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Aquatica A5Dsr Housing Announced

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Aquatica Housings for New Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr & 5D Mk III Begin Shipping in July

 

Aquatica A5Dsr Housing Announced


Aquatica Housings for New Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr & 5D Mk III Begin Shipping in July

By UWPG News, May 26, 2015

 

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Canon recently announced two new 5D bodies with some mega megapixels, aimed at besting the beastly Nikon D810. Announced as 'bringing medium format to digital cameras,' Canon's 5Ds and 5DS R pack 50.6 megapixel sensors and dual DIGIC 6 processors.

If you're not familiar with these new cameras, you can check out the specs and our thoughts on the cameras for underwater photography in our Canon 5DS and 5DS R DSLR Review.

The Aquatica A5Dsr has been designed by Aquatica as an upgrade to the current A5D MkIII housing, making it lighter and more compact, refreshing the ergonomics, building in TTL control (for Ikelite strobes) and Aquatica's Surveyor monitoring sensor for moisture detection (and adding optional vacuum monitoring). 

 

Aquatica A5Dsr Housing Highlights

  • Housing fits the Canon 5DS, Canon 5DS R and the original Canon 5D Mark III
  • Refreshed & Improved Ergonomics
  • New internal TTL circuitry for Ikelite strobes, with fingertip exposure control
  • Surveyor moisture monitoring system & optional vacuum detect
  • 90m / 300ft depth rating with optional upgrade to 130m / 425ft
  • MSRP:  $3,399 USD (dual Nikonos bulkhead ports included)

 


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PRESS RELEASE

 

 

May 25, 2015

 

Press release: Aquatica housing for the Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr & 5D Mk III is being introduced!

The Aquatica Team is proud to introduce to you the new Aquatica A5Dsr housing for the upcoming Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr and the existing 5D Mk III. Scheduled for shipping around July 1st.

THE DESIGN

Our Design team has refreshed the housing design for the 5D line of cameras with new improved operational ergonomics. This precision housing follows in the steps of a very time proven lineage of underwater camera housings for the constantly evolving 5D camera line up. Aquatica has been on top of the 5D program since they introduced the original one a decade ago, much like the 5D camera did, our housing has evolved into a fine imaging tool that mirrors the constant evolution of technology and the input of highly respected professional’s image makers from around the world.

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IKELITE TTL OPTION & EXPOSURE CONTROL

 

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Now offering original internal TTL circuitry from Ikelite as an option, this 5Dsr housing edition brings creativity to a new level, strobe exposure control is right there, were it is supposed to be, you can now tweak your lighting exposure or even go fully manual right at your fingertips. Controlling the amount of light entering your camera is paramount to the success of any image maker, and the A5Dsr housing controls for aperture, shutter, ISO and strobes exposures are all a “hands on the grips” approach. Every one of these is positioned to be intuitive, eliminating confusion and making the housing a natural extension of the photographer.

 

THE CONSTRUCTION

The Canon 5Ds and 5Dsr cameras brings stunning and previously unheard of levels of resolution to the realms of DSLR’s cameras, our job at Aquatica is to provide you with the right tools for capturing your vision of the underwater world.

All Aquatica housings are constructed from the finest material available in the industry. They are carefully crafted from a selected alloy of aircraft grade aluminum and a premium grade of stainless steel, the housing shell is machined using the latest 5 axis computer assisted machines. After undergoing a series of quality control operations, the main body and its controls knobs will get protection by anodizing them to North American military specifications, furthermore, a coating of “tough as nail” powder coating is baked on at a high temperature. Corrosion inhibiting zinc anodes are standard equipment on all of our housings. These extra levels of protection are apparent, as can be seen on some Aquatica housings that, even with over 1,500 dives on them, still look as fresh as the day they came out of the box. 

The A5Dsr housing was designed to be as small and lightweight as it could be, nevertheless its lightness in weight should not be taken for a weakness. This housing still has the same standard 90m/300ft depth rating and can still be upgraded to 130m/425ft.

Aquatica housings are made for the hard working photographer in mind, one who truly understands reliability in the field. Being built in Canada means that every Aquatica housing is born and bred in one of the world most rugged diving environment. Bottom line, if it works in our local conditions, it will work everywhere else!

 

SURVEYOR MONITORING SYSTEM

The Aquatica A5Dsr housing comes standard with a Surveyor monitoring sensor. This sensor acts as a moisture alarm and can with the addition of a vacuum extracting valve an pump, be used for constantly monitoring the sealing integrity of the housing, adding another level of safety and peace of mind.

 

THE ERGONOMICS

Given the immense impact its predecessors had on the underwater imaging, it was deemed absolutely important that this new housing be optimized so that all its controls would be easy to reach and operate smoothly. AF-ON & star button access is provided with a rotating collar that prevents ambient pressure from pushing it back toward the housing. Menus buttons are angled to provide an easier reach for your left hand. The 4xxxx gear system with a smaller housing pinion gear and larger lens gear results in smoother action while zooming in a video sequence. Knurled knobs and oversized controls translate into positive and easy operation no matter what the situation is.

A control extender arm for the ISO button is now a standard feature on the Aquatica A5Dsr Pro Housing. ISO is an important, and in our opinion a vital feature, especially when shooting video, in normal circumstances this can be done by pushing on the ISO button located on the right hand top of the housing. This lever gives a quick and comfortable access to the ISO control of the camera.

Battery and card replacement are a simple affair with a camera tray that precisely positions the camera in the housing and easily disengage by a simple push on a tab. The zoom actuating pinion gear and the lens release lever pull out to allow the user to remove the camera from the back while still keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.

Handling the housing is via our acclaimed molded grips, these have been the industry reference in comfort for the last 25 years. These lightweight yet sturdy grip handles are made of one piece and cannot come unglued, fall apart or corrode. Grips are provided with standard sized mounting holes ready to accept the most current strobes and their supporting arms. On top of the housing is an extra mounting point for attaching a focus/video light or other accessories, three additional standard sized mounting points are provided under for various brackets, support or tripods.

