BTS 2010 Coverage: [day 1] day 2 [day 3]
Day 3 coverage of Beneath the Sea!
At Equinox, Edwin Richards, Joe Richards, and Erik Giannunzio showed me their line of video housings, which are based on simple cylinders. While this may not provide perfect ergonomics, it does mean that Equinox can make a custom underwater housing for just about any video camera in a day or so. Their new rear LCD monitors now have integrated batteries, and they have a new 3.5” LCD that they sell in addition to the older 2.5” one.
Canon rep Chucki Luzier and Seacam USA owner / Alert Diver publisher Stephen Frink were at the Canon booth, where one could show up and play with all of the shiny Canon SLRs and compact cameras. I got a hands-on preview of the new Canon Rebel T2i (550D), which looks to be an incredibly inexpensive way to get a fantastic digital SLR and 1080p HD video camera in one! It’s hard to imagine how Nikon is going to catch up with digital video in their upcoming SLRs, but we have to imagine that they will come out with something soon. Steve was printing out his images on a large Canon inkjet printer, which seemed to be incredibly fast and high quality. I want.
SeaLife has their new SeaLife DC1200 waterproof and rugged camera on display at their booth, which is mostly an ergonomic upgrade to their older DC1000. It features the same 12-megapixel sensor and menu as the older DC1000, but now features piano keys on the back, a 3” LCD, and complete access to menu navigation via zoom lever (up and down) and shutter button (select), eliminating 3 buttons from the back of the housing.
At XIT404, Mike and Jody Elliot were primarily showing their underwater writing slate. But check out their website for a look at the ergonomics accessories they offer for underwater photographers.
Devon Tompkins started up Pacific Housing Repair when Sub Aquatic Camera folded, inheriting the job of servicing and modifying underwater housings and strobes for underwater photographers and videographers. Devon is up for discussing any custom modifications you might need, and is local to Northern California (Salinas).