Malibu bans restaurants from using plastic straws and cutlery
The affluent, celebrity studded, seaside town of Malibu recently voted to ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery. The ban goes into effect on June 1st when the 65 restaurants will have to cease using the single use plastic items. Malibu was an early adopter of a plastic bag ban, voting in 2008 to stop using them in stores. 500 million plastic straws are thrown away every day across the country, all of which cannot be decomposed.
Ikelite announces housing for Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
Ikelite has released details of their housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III mirrorless camera. It offers TTL flash exposure control (with Ikelite strobes) and both shutter release and AEL/AFL controls have curved ergonomic levers. The housing is constructed of Ikelite’s signature white ABS-PC and utilises their DLM port system.
Tutorial: 7 More of the Best Nikon Tricks Ever by Steve Perry
Steve Perry of Backcountry Gallery has posted a video entitled “7 More of the Best Nikon Tricks Ever” on YouTube. He discusses saving and sharing camera settings, image file renaming, in viewfinder virtual horizon, high speed flash sync, easy ISO/exposure compensation, viewfinder grid display and exposure delay mode.
Beached Gray whale survives 3 days in Mexico
A gray whale has survived a 3-day beaching ordeal in Baja, Mexico. In mid-February the whale swam into a shallow canal in Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos and was then trapped when the tide receded. Over three days workers with the federal environmental protection agency kept the whale hydrated by using pumps and digging holes in the sand around it to allow water to pool. On the third day the tide rose high enough to allow the whale to be freed, and it swam away using its own power.
Olympus releases firmware updates for OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Pen-F
Olympus has released firmware updates for OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Pen-F mirrorless cameras. The updates add lens compatibility, a focus stacking feature and other performance enhancements and features.
The Underwater Tour announces dates and venues
Bad breeding season sees no new calves for Northern Atlantic Right Whales
Scientists studying Northern Atlantic right whales have observed no new calves born as the calving season comes to a close. This is bad news as the whales are endangered and the conclusion comes after a terrible year for deaths, 17 recorded off North America. The population is up from being nearly decimated by whalers, but hovers around 450 total individuals.
Sony announces the α7 III full frame mirrorless camera
Sony has announced their α7 III full frame mirrorless camera. It has a 24.1 MP sensor with an updates Bionz image processing engine offering a native ISO range of 100 to 51200. Autofocus has 425 contrast AF points in combination with 693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF system start cover 93% of the frame. UHD video is available with no pixel binning and full frame width recording.
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