On the right is a view of the business end on the Aquatica A5Dsr, clearly showing the serious nature of this housing. The record button is located close to your thumb and not only is it oversized but with a bright red coating, it is visually easy to pin point. The Live View toggle is within easy reach and the SET button is also oversized. The multi controller pad is accessible. All push buttons are of high quality Type 304 stainless steel, the same used in the aerospace industry; these will not break or rust. Their smooth operation and position gives the photographer a very intuitive and normal feel to the housing.

 

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CONNECTIVITY

The Aquatica A5Dsr housing offers a choice of connectors to take advantages of the current technology advancement made in underwater strobes.  They are user serviceable and replacing them is done quickly without requiring the need for any special tool. Again, these improvements were implemented with the travelling photographer in mind, reliability and user’s friendly field maintenance being the key word here.

Additional bulkheads access holes (16mm & ½” sized) are available for adapting accessories such an external monitor, triggering device, Surveyor vacuum monitoring system and/or sound recording accessories.

VIEWFINDERs

The Aquatica A5Dsr is supplied with our Galileo type eye piece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the view finder. For those seeking the ultimate in viewing for still image, the optional Aqua View Finder, available in straight and 45 degrees version, are among the best of the industry, they can easily be installed in a matter of a few minutes by the user. The enlarged and enhanced image provided by the Aqua View Finder is second to none in clarity, it provides the photographer with tack sharp corner to corner viewing of the camera view finder for composing and critical focusing

OPTICS

These new Canon 5D models, with their 50 megapixels, will be brutally demanding on optics, both the ones mounted on the camera and the ones attached to the housings. The Aquatica housing are supported by one of the most established and comprehensive port and accessories system of the industry. Our ports are manufactured with the finest optical material available, with four different sizes dome ports and three flat macro port, that selection is intended to let you optimize your system according to the situation at hand.

Dome ports are as follows: starting by our state-of-the-art 9.25”/230mm Megadome made of BK-7 coated mineral glass, to our classic workhorses, the 8” and 6” dome ports with removable shade, and going down all the way to the diminutive 4”/100mm Minidome, also made of coated BK7 glass. A selection of port extension rings, some including our unique manual focus capability, these extension are available for both the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM Type II and the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, Two serious candidates for the video shooter and for which manual focus access is vital, prime lens focusing can be done using the controls knob on the upper left side of the housing.

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The Aquatica 5Dsr is destined, much like its predecessor, the A5D Mk III, for a life of multi-tasking role. This previous A5D version is still a reference to date, and is used by many of the major television underwater documentary production; it has been embraced by scores of top image makers in the world whose work can be seen weekly on network television, advertising work and movie productions.

This philosophy that made the Canon 5D Mk III and its Aquatica housing so popular has not been lost on this newer version! Every effort was made to give you an underwater imaging system that can be tailored to your needs.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

The Aquatica A5Dsr is a very compact and lightweight housing tipping the scale at just: 

Dimension: (with grip attached) W 35cm x H 19.5cm x D14.5cm / W 13.78” x H 7.65” x D 5.72”

Dimension (without grip) 23cm x H 19.5cm x D14.5cm / W 9.06” x H 7.65” x D 5.72”

Priced starting at just $ 3,399 USD retail, with dual Nikonos included) it is one of the most economical and best designed of its category. 

 

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SeaLife Advances Sea Dragon Line with 4 New Lights

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New dive and video lights include two 650 lumen models, a 2100 dual beam light and a powerful 2500 lumen light with 120 degree beam.

 

SeaLife Advances Sea Dragon Line with 4 New Lights


New dive and video lights include two 650 lumen models, a 2100 dual beam light and a powerful 2500 lumen light with 120 degree beam.

 

By UWPG News, April 17, 2015

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SeaLife expands the Sea Dragon line today with the announcement of four new lights ranging from 650 lumens to 2500 lumens. These lights really boost the lumen power of Sea Dragon and expand on the versatility of the setup, from mounting on the Flex-Connect system to a variety of other light mounts. Wider beam angles will be much appreciated by those shooting underwater video.

 

New Sea Dragon Lights

Sea Dragon 2500

  • 2,500 lumens from flat panel LED
  • 120 degree beam angle
  • Burn time one hour at full power with constant brightness

 

Sea Dragon 2100 Dual Beam

  • 2 Beams
    • 2,100 lumen, 100 degree flood beam (great for video)
    • 800 lumen, 15 degree spot beam (great for diving/night)
  • 3 power settings for flood beam
  • Burn time one hour full power flood mode and 3 hours 800 lumen spot mode

 

Sea Dragon Mini 650

  • Available in two models
    • 120 degree beam (great for video)
    • 15 degree spot beam (great for diving/night)
  • Great handheld lights that can also be mounted to an Aquapod, GoPro and many other setups.

 


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Moorestown, NJ – SeaLife has announced their most powerful and advanced underwater lights to date. Featuring compact light heads, high power with long burn time, and unmatched versatility, the four latest Sea Dragon lights also offer superior brightness, wide beam angles, and cutting edge LED technology. The revolutionary new lighting caters to underwater adventurers of all kinds. Underwater photographers and videographers using a wide camera lens (like those on the SeaLife Micro HD or GoPro) will be able to illuminate an entire frame. Divers exploring wrecks and reefs can reveal their surroundings in stunning full color and vibrant detail, day or night.

Nearby divers will take notice when 2500 lumens are unleashed from the flat panel LED of the new Sea Dragon 2500. This light not only shines across an ultra-wide 120-degree beam, but uses flat panel COB LED array technology to mimic natural sunlight. With a Color Rendering Index of 90 (sunlight is 100), the light brings out true color in underwater photos and video that would be impossible to capture with a standard LED light. The Sea Dragon 2500 effectively solves the issue of blue underwater photos and video by giving divers the ability to add light at any depth with portable sunlight. While the lumen output is a true 2500, the burn time at full power is one hour at constant brightness throughout the battery life, making it efficient as well as incredibly bright. With an MSRP of $499.95 the user also receives a Flex-Connect Tray, Grip and fitted case that holds a camera.

