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Drysuit for Panasonic GS 500  October 2006
Videographers who like their Panasonic NV-GS 500 digital camcorders can take them diving with Sealux’s new DS500 housing. The
anodized aluminum case protects Panasonic’s ultra-compact 4-megapixel camcorder to 295 feet. Controls functions are ergonomically
mounted on both sides of the housing allowing fingertip activation of all of the camera’s functions while the user grips the handles. White
balance can be adjusted underwater. Swivels in front allow easy positioning of filters or an optional close-up lens for macro shots. The
monitor window is tilted at a 15-degree angle for easy viewing while swimming, and is protected from topside glare by a sunshield. The GS
500’s auto-focusing can be switched off, allowing for manually focusing the camera’s sharp Leica lens. The 7.25-pound housing’s weight
drops to 1.5 pounds when diving in seawater. The housing comes with a flat port, but a wide-angle zoom-able converter is available. To
bring out underwater colors or shoot in deep dark sites, add an optional Sealux lighting system. Learn more at
www.reefphotovideo.com.
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Control shots with Sea&Sea  June 2006
Underwater photographers usually have to choose between getting an easy-to-use, low-priced point-and-shoot camera and the pricy
housing for a single-lens-reflex model that has the exposure control needed for serious photography. Sea&Sea’s DX-8000G bridges the
gap. Set on automatic, it’s as simplistic as any point-and-shoot, but its 8-megapixel images allow for semi-pro quality enlargements. Where
it shines is in manual control. A finger-activated knob in front of the shutter release quickly adjusts the f-stop, the critical setting for light
and color balance. Just spin the knob until the water color you want appears on the LCD screen, frame your subject and shoot. Other
manual adjustments include zoom lens from 28- to 85-millimeters, “film speed” from 64 to 1,600 asa, white balance, shutter speed from
time exposure to 1/2000 of a second and resolution quality. Up to 61 uncompressed JPG images can be stored on a 1 gigabyte SD chip,
along with WAV sound files and AVI videos. Readily available AA batteries power the camera, and all controls are accessible through its
compact composite housing. Couple it with Sea&Sea’s optional YS-25 digital external flash and wide-angle converter lens, and you’ll bring
home pictures that rival those taken with top-of-the-line pro gear. Learn more at
www.seaandsea.com.
Accessorize your image  April 2006
Fantasea has developed complete lines of modular components that allow underwater photographers to tailor housing systems to meet their
specific gearing needs, whether they’re using digital point-and-shoot or single-lens-reflex-style cameras. The modules include housings for
cameras and flashes as well as an underwater flash. These can be mounted on a tray with one or two flexible arms to hold flashes. A lens
caddy can be attached to the tray or a strobe arm to hold auxiliary close-up and wide-angle lenses for point-and-shoot cameras. The
housing for digital SLR cameras can accept flat ports for macro lenses or a dome port for extreme wide-angle lenses. Red filters are
available to compensate for the blueness of underwater scenes. Making the systems available in interconnecting modules means
photographers need only acquire the units they need, and can add other units as their photo kit grows over time.
Learn more at
www.fantasea.com.
A case for Rebels  February 2006
Owners of Canon’s popular Rebel XT 350D can take their digital camera to 200 feet with Fantasea’s new F350D housing. Just slide the
camera into the molded polycarbonate housing, buckle the stainless steel latches closed on the back door and the camera is ready to go
diving, with all functions accessible at the touch of buttons outside the case. Double o-rings on each shaft keep the camera dry.
Ergonomically designed handles ease holding and shooting underwater even when wearing gloves. It comes with a flat port that allows use
of an 18- to 55-millimeter zoom lens, with domes and other ports available as accessories for use with ultra-wide angle, macro and close-
up lenses. The case has a six-pin through-the-lens flash connector, which, when coupled with Canon’s 580 EX flash, provides automatic
exposure control. The housing comes with one full year of DEPP flood insurance. Learn more at
www.fantasea.com.
