First images: Nauticam housing for the Panasonic GH3
As reported in the Wetpixel forum, images of Nauticam’s housing for the Panasonic DMC-GH3 camera have been added to the Nauticam China website. Details of the housing are still to be released, but it seems that the exposure compensation, ISO and white balance controls are all located close to the shutter release, with the buttons at different heights to allow for tactile feedback. A back plate will be available for use with Nauticam’s magnifying viewfinders if required. Prices and release dates are to be confirmed.
New preset manager launched
Wetpixel member Richard Bowes (wizbowes) has just released an application that allows users to convert Lightroom presets in Adobe Camera Raw. ACR Preset Manager also allows presets to be organized into logical groups and for switching between presets without leaving Bridge. The new software costs £24.99 and is currently only for Windows, with a possibility of a version for Mac later. It is available now.
Google offers Nik Collection
Google has announced its plans for the distribution of Nik Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plugins. The company acquired Nik software in September 2012, and was widely criticized for removing the Snapseed desktop app. Perhaps in response to this, Google has announced today that it will sell the Nik Collection by Google for an international price of $149. There is also a free 15 day trial of the suite available and if a user has purchased one or more Nik plugins in the past five years, he or she will be upgraded to the full suite free of charge.
Video: CBS swims with Nile crocodiles
On 24 March, CBS aired an episode of their 60 minutes program devoted to swimming with Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Host Anderson Cooper spent some time in the water with the apex predators, with the shoot being organized by crocodile researcher Adam Britton and filmmakers Brad Bestelink and Andy Crawford. The latter pair has been filming the animals underwater for the past 5 years.
Video: Shark Dream by Andy Casagrande
Andy Casagrande has posted an underwater video shot on a RED EPIC at 5K resolution. Entitled “Shark Dream”, it features a series of slow motion shots, all featuring sharks. The aim is to portray this as a “shark dream … not a nightmare” and it was “created to inspire people to care about sharks”. The filmmaker suggests that people should go to Shark Angels to find out more about the plight of these animals.
Field review: Nikon D600 versus D800
Alex Mustard presents a side-by-side review of the underwater performance of Nikon’s D600 and D800 full frame cameras. The review was carried out during the annual Nudibranch Safari which is held at Gulen Dive Resort, near Bergen, Norway. During the event, Alex was able to swap between the cameras on consecutive dives, which he says, “made the differences and similarities easy to spot.”
Canon releases two new SLR cameras
Canon has announced the release of two new SLR cameras. The EOS 700D or Rebel T5i has an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor with a native ISO range of 100-12800. It also features Canon’s Hybrid AF system and DIGIC 5 image processor. It will be available from April at a US retail price of $749.00.
The EOS 100D or Rebel SL1 is designed to have a very small form factor, comparable to that of mirrorless cameras. It would seem to have the same sensor, processor and AF performance as that of the EOS 700D and will also be available in April, priced at $649.00 in the USA.
Review: Lastolite EzyBalance color balance target
Wetpixel’s Adam Hanlon presents a field review of the Lastolite EzyBalance color balance target for scuba divers. This is described as a tool for adjusting color balance and exposure settings in both still and video cameras. The collapsible square is made of a waterproof wipe-clean surface material sewn to a sprung steel rim, and has a white side and an 18% grey balance target side. Join Adam as he uses it underwater.
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