Divers looking for a true all-in-one lighting solution can now rejoice. The most adaptable light available from SeaLife, the new Sea Dragon 2100 Dual Beam, includes a 2100 lumen, 100-degree flood beam and a concentrated 800 lumen, 15-degree spot beam – all in the same compact light head. The variable power flood beam will greatly brighten underwater surroundings, photos and videos, while the powerful spot beam is ideal for illuminating greater distances and pointing out distant sea creatures. The included 25Wh lithium ion battery delivers a one hour burn time in full power flood mode, and three hours in the 800 lumen spot mode. The one-button operation of the Sea Dragon 2100 Dual Beam allows for quick and easy cycling of desired output and beam angle with three flood beam strength settings and a full power, 800 lumen spot. Both the Sea Dragon 2500 and 2100 lights include emergency signal modes (1 flash per second and SOS).

A pair of 650 lumen, ergonomic handheld underwater lights round out the release. The Sea Dragon Mini 650 is available in two models. The wide 120-degree flood model is ideal for photos and videos, as well as wide area illumination, and the long reaching 15-degree spot model is perfect for pointing out objects to other divers, penetrating into crevices, or cutting through murky water. While both lights make excellent, high quality handheld dive lights that stand up to the field’s best competitors, the real value in these lights is their incredible versatility. Each light is packed with a lanyard, Y-S Mount, Cold Shoe Mount, GoPro Mount and SeaLife AquaPod Pole Mount. These easy-to-connect mounts allow divers to add light to any underwater adventure in any situation. Mount the sleek light to the end of an AquaPod to illuminate close up video of hidden creatures in dark caverns. Attach it directly to a GoPro camera to create the most compact lighting solution for GoPro available. The Sea Dragon Mini 650 features one-button operation and illuminated three-color battery status indicator. An incredible 100-minute, full power burn time is achieved with an optional 18650 2600mAh 3.7v battery, and the included pair of single-use CR123 batteries yield 60 minutes of burn time at full power. Once a diver places this perfectly weighted and beautifully constructed light in his or her hand, it will become a permanent fixture in their dive kit.

As with all Sea Dragon lights, the actual lumen rating meets or exceeds SeaLife’s claims. Unlike many underwater lighting brands whose lumen readings have been verified to fall short of their claim by a baffling 40% or more, SeaLife makes sure each Sea Dragon Light delivers on its promise. The same attention is given to performance throughout the battery runtime. Sea Dragon Lights provide constant brightness up to depletion of battery. In fact, a fully charged lithium ion battery for the Sea Dragon 2500 and 2100 lights provides over a full hour of uninterrupted usage at 100% power.

The ruggedness and thoughtful design that Sea Dragon Lighting users have come to expect can be seen in the new lighting as well. The Sea Dragon 2500 and 2100 keep the battery compartment completely sealed off from the electronics – meaning an accidental flooding will only damage a battery and not the light itself. The Sea Dragon Mini 650 lights feature a double O-ring seal and single button control, virtually eliminating the possibility of water damage.

SeaLife’s full line of Sea Dragon Lights are available now at SeaLife dealers at the following suggested retail prices:

 

SL670      Sea Dragon 2100 Dual Beam (with grip/tray)                     MSRP $499.95

SL6702    Sea Dragon 2100 Dual Beam (light head only)                   MSRP $429.95

 

SL671      Sea Dragon 2500 (with grip/tray)                                           MSRP $499.95

SL6712    Sea Dragon 2500 (light head only)                                         MSRP $429.95

SL989      Sea Dragon Duo 5000 Set (incl. 2x 2500 lights)                  MSRP $899.95

 

SL650      Sea Dragon Mini 650 Flood                                                       MSRP $159.95

SL651      Sea Dragon Mini 650 Spot                                                         MSRP $159.95

 

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Rare Deep Water Encounter with Sperm Whale

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Nautilus Live expedition submersible ROV has Unique Sperm Whale Encounter

 

Rare Deep Water Encounter with Sperm Whale


Nautilus Live expedition submersible ROV has Unique Sperm Whale Encounter

By UWPG News, April 16, 2015

 

 

 
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Many photographers and videographers have been capturing sperm whale images in recent years, but all of those are near the surface. Nautilus Live recently stirred it up with a rare and very surprising sperm whale encounter caught on video 598 meters below the surface (1,962ft).

The encounter took place in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, where ROV Hercules was circled several times by the sperm whale. Encounters like this are extremely rare, and good video even more rare.

 

 

Rare Sperm Whale Encounter Video:

 

Be sure to check out the Nautilus Live website, where they are exploring the ocean, studying biology, geology, archeology, and streaming LIVE video from deep below the ocean surface.

 

 

 

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Tribute to the Life of Dr. Eugenie Clark

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A Scientist and Mentor, Dr. Eugenie Clark Inspires us with her Life and Love of the Ocean

 

Tribute to the Life of Dr. Eugenie Clark


A Scientist and Mentor, Dr. Eugenie Clark Inspires us with her Life and Love of the Ocean

By UWPG News, February 26, 2015

 

Photo: David Doubilet

 
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Dr. Eugenie Clark, known to many as The Shark Lady, passed away yesterday at her home in Sarasota, Florida. She was 92 years old.

A pioneering scuba diver, marine biologist, environmental advocate and mentor, she will be missed by many, and leaves a lifetime of work to inspire all of those who love the sea.

Red Sea diving pioneer Howard Rosenstein remembers Eugenie in the following tribute.

 

 

Dr. Eugenie Clark – The Shark Lady 1922-2015

Dr. Eugenie Clark, Sharon and my dear friend and mentor passed away today, at the age of 92 at her home in Sarasota, FL.

Genie as we all lovingly called her was one of the most remarkable and impressive people in our lives and in the lives of so many of my colleagues who live, work and love the Sea.

We first met, totally by chance in 1973 when I was speaking at a Boston Sea Rovers conference presenting the first dive travel operation in the Red Sea and she was awarded yet another honor for her life’s work studying, exploring, teaching and protecting the fishes of the sea.   

