February issue of DIVE magazine available
The February edition of DIVE magazine is now available to download. In it, Pamela Stephenson Connolly writes about the diving in Belize and Honduras and Jo Mattock on Grenada. Cave diver and filmmaker, Becky Kagan Schott, is interviewed in this issue and Cornish couple Deeble & Stone are the featured filmmakers. Lastly, the magazine has a review of the Liquid Image Ego HD action camera and an article about the compact camera battle between Canon and Sony.
DIVE is available in version for Mac/PC as well as iOS and Android devices. It is free to download after a registration.
Survey: The Photographers Outlook on 2013
PhotoShelter has released the results of its survey into photographer’s attitudes about 2013. The survey consisted of over 5,000 photographers, with 65% surveyed living in the United States with 35% living abroad. Results would indicate that most photographers are optimistic about opportunities for 2013, plan to spend money in order to improve their work, and feel that word of mouth is still their best advertising medium. The issues that they anticipate for 2013 is finding new clients and getting their work found online.
The full survey is available to download from the PhotoShelter site.
Adobe previews Anywhere collaborative workflow platform
Adobe has released details of its new collaborative workflow platform for video editors. Anywhere is a “cloud” based tool that allows multiple editors to collaborate in real-time at multiple locations and across computing platforms. Adobe Anywhere will operate across standard networks and does not require any proprietary hardware. Its collaborative capabilities will be embedded directly into future versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude software.
It is currently under development and will be available sometime in 2013.
Canon announces firmware update for EOS 1-D C
Canon has announced that it plans to offer a firmware upgrade for its EOS 1-D C that will add support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution. Canon add that this is in response to requests for the feature from European shooters. The EOS 1D-C captures 4K (4096x2160) video using 8-bit motion JPEG compression and has the ability to also simultaneously output an uncompressed Full HD (1920x1080) YCbCr 4:2:2 signal to an external recorder, via its HDMI terminal. Full HD video can also be recorded directly to CF cards, at frame rates of up to 1080/60p.
Canon have, of late, tended to “advertise” their firmware updates in advance, so please don’t try to click-through to upgrade yet. This one will only be available in April but will be free to EOS 1-D C owners.
Nikon releases firmware update for D4 SLR
Nikon has announced the release of a firmware update for its flagship D4 SLR. The new firmware is labelled as versions A1.04 and B1.02 and contain one improvement: “subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.”
The update is available as a free download for D4 owners from the Nikon support site.
Show report: BOOT 2013
Wetpixel member and equipment designer Andrej Belic has kindly agreed to share his thoughts and images from the recent BOOT Show. The show, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, attracted 226,300 visitors in total, 45,000 of which came from 50 countries other than Germany. There was a total of 1,674 exhibitors from 63 nations showing their products. Andrej was able to visit all the major housing manufactures and distributors, and also found time to give us a quick guide to the plethora of new rebreathers that have come to market recently.
Sigma announces 60mm M43 and NEX lens
Sigma has announced a 60mm f/2.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds and NEX system cameras. It offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 90mm/120mm (NEX/MFT) and the lens has a rounded aperture diaphragm, a minimum focus distance of 19.7 inches and the maximum magnification is 1:7.2. It may be possible to address this for underwater use with diopters.This lens also contains Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps minimize axial and transverse chromatic aberration and a linear AF motor. The Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN lens has a 46mm filter thread. Prices and availability are still to be confirmed.
Dolphins support dying pod member
The Marine Mammal Science journal has posted an abstract of a paper that shows a group of dolphins trying to collaborate in order to support a dying member of their pod. The Korean researchers witnessed the event in the East Sea off the coast of Ulsan, in South Korea. During a survey, they saw 10 long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis) trying to save the life of another adult by forming a raft to keep the stricken dolphin afloat. One of the rescuers actually turned over to better support the ailing dolphin, while another used its beak to try to keep the dying dolphin’s head up. These behaviors have been seen in individual animals in the past, but never as a collaborative exercise.
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