Ryan and numerous unique cinema cameras in Nauticam housings
At each DEMA present, the Nauticam sales space takes heart stage contained in the Picture Useful resource Heart, and this yr was no completely different. Quite a few new housings, lenses and viewfinders have been on show, with a specific give attention to high-end cinema cameras used for film productions and TV broadcasts. Reef Photograph’s Ryan Canon confirmed off the spectacular skilled options on the housing for the ARRI ALEXA 35, for the RED V-Raptor 8K VV and for the Z CAM E2-S6/F6/F8 video cameras, all at various worth factors with some in a position to shoot 8K video at an unbelievable 120fps!
For skilled video shooters who don’t fairly have a movie manufacturing funds, the Canon EOS R5 C would possibly simply be the following most suitable choice. The EOS R5 C is Canon’s newest full-frame mirrorless digital camera that shares all of the nonetheless taking pictures capabilities of the favored EOS R5 mannequin whereas including cinema options and inner 8K/60p or 4K/120p video recording. Among the finest options of this digital camera is the addition of a one-touch white stability button that makes getting good coloration at any depth a breeze. The Nauticam NA-R5C housing contains house for an exterior battery pack, which is required to shoot 8K/60p, and pairs completely with Nauticam optics such because the WACP-1 or WACP-2 in addition to Nauticam viewfinders and displays. The housing for the Canon EOS R7 and for the EOS R3 are additionally in inventory and able to go, in addition to the housing for the Nikon Z9 and for the popular Sony A1.
Nauticam’s NA-E2F housing is suitable with 4 Z CAM our bodies: the E2-S6, E2-F6, and E2-F8
Filmmakers with extra modest budgets are snapping up the Canon EOS R5 C in Nauticam’s housing
Nauticam’s housing for the Nikon Z9, one of the vital spectacular full-frame cameras in the marketplace
Nauticam additionally manufactures a whole household of high-quality water contact optics for every kind of cameras which might be tremendous common with underwater photographers and video makers. The WACP-1 lens launched to rave evaluations in 2019, and this yr they’ve launched a extra compact model of the unique lens named the WACP-C. Its decreased dimension and weight make it a lot simpler to incorporate as a part of your journey package, though you do lose one f-stop of nook sharpness when in comparison with the unique.
In addition to the WACP-C, which is designed to be used with full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, Nauticam has additionally up to date the tremendous common WWL-1 lens to incorporate a built-in buoyancy collar—the WWL-1B. The WWL-C can be related, however that is designed to work higher with the 24mm lenses usually present in compact cameras. Final however not least, we additionally had a protracted chat in regards to the inventive potentialities of the Prolonged Macro Broad Lens, or EMWL, as Edward and his crew are continually experimenting with completely different lenses for this method so as to add new views to present topics.
The fundamentals of how the system works are as follows. The lens is available in three separate elements that may all be switched or eliminated underwater. The primary half is the focusing unit, the second is the relay, and the third is the optical lens. There are actually 4 completely different lenses accessible for the EWML providing completely different fields of view, the newest being the brand new 160-degree lens, which is already receiving rave evaluations from the few photographers who’ve used one. This lens produces distinctive wide-angle pictures of macro topics—which has been labelled Broad Angle Macro, or WAM. Nauticam has additionally produced new angled relays and viewfinders for the lens that don’t but have a reputation or an official launch date however are thrilling prospects for the long run.
The WWL-1B is a WWL-1 with an built-in buoyancy collar
The brand new WWL-C was designed for compact cameras in thoughts, however as you may see right here, it will also be used on cropped sensor cameras just like the Canon EOS R7
Nauticam has additionally launched a few new viewfinders with a 0.8:1 magnification ratio that work higher with cameras which have giant EVFs, such because the Sony a1 and Sony a7S III. Each 180-degree or angled choices can be found, alongside the 1:1 variations.
Nauticam’s 45-degree full-frame angle viewfinder is accessible in 1:1 and 0.8:1 variations
Nauticam’s straight viewfinder can be accessible in 1:1 and 0.8:1 choices
Keldan’s video lights aren’t low-cost however they’re extensively considered among the many best possible—and strongest—accessible
Most underwater shooters shall be aware of the high-end purple video lights produced by Keldan. The Swiss agency works carefully with Nauticam at commerce exhibits and different occasions, and have been positioned proper subsequent door in the midst of the Picture Useful resource Heart.
Consultant Phil Burghard gave me the inside track on their newest lights and likewise went into element on an thrilling new product that’s within the pipeline, an 8x variable ambient mild head. This filter shall be managed by the RC1 remote control unit and can permit the consumer to alter the colour temperature of the lights to match modifications in depth or accessible mild. This principally does away with the necessity for blue mild filters and implies that videographers will now have full management over lighting temperature on the twist of a dial.
Many shooters might not even completely perceive the connection between video mild temperature and ambient mild, however to make it easy, the nearer your mild temperature is to the ambient mild situations, the extra pure, and in the end higher, your footage will look. We already deliberate to supply an article on this subject to clarify it in additional element, so hopefully we are able to get our palms on this product quickly and reveal why it’s such an necessary improvement for underwater video.
