Welcome back to DPG's up to the minute coverage of the Our World Underwater show in Chicago! When we left you yesterday, we had started discussing the new underwater photo equipment. Want more? Fear not, DPG coverage was back in action today, covering some of the newest products from Nauticam, Ikelite, Aquatica, Olympus, and so much more.
One of the biggest releases in the last week -the new Sealife Mini II camera- was on display at the show, and DPG got a first hand look at this self-contained system.
Don't let the “Mini” in the title deceive you: the 9 megapixel camera features still, video, and playback settings for underwater/ land photography and a simplified menu designed to cull out some of the more extraneous settings.
Our next stop was Jean at the Aquatica booth, whose “How it's made” articles enlightened thousands to the unique world of underwater housing design and manufacturing. We caught a glimpse of Aquatica's sleek housing for the Sony NEX 5- an SLR type housing for the hot NEX camera system.
One of Aquatica's latest housing, the AD 7000 which was the subject of a great review done by Keri Wilk, was on display.
There was also word of an Aquatica extension ring with a focus knob for the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D camera's, designed specifically for shooting video with the 16-35mm and 17-40mm lenses. The next stop was the Nauticam booth, which featured their own housing for the Nikon D7000, as well as a prototype housing for the Panasonic LX5.
The housing for the D7000 also promotes easy control with the right hand, including shutter speed, aperture, and video controls all within a hands reach.
The new PEN 2 housing is set to ship in mid march –a new camera model with a 14-42mm lens that has a fast focus motor– and features a sleeker design than its predecessor, while fitting the same ports used for the original PEN.
Once we had combed through all the photo booths, it was time to check out the rest of the show.
Again, thanks to our great sponsors, without whom this amazing experience and competition would not be possible. Until next time...
-Jason, Matt, Joe, and Mr. Turtle
Fantasea FG7X II
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D500
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