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Sea & Sea MDX-70D Housing Announced

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Industry's First Optical YS Converter and other New Features

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Industry's First Optical YS Converter and other New Features

By Brent Durand, November 22, 2013

 

 

 
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SEA&SEA has announced their housing for the Canon 70D, complete with brand new optical YS converter. What is this? In short, it's a converter that attaches to the camera hot-shoe and creates an optical signal for triggering strobes. This means that cameras without a pop-up flash (70D, 5D Mark 3, etc) can use fiber optic cables instead of sync cords. The latter require more maintenance and are more prone to floods and malfunctions. The converter also allows for use of TTL.

Cameras with pop-up flashes (Nikon DSLRs, Canon T4i, etc) can easily use fiber optic cables, however rapid shooting is limited by the recycle time of the pop-up flash. SEA&SEA's optical YS converter is the best of both worlds!

 

Here are some highlights:

  • Converts camera's hot-shoe TTL signal to a light signal
  • Using Fiber-Optic Cable II, eliminates the chance of flooding Sync Ports
  • Ability to shoot high-speed photos by rapid-firing the strobe
  • Higher accuracy than external TTL Converter
  • Eliminates in-housing reflections and lens flare by ports

 

 

 

 

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Introducing the Nauticam Super Macro Converter

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A Breakthrough Underwater Macro Photography Lens

Introducing the Nauticam Super Macro Converter


A Breakthrough Underwater Macro Photography Lens

By Brent Durand, November 15, 2013

 

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Nauticam has announced a brand new super macro converter that is claimed to have higher magnification than competing systems with unpesidented image quality. The new lens is specifically designed for use underwater with a new optical design.

We haven't had a chance to use the lens underwater yet, but the sample photos and testimonial from Dr. Alex Mustard speak for themselves. Check out the press release below for all the details.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Introducing the Nauticam Super Macro Converter

Nauticam is pleased to introduce a breakthrough in underwater macro photography lens design providing higher magnification than competing systems with unprecedented image quality. The Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC) is the first underwater macro conversion lens that is fully optimized for in water use.  This unique and innovative lens will change the way that underwater macro photography is done.

"This is the sharpest accessory macro lens I have used. Something that it is truly remarkable because it is also the most powerful. Fantastic performance from the centre of the frame to the corners. It is a lens that pushes back the boundaries of the types of photos we can take underwater."  -Dr. Alex Mustard

 

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There are three key advantages to this internationally patent pending new optical design:

  • Higher Magnification Than Other Popular Super Macro Tools with Increased Working Distance
  • Better Edge to Edge Image Quality, Higher Contrast, and Lower Color Fringing
  • Compatibility with “short” macro lenses that traditionally have not worked well with super macro accessories, like Nikon AF-S 60mm /2.8G, Canon EF-S 60mm, Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S., Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens, and Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro.

 

Nauticam Macro Converter

 

Breakthrough Lens Design

Prior to the Super Macro Converter, 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. The SMC takes a radically different approach: treat the system - camera, lens, port, air, and water – as a whole, and account for the air-water interfaces in a conversion lens design to achieve the best image quality possible. The improvement is stunning, measurable and a new standard in underwater macro imaging has been established.

Edward Lai, Managing Director of Nauticam, has utilized a revolutionary approach in developing the SMC.  This is a completely new lens design, developed through hundreds of engineering hours utilizing computer software to model the optical properties of the complete underwater imaging system.  Incorporating these factors into the design yields amazing sharpness, contrast, and clarity that isn’t available from a simple magnifying lens for use in air sealed in a waterproof enclosure.

 

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Uncompromised Optical Quality

The Super Macro Converter is constructed from lenses are precision crafted of specially formulated low dispersion optical grade glass, ground to the most demanding standards.  These exceptional measures, enhanced by 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.  These optics are assembled in a rugged hard anodized aluminum housing, and nitrogen purged during assembly to eliminate fogging.

 

Stunning Magnification

When combined with a full frame camera and a 100mm or 105mm macro lens, the device converts the optical system to provide a maximum of 2.3X magnification factor.  In other words, a subject area of 15.6mm X 10.4mm will fill the whole frame of a 36mm X 24mm sensor.

 

Improved Sharpness and Contrast

As the Super Macro Converter is optimized explicitly for using together with a macro lens underwater, images captured exhibit exceptional sharpness compared with conventional magnification lenses.  Thanks to the broadband multi-layer anti-reflection coating on each surface of the lenses, images also exhibit higher contrast.

 

Nauticam Macro Converter

 

Superb Light Transmission

All the lens elements installed inside the SMC are optically optimized to appropriate diameters so as to provide maximum light transmission.  The SMC doesn’t suffer from vignette issues under even the most extreme conditions.  The broad band multi-layer anti-reflection coating on all surfaces also greatly improves light transmission.

 

Optimized for Autofocus

By utilizing a specially developed algorithm in the optimization process, the SMC renders superior image quality over the full focusing range of the camera lens (which becomes ~50 to ~100 mm in front of the SMC).  Also benefitting from the high brightness and contrast of the image, the autofocus system of the camera usually works acceptably well within this range.

 

Nauticam Macro Converter

 

Ample Working Distance

Even at the maximum 2.3X magnification, there is still more than 50mm of working distance between the front element and the subject with 100/105mm macro lenses.  This working distance is crucial when capturing behavior with skittish subjects.

 

Resolution

High resolution was a primary design goal of the SMC project.  This has been achieved using computer aided optimization and high grade optical glasses with unique refractive and dispersion properties.  Images taken with this new system exhibit very high resolution and quality.   Results have exceeded expectations, and these images rival the quality of the macro lens in air.

 

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Smooth Bokeh

The Converter retains the optical properties of the macro lens for the whole system underwater, resulting in a blurred (out of focus) background that has a pleasing smoothness and creamy look, without the normal purple and green fringing.

