EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) DSLR and barcode solution Photo

EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) DSLR and barcode solution

Canon has officially announced the EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) DSLR and an optional barcode solution. The 7DSV is targeted for professional school and event photographers and features four levels of “locking” camera controls for studio environments. The Canon barcode solution links customer data directly with the image file so that it can be maintained throughout the entire workflow process.

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Scientific American on today’s sharks Photo

Scientific American on today’s sharks

Scientific American has published an article titled: Today’s Sharks: Smart, Tagged and in short supply. It highlights the race that scientists face with studying the shark before it is fished out of existence. The article also contrasts the high-tech research methods currently employed, including satellite tracking, genetic analysis and HD cameras, with the available technology in 1987 when Discovery first launched their Shark Week series. Amongst the results is a growing realization that sharks are very intelligent:

“Many sharks have good learning capacity, which is one way we measure intelligence,” says Samuel Gruber, a marine biologist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), who discovered in 1975 that lemon sharks could learn a classical conditioning task 80 times faster than a cat or rabbit. “I was shocked to find that they could learn so rapidly,” he says. Gruber’s National Science Foundation–supported Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas, known as Sharklab, is now planning to start a doctoral research program on shark cognition.

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Nikon releases View NX2 software Photo

Nikon releases View NX2 software

Nikon UK has announced the release of version 2 of its View NX software. The updated software has image editing abilities as per the earlier version, but now incorporates video editing abilities for footage shot with Nikon DSLR’s. It also has an enhanced user control panel, and incorporates easier sharing options.(via dpreview.)

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10 Bar releases housing for Sony NEX-5 Photo

10 Bar releases housing for Sony NEX-5

10 Bar has released a housing for the Sony NEX-5 camera. The housing has an aluminum front, an acrylic back, and is recommended to 60m. It features mechanical controls for all functions, and will be supplied with a standard dome port and lens ring, suitable for the Sony NEX 18-55mm lens. Lastly it will allow for TTL strobe exposure via fiber optic cables.

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Solmar V gets even greener Photo

Solmar V gets even greener

The owners of the Mexican based liveaboard Solmar V have raised the bar for dive operators by agreeing to offset the boat’s carbon emissions as a standard practice. They are probably the first dive boat to do so, and will offset against the use of the boats diesel engine. In effect, this means that a portion of each passengers fees will be used to help reduce global warming. Many traveling divers now choose to offset the carbon effects of their airline travel, but until now there has been little or no opportunity of offset once “on the ground.”

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Wetpixel Expedition: Ambon Night Safari, Nov/Dec 2010 Photo

Wetpixel Expedition: Ambon Night Safari, Nov/Dec 2010

Wetpixel still has spots left for our Ambon Night Safari this coming Nov 7-16, 2010!

Photographers Eric Cheng and Tony Wu will lead the trip, which goes to one of the best critter spots on the planet. The humble shoreline at Laha is where the Maluku frogfish (Histiophryne psychedelica) was found a couple of years ago. This year, the elusive frogfish resurfaced, and we’re hoping they will still be there when we arrive.

Read the full details for more information on what to expect — we’re looking forward to the trip!

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Sony releases firmware upgrade for EX1 Photo

Sony releases firmware upgrade for EX1

Sony Europe has announced the release of a firmware upgrade for European model PMW-EX1 XDCAM cameras. The new firmware is version 1.20 and is:

In response to users’ requests for additional choices in recording media for XDCAM EX, this user-upgradeable firmware update offers compatibility of the current family of XDCAM EX products with the new Sony Media Adaptors: MEAD-MS01 (Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX) and MEAD-SD01 (SDHC memory card)), as well as the SxS-1 series media cards.

The Media Adaptors allow the use of Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX and SDHC cards in XDCAM EX equipment.

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Group sues Brazilian exporter over shark fin export Photo

Group sues Brazilian exporter over shark fin export

Business Week has reported that the Brazilian environmental group, Environmental Justice Institute, has sued exporter Sigel do Brasil Comercio over claims that it has illegally exported over 25 tonnes of shark fins since 2009. In Brazil, it is illegal to separate shark fins from the carcasses, and in May government agents reported finding 3.3 tons of shark fins during a single raid on the company. Cristiano Pacheco, director of the group said:

“This is an extremely serious situation and represents only a fraction of the sharks that are illegally killed off Brazil’s northeast coast.”

Pacheco’s group filed its suit for $790 million against Sigel do Brasil Comercio in a federal court in the Amazon jungle city of Belem.

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Alert Diver magazine ships this week Photo

Alert Diver magazine ships this week

The third quarter issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine should ship to US DAN members this week. For non-US divers, the online version will be available shortly. The magazine features the results of a photo contest, run in collaboration with Nature’s Best magazine and the cover image, a shot of sailfish by Howard Hall, is a frame grab from a RED video. It is believed that this is the first time that a screen grab has been used on the front cover of a dive publication. Howard has also written an article in the Photo Techniques section about the opportunities for converging still and video technologies.

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