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3D Creative Summit, London 2014

12-13 March 2014 - World's Sharpest Whales land near Waterloo Bridge...[more]

Colour Science Package

February 2014 - Achtel Pty Limited releases Colour Science Package for RED Epic cameras - a set of custom optical filters improving underwater visibility and dynamic range in blue channel, Significantly improves micro-contrast and MTF underwater, reduces red channel noise, significantly reduces grey-magenta colour cross-talk of the RED Epic sensor. The Colour Science Package is available for rental with our custom modified RED Epic cameras.

Valentine's Day Special

14 February 2014 - DeepX Valentine’s Day 15% off Sale

The pressure that comes every February 14th should not overwhelm you from showing your loved one just how much you care about 4k underwater images...[more]

Filming in Palau

January 2014 - This month we went to Palau shooting for our Sea of Love 3D IMAX film. Highlights from the footage can be found on Flickr...[here]

Coral Sea 2013

November - December 2013 - Filming in Coral Sea and Torres Strait for Sea of Love 3D IMAX film has been successful and resulted in large amount of 3D 5k footage. One of the highlights of the expedition was filming extremely rare and spectacular Porites coral spawning...[more]

ACS Cinematography Award

23 November 2013 - Pawel Achtel wins Silver ACS Cinematography Award for Sea of Love 3D IMAX film teaser...[more]

ODEX 2013

7 - 8 September 2013 - Pawel Achtel will be presenting at this year's International Underwater Imaging Symposium at ODEX in Sydney. The sessions are:

1. Underwater Optics - on 7 September 4:00 pm
2. The most innovative underwater housing - on 8 September 10:45 am

Humpback Whales filmed in 3D and true 5k

16 August 2013 - World's Sharpest Whales...[more]


Catalyst: ABC TV

4 July 2013 - Mark Horstman meets cinematographer Pawel Achtel, who has combined lens technology with an innovative titanium housing to bring ultra high definition underwater images to the big screen...[more]


Ron Johanson National President ACS

18 April 2013 - Ron Johanson ACS, National President of Australian Cinematographers Society Letter to Pawel Achtel ...[more]

Premier of Tasmania, Lara Giddings

11 April 2013 - Premier of Tasmania, Lara Giddings congratulates ...[more]

15 April 2013 - Labor Senator for Tasmania, Lisa Singh congratulates ...[more]

StudioDaily Prime Awards Winner

10 April 2013 - The most innovative product at NAB 2013 was not Canon EOS C300 (finalist) or Canon EOS C500 (also finalist), it was not Blackmagic Cinema Camera (finalist), it was also not Sony NEX-FS700 (another finalist) ...it was: DeepXTM and 3Deep®! ...[more]

StudioDaily Announces Prime Awards Finalists

22 March 2013 - DeepX and 3Deep nominated as finalists, best innovations in film production, NAB, Las Vegas ...[more]

Deep Coral Reefs in 3D

15-16 March 2013 - Pawel Achtel films deep coral reefs in 3D...[more]

AIDC 2013

January 2013: Pawel Achtel's Grace under Pressure blue-chip natural history feature film selected at AIDC 2013.

Australian Cinematographers Society

November 2012: Pawel Achtel conducts workshop for ACS members

3Deep - 3D underwater housing for RED Epic

13 August 2012: Achtel Pty Limited releases 3Deep - 3D Underwater Housing for RED Epic...[more]

Australian Cinematographer Magazine

June 2012: DeepX underwater housing featured in June issue of Australian Cinematographer magazine...

Bob Cranston

21 June 2012: World-renowned American cinematographer, Bob Cranston,gives Aussie invention the thumbs up

3Deep - S3D stereoscopic underwater housing

June 2012: Achtel Pty Limited shows the first 3D underwater housing able to record undistorted and sharp images in 3D. What is unique about our "3Deep" (3D) and "DeepX" (2D) housings is that, we believe for the first time, we can now avoid any of the usual degradation of images from shooting through flat or dome ports. In our tests, these systems typically degrade the image to less than standard definition in the corners. The Nikonos lenses we're using were, of course, specifically designed for underwater use and they actually out-resolve the 5k RED Epic sensor across the entire frame: even the edges of our images are now pin-sharp.

