GearNews - Atomic Aquatics Frameless 2 Mask

18 December 2014

Atomic’s latest evolution of its Frameless Mask combines two grades of silicone moulded together to create what is claimed to be “the most comfortable mask in the water“. more...

GearNews - Beet It Sport Pro Elite Shots & Bars

15 December 2014

Could beetroot juice boost your diving performance? Beet It claims that research has identified that its naturally high dietary nitrate content interacts with enzymes in saliva to generate nitric oxide (NO) in the blood system. more...

GearNews - SeaFocus 2015 Calendar

11 December 2014

The latest calendar to be produced by underwater photo-journalists Beth & Shaun Tierney features their underwater images from destinations around the world including Palau, Indonesia and the Caribbean. more...

GearNews - SubGear Steel Comp Mask

8 December 2014

SubGear calls the Steel Comp “the ultimate freediving mask”. Its frameless double-lens design concept allows the mask to compress as water pressure increases.

GearNews - Scubapro Luggage

4 December 2014

The latest range of bags from Scubapro is stated to have been developed by divers for divers using high-quality materials. more...

GearNews - Inon FL1000S & FL1400S Lights

1 December 2014

Japanese underwater camera specialist Inon has released two new versions of its popular FL series of LED flashlights. Both lights deliver light from carefully selected white LED chips in a 30° beam at a colour temperature of 5000K. They both feature rotary switches with two settings of full or half power.

GearNews - GoPro HERO4 Black Video Camera

27 November 2014

GoPro says that its latest camera, the HERO4 Black, delivers twice the performance of its popular predecessor. It is said to capture cinema-quality 4K video at 30fps, 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps, virtually eliminating rolling shutters in most scenarios while allowing for time-bending slow-motion effects. more...

GearNews - Marine Magnets

24 November 2014

Mostly nudibranchs, these hand-made fridge magnets are made from non-toxic 100% food-grade clay on a 1:1 scale. Food-grade colours are mixed with the clay separately for the body, tentacles, dots and textures to give a realistic look, making each individual magnet unique. more...

Gear News - Sea & Sea MDX 6000 Housing

20 November 2014

The MDX-6000 has been designed by Sea & Sea to house Sony's 6000 24-megapixel, APS-C, mirrorless system camera. Machined from a solid-block of marine-grade aluminium, it has a new “ML” port mount. more...

GearNews - Fourth Element J2 Baselayer

13 November 2014

The J2 Baselayer was developed for the 2013 US deep caving team expedition to explore the Mexican Cheve system. The drysuit undergarments are said to provide excellent anti-microbial performance, thanks to the use of silver-ion technology, and also outstanding wicking properties because of the unique fabric used in their construction.

GearNews - Innova Health Swim-Eze

10 November 2014

Made in Britain, Swim-Eze is said to assist in the clearing of trapped water in ears, eliminating the unpleasant symptoms of increased pressure, temporary hearing impairment and discomfort. more...

GearNews - Christopher Ward Titanium Extreme 1000 Divers Timepiece

6 November 2014

This 42mm-diameter divers’ watch from Christopher Ward Watches of London features a titanium case with a certified chronometer automatic movement set behind a 4.3mm-thick AR08 coated sapphire crystal face. It has a depth rating of 1000m and includes a helium release valve for chamber decompression. more...

GearNews - Nauticam Nikon D810 Housing

3 November 2014

The NA-D810 is Nauticam’s latest underwater housing for the recently launched Nikon D810 36mp DSLR full-frame camera. It comes with the maker’s patented housing locking latch system, and locking port-release. more...

GearNews - Zeagle Zena BC

30 October 2014

Zeagle says that the Zena Buoyancy Compensator has been designed by women specifically for women. The BC features a twin adjustable-strap system to independently fit waist and hips, while the elasticated, zipped front panels are claimed to provide outstanding fit and comfort. Zeagle’s patented PFS sizing system allows for the waist and chest sizes plus the torso length to be independently fitted. more...

