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November was a big month for Deepblu Inc. The company that built the world's first dive computer featuring social integration made waves at the DEMA Show 2016 in Las Vegas with a series of surprise announcements and product launches. Introducing COSMIQ+ Deepblu upgraded its product line with a new addition, the COSMIQ+, introducing a brand new performance feature for technical divers in two new lines. Available in two distinct color families?Noir and Lumin? the COSMIQ+ comes in five new colors. Staying true to its roots as the best price-to-performance dive computer on the market, COSMIQ+ is priced at the same US $299 as its COSMIQ predecessor. As for tech specs and operability, the COSMIQ+ builds on all the existing features of the COSMIQ with the introduction of Bottom Timer Mode. This feature specifically targets the needs of tech divers for a secondary device and will expand Deepblu's customer base to include an important niche in the diving community. Slated for a Black Friday (November 25th, 2016) release in North America, the COSMIQ+ will be available globally in December 2016. Deepblu 2.0-Everything Under the Sea in the Cloud Deepblu also announced a beta launch of Deepblu 2.0?a major expansion of the Deepblu online platform. Accessible across mobile ...

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Author : Madlen Muller
Upload date : 2016-11-17

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of accessory for the 4K action camera, SonyFDR-X3000(*1) and its genuine underwater housing, MPK-UWH1(*1) on October 27, 2016. SD Mount Base UWH1(*2)(*3)
- Release date: October 27, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 836 1 (*1) Contact Sony Marketing Inc. for detail of camera. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera available in Japan.
(*2) Although the genuine housing MPK-UWH1 can also store other model HDR-AS50, INON attachment lenses are not compatible with the HDR-AS50 due to master lens position.
(*3) Vignetting on image corners even without attachment lens on land when "wide" is selected in angle setting. No vignetting underwater. SD Mount Base UWH1 Features
Easy to install to snap it in front of the camera and fix with a tripod screw on the bottom. Equipped with INON "SD Mount" bayonet system to support easy and speedy exchange as well as reliable installation of compatible SD Mount lenses. INON Direct Base III, Z Joint or Z Adapter MV can be attached on the bottom of this product. Packaged Mount Adapter for SD Mount Base/SD Front Mask? enables to add one INON "D Holder" on this product on right or left side of this product. This Mount Adapter further enables to attach the SD Mo...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-11-07

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of accessory for the Olympus STYLUS TG-Tracker(*1) on October 21, 2016. SD Mount Base for TG-Tracker(*2)(*3)(*4)
- Release date: October 21, 2016
- JAN Code?456212143 835 4 (*1) Contact Olympus Imaging Corp. for detail of camera. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera available in Japan.
(*2) SD Mount Base for TG-Tracker is designed to use with Underwater Protector (UP-T01) and "Underwater wide" mode is chosen on the camera. Not compatible to use with Lens Protector (LP-T01) for land photography.
(*3) Significant vignetting on image corners even without attachment lens on land in any shooting mode/field of view setting. No vignetting underwater.
(*4) Built-in headlamp of the TG-Tracker is not usable as this product covers it. Make sure to turn off the headlamp while using the camera with this product. Features
Easy to install to snap it in front of the camera and fix with a tripod screw on the bottom. Equipped with INON ?SD Mount? bayonet system to support easy and speedy exchange as well as reliable installation of compatible SD Mount lenses. INON ?Direct Base III?, ?Z Joint? or ?Z Adapter MV? can be attached on the bottom of this product. Packaged ?Male Adapter? ena...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-10-28

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Carbon Telescopic Arm SS which consists of two pipes to provide stepless adjustability for desired length on September 10th, 2016. Carbon Telescopic Arm SS
- Release date: September 10th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 834 7 Features
Shortest version among Carbon Telescopic Arms with 209mm~292mm/8.2in~11.5in (effective length 189mm~272mm/7.4in~10.7in).
The Carbon Telescopic Arm System offers free adjustable arm sections by loosening/tightening two lock dials benefitting for easy advanced lighting.
Most advanced feature is making your camera system more compact and comfortable to carry both on land and underwater by collapsing the Carbon Telescopic Arm when not in use.
Arm sections are made from super rigid carbon pipe which greatly reduce underwater weight, water resistant, and enhance the durability. Options
The dedicated optional float system, "Mega Float Tube S" is available (*).
The Mega Float Tube S is made of weather resistant light ABS material with the hollow design to generate extraordinary buoyancy underwater to control underwater weight of camera system.