Band Pro

3 June 2012: Band Pro - Film and Digital Inc. Burbank and Munich re-sell DeepX and 3Deep underwater housings for RED Epic cameras in US and Europe.

DeepX Underwater Housing for RED Epic Digital Cinema Camera

15 - 20 March 2012: Jon Shaw tests DeepX in the field for the first time [more...]

DeepX Underwater Housing for RED Epic Digital Cinema Camera

12 March 2012: Pawel Achtel announces DeepX underwater housing for RED Epic and Scarlet digital cinema cameras compatible with Nikon Nikonos lenses [more...]

5k RED Epic Digital Cinema Camera

6 March 2012: Pawel Achtel acquires second RED Epic-X digital cinema camera

17 October 2011: Pawel Achtel acquires 5k RED Epic-X digital cinema camera

Leica Apo-Telyt R cinievised by Van Diemen (PL mount)

7 July 2009: Pawel Achtel acquires Leica Apo-Telyt R 280mm, 400mm and 560mm modular prime lenses (Van Diemen PL mount conversion)

Master Primes

12 June 2008: Pawel Achtel Acquires Arri Zeiss Master Prime Lenses [more...]

Red One 4K Digital Cinema Camera

2 June 2008: Pawel Achtel Acquires Red One 4K Digital Cinema Camera and accessories

Leafy Seadragon

January 2008: Pawel Achtel films in remote Southern Australia. [more...]

Potato Cod  (Epinephelus tukula)

December 2007: Pawel Achtel goes to far northern Great Barrier Reef. A rare sequence of Potato Cod (Epinephelus tukula) courting and spawning has been filmed using newly developed CinePortTM underwater optics. Also footage of numerous sharks species has been acquired.[more...]

Coral Spawning

November/December 2007: Pawel Achtel films coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef.

Underwater High Definition Cinematography

7 October 2007 Pawel Achtel announces availability of unique underwater CinePortTM optics for motion picture.[more...]

Underwater High Definition Cinematography 27 May 2007: Pawel Achtel releases three new HD Demo clips. The collection includes recently filmed high definition footage of tropical coral reefs, green turtles nesting, Grey Nurse Sharks, seadragons, Australian sea lions and Australian giant cuttlefish mating.[more...]
High Definition Footage of Grey Nurse Sharks April-May 2007: Pawel Achtel films Grey Nurse Sharks (Carcharias taurus) and big schools of black-tipped bullseyes (Pempheris vanicolensis) in northern NSW [more...]
Time Lapse High Definition Cinematography 23 April 2007: Pawel Achtel releases new HD Demo of time lapse cinematography. [more...]
HD Footage of weedy and leafy seadragons March-April 2007: Pawel Achtel films weedy and leafy seadragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus and Phycodurus eques) in South Australia [more...]
HD Footage of Green Turtles Nesting January 2007: Pawel Achtel films green turtles (Chelonia mydas) nesting on the Great Barrier Reef. [more...]
Coral Spawning Footage 9 December 2006: Pawel Achtel films coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef. Some spectacular scenes have been filmed beneath the rough surface of heavy seas, 35 knot winds, torrential rain during black, stormy night. Braving the weather in a small boat about 70 nautical miles off Townsville (Queensland) Pawel filmed an abundant and intense mass spawning of acropora (hard branching coral) and some species of brain coral.
Green Turtles mating 21 November 2006: Pawel Achtel films mating behaviour of Green turtles (Chelonia mydas).
Great Barrier Reef November 2006: Pawel Achtel films some of the last remaining pristine and healthy reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. The destruction of most reefs on the Great Barrier Reef is substantial and healthy reefs are increasingly hard to find. Pawel filmed some of the richest reefs teeming with abundant marine life in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef. Also, huge schools of fish and predation behavour were filmed.

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