Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005: Daily Webcast
Splash into the world of underwater digital photography at the fourth annual underwater Digital Shootout in Bonaire, which is being held July 23-30, 2005!
July 24th update: I’ve posted the first entry in our daily webcast here from the Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005. Dan Baldocchi, Berkley White, Jim Watt, and I have been having a lot of fun with the 40+ shootout participants; we’re diving the rich reefs in what must be the most diver-friendly island in the world. Follow along here—I’ll be posting updates to this entry as the week progresses.
July 30th update: All updates have been posted, including the results of the 2005 Digital Shootout photo contest!
August 2nd update: Group photo added, plus link to all photos for print purchase/browsing.
Beneath the Sea 2006 Photo Video Competition
Beneath the Sea 2006 invites photographers and Videographers to enter its annual Worldwide Underwater photo/video competition. Wherever you live in this wide world, submit your underwater photographic entry to the Beneath the Sea 2006 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition. The contest deadline is December 31st, 2005. For contest rules and entry blank visit Beneath The Sea at their Internet site: http://www.beneaththesea.org. Click here to read more details about the categories and prizes.
Phase One Announces 39, 31, and 18 Megapixel MF Backs
In an recent announcement, Danish company Phase One has provided a 12 month product roadmap for their medium format digital backs. There will be three digital backs introduced in 2005-2006, all with a 1.1x medium format crop factor, ranging from 18 to as high as 39 megapixels. The largest will yield 242 megabyte 16 bit files! Recent updates say that the imagers are made by Kodak.
Seacam Nikon D2x Housing Field Report and Review
Dennis Liberson has written a comprehensive field journal and user review of a Seacam housing for the Nikon D2x digital SLR.
“I have been using housed cameras for underwater photography since the early 1990s. I’ve shot with the Nikon 8008s, F5, D1x, and now, with the D2x. After using the Nikon D2x and Seacam underwater housing for a few days I can honestly say that this is the best camera and underwater housing combination I have ever used.”
Epoque/PATIMA 7070 Housing for Olympus C-7070/5060
Epoque/Patima has announced a new all-aluminum housing for Olympus C-7070 and C-5060 digital cameras. The housing features patented controls, 67mm-threaded front port, solid tray-mounting, hotshoe-sync for direct strobe connection, and dual handles for strobe-arm mounting. Continue for photos and full feature list.
SILVERFISH underwater housing for camcorders
The SILVERFISH is a new underwater housing for camcorders having LANC-control. The housing fits over 100 different camcorders, is manufactured by RWE Mechatronics and will be delivered by AVD Videoproduktion GmbH.
Continue reading for full press release.
Sea and Sea DX8000G Review
The Sea and Sea DX8000G is an 8-megapixel compact, underwater photography system, made up of the camera, the compact polycarbonate case, a bayonet mount .6x wideangle lens, and a lens caddy made to mount onto the strobe arm. The camera uses the same 8 megapixel sensor used in the larger prosumer cameras like the Sony 828 and the Olympus 8080, however this unit is considerably smaller.
Amphibico Phenom FX1 Video Samples
Wetpixel user wagsy has posted some sample videos of his first dive with the Sony FX1 HD camcorder in an Amphibico Phenom FX1 underwater housing. Videos range from a few megabytes to one that is nearly 200 megabytes! Grab ‘em before his host shuts him down for excessive bandwidth usage. :)
Also on his website are images showing the resolution difference between HD and miniDV.
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