This chance meeting led to her coming to dive with me in the Red Sea with her wonderful (and very young) UW photographic team of David and Anne Doubilet. The year was 1974 and we at Red Sea Diver’s Sharem el Sheikh, then a mere desolate outpost at the tip of the Sinai, were overwhelmed with excitement of having the famous “Shark Lady” and her team from National Geographic coming to dive with us. We dived intensely for over a month and the fruits of that amazing experience was chronicled as yet another Cover Story by Genie in the Sept. 1975 edition of Geographic.

The great success of that story led to many more articles and years of cooperation between us. NatGeo articles as varied as “Flashlight Fish” The “Underwater Desert” “Sharks”, “Bioluminescence” and more.

Documentary movies and, TV reports and many other magazine articles and books followed.

What an amazing gift, what a capacity Genie had in sharing her passion and knowledge about marine life with all that surrounded her. 

Aside from her life’s scientific work, which was the main focus in her life, Genie also had an army of admirers and “student/tourists” who would follow her to the end of the Oceans to dive with her and assist her in her “field” work. Our diving base in Sharem el Sheikh and later aboard the “Fantasea” live aboards I operated, was the home of many of these unforgettable and productive expeditions.

With the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1982, Genie showed amazing leadership and determination to make sure the Red Sea reefs and fishes would continue to be protected under the returning Egyptian administration. She organized a meeting with President Anwar Sadat and almost single handedly convinced him to have the Sinai reefs remain and nature reserve and remain open to diving tourism and then personally led the first group of Egyptian scientists to visit the Sinai area after the signing of the Camp David accords. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p25T3Kbuu8)

Genie continue to lead diving trips and research projects until 2014 (her last paper on Ocean Trigger fish was published this month!). Genie was diving and working with her loyal followers and friends in places as far away as Indonesia and Eilat, in the Red Sea where she dived and celebrated her 92nd birthday!!

Genie’s greatest pride and scientific achievement was the founding and of the Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, FL where she was the first Director and affiliated with for over 50 years.

She was also Professor of Ichthyology at the Univ. of Maryland for many years, retiring only about 10 years ago as Professor Emeritus. Her most eminent student is the current Emperor of Japan, Akihito.

My wife Sharon and our 4 children loved Genie as much as I. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Genie’s 4 children, Aya, Hera, Tak and Nikki.

Permit me to share a personal gallery of some of the hundreds and hundreds of images taken with Genie and our colleagues who had together with me, the great and distinct honor and privilege to share the Red Sea with Dr. Eugenie Clark. View the gallery

May her memory be blessed and cherished by all who knew her and all people who love the sea and nature. 

 

 

Howard and Genie at the DEMA tradeshow.

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Nikon Camera & Lens Rebates - Only 3 Day Left!

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Instant Rebates Available on Nikon Camera Bodies & Lenses Through February 28

 

Nikon Camera & Lens Rebates - 3 Day Left


Instant Rebates Available on Nikon Camera Bodies & Lenses Through February 28, Including the 105mm Micro and 16-35mm

By UWPG News, February 25, 2015

 

 

 
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There are just a few days left to get nice discounts on Nikon DSLR camera bodies and lenses, so if you've been thinking about that D7100, D750 or D810, now is the time to pull the trigger.  Two great lenses for underwater use are also eligible for the instant rebate - the Nikkor 105mm Micro and the Nikkor 16-35mm rectilinear wide-angle lens.

The sale goes through February 28, 2015 and is available at your local camera shop or retailers like B&H and Adorama.

View all on items with instant rebates on the Nikon USA website.

 

Rebate Hightlights for Underwater Photographers

 

Nikon D810 Camera Body

 

Nikon D7100 Camera Body

 

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

 

AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

 

 

 

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New GoPro Hero4 Features Available to Download

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GoPro has Unlocked New Timelapse, Burst, HiLight Tags and Fast Framerates for the Hero4

 

New GoPro Hero4 Features Available to Download


GoPro has Unlocked New Timelapse, Burst, HiLight Tags and Fast Framerates for the Hero4

By UWPG News, February 4, 2015

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GoPro has officially announced a software update for the GoPro Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver. The update is packed with features that will bring new capabilities to the camera for a variety of different shooting situations, some of which will be very useful for underwater video.

There are three ways to update your camera. First is the traditional manual software installation. The other two options require you to use either GoPro's phone app or Studio editing software on your laptop/desktop, which will surely encourage many who aren't using these free products to begin using them.

GoPro's official press release is below.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Today, GoPro unlocked a host of new features for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver that will amp the performance, capabilities and convenience of the cameras even higher. Run a quick update on your HERO4 software to enable even more dynamic content capture! The new features include: 

HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver

  • Time lapse video mode  - Capture Time Lapse videos automatically-no post-production needed. Showcase a sunrise, road trip or family gathering as a short, sharable video.
  • 30/6 burst photo - Introducing a new way to never miss a moment. Capture 30 photos in 6 seconds-perfect for longer duration fast-action activities like surfing and snowboarding.
  • Auto rotate - Automatically adjusts capture orientation to right-side up when the camera is mounted upside down.
  • Add HiLight Tags during playback - Now you can mark key moments both while recording video and playing back content on the built-in touch display to quickly find highlights for easy editing and sharing.  [HERO4 Black requires LCD Touch BacPac to utilize this feature]

HERO4 Black

  • 720p240 fps video - Record ultra high frame rate video at a staggering 240 frames per second for liquid smooth slow-motion playback
  • 2.7K60 fps video - Capture cinematic, high-resolution 2.7K footage at an impressive 60 frames per second

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Nauticam Releases the Compact Macro Converter 1

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New Nauticam CMC-1 Wet Diopter Specifically Designed for Compact & Mirrorless Cameras

 

Nauticam Releases the Compact Macro Converter 1


New Nauticam Wet Diopter Specifically Designed for Compact and Mirrorless Cameras

By UWPG News, February 3, 2015

 

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Nauticam previewed their Compact Macro Converter 1 (CMC-1) at DEMA this past November, and the new diopter is now available. This macro wet diopter is optimized for use with compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, providing the magnification needed to shoot the smallest critters on your dive trips.

