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  • Ikelite | Ikelite TTL to be Offered in Aquatica Housings
    long term mutual respect and reputation for manufacturing high quality underwater photographic equipment It is with great pleasure that we announce that Ikelite and Aquatica will be partnering to make Ikelite s signature internal TTL circuitry available in Aquatica s distinguished line of housings This collaboration means that Ikelite TTL circuitry the industry s finest will be integrated into the design of select Aquatica housings Consistent exposure is the hallmark of Ikelite TTL technology Integration directly into the housing gives the photographer total creative lighting control with the opportunity to access both over under exposure compensation and manual exposure settings through a single easy to reach control The visionary design of the Ikelite TTL circuitry takes its power source directly from the strobes eliminating the unreliability of small batteries commonly used in TTL converters Ikelite s legendary strobes are world renowned coming from an evolutionary line of lighting products going back to 1962 Ikelite has dominated the strobe market with the quality of their products and savvy pioneering of true digital TTL technology Ikelite DS series strobes are favored by scores of well published pros for the pleasant soft warm light they deliver The new energy efficient Li Ion battery pack of their current DS161 and DS160 strobes will simply provide the quickest recycle time and most flashes per charge of anything on the market The sturdy construction and easy accessed controls layout means they can and do work in all type of environments Ikelite strobes have the true mark of professional level equipment yet remain affordable and simple to operate Aquatica is no newcomer to the industry of underwater photography itself founded in 1982 and has long been a staunch supporter of Ikelite strobes which they consider to be the best in the industry Ikelite strobe connectors have long

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  • Ikelite | Cave Diving with Superlite
    system On May 20 1970 a 20 year old Bill ventured down to an incredible 325 feet 99m establishing a World s Record Deep Dive for a minor under 21 years of age on regular compressed air Keep in mind folks this is well beyond a reasonable risk of oxygen toxicity on equipment that was quite a bit less sophisticated than what we re using today Vintage 1979 catalog featuring the 100W Superlite With its switchable spot flood beam and aircraft landing sealed beam bulb Bill found the Ikelite Superlite to be the perfect companion for his adventures After a stint in the US Marine Corps Bill ran the Florida State Skindiving Schools in Jacksonville Florida It was there that Bill met local basketball coach and aspiring underwater filmmaker Ned DeLoach and introduced him to the mysterious world of cavern diving Bill along with two other divers were the primary divers for Ned s 16mm feature film Underground Underwater A Cave Dive Odyssey During the filming the three divers wore Superlites on padded necklaces to free up their hands The Superlites were so powerful that they fully illuminated the cave system s huge cavernous rooms and large winding tunnels Additional film lighting was only required to light up the divers behind them Ned went on to form New World Publications and become a world renowned photographer and guru of fish identification along with Paul Humann Just like Ikelite Bill is still out there diving after 50 incredible years Here s to another 50 years and convincing Bill to try something new Cave divers explore the world of eternal darkness True darkness is when you cannot tell if your eyes are open or closed In such total absence of light the phenomena called blind sparks occur from optic nerves firing in

    Original URL path: http://www.ikelite.com/support/articles/cave-diving-with-superlite.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Ikelite | Curacao Deep Water Fish Stamps
    fish and invertebrates In addition to major contributions to scientific research this dedicated effort has resulted in a magnificent series of 10 postage stamps Curacao Deep Water Fish Stamps Photographed by Barry Brown Fish Indentification clockwise from top left Blade fin Bass Jeboehlkia gladifer Yellowbar Basslet Lipogramma robinsi Spanish Flag Gonioplectrus hispanus Spottail Golden Bass Liopropoma santi Anthias Bass Anthias asperilinguis Banded Basslet Lipogramma evides Deep Sea Toad Chaunax pictus Longfin Scorpionfish Scorpaena agassizii Saber Goby Antilligobius nikkiae Dragonette Foetorepus new species This stamp series is a fitting tribute to the outstanding collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Substation Curacao The results heighten awareness of our profound responsibility to protect the planet s oceans and exemplify the benefits of the people to people ties that intertwine Curacao and the United States Deep Reef Observation Project DROP is a new ongoing project to investigate deep reefs off Curacao This opportunity arose because of the availability of the Curasub providing scientists the opportunity to observe collect specimens and tissue samples and monitor biodiversity on deep reefs DROP which currently involves nearly 30 Smithsonian marine scientists and staff and several external collaborators is in its fourth year of exploring deep reef biodiversity and

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  • Ikelite | Natural Light Photography
    the head of a whale shark underwater at close proximity 1 160 sec f 20 ISO 640 Image 2014 Steve Miller Rule 2 Make sure the sun is behind you This ensures that the light of the sun is hitting your subject on the side that s visible to your camera If the sun is in front of you the subject will appear as a silhouette all dark or black figure Divers silhouetted by the sun 1 125 sec f 16 ISO 100 Image 2014 Steve Miller Choosing your settings I prefer to use one of the camera s Program modes Program Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority for available light photography In these modes the camera makes exposure adjustments quickly resulting in properly exposed images while you concentrate on composing the frame I prefer Shutter Priority by a slim margin Shutter Priority will pick the proper Aperture based on the scene after taking into account the ISO and Shutter Speed you have selected If you re shooting big animals a good starting point is to set an ISO fitting the light levels for example around 320 on a sunny day then select a shutter speed that is fast enough to stop the motion of the animal like 125th to 160th of a second Caves Caverns and Wrecks In the case of low light photography while inside underground springs cenotes or shipwrecks different techniques need to be applied Try concentrating on the light rays coming through the openings in the ceiling or at the entrances Then the challenge is to capture something besides just the light rays Start out by opening your lens all the way f 3 4 to f 4 slowing your shutter to allow the light in 1 60th of a second and bumping up your ISO to