 

Avoiding Diffraction

Due to the overall superior optical performance of the SMC 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.

 

Compatible with:

Canon EF-S 60mm /2.8 Macro USM
Canon EF 100mm /2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 100mm /2.8 USM
AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens
Sony RX-100 & RX-100M2

Other systems are currently being evaluated.
 
Product Number:  81201
Product name:  Super Macro Converter I
Price:  $480

Available Now in Limited Quantities, you can find the Nauticam Super Macro Converter here

 

 

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Hot New Gear Released at DEMA Tradeshow

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Check out the Latest and Greatest in u/w Photography Gear from DEMA 2013

Hot New Gear Released at DEMA Tradeshow


Check out the Latest and Greatest in u/w Photography Gear from DEMA 2013

By Brent Durand, November 13, 2013

 

 

 
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The DEMA tradeshow attracts dive shops, resorts, liveaboards and every type of diver in the industry. Held in Orlando last week, the show presents a perfect venue for hands-on experience with new product releases.

Naturally, the Underwater Photography Guide teamed up with the experts at Bluewater Photo for insight into revolutionary new gear. Shoot with the Canon 5D Mk3 but really like the simplicity of fiber optic cables?  No problem.  Want vacuum testing built into your housing?  No problem.  Want a housing for a new mirrorless camera that will set the bar in the category?  No problem.

We've included some highlights below, but be sure to follow the link to Bluewater Photo's complete review with photos and more.

 

DEMA 2013 Highlights:

 

  • Aquatica housings for Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D.  Built-in pressure and leak detection!
  • Beneath the Surface gear for your GoPro
  • Dyron super wide angle wet lens. Perfect for a G15 or G16
  • Fantasea housing for the new Canon G16
  • Ikelite housings for several new cameras, including the D7100, 70D, G16 and S120
  • I-Torch's new Pro7 Video lights - 5000 lumens
  • Light & Motion's new GoBe light - ready for any situation
  • Nauticam's new pressure & leak detector
  • Olympus' new OM-D E-M1 camera and housing
  • Polar Pro's new glass GoPro filters
  • Sea Life's new Sea Dragon lighting system
  • Sea & Sea's new Optical YS converter and more rubust fiber optic cables
  • Watershot Galaxy S3 an S4 housings and housing for Sony's new QX lens cameras

 

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Full DEMA 2013 Report, News & Photos

 

 

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Aquatica A70D Housing Announced

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Aquatica Announces Housing for the Canon 70D

Aquatica A70D Housing Announced


Aquatica Announces Housing for the Canon 70D

By Brent Durand, November 6, 2013

 

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The DEMA tradeshow is in full swing right now with many new product launches. As underwater photographers, our attention was drawn to Aquatica's new housing for the Canon 70D. The 70D is the first camera to feature a Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor.

What's so great about it? To date, digital SLRs have used advanced phase detection autofocus through the viewfinder and slower contrast detection AF in live view. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor allows use of phase detection AF in both viewfinder and live view, providing fast and accurate autofocus for video and live view shooting. The 70D presents the new standard for video autofocus on DSLRs.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

Montreal, QC. - Aquatica, the only established manufacturer of aluminum DSLR housings in North America, announced today the release of the A70D housing for the Canon 70D.

With over 30 years of experience, the A70D housing has been carefully designed and manufactures with the finest and latest technological innovations.  Aquatica’s deep engineering mastery has yielded once more a finely crafted underwater housing.

The housing is priced competitively at a price point of USD $2,699.00 and will be available January 2014.

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About the Canon 70D

The Canon 70D comes along with a 20.2 MP APS-C sensor and offers lots of innovation  in the field of autofocus with their Dual Pixel CMOS technology allowing delivery of smooth and precise autofocus in full HD mode that were thought to be impossible until now.  The camera comes with fast acquisition in the LIVE VIEW mode brushing off the most challenging of situations easily. This new Auto Focus technology paired with the 19 points AF system enables the camera to shoot up to 7 frames at full resolution with tack sharps results.  Furthermore, the wide range of ISO setting from 100-12,800 (H: 25,600) and Canon famous dynamic range lets the photographer take advantage of the light, no matter how dim it is.

The AF system is highly customizable allowing you to adapt to your subject, this, obliviously, is a much desirable asset in underwater photography. The viewfinder of the camera has 98% coverage of the image, another desirable trait for the underwater photographer. Besides excellent still images, the Canon 70D also lets you shoot full HD movie with a 1920 x 1080p resolution and to push the creative boundary even further, frame rates can be adjusted to 30, 25 & 24fps in HD and in the 720p mode up to 50 and 60fps.

 

About the Aquatica A70D housing

Ergonomic comfort does matter and Aquatica has, yet again, lifted the bar higher in this sense with the release of their A70D housing.  Our innovative design team has conceived a precise, under your fingertips, housing that does away with confusing and cluttered controls area. The Aquatica A70D is spaciously located for easy access, even with the thickest of cold water gloves and its vital functions have been extended to “hands on the grip” positions allowing optimization of underwater buoyancy.

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Aquatica’s New Pressure ‘‘Check’’ Circuitry

Aquatica has developed a new atmospheric pressure sensitive circuitry that will allow the user to confirm water tight integrity before the dive. This new system will give the user additional peace of mind, knowing their expensive camera equipment will stay dry.

 

How it Works

Once your camera is installed, simply push the start actuating button (integrated on the circuit board). The LED light will turn green for two seconds, this will confirm actuation. Once a solid vacuum is achieved, the LED will blink green again for two seconds. During the dive the LED will flash green every few seconds, indicating system integrity. If the vacuum starts to decrease, the LED will start to flash orange, and if water is detected, the audible alarm will go off and the LED will also flash red.

