DEMA 2007: Subal Austria
Arnold and Sigrid Stepanek at Subal showed a prototype Canon 1D Mk III housing (the CD3), which looked fantastic. All controls were in reach of fingers when the housing was held in typical shooting position, including the AF-ON button and both dials. The new housing uses a larger bayonet mount to accomodate new lenses, which are bigger in diameter. This probably means that there will be an entirely new line-up of ports, but I didn't find out details. The CD3 should ship during the 2nd half of November...
DEMA 2007: NCUPS
Robbie, Rick, Randy, and Kathy were at the NCUPS booth showing off printed images and promoting their annual photo contest. Randy and Kathy were in costume, which made me very happy. Other than the two of them, I only saw one other person in costume ALL DAY, ON HALLOWEEN (I mean, aside from Eli and me). So sad!
DEMA 2007: Seacam USA
Harald Hordosch and Stephen Frink were at the Seacam (USA) booth showing some particularly innovative products, including a remote control system complete with remote monitor, pole (with shutter trigger), tripod, and monitor glasses. Equally as exciting was a new strobe, the SeaFlash 150.
DEMA 2007: INON America
INON had fewer new products this year, but Steve Philbrook and Mark Rupert showed me a full line of compact digicam housings and accessories in addition to their popular strobe models, the Z-240, D-2000, D-2000s, and Z-22 ring strobe.
A new 180° straight viewfinder prototype will please those people looking for a magnified viewfinder who hate 45° models. The new viewfinder is 1:1 and designed for APS-sized sensors. It should ship sometime in January...
DEMA 2007: X-Ray Magazine
DEMA 2007: Light & Motion
Light & Motion had an exciting new line of LED video lights on display. The Sunray 1000 and 2000 video lights both use bright LEDs, which offer instant on/off and solid-state design. Because the LEDs have a 50,000 hour bulb light when not overdriven (these are not overdriven), users should never have to replace a bulb again!
The Sunray 1000 uses 9 LEDs, and is compatible with older battery packs, which means that you can upgrade your system by just buying new heads (although older battery packs do not support multiple brightness levels). The 1000 should last 65 minutes at full power. The new battery is a 6-cell lithium-ion pack, which support 3 different light levels...
DEMA 2007: Backscatter
Backscatter showed off quite a few products at their booth, but we'll focus on the new products. Backscatter boys Berk, Jim, Dave, and Marshall manned the booth.
First, Backscatter and Reef Photo & Video are now sharing USA distribution of Seatool products, so Backscatter had Seatool housings for Sony HDR-SR7/HDR-SR8 (AVCHD onto hard drive) and HDR-CX7/HDR-CX8 camcorders (AVCHD onto MemoryStick media). Also on display was a Seatool prototype housing for the Nikon D200 digital SLR...
DEMA 2007: Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide
DivePhotoGuide has just re-launched their website. Check it out -- it still features the most complete professional underwater photographer gallery anywhere on the web, and also has a great photo contest directory. Also with the relaunch, winners of Wetpixel's public-voted Photo of the Week contest will be eligible for a gallery at DivePhotoGuide.
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