GearNews - MacWet Gloves

27 October 2014

Said to be the only gloves of their kind, MacWets feature “all grip, no slip” technology. They use a non-slip material on the palm that the maker claims will perform in both wet and dry environments. more...
Win a Luxfer pony cylinder
Don't forget to cast your vote in DIVER Magazine's latest Big Question for the chance to win a Luxfer emergency pony cylinder worth £106. This month we are asking: You’re off to dive, listening to music to put you in the mood. What’s your first choice? Name that track, and tell us why it works.

Regulator Apeks Black Sapphire 40th Anniversary

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

The Black Sapphire under water Every now and then, something really special arrives at the diver Test Centre. Recently I was sent a limited-edition regulator from those UK-based dive gear whiz-kids at Apeks to mark their 40th anniversary. more...

Light Ikelite Vega Video & Photo Lamp

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

The Vega being used as a hand-held torch Underwater photographers often find situations in which bright-light conditions conspire to make getting a sharp image a challenge. Those of us who like to shoot into the sun, giving some bright negative space to the final image, will know exactly what I’m talking about.
The problem is that big, super-bright white ball sitting nicely behind the subject, which leaves the front in total shadow. To get the shot correctly exposed, we need to stop down the aperture, and this leaves very little light entering the camera.
The focus system will invariably struggle to find any contrast onto which to lock.
The best solution is to bathe the shadowed subject in artificial light, so that the camera’s focus sensors can detect features such as eyes, and enable the targeting system to lock on.

BC Zeagle Zena

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

Zeagle Zena BC in Grape colour Forward-thinking US dive-gear manufacturer Zeagle released its Zena BC model, specifically designed “by women, for women”, in 2007. It proved popular among the UK’s female-diver population, and an updated version was recently released.
The same guys who brought the Atomic range of regulators to our shores are now distributing the new Zena and they sent me one to test, obviously not realising that my hips were slimmer than my belly and I was in fact a guy who was wrongly shaped for diving with this product.

Computer Suunto EON Steel

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

The backlit colour display is big and bold whatever the mode Bright colourful displays on dive computers seem to be the way forward, especially with the advent of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Virtually all mobile phones, TVs and computer displays are using the technology, and it was inevitable that the dive world would follow suit. more...

BC Mares Prestige MRS Plus

Appeared in DIVER November 2014

Mares Prestige MRS Plus BC Buoyancy compensators have been part of every sport diver’s armoury for as long as I can remember, and they come in all shapes and sizes, from doughnuts to horseshoes in wings, wrap-around and hybrid configurations.
The conventional style of BC has stood the test of time, and is by far the most popular choice. Italian kit giant Mares has a substantial range of BCs, and its most sought-after, the Prestige MRS, has evolved to be, it says, much better. The latest version is called the Prestige MRS Plus, and I was sent one to test.

MASK Aqua Lung Look HD

Appeared in DIVER November 2014

Alex in the water, giving “The Look” a good seeing to. “Hi, my name’s Nigel and I’m a maskaholic!” Regular readers of DIVER Tests must have thought I’d been cured, because I haven’t reviewed one for what feels like ages. Alas, my addiction is still rampant.
I got my latest fix on a trip to Egypt on which I took an Aqua Lung mask along for the ride. It was its latest Look HD model, sporting what is currently a very trendy white colour scheme.

My favourite kit – Saeed Rashid

Appeared in DIVER May 2014

Saeed Rashid How many Dive Show visitors have taken advice from SAEED RASHID on underwater photography and post-production techniques over the years? Saeed co-ordinates the PhotoZone presentations at the Shows, and at other times can be found teaching print design at Bournemouth University. He learned to dive while on holiday
in Australia and started taking underwater pictures in 1998. Saeed dives in the UK with Bournemouth & Poole Diving Club, and also runs popular underwater photography workshops in the Red Sea and Maldives with blueotwo.