The CMC-1 provides more magnification than the SMC with all compatible compact camera systems for which it was designed.

This lens will be a great addition to the kit of all compact and mirroless shooters and is now available at Bluewater Photo.

 

CMC-1 Availability:  Limited Quantities Available Now

Model #:  81301

MSRP:  $320 USD

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Announcing Compact Macro Converter 1

A Newly Engineered Macro Accessory lens for Compact, Mirrorless, and More!

 

Nauticam is pleased to officially unveil the second installment of a growing family of optical products, CMC-1.  The CMC is an extremely powerful super macro accessory lens optimized for use with both fixed lens compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

 

Smaller, Lighter, Stronger

While the Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC) design inspired the development of the Compact Macro Converter, the new lens is actually more powerful.  The CMC provides more magnification than SMC with all compatible compact camera systems for which it was designed.  

As expected, the CMC  provides more magnification than any compact camera tested can achieve on its own, and does so with improved working distance.  This combination makes CMC ideal for tiny, skittish subjects.  Using the popular RX100 Mk III as an example, CMC-1 results in a magnification of 2.3X the smallest subject the camera is capable of photographing with no accessory lens (34.5mm v 80mm), and it does so with 1.4X the working distance (56mm v 80mm).  Results with the new Canon G7X are even more stunning, providing 3.0X magnification at approximately 2.4X the working distance. To achieve the same image sizes with sealed magnifying lenses +15 Diopter or stronger would be required, but no +15 Diopter lens can match the overall image quality of CMC-1. All while maintaining the smallest size and weight possible; a real plus for photographers in and out of the water.

 

Breakthrough Lens Design

Prior to the development of the Nauticam accessory macro conversion lenses, achieving “super macro” underwater meant using tools that were designed for in air use. These tools simply do not take into account the physics of shooting in water. Thanks to Edward Lai, Managing Director of Nauticam, the CMC takes a radically different approach: hundreds of engineering hours utilizing computer software to model a lens that complements an entire system - camera, lens, port, air, and water – as a whole. This accounts for the critical air-water interfaces in a conversion lens design to achieve the best image quality possible. The improvements are stunning, measurable and a new standard in underwater macro imaging has been established with the Macro Converter family.

 

Uncompromised Optical Quality

The Compact Macro Converter is constructed from lenses precision crafted of specially formulated low dispersion optical grade glass, ground to the most demanding standards. This means greater sharpness and contrast on every shot and extraordinary resolution rivaling a macro lens used in air. Broadband anti-refective coatings effectively reduce common optical issues such as chromatic aberrations, coma, spherical aberration, and field deformation associated with underwater macro photography using traditional magnifying lenses. This means superior light transmission, accurate color and no distortion and vignetting in the most demanding situations.  These exceptional optics are assembled in a rugged hard anodized aluminum housing, and nitrogen purged during assembly to eliminate fogging.

 

“Very impressive sharpness throughout the usable range on both the G7X and RX100 Mk III that I used it with. Impressively strong magnification in a compact unit.”

-Dr Alex Tattersall

 

Stunning Magnification

The CMC is compatible with a variety of camera systems, but the most impressive increase in magnification comes when paired with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Micro Four Thirds Systems.  This combination achieves a 2:1 reproduction ratio.  This translates into an image 8.5mm X 6.3MM, and one of the most powerful macro imaging systems available in the market today.

 

“Clarity of IQ speaks for itself. The perfect high quality complement to the high quality sensors in today’s compact cameras."

-Dr. Alex Tattersall

 

Optimized for Autofocus

By utilizing a specially developed algorithm in the optimization process, the CMC renders superior image quality over the full focusing range of the camera lens.  This, combined with the high brightness and contrast of the image, allows the autofocus system of the camera to work well - often better than less powerful close focus lenses. Just as important are the out-of-focus (Bokeh) portions of the image that exhibit the same creamy smooth quality that photographers appreciate when shooting macro in air - all without color fringing common to traditional magnifying lenses.

 

Avoiding Diffraction

Due to the overall superior optical performance and precision focus of the CMC it is possible to shoot larger apertures with excellent image quality.   This avoids reaching the diffraction limit of high resolution sensors, and allows selective focus effects with narrow depth of field in super macro images.

 

Also Compatible with Nikon AF-S 60mm Macro

While designed with compact cameras in mind, compatibility with larger formats has proven to be possible in some cases.  Nikon AF-S 60mm Macro (not compatible with the earlier SMC-1) provides 1.5 : 1 Reproduction Ratio when with combined CMC-1.  Image quality is excellent, even when used with full frame systems. This combination is extremely versatile, covering fish portraits, 1:1 macro, and now 1.5:1 super macro on the same dive!

 

Mounting, and Using the CMC

The Compact Macro Converter ships with the common 67mm threaded lens mount.  CMC-1 is has a protruding rear lens element, designed to place the  accessory optic as close to the camera lens port as is possible, providing the best overall image quality when used with flip lens adapters.  A flush mount adapter ring is used when attaching CMC-1 directly to an underwater housing, and is included with the lens.

Flip lens holders, available to suit most Nauticam housings and lens ports, provide the fastest and most convenient lens mount possible.  The lens is always threaded in place, and available to be “flipped” down as needed.

Recommended Compact Cameras

 

Native Lens

with CMC

Camera

Min Focus Dist.

