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Editorial

Support UwP and its advertisers

UwP's web site statistics show that each issue has been downloaded nearly 20,000 times and this must provide potential advertisers with an excellent vehicle to promote their goods and services to underwater photographers.

In order to keep UwP free, the support of advertisers is crucial to our future and your response to these adverts is equally crucial.

If you want UwP to continue and grow, please respond to the advertisers and make sure you tell them that you saw their advert in UwP.

Our advertising rates are a fraction of a conventional magazine and our readership is extremely focussed so if you know of anyone who should advertise, please encourage them to do so.

UwP was started following the generous sponsorship and support of Ocean Optics and it now looks as if it will make a considerable contribution to the underwater photography world.

UwP is free but it can only continue to expand if you support it rather than just receive it.

Give us your feedback, recommend it to others, respond to it's advertisers or contribute an article to it.

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Free classifieds

The response to our offer of free classifieds has been encouraging and we now have more adverts than all of the UK diving magazines put together.

There are hundreds of items for sale or wanted so check it out at http://www.uwpmag.co.uk/class.htm

If you want an advert included, e mail

[email protected].

When your items have been sold, please e mail us to let us know and don't forget to say "Thank you". It really makes us feel appreciated for providing this free service!

UwP goes monthly

I may live to regret this but we've decided to make UwP a monthly magazine!

The next issue will be out at the beginning of January 2002.

I think there's enough subject material out there to keep the content interesting. The number of pages may come down a little but I think we (that means YOU and me!) can come up with an interesting variety of entertainment and knowledge.

Onward and upward.

Peter Rowlands

News and events

Southern Egypt on Coral Queen

Coral Queen will be based at Wadi Lahami in Southern Egypt in 2002 to continue her unique deep south itineraries which have proved so successful over the past 4 years. She is offering a special £100 discount for all guests on her charters in March and April 2002. The tour cost will be only £865 and will include flights from Gatwick to Hurghada, air-conditioned coach transfers to Wadi Lahami, 7 nights full board including soft drinks in ensuite air-con cabins, 6 days unlimited dives, weights & cylinders.

This is a brilliant opportunity to discover the deep south sites in the St Johns area, away from the crowds and in comfort, aboard this pioneering dive vessel.

Mark Webster's feature on these trips is on page 22.

For further details contact Oonasdivers Ltd e-mail: [email protected] web: www.oonasdivers.com Tel: 01323 648924 Fax: 01323 738356 20 St Leonards Road Eastbourne, East Sussex. BN21 3UH

New products

Digital combo from Reefmaster for $599.00

Camera Specs:

1.3 Mpx - most popular resolution . Large 1.8 inch / 45mm monitor . 3 quality levels, j-peg compression 1 2 Resolutions: 1.3 Mpx and .3Mpx TTL Exposure Control, Apertures f 2.8 - f 8,. Shutter speeds 1/30th to 1/800th sec Built in flash; pre-flash in land mode USB computer connection Number of pictures:

8 MB 17 high quality, 213 e-mail quality -32 MB card: 64 high / 852 e-mail 128 MB card: 256 high / 3,400 email 8MB on board memory F card compatible

Housing Features

For more detail. go to http://www.sealife-cameras.com

Constructed of crystal clear Makralon for increased durability . Optical glass front port

Simple 2 button design with ergonomic placement of shutter button

Stainless steel hardware

Dual o-ring to insure waterproofness at 200ft

Ergonomic rubberized grips . Single latch closure

New snap ring for positive attachment of lenses

Compact to fit into most BC pockets

Depth tested to 200 ft / 60 m

Light & Motion Tetra housing for Olympus C-4040 digital

Light & Motion's Tetra digital still housing for the Olympus Zoom Series* will revolutionize the way you capture the underwater world.

Tetra housings accommodate most of Olympus' 2000, 3000, and 4000 Zoom series digital cameras, including the new Olympus C-4040 Zoom 4.1 megapixel camera.

The Tetra is the first underwater housing to combine the advantages of digital photography with the control of a SLR. The result is phenomenal camera control with instant results.

Film constraints no longer exist. Don't like the photo, delete it.

End your dive with only exceptional photography.

The Tetra includes a flat port and two dovetail strobe arm mounts. Optional for the Tetra is a wide angle lens, macro lens, primary and secondary bulkheads, and a modeling light.

For further details go to http://www.uwimaging.com

Olympus C-40z and housing

Olympus has launched a 4 megapixel digital still camera that measures 43.5 millimeters thick by 87 millimeters wide by 68.5 millimeters tall, and weighs 190 grams.

The company claims this makes the Camedia C-40Zoom the smallest and lightest in its quality class.

