Diving into a new camera system
Dan Beecham, along with Charles Maxwell talk about their choice of the Sony F55 camera for underwater use. They highlight the advantages of shooting both 4K and in a RAW format as well as how faithful the camera’s colorimetry is underwater. The article first appeared in the latest issue of Sony CineAlta magazine and was supplied to Wetpixel by Gates Underwater Product’s John Ellerbrock.
Wetpixel Oceanic Whitetips 2015
Wetpixel will be visiting Cat Island, Bahamas in 2015 to photograph, film and interact with the amazing oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) that are in the area during May and April. The trip will run from 12-18 April and we will be hosted by Epic Diving, who are well known for providing amazing, reliable and safe interactions with these amazing animals.
BtS announces buoyancy float system
Beneath the Sea (BtS) has released a float system for their arms. Constructed of a high density foam, each 2” (50mm) segment offers 4 oz (113g) of buoyancy. The floats are available in 3 kits to suit differing length BtS arms.
Sony announces the PXW-X70 camcorder
Sony has announced the release of a pro XDCAM camcorder which will be upgraded to be 4K enabled later in 2014. The PXW-X70 camera has Wi-Fi control and a 1” type Exmor® R CMOS sensor with a Zeiss Varion Sonnar T lens.
Cannon warns about some third party batteries
In a PSA video posted on YouTube, Canon USA have warned about inferior production techniques in some third party batteries. They aren’t against using 3rd party batteries per se; they are simply concerned that users are able to identify those that are safe to use and has been produced to the correct specifications.
Scientific American’s antidote to Shark Week
Ikelite offers optical slave converter
Ikelite has released an optical converter for use with their DS1, DS160 and DS161 strobes. Suitable for off camera use, it will give manual exposure control of the strobe and will ignore pre-flashes. Uniquely, it can also accept a fiber optic cable, allowing it to be used to trigger Ikelite strobes via an optical signal.
BBC offers underwater camera operator bursary
The BBC is advertising a bursary to develop an individual as an underwater camera operator. The successful applicant will need a strong diving background and ideally will already be shooting underwater in 4K. He or she will be a part of the OCEAN production team, which is the next series in the Blue Planet and Planet Earth stable of programs. Filming is due to commence in January 2015.
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