Sea&Sea discontinues the YS-250 strobe
Sea&Sea has officially discontinued their large YS-250 PRO strobe. A long time favorite of many underwater photographers, the company has not announced plans to release a replacement model. Some retailers have residual stocks and spare parts, but these are likely to be snapped up pretty quickly. The strobe’s proprietary battery packs tend to be a weak point, perhaps an enterprising individual will be able to build an aftermarket alternative?
Celebrating International Whale Shark Day
30 August is International Whale Shark Day. It is sad to note that this is the first such day since its inception that these amazing animals have ben classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Research suggests a decline in population numbers of between 40 to 92% over the past 75 years. The reasons for this are all human caused: Overfishing, catch as by-catch in net fisheries and ship strike count as the most pertinent causes.
Review of Sigma 20mm 1.4 art lens underwater
Daan Verhoeven has published a review on Behance of the Sigma Art 20mm 1.4 lens on a Sony a7R II underwater. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 28mm in this set-up and is well known for creating creamy, blurry backgrounds and buttery bokeh. Verhoeven says that he was interested in purchasing the lens to use for underwater portraits.
EOS 5D Mark IV news and reviews
Wetpixel is compiling the best information about the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and presenting it as a single source for those considering the new camera. In addition we have been looking at housing compatibility and by using superimposed images, can offer some early advice on housing compatibility. UPDATED 29 August.
President Obama creates world’s largest MPA
On Friday, President Obama has quadrupled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. It will now contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas. It is home to 7,000 marine species. All commercial resource extraction activities, including commercial fishing and any future mineral extraction, will be prohibited from the whole area.
Review: Back Button Autofocus
Wetpixel presents a round up of tutorials and information about using back button autofocus (AF) activation. Most SLR and top end compact cameras now offer this option. By decoupling the AF and shutter release, images can be recomposed and if autofocus tracking is also used, subjects can be tracked as they about within the frame.
Get Your Fin on for Sharks
The Sea Save Foundation is making an urgent appeal for people to submit images of themselves “giving the fin”. The images will be incorporated into a digital artwork mosaic of 20,000 images of people worldwide expressing their support for shark conservation. This will be presented to delegates at the CITES conference in September, in order to pressurize that body to enhance the global protection of shark species.
Updated Vivid Pix Land & Sea apps available on iTunes
Vivid-Pix’s LAND & SEA picture fix app is now available for PC, Mac, iOS and for Android shortly. The software offers a quick and easy automatic correction of common issue with photographs on land and in shallow water. The LAND & SEA+ app adds “scuba depth improvement” for automatic correction of images taken while scuba diving.
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