It’s the thought that counts

Appeared in DIVER December 2013

Alex Mustard tries out the latest diving innovation from the Netherlands – clogfins It’s the season for giving, but how do you come up with a gift for the underwater photographer who has everything? If you’re Dutch, the answer is obvious – clogfins! PETER DE MAAGT was the considerate giver. Main picture by JARRET BROWN more...

My favourite kit – Andy Torbet

Appeared in DIVER July 2013

Andy Torbet Scots man of action ANDY TORBET started diving at 12. He is a cave-, mixed-gas and rebreather diver and freediver and a military and commercial diver and supervisor. He gained a degree in zoology before spending 10 years in the Forces as a paratrooper, diver and bomb disposal officer, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Falklands. Andy is also a mountaineering
instructor, caver, sea-kayaker and extreme sportsman. Recent TV projects included Operation Iceberg and Coast and he is currently filming with Monty Halls

My favourite kit – Alex Mustard

Appeared in DIVER May 2013

Alex Mustard It’s all about saving weight on diving equipment for internationally renowned underwater photographer ALEX MUSTARD – because that means he can take more camera gear on his travels. And he travels a lot. Trained as a marine biologist, he worked in that field but became a full-time professional underwater photographer and author nine years ago. He has won many awards, including multiple wins in the two most prestigious competitions for underwater photographers: the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and France’s World Festival of Underwater Photography. His first photo book The Art Of Diving, a collaboration with Nick Hanna, was followed by Reefs Revealed in 2007 and he is of course a regular contributor to DIVER with his popular Be The Champ! series

My favourite kit – Doug Allan

Preparing to dive in typically challenging Arctic conditions Described by Sir David Attenborough as “the toughest in the business”, wildlife cameraman DOUG ALLAN was born in 1951 in Dunfermline, and started diving in 1968 before studying marine biology at Stirling. He worked as a pearl diver, diving instructor, commercial diver and biologist in the Red Sea, then made his first trip to Antarctica in 1976 as diving officer on a British research station. He spent five winters and eight summers down south before in 1986 becoming a full-time freelance photographer and documentary film-maker, specialising in polar wildlife. Doug has been involved with more than 60 films and TV series and has made more than 50 trips to the poles for series such as Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. Awards include four Emmys and five BAFTAs, and he has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his work, as well as the Polar Medal and bar. more...

My favourite kit - Michael Aw

Michael Aw Michael Aw is one of the world’s most influential wildlife photographers – and over 27 years his images have earned him more than 60 awards.

He has won five Palme D’Ors at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, and last year was a judge for the prestigious BBC Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, in which he has himself won three awards. He has produced many books and his conservation work, particularly campaigning against shark-finning, has been widely recognised. Recently he has been project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition, in which 57 of the world’s leading image-makers and scientists retraced Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition to document the flora and fauna of the region. Michael is based in Australia.

KICKIN’ Back the Power

Appeared in DIVER June 2014

Fourteen pairs of fins are in the spotlight, and what NIGEL WADE wants to find out is how much pushing power you get for your not-inconsiderable spend.

Stand by for a shock conclusion!

Big Boots to Fill

Appeared in DIVER January 2014

Have you opted for any old dive-boots in the past? NIGEL WADE’s test of 17 pairs of the latest, ranging from £16 to £90, shows how you can add a spring to your step more...

Deep Oceans 12

Appeared in DIVER May 2013

Take 12 of the latest regulators to the Red Sea to compare and contrast their performance – who knows, it might just provide a short-cut when you're next ready to buy. NIGEL WADE reports, assisted by co-tester CATH BATES more...

Which computer watch?

Dive-computers you can wear all day, every day, are now a common badge of a diver, but choosing one is based on far more than wrist appeal. JOHN BANTIN assesses the market more...

Behind the mask

If you need a new mask, it’s often easiest to pick up whatever your local dive shop has on the rack. It might be even better to know exactly what you want – JOHN BANTIN assesses the current crop of divers’ eyewear.

BCs Fully Loaded

Comparing 11 ‘feature-rich’ jackets was the assignment for NIGEL WADE, but we asked him to compare them with each other, not with his own well-worn favourite! more...
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