The advanced Aquatica circuit has a temperature compensation included, so any change in ambient temperature or changes in the internal temperature will not cause an incorrect reading.

The onboard start actuating button is for the vacuum only; your alarm is always on.

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The Results

This new Aquatica vacuum/alarm system is the most thought-out on the market today.

  • Easy user installation
  • Intelligent use of LED technology
  • Can easily be adapted to any system on the market
  • The underwater photographer can now be assured with a single look, that their housing has water tight integrity before, during and after the dive.

 

More About the Housing’s Unique Features

The Aquatica A70D housing shell is built of the finest material available; crafted to military specification and meant to last a life time. It wraps around the Canon 70D like a glove and the access to the Quick Command knob has been totally redesigned from previous housings and is now positioned at a nice comfortable angle, right next to the main command knob, and just waiting for your creative input.  The AF-ON /* (star) lever is fitted with a rotating collar, this features allowing access to function without the need for obstructive levers sticking out the housing.  All while retaining its ease and simplicity of operation, the all important ISO function button is now activated with a thumb activated lever, again positioned so it does not overwhelm the already busy right hand side of the housing.

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The Aquatica A70D also takes full advantage of the Canon 70D high level of video performance, the access to the video feature of the camera has been optimized on the housing allowing a smooth underwater adventure.

Aquatica has pioneered oversized controls for decades, quite conscious that not everyone dives “warm tropical” conditions. Aquatica housings have been used under the ice of the Arctic Polar cap and they have withstood months of absolute brutal winter conditions in Antarctica, having plunged into the most extreme cave environment, been trekked all over the world to the remotest of area and yet, they remain tailored to your essential requirement.

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Moreover, the housing features quick and easy camera insertion into the housing, water proof integrity being secured with a reliable time proven closure system equipped with safety locks. A Reliable port lock mechanism also safely locks in the port to the housing. The comfortable housing grips are a sturdy platform for mounting the largest strobe and lighting without flexing or when requiring additional support.

Viewing is done with a state of the art Galileo view finder; Aquatica introduced its Aqua View series of finder a few years ago, and has built a solid reputation for crystal clear andprecision viewing. The Aqua View 180o finder is a streamlined design that is compact and non obstructive to the rear camera LCD window, the dioptric adjustment is internal, thus eliminating both unnecessary external bulk and the risk of being thrown out of adjustment unintentionally. The Aqua View 45o finder offers one, if not the most, compact profile of any 45 degree finders, it easily rotates left or right allowing vertical shooting.
These accessories finders provide the utmost accuracy, brightness and best viewing comfort that you can experience underwater.  No special tools are required to mount these accessories to the housing allowing new users to mount one safely and in very little time.

Understandably, the ports system of any housing system is the key to optical performance, the Aquatica system is composed of four hemispherical dome ports, the 4” mini dome, the 6” dome, the 8” dome and the 9.25” Megadome. Three flat ports are available and nine ports extensions ring ensure that you can take full advantage from one of the largest range of supported lens for underwater photography.

 

About the Strobe Connectivity

The Aquatica A70D and it other siblings, have the largest selection of strobe connections.  The optical fiber connections provided are compatible with standard off the shelf cord and do not require proprietary adapters or specially made cords.  The unique strobe connectors system, designed by Aquatica, allows for modifying, adapting, replacing or alternating connectors simply in a matter of minutes without requiring any special tools. This design is made for easy field maintenance and the result is a long history of working with professionals in remote locations and paying attention to their needs. Aside from addressing all existing optical strobe requirements, the A70D can also be equipped with classic Nikonos type connectors or with Ikelite original bulkhead connections.

Extra access bulkhead on the housing provide space for accessories such as our own Aquatica Remote Trigger grip and Amphibico (or other brand of) video monitor.

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About AQUATICA

Founded in 1982, Aquatica designs and manufactures directly from Canada a fine line of quality aluminum housings for underwater photography.

www.aquatica.ca

 

 

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Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

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New System Announced to Confirm Watertight Integrity Before Entering the Water

Nauticam Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System


New System Announced to Confirm Watertight Integrity Before Entering the Water

By Brent Durand, October 30, 2013

 

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Nauticam has announced a brand new system for alerting divers of housing leaks before and after entering the water. The system is comprehensive, meaning that it uses pressure inside the housing to detect possible leaks before diving, and also a traditional leak detector in case moisture does touch the sensor contacts once the housing is submerged. The color code system is easy to understand, with blue meaning safe, yellow meaning a pressure difference and red meaning moisture at the leak detector contacts.

The valve that sticks up from the housing is not too bulky and well worth the confidence it inspires. Nauticam has also taken temperature into account so that when divers put together the housing in an air-conditioned room then step into the heat outside there will not be a false alarm (since air expands when heated). Cool!

Estimated ship date is November 4, 2013.

 

Press Release:

 

Nauticam is pleased to announce an exceptionally comprehensive vacuum system that allows the underwater photographer to confirm watertight integrity before entering the water. This system provides additional peace of mind with expensive camera equipment and should mean fewer lost dives due to minor equipment issues.

 

Nauticam Vacuum

The system is comprised of two parts, a one way vacuum valve and an electronic monitoring circuit.

 

Nauticam Vacuum

 

Monitoring Circuit

The electronic monitoring circuit is compactly integrated into the housing's leak detector, where it constantly measures the vacuum level and reports its status via a multi-color LED easily visible on the rear of the housing. This sophisticated circuit has an advanced temperature compensation capability, so changes in ambient temperature or changes in internal temperature won't cause a false positive.
 
Starting with NA-70D for Canon 70D, all new Nauticam DSLR and Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera housing models will ship with the electronic monitoring circuit installed as standard equipment. Vacuum valves are sold as optional equipment, allowing the user to customize the housing accessory configuration as needed.

