10 Bar Underwater Housings were showing two new digital still housings and a new dome port. New for this year is the Canon 350D housing, the Nikon D70S housing, and a new 125mm dome port for the 350D. The new dome port houses the Sigma 10-20mm fisheye lens. LC Ng also showed me their housings for the Sony F828 and the Nikon SB800 strobe that they showcased last year. There were a lot of good things packed into this little booth!
Advanced Design Engineering
ADE’s mantra “We Design Stuff” oughta be changed to “We Design Really Cool Stuff” in my humble opinion. Merlin Phillips showed me the rendering of a custom modified Nexus housing for a pole cam that he designed for photographer Paul Sutherland. Pretty Cool. If it’s good enough for Paul, it’s good enough for me. I have him looking into designing a housing for my ancient Samsung camcorder. Merlin was delightful – check out their website for other underwater “Cool Stuff” – if your noggin’ can conceive it, they can (probably) build it.
A computer rendering of a modified Nexxus housing for a pole cam..made for photographer Paul Sutherland
Merlin Phillips and the rest of the gang at Advanced Design Engineering...."We Design Really Cool Stuff"!!
Robert Ruffolo was my guide to Amphibico splendor – and it was hard not to get starry eyed over the “Rolls-Royce” of underwater housings. He showed me the new PHENOM FXZ1 housing for the new Sony HDR-FX1 & HVR-Z1U camcorders, and the new Dive Buddy EVO HD for the Sony HDR-HC1 and HVR-A1 HDV camcorders. Also featured was the super-cool new prism unit that fits on the top of the housings over the viewing window, allowing the shooter to view the screen without tilting the housing. There are a couple of optional cases available as well for the new housings….gotta protect your (very expensive) baby!
Aquatica’s beautiful booth was showcasing their new flagship D2X housing for the Nikon D2X digital camera. Different from their usual silver and gold goodness, this housing is a sleek and shiny black, and Mauricio (I just love that name) Handler was proud to show it off in all its gleaming glory. This housing looks so good I’m considering dumping Olympus for Nikon. Sorry Oly baby, it’s not you, it’s me. Oh, and the answer to the 5D question is …YES! YES! YES! Look for it in Jan. 2006, at the oh-so-attractive 20D price.
Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo was showing much of what they showed last year. Sy Harris gave me an education on the TopDawg Mini and Standard housings (which will work with at least 150 different camcorders), the three MacroMate macro diopters (Pocket, Flip-Up, and Video – that will work with many different housings), and the Super-Sexy German Hartenberger strobes…heck, even the batteries in these strobes are sexy. (And Sy is pretty cute too).