Point and shoot like a pro August 2007
Sea&Sea is further blurring the differences between single-lens-reflex and point-and-shoot digital underwater cameras with its new 10-
megapixel DX-1G model. The camera’s 1- by 1.75-inch sensor is outfitted with vibration correction to enhance image quality. Macro shots
can be taken to within 1 inch of a subject, but it’s always ready for the big picture with its 24- to 75-millimeter zoom lens. The shutter lag
is a mere 0.1 second, and it recycles for the next shot in 1 second. Images are seen on a 2.5-inch liquid crystal monitor, and stored on an
SDHC memory card of up to 4 gigabytes. Auto-focus and auto exposure can be over-ridden manually allowing photographers to get the
shots they want instead of what the camera wants. It comes with a DB-60 lithium-ion battery and charger capable of powering up to 350
shots, and can run on AAA cells, which deliver 50 pictures. Optional auxiliary strobe and arm packages and wide-angle lens can help in
bringing home shots that look as nice as the destination where you went diving.
www.seaandsea.com.
Get a professional image October 2007
Serious underwater videographers will soon have access to the tools of a top-flight pro at their disposal when Gates releases its Deep Red
housing. The housing for the Red One camera is under development and is expected to be released next year. Red One is the
super-high-definition video camera that digitally records images with four times the resolution of high-density resolution and 24 times more
resolution than standard density. Gates turned to award-winning underwater cinematographer Howard Hall for help in designing Deep Red,
so the buttons and other fingertip controls are placed around the ergonomic grips at just where a photographer would reach for them.
Mechanical controls are not susceptible to shorting out as electronic ones do sometimes because of condensation inside of housings. Like
other Gates housings, Deep Red will be machined in bulletproof aluminum that is rated to withstand pressures to 300 feet. The housing will
have a two-year renewable warranty.
www.gateshousings.com
Red One Camera
Sony HD video cam can dive March 2008
Videographers can take their Sony HDR-HC9 high-definition video camcorders underwater with Light and Motion's Stingray HD and
Bluefin HC7 housings. Non-penetrating push-button controls for camera electronics ensure avoid potential leaks that can spring around
mechanical ones. Controls are ergonomically positioned to be right at videographers' fingertips. The touch pads allow full access to all
camcorder functions while underwater. The camera's 3.5-inch color monitor can be clearly seen through a window in the back panel. The
camcorder mounts on a tray in the housing that adapts nearly the entire line of Sony HD video cameras. This allows the Bluefin housing to
be used with a large number of current camcorders as well as ones still in the planning stages, according to Light and Motion. The
company claims a warranty service rate of less than 2 percent, making the housings among the most reliable available.
www.lightandmotion.com.
Old housing for new cameras May 2008
Divers who are eyeing Nikon's new Coolpix S52 and S52e cameras but don't want to spring for a new housing will get a break if their old
Cookpix camera fit into a Fantasea FS51 housing. The housing fits the new models as well as Coolpix S50, S50c and S51c cameras. The
FS51 housing allows access to all camera functions and is rated to withstand depths to 200 feet. Double o-rings seal out moisture on all
controls. It has an anti-glare hood to shade the liquid crystal screen, a built-in flash diffuser and a 41 millimeter lens port. Optional
accessories are available to customize the photo setups for single or multiple flashes, and to carry auxiliary lenses. The clear polymer case
allows a complete view of the camera, easing visual checks for fogging or leakage. All Fantasea cases include one year of flood insurance.
www.fantasea.com.
