Canon 7D underwater housings: Aquatica vs Nauticam
Ross Gudgeon (AKA “Gudge”) has written up an informative comparison review of Aquatica and Nauticam underwater housings for the Canon 7D.
The timing for this article is good; both housings are priced
similarly (Aquatica: $2800, Nauticam: $3200) at $2,800 (street price), and we’ve gotten a lot of mail from people who have been paralyzed with indecision as they waffle over which one to get. If you have opinions about either housing, please click through and share them with us!
Nauticam underwater housing renderings for Canon Rebel T2i / 550D
Nauticam has release a few renderings of their upcoming underwater housing for the Canon Rebel T2i / 550D digital SLR.
Notable changes from their prior housings include an ISO button / piano key located near the shutter release, and a standardized play lever by the left handle (where it is also located in their Nikon housings). The Rebel series SLRs do not have separate dials for aperture and shutter speed, but the addition of ergonomic access to the ISO button means that in future housings, all three exposure controls will be accessible without removing one’s hands from the handles.
Issue 3 of Underx Magazine now available
X-Ray Mag April 2010 Issue now available for download
Screen play for yet untitled movie, tentitively titled, “A Lawyer”
When entering photo competitions (or when uploading images to websites), you should always find and read the fine print to see what rights you have just granted. In general, responsible photo contests should only have rights to use your images in conjunction with the contest itself (e.g. announcement of winners in publications and online, for promotion of future contests, etc.). But many contests, especially those run by larger organizations, state that they can use any entry however they want, in perpetuity. In most cases, the language is boilerplate and may not be something an organization intends to take advantage of; Regardless, you should only enter contests and upload images if you are comfortable with the language.
Those of you who are more into dramatic recreations might want to click through to read our screen play about a fictional negotiation between Promotions Person and Mr. Lawyer, written by Wetpixel moderator TheRealDrew.
Last call for Scuba Diving magazine’s 2010 photo contest
Scuba Diving Magazine’s has issued a last call for their 2010 photo contest, which ends this coming April 20. Prizes have been donated from various dive operators and equipment manufacturers.
The contest costs $10 to enter (per image), and is only for U.S. residents who don’t live in Arizona, New Jersey or Vermont. Note that there is some controversy around the rights of imagery in this contest; as always, you should read the fine print carefully and only enter if you feel comfortable doing so. There is a long discussion about such issues in our forum, which includes an illuminating screenplay about lawyers written by Drew Wohl, one of our moderators.
Apple Aperture 3 review and discussion round-up
Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about Aperture 3 by underwater photographers. Here’s a round-up of reviews and discussion threads that might be interesting for those of you who might be thinking about using Aperture:
- Tony Wu’s 3-part review: [part 1] [part 2] [part 3] [discussion]
- Connected Flow plugin for Aperture slideshow export to Final Cut Pro [discussion]
- Mac OS X 10.6.3 update and Aperture 3 issues [discussion]
Eric Cheng’s TEDxBerkeley 2010 talk is now online
Here’s the justin.tv archive of my talk at TEDxBerkeley 2010, which was about bioluminescent flashlight fish in Papua New Guinea and sperm whales and Architeuthis dux giant squid in Ogasawara, Japan and Dominica.
There is a full archive of the event online, but you might find the clips easier to browse. I assume the TEDxBerkeley team will create clips for all of the talks, but you might have to wait until they catch up on sleep.
- Brian Skerry’s new book Sharks (via )
- A drop of water used as a lens (via )
- Canon updates firmware for EOS 5DS and 5DS R to v.1.1.1 (via )
- Humpback whales return to NYC in large numbers (via )
- DiCaprio and Mexican government draft plan to save Vaquita (via )
- Asian nations make plastic oceans promise (via )
- Great whites spotted off Santa Cruz beach (via )
- 10,000 coral transplanted in Bonaire (via )
- Nikon releases KeyMission 360/170 utility version 1.0.3. (via )
- After Effects CC version 14.2.1 is available (via )