First underwater flash [Electronic]
Last updated: May 17, 2018 at 14:55 pm
1950 — Dimitri Rebikoff (France). He also invented the portable electronic flash in 1947. In Rebikoff’s own words (1967), “our earliest single assembly system was immediately successful in producing the first and only really sharp and color-correct underwater photos of marine life, geology and archaeology. It was fully effective only because it was designed as a complete integrated system with each component subsystem, camera, corrected lens, strobe light, controls and housings simultaneously designed for each other to fully accomplish the required job. This basic underwater systems engineering concept is the essential design philosophy of the modern Pegasus Photographic Systems applications described hereafter.”
Dimitri Rebikoff, The Rebikoff Pegasus Underwater Photographic System Evolution, Design Criteria and Typical Applications in 1967, Proc. SPIE 0012, Underwater Photo-Optical Instrumentation Applications II, (1 August 1968).
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