Fuji Announces Housing for F420 Zoom Photo

Fuji Announces Housing for F420 Zoom

Fuji has announced an underwater housing for their Finepix F420 zoom, a compact 3 megapixel camera. This is a "palm-sized" camera in the same class as the popular Canon S400 and Olympus Sytlus series so the whole setup should easily fit in a BC pocket.

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Tiger shark takes a picture with a housed D100

Jim Abernethy reports that a Tiger Shark, named "Spot," took a housed Nikon D100 from a diver and swam around for awhile, actually taking a photo with the rig before dropping it. "Although many believe sharks to be dumb eating machines, it is nice to reflect especially on this forum how 'Spot' did choose to go digital for his first camera."

Nobody was harmed, but the event did signal the end of diving for the day. After the housing was recovered, the staff found the tiger-shark's photo to be perfectly exposed. It is expected to appear in one of the next issues of Shark Diver Magazine.

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UwP18 - Available April 6 Photo

UwP18 - Available April 6

From our friends over at UwP Magazine (Underwater Photography Magazine, a free, high quality, online magazine):

I am pleased to let you know that UwP18 will be available for downloading on April 6th. It's a full issue packed with lots of news, information and entertainment.

UwP18 contains details of the following equipment: Ikelite 5060 housing, Fantasea CP-3N, Top Dawg Mini housing, Fuji F-700 housing, Jonah D60 and Calypsophot. There's a location report from Roatan, some excellent Great Hammerhead shots and marine life information about Lumpsuckers. Technique articles include New ideas for macro, Easy ways to improve, A Beginners guide to digital and The Underwater photographers Code of conduct.

You can download UwP18 at www.uwpmag.com

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Browser Compatibility

A few of you out there have written to tell me that Wetpixel's home page doesn't load in certain versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. We officially support Internet Explorer 5+ (Win), Netscape 7+, and Mozilla/Firefox. We hear Safari on Mac OS is working, as well. If you are using an old browser, please consider upgrading! You know, for the sake of web standards.

UPDATE: We've received notice that IE 5.1.7 for Mac OS 8.6 is no longer rendering the front page, despite the fact that I have not made any changes to it for the past couple of weeks. Does Apple itself even support Mac OS 8.6 anymore? I used to work there, and I remember the Mac OS 8 launch: Motley Crue came to Apple campus and gave a concert. Mid-set, the lead singer screamed that we were all "#$*#* losers," presumably because no one was rockin' out. That was in 1997, back when digicams were barely 0.5 megapixels. You don't use 0.5 megapixel cameras anymore, and you probably shouldn't be using browsers from that time period, either.

Of course, if you are using a browser from that time period, you probably aren't seeing this news article, so perhaps I am only preaching to the converted.

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Wetpixel and Digideep POTWs

The Digideep POTW is back o­n our home page. We think the bug has been fixed, but let us know if there are any problems with image loading using Internet Explorer. [UPDATE, April 1 -- Something on the home page is still causing problems. Removed again.]

Also, we could really use your votes in last week's Wetpixel POTW.  We've changed the way voting works, so all you have to do is pick your three favorite photos instead of ranking every o­ne. :)

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Fight for sea slugs

Wetpixel user Marriard writes the following:

Re: The Sea Slug Forum: I am a huge user and supporter of this highly informative and useful site. Although it will remain 'up' it will basically stop adding content from this point onwards. Below is the official message on the board and also an address to write to if you wish to express your disappointment that it is going away. I am in the process of drafting mine and if you have utilized this source I know it would be hugely appreciated by Dr Rudman if you would also (politely) indicate your disappointment to the below address as well. Maybe we can get this decision turned around over the next few months.

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