 

Nauticam Vacuum

 

Understanding the LED color codes is very easy. At ambient pressure, the LED slowly blinks blue. When a solid vacuum is achieved, the LED changes to a solid green, indicating system integrity. If the vacuum starts to degrade, the LED begins to flash yellow, and if water intrusion is detected, the LED flashes red, and the audible alarm is sounded. 
 
Retrofits for existing housings are available starting November 4, 2013. Contact your local Nauticam dealer for details.

 

 

Vacuum Valve

The second component of this system is a one way vacuum valve, which is available in several styles to support various housing configurations. These Vacuum Valves contain an integrated vacuum release, and a redundant waterproof cap. No tools are required to open the housing after creating a vacuum, as the vacuum is released with a simple knurled nut.

Nauticam Vacuum

The basic valve uses a hand pump to create the vacuum, but a more advanced Dual Activation vacuum valve is also available. The Dual Activation Valve accepts a BCD Low Pressure Inflator Hose quick disconnect, and uses tank pressure to create a Venturi effect that pulls the vacuum. This is recommended for housings like Nauticam's DCES for RED EPIC and SCARLET where the internal volume of the housing makes using a hand pump impractical.

Nauticam Vacuum

"Offset" Extension Valves are used when a housing has a single accessory hole, but requires both a Vacuum Valve and electrical bulkhead to be installed in the same location. This will enable most housings to be able to utilize this valuable tool.

Nauticam Vacuum

All vacuum valves also include a hand pump and spanner tool for installing valves.

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The Bottom Line

This new system is the most advanced integrity check system available today, and the only one with integrated leak detection and temperature compensation. With it's intuitive multi-colored LED status codes, the underwater photographer can now be assured with a simple glance that the watertight integrity of the housing is secure.

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All valves include a hand pump and installation tool at no charge.

 

Estimated Shipping Date: Nov 4, 2013

More information is available from Nauticam USA at:
http://www.nauticamusa.com

 

 

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Sony Unveils World's First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

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New Sony α7 Series Are World’s Smallest, Lightest Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Sony Unveils World's First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras


New Sony α7 Series Are World’s Smallest, Lightest Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras

By Brent Durand, October 16, 2013

 

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Last night Sony announced the world's first full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens bodies - the a7R and a7. Also released are 5 new full-frame E mount lenses, including some Zeiss glass! The small size, light weight and excellent image quality of Sony's a series cameras makes them a great option for dive travelers.

We hope to see housings for these cameras in the near future. Both the a7R and a7 will be available for purchase this December and are sure to be very popular with the mirrorless camera crowd.

 

Sony a7R and a7 Highlights:

 

  • a7R: 36.4 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor - the highest resolution sensor in Sony's a camera line!
     
  • a7: 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor and an innovative fast Hybrid AF system.
     
  • Powerful new BIONZ® X processor
     
  • Clear, bright XGA OLED Tru-finder
     
  • Full HD 60p video recording
     
  • Wi-Fi® and NFC connection
     
  • Dust and moisture resistant body
     
  • a7R est. retail price (body only): $2,300
     
  • a7 est retail price (body only): $1,700

 

Sony Mirrorless a7R

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15, 2013 – Sony’s new α7 and α7R digital cameras are the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models2.  Highly anticipated by professional photographers and imaging enthusiasts alike, the two new cameras offer an unmatched combination of creativity, customizability and portability.

The α7R model features a 36.4 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor – the highest resolution sensor in the history of Sony’s α line – with no optical low pass filter for added resolving power and increased image detail.  The α7 model boasts an impressive 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor and an innovative fast Hybrid AF system.

Each camera is equipped with advanced imaging features including a powerful new  BIONZ® X processor; fast AF capabilities; a clear, bright XGA OLED Tru-finder, full HD 60p video recording, Wi-Fi® and NFC connection, dust-and moisture- resistance and more.

“With these new α7 camera systems, Sony has completely redefined the look and feel of a professional-grade digital camera,” said Mike Kahn, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics.  “The α7 and α7R cameras are significantly smaller, lighter and more portable than any other full-frame interchange lens camera yet deliver image quality, power and performance that professionals and enthusiasts crave.”

Both cameras feature full customization and control to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers.  There are 9 different customizable buttons and 46 assignable functions that can be adjusted based on shooting preferences, including fully customizable front and back dials, a rear control wheel and an exposure compensation dial.  Users can preview all changes to photographic settings in real-time on the high-contrast, 2.4 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder or the high-resolution tiltable 3” LCD screen.

The new cameras share a powerful new BIONZ X processor that accurately reproduces details in textures in real-time via extra high-speed processing capabilities, and allows for exceptional low noise performance in all types of lighting conditions.  Additionally, the powerful processor combined with the advanced, high resolution sensors allow both cameras to shoot pro-quality Full HD video (AVCHD progressive, 1920x1080p @ 60p) with richly detailed colors and ultra-low noise.

Clear Image Zoom has been enhanced for video recording as well, allowing for powerful close-up shots without sacrificing pixel count.  Other pro-style movie features include an audio recording level control and display plus a “live” HDMI® output for passing through video to an external monitor or recording device.

The new cameras both have on-board Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities for instant image sharing and transfer to compatible smartphones and tablets.  The α7R and α7 models can access Sony’s platform of PlayMemories™ Camera Apps, allowing users to add new effects, filters, utilities and more.  This platform includes new ‘Multiple Exposure’ app, which automatically combines sequential exposures into one creative shot, and ‘Smart Remote Control’4, which allows for direct control of exposure and shutter speed from a connected smartphone and is particularly useful for self-portraits or group shots5.  Find out more here.

The new α7 and α7R cameras each have a tough, magnesium alloy build and are dust and moisture resistant for standing up to some of the toughest weather conditions.

