Category Archives: Equipment reviews

Intova Sport HD camera


Intova have very kindly sent over their Sport HD camera & IFL Wide angle video light for us to evaluate.

This camera is built into a waterproof case which is rated to 60M or 200ft and has a viewing angle of 140 degrees. It includes a 1.5″ colour LCD for you to view your shots live or played back. It is also capable of manual white balance. Recording in 1080P you get 2.5 hours of recording time with the built in 1400mAh battery.

Additional optional extras include a red colour correction filter for underwater and a macro close up lens.

The IFL WA zoom video light is a 220 Lumen LED light rated to 122M or 400ft with an adjustable beam from 9 – 45 degrees or without the head, a wide 140 degree coverage for up to 8 hours using two CR123 batteries

For more information go to http://www.intova.net

Cressi Frog Plus Scuba Fins

Cressi’s latest addition to its range of fins is the Frog Plus open heel scuba diving fin.


The Frog Plus features many of the features of a traditional paddle fin along with introducing a revolutionary new blade material.

The Frog Plus utilizes Cressi’s patented three material injection molding process. The three materials consist of a nice comfortable rubber on the foot pocket that extends up the side rails of the blade. The second material is the revolutionary new dual density techno polymer which forms the blade, and in conjunction with the third silicone based material creates a channeling effect.

The channeling effect is the characteristic of the fin that enables a high level of energy to be transferred in both up and down strokes of the kick pattern.

The Frog Plus also incorporates Cressi’s patented positioning of the foot pocket below the blade. This design increases the working surface area of the blade by 20%.

The combination of the channeling effect and the foot pocket mounted beneath the blade creates a very powerful and efficient fin with minimal leg strain.

Our thanks to Adam & James at Submerge who are the UK & Ireland agents for Cressi, for sending us the pair to review.

For more information on this and other products from Cressi please visit http://www.cressi.it

 

Apeks Chronograph Dive Watch

This time we look at the Apeks chronograph dive watch.

It has a tough stainless steel case, a polyurethane strap and utilises a one way rotating bezel.

A combination of style and functionality the ‘Chrono’ measures seconds, minutes and hours and has date display.

Accurate Seiko movement. Tested to 100 metres.

Our thanks to Peter Greenwell, Apeks Marine Equipment sales manager for sending us the watch to review.

For more information on this and other products from Apeks please visit http://www.apeks.co.uk

Aqua Lung Kronos Side Venting Scuba Regulator

Aqua Lung’s King of Titans: Kronos is First Regulator with Lateral Deflector and Combined Adjuster Regulator deflects bubbles to the side; improves visibility and versatility.

These regulators have been designed with photography or video in mind – the side venting of the exhaust gasses makes for improved visibility of a cameras viewfinder as there are no annoying bubbles to get in the way of viewing.

Our thanks to Peter Greenwell, Aqua Lung UK sales manager for sending us the set to review.

For more information on this and other products from Aqua Lung please visit http://www.aqualung.com

Apex Quadra dive mask

As you may have seen from previous blog postings, we have been out in the Seychelles as members of the press, courtesty of the Seychelles Tourist Board to cover their Carnaval.

Whilst there, we had a little chance to go diving and Apeks Marine Equipment were kind enough to send us one of their masks to try.

Apeks is a UK company who have been manufacturing marine equipment for over thirty-five years.

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The Apeks Quadra Dive Mask

The mask they sent us was the Quadra, a low profile mask with a patented four window design for a panoramic view.  This was an especially good choice as I film underwater and need a good all round view.

Unlike a lot of other masks, the Quadra has two side windows which extend your viewing considerably over traditional masks.

Having only a few dives available, I was concerned that a new mask may not fit well and that I would be spending the entire time clearing or adjusting it for fit, but I need not have worried as this mask was a brilliant fit! – I have tried quiete a few masks over my diving lifetime and have to say that this is one of the very few that felt really comfortable and did not leak at all!  It has a generous soft silicone skirt that really moulded to the contours of my face well the first time I put it on.  It never fogged and felt right throughout my dives.  When I had to equalise, pinching the nose area was easy and no problems were encountered.  The other thing for me and masks is that I usually like to wear a slap strap because I hate the way normal straps pull at your hair as well as just being too tight on the back of my head but this mask suprised me yet again having a very comfortable strap that was easy to remove off my head without catching hairs.

The lenses are made of tempered glass for safety and the overall construction is of good quality – it even comes in a pretty solid low profile box for transportation!

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Apeks Quadra Mask Box

In conclusion, I was very impressed with how comfortable the mask was and that I could forget about it and concentrate on my diving and filming.  Although low profile, it was never a problem as the depth and pressure increased on my dives as it never once pressed hard against any part of me. Very comfortable. The mask is available in titanium, black or transparent.  For more information on the mask go to the Quadra mask page on the Apeks website.

Thanks to Peter Greenwell at Apeks for sending us the mask to review.