Tokina AT-X 16-28mm lens released Photo

Tokina AT-X 16-28mm lens released

Nikon Rumours has confirmed the imminent release of the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm PRO FX lens. It will be initially in a Nikon F mount, with Canon mounts to follow soon. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 across the zoom range, and is designed for use with full-frame digital SLR cameras. The lens design incorporates a new SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) DC autofocus motor and GMR high-precision magnetic AF sensor, which together aim to reduce focusing noise and increase both speed and accuracy.

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AQUA 2 amphibious robot showcased Photo

AQUA 2 amphibious robot showcased

Dr. Gregory Dudek, together with PhD candidates Junaed Sattar and Anqi Xu of McGill University school of computer science in Montreal, Canada, have developed AQUA 2: a robot which can move on land as well as swim and dive in the water.

The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) uses six independently controlled fins to offer a highly maneuverable underwater sensor platform.The arrangement of highly compliant thrusting surfaces results in a vehicle that poses no danger to humans or sea life and can land or take-off with minimal impact. Tested to a depth of 120 feet, the robot has an intended operating range from the shoreline to 100 feet.

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Thailand Travel & Dive Expo 2010, July 8-11, 2010 Photo

Thailand Travel & Dive Expo 2010, July 8-11, 2010

TDEX, the 7th Thailand Travel & Dive Expo, starts in Bangkok on Thursday, July 8, and runs until Sunday, July 11, 2010. In addition to the many booths, seminars, and activities planned for the 4-day expo, Tony Wu and Eric Cheng will be speaking on the mini stage at 2pm and 5pm, July 10-11.

We’re planning a Wetpixel / Tony Wu fanboy meet-up on Friday night (7pm at Baan Khanitha). See you there!

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Call for entries: World Festival of Underwater Images Photo

Call for entries: World Festival of Underwater Images

The 37th World Festival of Underwater Images, formerly held at Antibes, will be held from the 27 to 31 October 2010 at the Palais du Pharo. Marseille. Jean-Michel Cousteau will be the honorary president in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of his father, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and many of those who took part in the Calypso odyssey will be at the event.

Entries for the 2010 competition are now open.

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New DiveFilm HD podcast: Tony Wu’s PNG Eastern Fields Photo

New DiveFilm HD podcast: Tony Wu’s PNG Eastern Fields

Tony Wu’s short video of the Easter Fields of Papua New Guinea is now available as an HD or iPod podcast via DiveFilm on iTunes. The film, shot on DSLR’s, includes footage from this remote and rarely visited area. Tony also interviews Craig DeWit of MV Golden Dawn, who also will be the skipper on the upcoming Wetpixel Eastern Fields Expedition.

DiveFilm HD showcases some of the best high-definition underwater short films being produced today from all over the world. Featuring beautiful images of the underwater world, marine life large and small, interviews with interesting people, and updates on underwater imaging. Produced in association with Wetpixel and available via iTunes.

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The Digital Shootout updates website with winners’ galleries Photo

The Digital Shootout updates website with winners’ galleries

The Digital Shootout has updated their website to include galleries of the winning images from this year’s event. There is now full coverage of all seven days of the event, including extensive galleries and videos taken by the staff and participants.

Next year, the Digital Shootout will return to Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Bonaire, from June 18-25, 2011. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information about next year’s Digital Shootout.

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Dr. Eugenie Clark to be honored in Bonaire Photo

Dr. Eugenie Clark to be honored in Bonaire

Tourism Corporation Bonaire has announced that Dr. Eugenie Clark will become the second North American recipient to receive Bonaire’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.  A panel of distinguished media chose Dr. Clark, legendary ichthyologist and authority on sharks, after long deliberations on several candidates. Dr. Clark will travel to Bonaire during the island’s Celebrate Our Planet Week, from August 22 through 28, 2010, a highlight week of the Bonaire Dive Into Summer program.

During her time on Bonaire, she will make several dives with visitors and residents of Bonaire, as well as give two presentations: one for adults, and one for Bonaire’s schoolchildren.  She’ll also be kept busy with a book signing of the newest edition of her book, “Lady With the Sharks” and will be the guest of honor at the home of Lt. Governor Glenn Thode when she is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more after the jump.

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