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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Bali dive trip report by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari Photo

Bali dive trip report by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari

FiNS Associate Editors Andrea and Antonella Ferrari recently returned from a two-week trip to Bali, Indonesia, and took the time to writeup a review of the experience.

The article features photographs of unusual species, and takes you through not one, or two, but five different resorts in the clear, descriptive writing style present in so much of the Ferrari’s work.

Continue reading for the full trip report…

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Sipadan Water Village announces winners of Photo Week 2006 Photo

Sipadan Water Village announces winners of Photo Week 2006

Sipadan Water Village has announced the winners of its Photo Week competition, which has been held annually since 1997. This year, the event featured photo pros Marty Snyderman, Mauricio Handler and Clay Wiseman, and equipment pros Joe Wysocki, Fred Dion, and Andrew Wallace.

Wetpixel member Larry Chan (LChan) took Best of Show with an image of a giant grouper surrounded by juvenile golden trevally.

Check out Sipadan Water Village’s blog for all of the winning entries, and discuss the results in the forums...

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DEMA 2006: People pictures, Nov 9 Photo

DEMA 2006: People pictures, Nov 9

During my first year at DEMA four years ago, I was able to wander around the halls totally unnoticed.  These days it is very difficult to cover the show because I get stopped in the hallway every ten feet!  But it’s these reunions combined with the opportunity for serendipitous business deals that make DEMA so much fun.  And did I mention how much I love Orlando?

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DEMA 2006: Patima Photo

DEMA 2006: Patima

Patima had quite a few products on display including a housing for Sony’s HC1 HD camcorder, housed E-TTL and iTTL flashes for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs (respectively), a modeling light, a strange-but-interesting arm light, and a housed high-resolution personal multimedia player (PMP).

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DEMA 2006: SeaLife Photo

DEMA 2006: SeaLife

Pioneer Research’s popular SeaLife cameras showed off two new products at DEMA this year.  First was the DC600 Digital Camera, an update to the older DC500.  The DC600 is 6.1 megapixels and offers a new “spy mode”, which sets the camera to automatically take multiple, time-delayed shots until stopped.  So by setting the camera down and swimming away, a diver might be able to capture images of critters that are particularly shy. I think it’s cool that companies like SeaLife are putting in such interesting new features into their products.

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DEMA 2006: Seacam Photo

DEMA 2006: Seacam

I always look forward to seeing Harald Hordorsch’s big smile as he walks around his Seacam booth making sure everything is perfect.  Stephen Frink showed me Seacam’s new 1D Mk II N housing, which uses the same front half as the current 1D/1Ds Mk II housing.  The rear has been changed to accomodate the N’s larger LCD screen and button placement.  Seacam’s housings are known for their high quality and unsurpassed ergonomics.

Also on display was Seacam’s Seaflash 250 Digital Strobe, a hefty strobe which does proper E-TTL and iTTL (for a good time, ask Harald about E-TTL).

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