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JackConnick

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FS: Open Box & Close-out Housings; Nauticam, Aquatica, Ikelite

16 November 2014 - 04:45 PM

We have a number of new, open box or discontinued housings being closed out at great prices!

 

These are all new, in box, complete and were just used as in-store demos. No wear, as new!

Ports, gears, etc available.

Free ground shipping in the US, cc/paypal ok!

 

Nauticam

Nauticam Nikon D800 MkI Housing was $3600, now $2995!

Nauticam A5000 Housing, Port, Valve & Sony A5000 Camera Package (2) Was $2370, Now $2099!

 

Aquatica

Aquatica AD-EM1 Housing with Vacuum System Was $2018 Now $1899!

Aquatica AD-5DMKIII Housing with Vacuum System Was $3360 Now $2999!

 

Ikelite

Ikelite D800 Housing  Was $1800, Now $1299!

 

These are just a few, more housings, lights and systems available here.
 

Jack Connick

Optical Ocean Sales, LLC

Email us for more details

+1 206-284-1142 / 800-359-1295


Free Olympus E-M1 V.2 Firmware Update - Try New Creative Underwater Techniques!

15 October 2014 - 07:32 AM

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While at first glance Olympus's new free OM-D E-M1 camera firmware upgrade v2 doesn't appear to offer much for underwater photography, digging into some of it's subtleties and improvements shows that it offers some pretty interesting ideas to expand your underwater universe.

The features added include most all of the latest ones now found on the new PEN E-PL7. It's not often that you can apply these types of upgrades to a camera that's nearly a year old.

Besides some improvements such as speeding up it's EVF display, more and smaller AF points, and improved focus peaking, there are a lot of new in-camera creative possibilities available such as using Keystone Correction to straighten the lines of a wreck, or maybe stalks of kelp, while shooting with a fisheye lens - right on the camera back. Same with it's Live Composite Tool; allowing for multiple exposures to be made creatively without post-processing. Other cool effects like Partial Color are now available, allowing you to shoot a brightly colored subject against a black and white background.

Do you like HDR? This popular technique of shooting and overlaying multiple varying exposures can be set-up and shot right on the camera. Using a high-frame rate, these HDR composites can be previewed on the camera display and then saved into RAW for further manipulation later. New is ev compensation on the HDR frames.

Updates have also been made to the wireless apps and tethering software, along with many other features you'll enjoy using above water. You can also use them to apply filters and create composite "stories" and upload them with your phone; without even opening your housing!

If you have one of these great Olympus micro-four thirds cameras, getting this free E-M1 firmware update is a no-brainer. It is easily downloaded onto a computer, then uploaded to the camera with the mini-usb cable included with the camera.

So enjoy this cool new present from Olympus and think creatively underwater, you might be surprised!

More information on the OM-D EM1 can be found here. You can download the updater here.

Here's a complete list of new features and changes:

8 New Functions:
  • Keystone Compensation (Digital Shift)
  • Tethered Shooting System (OLYMPUS capture)
  • Live Composite
  • Zoom In/Out and Layout have been added to Photo Story. Save (complete partway through), Temporary Save, and Resume functions have been added to Photo Story mode
  • New Art Filters: Vintage and Partial color
  • Old Film Effect in video recording
  • The Aperture Lock function has been added to Aperture Preview
  • The Panning Shot shooting mode has been added to SCN mode
16 Operability Improvements:
  • Image display time lag in the Electronic Viewfiner has been improved to 16 msec (frame rate setting is high speed)
  • Multiple simultaneous settings now available in Live Guide
  • Exposure compensation (±3 EV) is now available in HDR 1/HDR2 shooting
  • A function has been added to cancel Color Creator and return to the original Picture Mode by pressing the MENU button when using Color Creator function.
  • Movie Tele-converter can now be used simultaneously when Art Filter is set to Picture Mode.
  • AF function for each frame was added to Custom Self Timer. In Drive Mode's Custom Self Timer settings, you can now press the INFO button to change settings.
  • MF Assist is now supported in magnified frame position.
  • 3x has been added to high resolution magnified Live View.
  • The Peaking display frame rate has been improved.
  • Electronic zoom speed setting function was added. An icon appears on the LCD monitor when using an Olympus electronic zoom lens.
  • When the arrow pad is set to Direct function, the Underwater/Underwater macro functions can be used with the left and down button on the arrow pad.
  • Double tap is now supported in touch operations on the Super Control Panel.
  • The level gauge and histogram can now be displayed during magnified frame display. The Touch Off icon was added to magnified frame display.
  • A function was added so that shooting information recorded in HDR1/HDR2 can be viewed in the playback screen.
  • Information on composited number of shots for images recorded with Live Composite was added (Can be checked in Olympus Viewer3).
  • When the BKT button is held down, the BKT menu now appears.

 


Sony a7 / Sea of Cortez - Pics

06 September 2014 - 12:24 PM

A few pics and video from our recent Sea of Cortez trip on the Solmar V. Originally we were going to go to the Socorros, so I didn't have a macro lens along.

 

The Sony a7 is ground-breaking is a full-frame mirrorless camera, lots smaller and lighter than my D800 for sure. Better low-light and a host of programability. BUT lens offerings are pretty scarce. Hopefully by the end of the year this should be improved.

 

With some of the viz "challenging", I ended up shooting a fair amount of shallower available light. With the a7's low-light abilities it was easy to shoot up into the 2-3,000 ISOs without much degradation at all.