Image Width (W)

Min Focus Dist. (T)

Image Width (T)

Magnification

Working Distance Increase

Sony RX100M2

40 mm

75 mm

65 mm

27 mm

2.8 X

1.6 X

Sony RX100M3

40 mm

80 mm

56 mm

35 mm

2.3 X

1.4 X

Canon S120

16 mm

48 mm

52 mm

20 mm

2.5 X

3.3 X

Canon G16

10 mm

30 mm

59 mm

19 mm

1.6 X

5.9 X

Canon G7X

23 mm

68 mm

56 mm

23 mm

3.0 X

2.4 X

Panasonic LX7

16 mm

52 mm

52 mm

27 mm

1.9 X

3.3 X

Panasonic LX100

16 mm

74 mm

74 mm

32 mm

2.3 X

4.6 X

Recommended Interchangeable Lens Systems

 

Native

with CMC

Micro Four Thirds

Format Width

Image Width

Working Distance

Image Width

Reproduction Ratio

Working Distance

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom (43mm Macro Mode)

17 mm

34 mm

73 mm

20 mm

0.9 : 1

14 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom (50mm)

17 mm

83 mm

286 mm

21 mm

0.8 : 1

48 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens

17 mm

62 mm

197 mm

21 mm

0.8 : 1

41 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Ver. II R (42mm)

17 mm

70 mm

211 mm

22 mm

0.8 : 1

41 mm

Olympus

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

17 mm

17 mm

98 mm

9 mm

2.0 : 1

22 mm

Panasonic

Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

17 mm

17 mm

71 mm

11 mm

1.6 : 1

17 mm

Panasonic

Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens

17 mm

17 mm

71 mm

11 mm

1.6 : 1

17 mm

Panasonic

Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (42mm)

17 mm

98 mm

307 mm

24 mm

0.7 : 1

49 mm

 

Sony E Mount

Sony

E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-Mount Zoom Lens

24 mm

75 mm

175 mm

27 mm

0.9 : 1

37 mm

Sony

E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount Power Zoom Lens

24 mm

92 mm

256 mm

26 mm

0.9 : 1

46 mm

Sony

FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens

36 mm

>150 mm

>350 mm

30 mm

1.2 : 1

54 mm

Zeiss

Touit 50mm Macro

24 mm

23 mm

54 mm

16 mm

1.5 : 1

10 mm

 

Nikon F Mount

Nikon

Micro-Nikkor AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED

36 mm

36 mm

47 mm

24 mm

1.5 : 1

10 mm

 

 

Recommended Accessories

Nauticam 

p/n

Item

25101

Flip Lens Holder for M67 Macro Ports

25103

Flip Lens Holder for M77 Macro Ports

25104

Flip Lens Holder for Nauticam Flat Port 72

25105

Flip Lens Holder for Nauticam 4" Wide Angle Port

25107

Flip Lens Holder for NA-LX100 Standard Port

25511

67mm Lens Holder: For mounting a 67mm threaded accessory lens on a Nauticam strobe arm

25513

67mm Double Lens Holder: For mounting two 67mm threaded accessory lenses on a Nauticam strobe arm

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  60m
  • Weight: .26 kg
  • Dimensions: Diameter 70mm x Length 34mm

Model Number: 81301
USA Retail Price: $320
Available Now in Limited Quantities

 

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Canon Releases New Firmware for 5D Mark III

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Canon releases new firmware version 1.3.3 for 5D Mark III DSLR

 

Canon Releases New Firmware for 5D Mark III


Canon releases new firmware version 1.3.3 for 5D Mark III DSLR

By UWPG News, January 29, 2015

 

 

 
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Canon has released new firmware for the Canon 5D Mark III, the first update since October 30, 2013. Updating the firmware is certainly not necessary for your DSLR, but new versions do address certain bugs and other issues, so it can't hurt. If you use 3rd party programs like Magic Lantern then you want to make sure to update your firmware when recommended by that party.

Firmware version 1.3.3 for the 5D Mark III improves the Live View autofocus when using wide-angle lenses, which is of particular interest to underwater videographers who rely on autofocus. Note that wide-angle refers to rectinilear wide-angle lenses like the 17-40mm and 16-35, and does not refer to wide-angle underwater photography with fisheye lenses.

 

 

You can download the new firmware version 1.3.3 on the Canon Website.

 

 

 

Special thanks:  CanonRumors

 

 

 

 

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Sea & Sea MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 Housing

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Optical YS Converter, Better Lever Ergonomics and More in this New Housing

 

Sea & Sea MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 Housing Announced


Optical YS Converter, Better Lever Ergonomics and More in this New Housing

By Brent Durand, January 23, 2015

 

 

 
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Sea and Sea has announced a new underwater housing for the Canon 5D Mark III - available now. While Sea & Sea has had a 5D MkIII housing for years, the popularity of the camera for underwater shooters and convenience/functionality of their relatively new Optical YS Converter are reason enough for designing the new housing.

 

So what is the difference with the older housing?

 

  • The new Sea & Sea 5D Mark III housing is compatible with the optional Optical YS Converter. This means that 5D MkIII shooters with the YS Optical Converter can use fiber optic cables instead of sync cords. This is beneficial for three reasons:
  • Sync cords are effortless to maintain. Plug in and unplug without worrying about o-rings and salt water corrosion that come with sync cords.
  • Less time maintaining and breaking down gear, plus quicker switches from strobes to video lights or ambient light.
  • Traditionally, fiber optic is used with a DSLR's built-in flash, which limits rapid strobe firing since that internal flash needs to recycle (using more camera battery as well). Since the 5D Mark III has no built-in flash, it uses an electronic signal sent to the strobes via sync cords. This does not run into the problems listed above yet is more to maintain with chances of flooding a sync cord port. But when the electronic signal is converted into an optic signal for fiber optic cables, you have the best of both worlds!
  • Improved ergonomics. All the control levers on the housing have been redesigned into more ergonomic shapes. We can't wait to test these for use with bare hands to dry gloves.
  • Bioluminescent stickers on the control buttons. As an avid night diver, I thought this was a great feature that disappeared on a couple housings, but is back for the Sea & Sea 5D Mark III version 2 housing.

 

Improved ergonomics on the MDX-5DMKIII

 

New bioluminescent stickers on the MDX-5DMKIII buttons

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

SEA&SEA Announces MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 Housing

SEA&SEA continues to be one of the top manufacturers of underwater photography equipment since 1972. The new MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater camera housing for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera will bring the exclusive SEA&SEA advancements to the market. Built upon numerous years of profound engineering experience, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is designed to utilize all features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera with precision and ease, making it the housing of choice for any enthusiastic underwater photographer using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. 