(*)?Mega Float Tube M is not compatible with Carbon Telescopic Arm SS.
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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-09-14

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC to attach the ball joint directly on the bottom of an underwater housing which is equipped with tripod screw hole of 1/4-20UNC. Also its optional accessories, 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw and 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw (for Grip Base D4) are released same time to use the Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC for INON Mount Base/Lens Adapter Base products on August 25, 2016. Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC
- Release date: August 25th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 817 0 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw
- Release date: August 25th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 820 0 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw (for Grip Base D4)
- Release date: August 25th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 821 7 Features Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC
A ball adapter specifically designed to screw on tripod screw hole (1/4 in. 20UNC) which is generally equipped with a digital camera/underwater housing in the market enabling to attach camera system on INON arm system, Direct Base III etc. via Clamp III.
This adapter offers various applications as connecting part including attaching compact digital camera on D-SLR camera/housing or attaching on INON weight plate to use diving weight a...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-09-13

Killer Times with Killer Whales Join us on one of the most exciting of our Big Animal Expeditions in one of the world's most beautiful locations. During Norway's frigid winter, its majestic Arctic coastline and stunning fjords attract voluminous schools of herring, which in turn attract pods of Orcas. After determining the direction baitfish are being chased by resident Orcas, we will pursue these magnificent mammals until we can slip silently into the water for close up views and photographs of these magnificent mammals satiating their huge appetites.
The trip is greater enhanced by the pod's social behavior. Not unlike the humpback whales unique "bubbling" feeding technique, Orcas display an activity called "carouseling". Swimming under schools of herring, they exhale volumes of air bubbles to separate herring schools. Separated and carried helplessly towards the surface, smaller bait balls make easy pickings for hungry pods.
An activity witnessed by only a handful of snorkelers allows you the privilege to view the whale during its unique feeding behavior. Quietly, two of us at a time will slip into the water to observe the pod feeding. While we are snorkeling and free-diving, Orcas, curious by nature, will amaze us with very cl...

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Author : Amos Nachoum
Upload date : 2016-07-26

The trip is a bit long but my wife Agnese and me we got used.
And so, after 26 hours flying from Milan to Cebu, we have to drive three hours to reach the Sampaguita Resort in Moal Boal. We arrive at 8pm and after a tasty dinner and a couple of mojitos we go to the room for a good night's sleep. The next day, an employee comes to wake us up because... It's already time for lunch! When we get out from our bungalow we immediately appreciate the sunshine, the garden, the palm trees and the view of the sea.
We realize now that we will spend the holiday in very relaxing and enjoyable place. The resort is very simple and basic but the great thing is that after a couple of days you feel to be at home.
The bar's terrace restaurant is very cozy and is situated directly on the reef.
After lunch we bring our diving equipment to the diving center, and then we check and fit all our cameras in their housings: two housing for dslr cameras, one for a compact one, six strobes, four cameras, cables, batteries, arms, glasses...about seventy pounds of stuff! Of course we know that most of our dives will be dedicated to macro photography. Once everything is settled we go for a dive to test all our equipment.
We can do unlimited dives on local reefs, and every day we'll mak...

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Author : Davide Barzazzi
Upload date : 2016-07-15

Dharavandhoo is a small Maldivian fishermen's island, located in the Baa Atoll, about 120 kilometers north of Male. Since a small airport was built, you can reach it in twenty minutes flight from the capital. It is situated near the bay of Hanifaru, Unesco heritage site since 2009, where, from late May to November, the high concentration of plankton present in these waters gathers a large number of filter feeders, including the large manta rays. That's the reason why last summer we organized this trip, together with other underwater photography enthusiast's friends. We arrived in the guesthouse that will host us (Dharavandhoo is off the beaten tourist circuit, being a fishing village) on the morning of 26 July, welcomed by Virgilio and Jessica, who run the dive center and have a deep knowledge of the Baa atoll's seabeds and are ready, together with their staff, to lead us in the discovery of this corner of the Indian Ocean. We should rest because the night on the plane has grown us tired, but the desire to begin diving in these waters is so great that we decided to "open the ball" already in the afternoon. After preparing the photographic equipment and having eaten enough, we reach the large and comfortable dhoni waiting for us at the dock, not far from our guesthouse. The sky is blue and t...

