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Seacam D100 Housing Field Journal Photo

Seacam D100 Housing Field Journal

A field journal by Mark Mintz: "Without a doubt, this is the finest housing I ever owned. The construction and quality are superb. The balance and underwater ergonomics are almost perfect. The Seacam housings are truly for those who demand the very best..."

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Nexus Nikon D70 Housing Photo

Nexus Nikon D70 Housing

Nexus will soon be announcing a Nikon D70 digital SLR housing, with a special dome port for the Nikon 10.5 mm lens.  Also avaliable is a port for the Sigma 15mm -- a specialized lens/dome match.  This port and lens combination works with the F100 and other full-frame film Nikons in Nexus housings, as well as with the D100 and D70 housings. The Nexus D70 will be introduced in Japan o­n March 19th, when the D70 is scheduled to be released o­n the Japanese market. Nexus will release the D70 to the US market by the end of March, and the 10.5 fisheye dome will be released by the end of February (it will work o­n both the D100  and D70 housings).

The Nexus D70 housing features all of the camera controls and has dual sync ports. It will accept all of the Nexus dome ports and macro ports, including the 70-180 zoom super macro lens.

*UPDATE* Feb 10: Fish-eye dome port photo added to full story.

Pre-orders are being taken for the D70, as the demand will exceed supply very quickly.  Contact our sponsors, Marine Camera Distributors, for more information!

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Seacam 1D/1Ds Field Journal and Owner’s Manual Photo

Seacam 1D/1Ds Field Journal and Owner’s Manual

Seacam USA distributor Stephen Frink has completed his field journal and owner's manual for the Seacam Canon EOS 1D/1Ds housing:

"This trip to Thailand is my first real immersion with this camera system, coming from 25 years of shooting with housed Nikon cameras. Allow me to share my insights and observations from this trip, in the hopes you may get up to speed quicker with your own EOS1Ds system..."

Stephen is hopeful that the existing Seacam 1D/1Ds housing will also fit the upcoming Canon EOS 1D Mk II dSLR, but we won't know until he gets his hands on one.

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Seacam 1D/1Ds Housing Field Journal/Operator’s Manual Photo

Seacam 1D/1Ds Housing Field Journal/Operator’s Manual

Seacam USA distributor Stephen Frink has prepared a field journal about his Seacam-housed Canon EOS 1Ds digital SLR: "This trip to Thailand is my first real immersion with this camera system, coming from 25 years of shooting with housed Nikon cameras. Allow me to share my insights and observations from this trip, in the hopes you may get up to speed quicker with your own EOS1Ds system..."

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Wetpixel members sweep Beneath the Sea Competition

Congratulations to Wetpixel members Ralph Oberlander (aka Larry/lionfish43), Herb Ko (herbko), Linda Cline (mandarinfish), and Eric Cheng (echeng) for sweeping the digital category of Beneath the Sea's Worldwide Underwater Photography/Video Competition 2004! (1st, 2nd, and 3rd). Continue reading for full competition results, or click o­n the related link for Beneath the Sea's website.

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Delkin releases CardBus SD and MS adapters

DPReview has posted a note announcing the release of CardBus readers for SD and MS media. "We tested the CardBus CF adapter in October of last year and were impressed, it was four times faster than a traditional PCMCIA adapter and was even faster than Firewire readers."

If you are interested in speed differences between CardBus and non-CardBus readers, check out the results of DPReview's test (CF reader comparison).

When I'm on the road, I typically carry a CardBus CF reader, an older, traditional PC Card CF reader, and an inexpensive USB 2.0 CF reader. It can't hurt to have redundancy. :)

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Fuji FinePix S3 Pro Announced Photo

Fuji FinePix S3 Pro Announced

Fuji has just issued a pre-PMA announcement of the release of the Fuji FinePix S3 Pro. The Fuji S2 Pro is commonly used by underwater photographers because it supports traditional TTL, but it looks like the new S3 Pro has jumped on the D-TTL bandwagon, presumably losing its TTL advantage when compared with competing digital SLRs (if there is no option to do TTL instead of D-TTL). Read more here for the press release, or discuss the camera in our forums.

"LAS VEGAS, February 5, 2004 – Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., today unveiled one of its most eagerly anticipated products -- the newest addition to its critically acclaimed line of professional digital cameras -- the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro.

"Among the FinePix S3 Pro’s list of enhanced features is its one-of-a-kind Super CCD SR sensor technology designed specifically for professional photography. This proprietary technology creates a wider dynamic range to produce images that approach true photographic quality. As a result, the FinePix S3 Pro will capture highlight and shadow detail often lost by digital cameras in high contrast scenes. In addition, Super CCD SR sensor technology provides a higher level of sensitivity, improved signal-to-noise ratio and more natural color reproduction..."

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New Chat Feature

There is now a new chat feature available only to Wetpixel members (join now -- it's free). Log in and click on "IRC Chat" in the side navigation menu to access the new feature. Just click "Connect Now!", once the Java-based chat client loads! Enjoy. :)

Or, if you are IRC savvy, you may join us at #wetpixel on XNet.

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