DEMA 2006: Gates Housings Photo

DEMA 2006: Gates Housings

Gates Housings have a reputation of being a company that listens to its customers and gives them what they want.  Gates housings are fully manual, giving an option to users who prefer no electronics in their housings.  They have a wide product line supporting many camcorders.

New at DEMA were HID 250 lights, an innovative underwater tripod, and the widescreen, hi-res EM-43 monitor.

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DEMA 2006: Sea & Sea Photo

DEMA 2006: Sea & Sea

Sharing space with parent company Tusa, Sea & Sea had a huge booth with many products on display, including the DX-5D, DX-D80, DX-D200, DX-D50 digital SLR housings and DX-860G and DX-8000G compact cameras.  Also on display were the VX-S1, VX-S2, and VX-FX1 camcorder housings, YS-110 strobe, and a prototype of the upcoming YS-250 PRO strobe.

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DEMA 2006: SeaViewer Underwater Video Systems Photo

DEMA 2006: SeaViewer Underwater Video Systems

SeaViewer Underwater Video Systems had their remote tow and drop camera systems on display.  Featured in documentaries like Air Jaws, the SeaViewer allows a video camera to be dropped to depths of 1500’ (1000’, with warranty).  The system includes a camera, DVR, monitor glasses, cable, and optional GPS video overlay.

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DEMA 2006: Art Innovation Center Photo

DEMA 2006: Art Innovation Center

The Art Innovation Center showcased art and photographs by many photographers.  I’m not sure if the booth was Wyland-branded, but it seemed to be mostly his work.  Other photographers whose work I saw displayed included David Fleetham, Stephen Frink, Todd Essick, and more. 

Some of the vertical prints were hung up horizontally, which made for some strange imagery…

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DEMA 2006: Bonica Precision Photo

DEMA 2006: Bonica Precision

Bonica had a large booth showing off their Snapper series underwater digital cameras and camcorders.  The Snapper lines are split into “Active Lifestyle” products and underwater products. While lifestyle products are typically waterproof to only shallow depths, products in the underwater line are designed for dive use.

One product that was interesting was the Snapper Suit, a removable, flexible, waterproof silicone jacket for various compact cameras rated to 12’.

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DEMA 2006: Solmar V Photo

DEMA 2006: Solmar V

Jose Luis Sanchez and Leslie Lee were at the Solmar V booth representing the Solmar V, a four-season live-aboard that takes advantage of weather patterns to provide optimal diving year-round in the Socorro Islands and at Guadalupe diving great white sharks.

This past August, Wetpixel teamed up with renowned underwater photographer and cinematographer Norbert Wu to lead a great white shark expedition to Guadalupe aboard the Solmar V.  Stay tuned for 2007 dates!  Note that on our extension trip, Mo Rocca and crew were on board doing a story for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  The broadcast is scheduled for November 21, 2006. I’m afraid of what they will show (specifically, they may make fun of all of us. :).

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DEMA 2006: Ultralight Control Systems (ULCS) Photo

DEMA 2006: Ultralight Control Systems (ULCS)

Terry Schuller and David Reid of Ultralight Control Systems seem to always be mobbed by people buying their popular underwater camera trays, handles, arms, and adapters.  New this year is the AC-NU neck ball adapter, which fits anywhere in a ULCS system around the short neck underneath am existing ball, providing an extra fixed ball as opposed to when using something like a triple clamp. 

Also new are modifications to the Amphibico Phenom and Invader ball adapters.  The new adapters are stainless steel and will not spin when torque is applied.

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DEMA 2006: Subal Photo

DEMA 2006: Subal

Subal showed off their formidable line of underwater digital SLR housings at their booth.  New for the show was a prototype port for Nikon’s 105VR macro lens and a prototype housing for the Nikon D80 SLR. The D80 housing will ship in January of February, 2007.  Also on display were Subal’s Canon 30D and Nikon D200 housings…

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DEMA 2006: Intova/Snap Sight Photo

DEMA 2006: Intova/Snap Sight

Mark Zanetti at Intova took me through the entire line of Intova’s underwater camera products, including the new IC 600 6-megapixel camera, the Pixtreme PX2, and Pixtreme PX-21 flash kit.

The housed IC-600 underwater camera is priced aggressively and should retail between USD $249 and $299.  Intova also offers reusable underwater film cameras and a waterproof MP3 player.

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More DEMA coverage is coming…

Dear manufacturers, distributors and readers,

More DEMA coverage is coming! Please be patient.  I am going chronologically in coverage, and no preferences have been given to any entity in coverage order.

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