Canon 5D Mk II shooting tips for underwater video
Berkley White of Backscatter has posted a few tips for underwater photographers taking the video plunge with the Canon 5D Mk II. Berk says that Backscatter will eventually write up a comprehensive shooting guide for the groundbreaking new camera, and that these tips should be considered to be a “starting point”.
Berk also confirmed that the Aquatica 5D Mk II underwater housing will have a solution to access both AF-ON and the star button, both of which are useful when shooting video.
Underwater video taken with the Canon 5D Mk II
Wetpixel member Fergus Kennedy (Ferg42) has put up an underwater video taken with the Canon 5D Mk II digital SLR. The 5D2 shoots video in high definition at 1080p, and many underwater photographers are extremely interested in the possibility of having one rig that shoots both high-quality stills and video. Fergus’ video is the the first we’ve seen taken with the 5D Mk II.
Fergus shot the video “in the Egyptian Red Sea with the Canon 5D Mark II in an Ikelite housing which [he] converted (it was for the original 5D). Most of the shots are with a 15mm Fisheye lens, but there are a couple with a macro lens. Most of it is with natural light and a Magic Filter.”
RED One Digital Cinema Camera underwater housing appraisal
During a shoot to document daily migration patterns of Mastigias jellies in Palau, Mark Thorpe and John Friday tested the field effectiveness of three underwater housings for the RED One Digital Cinema Camera. The housings were manufactured by AquaVideo, Gates, and an AquaVideo base housing retrofitted by Joe Ortega (SL Cine / Element Technica). Mark and John have written up a comprehensive document outlining the pros and cons of each housing. In addition, Nick Martorano has posted video clips of the big housings in action.
Download the RED One Underwater Appraisal: [pdf, 1MB]
Petition to end shark finning
The Underwater Channel is looking to get 10,000 signatures on a petition to help put an end to shark finning.
On average in recent years sharks have accounted for less than ten human deaths annually in all the world’s seas to fuel the growing demand for shark fins, man has been killing up to 100 million sharks each year. The Underwater Channel wants action and we are urging our viewers to contact the United Nations Secretary-General and request that member states be made aware of the threats to sharks and encouraged to put in place effective legislation to stop shark-finning, or more effectively police existing laws.
We are looking to get 10,000 signatures before World Ocean Day on June 8, 2009. The petition is currently online, and you can sign it electronically or by mail.
Zillion Canon 5D Mark II underwater housing
Zillion has just released its underwater housing for the Canon 5D Mk II digital SLR. The housing can be configured with two grip styles (traditional and hanging), and features both optical and wired (optional) bulkheads for strobe sync.
The housing is made of ABS plastic and has a suggested retail price of ¥280,000 for the traditional grip model (around $2,870). At the moment, the only way to get the Zillion housing outside of Japan, Korea and Thailand is by contacting Aquaforum. Continue reading for photos of the housing.
1 solo female spot available for Nov 2009 Papua New Guinea trip
We’ve just had a single spot (female) open up on our upcoming trip to the remote Eastern Fields in Papua New Guinea (led by Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng and FiNS’ Tony Wu). If you’re undecided about whether the Eastern Fields is worth going to, check out Tony’s journal from a prior trip. The expedition is booked full of great shooters here at Wetpixel, and is a fantastic opportunity to learn from experienced shooters while doing some incredible diving.
Due to cabin constraints, the spot is only open to a solo woman traveler (shares with another woman). Trip dates are Nov 24-Dec 6, 2009 out of Port Moresby. More information at our Eastern Fields expedition page!
Eric Cheng featured in Digital Photo Pro
Wetpixel’s publisher and editor, Eric Cheng, is featured in the current issue of Digital Photo Pro Magazine in an excellent article written by Sport Diver editor Ty Sawyer. The article explores the elements that lift Cheng’s images above the top underwater shooters today, and he has expanded his niche into that of an aquatic entrepreneur.
BBC shoots underwater in super slo-mo with TyphoonHD4 camera
The BBC has released sample footage of waves and a surfer from South Pacific, an upcoming documentary. The footage is shot in super slow motion (presumably in high-definition) with the new $100,000 TyphoonHD4 camera, which was designed by German high-speed camera expert Rudi Diesel.
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