Apple Releases Aperture 3 Photo

Apple Releases Aperture 3

Apple announced today that the long awaited update to Aperture, its professional image management software, is now available. Aperture 3, boasting over 200 new features is a major upgrade to Apple’s premiere asset management application. Topping the feature list, are Places and Faces (the Geotagging and Facial recognition features introduced in iPhoto ‘09), localized image corrections, and support for audio and video. Aperture 3 is available immediately for purchase at $199 for a new license, or $99 for users upgrading from a previous version. A free trial is available for download.

I’ve had a chance to download the trial version and test it for a few hours, and have posted some first impressions after the jump.

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Olympus introduces new waterproof cameras Photo

Olympus introduces new waterproof cameras

Good news for those looking for a small boat companion, Olympus has introduced two new point and shoot cameras waterproof to 5m and 10m depths.

The TOUGH-8010 comes with 2gb of internal memory and is shockproof to 2m, waterproof to 10m, and crushproof to 100kg.The TOUGH-6020 contains 1gb of internal memory, is shockproof to 1.5m and waterproof to 5m. Both new cameras have 14 megapixel sensors, are capable of HD movie recording, have an HDMI interface, and are compatible with SD cards. List prices for the TOUGH-8010 and TOUGH-6020 are $399 and $299 respectively.

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Nikon announces new 16-35mm f4 ED VR and 24mm f1.4 ED lenses Photo

Nikon announces new 16-35mm f4 ED VR and 24mm f1.4 ED lenses

Nikon has announced 2 new AF-S Nikkor lenses, the 16-35mm ED VR and the 24 f1.4 ED.

The 16-35mm f4 is the first 35mm wide angle lens to incorporate built-in VR technology. The latest VR system allows camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of up to approximately 4 stops. The lens should have a street price of US$1260 and will be available later this month. The new 24mm 1.4 will cost $2199 and will ship late March.

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Canon Announces New Rebel T2i Photo

Canon Announces New Rebel T2i

Canon has announced their most recent addition to the popular Rebel series of consumer SLRs, the EOS 550D/Rebel T2i. The T2i represents a significant update to the line, featuring 18 Megapixel stills at 3.7fps, and significantly improved video capability.

The physical changes to the camera body itself are not many, but there is an important one with respect to underwater housings: the addition of a Live View button on the right side of the back of the camera. It remains to be seen if the T2i will fit into existing housings, but it looks promising for those willing to compromise with not having full access to Live View and video functions.

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Reminder: vote for the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009 Photo

Reminder: vote for the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009

Just a quick reminder that February 11 is the deadline for public voting in the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009 contest! The images in the running are truly spectacular, and it’s worth a look even if you don’t want to vote.

The author of the winning photo will score a one-week liveaboard dive trip aboard the M/V Solmar V, a fantastic liveaboard dive vessel that runs trips to Socorro, the Sea of Cortez, and to Guadalupe for great white sharks.

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Some underwater art isn’t so pretty! Photo

Some underwater art isn’t so pretty!

Most divers continue to dive because they love the underwater world. For most it is not an adrenaline sport. Rather, it is a time to take everything in an enjoy the surroundings. There are obviously some things that can happen to get that adrenalin pumping, however. You may see groups of sperm whales or schools of sailfish attacking baitballs of sardines, all of which is very exciting stuff and not your everyday dive experience. On the other hand though you may be forced to witness a most heinous act of coral mutilation. I know that if I saw something like this it would makes my blood boil. Are acts like these carried out through ignorance, a need to show off or perhaps just plain stupidity?

Have your say over in our forums.

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Sensational Seas Two DVD trailer now available via DiveFilm Photo

Sensational Seas Two DVD trailer now available via DiveFilm

New World Publications is pleased to announce the premiere of the Sensational Seas Two trailer as a free DiveFilm iTunes podcast. The two-minute preview showcases some of the fun-filled underwater images from the Sensational Seas Two DVD production. The trailer is also available for viewing by visiting www.SensationalSeas.com.

Sensational Seas Two will premiere highlights at Beneath the Sea International Film Festival on Saturday night March 27th. A seminar on Sunday March 28th will feature additional clips from the production.  The DVD will be available for purchase on April 1, 2010 in eco-friendly packaging, recycled paper stock and soy-ink printing (continue reading for full press release).

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Canon sort of releases EOS E1 plug-in for Final Cut Pro Photo

Canon sort of releases EOS E1 plug-in for Final Cut Pro

Canon’s EOS E1 video plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro was announced on February 5, and was supposed to be available by end of day last Friday. This new plug-in, when it actually shows up on Apple’s download page, will allow simple and easy transfer of video content from Canon’s EOS DSLR cameras directly into Final Cut Pro.

The EOS E1 video plug-in takes advantage of Final Cut Pro’s powerful Log and Transfer feature, which allows users to select and mark the video directly while it is still on the camera, add custom metadata and ingest the clips in the background so the editing can begin immediately.

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Explosion on NAI’A kills one, injures two Photo

Explosion on NAI’A kills one, injures two

We were just informed that on Sunday evening, there was a tragic explosion aboard the popular Fiji liveaboard dive vessel, NAI’A. A team of ship painters were onboard the vessel during the explosion. One painter died, and two other workers were injured. NAI’A sustained significant damage and will cease operation until the cause of the incident is found and the vessel repaired.

NAI’A will contact customers with upcoming charters as soon as they have more details.

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Ocean Views Photo Contest 2010 Photo

Ocean Views Photo Contest 2010

Nature’s Best Photography and Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) host the 3rd annual Ocean Views photography competition. As one of the largest and most prestigious underwater photography competitions, you won’t want to miss this one!

A selection of winning images will be published in Alert Diver and Nature’s Best Photography magazines as well as several online galleries. Prizes include $2,010 cash and a 9-night trip to Papua New Guinea with Peter Hughes Diving. Entries are accepted from now until March 1, 2010. Entry forms and more information are available at the Ocean Views Photo Contest website.

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