Review: Seacam Vacuum Test system
Vacuum housing systems have become de rigueur over the past couple of years, with almost all the major housing manufacturers offering them as either standard fitment, or as an option. Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon reviews Seacam’s new Vacuum Test system, including both DIY installation and use in the field.
Photoshelter asks: Do I still need a website?
The Photoshelter blog has posted an article entitled “Do I still need a website” by Allen Murabayashi. In it, he reiterates the point that although social media is a great way for creatives to get their work being viewed, it is almost impossible to use them to provide income. In addition, websites allow you to control the way imagery is presented, can be used to enhance SEO and can offer storage, delivery and client proofing tools.
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DIVE celebrates 20 years
DIVE magazine is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with the issue of a special print edition. In keeping with its “20” theme, the special edition features the 20 top diving spots, 20 best wrecks, Douglas Seifert’s 20 favourite images and 20 contributors favourite moments in diving. The new edition also marks DIVE’s return to print publishing, with a quarterly print edition being launched.
Sony announces the FS5 compact 4K camcorder
Sony has announced the FS5 compact Super 35mm 4K camcorder. It features an e-mount allowing it to be used with sony α and E-mount lenses as well SLR lenses with an adaptor. The FS5 has built in ND filters and 10-bit 4:2:2 full HD 240fps High Frame Rate, with no sensor cropping.
Sony announces the α7S II camera
Sony has announced the α7S II full frame mirrorless camera. Its 35mm 12.2 megapixel image sensor and an upgraded BIONZ X image processing engine offer a native ISO range of 100 – 102400. It can record video in full 4K at 100Mbps and utilizes information from all te pixels, as well as 1080 at 120fps. In S-Log 3 gamut it offers 14 stops of dynamic range.
Shark sanctuaries announced around Dutch Caribbean islands
Over 8,500 square miles of shark sanctuaries have been declared surrounding the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire and Saba. The announcement was made on September 2nd by Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Sharon Dijksma. The sanctuaries are only the 11th and 12th of their kind in the world and will also include marine mammal protection. (Image from Shutterstock )
National Geographic Magazine bought by 21st Century Fox
In a deal worth over $725 million, the National Geographic Society has sold a majority shareholding to media mogul, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. This now means that National Geographic magazine will now combine with the Fox-owned National Geographic TV channels. The rationale for doing so is in order to to increase the amount of money available for investment into its science, research and education programs. The magazine has been a non-profit organization for 127 years.
- Drug residues ‘alter fish behaviour’ (via BBC)
- Disabled Loggerhead Turtle Gets Prosthetic Fins (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Nauticam Announces NA-G15 Housing (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Australia's Shark Fin Appetite (via DivePhotoGuide)
- BBC Slideshow: Taking the Best Wildlife Shots (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Five Reasons to Love Underwater Photography on Valentine’s Day (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Will the Frankenfish get FDA Approval? (via DivePhotoGuide)
- In Pictures: National Nest Box Week (via BBC)
- New owl species is described (via BBC)
- Wildlife photos: How to take the best shots (via BBC)