 

Sony Mirrorless a7R

 

α7R Camera

            Designed for professional photographers and highly advanced enthusiasts, the new α7R model is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens camera2.

It has an impressive 36.4 effective megapixel full frame sensor and no optical low pass filter, ensuring that the extraordinary resolving power is fully realized and resulting in an unprecedented level of detail and clarity in images.

The camera features a new Fast Intelligent AF technology that delivers blazingly quick, accurate autofocus.  Additionally, there are a total of three selectable sizes for the Flexible Spot AF frame, minimizing the risk of accidentally focusing on the wrong target.

 

Sony Mirrorless a7

 

α7 Camera

            Offering an exciting entry into the world of full-frame photography, the α7 camera features an advanced 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor paired with the powerful new BIONZ X processor.

The exciting new camera has an innovative Fast Hybrid AF system that combines phase- and contrast-detect AF methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus.  It can also shoot at up to 5 fps continuously with non-stop AF tracking, allowing it to keep pace with fast-moving athletes, wildlife or energetic children.

 

New Sony α Lenses and Accessories

There are a total of 5 new full-frame E-mount lenses designed to take full advantage of the powerful imaging capabilities of the α7R and α7 cameras, including mid-range zoom lenses from Sony and Carl Zeiss, two bright Zeiss Sonnar T*™ prime lenses and a premium-quality G Lens™ telephoto zoom.  Sony’s growing E-mount interchangeable lens lineup now consists of 21 different lenses including the new full-frame models.

In addition to the new lenses, there are also two new-generation mount adaptors that give photographers the ability to utilize full-frame Sony A-mount optics on the α7 and α7R cameras.  The LA-EA3 adapter simply adds compatibility for existing A-mount lenses the new cameras, while the LA-EA4 model adds the ultra-fast focusing and shooting capabilities of Sony’s innovative Translucent Mirror Technology.

There is also a new vertical grip (VG-C1EM) that offers greater comfort during vertical shooting and can accommodate two separate NP-FW50 batteries for extended battery life and shooting time.  A new BC-TRW compact external battery charger that quickly charges batteries and is great for travel, and FA-CS1M off camera shoe allows the use of external flashes (HVL-43M, 20M) in off-camera wired applications.   Additionally, the new LCS-ELCA premium soft leather carry case protects the α7 and α7R cameras from scuffs and marks while being carried.

 

Pricing and Availability

  • The Sony α7R and α7 full-frame interchangeable lens cameras will be available for purchase this December.
  • The α7R camera will be offered as a body-only for about $2300.
  • The Sony α7 compact system camera will be offered with a 28-70mm F3.5 – F5.6 full-frame lens (model SEL2870) for about $2000.  It will also be offered as a body-only for about $1700.
  • The versatile new LA-EA3 and LA-EA4 mount adapters will be available in December for about $200 and $350, respectively.
  • The new VG-C1EM vertical grip and LCS-ELCA premium case will also be available in December for about $300 and $ 140, respectively.
  • Please visit www.blog.sony.com for a full video preview of the new Sony α7R and α7 full-frame cameras and follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest α camera news.

 

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Ikelite Introduces Mounting Kit for Gamma Light

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Ikelite Introduces Mounting Kit for Gamma Light


Looking for a compact LED dive/focus light that's easy to mount? Check this out!

By Brent Durand, October 3, 2013

 

Ikelite Gamma Light

 

 
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Ikelite has introduced a versatile mounting system for the popular Gamma LED light. The light is compact, powerful and most of all, affordable. It can be used for diving, focusing and video. Since its release, divers have found various ways to mount their light, but now the solutions below provide easy mounting options for any camera setup.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

INDIANAPOLIS – October 2, 2013 – The versatility of Ikelite’s Gamma can now be easily leveraged through a variety of mounting options designed to work with a range of Ikelite housings, positioning the dive light as not only a responsible purchase, but a wise investment. Liberate your Gamma with the mounting kits listed below and explore the benefits of using it as a close-up light, focus assist, macro video light, or to amplify a larger primary light source. Addition is easy!

 

Gamma Photo Kit / DSLR SA-100

(Part No. 1887.1)

Ikelite Gamma Light

Based on our popular SA-100 1in (2.5cm) diameter ball socket arm system, this mount kit includes everything you need to use your Gamma as a focus assist or macro video light. Compatible with Ikelite DSLR housings featuring a top mount. Gamma flashlight not included.

 

Gamma Photo Kit / DSLR Flex

(Part No. 1887.2)

Ikelite Gamma Light

This mount kit is super lightweight, flexible, and includes everything you need to use your Gamma as a focus assist or macro video light. Compatible with Ikelite DSLR housings featuring a top mount. Gamma flashlight not included.

 

Gamma Photo Kit / Quick Release Handle

(Part No. 1887.3)

Ikelite Gamma Light

This mount kit is super lightweight, flexible, and includes everything you need to attach your Gamma to an Ikelite release handle for use as a focus assist or macro video light. Compatible Ikelite trays with release handle(s) are available to fit most Ikelite and non-Ikelite compact digital systems, sold separately. Gamma flashlight not included.

 

Gamma Photo Kit / Tubing Mount

(Part No. 1887.4)

Ikelite Gamma Light

This mount kit is super lightweight, flexible, and includes the essentials to use your Gamma as a focus assist or macro video light. The tubing mount attaches to any Ikelite 3/4in flex arm as featured on the AF35 AutoFlash, or around any stem mount at Ikelite release handle (Ikelite product numbers 9571.3, 9571.31, and 9573.31 – not included). Gamma flashlight sold separately.

