Underwater Photography News from DIVE 2016, Part 5: Ocean Leisure Cameras and Hugyfot

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This year Ocean Leisure Cameras extended their Dive Show stand to make room for their partners Hugyfot too. OLC have a knowledgeable team of staff at the Dive Show, with plenty of them to cope with the crowds that come to get a great deal and see what is new in their equipment range.

olcWe got together with Dave Glanfield, who showed us their most popular new product – the exciting i-DiveSite Symbiosis combi strobe and video light. There are 2 versions, the SS1 and the SS2, with the SS2 having the advantage of a digital display to assist the photographer with an easy view of the strobe settings. Both versions have a 2000 lumen video light, which can be removed, fitted to the top of a strobe. The SS2, in addition to the digital display, also has a more powerful strobe. We hope to get our hands on this in the near future to do a review, so watch this space.

Another hot item for the Dive Show on the Ocean Leisure Cameras stand was the GoPro Hero 5. These diminutive cameras have a huge following and any new version is going to attract plenty of interest from the diving community.

Hugyfot were also concentrating on the GoPro market with their main display showing off their 200m depth rates GoPro housing, that boasts a macro lens and red filter. The modular system can be tinkered with to adjust the length of the arms and also to get the system neutrally buoyant. This year Hugyfot also have new 1,500 lumen video lights. Alas, the team were not so happy when we visited the stand, as someone had just stolen a rucksack with a full GoPro system inside, worth over £1000. It is very sad to have this happen at the Dive Show.

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Hugyfot led the way on the vacuum seal that is not popular with many manufacturers. Their housings are always good looking and the new housing for the Nikon D500 is no exception. With OLC as their UK partners, they are bound to do well and we can only hope that the rest of the show went well for them.

www.oceanleisurecameras.com

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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