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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:37 PM

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Canon has announced the new 1D Mark IV digital SLR:
http://www.usa.canon..._eos1dmkiv.html

16 megapixel, 10 fps, 1080p HD video: "The camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards."

They have also posted an article outlining what's new in the camera:
http://www.usa.canon...articleTypeID=5

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Posted Image INTRODUCING THE ULTIMATE MULTIMEDIA IMAGING SOLUTION: THE NEW CANON EOS-1D MARK IV DIGITAL SLR CAMERA Posted Image The EOS-1D Mark IV Features a Completely Redesigned 45-Point Autofocus System, Fast 10 fps Continuous Shooting, 16-Megapixel Resolution, Outstanding ISO Sensitivity, and Full HD Video Recording at Selectable Frame Rates Posted Image LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 20, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon's most rugged and durable professional camera body.

The crowning achievement of Canon's 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is its new autofocus system that starts with 45 AF points including 39 high-precision cross-type focusing points capable of tracking fast moving athletes or wildlife accurately at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With greater subject detection capability than ever before plus a newly redesigned AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera sets new standards for autofocus performance among professional digital SLRs. Whether shooting for the six o'clock news or the front page, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR is the quintessential camera to freeze fast-moving action with high-speed stills or capture stunning HD video with dynamic color and image quality. To accompany the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera, Canon is also announcing a new accessory, the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter providing photographers with a wide range of professional digital connectivity options.

"Canon works hard to be the imaging leader in all our business endeavors. This goal has fueled our innovation and R&D efforts to engineer the most advanced autofocus system Canon has ever produced. We are proud to announce the camera that will deliver the ultimate in imaging quality to professionals working in all areas of multimedia imaging, whether it's action photography, photojournalism or HD video and cinematography," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera will intrigue professional photographers in virtually every category from photojournalism and sports through nature, wedding, portrait and fashion to commercial, industrial and law enforcement. What makes the EOS-1D Mark IV camera different from its predecessors, in addition to numerous focusing system and image quality improvements, is its exceptional Full HD video capture capability. With this new level of functionality, the 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is destined to appeal not only to professional still photographers but also to a diverse market of professional videographers and filmmakers who are looking for exceptional Full HD video quality, amazing low-light performance, outstanding portability and a level of durability unheard of in most HD video cameras in this price range.

New 45-Point Autofocus System
The new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera features Canon's most advanced Autofocus system to date. It is equipped with a newly developed 45-point AF sensor featuring 39 high-precision cross-type AF points, and an all new AI Servo II AF mode that gives still photographers the power and performance to track and focus a fast-moving subject at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With more than twice as many cross-type focusing points as the EOS-1D Mark III and a new AF sensor construction that improves performance in low light and with low contrast subjects, the EOS-1D Mark IV has greater subject detection capabilities than any previous EOS model. To complete the range of AF improvements, Canon has developed a new AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm that significantly improves responsiveness and stability by making better decisions on focus tracking in a variety of shooting conditions.

Amazing High ISO Performance
Wedding and event photographers shooting in low light without the benefit of a flash can take advantage of Canon's widest ISO range and highest performance ever. The EOS-1D Mark IV camera's ISO speed settings range from 100 up to 12,800 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments with ISO Expansion settings of L: 50 for bright light or H1: 25,600, H2: 51,200, and H3: 102,400 for even the most dimly lit situations. Photographers and documentary filmmakers working in available light will be impressed by the low-noise image quality of the 1D Mark IV, capturing amazing still images and video footage even at speed settings as high as ISO 12,800. High ISO, low light still images are further enhanced by Canon's adjustable High ISO Noise Reduction feature, now a default setting in the camera.

The EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS HD Video Powerhouse
Over the past year, Canon's EOS HD Video technology has changed the way users capture 1080p HD video and opened new doors for multimedia journalists and Hollywood cinematographers alike with full manual exposure control, selectable frame rates, and interchangeable lenses on some of the largest and most sensitive image sensors on the market. Canon continues this innovation trend with the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR with Full HD capture and full manual exposure control, plus selectable frame rates on an all-new APS-H-sized image sensor that's similar in size to a Super 35mm motion picture film frame. The large sensor allows filmmakers to achieve shallow depth-of-field just as cinematographers have traditionally done using much higher-cost motion picture equipment.

The more than 50 Canon EF lenses compatible with the EOS-1D Mark IV give videographers incredible creative options, including an impressive selection of large-aperture professional L-series primes as well as zoom lenses, macro, Tilt-Shift and Fisheye optics. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV allows for three video recording resolutions - 1080p Full HD and 720p HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards. Sound is recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via optional external microphones connected to the stereo microphone input. The camera also provides an in-camera video editing function allowing users to remove the start or ending of a video clip directly in the camera to eliminate unwanted footage and speed up post-production.