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Author : Alberto Gallucci
Upload date : 2016-07-06

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of an optional accessory forX-2 for EOS6D e X-2 for EOS70D to attach a lanyard on June 1, 2016. X-2 Lanyard Plate
- Rerelease date: June 1st, 2016
- JAN code?456212143 824 8 Product features
Attaching this plate on INON X-2 for EOS6D or X-2 for EOS70D housing utilizes to use commercially available lanyard (carry belt).
The plate is attached on the Base Adapter Fixing Screw Hole (M6) of the compatible housing by screws or by compatible INON arm adapter.
Supplied rubber grommet prevents uncomfortable clinking noise between this product and metal hook from recording when shooting video as well as scratching the housing body. Compatible X-2 series housing (*1)
- X-2 for EOS6D
- X-2 for EOS70D Compatible arm system products (*2)
- Multi Direct Base IIa
- Multi Direct Base II WB
- Multi Direct Base II Long
- Shoe Base Adapter X-2 + Shoe Base
- M6 Plate Direct Base III + Direct Base III
- M6 Plate Direct Base III + Direct Base YS RT (*1)
It is possible to attach this product to X-2 for EOS10D, X-2 for EOS20D, X-2 for EOS30D, X-2 for EOS50D/40D or X-2 for EOS60D but it requires to remove pre...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-06-01

We can't say HONDURAS is unknown to scuba divers. Roatan is known and so is Utila, both of them dive locations that do attract scuba divers, mostly from the US, and do provide plenty of dive centers and all the dive logistics, keen divers do expect.
And then there are the CAYOS COCHINOS, a group of small islands just between the mainland of Honduras and Roatan. Cochinos Cays are a group of two small islands (15°58'18.99"N86°28'31.34"W) (Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande) and 13 more small coral cays situated 30 kilometres (19mi) northeast of La Ceiba on the northern shores of Honduras.
The Cayos are part of the Bay Islands (Islas de la Bahía ), some people still like to call them Hog Islands, referring to the famous pirate Henry Morgan who ( this it what the legends tells ) "planted" hogs on these cays so he and his pirate fellows would have meat on their return trips. Around 100 people (Garifuna people) are living on those islands, and yes, scuba-diving is possible! "The Cayos Cochinos reefs are the least disturbed ecosystem in the Bay Islands. The waters around this collection of coral cays are a marine biologist's dream: protected by the government, off-limits to commercial divers and fishermen, and busy with creatures that ...

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Author : Rico Besserdich
Upload date : 2016-05-27


This is the sixth part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] After our last course the wrecks of a.o. Malta and Croatia have been our playground, building experience and confidence until the dives worked like clockwork, letting us fully enjoy the beauty of the places we dived. Wreck's like the Um el Faroud, HMS Hellespont, HMS St Angelo, SS Vis and SS Kalliopi...if you don't know these and ever get the chance, go dive. Every single one of them is worth multiple dives. If you need information on excellent diving centres that make your diving great, just contact us.
But...an increase in bottom time in the range we were diving and ? to be honest ? the longing of the deeper wrecks eventually made us decide to go the final mile. We spend many an evening discussing with whom we would like to take the Tech-2 class and ? more important ? were we would like to dive.
Decision was made and...
Finally you have to grab all your diving gear together for a final check and see if it fits the bag and meets the luggage restrictions.
Malta, here we come...6 course days ahead and some additional days for fun diving ? hopefully in the Tech-2 range (75m) - the beautiful Maltese wr...

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Author : Richard Anspach
Upload date : 2016-05-05

This is the second part of our special articles about cave Diving. Read also [Part 1] I can still remember my first happy trip to Mexico and the joy of receiving my first temporary certification diving card. Finally I was ready to explore underwater and really push my boundaries. That was until my diving instructor asked me if "I Would like to go Cenote diving at the weekend?" My initial thought was that cave diving was dangerous, and not really a great pursuit for a novice diver. However once I entered the gateways to the Yucatn's underworld I had no regrets with my choice.
Underneath the Yucatn Penisula run three of the longest water systems in the world. Controlling the location of human settlement in this area for thousands of years. The Mayan people could only access this precious water through sacred entrances called ?Cenotes? This was a path into the underworld, and was filled with their gods and spirits. They are formed through the Combination of subterranean cave ceilings collapsing and the gradual erosion of the limestone bed. Which has created a magical world with caverns, tunnels and mystery. For divers news and information on cave diving has sometimes revolved tragic stories of cave systems taking lives, or terrible hazards that were encountered by untrained divers. Creating for some a b...