The camera features a 4.13 megapixel, 1/1.8 inch CCD (chargecoupled device) image pickup and has a 2.8x optical zoom and a 1.5-inch TFT (thin film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor. It can also record moving images.

The Camedia C-40Zoom features the "my mode" function, which allows users to set up and memorize their favorite settings.

The camera accepts Smart Media Cards and can record up to 165 images at the lowest resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels on a 16M-byte card. The highest resolution mode is 3200 x 2400 pixels.

Images on the camera can be downloaded to a PC via USB (universal serial bus).

The Camedia C-40Z went on sale in Japan on Oct. 19 at 99,800 yen (US$830).

Olympus, in Tokyo, can be contacted online at http://www.olympus.co.jp

UWA100-Ultra Wide Angle lens for Bluefin VX2000/PD150

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The Light Bluefin VX2000/ PD150 video housing is the ultimate professional underwater video imaging tool. With the all new Bluefin UWA100 lens you nowhave the ultimate professional lens that delivers a dynamic range and image quality not yet seen in a DV format. The new UWA100 lens from Light & Motion is specifically designed for the Bluefin VX2000/PD150 underwater video housing. The Bluefin Video Housing supports Sony's 3ccd VX2000 and PD150 DV

The UWA100 delivers an astounding 100* degree field of view with minimal distortion and 100% full zoom through. The dynamic range and angle of coverage of the lens is what separates it from the competition. In addition to the ultra wide angle capability, the full zoom range of the camcorder is actually improved. High resolution macro images can be recorded when the subject is only 6 inches from the port vertex in air and 28 inches from the port vertex in water.

For more information on the Bluefin Housing click the below link

http://www.uwimaging.com/ products/video_housings/ bluefin_vx2000/travel_pks.htm

For more information on the Bluefin UWA100 lens click the below link

http://www.uwimaging.com/ products/video_housings/ bluefin_vx2000/optics.htm

Ikelite housing for Nikon Coolpix 995 Digital Camera

The Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera allows the nicest installation Ikelite have done for this popular camera series.

The camera flash is blocked by the underwater housing, but a deflector is included in the housing to allow any Ikelite TTL SubStrobe to be triggered by our wireless TTL Slave Sensors.

The housing is molded of corrosion free clear polycarbonate and operates safely to 200 feet.

The Release Handle system allows easy attachment and removal of SubStrobe mounting arms at the touch of a button.

The complete housing and camera weighs less than 9 pounds.

Controls are provided for every camera function, and removable external UR-Pro filter is included. The optional Nikon wide angle and fisheye lenses do not operate in this housing, but the special underwater wide angle lenses from Inon and Sea & Sea can be used.

The housing measures 8" wide including knobs; 12" wide with the removable handle bar attached; 8" high including the removable base; and 7" deep including back knobs and port.

A bulkhead to allow use of a sync cord with TTL SubStrobes is also included. Combining two older SubStrobes with a dual sync cord requires modification if the strobes were made before 6/1/01. Optional mounts are also available for Nikonos strobes.

For further details go to http://www.ikelite.com

Gates External Monitor Package

The Gates external monitor has a 2.5" diagonal Active color matrix screen . It uses 8 "AA" batteries, burn time approximately 4 - 5 hours

The monitor is available in either NTSC or PAL.

You need to specify which Gates housing you will be mounting it on so they can send the correct mounting bracket.

To mount to other housings, the monitor mount ball uses a 1/4" -20 screw.

Dimensions: 5" W X 3" H X 5 1/2" D. Weight w/batteries 2.25 lbs

For further details go to http://www.gateshousings.com

Sea & Sea VX-2000 PRO

The DCR-VX2000 is Sony's successor to the benchmark of mini DV camcorders, the VX1000. The DSR-PD150 is Sony's elite professional model. Both are 3-CCD camera systems. In video terms, the more CCDs, the better the image quality and colors, and in today's market, three CCDs is as good as it gets.

The VX-2000 housing has been engineered to meet the stringent demands of professionals and serious digital video enthusiasts and accommodates both the DCR-VX2000 and DSR-PD150. The VX-2000 PRO incorporates the highperformance features and hydrodynamic profile that made its forerunner, the VX-1000, the preferred housing of pros worldwide, and introduces a host of refinements for unsurpassed ease of use and unparalleled image quality.

The VX-2000 Pro is a synergy of Sony and Sea & Sea technologies, a formidable imaging system with no peer.