Add flash to your photos June 2008
With our little digi-cameras we're all getting almost professional-looking underwater images. What's lacking is that extra punch of light
beyond what can be delivered by the itsy-bitsy camera-mounted strobe, which mostly just illuminates the backscatter. SEA&SEA can
change that with its new YS-17 digital strobe and accessories kit. The YS-17 is a TTL slave strobe that can be mounted on an arm and
triggered by the camera-mounted strobe. By masking off the camera unit and mounting a fiber-optic line in front of it, the YS-17 can be
triggered at the appropriate micro-second, yet the camera- mounted flash is blocked from creating backscatter. The strobe has a 70- by
53-degree beam angle. To cover a wider angle or to fill in shadows, multiple YS-17s can be fired from the one hot-wired to the camera,
with their "through the lens" metering system controlling the overall flash output. Two AA batteries deliver a guide number of 14 at full
power and recycle in three seconds. A two-step control can be used to lower the output manually. Accessory packages are available for
many popular brands of housed digi-cameras.
www.seaandsea.com.
Shoot your Canon underwater July 2008
Owners of Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS or IXUS80 IS cameras can take their digi-cams diving with FantaSea's new FSD-1100 housing.
The molded housing is depth rated to 200 feet and has double O-ring seals on push-button controls that allow underwater photographers
full access to all of the camera's features. An anti-glare hood can be mounted over the rear screen to ease viewing in bright waters. A
built-in flash diffuser spreads the light of the camera's flash. The housing also features a 46-millimeter threaded lens port to add optional
auxiliary wide-angle lenses. Besides divers, outdoor sports enthusiasts may find the housing useful to protect their cameras while sailing,
surfing, fishing or backpacking in extreme elements. As with all FantaSea housings, the FSD-1100 comes with one free year of flood
insurance that can replace the camera should the housing flood during normal usage.
www.FantaSea.com.
FantaSea FSD-1100
Change image on the fly September 2008
Once upon a time, changing lenses underwater caused cameras to flood. Fast forward to today and you can pack handy conversion lenses
from Epoque USA that allow you to switch from macro to wide-angle shots on the fly. The DLC-20 wide-angle conversion lens is added to
the front of a housing to convert a 35-millimeter-equivalent lens to a 20-mm lens, a handy size for shooting reef panoramas or taking
advantage of the surprise appearance of a big critter. The DML-2 macro converter is a 2X magnifying lens, which is great to slap on a
housing after discovering at depth that visibility limits photos to close shots of very small subjects. Although designed for Epoque housings,
the converters are available in standard mounts that can be attached to various makers' housings either directly or with optional converter
rings. What's more, the rings are changeable so the conversion lenses can be switched from housing to housing. So with luck, you might
be able to adapt your lenses to the next housing after your current camera floods. For housings without conventional accessory-lens
mounts, Epoque has an adapter that screws into a standard tripod socket to hold a conversion lens in front of the housing.
www.epoqueusa.com.
Flash on your creativity October 2008
Sea&Sea has added features to its new YS-100a that are designed to help underwater photographers get the most out of their cameras.
Three xenon flash tubes kick out a balanced 105-degree 5,400-Kelvin square beam with a 22 guide number at 100 ASA. A diffuser
covering the array softens the beam and has holes for the flashes' TTL sensor and an LED target light to aim the beam. The TTL function
can interact with other TTL strobes to automatically deliver proper exposures based on the camera's ASA setting. Yet its output can be
tweaked on the fly with an 11-position dial to fine tune the guide number. Choose between TTL or two manual modes, depending on
whether it's used with a digital camera that generates a pre-flash. A conventional cable connector allows the YS-110a to be wired directly
to a housed SLR digital camera. An optional fiber-optic cable can be used ensure synchronization between the strobe and a compact digital
camera. Four AA cells provide up to 330 flashes with less than a two-second recycle time when powered with nickel metal hydride
batteries. To save power, the unit turns off after 30 minutes of being idle. Also the target light can be set to activate only when needed. The
24.5-ounce unit weighs less than a half ounce underwater and is depth rated to 200 feet.
www.seaandsea.com.
