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Ikelite Modular Port System reviewed in the forums Photo

Ikelite Modular Port System reviewed in the forums

After testing a pre-production version of the unit last year, Wetpixel member Chris Zeller (UWphotoNewbie) recently received a copy of the new Ikelite modular flat port for the 8” dome port system, and has posted his impressions of the final product in the forums:

It’s fantastic and the build quality is excellent…the components are expensive, more expensive in fact than the 5 ports you need for the traditional system, and its been a long road coming, however it’s much more flexible and convenient.

View photos of the port and extension rings, or join the discussion if you’re deciding between Ikelite’s traditional and new port setups…

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Ocean Optics relocates to Action Underwater Studios in Essex Photo

Ocean Optics relocates to Action Underwater Studios in Essex

Ocean Optics and Mavericks Diving have relocated to Action Underwater Studios in Essex, England. The new location provides a unique underwater filming opportunity: a 10m by 12m, 6m-deep tank, with plans to construct a dedicated underwater set for photography testing and instructional courses.

Ocean Optics was founded by Peter Rowlands in 1978 and is a supplier of Subal, Nexus, Inon, and Fuji brands and more…

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HeinrichsWeikamp introduces standalone Remote Slave Unit Photo

HeinrichsWeikamp introduces standalone Remote Slave Unit

HeinrichsWeikamp has recently introduced a new Remote Slave Unit designed to trigger underwater strobes at distances of more than 25 meters, with the emphasis towards use in “creative pool, wreck and cave photography.”

The basic unit features a Nikonos 5-pin sync-cord connector, is compatible with all underwater strobes capable of providing a ready signal of at least 4V, and can also be used with a dual sync-cord. The unit is intended for use underwater, and will automatically deactivate topside due to saturation of the photo sensor.

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British Underwater Image Festival 2008 winners announced Photo

British Underwater Image Festival 2008 winners announced

The winning images of the 2008 British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) have been announced! Emma Critchley took Canon Best of Show with a posing sea lion and Anita and Guy Chaumette won the Mares Professional DVD category with ‘Beyond the Blue’; many familiar names were among the winning entries.

Continue to the BUIF 2008 results for the full gallery of imagery and comments by the judges…

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“Sharkwater” DVD launch party and fundraiser for Shark Savers  Photo

“Sharkwater” DVD launch party and fundraiser for Shark Savers

A premiere party celebrating the release of “Sharkwater” on DVD will be held from 7-11 PM on April 11, 2008 at the Pink Elephant in New York, NY. The party will feature special guests Rob Stewart, director of the film, and Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and all proceeds will benefit Shark Savers, a non-profit group dedicated to increasing awareness of shark conservation.

A $20 minimum donation includes entry, one-hour open bar, and music and dancing to a live DJ, and you have the option to contribute more. Be sure to RSVP before spaces fill up!

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Delta Airlines begins new direct US-China route, serves shark fin soup Photo

Delta Airlines begins new direct US-China route, serves shark fin soup

Delta Airlines recently began flying a non-stop route between Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China, and to commemorate the occasion, held a 10-course banquet in which they served “braised shark’s fin soup with cucumber and fish maw.”

While China decided to ban shark fin soup for the Olympics, stating that it could “greatly hurt China’s national image,” that ban has unfortunately not been extended to other events involving foreign guests.

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Aquatica announces underwater housing for Nikon D300 dSLR Photo

Aquatica announces underwater housing for Nikon D300 dSLR

Aquatica has sent us photos and details of their upcoming A300 housing for the Nikon D300 digital SLR. Featuring a 100m/300ft depth rating, the housing comes standard with two Nikonos strobe bulkheads, and offers compatibility with Aquatica’s new underwater remote trigger.

The housing also offers Main, Quick Dial, Shutter Release, and AF-Lock control access all from the right hand, and Aquatica has stated that their current ports are compatible with Nikon’s new 14-24mm wide-angle lens. Continue reading for all the images and the press release…

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Under Water, Over Land Challenge open for sign-ups, entries Photo

Under Water, Over Land Challenge open for sign-ups, entries

The Under Water, Over Land Challenge, a nature and outdoors video production contest, is now accepting sign-ups for the second challenge of 2008. UWOL offers the opportunity for documentarians, extreme sports enthuasists, sea dwellers, and other outdoor film makers to compete in a themed challenge and win prizes. Previous themes include “The Living Skies,” “Water,” “Mammals,” “Night,” and “Adventure,” with an underwater film entry by Markus Nord taking the prize for the “Night” challenge.

Continue to the UWOL website to read the rules and entry instructions, and sign up for Challenge #8 by March 31, 2008. The theme is announced on April 1, 2008, and then you’ll have until April 21, 2008 to submit your entry. Good luck!

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X-Ray Magazine #22 is available for download Photo

X-Ray Magazine #22 is available for download

X-Ray, an excellent (and free) online magazine oriented towards diving and underwater photography, has just announced the availability of issue #22. The issue includes articles on diving Brazil’s Leje de Santos and Spain’s village of Caella, the Russian submariners who visited the North Pole, species of nudibranch and the Humboldt squid, various discovered wrecks, a portfolio by Howard Schatz, and more.

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