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Our World Underwater Coverage- Day 3
By Joseph Tepper, February 21, 2012 @ 05:59 AM (EST)

Coming to the show floor Sunday morning, we were still buzzing from the fantastic film festival the night before. And it wasn’t just us- over 1,000 people fawned over the films and clips, along with the DPG announcement of the Our World Underwater video competition winners.

The film festival was a great night, giving us the chance to see countless Emmy and Academy-award winners and some old friends.

Matt catches up with emcee of the night, Ernie Brooks

Annie Crawley and Ernie Brooks backstage
 
Matt and Jonathan Bird get together after the film festival

SHARKKKKKKK

Getting back to the show floor, we checked out what was new with Nauticam. The first stand out was the NA-D7000V housing, which was a prototype at DEMA, but is now shipping for a retail price of $3300. Big changes to the Nauticam housing for the D7000 include the availability of an HDMI cable and a higher placement of the piano key for video, putting all vital controls within thumb’s reach.

We also caught a glimpse of Nauticam’s latest housing for EVIL cameras- the NEX-7, Nikon V1, and PEN 3. The Nikon and Panasonic housings feature one-touch control of viewfinder-electronic display with a “patent pending” system. The $1850 NEX 7 housing also provides control over the focus lock, ISO, shutter, and aperture within one-hand reach.

The decision to include the speedlight in the Nauticam V1 housing will allow shooters to take macro shots without an external strobe. 

The Nauticam housing for the EPL3 will sell for $1650 and features keys of different size and shape for easy access even without looking. 

The Sealife DC1400 had a HUGE presense at OWU, appearing at many, many retailer booths at this consumer show. The 14 MP, easy to use compact allows for macro shooting at an impressive 1” autofocus minimum focusing distance.

There was also a big birthday on the show floor—Ikelite is turning 50! 

The Light and Motion booth was also a hot spot, as onlookers fiddled around with the recently released Video 2000 light. The 2000 lumen video light has a beam angle of 70 degrees and retails for just $899.

Of course, the show floor was also a great opportunity to catch up with some of the people that make this industry great…

Team Backscatter stands at attention infront of the "underwater photo goodies" booth

The Worldwide Dive and Sail booth was always full!

No, we're not realy in wakatobi....yet!

What a great show! Make sure to check out our complete coverage of Our World Underwater 2012 and the winners of the imaging competition at the show's homepage. Time to blow out of the windy city! Until next time...

-Joe Tepper and Matt Weiss


 

 


 

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