Cressi’s Leonardo dive computer earned both a Testers Choice and a Best Buy in ScubaLab’s 2011 Dive Computer Review. Its long list of features includes Cressi’s special RGBM algorithm with three diver-programmable safety levels, an optional Deep Stop function, and a 70-hour or 60-dive logbook. Pair it with Cressi’s multi-color mini-submersible pressure gauge in a rugged, low-profile case, and you have the Leonardo Console2, a gauge combo that simply can’t be beat.
Cressi’s XS Compact/MC9 is designed for all divers, but is especially well-suited to the traveling diver. The hyper-balanced diaphragm MC9 first stage has a small, chromium-plated brass body that’s protected by a special elastomer skin. The XS Compact second stage is ultra-light and comes with a large, easy-to-use purge cover and a dive/pre-dive lever. The reg offers a choice of purge cover colors and is available in yoke or DIN versions.
Nauticam’s NA-D800 housing for Nikon’s D800 camera is made of hard-anodized aluminum alloy with stainless hardware, scratch-resistant acrylic windows and over-molded non-slip handles. Offering complete access to all key camera controls, it comes with a locking port release lever, a locking latch system and a front lens release button for easy lens changes. The housing is fiber-optic ready, and includes four mounts for strobes or accessories.
BARE’s ELASTEK 3 mil wetsuit boasts the newest advancements in wetsuit design and incorporates BARE’s latest innovations in dry technology, including SEAMTEK, a taping method that provides a waterproof barrier; a next generation back zipper; and a “skin-to-skin” double internal sealing zipper flap with spine pad. The suit is available in blue and black in 16 men’s and 13 women’s sizes.
Seasoft’s frameless Visionmaster Super Mask features lenses made of H-G-G glass with Crystal ARC anti-reflective coatings that virtually eliminate glare. HGG glass and Crystal ARC coatings are found on the optics of leading riflescopes and camera lenses and allow up to 20% more light to reach your eyes. The flaring, full liquid-crystal silicone skirt also delivers a comfortable, watertight fit against the skin. Seasoft’s Seagard semi-dry snorkel has an internal baffle system that’s designed to prevent water from entering the elliptically shaped barrel.
Nauticam’s anodized aluminum housing for the Sony NEX-7 camera supports all camera controls, each one ergonomically placed for comfortable shooting. The housing takes advantage of the unique NEX-7 three-dial interface to give the user direct access to ALL THREE manual exposure settings. A patent pending switch allows the user to toggle between the large LCD and the high resolution EVF, and for the first time ever, external enhanced viewfinders can be used with an EVF underwater.
The T-120 Mini torch may be small in size, but it delivers quite a punch when it comes to illumination. Measuring only five-and-a-half inches in length, the T-120’s lens is made of tempered glass, the body is machined from a solid block of marine-grade aluminum and then anodized, and the battery compartment is double-O-ring-sealed. To activate the T-120, simply twist the end cap and 750 lumens of white-hot light burst from the 10-watt LED bulb. The torch is powered by a custom-made lithium ion battery that delivers about 70 minutes of burn time between charges.
One of the highlight from my recent trip to Lembeh, Indonesia, was recently discovered Green Hairy Shrimp (not sure it's a variation Phycocaris sp. or completely new species). These are no bigger then a grain of rice and some of them are more smaller!