SEA&SEA YS110a
Bright but lightweight strobe October 2008
Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight versatile strobe for conventional or digital cameras might want to consider Epoque's new
ES 150 DSa. The company says it's the smallest, lightest weight unit in its class. Although small, it punches out a beam of up to a 15 guide
number at 100 ASA. A knob allows users to cut back the output to a 3 guide number. This eases adjusting multiple units to balance light
over a wide area or to use one as a main flash and the other as a fill. A built-in socket accepts conventional film camera cables or it can be
triggers as a slave with the built-in sensor. An optional fiber-optic cable can provide a positive link to a digital camera's built-in strobe. Size
and weight are kept to a minimum by its use of only two AA cells for power. Yet it can squeeze up to 250 flashes out of a set of alkaline or
rechargeable batteries. ES 150-DSa could work well as an added strobe for larger camera rigs or an entry-level unit for budding underwater
photographers. It's available separately or as part of starter a set that includes the camera tray, arm and fiber-optic cable.
www.epoqueusa.com
Epoque ES 150 DSa
Military camera takes a dive November 2008
Technology that's used in military and police surveillance has been adapted by Persides with its VEEcam, which is short for Video for
Extreme Environments. The United Kingdom company's compact, lightweight video system is intended to be worn on the body for
hands-free videography. The company says the camera with its built-in rechargeable batteries is can record up to five hours of high-quality
video. The video stream then can be uploaded to a computer for editing or extracting still images. The solid state system is designed to
operate at depths to 328 feet in extremes of hot and cold temperatures.
www.persides.com.
VEEcam
Mighty mite strobe light November 2008
Photographers looking for a pint-sized strobe to bring out colors in underwater subjects should check out the S-2000 from Inon America.
The strobe is a mere 2.5 by 3.3 by 4.2 inches and weighs less than 2 pounds with batteries. Underwater, where it's weight is 1.4 ounces, it
generates flashes of up 20 guide number in power with 100 asa speed imaging. Four AA batteries produce up to 420 full-power flashes
with a recycle time of 1.8 seconds. It can be used automatically or in a 12-step manual mode. A large sensor gathers light from all
directions to fire the unit as a slave or it can be "hard-wired" with fiber-optic cable to the camera. The D-2000 also has a built-in 3-watt
aiming light. All units come with a color-temperature-true diffuser to soften and broaden the beam.
www.inonamerica.com.
Inon D-2000
Net macro shots of reef life November 2008
ReefNet, the Canadian company that debuted the optically correct SubSee underwater magnifier last year, introduced a framework this year
to adapt the lens to underwater camera housings. The adapted enables using the 3-power magnifier to take extreme distortion-free,
super-macro images with digital cameras. Adapters are available for popular housings for digital single lens reflex and point-and-shoot
cameras, including Aquatica, Ikelite, Subal, Sea & Sea, Seatool, Olympus, Light & Motion, Hugyfot and Seacam. If an adapter isn't
available off-the-shelf, just send the specs of your housing to ReefNet for a custom-made unit. The sturdy molded composite material
attaches easily and firmly to housings and is highly resistant to corrosive seawater.
www.reefnet.ca.
ReefNet Macro
Roll over your D3 housing December 2008
Photographers who are tempted to upgrade their Nikon D3s for the D3x when it comes out this month are in luck if they have Sea&Sea's
MDX-PRO D3 underwater housing. Their existing housing will accommodate the new camera. Nikon's new D3x SLR-style digital camera
promises a 24.5-megapixel resolution, more than double that of the D3. It is supposed to be able to snap five full-resolution shots a second
and offer superior exposure control. Sea&Sea's rugged housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum that's been anodized to resist
corrosion in saltwater. Most camera functions can be controlled from the ergonomic handgrip. Locking mechanisms are designed to secure
the port and back from being accidentally opened, and a built-in detector alerts the user to water leakage. Optional items can customize the
housing to fit photographer's preferences for the viewfinder screen, port and external TTL Sea&Sea strobes.
www.seaandsea.com.