 

MDX-5D Mark III Ver.2 Underwater Camera Housing

The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater camera housing maintains SEA&SEA's premiere status as one of the leading manufacturers of underwater photography equipment by utilizing all features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera while conveying new improvements to the field of underwater photography.  As always, SEA&SEA upholds its high standards of cutting-edge workmanship with this housing.  Constructed from black galvanized corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is a sturdy and protective outer configuration for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.  Two sacrificial zinc diodes are attached to the front and rear of the case for added protection against electrolysis damage. The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 points out SEA&SEA's attentiveness to detail, as virtually all functions of the camera can be utilized underwater.  The newly designed ergonomic controls for the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 were enhanced and fashioned with the underwater photographer's dexterity in mind. The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is equipped with a movable focus/zoom gear allowing a lens with a big diameter to be mounted in the housing easily. The shutter sensitivity on the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 can be adjusted by changing the location of the adjustment plate. The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with SEA&SEA's signature Internal Optical YS-Converter. SEA&SEA's optional leak sensor comes installed in this housing, which provides an alert upon any water entry. A depth rating of 100m/330ft provides versatility to any underwater photographer.    

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera is a popular full-frame 22.3MP DSLR that conducts extraordinary still image and movie recording capabilities. Crafted from a highly durable magnesium-alloy compound, the camera body encapsulates all of the camera's components and offers increased dust and weather resistance. Many of the physical controls on the camera are fully customizable for an efficient workflow.

 

By integrating the new DIGIC 5+ Image Processor and 14-bit A/D conversion, Canon created this camera to produce excellent detail within images even when there are immensely low-light situations. The ISO range was extended up to 102400 to aid during these low light situations. The image quality is further enhanced by the new 61-point high-density reticular autofocus, which includes up to 41 cross-type AF points and 5 dual diagonal AF points for guaranteed sharpness. iFCL metering works in combination with the AF system by using color information from the scenes of a photo shoot to produce precise exposure readings using the 5D Mark III's 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor. The Canon 5D Mark III contains HDR and multiple exposure modes that provide countless creative prospects and help to decrease the amount of post-production time needed to create high quality images. Also capable of recording full HD video, the 5D Mark III has the option to do this with manual exposure control in multiple frame rates, including 1080/30p and 720/60p. 

  

Image review is possible using its 1,040,000-dot 3.2" Clear View II LCD monitor that features a high-transparency reflection-resistant multi-coating for sufficient viewing under bright conditions. The signature Intelligent Viewfinder also incorporates a covered LCD providing the photographer with the exposure information, as well as features a 100% field of view. Extended support can also provided with the optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter and GPS receiver for remote logging, tracking, and sending images.

Accessories

The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with SEA&SEA's signature Internal Optical YS-Converter, which offers the functionality of the Sync Cord system while concurrently offering the benefits of a Fiber Optic system.  It converts the camera's TTL signal into a light signal.  This particular design reduces possible leak points by erasing the need to use threaded bulkheads while allowing for rapid fire and a reduced recycle time by linking directly to the camera through the hot shoe.

Equipped with two fiber-optic sockets, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with SEA&SEA's newly fine-tuned and restructured Fiber Optic Cable II for easy ultimate lighting.  Made of 613 individual fiber cores, the Fiber Optic Cable II decreases the chance of light attenuation, resulting in minimal transmission loss.

Renowned for high-tech underwater lighting, SEA&SEA strobes are the accessory for the proper underwater imaging execution. Through fiber-optic connection, the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 is compatible with the YS-D1, YS-01, and YS-03 strobes.  Links regarding strobe compatibility and comparison have been added on the newly updated SEA&SEA website to help further SEA&SEA strobe awareness.

Fastening strobes to the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2  is effortless with the SEA&SEA Sea Arm 8 collection.  Designed using the latest structural analysis software, the Sea Arm 8 was systematically machined from a solid block of aluminum, providing robust lightweight durability and security.  Ball clamps allow for easy manipulation and maneuverability, while keeping SEA&SEA's standard of structural reliability. 

The MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater housing is compatible with both optional viewfinders that SEA&SEA has to offer: VF45 Prism viewfinder and VF180 1.2x. Covering the entire field of view, the VF45 enhances magnification by 1.2x and enables subtle framing and focusing of subjects.  The eyepiece rotates 360° in increments of 90° to provide the ideal camera position in either landscape or portrait. The 45-degree prism viewfinder is ideal for all conditions, but especially suited for macro photography when the camera is often positioned lower than the photographer.The magnification ratio is 1.2x without sacrificing the field of view. The VF180 1.2x allows for easy image composition.  The eight element six group optical lenses help to reproduce the natural colors captured in images.  To prevent condensation and fogging, VF180 1.2x is filled with nitrogen gas.  This viewfinder is an excellent tool for those pelagic animal shots. 

SEA&SEA's sturdy mechanical design for the MDX-5DMKIII Ver.2 underwater camera housing continues to offer exceptional creations to the thriving community of underwater imaging.

Available now.

 

The Sea&Sea MDX-5DMKIII underwater housing

 

The Sea&Sea MDX-5DMKIII underwater housing top view

 

 

The Sea&Sea MDX-5DMKIII underwater housing with dome port

 

 

 

 

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Nauticam NA-G7X Housing

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Nauticam Announces Housing for the Canon G7X 20MP Camera

 

Nauticam NA-G7X Housing


Nauticam Announces Housing for the Canon G7X 20MP Camera

By UWPG News, January 7, 2015

 

 

 
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Nauticam has announced their housing for the Canon G7X "Super Compact" camera. Boasting a 20MP 1" sensor, fast f1.8-2.8 lens, RAW format and full manual control, the Canon G7X promises to rival the ultra-popular Sony RX-100 cameras for underwater photography. Read Scott Gietler's Canon G7X Review for Underwater Photography for more detailed info.

The Nauticam NA-G7X housing provides an impressive feature set for underwater photographers looking for high quality images in a small, travel-friendly size.

