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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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Nauticam NA-α1 Housing for Sony α1 Camera now shipping

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The Sony α1 is the company’s flagship full-frame interchangeable lens camera.  Designed around the new 50.1MP Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and the BIONZ XR processor, the α1 is truly a camera which can do it all.  It’s 759 point Fast Hybrid Autofocus system offers advanced subject tracking and real-time eye autofocus on both humans and animals.  The optimized processing within the α1 allows it to achieve 30fps continuous shooting at full resolution along with 8K 30p and 4K 120p 10-bit video recording.

Nauticam has supported the Sony Alpha full-frame line since the original a7 with professional grade aluminum housings that offer intuitive access to all the controls and functions of the cameras. As the cameras have evolved, so have the Nauticam housings. The NA-α1 underwater housing provides fingertip access to all key camera controls in a rugged and reliable aluminum underwater housing. Ergonomic camera control access is one of the defining strengths of a Nauticam housing, and the NA-α1 continues this tradition.

Integrated DSLR-housing styled handles with ergonomic rubberized grips and stainless steel stiffening brackets add stability and accessory mounting points. The NA-a1 also features dual rear thumb-levers that are easily reached from the handle that access three of the most-used controls on the rear of the camera. The right lever actuates the AF-ON and RECORD buttons while the left lever is mapped to the PLAY button.

Atop the housing on the left side are controls in the form of a MODE dial and FOCUS mode lever. The C1, C2 buttons as well as the EV compensation dial also have direct access from the top of the housing. The C3, which is typically assigned to control switching between the EVF and the LCD screen is easily reachable on the rear of the housing from the left handle.

For more information visit the UK Nauticam website by clicking here 

or to visit the USA Nauticam website click here.

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Nauticam NA-C70 for Canon EOS C70 Cinema Camera Out Now

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The Canon EOS C70 packs a lot of the features we love about cinema cameras into a small mirrorless style body.  With a Super35 sensor using Canon’s next generation Dual Gain Output, the C70 also includes Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus, a built in ND filter and is the first EOS cinema camera to use Canon’s new RF lens mount.  When you combine that with the “Canon Color” we have come to love underwater, this makes for one of the most compact and capable cinema cameras to date.

Utilizing the small form factor of the C70, the Nauticam NA-C70 is ultra-portable yet offers full access to the camera’s critical functions.  Regardless of where a button or control dial may lie on the camera body, Nauticam engineers obsess over making sure that access to that control on the housing be intuitively placed for ease of use to insure no shot is missed while searching for a button or dial.  To take this a step further, Nauticam has also integrated the Nauticam to Canon SDK Control Board in the rear door of the housing which places a variety of electronic control functions at your finger tips.  This connects to the camera through pogo pins between the rear housing door and the front camera tray eliminating the risk of straining any cables while opening the housing for media or battery changes.

For more information visit the Nauticam UK website by clicking here or the USA website by clicking here.

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