Show Report: The Dive Show 2012
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a report of the Dive show 2012. This annual show was held at the National Exhibition Center (NEC), Birmingham, UK over the weekend of 27 and 28 October. It featured the Photozone area, which had booths displaying imaging gear, as well as those of organizations and clubs. It also has a small seminar area which hosts a series of free talks about underwater photography throughout the weekend.
Wetpixel sends thoughts and prayers to New York
Hurricane Sandy is due to land in New York city around now. Forecasters are predicting that 90mph winds and a storm surge of 6 to 8 feet will arrive over the next few hours, resulting in severe local flooding. The city has been forced to shut down its subway service and close both the Holland and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels. Bus and subway services are also not operating.
Many New York residents have moved to safety, and we fervently hope that those members of the Wetpixel community that are caught up in the storm are, together with their loved ones, in a place of safety and that any property or business loss will be limited. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Inon releases new products
Inon has released a series of new accessory products for compact housings. The UWL-S100 wide-angle conversion lens is designed for use with compact cameras with 28m or greater lenses. There are adaptors available to allow the lens to be attached via M67 or Inon bayonet fittings. The company has also released a series of adaptors that allow wet lenses to be attached to Canon, Sony and Panasonic housings. Lastly, there is a modified Shoe Base available that can be used on Canon housings.
Review: Dive and See DNC-5 underwater monitor
Steve Douglas presents a review of the Dive and See DNC 5” underwater monitor. This is not a housed land monitor, but rather a self-contained waterproof monitor and has a port for charging. Steve feels that this makes for a more reliable seal. It has a display resolution of 800x480 and offers a reported 5 hours of use per charge.
Steve also reports that routing the HDMI cable inside his housing was a fiddly job
Call for entries: Beneath the Sea 2013
The annual Beneath the Sea international imaging contest is now calling for entries. It has three categories: The David Doubilet award for underwater photography, the Stan Waterman award for underwater video and the Jim Church award for creative underwater photography. The winners will be announced at the Beneath the Sea’s Ocean Adventure Exposition and Dive Travel Show, March 22, 23rd, and 24th, 2013, to be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Full entry details area available on the Beneath the Sea imaging contest’s webpage. The deadline for entries is 31 December 2012.
Apple updates RAW compatibility
Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update 4.01. Supported in this release are: Canon EOS M, Canon PowerShot S110, Nikon D600, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, Canon PowerShot G15, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Nikon 1 J2, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7 and Sony Alpha NEX-F3.
The update is available via the App Store, or from the Apple support pages.
Nikon to release new lenses for 1 series cameras
Nikon has outlined that they intend to produce three new lenses for the Nikon 1 series EVIL cameras. Of specific interest for potential underwater use is their plan to produce a 6.7-13mm wide-angle zoom. Minimum focus distances and other details are still to be announced however. The other new lenses are a 32mm f/1.2 and a 10-100mm f4.5-5.6 zoom.
The Nikon 1 series already has a 10mm f/.8 wide-angle prime, but a suitable macro offering has yet to be announced. Prices and release dates for the new lenses are still to be confirmed.
Final call: HP Red Sea shoot out
The HP Red Sea 2012 shoot out, to be held in Eilat, Israel from 4 to 10 November this year, is making a final call for registration of participants. Now in its eighth year, the contest has categories including: 5 Best images, Fish of the Year, Best Singular entry, Fish and Fashion, the Mayor’s Prize, the Jury’s Prize, the Amateur category (compact) and, new for 2012, the National Team Prize. The latter has led to the contest being billed as the International Underwater Olympics. First prize includes an award of $10,000 in cash.
Full details and registration information are available on the Eilat Red Sea website.
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