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Author : Christian Llewellyn
Upload date : 2016-04-19

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Color Filter Set for HERO 3/3+/4 color correction filters specially designed for GoPro® HERO4/HERO3+and HERO3 on March 30, 2016. Color Filter Set for HERO3/3+/4
- Release date: March 30th, 2016 - JAN Code: 456212143 823 1 Color Filter Set for HERO 3/3+/4 Features
The Color Filter Set for HERO3/3+/4 is specifically designed for GoPro® HERO4, HERO3+ and HERO3 to put it in the lens port of genuine underwater housing to reproduce natural color with less blue cast. The set consists of three different filters for green water, shallow water (up to 15m) or deep water (15m or beyond) to accommodate different shooting conditions.
The filters are designed to fit inside of housing lens port to use with INON GoPro® compatible accessory such as SD Front Mask STD or SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4 to have full benefit of innovative INON quality attachment lenses UFL-G140 SD underwater semi-fisheye lens and UCL-G165 SD underwater wide close-up lens. Camera/housing Compatibility
- HERO4 Packaged Standard Housing (40m/131ft), optional Dive Housing (60m/197ft)
- HERO3+ Packaged Standard Housing (40m/131ft), optional Dive Housing (60m/197ft)
- HERO3 Optional Standard Housin...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-03-29

We all see many excellent macro photos every day, but what does it take to stand out from the crowd? It's simple - add some rarely seen marine life behavior to your trip portfolio. A good behavior shot will take some time and will probably not impress your non-diving friends any more than a regular shot, but divers and photographers will respect the planning, skill and luck involved in getting the shot. This nod from more seasoned photographers makes the effort well worth it.
Here are a few of my thoughts on capturing unique and rare behavior shots, whether you are camping out waiting for a precise moment or randomly notice something in the corner of your eye. 1. Do Your Homework
Yes, this tip is in every article, but it's especially important for macro marine life behavior. I have seen lucky photographers shoot hatching eggs without even knowing it. Imagine if they knew what was happening and had spent more time getting the shot, or even calling over their dive buddy. Recognizing behavior like feeding, hunting, cleaning, mating, aggression and protection can help you decide when a photo opportunity is unique enough to spend the rest of your dive with. 2. Work Quickly and Methodically
Some marine life behavior is fairly common and d...

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Author : Brent Durand
Upload date : 2016-03-18

Sheikh Coast : a diving center UWP friendly In recent years, I have visited Sharm several times. It has always been my favorite destination since 1993.
Its proximity and abundance of underwater life have always made it, to my eyes, a place of incomparable quality/price ratio.
My approach to underwater photography has started in 2011 and since then I realized that, talking about logistics, my needs have progressively changed.
Comparing with friends sharing the same passion, the emerging common thought was that in Sharm you could hardly find the ideal conditions to meet the needs of the "annoying" category represented by underwater photographers.
The organization of the diving centers, the "traffic" of boats at the diving sites and the sites themselves, were not the best for photography. Then I learned from some friends that recently, at the Sheikh Coast Diving Center (inside the Domina Coral Bay of Sharm El Sheikh), is growing a pole increasingly attentive to the needs of fans of underwater photography, under the influence of Pierpaolo Peluso, the diving center responsible for sales and marketing, as well as guide and underwater photographer. Hence, after that in recent years my diving and photographic destinations have been especially Maldive...

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Author : Fabio Strazzi
Upload date : 2016-02-19


Taking pictures underwater with an advanced compact camera has become fun and interesting, as well as comfortable. Nevertheless, if the housing that accommodates the camera is adjusted to the camera's convenience, bringing outside all controls and ensuring a significant efficiency underwater, the deal is done!
We tried to talk with Domy Tripodi, underwater photographer from the Messina Strait, who after using for several years a Canon G12 with an Isotta housing has recently changed to the new Canon G7x always inside its dedicated Isotta housing. It is a kind of housing that by now guarantees some operational certainties, a great strength (important under intense usage) and reliability when, underwater, we need certain performances, especially for who photographs in all conditions and in tough environments, such as cold water and great depths. Domy makes the most of the potential offered by a housing made so well, designed to become one with the camera, as if it were an amphibious camera in a single block (who remembers the glorious Nikonos?). When equipped with a supporting bracket and two lateral flash, mounted in the classical way using double arms of adequate length, you can move easily and shoot comfortably...

