Manta Network Photo Contest
The Manta Network Photo Contest and Exhibition will contain visually stunning images of manta rays to entertain, educate and inspire an appreciation for these magnificent creatures from competing professional and amateur underwater photographers and videographers from around the world. More than a fundraising event, the photo and video competition will assemble a collection of images to aid our scientific understanding of Manta birostris and related Mobula rays. It will also publicize the need for action to protect and conserve an important species.
Free registration required for entry. Deadline is the end of 2004.
ScubaCore Issue 2
ScubaCore wrote us to let us know that issue 2 of their DVD magazine is shipping.
ScubaCore Issue 2 features in-depth Dive Portraits of Truk Lagoon with its famous WWII wrecks aboard the Truk Odyssey, diving in a marine preserve on Bonaire, a trip to the Cay Sal Bank with the Nekton Rorqualand a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Wakatobi Dive Resort.
In the Reports section, an interview with photographer Eric Cheng, a chat with representatives of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and NOAA, and a feature on Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo, one of the hidden gems of Florida diving.
Sensor Brush and Sensor Clean
Brian Skerry wrote me yesterday about a product announcement/review at RobGalbraith.com that I’m definitely going to check out. Those of you out there who use digital SLRs know that dust is a big problem.
Rob Galbraith writes: “The Sensor Brush and its companion Sensor Clean liquid/swab combo, from Canadian company Visible Dust, are the first products of their type we
Sealux CD70 Housing Review
Colin Gans reviews Sealux’s underwater housing for the Nikon D70 digital SLR.
Wetpixel user Julian Scheunemann (“Jolly”) shares a bit of the theory behind underwater dome and diopter optics. This article is technical.
Aquatica’s A70 housing: shipping soon
Aquatica has sent us some photos of their upcoming A70 underwater housing for the Nikon D70 Digital SLR. The housing should start shipping in about a week, with a retail price of $1689 USD.
New INON housing supports
Inon America is now stocking new AD Bayonet Mount Bases and fiber optic kits for the Nikon WP-CP1 and WP-CP2 housings, Fijufilm WP-FX701 housing, and Olympus PT-024 housing. The Mount Bases securely attach to the housings to provide stable attachment points for various accessories.
For more information, see Inon’s website:
Canon 1Ds Mk II - 16.7 megapixels
A bit late on this one, guys, but I’ve been away. :) Canon has announced their new flagship professional SLR, the 1Ds Mk II, which features a 16.7 megapixel full-frame sensor and 4 frame-per-second shooting speed. It appears to share the same body as the Canon 1D Mk II, which will be good news for those of you who are on the list for Seacam housings. Read the press release at Steve’s Digicams, or see a preview report at DPReview.
Nikon Announces Compact 8 Megapixel Camera
Today, Nikon announced the upcoming release of their Coolpix 8400 compact 8 megapixel digital camera. This compact uses the 8 megapixel Sony sensor popular in the Sony 828, Oly 8080, and Coolpix 8800. However, unlike these cameras, it doesn’t sport a long zoom lens - instead using a 24-85mm equivalent optic, just about the perfect focal length for a mid-range zoom.
This small unit may be just what compact underwater camera users are looking for as a replacement for the 5 megapixel Oly 5050 and Coolpix 5000. [Ed]It’s been a while since I’ve been excited about a compact camera, because manufacturers have been leaning toward massive “prosumer” models. If Nikon or a 3rd party comes out with an affordable housing, this will be the camera I recommend.[/Ed]