 

Read more about the Gamma Light & Mounts:  www.ikelite.com

 

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10 Bar Panasonic Lumix GH-3 Housing

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Specs and Photos of 10 Bar's New Housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH-3

10 Bar Panasonic Lumix GH-3 Housing


Specs and Photos of 10 Bar's New Housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH-3

By Brent Durand, October 2, 2013

 

 

 
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10 Bar has announced their new housing for the Panasonic Lumix GH-3 camera. The Lumix GH-3 is an excellent mirrorless camera that is well-known in video circles. It features a very high bit rate that rivals many prosumer DSLRs and also takes great still photos. Being mirrorless, the camera is compact and easy to travel with, especially when paired with 10 Bar's new underater housing.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

September 25, 2013 (Hong Kong) - 10 Bar is pleased to announce the launch of Panasonic GH-3 housing. The housings are machined from a solid block of aluminum with clear acrylic back cover, which allows easy checking of the rear LCD monitor of the camera. It employs double o-ring system and stainless steel locking latches for enhanced security.

  • It has levers and buttons accessing all controls on the Lumix GH-3 camera.
     
  • The fiber optic port provides TTL flash exposure with Inon/Sea & Sea strobes.
     
  • The housings are individually pressure tested to 90m.
     
  • Overall size is 192 x 186 x 162 mm (L x W x H) with a weight of 12.3 kg with 12-35 zoom lens port.

 

There is also an extension ring and dome port for 8mm lens for this housing. The package includes:

  • Padded housing carrying bag
  • 2 x spare o-rings
  • Opening Key
  • Silicone o-ring grease
  • Nylon landyard

 

 

Visit the 10 Bar website for more information: 

www.10bar.com

 

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GoPro Introduces the Hero 3+

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Lighter, Smaller and Sharper: Will it Live up to the Hype?

GoPro Introduces the Hero 3+


Lighter, Smaller and Sharper: Will it Live up to the Hype?

By Brent Durand, October 1, 2013

 

 

 
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GoPro just released their most advanced camera to date: the Hero 3+ Black Edition. Like the Hero 3, the Hero 3+ features video resolutions up to 4k, 12MP photos with a variety of timelapse and burst modes (up to 30 frames/second), built-in wifi, excellent low-light capability and a waterproof housing rated to 130 feet. The Hero 3+ is 20% smaller, lighter, sharper and has faster wifi - all excellent upgrades.

I bought a Hero 3 Black a few months ago and love the versatility. I've used it to shoot video underwater at the same time as still photos with my DSLR, mounted it to kayak paddles, crashed it on my mountain bike and held it in many breaking waves. It's great as an entry-level video camera and has filters available for underwater use. I also took comfort knowing it was a backup camera in case anything happened to my DSLR on a recent dive trip to Northern California.

 

Hero 3 Black Edition capturing fast-moving detail in low light. The Hero 3+ should do even better, producing sharper images.

 

 

What's New with the Hero 3+ Black Edition?

  • 20% smaller and lighter than previous models
  • New SuperView mode that captures immersive wide-angle video
  • Auto Low Light mode for stunning low-light performance
  • 30% longer battery life (battery life was a downside to predecessor)
  • 33% increase in image sharpness
  • 40% faster built-in wifi (you can turn the camera on and off and see what you're shooting with the phone app!)
  • Improved audio recording

 

 

Side by Side with the Hero 3 Black

The camera body is the same size as the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition, however the new housing is smaller though. The smaller volume means there is less air inside the housing and less likelihood of fogging during a dive. Below are a few phone snapshots of the cameras:

 

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Comparison

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Comparison

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Housing Comparison

 

 

GoPro Hero 3+ Black for Underwater Video

The Hero 3+ is a versatile camera for underwater video. While it won't compare to the manual controls available when recording video with a DSLR or dedicated video camera, the compact size and ease of use make it a winner.

The Hero 3+ underwater housing has also been designed with larger buttons that are more comfortable to press and the latch system has less moving parts to get clogged with sand. Also, the accessories for the Hero 3 will work with the Hero 3+ black edition, which is great news for those planning an upgrade. High quality glass filters (red, magenta, etc) from several brands will be available soon.

 

 

Accessories for Underwater Video

Underwater Filters

GoPro filters help improve your underwater video in a number of ways. A red filter will bring the reds and more contrast back into the scene (since red is the first color lost when descending in water). A macro filter will allow you to shoot very small subjects from close distances. Other options are also available.

Be sure to read the Complete Guide to GoPro Filters for Underwater Video.

 

Video Lights

A strong video light (and preferably two) will bring vivid color back into the reef, especially when at depth. The GoPro is mounted to a tray with handles, to which the lights attach.

 

Visit the GoPro Buyers Guide on our sister site, Bluewater Photo for more info on underwater video accessories.

 

 

Editing Your GoPro Underwater Video

The easiest way to edit GoPro video is with their free software, GoPro Studio 2.0. Using the software is very intuitive, and even has templates that help you to create "GoPro-Style Videos" with fast cuts, slow motion and other cool effects.

Tutorial:  

Editing Your Video with GoPro Studio 2.0

 

 

Sample Video from GoPro Hero 3+ straight out of camera:

 

 

Improving Your Underwater Video

Visit our video chapter for tutorials to help you capture and edit Great Underwater Video.

Tutorial:  Beginner's Guide to GoPro for Underwater Video

 

 

Returning from a kayak freediving video session. GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition.

 

Quick action captured by the Hero 3 Black Edition.

 

 

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Nauticam Housing for Canon 70D

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An Innovative Housing for Canon's 1st Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Sensor

Nauticam Announces Housing for Canon 70D


An Innovative Housing for Canon's 1st Dual-Pixel CMOS AF Sensor

By Brent Durand, September 27, 2013

 

Nauticam 70D

 

 
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Nauticam has just announced their latest housing, built for Canon's EOS 70D. The 70D is the first camera to feature a Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor.

