New imaging gear at GO Diving 2019

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The new GO Diving show, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry over the weekend had plenty going on for the underwater photographer or videographer with talks and workshops, the UPY Awards and also exhibition stands showing off their latest gear. I did a quick dash round the show to see what was shiny and new…

Ocean Leisure Cameras

There was lost going on and the stand was always crowded at the Ocean Leisure Cameras stand. Paralenz joined them, as did Nauticam. I caught up with Leo and he was keen to show me a new I-DiveSite SS-3 Symbiosis Compact Lighting System. It is a high quality compact combination video light and strobe. The strobe has a guide number of 20 whilst the video light is a 2800 lumen LED making it the ideal accompaniment to a compact camera system.It can easily be switched between constant lighting for video or strobe mode for photography. The constant light has both white and red modes or can be used as a focus light with auto-off function when the strobe fires. We cannot wait to get our hands on it to review it for Scubaverse…

For more information about Ocean Leisure Cameras visit their website by clicking here.


Nauticam

Nauticam joined OLC and Alex was also busy every time I tried to grab a word! Nauticam had the NA-LX100II housing on display, which takes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 II camera. The LX100II features a big sensor improvement over its predecessor giving its multi-aspect ratio sensor a resolution increase from 12.8 to 17MP.  The NA-LX100II is Nauticam’s 18th housing for Panasonic cameras.  Nauticam housings for compact fixed-lens cameras are able to to enhance these systems for underwater use through native support for our underwater corrective optics. Access to essential controls is paramount when capturing underwater images. The NA-LX100II places these controls within easy reach of the shooter’s natural hand position when using the housing.  The LX-100II’s customizable buttons are fully accessible, allowing for the optimization of the NA-LX100II to the user’s needs.

Nauticam have also moved to more eco-friendly packaging for their accessories, moving away from the plastic wrapping they used to have, with accessories now on cardboard with tissue paper wrapping. It is a great more – well done!

For more information about Nauticam please visit the website by clicking here.


Anchor Dive Lights

The team from Anchor Dive Lights were on the stand next to us and the new 189 light we reported on from Boot seemed very popular indeed. This time their Goodman Glove caught my eye. It allows you to use a torch and still have both hands free! The glove goes over an existing glove or bare hand and it can be used with all their Series 1K handheld and umbilical lights. Maximum size for a light is 3cm in diameter.

For more information about Anchor Dive Lights please visit their website by clicking here.


HumanEyes

HumanEyes teamed up with Monty Halls and they shared a stand at the Go Diving show. HumanEyes make the Vuze VR cameras and underwater housings and had the new Vuze XR Dual VR Camera on show. we are delighted to say that we will be reviewing the Vuze XR camera for Scubaverse very soon!

For more information about the Vuze cameras visit the website by clicking here.


Aquatica Digital

It was great to see Aquatica at the show. Aquatica is a Canadian manufacturer of fine quality aluminum housings for underwater photography. Along with its two sister companies, Amphibico, the well established leader in the world of underwater video, and Technical Lighting Control, manufacturer of the original strobe arm that started it all, is dedicated to fulfilling your requirements in underwater imaging. They had the new 5HN Monitor on show which offers film makers a full HD 1920×1080 resolution screen to review their film whilst underwater.

For more information about Aquatica visit their website by clicking here.


Liquid Sports

Liquid Sports had a huge range of diving gear as well as the bigblue lighting range. They had a display of video lights that would tempt anyone wanting to add some light to their underwater imaging setup. I took a look at the impressive VL-33000P II video light which packs a serious 33,000 lumen punch for its size. It has a 160 degree wide beam, red light function, the power can be stepped down 4 times, giving it a 90 minute – 15 hour running time. It is super bright!

For more information about Liquid Sports visit their website by clicking here.


For more information about the GO Diving Show visit their website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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