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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 (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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INON announce SD Front Mask and M67 filter adapters for GoPro Hero 8 and Hero 9

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The new SD Front Mask enables users to enjoy dedicated the semi-fisheye lens (the UFL-G140SD) which increases the underwater angle of view and minimises shooting distance.  It also enables users to attach the dedicated wide close-up lens (the UCL-G165SD) which provides ideal coverage and shooting distance for taking video of marine life.

The M67 Filter Adapters allow underwater videographers to attach the INON UW Variable Red Filter to easily obtain natural colour without a blue/green colour cast. To learn more about these filters watch the video below.

No need to bring couple of filters underwater and swap them depending on depth. It is easy to adjust colour tone simply by turning the filter edge and stop turning when you see appropriate white balance on your screen.

For more information visit the INON UK website by clicking here.

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NUPG Lockdown Best of…

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Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

For more information on the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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