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A smaller version of Pompeii discovered underwater off Greece Photo

A smaller version of Pompeii discovered underwater off Greece

Once thought to be old portions of port facilities, archaeologists have recently determined that the underwater ruins off the coast of Delos are actually those of a small and ancient settlement. Lying in water at just 6 feet deep, archaeologists from the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Ephorate of Undersea Archaeology discovered the base of structures of buildings, including a pottery workshop complete with a kiln.

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Sony announces the a7II Photo

Sony announces the a7II

Sony Japan has announced the release of the a7II mirrorless camera. Initially only available in Japan, the new camera features a 24.3 million pixels 35mm full size “Exmor” CMOS sensor and 5 axis image stabilization. Perhaps more critically, Sony claims the AF is 30% faster and that subject acquisition and motion tracking performance are better than that of the previous models.

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Rare footage of deep sea anglerfish captured by MBARI Photo

Rare footage of deep sea anglerfish captured by MBARI

The MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) ROV Doc Ricketts recently observed a deep sea anglerfish at 600 meters deep during an expedition this month. The scientists were able to capture video footage of the approximately 9 cm long female Melanocetus. There are more than 200 different species of anglerfish and this is believed to be the first ever video footage of a Black Seadevil alive and at depth.

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Gates announces Nikonos RS lens adapter Photo

Gates announces Nikonos RS lens adapter

Gates Underwater Products has announced an adaptor kit that will allow the use of Nikonos RS lenses with their housings. The kit currently allows the use of the 13mm fisheye, 28mm, 50mm macro and 20-35mm zoom lenses with Gates Deep Epic and Deep Dragon housings and will map focus and iris to the housing controls. Other camera support is planned in future.

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Wetpixel coverage: DEMA 2014 Photo

Wetpixel coverage: DEMA 2014

The annual DEMA show is the world’s biggest scuba and underwater equipment show and is also the venue for the vast majority of new product releases. Wetpixel attends the show with the express purpose of trying to bring the “contents” of the show to those that cannot attend. We will be posting daily updates over the next four days, so please keep checking back.

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Gates unveils the GT14 light Photo

Gates unveils the GT14 light

Gates Underwater Products has announced the March 2015 release of their GT14 Underwater Imaging Light. It features an out put of 14,000 lumen, powered by changeable, rechargeable batteries with a burn time of 30 minutes at full power. The lights have a 90° underwater output and are equipped with a visual gauge of remaining battery power.

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