 

Using the manual focus Nikonos lens was a bit different, but it has such a long depth of field that I just stopped it down and only changed focus from CF/WA to WA as necessary. Using focus peaking it was easy to shoot when you saw the "reds" of their eyes! I also used the 28-70 and for a "kit" lens it isn't bad, with a close up diopter, I think it would work out well. I did shoot some moderate close ups and with the huge files, a little cropping came up with some pleasing images.

 

My Full Review is Here
Trip Report is Here

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Socorros on the New Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard, March 10-18, 2015

21 August 2014 - 07:31 AM

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Socorros on the New Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard, March 10-18, 2015
Join Us for an 8 Day Liveaboard Photo Expedition Starting at only $3355!

The Revillagigedos Islands, also known as the Socorro Islands, are located 250 miles offshore southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They form an oasis for pelagic life amongst their volcanic shores. Many hammerhead and silky sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, sailfish, schools of jacks and tuna come to feed, mate and get cleaned by small endemic Clarion Angelfish. These animals tend to be quite friendly towards divers at times, allowing for fantastic interactions and blue water photo opportunities.
 

Giant Mantas: The giant Pacific mantas which you will meet at Socorro are the largest of the rays and we believe they are the most majestic creatures in the ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like pectoral fins, which can grow up to 7 meters wide, but usually average about 5 – 6 meters. What is even more extraordinary is that the local population of bottlenose dolphins have learned to mimic the behaviour of the giant mantas. It is very likely that these wild dolphins will also move in close and intimate to divers during your trip.
 

Shark sightings are also very good at Socorro Island with common sightings of silky, galapagos, hammerhead, white tip and silver tip sharks.
 

Humpback Whales: Optical Ocean Sales has organized this trip to go at a perfect time of year to see migrating Humpback Whales.

A population of 1200 humpbacks moves into the island’s waters in early spring and chances are excellent that you will have encounters with these mighty giants. You may even hear them singing through the hull of the ship at night as you lie in your bunk.
 

New Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard: At 140' in length and 300 tons, the Nautilus Belle Amie redefines luxurious diving. Staterooms are located on three decks and are very spacious with ensuite heads and twin beds and no bunk beds! Three high-speed rigid inflatable 28' dive skiffs are loaded on/off the stern, you just step on and off, your gear is ready! A hot tub and bar complete the upper deck, with a comfortable saloon and dinning room and another bar on the wheelhouse deck.

The ship is stabilized, fast and comfortable in a seaway. In fact, it's the only boat to offer 6 full days of diving on a week's trip! Departs beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

 

Optical Ocean Sales: owner Jack Connick (making his 4th trip to the islands), will help you get the most of your underwater photo opportunities.
 

Included are:

  • 8 nights/9 days aboard the Nautilus Belle Amie, with 6 days of 4 tank dives
  • Twinshare cabins; either Premium, Superior or standard Staterooms.
  • Fantastic meals, snacks and more!
  • Tanks & weights (special pricing on other rentals)
  • Park Fees & taxes

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Airport Transfers
  • Hotel the night prior to departure
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Nitrox
  • $65 Port fee

*Deposits are non-refundable, but transferable to another person.
 

Download our flyer!

Sign up at: Socorros 2015 with Optical Ocean Sales or Email Us!
Or call: 800-359-1295, or +1 206-284-1142


Photo Expedition to Raja Ampat on the Damai II, Jan 11-22nd

08 August 2014 - 10:13 AM

Only Two Spots Left! “Simply the Best” Underwater Photo Expedition on the Damai II Liveaboard
to Raja Ampat, Indonesia - January 11-22, 2015

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Raja Ampat lies in the center of the Coral Triangle and simply has the finest diving in the world. Over 700 vibrant coral species are the backdrop for every image you will want to capture. This is more than ten times what you would find in the Caribbean. It also has the highest level of diversity of fish life in the world with over 1300 species. From Pygmy seahorses to giant mantas!  We will visit muck diving sites, mangroves, piers teaming with schools of fish, manta cleaning stations, and of course every form of reef structure you can dream of. Raja Ampat is a diver’s dream realized. Join us for 11 days as we dive and sail these beautiful waters on board the Damai II liveaboard.


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The Damai II is one of the most luxurious liveaboardscatering to diving photographers. The boat is limited to just 12 divers and caters to this smaller group with just 4 divers per guide. The boat also understands photographers; if the group wants to repeat a site, they will try to accommodate! The camera room puts to shame many you will find at dry land resorts.

The word everyone uses to describe the Damai II is luxurious and for good reason. The two Master Suites are 400 sq ft and all suites are beautifully appointed. There are 3 outside lounging areas, one section dedicated to the Spa where you can get a massage. The food is simply some of the best you will find on a dive holiday.  You don’t just “eat”, you “dine”.  But beyond luxurious, the Damai II is functional, with generous storage for your dive gear, excellent pangas and crews.

Your trip leader Jack Connick from Optical Ocean Sales will be available to help you with daily lectures on subjects ranging from strobe positioning to Photoshop Lightroom. Take part in as much, or as little, as you like.
 

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Included in your Package:

•  11 Days/10 Nights on board the Damai II Liveaboard
•  UW Photo Presentations & Help
•  Beer & Pop onboard
•  Airport Transfers to/from boat

Limited Space: 2 spots available in twin share cabin $6600/pp

Not Included: Airfare RT Sarong Sarong, $100 for Nitrox, $100 Park Fee. We can help book air travel.

$3300 non-refundable (transferable) deposit holds your spot! Call or write us today!

Download our flyer here!
*Final price may change due to fuel charges, taxes and surcharges not under our control. Optical Ocean Sales is a registered Seller of Travel in the State of Washington