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Author : Domenico Tripodi
Upload date : 2016-02-12


This is the fifth part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] As you may have read in the previous issue, all members of Team Pitch Blue managed to pass the brutal T1 course. Amazingly enough, the whole team stayed together after that and we did a lot of diving together. In fact, since then we have been joined by Cees (nicknamed Case / father of team-member Jeroen), Richard (nicknamed UMM) and Thomas (nicknamed TL). These divers were certified a year earlier, but unfortunately Case saw his team fall apart due to a combination of money and time constraints of his other team and UMM? just wants to dive as much as possible and is actually diving in two teams. Team member Thomas is also our technical support. If TL can't fix it...no one can. With his ridiculously heavy toolbox he more than once managed to save dives that otherwise would have been cancelled.
They were more than welcome in Team Pitch Blue and an additional benefit for us is that Case is a more than gifted underwater photographer. The pictures in these articles and all pictures on our Facebook page are of course taken by Case. They have joined us to keep practicing and we maintain our team dive skills every Sunday at Scuba Academie Vinkeveen. But they also plan t...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-12-22


This is the fourth part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] It's October 2012, 05:00 a.m. As quietly as possible I try to get out of my bed without waking my (then) pregnant wife. As all fathers know: waking up a pregnant woman is a very unwise thing to do, so I do my utmost best not to make too much noise. Happy that I made it out of the danger-zone I pick up pace and: WHAM! My left toe hits the blunt side of an open door in the dark. I am never at my best in the morning, but the surprise of the sudden pain in my sweet pinkie toe totally wakes me up. The monologue towards our dear Lord takes care of the sleeping wife... But it gets me a nice cup of coffee and a goodbye kiss. On my way I am! At 08:45 I arrived in a village near the German border. From here, my passenger Rob Vierwind accompanies me. Rob is in his final part of his 'Tec one instructor'- training and joins me on the 750 mile drive to Krnica Croatia. He has brought about half a dive shop with him: D-12's, D-18's, 80- and 40 cuft stages and scooters. The spacious bus that I borrowed from my company comes in very handy. The "Sopar bus" will proof to be the preferred transportation for Team Pitch Blue in the years to come.
Rob will teach our T1 course, but in turn wi...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-11-05

Dispelling misconceptions revolving cave diving not being a viable and safe dive choice for the average recreational diver. Are there recreational cave diving sites available in Mexico? Christian Llewellyn discusses diving some of these cave systems from a resent trip to the Yucatan peninsula. I can still remember my first happy trip to Mexico and the joy of receiving my first temporary certification diving card. Finally I was ready to explore underwater and really push my boundaries. That was until my diving instructor asked me if "I Would like to go Cenote diving at the weekend?"" My initial thought was that cave diving was dangerous, and not really a great pursuit for a novice diver. However once I entered the gateways to the Yucatn's underworld I had no regrets with my choice. Underneath the Yucatn Penisula run three of the longest water systems in the world. Controlling the location of human settlement in this area for thousands of years. The Mayan people could only access this precious water through sacred entrances called "Cenotes" This was a path into the underworld, and was filled with their gods and spirits. They are formed through the Combination of subterranean cave ceilings collapsing and the gradual erosion of the limestone bed. Which has created a magical world with caverns...

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Author : Christian Llewellyn
Upload date : 2015-10-30

Dome Port Olympus EP01 INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of dedicated Dome Port Olympus EP01 for Olympus SLR lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO (*1) on October 21st, 2015 to use with E-M5 Mark II/PT-EP13 (*1), E-PL7/PT-EP12 (*1), E-PL6/PT-EP10 (*1) or E-PL5/PT-EP10 (*1).

Dome Port Olympus EP01
- Release date: October 21st, 2015
- JAN code: 456212143 810 1 (*1) Contact Olympus Imaging Corp. for detail of camera, housing etc. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/housing available in Japan. Compatible Camera/Housing with?Dome Port Olympus EP01 (*1)
Olympus E-M5 Mark II / PT-EP13 Olympus E-PL7 / PT-EP12 Olympus E-PL6 / PT-EP10 Olympus E-PL5 / PT-EP10 Compatible Lens with Dome Port Olympus EP01 (*1)
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Features
The?Dome Port Olympus EP01 is a dedicated dome port option to be replaced with preinstalled dome port of Olympus underwater housing PT-EP13, PT-EP12 or PT-EP10 enabling to use Olympus?M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO?fisheye lens.
The Dome Port Olympus EP01 employs compact dome glass (diameter: 115mm) which is ideal for compact M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO. Mu...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-10-21

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Weight Plate series to use diving weight as a tripod base to hold LED flashlight/strobe/GoPro? accessory on September 16th, 2015. Two different types are available either Weight Plate (Screw Type) which fasten the product on a diving weight firmly with screws and dedicated plates or Weight Plate (Velcro Type) for easy and speedy installation with a Velcro tape to suits to different applications. Weight Plate (Screw Type)
- Release date: September 16th, 2015
- JAN code ?456212143 808 8

Weight Plate (Velcro Type)
- Release date: September 16th, 2015
- JAN code ?456212143 809 5 Product features Installing Weight Plate on a diving weight enables you to use the combination as a tripod base. Two types are available to choose for different application or type of diving weight. The Weight Plate ...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-10-12


