Equipment

Pixelmator PRO 2

It is integrated with Metal, Apple’s hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and compute framework, standard library, and GPU shading language, thus providing increased speed in various image-editing processing steps, by a factor of 15x. The user interface has been completely overhauled, and now matches the macOS 11 (Big Sur) design. A new Effects Browser, interface customization, and workspaces for photography, design, painting and illustration are included.

Nauticam NA-EM10IV underwater housing

Tray and handles are available as optional accessories. The housing is compatible with Nauticam’s range of underwater optics, including the WWL-1 and new WWL-C wide-angle attachments, and the CMC series macro wet lenses. Its dimensions are 184 x 138 x 100mm, and it weighs 1.08kg topside and 0.1kg underwater (including the camera and battery). It is depth-rated to 100m and has a Nauticam N85 port mount.

Insta360 ONE X2

Insta360 ONE X2

While the ONE X2 is waterproof to 10m, a dive depth of 45m can be reached by using an option-al dive case. It features stabilized 5.7K
360-degree video recording, updated FlowState image stabilization technology, and a special underwater shooting mode called “AquaVision,” which automatically balances color. The camera supports both HDR photo and video. It is able to capture and merge multiple images to increase
dynamic range, as well as reduce noise and maintain detail when shooting in low-light situations.

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon EOS R5

It is made of ABS-PC (an advanced form of poly-carbonate), is depth-rated to 60m, features Ikelite’s own “dry lock,” has a valve for a vacuum pump, weighs only 5.4 lb (~2.4kg) with tray and handle and is compatible with Ikelite’s DL system lens ports. The included manual hotshoe, with Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead, supports manual strobe exposure with a wide variety of strobes, including Ikelite, Sea&Sea, Inon, Retra and others. For Ikelite strobes, an optional TTL converter can be added.

Pool Diving Adventure

Olga Torrey
Larry Cohen testing a new Aquatica housing in a swimming pool. Photo by Olga Torrey.

The Northeast US dive season usually starts with divers dusting off the cobwebs at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This year, the season started in the middle of a pandemic. Dutch Springs did not open in April, as it does most years. If you are a technical diver that is drying out, what is one to do? In our case, we took our drysuits, rebreathers, camera housings and sidemount rigs to our friend Gregory Borodiansky’s pool.