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Fiber optic snoot system for underwater strobes Photo

Fiber optic snoot system for underwater strobes

I am currently on the M/V Shear Water anchored just outside of the famous Blue Heron Bridge critter dive in Palm Beach, Florida. Not long ago, we were surprised by a diver who burst out of the water onto our back deck — it was Shen, who works at Reef Photo & Video (and who, incidentally, is a critter expert at Blue Heron Bridge).

I noticed that Shen’s Subal rig had LocLine arms attached to the end of his Ikelite strobes. I looked inside the arms to see if they were painted white and discovered fiber optic cables!

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Call for entries: Epson Red Sea Images of the world Photo

Call for entries: Epson Red Sea Images of the world

Epson Red Sea has announced a competition open to both amateurs and professionals, for underwater images taken anytime and anywhere in the world. There are several entry categories available: Linked theme portfolio of 5 images, shark image, single color image, wreck image and environmental image.

Deadline for registration and receiving entries is 10 October 2010.

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Nauticam NA Nex-5 housing recycles Nikonos lenses Photo

Nauticam NA Nex-5 housing recycles Nikonos lenses

Berkley White has previewed a unique feature of the new Nauticam NA Nex-5 housing: the ability to use Nikonos lenses with a special adapter. Berkley highlights that Nikonos lenses are specifically designed for use underwater, are mechanically sealed and are still considered by many to be some of the sharpest optics available for underwater use. The ability to use them with the Sony NEX-5 camera will allow new creative effects, although the manual adjustment of these lenses will also present some challenges.

Nauticam will have the housing on display at the Photokina Exhibition, which starts on Monday.

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Earth Touch video message on climate change Photo

Earth Touch video message on climate change

Originally released by Earth Touch as a message for the decision makers at the UNEP Copenhagen summit in 2009, this powerful video still has great relevance today. Set in 2060, and narrated through the voice of a child, the footage relates to a future without the marine creatures that are shown, due to climate change and ocean acidification.

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Nikon introduces the D7000 DSLR Photo

Nikon introduces the D7000 DSLR

Nikon has announced the release of a new mid range DSLR: The D7000. The new DX format camera has a 16.2 million pixel sensor, with an ISO range of 100 through to 25600, 1080p at 24fps HD video, and “subject tracking” or full-time 3D AF in video mode. In addition, it has a new EXPEED 2 image processing engine, a new metering sensor and 39 focus point AF system. Lastly, it has a glass pentaprism, giving 100% coverage of the picture area, and dual SD memory card slots. Many of these features will make this a very interesting camera for underwater use.

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Aquatica housing for Canon T2i/550 is shipping Photo

Aquatica housing for Canon T2i/550 is shipping

The Aquatica AT2i housing for the Canon T2i/550 has undergone its complete field testing cycle and has now started shipping. Among modifications made from the pre-production prototype are a new retractable focus/zoom gear rack/lens release lever and the control layout has been ergonomically positioned with vital functions (for both still and video) all now being more accessible. The housing has a knob that allows the built in flash of the camera to be lowered for doing ambient light images and a push button to raise it when the user wishes to return to strobe illumination via fiber optic TTL.

Also recently introduced by Aquatica are two new ports, the 4” mini dome 100 and a low profile macro port designed for the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

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Samsung unveils NX100 mirrorless compact Photo

Samsung unveils NX100 mirrorless compact

The new Samsung NX100 builds on the features of the NX10, such as an APS-C size sensor for quality images and a 3-inch AMOLED screen for clear and easy viewing. New features include an i-Function lens which allows users to control their camera through the lens, very fast AF and an ISO that can be raised to a maximum of 6400. In line with most of the new compacts, it supports HD movie recording at 720P. Lens choices will include a 20mm pancake and, in the future, a 60mm macro. (Via dpreview.)

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Canon introduces two new PowerShot compact cameras Photo

Canon introduces two new PowerShot compact cameras

Canon USA has announced the release of two new compact cameras: The G12 and SX30 IS PowerShots. The G12 replaces the popular G11, with the addition of 720p HD video, a new DIGIC 4 image processor combined with a 10 megapixel high sensitivity CCD sensor, to give superior low light performance and a HDR scene mode. The SX30 IS has a 14.1-Megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and a 24-840mm zoom lens.

The PowerShot G12 is due for early October release, the SX30 IS in late September.

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