Image Quality and Performance
The heart of the EOS-1D Mark IV camera's outstanding image quality is a newly developed 16.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor featuring Canon's latest and most advanced proprietary technologies. These technologies include improved photodiode construction to enhance dynamic range and gapless microlenses that are positioned closer to the photodiodes for improved light gathering efficiency. The transmissive quality of the color filter array has been enhanced to improve sensitivity. Canon has also upgraded the sensor circuitry to improve noise reduction before the image data is exported from the CMOS sensor to the rest of the image processing chain.

With 60 percent more pixels than the EOS-1D Mark III, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR employs Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors with approximately six times the processing power of DIGIC III for full 14-bit A/D conversion at 10 fps. High-speed continuous shooting up to 121 Large JPEGs is possible using a UDMA CF card. This camera also features three RAW shooting modes for versatility with Full RAW (approx. 16 million pixels), M-RAW (approx. nine million pixels), and S-RAW (approx. four million pixels). Three additional JPEG recording formats (M1, M2 and Small) are also available.

The 14-bit per channel conversion facilitated by the dual DIGIC 4 Processors provides smoother tonalities in final images capturing all 16,384 distinct tones in each channel (red, green and blue) at the full 10 fps frame rate. RAW images shot on the new Canon EOS-1D Mark IV use the entire 14-bit space when converted to 16-bit TIFF files in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which is supplied with the camera at no extra charge. The 14-bit A/D conversion is also the foundation for Canon's Highlight Tone Priority feature that takes maximum advantage of the camera's extensive dynamic range to preserve detail in highlight areas of the image. Canon's new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR also features an improved white balance algorithm making colors more accurate when shooting under low color temperature light sources such as household tungsten lamps.

The EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR features Canon's Peripheral Illumination Correction function which corrects darkening that can occur in the corners of images with most lenses when used at their largest apertures. When activated, it is automatically applied to JPEG images and video clips as they are shot. For RAW images, it can be applied in DPP software.

Other new features include a large three-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution and a wide 160-degree viewing angle for enhanced clarity and more precise color when reviewing images and shooting video. The new in-camera copyright information feature helps professionals secure control over images by setting copyright data directly into the camera and appending that information to each image file in the Exif metadata. Additional features include a fluorine coating on the Low Pass Filter to further repel dust and enhance the EOS Integrated Cleaning System.

Minimize Post-Production with Enhanced Canon Auto Lighting Optimizer
Action photography truly is all about speed, capturing a fast subject with fast focusing and fast frame rates. However, all this speed might be wasted if it is slowed down by lengthy post-production procedures to adjust image quality. The EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR helps reduce post-production work with a powerful new Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) system. When enabled, Canon's ALO automatically adjusts the image for optimal brightness and contrast on the fly during in-camera image processing, reducing clipped highlights while keeping shadowed areas as clear and detailed as they actually appear. By optimizing brightness and contrast in-camera, Canon's ALO system significantly reduces the need for post-production image optimization, and gives photographers image quality they can take directly to press. Demanding professional photographers who tested ALO clearly stated that this one feature will reduce their post-production image optimization process by more than 75 percent. Canon's ALO works with both RAWi and JPEG images as well as video recording.

Rugged Reliability
Canon has taken every measure to ensure that the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera has the highest degree of weather resistance in the EOS line. The 1D Mark IV camera incorporates a wide range of design features that enhance its durability and reliability for professional assignments. For example, the 1D Mark IV's body, chassis and lens mount are completely weather-resistant and 76 gaskets and seals surround all buttons and seams. The body covers and internal chassis, including the mirror box, are constructed with magnesium-alloy, one of the strongest and rigid metals available for its weight. For added strength, the lens mount is constructed with stainless steel. In fact, when used with Canon's Speedlite 580EX II and/or most current L-series lenses, the entire camera system remains fully weather resistant, so professionals can concentrate on getting the shot instead of worrying about protecting their gear.

New Wireless Connectivity
Canon is announcing the availability of the new WFT-E2 II A* wireless file transmitter exclusively for the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The WFT-E2 II A wireless transmitter is an extremely small and versatile device that offers professional photographers a wide range of digital connectivity options including IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet, ideal for commercial and studio work. In addition to adding the ability to connect to wireless networks over 802.11a, the new WFT-E2 II A adds a wealth of new professional features to the photographer's tool kit. The new Camera Linking feature allows a single photographer to simultaneously fire up to 10 cameras remotely; and the updated WFT Server mode lets you remotely use Live View, control settings, and fire the EOS-1D Mark IV over the internet from anywhere in the world using a standard Web browser or many Web-enabled smart phones. Additionally, geotagging is now possible via Bluetooth, using compatible GPS devices to append coordinate data to the images.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers in late December, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $4,999.00ii. Final pricing and availability for the Canon WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter will be available later this year.