This is the third part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] In this third part things are getting more serious. This is where the actual courses start: with the Intro to Tech / Fundamentals. This basic training is intended for everyone who wants to step into the world of technical diving. Regardless of what religion you are (PADI, NAUI, GUE, SSI, NOB), dive-master, instructor or even course director, this program is the first step and you simply can not go any further if you have not completed it with a Tech-rating. As already said in the previous parts 1 and 2: it is essential that everyone you (are going to ) dive with has the same mindset. In this way, every diver knows that every one of his team members has the correct and the same equipment, but most importantly: has the same procedures as you for every part of the dive. This way each team-member will know what's coming and therefore will easily see if something is out of the ordinary /wrong. So if the inevitable problem occurs, everybody will react in the same way. The diver in trouble will recognize and predict the behaviour of his helping team members so that there will be no panic and everyone knows that the problem is dealt with in the most efficient manner. The fir...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-09-17


The International Underwater Photography Contest "Abyss-City of Venice" has come to his eighth editon and also this year the exhibition of the photo of the winners and the award ceremony will be held at the Museum of Natural History of Venice. During the previous seven editions more than 400 underwater photographers from all over the world have partecipated with around 2500 images, and the exhibitions has been visited by more than 30000 people. This edition will be sponsored by the Museum of Natural History and Fondazione Musei Civici, Comune di Venezia DAN Europe and Scubashooters.net and supported by 39 sponsors. The prizes will be very rich: scuba diving gear, uw photography equipment, pieces of art of Murano glass, a cruise in Sudan and some special prizes offered by Dan Europe. Entries and photos will be accepted till the 25th of September. You can find more info from www.underwaterphoto-venice.it Competition Rules ENG
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Author : Agnese Zane
Upload date : 2015-09-03

INON INC. has offered time-proven X-2 housings and is pleased to announce official releases of new lightweight cast body housing model for Canon full frame D-SLR camera EOS 6D(*1) as very first full frame version in X-2 series on August 4th, 2015 at build to order (BTO) base(*2). X-2 for EOS6D FW (with Finder Window) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 802 6 X-2 for EOS6D PF3 (with Pick-up Finder 3) (*3) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 801 9 X-2 for EOS6D 45VF (with 45?Viewfinder) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 800 2 X-2 for EOS6D STVF (with Straight Viewfinder) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 803 3 X-2 for EOS6D FL (without finder) (*4) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 804 0 Pick -up Finder Unit 3 for X-2 (*3) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 805 7 (*1) Contact Canon Inc. for detail of ?EOS 6D?. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/lens available in Japan.
(*2) These housings are manufactured on build-to-order system. Delivery time may vary depending on production.
(*3) Existing "Pick-up Finder Unit for X-2"/" Pick-up Finder Unit 2 for X-2" users can use as "Pick-up Finder 3" by replacing original "Pick-up Finder Unit (camera s...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-31

INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON products with Olympus TG-4/PT-056 (*1). External Strobe/LED flashlight Compatibility with TG-4/PT-056 (*1)
/ The highly accurate "S-TTL" Auto mode of INON Z-240/D-2000/S-2000 is supported when connecting via INON "Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set" products below.(*2)(*3)
Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 561 2 Optical D Cable L Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 562 9 Optical D Cable SS Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 563 6 Optical D Cable LL Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 564 3 Rubber Bush Type L / JAN code: 456212143 784 5 Usable External Strobe
S-2000 / JAN code: 456212143 417 2 D-2000 Type4 / JAN Code: 456212143 211 6 Z-240 Type4 / JAN code: 456212143 251 2 INON LED flashlight LF2700-W/LF800-N/LF1100-W/LF1400-S/LF1000-S/LE700-W Type2/LE700-S Type2/LE350 Type2 is also usable to benefit for shooting underwater movie. LF2700-W / JAN code: 456212143 783 8 LF800-N / JAN code: 456212143 779 1 LF1100-W / JAN code: 456212143 765 4 ZF1400-S / JAN code: 456212143 766 1 LF1000-S / JAN code: 456212143 764 7 LE700-W Type2 / JAN code: 456212143 712 8...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-30

INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON products with Olympus E-M5 Mark II/PT-EP13(*1). External Strobe/LED flashlight Compatibility with E-M5 Mark II / PT-EP13 (*1)
The highly accurate "S-TTL" Auto mode of INON Z-240 / D-2000 / S-2000 is supported when connecting via INON Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set?products below.(*2)(*3)(*4)
Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 561 2 Optical D Cable L Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 562 9 Optical D Cable SS Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 563 6 Optical D Cable LL Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 564 3 Rubber Bush Type L (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 784 5 S-2000 (*3)(*4) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 417 2 D-2000 Type4 (*3)(*4) / Available in the market / Jan Code: 456212143 211 6 Z-240 Type4 (*3)(*4) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 251 2 (*1) Contact Olympus Imaging Corp. for detail of camera/protector. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/protector available in Jap...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-08

Product Release Information No. 442 INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON products with FUJIFILM digital camera XQ2/WP-XQ1?(*1). 28LD Mount Base XQ1?(*2)(*3) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 767 8 Optical D Cable Type L/Bush W60 Set with Shade Sticker (*4) / Available in the market / JAN code : 456212143 768 5 Optical D Cable SS Type L/Bush W60 Set with Shade Sticker (*5) / Available in the market / JAN code : 456212143 769 2 (*1) Contact FUJIFILM Corporation for detail of camera/waterproof case. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/housing available in Japan. (*2) When using the 28LD Mount Base XQ1 attached on "WP-XQ1/XQ2" without any lens, the camera system will have buoyancy. Adjust total underwater weight by using other accessories to get slightly negative buoyancy to avoid accidental rapid ascent. (*3) When using [on land], vignetting is observed at zoom wide end even without an attachment lens (no vignetting underwater). Use zoom middle to telephoto side on land to avoid vignetting. (*4) Fiber optics kit when using "Grip Base D4"/"Grip Base D4 Set". (*5) Fiber optics kit when using "Shoe Base Set". Attachment Lens Compatibility The 28LD Mount Base XQ1? enables you to install INON ?28LD Mount series? ...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-06


This is the second part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] The major misconception about technical diving is: Extensive and expensive equipment makes the difference between technical and recreational diving. We strongly feel this is not true. The real "technical" bit of technical diving is in the necessary skills and mindset. In fact, if you do not know how to deal with your equipment, you are actually adding risk instead of creating additional security.
The foundation for these extra skills and mindset is a mayor part of our training called: "Intro to tech" or "Fundamentals". Both training courses are a basic program that anyone must complete before taking the next step towards technical diving. No matter what level you are or how many dives you already made. This way every diver knows that every one of his team members has the same procedures for every part of the dive. From the checks before setting up the equipment, the final pre-dive checks on the boat to the actual behaviour during an emergency. Shooting a buoy, the passive and active communication or gas-switch procedures, each team member will perform them in the same way. Therefore each team member will know what is coming and will easily see if somet...

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Author : Team Pitch Blue
Upload date : 2015-07-03


INON INC. has offered time-proven X-2 housings and is pleased to announce official releases of new lightweight cast body housing model for Canon D-SLR camera EOS70D(*1) on May 15th, 2015.
X-2 for EOS70D FW (with Finder Window) :
Release date: May 15th , 2015
JAN code : 456212143 797 5 X-2 for EOS70D PF2 (with Pick-up Finder 2)(*2) :
Release date: May 15th , 2015
JAN code : 456212143 796 8 X-2 for EOS70D 45VF (with 45° Viewfinder) :
Release date: May 15th , 2015
JAN code : 456212143 795 1 X-2 for EOS70D STVF (with Straight Viewfinder) :
Release date: May 15th , 2015
JAN code : 456212143 798 2 X-2 for EOS70D FL (without finder) (*3) :
Release date: May 15th , 2015
JAN code : 456212143 799 9 (*1) Contact Canon Inc. for detail of EOS 70D. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/lens available in Japan. (*2) Existing "Pick-up Finder Unit for X-2" user can use it as "Pick-up Finder 2" by replacing original "Pick-up Finder Unit (camera side module)" with optional "Pick-up Finder 2 Unit (camera side module)". Please contact your INON dealer for detail. (*3) For a customer who owns INON viewfinder. X-2 for EOS70D The Canon EOS70D is equipped with groundbreaking AF technology D...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-05-11


A form of diving that fires most people's imagination. "Deep, dark and decompression" are normally the first things that come to mind. "A lot of gear" would be a second thought. All apply, but there is so much more to it. This is the story about the path we followed from recreational divers to technical divers. This journey started approximately five years ago and is an ongoing story of courses and personal development. In the next couple of issues we will explain what the term technical diving actually means. We will tell more about the equipment we use and about why we always carry it around (even during dives where we do not need the amount of gas). In part two we will explain a bit more about the standardized equipment used. After that we will publish some articles about the courses we have followed / are following. Why exactly do we like those deep dives? We carry enormous amounts of heavy equipment and spend more time getting back to the surface than on the wreck... We all have our different reasons. I have actually no idea. In my normal life I am quite a brisk person, but when I am underwater everything becomes relaxed. Being underwater calms me down and life becomes more easy. As a kid I always dreamt I could fly. Up until today I haven't been...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-04-30


