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Manta Network Photo Contest Photo

Manta Network Photo Contest

The Manta Network Photo Contest and Exhibition will contain visually stunning images of manta rays to entertain, educate and inspire an appreciation for these magnificent creatures from competing professional and amateur underwater photographers and videographers from around the world. More than a fundraising event, the photo and video competition will assemble a collection of images to aid our scientific understanding of Manta birostris and related Mobula rays. It will also publicize the need for action to protect and conserve an important species.

Free registration required for entry. Deadline is the end of 2004.

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ScubaCore Issue 2 Photo

ScubaCore Issue 2

ScubaCore wrote us to let us know that issue 2 of their DVD magazine is shipping.

ScubaCore Issue 2 features in-depth Dive Portraits of Truk Lagoon with its famous WWII wrecks aboard the Truk Odyssey, diving in a marine preserve on Bonaire, a trip to the Cay Sal Bank with the Nekton Rorqualand a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Wakatobi Dive Resort.

In the Reports section, an interview with photographer Eric Cheng, a chat with representatives of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and NOAA, and a feature on Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo, one of the hidden gems of Florida diving.

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Sensor Brush and Sensor Clean

Brian Skerry wrote me yesterday about a product announcement/review at RobGalbraith.com that I'm definitely going to check out. Those of you out there who use digital SLRs know that dust is a big problem.

Rob Galbraith writes: "The Sensor Brush and its companion Sensor Clean liquid/swab combo, from Canadian company Visible Dust, are the first products of their type we

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Dome Theory

Wetpixel user Julian Scheunemann ("Jolly") shares a bit of the theory behind underwater dome and diopter optics. This article is technical.

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New INON housing supports Photo

New INON housing supports

Inon America is now stocking new AD Bayonet Mount Bases and fiber optic kits for the Nikon WP-CP1 and WP-CP2 housings, Fijufilm WP-FX701 housing, and Olympus PT-024 housing. The Mount Bases securely attach to the housings to provide stable attachment points for various accessories.

For more information, see Inon's website:

Nikon CP1 & CP2 Housing Support [Press Release] [News Release]

Fujifilm FX701 Housing Support [Press Release] [News Release]

Olympus PT-024 Housing Support [Press Release] [News Release]

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Canon 1Ds Mk II - 16.7 megapixels

A bit late on this one, guys, but I've been away. :) Canon has announced their new flagship professional SLR, the 1Ds Mk II, which features a 16.7 megapixel full-frame sensor and 4 frame-per-second shooting speed. It appears to share the same body as the Canon 1D Mk II, which will be good news for those of you who are on the list for Seacam housings. Read the press release at Steve's Digicams, or see a preview report at DPReview.

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Nikon Announces Compact 8 Megapixel Camera Photo

Nikon Announces Compact 8 Megapixel Camera

Today, Nikon announced the upcoming release of their Coolpix 8400 compact 8 megapixel digital camera. This compact uses the 8 megapixel Sony sensor popular in the Sony 828, Oly 8080, and Coolpix 8800. However, unlike these cameras, it doesn't sport a long zoom lens - instead using a 24-85mm equivalent optic, just about the perfect focal length for a mid-range zoom. This small unit may be just what compact underwater camera users are looking for as a replacement for the 5 megapixel Oly 5050 and Coolpix 5000. [Ed]It's been a while since I've been excited about a compact camera, because manufacturers have been leaning toward massive "prosumer" models. If Nikon or a 3rd party comes out with an affordable housing, this will be the camera I recommend.[/Ed]

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Nikon Announces the D2x Photo

Nikon Announces the D2x

Nikon today announced the long-awaited D2x professional digital SLR camera.  This camera captures twice as many megapixels as the body that it replaces, using the same DX format sensor size.  Some of the important specs for underwater shooters:

12.4 Megpixels CMOS
ISO 100 - 800
iTTL and dTTL compatible
5fps
Shutter flash sync at 1/250th with high speed iTTL sync
High (12.4) and low (6.8 megapixel) resolution shooting modes
Enhanced Wifi features

Excellent news for underwater shooters is that a number of housing manufacturers have already developed housings for the Nikon D2h which shares the same body as the D2x so hopefully housings will be available soon.

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