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Neopolian Wrasse – By Jack Connick Divers are a strange breed. When somebody yells "shark", most people run away, but divers say "Where?" and jump in the water. Underwater photographers are even worse. They're experienced divers who want to take shots of the most unusual animals and situations. They may be apprehensive and careful - that's a good thing - but never so scared that they miss a great opportunity.

Our Optical Ocean Sales Photo Expedition was for two weeks; Feb. 22 to March 7th, 2016. Twenty people had signed up, but as usual we had a few drop out due to work conflicts or health reasons, and a few join in. Several dropped out, however, because they were afraid of the political situation or for their safety. And I've had several inquiries since we've been back asking if we had problems or if the Egyptian people were hostile to us. We all found that the answer was quite the opposite. We had a great time. We felt quite safe. People were extremely warm and friendly, just as they were on my last trip to Egypt, 18 years ago. Some things in Egypt, like the Pyramids, don't change. It's all a matter of perspective... Read More...

Testing Sola 8000 Video Lights – By Margo Cavis I recently had the opportunity to try out the Light & Motion Sola Video Pro 8000 Lights while diving in the Red Sea. These 8000 lumen video lights are very close in size to a good set of strobes – bigger than the other video lights I have used – but still fairly compact for an 8000 lumen light…

One thing that stands out about these lights is the LED display. Light & Motion really put some thought into both the display and the controls of these lights. The LED display is bright and clear, making it so much easier to read than any other lights I have tried – no matter what the lighting conditions of your dive. Then, on top of that, the Sola 8000 Video Lightscontrols are simple and specific. One control is just a dial, it will turn the lights on or off. In the off position, the light is locked so the other control will not work and the light will not be accidentally switched on during travel. The second control is both a dial (lock) and slider. To make the lights brighter – slide it towards the head of the light, to make the light dimmer – slide it towards the back of the light. The slider always pops back to the center, so each bump in either direction adjusts the light by 1000 lumens. This made it much easier to get the settings I wanted – when I wanted them, unlike most video lights where you would have to cycle back around through all the settings in order to bump the brightness down a notch… Read More

Optical Ocean Nauticam NA-A7II Quality WWL-1 Wide Angle System Package for the demanding underwater photographer. Combines the Nauticam NA-A7II Housing with the Nauticam WWL-1 Wide Angle lens and Sony FE 28mm flat port 32.

Read a7rII reviewThe Nauticam NA-A7II housing for Sony's full-frame mirrorless Alpha 7 II camera is the ultimate underwater housing for full frame mirrorless image creating. It ships with built-in, yet adjustable handles, featuring Nauticam's famous contoured rubberized grip. All of the camera's functions are accessible with well-thoughout and egonomically designed buttons. Installing a lens with a gear attached is made easy by the new pull-out zoom/focus dial. Included also is a great lighting system consisting of two Sea & Sea YS-D2 strobes, arms and dual sync cord. Breathtaking image quality meets unrivaled shooting freedom in the α7 II, the world's first full-frame mirrorless camera. Read More...
 
Lembeh Straits

Hurry, only 3 spots left on an exciting underwater photo expedition for 2017 to the Komodo Islands in Indonesia on the luxurious Damai I liveaboard. Upwelling of nutrient-rich water from deeper areas is responsible for a rich reef ecosystem and incredible species diversity. The variety of marine life that you can see in Komodo rivals any of the world's best dive destinations. Read More...
Lembeh Straits

Macro Photographers' Paradise Join Optical Ocean Sales for a 12 day/11 night unique photography adventure at the fabulous new Dive Into Lembeh Resort. Located in North Sulawesi, Indonesia in the heart of the Coral Triangle, this new resort is luxurious and located on two dive sites! All-inclusive only $3499! Read More...
Sri Lanka

Explore Beautiful Reefs, Wrecks & Whales, then go on Safari in Sri Lanka April 7 - 17, 2018. Join Optical Ocean Sales on the new Sri Lanka Aggressor for a unique photography adventure. Read More…