 

Highlights:  See Features box below

 

Available at:  Nauticam G7X Housing at Bluewater Photo

 

 

 

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Announcing NA-G7X

The New Housing for the Canon G7 X

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of its newest aluminum underwater camera housing, NA-G7X for the 20MP Canon G7 X Camera. The NA-G7X is the latest release in the Nauticam advanced compact camera lineup, and provides an impressive feature set for underwater photographers seeking big image quality in a small package.

 

 

The Canon Powershot G7 X

The G7 X was one of the most interesting introductions of September's Photokina Imaging Fair in Cologne, Germany.  This camera is a serious competitor to the hugely popular Sony Cyber-shot RX100 series cameras with a large 1" image sensor in a truly pocketable form factor. The size of the G7 X is reminiscent of the Canon S-series of high end compacts, a model which has also been very popular for underwater photography, but sports an impressive 2.8x larger sensor. Digital Photography Review suggests: "The G7 X is just as small as the Sony RX100 but offers much more in terns of direct control."
 
The G7 X is a true enthusiast camera built around a 20 megapixel 1” BSI CMOS imaging sensor and  updated DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Image quality is nothing short of exceptional. 

To make the most of these digital chops, G7 X sports an outstanding lens, covering an extremely versatile 24-100mm equivalent range. This is just as wide, but with more reach than competing compact options. The lens is also very bright, with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 on the wide angle end, and only closing down to f/2.8 at full telephoto.

Most interesting to underwater photographers is the excellent macro performance of G7 X when used with accessory macro conversion lenses. G7 X can capture significantly smaller subjects than Sony's RX100 series. The only current cameras that we've tested offering better closeup performance are the smaller sensor Canon G16 and S120.

The display panel is a 3” TFT-LCD, and is articulated, allowing a full 180 degrees tilt for shooting in tricky circumstances.

As expected, 1920 x 1080 Full HD movie clips can be captured at 30 or 60 fps and enhanced by Canon's very accurate underwater white balance capability, producing pleasing color when shooting movie clips with only a filter.

Canon's determination to compete with the best in the compact camera market means we all reap the benefits.

 

 

Nauticam NA-G7X

NA-G7X is the latest iteration in a lineup of advanced housings for very capable compact cameras supported by Nauticam.  Features found on professional DSLR systems have been integrated into this system, and the result is an underwater housing that allows the user to harness the full potential of advanced compact camera in water.

All of the basic functions and ergonomic enhancements that Nauticam users have grown to know and love are incorporated in NA-G7X.  The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized to seal out corrosive salt water.  It is closed via a simple, yet secure locking rotary latch. The right side of the housing is sculpted to fit the palm of the user's hand, and Nauticam's two-stage shutter release lever provides clear differentiation between the half press and full press shutter release positions.  All functions are clearly labeled, and an m14 accessory socket allows an optional vacuum valve to be installed.

NA-G7X represents Nauticam's continued commitment to evolve its sophisticated line of housings for the finest compact cameras for underwater photography. This is the first Nauticam compact camera housing to feature an interchangeable port system.  This new port line is called the "N50" mount, and allows optical solutions to be precisely dialed in for maximum performance in water.  Ports are attached via a bayonet fitting, and locked securely in place.

The Nauticam leak alarm and vacuum monitoring system is installed as standard equipment.  This system provides an audible and visual alert to any water entry in the housing, and when combined with an accessory M14 Vacuum Valve (#25611) the water tight integrity of the system can be tested before ever entering the water and monitored during every dive.

Expert product design, modern manufacturing techniques, top quality materials, and a critical focus on the user experience combine to produce the premier system for Canon Powershot G7 X.  The Nauticam NA-G7X.

 

 

NA-G7X Feature Checklist

  • Secure, easy to use locking latch
  • Ergonomic controls with size, shape and color differentiation
  • All camera controls accessible
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Popup flash lever
  • Dual fiber optic bulkhead
  • Integrated leak detector and optional vacuum check
  • M10 mounting ball
  • Cold shoe mount
  • Interchangeable port mount
  • Standard port: full zoom through & m67 accessory mounting
  • 1/4-20 tripod or tray mounting holes
  • Sculpted, sensitive shutter release
  • M14 bulkhead port for vacuum valve

 

 

 

The New N50 Port System

Because of the specific camera and lens function of the Canon G7 X, a special port system is required to fully realize the potential of accessory wide angle lenses underwater.

The NA-G7X "standard" port, supplied with the housing, allows full zoom through and features a 67mm threaded front for attaching accessory macro lenses. This port is ideal for mid-range fish portraiture style shooting, close-up, and macro with add on wet-lenses. 

An optional N50 Short Port with M67 Thread for Wide Angle Lenses (#38701) is available, offering precise placement of wide lenses very close to the camera's lens at its wide angle zoom position.  Zoom through is not available with this port, but it does offer the widest coverage possible with minimal vignetting for wide angle photography.

A dome port solution is also available, restoring the in-air field of view of the lens.  This is a light weight configuration that offers a surprisingly wide angle of coverage.  This port is called N50 3.5" Acrylic Dome Port (#38702).

Testing indicates that the Inon UWL-H100 (either in the m67 mount or the LD mount) is an ideal wide angle lens for the NA-G7X. This combination will result in a diagonal FOV in excess of one hundred degrees (100º). 

 

Coming Soon:

Compact Macro Converter

The Nauticam Super Macro Converter shook up the super macro shooter world last year when it was released, bringing more sharpness and less distortion to an underwater macro lens than had ever been seen before. Building on that success, Nauticam is nearing release of a new and similar lens, this time designed for compact camera lenses. The Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC), as it will be called, will become the ideal closeup lens for this and other similar compact cameras. 

Shot with NA-G7X and prototype Compact Macro Converter, by Alex Tattersall

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

Amazingly, the engineers at Nauticam managed to squeeze in the Nauticam vacuum monitoring and leak detection electronics. By default, it serves as an audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (p/n 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system.  The vacuum monitoring system provides early warning for any problem with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater. 

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 0.83kg
  • Dimensions: 146mm (w) x 100mm (h) x 111mm (d)

Model Number: 17318
USA Retail Price: $1100
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