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Raja Ampat in Indonesia, has always held a lot of fascination for me. Customers on their way there, or just back, were awestruck by the area. "Best in the diving in the world!" they'd say, but having dove for many years, I've heard that beforeā€¦ After several days of long flights and airline frustrations, I was on the Damai II steaming down the straits in Raja, after a wonderful late-afternoon dive full of vibrant undersea life by Batanta Island, I was getting a massage, drinking a Bintang beer, and enjoying the sunset. I reflected that all of these divers' comments were right! It was pretty hard to beat!...Read More...
Now there's 8 new FREE downloadable .pdf handbooks in our series; "Basic Guides to Better Underwater Photography", This new Handbook is one everybody can use. Called Strobe Positioning it goes over most aspects of using artificial strobe lighting in underwater photography. The Handbook discusses light theory and equipment. Shows how, why and where to use both one and two strobes in macro and wide angle photos. The new guide includes many illustrations done by our own Margo Cavis and is a great resource for new and old underwater photographers. Download it, and all our other free Handbooks today in the Resource Center!
Optical Ocean Sales has configured a great Quality Macro Package for the Canon 7D MKII Camera. This includes a Nauticam housing, macro port, vacuum valve, Big Blue 1800 Lumen focus/video light and a powerful Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobe with arm and sync cable. This is the perfect system to start out shooting with the 7D Mark II DSLR underwater, you can easily add a second strobe and wide angle port later on. The Nauticam NA-7DMKII is the most refined Nauticam SLR housing to date. Every camera function is made easier by careful thought and design, aided by input from underwater photographers who will actually use this camera. The NA-7DMKII represents the ideal example of current Nauticam housing design. Latches, port locking lever, multi-selector pad, viewfinders and vacuum leak detection system are all standard.
 
We've added two new exciting underwater photo trips for 2015-2016, Red Sea - Southern St. John's Reef on the Red Sea Aggressor, and Great White Shark Diving at Guadalupe Island, Mexico on the Nautlus Belle Amie! Read More...
By Bill Van Antwerp - In the second part of the review for the A6000, Bill discusses how the system worked underwater during a 2-weektrip to Papua New Guinea on the Chertan and explore some options for macro lenses other than the Zeiss 50 mm macro lens...Read More...
By Coroander, with edits & additions by OOS staff. The Olympus E-M5 is a highly customizable camera and there are a lot of considerations (and personal preferences) for underwater use. The article will help you to prepare at least a starting point for configuring the camera for underwater use. Read More...