Canon Digital Learning Center
Online visitors and Web surfers are encouraged to browse the Canon Digital Learning Center and take advantage of the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a schedule for a wide variety of Live Learning classes across the country with renowned photographers as well as online resources and tips. The site also features online tutorials for beginners and professionals to learn their way around a digital SLR camera and inkjet printer and unlock the full creative control of digital photography. To learn more about each program and register, please visit: www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:50 PM

Nice of Canon to preserve the body shape :).

Canon 1D Mark IV (Canon Product List Specifications): http://www.usa.canon...p;modelid=19584
Sample images: http://web.canon.jp/...amples/eos1dm4/
Rob Galbraith overview article w/ side-by-side image comparisons with Mark III body: http://www.robgalbra...d=7-10044-10310
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:08 PM

$5,000.00 versus $1700.00 (for a 7D). What am I missing here worth the $3K+ difference? I read the stats and don't see the value. But then again, this is the camera your boss buys you, right?

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:30 PM

Nice of Canon to preserve the body shape :).


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Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:27 PM

Vincent Laforet has a video shot with the Canon 1D Mark IV, with downloadable version in 1080p (compressed):
http://blog.vincentl...-camera-action/

The ISO stayed locked in the 6400 ASA range - with a very few shots hovering 1 stop above and one or two set to 3200 ASA because we had TOO MUCH depth of field…(on the bridge.) At one point I found myself shooting at 12,800 ASA by mistake - and I didn’t even notice any noise on the rear LCD in the skies… 6400 ASA is the new 1600 ASA - maybe even the new 800 ASA. Stop to ponder that for a second - and what it can mean to the way you approach your craft.


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Posted 20 October 2009 - 07:38 AM

Fantastic news! I sure hope they preserve the button placement on the back - but there are bound to be some changes to implement the video, etc... I'll need to have a look at these other articles.

Great news indeed.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:31 AM

$5,000.00 versus $1700.00 (for a 7D). What am I missing here worth the $3K+ difference? I read the stats and don't see the value. But then again, this is the camera your boss buys you, right?

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For starters the body is way more robust and tolerant of water than the 7D. The motor drive is much faster as well. I hope my boss does buy this for me but I doubt he will the way the economy is right now. But I'd love to have one.

Now if this baby can avoid the issue surrounding the Mark III I think Canon just gave Nikon a serious run. The stats look impressive to me.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:40 AM

Vincent Laforet has a video shot with the Canon 1D Mark IV, with downloadable version in 1080p (compressed):
http://blog.vincentl...-camera-action/


Ok, that was pretty cool. I don't do productions like that but suffice it to say the video out of that camera would do just fine for what I do for our paper's website. :)

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:13 PM

Nice of Canon to preserve the body shape :).

Canon 1D Mark IV (Canon Product List Specifications): http://www.usa.canon...p;modelid=19584
Sample images: http://web.canon.jp/...amples/eos1dm4/
Rob Galbraith overview article w/ side-by-side image comparisons with Mark III body: http://www.robgalbra...d=7-10044-10310



If this fits in Mk3 housings the Mk4 will be 'dive ready' when it becomes available whereas this is not the case with the D3S. More irony as the new Nikon D3S is not a new body series designation whereas the Canon is. :)
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:07 AM

If this fits in Mk3 housings the Mk4 will be 'dive ready' when it becomes available whereas this is not the case with the D3S. More irony as the new Nikon D3S is not a new body series designation whereas the Canon is. :)
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I ordered my new MKIV yesterday, and am convinced it will work in my SEACAM MKIII housing. The combination of 1DsMKIII for high res (until 1DsMKIV is released) and the 1DMKIV for video, high ISO, rapid motor drive, and cropped sensor advantages with telephoto & some wide angle lenses ... all in the same housing ... is very compelling!

Plus, enhanced AF with MKIV is a significant advantage for shooting action, and I have no doubt that the 14-bit files @ 16MB will be very impressive. I expect this to be my go-to camera for many applications.
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 06:25 PM

I agree w/ you 100% on this one Steve - I just don't have the 5K to order one! Maybe you can get an early one from Chuck to check the housing fit?

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 03:42 PM

I agree w/ you 100% on this one Steve - I just don't have the 5K to order one! Maybe you can get an early one from Chuck to check the housing fit?

Cheers
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Hi James - I expect we'll know for certain at DEMA. Canon will be in the booth beside us and if humanly possible Chuckie will have MKIV and I'll have a Seacam MKIII housings.

