Sigma publishes a preview of its 17-70mm lens
On its blog Sigma has published a preview of its revised 17-70mm f2.8-4.0 DC Macro OS HSM lens. Previous versions of the lens have been popular with APS-C shooters for underwater use as a “scouting” lens. New features which should increase this versatility include macro capabilities with a maximum 1:2.9 magnification (at 70mm) and faster maximum apertures at all focal lengths. Not a new feature, but this version also has Optical Stabilization. However, its minimum focusing distance of 22cm may mean that it will be best used with a diopter.
Nauticam announces a housing for the Sony NEX-6
Nauticam has released their housing for the Sony NEX-6 EVIL camera. The NA-NEX6 gives access to both the Sony control wheel and control dial via the thumb to give control of aperture and shutter settings in manual mode. The new mode dial is also accessible on the top of the housing. The housing has a re-engineered camera saddle, dual fiber optic strobe triggering ports and a dedicated ISO button. Nauticam has also produced a 7” dome port for the Sony 10-18mm f/4 WA zoom and the Macro/Zoom Control Port 45 to support the Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 retractable zoom.
The NA-NEX6 will be available from 15 February at a US retail price of $1,650.
Panasonic develops new sensor technology
Panasonic has announced new technology that will increase the sensitivity and color fidelity in its sensors. The new designs will feature “micro color splitters” that aim to “separate the light that falls on image sensors by exploiting light’s wavelike properties.” This will remove the need for color filters, and so will allow for better color reproduction even in low-light conditions. The technology can be used with any existing sensor type, making it potentially suitable for video and still cameras.
DpReview notes that “it may be the first serious alternative to colour filter array-based sensors since the Foveon X3 appeared over 10 years ago.”
Thom Hogan on the state of the photography industry
Thom Hogan has published a personal synopsis and evaluation of the state of the camera market on his Nikon F mount and Sans Mirror blogs. The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has published its report into sales and trends within the industry and it presents a somewhat depressing picture. In 2012, total shipments of all cameras for the year was 98.1 million units, which is a 15% drop on the 2011 figure. However, interchangeable lens camera shipments grew to 20.2 million units, a 28.4% gain. Within the interchangeable lens sector, mirrorless cameras accounted for around 20% of the total shipped. Although Nikon’s figures have not yet been released, Hogan notes that their stated aim of exceeding Canon’s sales have not materialized.
Mike Rutzen injured in car accident
“Shark Man” Mike Rutzen of Cape Town has been seriously injured in a car accident whilst on holiday in Mozambique reports iol news. The cause of the accident is currently unknown, but it is known that the vehicle he and his partner were travelling in rolled. Tragically, his girlfriend Elisabetta Castella, died at the scene.
Mike is in a serious condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Mike at this awful time.
National Geographic features Shark Stanley
The Shark Stanley project, a collaboration between two graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Pew Environment Group, Shark Savers, and Shark Defenders, has been featured in an article on the National Geographic’s NewsWatch. The campaign aim to use images of Stanley from around the globe to create a collage that will be sent to each delegate for the forthcoming Bangkok CITES meeting. The aim is to gather 5,000 photos, with representation from all 177 voting countries. Currently, the campaign has been able to collect 1,500 photos from 85 countries.
To support the campaign, please click here to download Stanley. Cut it out, and take a photo with him. Please upload the picture, along with your name and where you’re from, to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Instagram tagged with @SharkDefenders, #SharkStanley, and the country where you live i.e. #USA, #Fiji, #Brazil, etc.
Call for entries: British Wildlife Photography Awards
The 2013 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) is now calling for entries. The contest aims to “recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.” It is open to all photographers, with the only entry requirement being that the images must have been shot in the UK.
Full contest details, rules and submission guidelines are on the BWPA website.
February issue of DIVE magazine available
The February edition of DIVE magazine is now available to download. In it, Pamela Stephenson Connolly writes about the diving in Belize and Honduras and Jo Mattock on Grenada. Cave diver and filmmaker, Becky Kagan Schott, is interviewed in this issue and Cornish couple Deeble & Stone are the featured filmmakers. Lastly, the magazine has a review of the Liquid Image Ego HD action camera and an article about the compact camera battle between Canon and Sony.
DIVE is available in version for Mac/PC as well as iOS and Android devices. It is free to download after a registration.
- In pictures: midwinter magic (via BBC)
- Jack W. Lavanchy awarded EUF Honorary Vice President title (via African Diver)
- Mapping the world’s vertebrates (via BBC)
- In pictures: Celebrating ecology (via BBC)
- Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia (via African Diver)
- New product - the Quikpod (via African Diver)
- Dolphin therapy and swimming with dolphins (via African Diver)
- Bull shark research in Mozambique - 3 Fathoms (via African Diver)
- Dive China 2013 (via African Diver)
- Conservation in Mozambique - Eyes on the Horizon (via African Diver)