What's so great about it? To date, digital SLRs have used advanced phase detection autofocus through the viewfinder and slower contrast detection AF in live view. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor allows use of phase detection AF in both viewfinder and live view, providing fast and accurate autofocus for video and live view shooting. The 70D presents the new standard for video autofocus on DSLRs.

 

Nauticam 70D Housing - New Features

  • NEW integrated electronic vacuum seal check
  • Constructed with new weight reduction techniques
  • Advanced galvanic corrosion protection
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Easy lens changes without removing camera from housing

Nauticam 70D

 

PRESS RELEASE

Nauticam announces the release of the NA-70D, the latest in its acclaimed line of precision crafted underwater camera housings. Nauticam is the international leader in innovative housing technology, and the new housing for the Canon 70D capitalizes on that experience. Features include a new, totally integrated electronic vacuum check system - and a host of refinements such as very clever weight reduction techniques and advanced galvanic corrosion prevention.

The Canon 70D is blazing new territory with a spectacular new imaging sensor that turns 80% of the sensor area are into thousands of phase detection autofocus sites, meaning the 70D has the most advanced video focus capability of any current capable SLR. The 70D has taken over for the 7D as Canon's leading prosumer camera, and has all the key ingredients needed to be Canon's flagship APS-C SLR.

The NA-70D takes advantage of the 70D’s extensive new features and brings them into the underwater realm in the most innovative, best engineered, and most ergonomic camera housing available... leaving only one question:

What will you shoot with the NA-70D?

 

Nauticam 70D

 

The NA-70D Housing

Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-70D. Like the NA-6D, this new housing borrows a control from it's Nikon brethren - the patent pending Multi Controller Pad that is located within easy reach of the right thumb. The Multi Controller Pad allows full multidirectional use of the 8-way controller, while still allowing for the rear command dial to be brought out to the right side of the housing. This control is especially interesting with the 70D using the video autofocus... with a light touch, the user can change the focus during a video clip, allowing for "focus pull" and other advanced shots. No other housing manufacturer has this, and none come close to achieving this kind of ergonomic access to the 8-way controller.    

Nauticam 70D

 

New! Integrated Electronic Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

Nauticam is pleased to announce that the NA-70D is the first housing to ship with Nauticam's new vacuum system with integrated electronic vacuum and leak detection monitoring system. Now the operator can, at a glance, instantly see the vacuum/watertight status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, a audible and visual indication will occur. The NA-70D ships with a 3rd bulkhead port specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the user two other bulkhead ports for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories. More information about the vacuum monitoring system and availability for other Nauticam housings will be forthcoming.

Nauticam 70D

 

The patented Locking Latch System, used to close and securely lock the housing, has received acclaim worldwide for its ease and functionality. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks, reduce bulk and require minimal physical effort to engage and release. Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock.

Nauticam 70D

 

Lens changes are also easily accomplished without removing the camera from the housing using the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front. The lightweight, rugged Nauticam handles are generously contoured with a durable over-mold process of comfortable non-slip rubber.

 

Key NA-70D Features:

Nauticam 70D

Nauticam 70D

 

The Nauticam brand has quickly become synonymous with superior ergonomics in all their underwater camera housings. The NA-70D will only enhance that reputation. Every control is well thought out. Every button, lever and switch is considered not in terms of what is easier for the designer, but what is best for the shooter. A careful look at the engineering and design of the right hand side of this housing reveals this philosophy in practice. The key shooting controls are all easily accessed with the right hand with very little finger movement required. While the controls may look daunting to those new to Nauticam, after a few shots the controls become second nature. Shoot, change aperture, shoot, change shutter speed, flip to video, change shutter speed, start recording, change ISO - all with the thumb and forefinger, and all done quickly and easily.

 

NA-70D Controls (advantages/usage underwater):

  • Sensitive two stage shutter release (easy to gauge half press; gives fine control over the shutter release)
  • AF-ON Lever (strategically placed for easy thumb focus or thumb focus lock)
  • Front Command Dial directly under shutter release (change aperture effortlessly)
  • Rear Command Dial at left side next to thumb (change shutter speed without removing hand from grips)
  • Multi Controller Pad controls the 8 way selector (easily change focus area, even diagonally)
  • Manual Zoom/Focus Knob (zoom/focus the lens without a reach)
  • ISO Paddle at right thumb (very quick ISO changes; ISO has become a key control, especially for video)
  • Info Button brought out to left thumb (calls up the important info screen, in playback mode toggles histogram)
  • Playback button paddle at left thumb (makes reviewing images easy)
  • Q button paddle at left thumb (zoom, check critical focus, pan without removing hand from grip)
  • Mode dial (switch from P to Av to M modes easily)
  • AF Mode, Drive Mode and Metering Mode push buttons (easy to change with Canon's push-turn style)
  • Focus Expansion Button (change focus area style quickly)
  • *, and Focus Points button accessible with right thumb (change focus points, lock exposure, plus zoom during live view)
  • Depth of Field Preview accessible with right thumb (programmable to several different functions)
  • Menu button near left thumb (access to all camera options)
  • Movie/Still mode lever (effortless switch from still to movie shooting)
  • Start/stop video on right thumb paddle (start video without inducing camera shake)
  • On/off  switch automatically aligns (no need to preset camera)

 

Nauticam 70D

 

The Canon 70D Camera

The Canon 70D camera is the 9th camera is the Canon prosumer XX series, dating back to the EOS-D30 and EOS-D60, and through the hugely popular 10D, 20D and on up to the 60D of 2010. This line of cameras was historically the breeding ground for the best of CMOS sensor technology, dating back to the early days of digital SLRs. The 70D is an exceptional camera just based on those credentials. However, this camera has a new trick up it's sleeve as well. Cameras by several manufacturers have taken to embedding a few phase detection sensors into the imaging sensor to help improve autofocus during video recording. Canon has, however, trumped that significantly by integrating phase detection sensors onto every pixel. In effect, the entire sensor becomes a field of phase detectors. Canon claims it is able to use 80% of pixels for this purpose, and the result is an accuracy of autofocus never before seen in SLR video.

