These are just some of the new underwater photo products and good industry friends from the 2016 DEMA dive trade show in Las Vegas. Many of the products featured are prototypes and will be shipping in 2017. Look to Optical Ocean Sales to always have the latest underwater imaging products!
At left is the new Saga Dive Trio macro lens. It allows you to use the original lens, then flip levers to +5, +10 or +15 powers - all in one unit! We will have a pre-production unit in the store in a couple of weeks. Shipping in early January, cost around $775.
Besides their new amazing Solar Flare Max (reviewed below) Kraken Sports has a new LED ring light unit coming out soon. It will have a 67mm threaded mount, 1000 lumen power and integrated battery. It can work with almost any housing with port adapters. I think it will be perfect for a small macro setup. They are also starting to ship a new underwater universal phone housing. This rugged housing is made from anodized aluminum, has a vacuum leak detection valve included and uses bluetooth to connect with an app to nearly all phones made, except ones made with a really thick case.
Stephen Frink (at left) and I are your North American SEACAM dealers. SEACAM is the premium pro choice for underwater imaging. We now are offering their new 5DMKIV and Nikon D500 housings. A new strobe is in the works to ship in December.
– By Margo Cavis My first impression when seeing the Kraken 10,000 lumen Solar Flare Max underwater video light was how nicely crafted they are. The light is incredibly durable with metal construction and a strong glass dome for the LED lights that spreads the light underwater. It also comes with a neoprene cover for the dome and nice soft carrying case - similar to a camera bag. I was on a "roughing it" type live-aboard with no accommodations for camera gear. So having such large and heavy lights along was challenging. But the Solar Flare lights provided such beautiful illumination that it was worth the struggles.
The Kraken Solar Flare Max has a burn time of 55 minutes at 100%. To charge the light you need to open it up and insert the plug directly into the battery. I found this process very easy. The light just has one dial/button combo for power and settings. To turn the power on, just hold the button until you see the logo appear on the LCD. Press the button twice to turn light on (mode and light percentage will be at the last setting used)... Read More
The Subal ND-500 Housing: Anyone using a SUBAL NDD500 housing can feel the passion and no-compromise commitment to quality they apply down to the smallest part. Subal's designers and production staff accept nothing but perfection in producing housings. Only the best, top grade materials pass their tough “handmade“ quality control. Less obvious at first glance, are the many improved features Subal builds into their housings, innovations that have grown over decades of field and manufacturing experience.
An Optical Ocean Quality Package for the demanding underwater photographer. This package combines the Subal ND500 Housing with a new fiber optic TTL controller, SagaDive tapered 60mm macro port, a Sea & Sea YS-D2 TTL strobe, and an i-Torch V10 Light. Accessories include macro diopters and flip holder... See more here
Qamea Beach Resort & Spa, December 3-10, 2017. Join us in the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji! There’s something for everyone here, from spectacular, vivid-hued soft coral walls, huge schools of fish, lots of macro life under every bommie and even turtles, sharks and larger fish at times.
Located just off Taveuni Island, Fiji this is the only resort on Qamea Island. This award winning boutique resort will accommodate our group of 10 with in 5 air-conditioned beachfront Bures nestled among swaying coconut palms and lush tropical gardens. They are all beachfront with sweeping views of the ocean and sunsets. Read More...
Join Optical Ocean Sales for a 11 night cruise on the luxurious Damai 1 liveaboard Nov. 4-15, 2018 with one of the most diverse and unique itineraries in all of Indonesia. Located between the much publicized Raja Ampat islands to the north and the venerable Komodo islands to the south, the Banda Sea is an exciting outpost that offers some of the most unique diving adventures to be found in the Indo-Pacific regions. Read More...