GearNews - Fantasea G7X Camera Housing

9 April 2015

This housing for the latest Canon Powershot G7X compact camera is shock-resistant and has a depth rating of 60m. more...

GearNews - Big Blue AL-1000 XWP GoPro System

6 April 2015

Big Blue’s latest set-up for the GoPro camera system consists of a mounting tray, two double-ball clips, two YS-type ball-mounts and two Big Blue Al-1000 XWP video lights. more...

GearNews - Bristol Channel Diving Deco Dive Planning Decals

2 April 2015

Bristol Channel Diving Services has developed and released traffic-light colour-coded self-adhesive stickers designed to enable best practice in dive-planning for open-circuit technical divers. more...

GearNews - Northern Diver Voyager Luggage

30 March 2015

Expanding its Voyager range of diving luggage, Northern Diver has released the Voyager Maxi Quest bag. Featuring a clamshell design, it is constructed from heavy-duty Ripstop nylon and has two removable zipped and cushioned compartments offering a total capacity of 139 litres. more...

GearNews - Squale 2002 Dive Watch

26 March 2015

Italian family watchmaker Squale has added 2002 models to its range of diver timepieces more...

GearNews - Fourth Element Arctic Expedition Undersuit

23 March 2015

Fourth Element says it has brought its knowledge of performance fabrics and biomapped design together to create a new undersuit in the Expedition series. more...

GearNews - APD Training Surface Marker Buoy

19 March 2015

Responding to requests from diving instructors, we’re told, Cornwall-based Ambient Pressure Diving has produced a range of SMBs designed specifically for deployment training.

GearNews - Keldan Video 8X Light

16 March 2015

The Video 8X from Switzerland-based Keldan is a compact, lightweight underwater lamp that employs a variable-output 28-105W LED light source powered by an intelligent 6.2Ah li-Ion battery.

GearNews - Fantasea FRX100 III Camera Housing

13 March 2015

The Fantasea FRX100 III housing for the latest Sony Cybershot RX100 III compact digital camera is shock-resistant and depth-rated to 60m. more...

GearNews - Subgear Carbon Mono Fin & Carry Bag

9 March 2015

Subgear Carbon Mono Fin & Carry Bag

GearNews - TUSA Hyperdry Elite II Snorkel

5 March 2015

The SP0101 Hyperdry Elite II is a more refined and streamlined version of TUSA's Hyperdry MAX, and is claimed to combine all the best features of TUSA's snorkels in a single unit.

GearNews - AP Diving Heads-Up Screen (HUS)

2 March 2015

This new screen has been introduced by Cornwall-based Ambient Pressure Diving for its range of Inspiration rebreathers. more...

GearNews - Mares Cruise System Bag

26 February 2015

Mares says that its Cruise System is a sophisticated total storage solution for a full set of dive equipment. more...

GearNews - Waterproof D9 Breathable Drysuit

23 February 2015

Swedish exposure-suit maker Waterproof has released a light drysuit intended for travelling, tropical-diving or snorkelling.

GearNews - Sea-Sea YS-03 Strobe Head

19 February 2015

Sea and Sea has released its latest underwater camera strobe, the YS-03.
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Regulator Atomic Aquatics T3

Appeared in DIVER March 2015

REGULATORS THAT HAVE PASSED the stringent tests required to be awarded European approval and gain the CE mark all deliver gas in a similar way. I’ve found them to breathe smoothly, with the minimal cracking pressure required to open the valves allowing for resistance-free inhalation and exhalation.
Indeed, regulator performance is so good and similar across the varying brands and models nowadays that, to be honest, testing them had become a little boring.

Snoot Retra LSD Prime

Appeared in DIVER March 2015

Retra Prime LSD light shaping device PHOTOGRAPHERS HAVE BEEN SHAPING light to enhance their images since the days of the Box Brownie camera, and underwater shooters have been using simple coned tubes called snoots to create a narrower beam of light from their flashguns for almost as long.
Over the years the use of snoots fell out of vogue. Then, in 2009, talented Canadian underwater photographer Keri Wilk started to experiment with the use of snoots and modern housed digital cameras.

Lights Mares EOS RZ

Appeared in DIVER March 2015

The Mares range of EOS RZ lamps THE LED REVOLUTION CARRIES ON UNABATED. Clever scientists, designers and engineers continue to invent and produce smaller light sources with higher outputs and needing less power.
The marketplace seems to be flooded with these “new-generation” lights. This gives the consumer a huge choice and cuts prices.

Regulator Mares Fusion 52X

Appeared in DIVER February 2015

Nowadays, the regulators I get to dive with all have to pass rigorous European test procedures to gain CE approval before they can legally be sold in the UK. This means that they all seem very similar in their performance.
That’s good news for everyone concerned. No longer should you see a regulator review finish with scathing remarks from testers who felt that they nearly died taking dangerously under-performing life-support equipment beyond its limits.
Italian gear giant Mares recently launched its latest regulator, the Fusion 52X, so I took one with me on an intensive Indian Ocean itinerary to see if it met the high standards I’ve come to expect from modern regulators.

BC Zeagle Express Tech Deluxe

Appeared in DIVER February 2015

Lightweight dive kit has been available for quite a while. Historically, airlines realised that they could gain extra income by reducing overall weight allowances and then charging passengers for excess baggage. more...

Mask Atomic Aquatics Frameless 2

Appeared in DIVER February 2015

Frameless 2 mask with a black skirt…. My seemingly addictive and unending quest to find the ultimate mask for my diving needs continues unabated.
I’ve tested a procession of models over the past few years, some with super-soft silicon skirts, others with crystal-clear lenses. I’ve included single- and twin-lens designs, and even taken one under water with a torsion-bar to keep those lenses in line.
This time round I’ve tried out the Atomic Aquatics Frameless 2 model to see how it performed on a tropical overseas trip.

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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