Gates adds correction lenses to Panasonic AG-3DA1
The Panasonic 3DA1 is an ideal tool for underwater 3D film making. However, as the two “eyes” or lenses are fixed relative to each other, this brings about some challenges. Effectively, this means that it has a fairly narrow field of view and 8 foot minimum convergence for the eyes. Hence, wide shots are a problem, and subjects closer than 8 feet will be off the screen in the positive 3D space, and may not make for comfortable viewing.
Gates Underwater Products has attacked this by adding conversion lenses to the camera. The lenses are from Zunow with a front aluminum bezel, which actually replaces the camera’s own, machined by Gates. This makes the camera truly usable underwater (and above too) as the lens both increases the field of view dramatically and allows the 3DA1 to converge closer; down to 5 feet. The lenses are 0.6x magnification, and the Gates 3DA1 housing has been extended to accommodate them. Please contact Gates directly for price and availability information.
Underwater Photography Magazine issue 58 available
The January/February edition of Underwater Photography magazine (UwP) is available as a free download. Issue 58 includes Alex Mustard’s review of the Nikon D7000, Chris Mitchell’s First Sardine Run, Working the Subject by Michael Gallagher and Rio Negro’s Amazons by Michel Braunstein among others. In addition there are pages of news, reviews and product announcements.
UwP magazine is a free download in pdf format.
Creative Cow DSLR Video podcasts
Creative Cow has launched a series of podcast totorials for the DSLR user who is shooting video. Hosts Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman are planning to cover topics specific to DSLRs and current episodes include topics like understanding frame sizes, frame rates and memory cards. The episodes currentlt seem to be targeted towards the newcomer to video, rather than the seasoned pro.
The podcasts are free to download on iTunes.
The Telegraph reports the final “retirement” of Kodachrome film as the last machine capable of processing it ran out of developing chemicals last Thursday. Dwayne’s Photo, a small family business in Parsons, Kansas, was the last place Kodachrome could be developed. Kodak announced in June 2009 that it would stop making the chemicals needed for the process, but had committed to supply Dwayne’s until the end of 2010.
First launched in 1935, it has been in use for 75 years, and has been superseded by digital technologies over the last decade. Many photographers will remember the excitement generated by the processed slides arriving, often weeks or months after the images were captured. R.I.P. Kodachrome.
Call for entries: 2011 Scuba Diving Photo competition.
Scuba Diving magazine has called for entries to it’s 2011 photo competition. The four entry categories are macro, wide-angle, behavior and, a new category for 2011, Divers. Prizes on offer include a liveaboard cruise on the Dancer fleet Sundancer II as well as holidays to the Caymans, Bonaire, Utila and the Philippines/Indonesia, and the winning images will be featured in the August 2011 magazine issue.
Images of Sealux housing for Panasonic AG-3DA1
Sealux has released images of their new housing for the Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D camera. Called the PP3DA1, it is made of aluminum and all major camera functions are operable with it. There will be two ports available, one for the standard lens and one for the wide-angle lens, and it can be used an external monitor.
It is priced at 9240 Euro, and is expected to be available soon.
Samsung launches NX11 EVIL camera
dpreview reports that Samsung has announced the release of the NX11 EVIL camera. This new camera adds i-Function lens compatibility and a new grip for improved ergonomics. In addition, it will have a 3.0” AMOLED LCD, for reduced glare in bright conditions, and 30fps video at 720p. The camera is partnered by an18-55mm i-Function lens and Samsung has also announced the release of two new i-Function lenses: A 20mm f2.8 pancake and a 20-50mm zoom.
The camera is expected to retail at $649 and to ship in February.
Olympus E-PL2 leaked
43 Rumours has released pictures and specifications of the Olympus E-PL2 EVIL camera. The official launch is expected at CES on 6 January. It features the same sensor as the E-PL1, but has a number of refinements, for underwater use the key one being the ability to take pictures at up to ISO 6400. Other new features include: A direct movie button, a High resolution 3.0″ LCD (460K Dots) and a new external Bluetooth module called “PENPAL”. This can attached to the hot-shoe to send pictures to your Android or Windows mobile phone and share pictures on Flickr, Facebook and other social networks.
The camera is to be supplied with a new 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) kit lens, and to be available from February. Price is not yet announced.
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