Ultralight AC-HQD Handles w/Seacam Housings
Standard ULCS handles mount too close to Seacam housings to allow the housing to open. However, trimming the quick disconnect handle solves this problem.
Wetpixel members sweep Beneath the Sea Competition
Congratulations to Wetpixel members Ralph Oberlander (aka Larry/lionfish43), Herb Ko (herbko), Linda Cline (mandarinfish), and Eric Cheng (echeng) for sweeping the digital category of Beneath the Sea's Worldwide Underwater Photography/Video Competition 2004! (1st, 2nd, and 3rd). Continue reading for full competition results, or click on the related link for Beneath the Sea's website.
Delkin releases CardBus SD and MS adapters
DPReview has posted a note announcing the release of CardBus readers for SD and MS media. “We tested the CardBus CF adapter in October of last year and were impressed, it was four times faster than a traditional PCMCIA adapter and was even faster than Firewire readers.”
If you are interested in speed differences between CardBus and non-CardBus readers, check out the results of DPReview’s test (CF reader comparison).
When I’m on the road, I typically carry a CardBus CF reader, an older, traditional PC Card CF reader, and an inexpensive USB 2.0 CF reader. It can’t hurt to have redundancy. :)
Fuji FinePix S3 Pro Announced
Fuji has just issued a pre-PMA announcement of the release of the Fuji FinePix S3 Pro. The Fuji S2 Pro is commonly used by underwater photographers because it supports traditional TTL, but it looks like the new S3 Pro has jumped on the D-TTL bandwagon, presumably losing its TTL advantage when compared with competing digital SLRs (if there is no option to do TTL instead of D-TTL). Read more here for the press release, or discuss the camera in our forums.
“LAS VEGAS, February 5, 2004 – Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., today unveiled one of its most eagerly anticipated products – the newest addition to its critically acclaimed line of professional digital cameras – the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro.
“Among the FinePix S3 Pro’s list of enhanced features is its one-of-a-kind Super CCD SR sensor technology designed specifically for professional photography. This proprietary technology creates a wider dynamic range to produce images that approach true photographic quality. As a result, the FinePix S3 Pro will capture highlight and shadow detail often lost by digital cameras in high contrast scenes. In addition, Super CCD SR sensor technology provides a higher level of sensitivity, improved signal-to-noise ratio and more natural color reproduction…”
Inon’s X-2 Canon 10D Housing
New Chat Feature
There is now a new chat feature available only to Wetpixel members (join now – it’s free). Log in and click on “IRC Chat” in the side navigation menu to access the new feature. Just click “Connect Now!”, once the Java-based chat client loads! Enjoy. :)
Or, if you are IRC savvy, you may join us at #wetpixel on XNet.
News Team: Looking for volunteers
Hello, readers. Wetpixel is looking for a small team of members who are interested in being part of our news submission group. We would like to expand our news feed to include other types of news, including destination-related news, marine/environmental news, interesting personal sites, and more up-to-date news information about the underwater photo industry. If you are interested, please send Eric e-mail. Be sure to include your Wetpixel username!
New, Faster Theme
I’ve revamped the theme to make Wetpixel load faster, especially for those of you with high-latency connections. Unfortunately, the page no longer renders perfectly with Apple’s Safari browser (currently, fewer than 0.234% of you). You may choose the old theme by going to your settings (click on “me” in the left-hand menu) and selecting the “AT-Wetpixel” theme.
- The Neptune Undersea Observatory Project (via )
- 11 More pilot whales found dead in Florida Keys (via )
- Local Hawaiians killing Monk Seals (via )
- Review of the Nikon AW1 (via )
- December edition of DIVEMAG now available to download (via )
- Japanese super sub discovered off Hawaii (via )
- December issue of DIVE magazine available to download (via )
- Seahorse shape aids stealth hunting techniques (via BBC)
- Protecting underwater real estate for fish (via )
- NOAA and state shark fin bans (via )