Light & Motion
Light & Motion’s booth was gorgeous, and very, very, VERY busy. However, I lucked out when Barrett Heywood dropped everything to show me around. For starters they have the new Bluefin FX1 housing for the Sony HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1U, and then there is the Bluefin HC1 for the Sony HC1, HC1000, V950 and PDX10. Last but certainly not least, the Tetra 7070 housing for the newly discontinued Olympus 7070. I really didn’t want to leave….and before I could…there was…Scootercam!! (check the photos)
Marine Camera Distributors
Unfortunately, the DEMA show directory didn't list MCD, so we missed their booth. (content coming)
I anxiously made my way to NightSea’s booth to take a look at their products….and they weren’t there. Well, their booth was there, but it was empty. Darn. Disappointed, I contacted author and scientist Charles Mazel when I got back to see what happened. He assured me that NightSea was still around, but they just had to cancel their DEMA appearance at the last minute. They are not offering any new products this year, but they still have the same blue-light flashlights and fluorescence filters that they have been offering. If you haven’t seen the Wetpixel thread on NightSea, make sure you take a look, and then check out their website. Fluorescence photography is really neat! Charles did tell me that he has been working on a technique to take these photos during the day (whereas previously they were taken only at night). He will release this information on his website soon, so stay tuned!
Photo taken of the same coral with a NightSea Flourescense filter....during the day!
Photo taken of the a coral with in 10m of water at about noon
Sea & Sea
Sea & Sea’s booth looked like a high-class modern showroom – very sharp. Big and roomy and easy to get to the beautifully displayed products…reminded me of an art gallery. I asked Brad Lally for a few minutes of his time and he was more than happy to show me Sea & Sea’s new works of art. There are six new items being showcased this year:
- The DX-D50 housing for the Nikon D50. Smaller and lighter than the D70, this little housing unites sophisticated function with ease of use.
- The DX-350D housing for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel / XT / 350D. Another light and compact housing that is sure to please.
- The YS-110 Digital TTL Strobe. This multi-function, all-camera-compatible strobe boasts a long list of functions that you’ll want to try out.
- The VX-HC1 PRO housing for the Sony HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1J – An attractive package for those little camcorders.
- The VX-FX1 housing for the Sony HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1J – You have a wide-angle option with this one as well.
- The DX-750G camera/housing combo. It’s so little! This 5 mega-pixel cutie fits in the palm of your hand and is the perfect camera for the diver who doesn’t want the big rig.
Harald Hordosch was not giving away any secrets, not even with some gentle and polite prodding from Stephen Frink…but he did happily give me the scoop on some new Seacam products that most of you probably don’t know about. The newest “Silver” that Seacam has to show off is their new Remote Control Cable. This you have GOT to see! It will come in two styles, curly cord or straight, in lengths up to 25 meters. Just imagine…with the cord connected to your Seacam housing, you position your camera close to the hidden Garden Eels and slowly squirm away. The eels rise, admiring the sleek silver housing at their…um…feet. Press the button halfway to focus, all the way to click the shutter…and BAM! You have the photo that every photographer wants but can never get. Sweet! Then there’s the new Seacam Wet Diopter – small, fits in your BCD pocket, comes in +2 or +4, and slips on and off the front of your flat Seacam port with ease. Look for these and more goodies (like a NEW Seacam digital flash) to be presented at the Antibes Festival…and the 5D? Soon my child….soon.