DEMA 2006: Nocturnal Lights Photo

DEMA 2006: Nocturnal Lights

Luckily, Tim Lau at Nocturnal Lights found me in the hallways because by the time I got to the Saeko/Nocturnal Lights booth, everyone was pretty much ready to pack up for the year.  Nocturnal Lights offers a spread of dive and video lights with housing adapters and tray adapters for all of the major housing manufacturers.

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DEMA 2006: Keldan Lights Photo

DEMA 2006: Keldan Lights

I was really impressed with Keldan Lights’ booth—it was just about the brightest area at DEMA, and I blew out the exposure in a bunch of images while shooting product shots there. 

Daniel Keller took me on a tour of the new Luna 8 WA Video Light, which looked really interesting…

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DEMA 2006: Ikelite Photo

DEMA 2006: Ikelite

A few Wetpixel members (John Bantin, Drew Wong, Shawn Heinrichs, Dave Haas, me) had a little reunion at Ikelite‘s booth while Dave Haas took us on a tour of this year’s DEMA goodies.  Aside from its line of popular dive lights, Ikelite’s booth featured underwater housings for the Nikon D80, Canon Rebel XTi/400D, Nikon D200, and Canon G7 (with ETTL circuitry). 

A new underwater flash/handle system with a built-in slave sensor was also on display and will likely be called the “i35 AutoFlash”...

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DEMA 2006: Fantasea Photo

DEMA 2006: Fantasea

Howard Rosenstein and Ran Vered of Fantasea showed new underwater housings for the Nikon D80 and Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D.  Fantasea specializes in housings for all Nikon Coolpix cameras.  All new models include support for full control of the camera, and housing packages containing tray, arm, flash, and fiber optic cable run under USD $400 retail (impressive).

Fantasea has also been busy producing a line of accessories…

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DEMA 2006: Sam in Palau, Bill in Yap Photo

DEMA 2006: Sam in Palau, Bill in Yap

While wandering the aisles, I stopped to chat with the folks we worked with during the Digital Shootout Palau last year.  Sam Scott was at DEMA representing Sam’s Tours Palau, and Bill Acker was there for Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers, where Wetpixel video moderator Mike Veitch currently serves as photo and video pro.

Regarding Yap, if you’d like to spend some time there receiving photo instruction, check out Photo Week 2007 (June 22-28) with Mike Veitch and others!

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DEMA 2006: AquaVideo Photo

DEMA 2006: AquaVideo

AquaVideo flexible housing designs are built using heavy-duty cylinders with custom-drilled holes for control placement.  At their booth, they had on display a new underwater housing for the Sony FX-7 camcorder.  A cool feature: Michael Hastings pointed out that batteries for lighting actually fit inside the housing itself for a compact package.

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DEMA 2006: Aquatica Photo

DEMA 2006: Aquatica

Exciting news!  Accessory viewfinders are being more and more popular!  Aquatica was proudly displaying a pro-production model of their new AquaView viewfinder, which featured a large, bright, clear picture.  Also on display was the A30D housing for Canon’s EOS 30D digital SLR.  I am impressed that the A30D’s ergonomic improvements over Aquatica’s earlier housings for Canon SLRs.

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DEMA 2006: Amphibico Photo

DEMA 2006: Amphibico

Amphibico had two prototype underneath domed glass.  One was the Endeavor, an underwater housing for the new Sony V1/FX7 camcorder.  The other was an EVO2 housing for the Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD camcorder with integrated LCD screen on the back of the housing.  See the Video Products Roundup for more coverage on Amphibico.

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