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Canon 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3 Release Imminent Photo

Canon 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3 Release Imminent

Canon’s long awaited firmware update for the 5D Mark II full frame SLR is due for release sometime later this month. The update adds frame rates of 24p and 25p and updates the 30p frame rate to 29.97 fps to match television production standards. In addition, audio capability has been increased, with the audio sampling increased to 48KHz, and a new manual levels control. A histogram display now facilitates exposure control during video capture. Aperture and Shutter Priority modes are now available when shooting video.

Sadly, this update does not bring the 5D Mark II parity with the manufacturer’s 7D and 1D Mark IV bodies, as the 720/60p frame rate is conspicuously absent. This is no doubt due to a limitation in the original hardware.The 5D Mark II helped spark a revolution in video acquisition using SLRs, and this firmware update represents an important step forward in harnessing that capability.

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Underwater Photography Magazine #53 now available for download Photo

Underwater Photography Magazine #53 now available for download

The latest issue of Underwater Photography Magazine (UwP) is now available for download. Its a bumper 67-page issue full of news and helpful articles.

This issue has reviews of the Canon 7D and Aquatica housing, Olympus E620 as well as the Memory Kick storage device. There’s a big feature on Shooting Great White Sharks, a visit to the Dubai Aquarium, Underwater Seasons of marine life and a dive on a Sunken Goose! UwP Magazine is free to download and keep on your computer to read whenever you like.

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Backscatter’s best point and shoot systems for 2010 Photo

Backscatter’s best point and shoot systems for 2010

Our friends Berkley White and Jim Decker over at Backscatter have again come up with an excellent article on their recommendations for the best underwater point and shoot systems for 2010.

This evaluation is a terrific resource if you’re deciding on your very first underwater camera system, upgrading to the latest and greatest, or searching for a back-up. Evaluation criteria in the list includes wide-angle lens compatibility, manual exposure control, highlight warnings and histograms, as well as slave TTL strobe capability. Read the full article at the Backscatter website here.

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Barry Guimbellot designs DIY small dome port for CFWA Photo

Barry Guimbellot designs DIY small dome port for CFWA

Close-focus wide angle photography and the limitations of large dome ports has been a hot topic of late. Wetpixel member Barry Guimbellot (Dupsbear) explores what it takes to build a small dome port for his Nexus housing:

After reading on Wetpixel about the luck Alex Mustard and some others were having with the Tokina lens and a 1.4X teleconverter, I decided to give the combination a try as well.

Frustration quickly set in as I found my large dome port would not let me get as close as I wanted for shooting close focus wide angle.  Even more frustrating was the price of a small dome port for my lens, so I decided to build a small port for my Nexus housing…

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Sea & Sea MDX-D300s housing is now available at dealers. Photo

Sea & Sea MDX-D300s housing is now available at dealers.

Sea & Sea’s MDX-D300s housing is now available. The new housing has many improvements including 2 fiber optic ports for using the built-in strobe on the camera. The housing is bigger than the older D300 due to the accommodation of the extended built-in strobe. However this will enable the user to use Nikon’s iTTL without a converter. The specifications for weight is about the same as the D300 housing.

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Sea & Sea announces MDX-7D housing  for the Canon EOS 7D Photo

Sea & Sea announces MDX-7D housing for the Canon EOS 7D

Sea & Sea announces their latest housing on Facebook, the MDX-7D for the Canon EOS 7D. The new housing has a depth rating of 100m/330ft and includes 2 optical strobe ports for fiber optic compatible strobes. It is estimated to be available in March. They also announced their Spring promotion, where discounts of up to $800 are available for housing and ports purchased together. More details are available from their dealers.

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Ocean Views Photography Awards 2010 final call for entries Photo

Ocean Views Photography Awards 2010 final call for entries

Nature’s Best Photography and Divers Alert Network (DAN) are proud to announce a new alliance to host the third annual Ocean Views Photography Awards, open to all levels of photographers from around the world. Share your passion for the ocean to help inspire a global audience to learn about and protect this fragile realm. A selection of winning images will appear in upcoming editions of Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Divers magazines, and will be featured as Internet presentations on Pixcetera, MSNBC, Discovery Network International, and other online galleries. Cash, trips, and equipment are also being awarded to contest winners.

Deadline for entry is this coming Monday, March 1, 2010.

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Watershot Inc releases housing for the Canon 5D MKII Photo

Watershot Inc releases housing for the Canon 5D MKII

Watershot Inc has just announced the expansion of its underwater photographic system to include a complete product line for the Canon EOS 5D MKII DSLR.

The housing has a sleek and compact design and is billet machined out of grade 6061 T6 aluminum with a 80 meter depth rating. Watershot¹s continuing attention to detail has been applied to both the ergonomics of still and video shooting. A comprehensive range of ports and accessories supports the housing. More information and a list of dealers is available through the Watershot website.

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Our World Underwater 2010 show coverage Photo

Our World Underwater 2010 show coverage

Our friends over at DivePhotoGuide have posted online coverage of Our World Underwater 2010, and have included photos of the OWU 2010 Photo Contest print gallery and underwater photo/video-related booths.

Also included is a photo of Keri Wilk posing in front of some of his images. Keri placed *six* times in the OWU 2010 photo contest. Please, readers—let’s give Keri some competition next year! ;)

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ADEX: Asia Dive Expo 2010, April 9-11 Photo

ADEX: Asia Dive Expo 2010, April 9-11

Asian Diver has acquired the Asian Dive Expo (ADEX) and will take over from TMX Productions in 2010. It seems the publication has come full circle, since it was the magazine that started ADEX in 1994.  ADEX 2010 will feature 100+ exhibition booths, presentations from inspiring dive professionals and industry leaders, fascinating underwater videos, marine-themed photography and art displays, plus prizes to be won in our special underwater competitions.

Speakers at ADEX include Stan Waterman, Shawn Heinrichs, Todd Essick, Chip Scarlett, Diego Garcia, Aaron Wong, Mathieu Meur, Richard Ng, and others.

The brand new Asia Dive Expo, organised “by divers, for divers”, will now take place at Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore from 9-11 April 2010.

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