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DEMA 2006: Fantasea Photo

DEMA 2006: Fantasea

Howard Rosenstein and Ran Vered of Fantasea showed new underwater housings for the Nikon D80 and Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D.  Fantasea specializes in housings for all Nikon Coolpix cameras.  All new models include support for full control of the camera, and housing packages containing tray, arm, flash, and fiber optic cable run under USD $400 retail (impressive).

Fantasea has also been busy producing a line of accessories…

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DEMA 2006: Sam in Palau, Bill in Yap Photo

DEMA 2006: Sam in Palau, Bill in Yap

While wandering the aisles, I stopped to chat with the folks we worked with during the Digital Shootout Palau last year.  Sam Scott was at DEMA representing Sam’s Tours Palau, and Bill Acker was there for Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers, where Wetpixel video moderator Mike Veitch currently serves as photo and video pro.

Regarding Yap, if you’d like to spend some time there receiving photo instruction, check out Photo Week 2007 (June 22-28) with Mike Veitch and others!

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DEMA 2006: AquaVideo Photo

DEMA 2006: AquaVideo

AquaVideo flexible housing designs are built using heavy-duty cylinders with custom-drilled holes for control placement.  At their booth, they had on display a new underwater housing for the Sony FX-7 camcorder.  A cool feature: Michael Hastings pointed out that batteries for lighting actually fit inside the housing itself for a compact package.

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DEMA 2006: Aquatica Photo

DEMA 2006: Aquatica

Exciting news!  Accessory viewfinders are being more and more popular!  Aquatica was proudly displaying a pro-production model of their new AquaView viewfinder, which featured a large, bright, clear picture.  Also on display was the A30D housing for Canon’s EOS 30D digital SLR.  I am impressed that the A30D’s ergonomic improvements over Aquatica’s earlier housings for Canon SLRs.

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DEMA 2006: Amphibico Photo

DEMA 2006: Amphibico

Amphibico had two prototype underneath domed glass.  One was the Endeavor, an underwater housing for the new Sony V1/FX7 camcorder.  The other was an EVO2 housing for the Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD camcorder with integrated LCD screen on the back of the housing.  See the Video Products Roundup for more coverage on Amphibico.

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DEMA 2006: Socialing, Wetpixel happy hour, Nov 10 Photo

DEMA 2006: Socialing, Wetpixel happy hour, Nov 10

While some European shows like the Antibes Festival area traditionally about getting the industry together for non-stop drinking and debauchery

annual social time, DEMA is usually more about business.  Still, not everyone can avoid social contact during the four-day event.

Drinks night was a roaring success.  With an estimated total attendance of 50 or so, we had numerous members of Wetpixel there as well as representatives from much of the photography, videography, and travel industry…

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DEMA 2006: Video Products Roundup Photo

DEMA 2006: Video Products Roundup

The DEMA Show 2006 came and went in a flash! Wetpixel video moderator Scubadru was there to cover the video products over the 4-day period and has written a comprehensive overview of the products shown and announced at the show this year.  There were many innovative accessories for the video housings, and the move to High Definition is even more evident as manufacturers no longer even display Standard Definition products. Join Drew as he runs through the products he saw at DEMA this year…

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