I'm sure it will fit.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 07:44 PM

Canon wants to tell you why their new camera is the nicest thing since slice bread:

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 03:16 PM

Hi James - I expect we'll know for certain at DEMA. Canon will be in the booth beside us and if humanly possible Chuckie will have MKIV and I'll have a Seacam MKIII housings.

I'm sure it will fit.


Any more information on this ? could you try a mk4 in a mk3 housing ?
does it fit ? does it need any mod ?

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 07:15 PM

Oh boyoboyoboy! Sounds like the idea rig for big animal action shooting (sharks in particular!)...as long as strobes can keep up!

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 09:53 AM

Oh boyoboyoboy! Sounds like the idea rig for big animal action shooting (sharks in particular!)...as long as strobes can keep up!


I had my MKIV in my Seacam MKIII housing earlier this week. Plug and play, no worries. Of course I couldn't access FEL quite yet. Harald is making a "claw", as he calls it, that will replace ISO button and engage FEL. That will be available early February.

See http://stephenfrink....lis-shoots.html for some MKIV production shots, behind scenes on ad shoot.

So, that means 3 options for MKIV with Seacam:

1. Replace ISO lever with FEL control and run ISO via Custom Function
2. Send Housing back to Seacam to get MKIII retrofit to MKIV FEL button.
3. Buy MKIV housing, which of course gives other upgrades typical of all newer Seacam housings.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 09:12 AM

I had my MKIV in my Seacam MKIII housing earlier this week. Plug and play, no worries. Of course I couldn't access FEL quite yet. Harald is making a "claw", as he calls it, that will replace ISO button and engage FEL. That will be available early February.

See http://stephenfrink....lis-shoots.html for some MKIV production shots, behind scenes on ad shoot.

So, that means 3 options for MKIV with Seacam:

1. Replace ISO lever with FEL control and run ISO via Custom Function
2. Send Housing back to Seacam to get MKIII retrofit to MKIV FEL button.
3. Buy MKIV housing, which of course gives other upgrades typical of all newer Seacam housings.


Been in Cayman this week shooting a catalog for Subgear. Just yesterday I got around to shooting with my MKIV in my Seacam MKIII housing. Prior to that I'd been shooting my 5dMKII.

A few first impressions on MKIV:

1. Holy crap ... AF is so nice. Very fast and accurate, even in low contrast subjects like black wetsuits.
Focus acquisition is brilliant. Having shot my 5DII in similar conditions the 2 previous days, the improvement is striking.
2. Studying the files, I like what I see, but the full frame sensor will always have advantages over a cropped sensor, all else being equal. Very nice, but the extra real estate on the sensor is meaningful. No surprise. Combination 1DsMKIII at full frame and MKIV with cropped sensor and 10 frames per second, in same housing, is very compelling for me.
3. It hits color quite well also. The topside stuff I shot in auto white balance is spot on, no slider controls necessary in Lightroom.
4. The 16-35II isn't as wide as I'd like at the wide end, but becomes a better fish portrait lens at 35mm. I expect I'll use it quite a bit in the Maldives in 2 weeks since I'm not shooting people much. But, the big advantage is the AF focus. For UW use, quite fast and accurate. Can't remember any searching at all, but I only shot wide on this project. Still, I expect it to be stellar with 100mm macro.
5. And finally, while I haven't tested extensively, the 14mm II looks like it gains new life with the cropped sensor. Pretty impressive. (Superdome and PVL20) It won't even be as compact as a Nikonos and 15mm lens as mythic Holy Grail, but the performance as a wide prime with excellent depth of field, nice corners, and performance far superior to film is very, very promising. More on that after the Maldives trip.

Here's a few product shots from yesterday with MKIV, although sized too small to see meaningful resolution judgment. They are nice files though, very impressive in full res.

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MKIII Seacam housing was plug and play. Just slid MKIV in MKIII housing and went off to shoot.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 09:16 AM

Here is a 16-35II shot, @ 27mm. Seacam superdome, PVL 57.5, Canon MKIV. Again, sized small for web, only 550 pixels. High res hold very well.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 12:14 PM

1. Holy crap ... AF is so nice. Very fast and accurate, even in low contrast subjects like black wetsuits.
Focus acquisition is brilliant. Having shot my 5DII in similar conditions the 2 previous days, the improvement is striking.



Take a look, they are updating the Firmeware


Details of the enhancement:
Firmware Version 1.0.6 enhances the AF tracking performance of the EOS-1D Mark IV for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 04:30 PM

SEACAM MKIII to MKIV conversion with "claw". Quite simple.

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Stephen Frink - www.stephenfrinkphoto.com
Publisher - Alert Diver Magazine
Distributor/North America - Seacamusa.com
Travel - Waterhousetours.com