VX-2000 Features

The 0.5x Multi-Coated Super-Wide Conversion Lens expands the angle of view of the camcorder's 12x optical/48x digital zoom lens. It is multi-coated for professionally-sharp reproduction without image aberration

Internally mounted color correcting flip filter is accessed via the filter ON/OFF switch, enabling you to flip it into position or retract it quickly and easily

Main switch, autofocus ON/ OFF switch, iris and zoom can be controlled while holding the grip

Large-sized gear-driven focus control provides smooth and confident operation

Gear-driven manual zoom enables more precise control of zoom speed

Oversized viewfinder on

model 58520 is comfort-cushioned for up-to-the-mask viewing

Model 58510 is equipped with a 2.5" color LCD monitor. Large rectangular window enables you to hold the housing at arm's length and see exactly what you are recording Built-in leak detector alerts to moisture. Simple rotary locking latches make opening and closing the housing quick and easy

Quality amphibious microphone provides realistic sound recording. Ergonomically-contoured handle provides a well-balanced grip

Accessories

The Infrared Remote Control Grip with push-button REC/ PHOTO/ZOOM controls can be operated while holding the grip, providing millisecond response The new BLX-55W video light system is a high-color temperature (4700° K) system that will warm the scene like sunlight and deliver images with impact.

Specifications

Compatible cameras: Sony DCR-VX2000 Digital Video Handycam and DSR-PD150 3-CCD Mini DVCam Camcorder

Controls: Power on/off, record/zoom/photo, autofocus on/ off, manual focus, manual zoom, iris gain, white balance, shutter speed, program AE, color correcting flip filter, dual-position ND filter, eye-piece shutter open/close (58520), LCD monitor on/off (58510)

Construction: Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy with galvanized gunmetal finish

Dimensions: 235 x 338 x 404mm / 9.3 x 13.3 x 16 inches (H x W x D)

Weight: 10 kg/22 lbs (land), 100g/3.5 ounces (underwater) Maximum depth: 75m/250

feet

For more detail visit http://www.seaandsea.com

Subal 70-180 macro zoom port

Subals owners can now take full advantage of the versatile and inexpensive Nikkor Micro Nikkor 70-180mm zoom lens. The 70 -180mm focuses as close as 0.12m (4.7 inches) and offers reproduction ratios from 0.31 to 0.75. By adding a Nexus wet lens that slips conveniently on and off the port, and unlike teleconverters does not affect autofocus, higher magnification ratios can be achieved.

The newly developed Subal port is dedicated to the zoom and is to be manufactured only in limited numbers. The port features a built in support ring to minimise vibration that can cause image blurring and has controls to switch the lens between auto and manual focus and for focusing by eye if the AF cannot lock on. Manual focusing is also useful for working with shy subjects that are disturbed by vibration from

the camera focusing motors. Zooming is operated from the camera housing.

Ocean Optics clients now have access to the most extensive macro shooting systems available with both Nexus and Subal able to accommodate the Nikon 60mm, 105mm, 200mm and 70 - 180mm zoom micro lenses, optional tele converter accessories, wet lenses and the unique Inon Quad flash.

Before use the tripod leg needs to be removed from the zoom. Your local dealer can arrange for this inexpensive modification. The 70180 port includes manual focus gear, focus switching gear and zoom gear.

For further information contact your nearest Subal dealer or Ocean Optics in London Tel 020 7930 8408.

www.oceanoptics.co.uk

Late breaking news

First full frame 35mm digital SLR announced by Contax

Kyocera Optics, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the Contax N Digital, the world's first digital SLR camera to employ a full-frame 35mm, 24 x 36mm, 6+megapixel CCD. This achievement allows the camera full use of auto focus Carl Zeiss T* lenses while offering the user world-class digital picture quality.

The N Digital is based on the Contax N1 and provides the perfect ergonomic platform. The N1, which was introduced in the fall of 2000, has proven itself to be a high quality product that can stand up to the every day rigors of the working photographer. The N Digital and N1 cameras share all basic functions as well as the unique features incorporated in the N1. This includes the "Dual Focus

Mechanism", the world's first "5-point Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focus System", and "Fine Focus ABC (Auto Bracketing System)". The N Digital can offer greater control and creativity to meet the photographer's demands by incorporating the Dual Focus Mechanism along with the highly advanced SLR digital image technology. The N Digital offers a high-resolution equivalent to film-based photography, meeting the needs of both professional and serious amateur photographers.

The new Contax N Digital will be able to take advantage of the impressive lens line from the N system, which includes a total of seven lenses. In addition, the Contax N Digital can also use all eight lenses from the Contax 645

system with the NAM-1 adapter. The option of using lenses from the Contax 645 system is especially important to 645 owners since they could utilize their current lenses with the N Digital with the simple addition of the NAM —1 adapter.

For the latest detail and specification visit http://

www.contaxcameras.com/ nseries_press/index_nd.html

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