AN UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE !! Something that frightens many but in the same time attracts few very brave divers is diving under ice.
Diving under ice is one of the most extreme conditions that a diver can face. In most cases there is only one hole in ice where a diver can enter or exit. An ice saw or a chain saw is used to cut a hole in the ice. That's why whole ice diving experience is an extraordinary chance to see the ice from a different perspective, and cold water itself is a one more challenge which requires special diving equipment that's been used in cold water such as dry suits to avoid hypothermia, regulators designed for cold water use, etc. Besides the experience, divers have to be certified in order to use this special equipment. Because of the water temperature that ranges between 4?C and 0?C in fresh water, and approximately 1.9?C for normal salinity sea water it is mandatory to use dry suits, gloves and hoods. Nevertheless the risks of hypothermia and freezing are significant. It is equally important to be protected also at surface, because the dive sites are usually very cold and windy. Ice water has a huge effect on a diving regulator. It is necessary to have two first stages that are atta...

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Author : Ivana Orlovic
Upload date : 2015-04-23


Nauticam is pleased to announce the latest release in its acclaimed line of precision crafted camera housings, the NA-D810 Housing for Nikon's 36.3 megapixel D810. NA-D810 is the first underwater housing for Nikon D810 to be shown publicly, and will be on the shelves of dealers, and in the hands of users, by the end of August. Nauticam once again leads the industry by delivering this superior system less than 6 weeks from the initial camera ship date. The NA-D810 Housing
The NA-D810 is an evolutionary marvel. A long list of pioneering engineering breakthroughs from previous Nauticam designs are now standard in NA-D810. The patented housing Locking Latch System has received acclaim worldwide for its ease and functionality. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks, reduce bulk and require minimal physical effort to engage and release. Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock. Lens changes are also easily accomplished without removing the camera from the housing using the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front. The lightweight, rugged Nauticam handles are generously contoured with a durable over-mold pr...

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Author : Nauticam
Upload date : 2015-03-31

The overall purpose of the charity Friends of Lembeh-Pulisan-Bangka e.V. is to maintain and protect the Wallacea Region of North Sulawesi, Indonesia with ist unique marine and terrestrial fauna from harmful and environmental destructive practices. Tasks of the charity comprise publicity, mediation between public, semi-public and private institutions, with an emphasis on education and environmental awareness with the aim of establishing a sustainable and environmentally friendly eco-tourism in the region. The charity aims to co-operate with other regional bodies in order to achieve its goal. Furthering sustainable methods in the sectors agriculture, fisheries and tourism the charity condemns extractive mining practices which tend to spread in the region and bear massive damage for the environment and the indigenous people living there. A focus is on co-operation with regional bodies to further education by providing school sponsorships and supporting local ngos in awareness programmes. The charity is a non-profit, non-government, independent organization (NGO) that will raise funds to maintain its projects. Donations are tax-deductable. The charity Friends of Lembeh-Pulisan-Bangka e.V. supports the local Bangka Conservation Fund (BCF) in its purpose to save t...

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Author : Markus Roth
Upload date : 2015-01-06


I'm on board: Sachika Safari boat. I want to see "big stuff" and this is the perfect place... Life is like that: being in the right place at the right time. And this is the right boat...
It 'just after dawn and we are going to have the first dive.
6:15 am. A cup of tea and I'm ready to set my photographic equipment. The dhoni crew have already set up and checked the thanks, the jacket and all the underwater equipment. They are waiting for us.
Usually I have to assemble the equipment and check everything by myself but here I’m relieved of any task concerning diving stuff.
What are we going to discover today? Tree, four dives a day, feeling amazed and thrilled at any time.
Sharks, this morning!
So many elegant gray sharks and the harmless white tips sharks! Giacomo Ganda, the dive leader is a marine byologist, expert in maldivian dives. He tells us that there will be a lot of underwater current in this place. We will use hooks to latch on the rocks. It goes without saying: no currents, no sharks.
We go down quickly and suddendly we see grey sharks hunting near the passe. They are quiet, not concerned with us. We stop near a rock waiting for them to come nearer. Standing still, we admire their amazing...

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Author : Mauro Mainardi
Upload date : 2014-11-24

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