Tie one on with Diveleash December 2008
Divers soon learn that anything that's not tethered to them will be lost underwater. Leashtec reinvented the common cord that tightens
around a wrist in its new DiveLeash. The leash consists of a Neoprene strap that is affixed around a wrist with a touch fastener. The strap
is soft and wide, so it doesn't dig into skin. A nylon belt extends from the Neoprene strap and terminates in a clip assembly that allows the
attached item such as a camera to be quickly disconnected with gloveless hands. This could ease handing up gear to boat operators at the
end of the dive. The manufacturer does not recommend using the DiveLeash for items weighing one pound or more, so don't plan to hook
it to your housed SLR with dual strobes on arms. But for warm-water resort divers wearing thin suits and toting point-and-shoots, the
leash could be a more comfortable alternative to the conventional wrist lanyard.
www.diveleash.com.
DiveLeash
Sea&Sea SMXD-Pro D#
Take Cool Pix underwater March 2009
Point and shoot your Nikon Coolpix S710 digital at underwater subjects by placing it inside a Fantasea FS-710 housing. An O-ring seals
water out of the molded plastic housing that is depth rated to 200 feet. Fantasea built handy features into the housing, such as an anti-glare
hood over the camera's liquid-crystal-diode screen, and a diffuser that can be move in front of the flash to minimize backscatter. A
46-millimeter port ring is molded into the housing in front of the lens, allowing photographers to mount optional auxiliary lenses on the unit
while underwater. Double O-ring seals on all control points enable the use of all camera functions. As with other Fantasea housings, the
FS-710 comes with flood insurance that covers camera replacement should the housing leak under normal use.
www.fantasea.com.
A case for a Sanyo upgrade March 2009
Owners of Epoque EHD-1000 housings for Sanyo Xacti VCP-1000 or VCP-1010 video cameras can feel free to upgrade to Sanyo's new
Xacti-2000 digital video camera. Sanyo's new full high-definition camera slips inside Epoque's EHD-1000 housing without any adaptation or
modification because the new camera's size and location of controls are exactly the same as earlier models. The only thing different with
the new camera is the improved image quality with its 1,080 by 1,920 megapixel resolution. Epoque's housing for the smallest, lightest
underwater video camera is made of injection-molded ABS plastic and is depth rated to 150 feet. Every control on the camera can be
activated through the housing, which is sealed with a molded O-ring and seven latching buckles.
www.EpoqueUSA.com.
Fantasea FS-710
Epoque EHD-1000
Nikon D60, D40 find housing April 2009
Nikon D40 owners shopping for housings have an extra option to weigh. Sea&Sea's recently released sleek polycarbonate RDX-D60
housing works with D40s as well as Nikon D60s. Both the main and quick dials are operable while holding the hand grips. Cameras can be
fired either by pushing from the top or pulling from the front with new two-way shutter button that can be depressed half-way to activate
autofocus and exposure controls. The housing has twin L-type fiber-optic sockets that take advantage of the camera's built in flash and
ensure positive connections for two strobes. Conventional strobe connectors are available as well. Optional trays and arms mount onto the
tripod socket, and the housing comes with a quick shoe to ease mounting and removing it from the flash and arms assembly. A large
locking buckle snaps the housing closed. A variety of ports are available for popular lens options, as well as an optional viewfinder for its
0.5x one that eases seeing the field of view.
www.seaandsea.com.