The brand new Video 8XR 20,000-lumen lights have been additionally on show with new barn doorways which were designed to permit customers to have full management of the lighting angle and beam. Mixed with the upcoming filters, this gives whole management over the synthetic mild supply, whereas the RC1 distant management permits divers to plan complicated off-camera lighting shoots in caves or inside wrecks. With the Video 24XR, Keldan’s remote-controllable 45,000-lumen monster, you may mild a whole cavern with ease!
Appropriate with the 8XR, 18XR and 24XR, the unassuming RC1 (left) makes use of ground-breaking ultrasonic know-how to can help you alter brightness on two channels remotely—with every channel able to controlling a vast variety of lights
Keldan’s new barn doorways demonstrated on their Video 8X mannequin
Kraken Sports activities
Kraken Sports activities are recognized for his or her video lights, however in addition they make housings, moist lenses, equipment, and even a compact, succesful strobe
Doug and his crew at Kraken Sports are continually creating new lights and different merchandise, and had quite a bit to indicate off at their sales space. Photographer and DPG contributor Matt Sullivan can be a model ambassador for Kraken, so we have been in a position to get loads of helpful data from him in regards to the firm’s newest gear.
First up is a model new model of the Kraken smartphone housing—the Good Housing Professional 2.0—which comes with an inner battery for USB-C charging of your smartphone whereas in use. This mitigates one of many important points with present housings of this sort, as a result of the battery on smartphones dies rapidly when used to movie continually underwater. All the contacts contained in the housing have been coated to forestall water harm, and it has a leak detection vacuum system to make sure no hurt involves your valuable system when underwater. The housing has threads on the highest and backside to connect trays and video lights, and Kraken has additionally produced a brand new stable, well-built tray and deal with that can be utilized with the telephone housing, GoPros, and different smaller cameras.
The Kraken Sports activities Good Housing Professional 2.0 has a built-in battery that retains your telephone juiced when you’re busy channeling your inside Cousteau
To accompany the Kraken smartphone housing, you might also have an interest within the new version of the popular Hydra 2500 video light that’s smaller than its predecessor as a result of it’s now powered by a single 26800 battery—which is chargeable by way of USB-C. It additionally has a built-in 1,500-lumen highlight that can be utilized as a torch on night time dives, and the auto-off flash function makes it excellent to be used as a spotlight mild for underwater pictures. This little mild is a good all-rounder for any diver, so count on to see it getting used for quite a lot of duties within the subject quickly.
Transferring up in energy, Kraken has additionally launched two new blue ambient mild filters for its 15,000-lumen professional video lights—light blue and dark blue—which assist to match the temperature of the lights with the ambient water temperature at completely different depths.
The brand new Hydra 2500 V2 is way more compact than its predecessor because it makes use of a single battery
Darkish blue and lightweight blue ambient filters for the Hydra 15000 and the Photo voltaic Flare Mini 15000
Video shooters shall be pleased to see the launch of a new self-contained 7-inch video monitor, which can be utilized with quite a lot of the newest underwater video cameras with M16 and M24 bulkhead connectors by way of HDMI. The tremendous shiny display is powered by three lithium batteries, which may be swapped from their sealed battery compartment with out opening the whole monitor housing. Alongside these new merchandise, Kraken additionally displayed quite a few lights of various outputs, and it was straightforward to see why they’re so common with underwater filmmakers and blackwater divers everywhere in the world.
The KRM07-2200 is a 7-inch extremely shiny monitor that runs for 3 hours between prices
Kraken’s KRM07-2200 monitor software program presents numerous professional video instruments together with histogram, zebra stripes, and focus help
Newcomer Marelux is working arduous to realize acceptance amongst underwater shooters
Marelux is the newest participant to enter the underwater imaging market, and the California-headquartered firm had their very own sales space on the present to current their latest housings and different merchandise. Professional photographer Phil Rudin was readily available to inform us extra in regards to the model and their plans for the long run, together with their forthcoming viewfinders and port adaptors.
Marelux at the moment produces housings for the newest cameras, such because the Sony a1, Canon EOS R5 and Nikon Z7II, in addition to a variety of optical glass domes and macro ports. In addition they manufacture an progressive optical snoot known as the Good Optical Flash Tube (SOFT), which is suitable with many common strobes and has already acquired constructive evaluations. Though the corporate is new and we’ve but to place any of their merchandise to the check, it’s clear they imply enterprise, and so they have already acquired a formidable variety of ambassadors, together with common DPG contributor Hannes Klosterman and well-known Australian shooter Scott Portelli.
Utilizing its manufacturing facility in China, Marelux produces competitively priced aluminum housings
The SOFT optical snoot can be utilized with strobes by all of the manufacturers, together with Ikelite, Inon, Sea&Sea, Seacam and Retra
Whether or not you’re filming critters or caverns, Bigblue has lights that can do the job
Bigblue shares so many alternative video lights, it’s unattainable to listing all of them right here, however they’ve a status as the most effective LED mild producers within the trade, with their intensive product catalogue masking every thing from leisure lights for night time diving to super-powerful 65,000-lumen lights for particular video initiatives. The sales space was busy always all through the present, and we count on to see many of those lights being utilized by underwater photographers and videographers sooner or later.
That almost wraps up our DEMA protection for 2022. We’re already wanting ahead to placing most of the merchandise talked about in our report back to the check quickly. We will’t wait to see all of our mates within the trade once more in New Orleans in 2023!
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