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DEMA 2008: Socializing - Day 1 Photo

DEMA 2008: Socializing - Day 1

There are probably dozens of people I only get to see at DEMA, and it is really great to bump into people all day, every day during the event. It’s the balance between productive work and having fun socializing that is the problem. Some people manage to combine the two, which seems to be the best case scenario, but I get distracted almost literally every 10 feet I walk.

Here are a bunch of random images from my camera on day 1. Each day has gotten progressively more and more crazy! We’ll add to this collection as images from Adam Lau, Matt Segal, and others come in!

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DEMA 2008: Socializing - Scarlett dinner Photo

DEMA 2008: Socializing - Scarlett dinner

Every year, Chip and Susan Scarlett plan a DEMA dinner for the underwater-photography friends they have made over the years. I was honored to be invited this year, and made my way to the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand after running around the show floor all day. It was nice to get to relax with friends. Thank you, Chip and Susan!

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DEMA 2008: Oceana Photo

DEMA 2008: Oceana

The ocean protection and restoration environmental society Oceana has enjoyed success this year with the passing of the Shark Conservation Act of 2008 by the U.S. House of Representatives in June, requiring sharks to be landed with their fins still attached.

The organization has continued their push to educate country tourism boards and resource management groups of the revenue value to local economies in preserving the underwater reef communities…

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DEMA 2008: Watershot Photo

DEMA 2008: Watershot

Steve Philbrook showed me a prototype Watershot housing, a new brand he is developing that will be distributed through Blueline Products. The Watershot Canon Rebel XSi housing is made out of machined aluminum, and will come with a port, kit zoom gear (rubber), and strap for $1,995 retail (a great price for a machined housing bundle).

The Watershot housing has port adapters for INON ports (support for other ports is planned), 2 optical bulkheads (electrical bulkheads optional), an optional handle, and support for INON viewfinders…

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DEMA 2008: Aerospace Lubricants Photo

DEMA 2008: Aerospace Lubricants

Aerospace Lubricants, Inc is a manufacturer of the Tribolube product line - chemically inert, O2 safe lubricants compatible with open and close circuit diving systems.

The company has recently begun to offer 5g ‘easy-tear’ packs of Tribolube for convenient application to underwater camera housing o-rings, and is working to increase distribution to the underwater photography community…

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DEMA 2008: INON Photo

DEMA 2008: INON

Mark Rupert, Steve and Jolene Philbrook of INON America and Takura Torii, and Yoshiro Ichikawa of INON Japan were at the INON booth showing off their line of strobes, accessories, and a prototype fisheye endoscope (the “insect eye”).

The new INON S-2000 strobe is really small and features improved optical sensor sensitivity. It features a single flash tube that covers roughly 95° x 90° (rectangular coverage) and has a guide number of 20 (meters, air)...

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DEMA 2008: Ikelite (with video interview) Photo

DEMA 2008: Ikelite (with video interview)

At the Ikelite booth, Mike Rabideau took me though some of Ikelite’s recent products. Next week, Ikelite will be shipping its underwater housing for the Nikon D700 ($1,600 retail). Also shipping next week are underwater housings for the Nikon D90 and Canon 50D.

The DS-160 Substrobes were on display—the first time I had seen one in person. They look nearly identical to the venerable DS-125 strobe, but have 10 manual power settings and a LED modeling light…

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DEMA 2008: Light & Motion (with video interview) Photo

DEMA 2008: Light & Motion (with video interview)

Light & Motion had a few new products at their booth, including the new Bluefin2 underwater housing for Sony SR11 and SR12 cameras, Fathom Optics 90° and 110° lenses, and what they are calling a “GAS” adapter, which is a L&M battery pod mounting plate for Gates, Amphibico and Seatool housings.

The Bluefin2 underwater housing brings features from the higher-end Bluefin HD housing down into the compact camcorder housing line. It will be sold alongside the original Bluefin housing, and features a few improvements…

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DEMA 2008: Keldan Lights Photo

DEMA 2008: Keldan Lights

Keldan is a swiss video and dive light manufacturing company. Daniel Keller was at the booth, and took me on a tour of two interesting video lights.

The Luna 4 BS-V video light is a self-contained 30-watt HID light that produces 1400 lumens @ 5500°K. It features 5 power levels, and weights 0.89Kg on land an 0.211Kg in water. The Luna 4 uses Brightstar bulbs (CRI: 70), and runs for 55 minutes on full power…

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DEMA 2008: Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo Photo

DEMA 2008: Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo

The Backscatter booth was located prominently along one side of the Imagine Resource Center’s seminar area. Berkley, Jim, Dave, John, Russ, and Susan manned the booth, showing off a wide range of underwater imaging products (both still and video).

John Zeiss of 4th Generation Designs took me on a tour of his Stix float arms, which are becoming more and more popular in the field. Aside from the standard array of underwater still and video housings, Backscatter also showed off Macromate diopters, Fisheye and Seatool products, and much more.

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