Mask your stills, videos May 2009
Between lugging a light, reel and goodie bag it's easy to get so task loaded that you just leave your camera topside. With the new Liquid
Image mask / camera combo, you can bring all your tools and have your camera too. The 310 model created a stir at the DEMA dive show
last fall, where the company announced plans to launch products that were good for dives deeper than 33 feet. The Scuba Series HD320,
due out this spring, is supposed to be good to 115 feet and a Pro HD 350 is projected to withstand depths to 330 feet when it hits the
market this fall. The 5-megapixel cameras can shoot still shots or high-definition video with sound at up to 32 frames per second, logged
on SD microchips of up to 64 megabyte capacity. Just line your subject up in the crosshairs in the mask, and touch a shutter button is all
that's needed to take shots, according to the company. Light-emitting diodes positioned inside the mask are intended to let the user know
what mode the camera is in during operation. Images can be uploaded to a computer through a USB cable for editing with software
included with the camera, which allows for quick sharing through YouTube.
www.divecamcentral.com.
Reef FIX-G10
SEA&SEA RDX-D60
Liquid Image310
Snap SeaLife shots May 2009
SeaLife focused on features of interest to divers in its new DC1000 point-and-shoot digital camera. At 10 megapixels, it has improved
clarity over the 8-megapixel resolution of its predecessor, the DC800. The oversized shutter button and space between control buttons on
the back ease shooting even for divers wearing thick gloves needed in northern waters. Four color settings help to correct for blue and
green waters as well as for sunny shallow or deeper darker depths. Autofocus from 2 inches to infinity and a 5X optical telephoto lens
allows divers to quickly snap anything from macro to distant subjects. Auto exposure can be overridden by experienced photographers
who are trying to achieve special effects in images. A "spy mode" can be used to shoot time-lapse sequences or even 640 by 480
large-format video with sound. The 2.7-inch screen is easily viewable in the back of the rubberized housing that is depth rated to 200 feet.
Pop it out of the housing and take it with you to snap shots on land. Anti-shake circuitry helps in low-light settings. Rechargeable lithium
battery provides more than two hours of steady shooting. It accepts SD or SDHC cards of up to 8 gigabyte capacity. With optional
external strobes, a tray and wide-angle lens the DC1000 can take snaps that nearly rival images from pro cameras.

www.sealife-cameras.com
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SeaLife DC1000
Reef FIX for Canon's G10 April 2009
Canon's new 14.7-megapixel Powershot G10 had a problem. It didn't like to go diving. Reef Photo & Video overcame that shortcoming
with its FIX G10 housing. Machined from solid aluminum this rugged housing feels like it could be used to drive nails. The housing has
external knobs to take advantage of the G10's feature of having dials to control the shooting mode, ISO, aperture and shutter speed, instead
of having them buried in scroll-through software menus. The knobs are big enough to be manipulated with cold fingers in Neoprene gloves.
A window provides a clear view of the G10's 3-inch liquid crystal dial viewfinder. The port lens allows full use of the G10's zoom
capability, and has a 67-millimeter mount for auxiliary lenses for macro- and 15-mm wide-angle converters. A socket provides secure
mounting for fiber-optic leads to fire strobes. Optional handles, trays and strobe arms are available to tailor a rig to use the point-and-shoot
digital camera for serious underwater shooting.
www.reefphoto.com.
Make Remora your slave June 2009
Every diver who's taken a digital point-and-shoot camera underwater knows that the built-in strobe doesn't light subjects that are more than
a few inches from the lens. Fantasea can solve the lighting problem with its new Remora slave flash that is designed specifically for use
with housed compact digital cameras. Four different pre-flash settings are intended to synchronize the slave to requirements for all
digi-cams on the market. At full power, it has a guide number of 20 at an ISO 100 setting, which can be dialed down to as low as a 10
percent output. It kicks out a flash with a 5,400 Kelvin color temperature at a 60-degree beam angle. A diffuser provided with the flash can
soften the light. Four AA batteries provide about 240 flashes. A Y-S mount allows for the attachment of a focus light atop the flash. A
socket is molded into the flash to accept an optional fiber-optic cable.
www.fantasea.com.
