Video: Counting Creatures, the Census of Marine Life
For his first installment of a series of conservation videos hosted on Wetpixel, Rick is offering a short film he produced about the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year research project to access the diversity, distribution and abundance of life in the world’s oceans. The film is called “Counting Creatures,” but trust him: the Census is far more than just counting the number of critters in the ocean…
Eric Cheng to lead seminar at Dolphin Scuba Center July 16th
On July 16th at the Dolphin Scuba Center Sacramento, enjoy great appetizers and good wine as Wetpixel editor and publisher Eric Cheng shares his extraordinary adventures and presents a selection of photographs from his journeys across the world. This event, starting at 7:00 p.m., has limited space, so sign up for the Friday presentation now. Admission is only $10, with the proceeds going to Project Aware. Eric is also giving a workshop on Saturday, July 17.
You can read more about the event on the Dolphin Scuba Center website.
INON announces snoots for S-2000 strobes
INON INC. has announced new accessory snoots for its S-2000 strobe to narrow down its beam angle, providing various effects such as to blocking diffused light to eliminate backscatter, highlighting a subject, or using a spotlight effect.
The set contains a rubber hood, diffusers and snoot tubes of two different diameters.The combination of parts offers 6 different beam angles ranging from 16 to 105 degrees. For a refresher on the value of snoots in lighting, it’s worth taking another look at recent coverage of Keri Wilk’s outstanding work.
Nauticam announces details of Canon EOS Rebel T2i housing
Nauticam has announced details and pricing for their newest housing, the NA-550D for the Canon EOS Rebel T2i (or 550D, depending on territory). The compact housing features new locking latches, a new lens release lever, and a new two stage shutter release providing a more tactile feel for focusing using half shutter press. The housing also features such ergonomic advances as a fingertip ISO paddle, and access to the camera’s playback button from the left handle.
The NA-550D is rated to 100 meters and will be available in the US for $2500 starting June 14. Additional details and photos after the jump.
New DiveFilmHD Podcast Released
DiveFilm HD, the popular Podcast produced by Mary Lynn Price, in association with Wetpixel, has just released a new episode. It is called “In The Company Of Sperm Whales,” and features interviews with Eric Cheng and local tour operators, together with photographs and video from Eric’s encounters with the whales in Dominica.
New issue of Underwater Journal available for download
The new issue of Underwater Journal is now available for immediate download. This issue issue features articles on Florida’s turtles, buoyancy control in advanced diving, St. Eustatius’s wreck “Charlie Brown,” Humbolt squids, and a timely article about the Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill.
Head on over to the Underwater Journal website to grab your free copy.
Panasonic announces 8mm fisheye for Micro Four Thirds
Although previously reported in our forums as an entry in Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds future roadmap, the company today has formally announced its extremely compact 8mm fisheye lens. Weighing in at only 165 grams, Panasonic has proclaimed the lens to be the ” world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable digital fisheye lens.” With a minimum focus distance of only 10cm, this lens has instantly given new relevance to using the emerging Micro Four Thirds standard for underwater applications, and will undoubtedly be of great interest to housing manufacturers. It will also be compatible with the forthcoming Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camcorder.
Sony’s NEX camera system is poised to offer a fisheye adapter right from launch, and it will be interesting to see a comparison of optical quality once both lenses are out in the wild. Panasonic’s 8mm fisheye will become available in July. DPreview found the fisheye an odd choice for Panasonic to launch right now since there are other holes in the Micro Four Thirds lineup that need to be filled, but for underwater photographers, the timing couldn’t be better. Read their whole preview here.
The quest is on to find the UK’s top underwater photographer. The title will be decided at the annual British Splash-In Championship being staged at Plymouth on Saturday, July 3, 2010 by the British Society of Underwater Photographers. The winner of the title chosen by an independent panel of judges will be jetting off to the Maldives with a companion to enjoy a fabulous one-week liveaboard trip donated Maldives Scuba Tours.
The on the day competition, taking place in Plymouth 3rd July, is open to all, including those from outside the UK and non-BSoUP members.
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