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  • Ikelite | About Maintaining Affordability
    offer more value for less money Over 50 years of designing for the harshest environments on earth UV exposure saltwater heat and cold and high pressures at depth has taught us that investing in quality materials pays off in the long run The Same but Different At first glance it doesn t seem like much has changed over the years We still make durable clear polycarbonate cases with access to all the important camera functions But as digital cameras have improved so have our housings For example a DSLR housing today has on average 50 more controls than in 2003 each custom made and hand fit We were the first to introduce true TTL flash metering with a digital camera and underwater strobe back in 2004 Since then we ve cracked the code for direct electrical TTL communication with more camera makes and models than any other housing or strobe manufacturer Our TTL housings for the Canon G6 left 2006 MSRP 750 and Canon G1X Mark II right 2014 MSRP 750 Built By Hand in Indianapolis We re resistant to the displacement of our manufacturing and work force In fact we ve been operating on the same city block in

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  • Ikelite | Ball Arm System Mark II Product Update
    mounting system that s highly expandable flexible and streamlined In answer to this need the second generation of our 1 inch ball arm system provides improved ergonomics and versatility in a lighter sleeker package Possible combinations are virtually endless with opportunities to mount an additional lightweight accessory almost anywhere along the length of an arm The 1 inch Ball Arm System Mark II features 1 inch ball components with a groove and o ring to prevent slippage for improved holding power with less force While underwater clamps may be finger tightened to keep lighting in place yet allow repositioning without loosening the clamp All parts are hard coat type III anodized for a long lasting scratch resistant finish More Than Just An Arm Extension The new slotted design allows for the attachment of a lightweight accessory in the middle of the arm extension The Sliding Ball Mount is a perfect mate with a three pronged wing nut for easy adjustability Just loosen slightly and the accessory is able to move up and down the length of the arm for quick repositioning during a dive See 1 inch Ball Arm Extension Mark II This Clamp Goes Both Ways Almost twice as good as a standard two ball clamp the new triple clamp allows you to branch off with two of the same or two different lighting accessories The Triple Clamp can be used anywhere you would put a standard clamp See 1 inch Triple Ball Clamp Mark II Don t Be Afraid To Branch Out The base plate of our Clamp with Auxiliary Mount has a threaded mounting point for the addition of an extended ball mount right to the middle of it Perfect for adding a spare modeling light or video light See 1 inch Ball Clamp Mark II with

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  • Ikelite | Review Canon EOS 100D Rebel SL1
    shooting some topside photography in between dives The camera slides into the front of the housing with the lens attached There s no fiddling with zoom gears everything interfaces seamlessly without adding anything to the zoom ring on the lens Connect the TTL hot shoe close the two locking latches and you re ready to shoot Image 2014 David Haas Haas Photography The Canon 18 55mm IS STM kit lens can produce moderately wide angle photos or zoom to shoot small creatures down to 6 inches or so It s lightweight compact and sharp As advertised the compact Dome Port also fits the very popular Tokina 10 17mm Fisheye lens with minor vignetting that disappears by 12mm The optional Flat Port for the super sharp Canon 60mm Macro lens is very small allowing you to get in close and frame tiny creatures I found that the built in zoom sleeve can be taken out allowing the use of a couple of other popular wide angle lenses I tested a Sigma 15mm Fisheye and even the beautiful Canon 8 15mm f 4 lens pre set at 12mm Both of these produced professional grade images behind the optical grade acrylic dome I shot mostly with the 18 55mm kit lens using both single and dual Ikelite DS51 strobe set ups and got consistent flash exposures easily Editor s note The housing provides true Canon TTL exposure when used with a current model Ikelite DS strobe TTL hot shoe bulkhead and electronics are installed standard in every housing no separate converter or adapter is required Unlike compact mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras MILC the SL1 body as comfortable to hold as any DSLR camera with a familiar control arrangement It also sports a handy built in viewfinder for easy composition in the sun or

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  • Ikelite | Backyard Underwater Photo Studio
    the light The water becomes very clear with no wind movement above and nothing much growing in the water column This is a great time to shoot wide angle images However the difficulty shooting wide angle here is that you can t get into the water without stirring up the bottom A boom allows me to lower the camera housing into the pool without disrupting the clarity It has limited range depending on where you set the tripod up but it pans and tilts nicely using about 50 70 pounds behind it as a counter weight My ulterior motive with the boom was to solve the classic over under half in half out of the water problem where one half of the frame is so much darker or lighter than the other half The ideal solution is blending multiple exposures into a single image but this involves tethering the camera and controlling it with a laptop I m still experimenting with cabling so for now I rely on a custom intervalometer set up I set it to go off every few seconds and hope for a good frame since I can t see what I m shooting Unfortunately this makes changing exposure impossible and tight composition is pretty tricky Image 2014 Steve Miller Small critters Macro photography subjects are plenty like this tiny Boatman or Oarsman clinging upside down to a Lilly leaf He s only about an inch long Image 2014 Steve Miller Several varieties of frog found their way to the pool in the first year a large bullfrog is a year round resident and in the spring we have the annual invasion of hundreds of chorus frogs They will stay a week or two singing all night while they climb all over each other Image 2014 Steve

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