Fantasea Remora
A BigEye for the big picture July 2009
Point-and-shoot digital cameras are allowing divers with minimal photo skills to pull off amazing underwater shots. One perspective they
typically cannot do, however, is to catch the drama of an ultra-wide-angle lens. For that, a diver needed to spend big bucks for a
single-lens-reflex-style camera in a housing, until now. Fantasea has just released a BigEye lens that is intended to provide fish-eye lens
capabilities to popular housed digi-cams marketed by Canon, Olympus, Fuji, Ikelite, Panasonic, Sea & Sea and Casio. The BigEye adapter
attaches to the front of the housing, so it can be put on or removed as needed throughout the dive, a feature that's not an option for housed
SLR photographers. Fantasea's patent-pending lens technology lets photographers to get close to the subject, taking advantage of light from
strobes and minimizing the water between the subject and the lens, thus reducing backscatter.  For info, visit
www.fantasea.com..
Fantasea BigEye
A camera to dive for August 2009
Budding photographers can get started taking shots underwater without sinking their budgets with the EHD-800Ai digital camera system
from Epoque USA. The basic system consists of an 8-megapixel point-and-shoot camera housed in a compact ABS plastic housing that
Epoque lists at less than $400, so chances are the street price will be even lower. The ergonomic housing is depth rated to 150 feet, and
features external controls for all of the camera's functions. Its 3X optical autofocus zoom provides the 35-millimeter equivalent of a 35- to
108-mm lens, and can be switched to a macro setting for close-up shots. A 55-mm thread mount in front of the housing allows for the
attachment of optional auxiliary wide-angle and ultra-macro conversion lenses. The built-in flash is programmed for auto exposure. Those
who want to add extra brilliance to their images may want to expand the system with external strobes that can be fired wirelessly as slaves
or hardwired with fiber-optic cables.
www.epoqueusa.com..
Epoque EHD-800Ai
House a new Rebel  June 2010
Divers who have purchased Canon’s new EOS Rebel T2i can take their digital single lens reflex diving in Nauticam’s NA-550D housing.
The 18-megapixel DSLR is known as the EOS-550D in markets outside of North America. The anodized aluminum housing builds on
features popular with earlier ones, such as a port-locking system and ergonomic rubberized handles that put controls for adjusting all
camera features at the user’s fingertips. Handles can be adjusted to fit different hand sizes and to accommodate for heavy gloves used in
coldwater diving. New features include locking housing latches, a lens release lever and a handy fingertip paddle to adjust the ISO
sensitivity and f-stop. The lens release lever allows lenses to be changed through the port between dives without opening the back of the
housing. A two-stage shutter-release button takes advantage of the features activated by Rebel’s two-stage button. The housing is
compatible with Nauticam’s earlier housings, so it can accept ports, port adapters, lens gears and viewfinders. Adapters are available for
ports made by most popular gear makers. Viewing windows are scratch-resistant acrylic. Through-the-lens automatic exposure control
with TTL-compatible flashes can be hardwired with optional optical flash connectors. The housing is depth rated to 100 meters.
www.nauticamusa.com.
Nauticam 550D
Try a little illumination June 2010
Videographers and still photographers who prefer steady lighting to strobes may want to check out Light and Motion's new Sola 600. At
2.25 inches in diameter and 4 inches long, the Sola is one of the most compact lights on the market. Yet its array of light emitting diodes
can kick out 600 lumens of for up to 75 minutes on its high setting. Lower settings of 300 lumens and 150 lumens can stretch the burn
time to 300 minutes. The light is disbursed evenly in a 75-degree angle field. A magnetic bump switch changes the 6,000-kelvin light from
the LEDs to red for focusing on skittish critters or close-up lighting that doesn't draw swarms of sea bugs on night dives. The LEDs, with
a projected 30,000-hour life, and 7.4-volt 16-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are completely sealed, so the Sola never needs to
be opened. A full recharge takes two and a half hours and is accomplished by plugging a charger cord into exposed gold-plated plugs in the
rear of the light. A charge status indicator helps divers monitor battery life during multiple dives.
www.lightandmotion.com.
Sola 600