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Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO DG EX

Sigma just released a new macro lens called the 150mm f2.8 APO DG HSM (it's quite a mouthful) at a price of $600. I purchased this macro lens based on advice from Wetpixel moderator Craig Jones. It uses an ultrasonic motor for focusing, so FTMF is possible, and it's also an internal focusing lens, so the front doesn't rack out. I believe it is the fastest macro lens at this focal length and working distance. Since I have two 8 megapixel cameras, one with a 1.25x cropped sensor, and one with a 1.6x cropped sensor, I decided to take some test photos to see what the lens is cabable of.

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Ocean Images: Dolphin Housings Photo

Ocean Images: Dolphin Housings

Thanks to Jim Bullit from OceanBrite for letting us know that Ocean Images has just released the new Dolphin Housing for the PANASONIC GS150, GS200, GS250 & GS400 3-Chip MagicWire Camcorders. The Dolphin Panasonic Housing brings electronic controls and a wide open LCD screen to the Panasonic Housing market for the first time!!! The Camcorder fits snugly in the Housing, reducing excess space and keeping the Housing size and weight to a minimum. This Housing allows the user full use of the LCD display on the Camcorder. The clear acrylic rear closure plate provides a full view of the Housing interior and the Camcorder' LCD display.

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Ikelite 20D Housing with eTTL2 Converter Photo

Ikelite 20D Housing with eTTL2 Converter

This review is a concise test of the Ikelite eTTL2 conversion circuitry in a real-world dive scenario. The equipment used was a Canon 20D with 100mm macro lens, an Ikelite housing for the 20D, maunal focus capable flat port, and dual DS125's with a dual eTTL sync cord.

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Big Blue Squid - Contest

Big Blue Squid, Ireland's first dedicated underwater camera shop has put up a reward of over £500 worth of camera equipment and prizes for the ‘capture’ of the killer of the rare White Dolphin...

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Proper Dome Size and Placement

Hi eveready, following a tread on dome optic/clown fish in the gallery section, Jean Bruneau and CeeDave aka Chris came up with this diagram. His textual approach to this complex phenomenom is one of the best, so I have contributed my illustration talent to his talentuous text. hope you enjoy,.

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Beneath the Sea 2005 Winners Posted.

Congratulations to Wetpixel members Kasey Kanton, Linda Cline, Larry Oberlander, Rand McMeins, Istvan Juhasz and James Wiseman for their winning entries in the Sea 2005 Photo and Video competetion (apologies if I've left any members out). The winners of the Beneath the Sea 2005 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition will be shown at the Saturday Night Film Festival during the weekend of Beneath the Sea's Ocean Adventure and Travel Exposition, March 18th, 19th, and 20th , 2005, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. I have received an email from Robert Schrager with the winners - click on this item to view the full results.

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Wetpixel Redesign

Hello all. Wetpixel will migrate to a new server and design in a matter of weeks (goals: speed, simplicity, and scalability). All content will migrate over except for forum attachments, private messages, and (probably) avatars. It is unfortunate that forum attachments will be lost, but I will get the old Wetpixel running on a subdomain so you can retrieve them if you need them.

Because we have changed the way logins work, everyone will be required to go through the new "Lost Password" procedure on the new server. In order to make sure this all goes smoothly, please take the time now to make sure the e-mail address in your Wetpixel profile is accurate!

Stay tuned! You'll have a few days notice once we kick off the server migration.

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Ikelite Housing and Ports - Mini-Review Posted Photo

Ikelite Housing and Ports - Mini-Review Posted

When the small Ikelite SLR housings for the Digital Rebel and the Nikon D100 came out, I was pleased to see that Ikelite had moved away from their 20 year old design SLR-MD housing with something new. Ike sent me a housing to try out, but due to travel plans, I never got a chance to post a full review. Since last year, I have been receiving requests from Wetpixel users for some sample photos taken using this setup with the Nikon 12-24DX lens. I've put all that I have together for a short article - really a photo presentation - showing how the new system fits together.

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Ikelite D100 Housing and Ports: A Review in Photos Photo

Ikelite D100 Housing and Ports: A Review in Photos

When the small Ikelite SLR housings for the Digital Rebel and the Nikon D100 came out, I was pleased to see that Ikelite had moved away from their 20 year old design SLR-MD housing with something new. Ike sent me a housing to try out, but due to travel plans, I never got a chance to post a full review. Since last year, I have been receiving requests from Wetpixel users for some sample photos taken using this setup with the Nikon 12-24DX lens. I've put all that I have together for a short article - really a photo presentation - showing how the new system fits together.

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Nexus 1Ds MkII? And 2DX port updates…

We've just heard that the Nexus 2DX housing will come in two flavors: one with a "Master" port size, and one with the old F4 housing port size, so an upgrade path will be easy for both Master owners and F4 housing owners. We also hear that that the viewfinder on the D2X looks similar to the viewfinders on the D2H and F6.

We also hear from a reliable source that there may be a few Nexus Canon 1Ds Mk II housings being made. Keep your eyes peeled...

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