The 70D sports 7 frames per second continuous shooting, 1/250 sync speed, built-in WiFi and access to some of the best lenses available. The 70D inherits the exceptionally good white balance system, and Canon SLR video is already known for appearances in movies and television.

Using the 70D's WiFi, it is possible to review images on a smartphone or tablet, without removing the camera from the housing. Connect to a WiFi hotspot or directly to the cameras own built-in hotspot, and enjoy viewing your images on an iPhone/iPad or Android device without opening the housing. Even more amazing, use the EOS Remote on an iPhone to remotely control your camera while it is in the housing. Leave your camera out in the rain while you control it from inside with your smartphone. [Note: WiFi signal strength is infrastructure dependent; these claims have been tested but results may vary depending on conditions. WiFi signals do not propagate in water.]

The year 2012 might have been the year of the full frame camera, but the 70D heralds the revenge of APS-C in 2013. The new Nauticam NA-70D allows the camera to explore the underwater world in style and with all of the elegant engineering, sophisticated ergonomics, clever innovation and shear ruggedness that Nauticam delivers every single day.

Canon 70D Key Features (and notes for underwater shooters):

  • 20 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Dual Pixel Sensor (APS-C sensor size means easier macro and more lens choices)
  • ISO 50-25,600 (excellent high ISO, low light performance)
  • Canon EF/EF-S-Mount (support for lenses like the Tokina 10-17mm and Canon 8-15mm)
  • 3" 1.0mdot articulated TFT-LCD (wide viewing angle, easy to see in bright sun)
  • 6 white balance presets (best custom white balance in SLR)
  • 19 focus points, -3EV focus sensitivity (focus system from highly regarded 7D)
  • Video with 1080p at 30fps, ALL-I or IPB compression (excellent video quality with headroom for post processing)

coral polyps underwater photo

 

Lens Support

The quality of an image is only as good as the glass it was captured with, and Nauticam firmly believes that every lens that makes sense to be used underwater should be supported. The APS-C sensor on the 70D allows use of a wide range of lenses that are widely known for their underwater capabilities. Lenses like the Tokina 10-17mm and the Canon EF-S 60mm are true workhorses in the Canon underwater domain. Nauticam's lineup of ports, together with Zen Underwater dome ports is the most complete and extensive in the industry. Nauticam carefully evaluates new lenses, and is often first to market with support when a new lens is offered. Nauticam also provides the industry’s only locking extension rings in every size potentially required, thus preventing port slippage when using extension rings. Nauticam additionally offers a full range of port adapters allowing existing housing owners to use their current ports, reducing the cost of switching to a Nauticam housing. Port Adapters are available for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion lens ports.

Canon 70D lenses

 

Examples of supported lenses for 70D:

Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM
Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM & Kenko 1.4X Pro DGX
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm /4L USM
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
and more....


Viewfinders

A high resolution camera like the Canon 70D demands perfect focus for optimal results. Fortunately, Nauticam has developed the most user-friendly interchangeable precision viewfinders in the world. The standard optical glass viewfinder is very good and travel friendly, but many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with adjustable diopter. Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º enlarging viewfinder and a 45º angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease of close quarters work often associated with macro shooting. Both viewfinders have high quality optics allow viewing of the entire image. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible.

Nauticam Viewfinder

 

Accessories

Nauticam’s NA-DP4 housing for the Small HD DP4 Monitor can take video performance to another level by rendering the video image in a position more amenable to the shooter. The monitor housing easily mounts to the top of the NA-70D and utilizes the optional HDMI Bulkhead for true HDMI connectivity. Utilizing DP4 features like Focus Peaking, Focus Assist, False Color, 1:1 Mapping and more, this larger monitor vastly improves composition, focus capability and exposure.

Nauticam 70D

 

Optional accessories available for the NA-70D:

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder
  • Complete line of ports for all major lenses
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 70mm
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD DP4 Monitor and Atomos Ninja-2 Recorder/Monitor
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon and Sea & Sea
  • Flash Trigger for Canon
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up
  • Focus and Zoom gears for many Canon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses
  • Port Adapters for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion
  • Handle accessories including smaller handles, handle extensions for cold water diving
  • Vacuum Check Valves

Nauticam 70D

 

The Bottom Line

The Canon 70D represents Canon's commitment to researching and developing the best performing imaging sensors in the SLR world. The APS-C has many advantages in shooting underwater, and is an ideal balance between image quality and ease of use. The pricing of this camera makes is appealing for those wishing to carry a spare body on a long trip. The ability to use somewhat smaller and less expensive lenses like the 10-22mm and the Tokina 10-17mm is a strong virtue, and the 70D is an extremely refined and capable camera. However, the most excitement about this camera is saved for the new sensor. Video shooters get the best of both - SLR video quality with it's capacity for shallow depth of field, combined with focus performance that rivals traditional handicams.  The year 2012 might have been the year of the full frame camera, but the 70D heralds the revenge of the APS-C in 2013. The new Nauticam NA-70D allows the camera to explore the underwater world in style and with all of the elegant engineering, sophisticated ergonomics, clever innovation and shear ruggedness that Nauticam delivers every single day.

Nauticam 70D

 

Specifications

Depth Rating:  100m
Weight: 3.17kg
Dimensions (with handles mounted): 348mm x 185mm x 135mm

Model Number:  17312
USA Retail Price: $3300
Estimated Shipping Date: Oct 1, 2013
More information is available from Nauticam USA at: www.nauticamusa.com
 

 

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