Olympus have announced an underwater casing for its new E-520 Digital SLR camera. The PT-E05 is waterproof up to 40m, and constructed of semi-transparent poly carbonate. The required, optional lens ports allow the use of lenses from the 8mm fisheye through the 50mm macro for spectacular underwater photography.
The PT-E05 underwater case has been specially customized for Olympus E-520 and is waterproof up to a water pressure equivalent to a depth of 40 metres.
With its durable, high quality polycarbonate construction, it protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from knocks and bumps on land.
As a genuine advantage to the underwater photographer, he can make use of the Live View function and use the large 2.7"/6.9cm LCD instead of the viewfinder.
The flash connectors allow optional use of up to two UFL-2 underwater flash units.
Five interchangeable lens ports allow the optional use of 14-42mm, 14-45mm, 11-22mm or 14-54mm, 7-14mm, 8mm Fisheye and the 35mm as well as the 50mm Macro lens.
External flash necessary.
The PT-E05 will become available in summer 2008.
Taking panoramic photos with your regular digital camera can often lead to less than satisfactory results. The level of success usually decreased with the number of shots you are trying to stitch together.
Some cameras provide you with stitching software to use on your desktop computer, while some have guiding lines in the viewfinder to try and help you capture panoramic shots. However now there is a hardware alternative called the Panamatic.
The Panamatic is a level which has been designed to mount between a tripod and a camera. The Panamatic will fit any standard tripod and hold the camera in an absolute horizontal position. It will index into twelve positions, and rotates a full 360° to assist the photographer in taking panoramic pictures as well as today’s Virtual Reality sceneries. There are certain instructions as to what kind of lens you can use but it looks like most compacts should work fine.
The Panamatic seems to be exclusively available from Lenspen.com for $24.95.