Canon announces EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, new telephoto lenses
Canon today announced the 12.2MP EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, the replacement to the Canon 400D/Digital Rebel XTi. The 1.6x crop camera features a 14-bit CMOS sensor, 3.5fps, a 3” LCD, and Live View shooting (with autofocus in this mode). The camera will retail in April for USD$799.
Also introduced are new telephoto and super-telephoto lenses: the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM, with the latter sized the same as Canon’s 600mm f/4L, but weighing nearly 2lbs less. The lenses come in at hefty retail prices, USD$5,999 and USD$11,999, respectively, and are expected to be available in Spring 2008.
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Panasonic SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder reviewed
The Panasonic SDR-SW20, the company’s first “dive” camcorder, was recently reviewed by CamcorderInfo. The SDR-SW20, like the Sanyo Xacti E1, is only waterproof to 5 feet, and the video quality is “pale, noisy, and bad with motion,” but the camera is praised for its “rugged, shock, and dust-proof body.”
While we don’t recommend investing in a housing, this is a good effort by Panasonic to provide a camera to throw in the dive bag and not worry about getting wet on your next dive trip.
Underwater Journal issue 6 available for download
Underwater Journal Issue 6 is now available for download. Featured article topics include pikeblennies, night diving in Kona, comparisons of popular and new rebreather designs, the wrecks of Lake Superior, and more.
Underwater Journal is a free PDF magazine, published bimonthly by Wetpixel member Walt Stearns.
Wetpixel ships issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly
SAUSALITO, Calif.—January 21st, 2008—Wetpixel LLC is proud to announce the immediate availability of issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly magazine. In its trademark landscape-oriented, high-resolution format, issue #2 celebrates the lifelong work of James D. Watt, one of the pioneers of modern underwater photography. Jim will always be remembered for his boundless energy and generosity as a photographer, educator, and friend.
Wetpixel Quarterly #2 also features the work of the talented staff behind the scenes at the magazine and at its electronic sister publication, Wetpixel.com. Featured staff photographers include Alex Mustard, Eric Cheng, Mike Veitch, Luiz Rocha, Cor Bosman, Julie Edwards, Herb Ko, James Wiseman, Todd Mintz, Matt Segal, Elijah Woolery, William Heaton, and Leslie Harris…
H2O Photo Pros opens store location in Southern California
H2O Photo Pros Underwater Photo & Video has announced the opening of a new store for underwater imaging in Newport Beach, California. Owned by Mike Luzansky, H2O Photo Pros is an authorized dealer for manufacturers including Gates, Sea & Sea, Light & Motion, Aquatica, and Ikelite, and the store location features Apple editing stations and flat-screen televisions for display of underwater footage.
Finally providing a dedicated retail location for Southern California, H2O Photo Pros joins Backscatter as a major California-based provider for underwater photographers and videographers. Continue reading for the full press release and photos from the store…
Tim Rock authors photography, Lonely Planet books
Wetpixel member Tim Rock is proud to announce the recent publishing of four of his books, the first of which is a 300-photograph hard-cover volume “of the people, culture, nature, and marine world of Yap in Micronesia,” titled “Yap - Micronesian Magic.” The book follows large format landscape style, and is sized at 192 13” by 11” pages.
Also available are three books in the Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling series: D&S Thailand, D&S Belize, and D&S Cayman islands, all featuring full-color imagery and providing information on “unique sites from each of these hotbed diving destinations.” Congratulations, Tim!
Aquatica will make an underwater housing for the Canon 1Ds Mark III
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