Report: Long Beach Scuba Show 2011

The 2011 Long Beach Scuba Show was held on 4 and 5 June, at the Long Beach Convention Center, California. The event is billed as the USA’s largest consumer dive expo. Amidst the stands were many suppliers with products and services that are of interest to underwater image makers. Wetpixel’s Abi Smigel Mullens was on-hand to capture the products and people at the show.

She noticed: GoPro POV cameras were all over the show, manufacturers are paying a lot more attention to the video capabilities of SLRs, second-generation EVIL cameras have now matured and that fiber-optic triggering of underwater strobes is rapidly replacing electronic.

David Dunleavy live paints Manatees at the show.

Walked over to Fourth Element (from left: Abi Smigel, Jim Standing, Sherrie Murphy and Warren Miller.)

Chris Parsons and a Nauticam housing at the Reef Photo Booth.

The Nauticam NA 60D for the Canon 60D.

NA 60D back, note there are no “piano keys” but Chris says it is the smoothest command dial out there.

Nauticam housing for the Panasonic Lumix LX5.

Back of the Nauticam LX5. The housing is also compatible with the Leica D-Lux 5.

Back of the Nauticam NA GH2 for the Panasonic GH2 micro four-thirds system.

Front view. The housing will start shipping on 10 June.

NA XZ-1 for the Olympus XZ-1 back.

Front view of Nauticam NA XZ-1.

Over at Ultralight checking out the cage for the GoPro camera housing.

The cage is their solution for the often broken plastic tabs of the GoPro housing.

A housing tricked out with Ultralight connectors and accessories.

Berkley White of Backscatter hand models the Backscatter GoPro housing.