always proven to be productive, photographically.

See the full entry for trip dates and booking details. Remember to book early—these trips fill up quickly.

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DEMA 2008: Salvo (with interview) Photo

DEMA 2008: Salvo (with interview)

Carey Mearns of Salvo introduced a 200W HMI custom video light originally intended for a Norwegian film production company. The light is adjustable down to 125W at low power with a burn time of 120 minutes, or 70 minutes at full power.

Salvo has also revised the design of their battery packs, entirely sealing the battery cells to prevent destruction in the case of a cable flood or missing o-ring…

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DEMA 2008: Equinox Photo

DEMA 2008: Equinox

Equinox is a manufacturer of inexpensive underwater housings that can be customized for all standard HD camcorders. In the past, they’ve displayed the HD8 and HD10 underwater housings for a range of larger Sony, Canon, and Panasonic video cameras.

This year, Epoque has introduced the smaller HD6 housing for all compact Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Hitachi, Samsung, and JVC HD camcorders, and offers an upgrade program for one-third of the new market cost…

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DEMA 2008: Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) Photo

DEMA 2008: Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is an active ocean conservation group that has become well-known for its Volunteer Survey Project for diver education and the identification and tracking of fish life on an underwater ecosystem.

REEF recently introduced a beginner’s course for Florida, Caribbean, and Bahamas reef fish identification, complete with DVD video, survey slate, and waterproof fish ID booklet…

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DEMA 2008: Manta Network Photo

DEMA 2008: Manta Network

The Manta Network and Ocean Presence Technologies have teamed up to begin placing OceanCams, fixed underwater video camera systems, at manta feeding stations around the world, and allowing classrooms to control the cameras over the internet for educational purposes.

Money from all camera sales, whether for ocean or aquarium application, is donated to support the Manta Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization…

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DEMA 2008: Socializing - Day 1 Photo

DEMA 2008: Socializing - Day 1

There are probably dozens of people I only get to see at DEMA, and it is really great to bump into people all day, every day during the event. It’s the balance between productive work and having fun socializing that is the problem. Some people manage to combine the two, which seems to be the best case scenario, but I get distracted almost literally every 10 feet I walk.

Here are a bunch of random images from my camera on day 1. Each day has gotten progressively more and more crazy! We’ll add to this collection as images from Adam Lau, Matt Segal, and others come in!

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DEMA 2008: Socializing - Scarlett dinner Photo

DEMA 2008: Socializing - Scarlett dinner

Every year, Chip and Susan Scarlett plan a DEMA dinner for the underwater-photography friends they have made over the years. I was honored to be invited this year, and made my way to the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand after running around the show floor all day. It was nice to get to relax with friends. Thank you, Chip and Susan!

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DEMA 2008: Oceana Photo

DEMA 2008: Oceana

The ocean protection and restoration environmental society Oceana has enjoyed success this year with the passing of the Shark Conservation Act of 2008 by the U.S. House of Representatives in June, requiring sharks to be landed with their fins still attached.

The organization has continued their push to educate country tourism boards and resource management groups of the revenue value to local economies in preserving the underwater reef communities…

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