Issue 43 of X-Ray Magazine available
Issue 43 of X-Ray International Magazine is now available for download. Featured in the July issue are articles by Daniel Brinckmann and Scott Johnson on the wonders of Yap; Barb Roy and Wayne Grant on liveaboard diving aboard the Nautilus Swell in Port Hardy, BC, Canada; Kelly LaClaire and Kate Clark, on diving Southern Belize; Tyge Dahl Hermansen on mangroves; Aaron Gekoski on the broadnose sevengill shark in South Africa; flash photography by Lawson Wood and Qian Dao Lake in China with Don Silcock.
It is available for free download in either pdf or iPad formats.
Night diving with Oceanic Whitetip sharks
All Fins On LLC has released a trailer for their forthcoming documentary, tentatively entitled “Sharks: Lord of the Log Hands.” The footage was shot on location in the Bahamas and follows the journey of ten professional divers as they seek to film Oceanic Whitetips at night. The footage claims to be the first such captured at night without a cage and also featured in the trailer are flying boats and swimming pigs!
Ikelite releases housing for Canon Rebel T3/EOS 1100D
Ikelite has announced the release of a housing for the Canon Rebel T3/EOS 11OOD. Constructed from the company’s trademark clear polycarbonate, the new housing provides access to all camera controls except diopter adjustment and is tested to 200 feet (60 meters).
The new housing is shipping now.
Urgent help required with California shark fin ban bill
Sharksavers is urgently calling on all California residents to contact the members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources before 28 June and express your support for Assembly Bill AB376. The bill aims to ban the sale of shark fins in the state. It has encountered some fierce opposition by a group that is very organized, and rebutting the scientific data regarding shark populations. It is important that the members of the committee are both aware of the true facts, and also of the public support for the bill.
The Sharksavers pages have some ideas on how to present your arguments to the Committee. Please call the members now!
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X
Apple has announced the Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are now available from the Mac App store. Final Cut Pro X features the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach that allows the addition of clips wherever the user wants, with the other clips moving to make way for them. It also has Content Auto Analysis, which scans and tags content and uses the information to arrange clips into Smart Collections.
Final Cut Pro X has been rebuilt from the ground up, and is a true 64 bit application, allowing the computer to access additional memory for fast rendering and real-time playback. The new Final Cut software is available now from the Mac App store for $299, while Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are $49.99 each.
Mini review: XIT404 Quad Ball hangers
A mini review of XIT404 Quad Ball hangers. During the review of the XIT404 Quad Ball adaptors, I observed that:
“Some form of attachment eye could possibly be incorporated into the design.”
Immediately on publishing, I was informed that such a product did indeed exist and shortly thereafter, a pair of XIT404 Quad Ball adaptor hanger plates arrived.
Report warns: World oceans at risk of extinction
The BBC has featured a report compiled by the International Program on the State of the Oceans (IPSO) that highlights the dire state of the oceans. IPSO and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-sponsored a three-day conference earlier this year that drew 27 participants from 6 countries. Highlighting overfishing, global warming and acidification as the primary causes, the conference issued the following stark warning:
“That the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.”
IPSO’s full report on the conference’s findings is available as a pdf download.
Behind the scenes: Getting the shot on YouTube
Marc Montocchio specialises in underwater images of game fish and fishing. In a video published on YouTube, he takes us through the steps he took to get a series of sailfish images. The film is entitled Getting the Shot | Shades of Grey and the footage was shot at Quepos, Costa Rica. Luke Pearson of Lift Films shot and edited the video.
- Sony updates A9 firmware to 3.01 (via )
- Skylum updates Luminar to version 1.3.0 (via )
- Canon updates firmware for EOS 6D Mark II to version 1.04 (via )
- Nikon updates firmware for Df, D810, D610 and Coolpix cameras (via )
- Nikon updates firmware for D850, D750, D500, D7500, D7200,… (via )
- Canon releases service advisory for EOS 70D (via )
- Panasonic updates firmware for GH5, GH5s and G9 cameras (via )
- Nikon releases firmware version 1.30 for D5 camera (via )
- Plastic bag found at the bottom of the Mariana trench (via )
- A closer look at the taxidermy anteater photo (via )