Still photography

My Favorite Shore Dive: Contributors' Picks

Classic California reef scene at Point Dume, Malibu, California, USA.

We asked our contributors what their favorite shore or shallow dive was and they came back with stories and images of a diverse range of dives from around the world with easy to not-so-easy access off rocky to sandy shores as well as shallow dives under piers.

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon EOS R5

It is made of ABS-PC (an advanced form of poly-carbonate), is depth-rated to 60m, features Ikelite’s own “dry lock,” has a valve for a vacuum pump, weighs only 5.4 lb (~2.4kg) with tray and handle and is compatible with Ikelite’s DL system lens ports. The included manual hotshoe, with Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead, supports manual strobe exposure with a wide variety of strobes, including Ikelite, Sea&Sea, Inon, Retra and others. For Ikelite strobes, an optional TTL converter can be added.

My Favorite Wide-Angle Dive: Contributors' Picks

North Atlantic humpback whale calf. Photo by Matthew Meier
North Atlantic humpback whale calf, Silver Bank, Dominican Republic. Photo by Matthew Meier

We asked our contributors what their favorite wide-angle dive was and they came back with stories and photos from some of the most unique and exhilarating dive sites on earth, many of them relaying interactions with large marine life from Steller sea lions in Kamchatka and giant manta rays in Komodo to tiger sharks in the Bahamas and humpback whales in the Dominican Republic.

Fujifilm FinePix XP140

Its 16.4MP CMOS sensor enables still shots in JPG, UHD 4K (15fps) video recording (30fps in HD mode), and ISO 100-12800 sensitivity range. The camera is equipped with a (non-changeable) Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens, which covers a 28-140mm equivalent focal length range, and sensor-
shift image stabilization. The XP140 comes with a 3in 920k-dot LCD monitor for composition and image review.

Betrayed Again — Ode to Olympus

The author's Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II camera. For underwater photography, Cohen uses this camera with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens, housed in an Aquatica housing.

On 24 June 2020, I woke up to the news that after 84 years, Olympus was selling off its camera division. As an underwater photographer and long-time user of Olympus camera gear, my feelings were that of betrayal, again. Here is some history on my experience with Olympus, and my thoughts about the future.

Nauticam NA-1DXIII Housing

The housing offers HDMI 2.0 compatibility via an M28 bulkhead and uses Nauticam’s N120 port system. Strobe triggering is supported with optional manual or TTL flash triggers, via fiber optics, or with the supplied Nikonos 5 pin bulkheads and internal electrical board. Its dimensions are 360mm x 235mm x 145mm.
Its topside weight is 3.59kg, and its underwater weight is -0.2kg (with camera and battery). The NA-1DXIII is depth-rated to 100m.

Retra Supercharger

The Supercharger doubles the battery life and reduces the recycle time by more than 50 percent. It is powered by four AA-sized rechargeable batteries, making the complete set (strobe and add-on) running on eight batteries in total.
In addition, it acts as a helpful grip for strobe positioning underwater. With this add-on attached, the technical specifications of the Retra strobes include a recycle time at 40% power output of ~0.7s and the number of flashes at 50 percent power output of 700+. The combined (strobe and Supercharger) assembly weight is 1150g.