I recently had the chance to try out the new Paralenz Vaquita 2nd Gen Dive Camera. A trip up to my local quarry, Capernwray, to get a friend who had not been diving in many years, was the perfect dive to give this camera a bit of real-world testing. My focus was on my buddy, but once he was comfortable and happy, I grabbed a few moments to try out this impressive camera. Please excuse the post-dive hair in the video!
The camera and accessories all arrive in sustainable, plastic-free packaging which is always a good start. And once out of the box you can feel the quality of the camera. I was glad to see that there was a macro option for this camera and I was using the trigger for the first time.
My initial thoughts are that this is another step forward for Paralenz. The wide angle footage looks great, with a wider field that the previous Vaquita. The in-built colour correction works really well, even in green water, and meant that I did not have to do any post dive editing of the footage.
The trigger grip is going to be my go-to mount for this camera after using on this dive. It helps keep the camera steady and works well for taking both still images and video clips.
The macro lens and flip lens holder meant hat you can switch easily from wide angle shooting to macro on a single dive. The macro lens came with a handy stick to show the perfect focus distance for the lens. Whilst this will not be practical in most diving situations, whilst testing it gave me a good feel for the distance and I ended up not needing it when I shot the macro footage at the end of this video clip. Capernwray does not offer the best macro opportunities and so I look forward to getting this camera and lens into the ocean for some more macro subjects.
The camera keeps track of your depth, water temperature, location, ascent and descent rates and can upload all this, along with images and video clips, to the app – to act as a visual dive log, as well as an incredible way for divers to add this data to help track sea temperature changes around the world. It is depth rated to an incredible 350m without any additional housing or equipment.
This was just a quick test and I was impressed. I will be using this camera diving both in the UK and overseas in the coming months and will write a more in depth review once I have had more opportunities to use it. But my first impression is that this is a great dive camera for anyone that likes to shoot underwater video, but hates post dive editing (like me)!
For more information visit the Paralenz website by clicking here.
UK Shark Fin ban moves closer to becoming law
Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation’s relentless campaigns to make Britain shark fin-free reached a new milestone last week when a private member’s bill to ban the import and export of shark fins was voted through parliament with unanimous cross-party support.
The bill is now scheduled for three readings in the House of Lords and, if successful, it will then go to King Charles for Royal Ascent and become law.
Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said:
“Our goal of ending Britain’s ties with the global shark fin trade is within our reach. This country has a dark history of exporting around 20 tonnes of shark fins every year and it remains legal to bring up to 20kg of dried shark fins through Customs without needing to declare it. This bill could represent a significant blow to the multi-million-pound shark fin industry. It’s now down to the House of Lords to smooth its path to the palace.”
Since July 2022 the charity has been consulting the Labour MP Christina Rees who put forward the private member’s bill after the government failed to bring its Animal Welfare Bill, that promised to ban the import and export of shark fins, into law last year.
To help improve support for the bill, Bite-Back also created a briefing document on the issues for all MPs to reference. During the bill’s final reading in the House of Commons MPs from different parties wholeheartedly endorsed the ban on the import and export of shark fins.
In her closing statement Christina Rees MP said that she hoped this bill would ‘drive up the standards of global shark conservation’.
Bite-Back will now turn its attention to educating and inspiring members of the House of Lords to vote in favour of a ban.
Follow the bill’s progress at www.bite-back.com and learn how you can get involved in supporting shark conservation initiatives in the UK.
Header image: Finned sharks underwater- Copyright – Scubazoo.
Dive Travel Adventures Winter 2023 out now!
Join us on some of the most spectacular and exciting Dive Travel Adventures worldwide!
The latest issue of Scubaverse’s printed premium quality, quarterly publication, Dive Travel Adventures, is available now. After an extended hiatus due to world events, we’re delighted to be back bigger and better than ever before as we share with you the Winter 2023 edition.
Packed full of incredible photography and first person travel experiences, Dive Travel Adventures will inspire you to put on your scuba gear and explore more of the underwater world. From amazing marine encounters to edge of your seat expeditions across the planet, Dive Travel Adventures offers you an insight into the hottest and coolest dive travel destinations the world has to offer. Get ready to tick some incredible Dive Travel Adventures off your wish list!
In the new Winter 2023 edition of Dive Travel Adventures:
Nick and Caroline’s long-held dreams of epic Tiger Shark encounters come to fruition on their return trip to Grand Bahama.
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Into the Blue: Hovering around the dramatically beautiful mid-Atlantic archipelago with Daniel Brinckmann.
Yo-Han Cha takes a short flight to the Canary Island of Fuerteventura for a week of relaxed diving and some winter sun.
Lundy Island offers an off the beaten track experience along with fantastic scenery above and below the waterline. Jane Morgan explores.
Nick and Caroline take advantage of the international travel hiatus to seek out some underwater highlights a little closer to home.
Jay Clue heads to Palau to discover what makes this spectacular Pacific archipelago one of the most diverse dive destinations on our planet.
Sean Chinn returns to Aqaba for the scuttling of a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar Plane.
After many a difficult time with suspended flights and then the COVID pandemic, Sharm el Sheikh is firmly back on the map for UK divers. Nick and Caroline head out to see what’s new.
View or download a digital copy of the WINTER 2023 edition of Dive Travel Adventures HERE.
Want a printed copy? The printed edition of Dive Travel Adventures is available to pick up FREE from dive centres throughout the UK and Ireland now, so make sure you pick up your copy today. See a complete list of stockists HERE.
New outlets where you can pick up Dive Travel Adventures are being added to the list all the time. In addition to being available from dive centres, copies will also be delivered to your door with selected orders from leading manufacturers and retailers. You can also pick up your FREE copy of Dive Travel Adventures at various dive shows and events.
We hope you enjoy reading the latest edition of Dive Travel Adventures! Let us know your thoughts on our new publication in the comments below!
Look out for the Spring 2023 edition of Dive Travel Adventures coming soon!
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