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Taking the Nauticam NA-D850 Underwater
By Matthew Sullivan

Nauticam D850 Review

Matthew Sullivan
Taking the Nauticam NA-D850 Underwater

Nauticam is known for producing functional, ergonomic, customizable, and durable housings. The new Nauticam D850 is no exception. All the levers, buttons, and wheels on the aluminum housing are clearly labeled so there is no guessing as to what button you are pushing or wheel you are spinning.

The NA-D850 features the patented Nauticam bayonet port lock mechanism and the electro-optical converter like the one found on the D500 and D5 housings, along with a new lever to easily toggle between AF modes. Of course, the housing also provides access to all important camera functions. Users of other Nauticam DSLR housings will feel right at home. The housing handles faultlessly in the water (as it should).

 



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What's New?       |      Whats's the Same     |     Recommended Lenses and Ports     |     Useful Accessories

 

WHAT'S NEW?

  1. ELECTRO-OPTICAL CONVERTER - The biggest addition, for any non D500/D5 Nauticam users, is the Nauticam electro-optical converter that comes built in. This allows photographers the use of fiber optic cables with cameras that lack a popup flash and also doesn't require an extra flash trigger. The trigger connects to the camera via the hotshoe mount. I LOVE this feature. It allows rapid fire shooting with fiber optics, no extra flash trigger, seems more reliable, and means the housing doesn't need to be quite as tall. The batteries for the converter come with the housing.

  2. ISO LEVER - Another significant change (and D500/D5 users will already be familiar with this) is the new location of the ISO button over by the trigger. Immensely helpful for topside photographers as it allows more intuitive changing of ISO without taking your eye off the shutter. For underwater photographers however, this means the ISO lever is now positioned directly behind the shutter release on the right hand side of the housing. Unless you have the world's largest hands, changing the ISO requries taking your finger off the trigger, which isn't ideal. That said, after a few dives, it is easy to figure out a solution to changing the ISO quickly that will work for you and anyone coming from the D500/D5 will undoubtedly already have figured this out.

  3. AF TOGGLE LEVER - The D850 features a nice lever that allows much easier, faster, and more intuitive changing of the autofocus modes.

 

WHAT'S THE SAME?

  1. LEAK DETECTION - Like all Nauticam housings, the leak alarm comes built in. However, for more peace of mind and to ensure your housing is watertight, the addition of a vacuum system can be invaluable.

  2. AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE - Nauticam has taken an approach that works well. All their housings are easy to learn and do not vary too much between cameras of the same family (DSLR vs DSLR or Mirrorless vs Mirrorless). This makes for a quick learning curve and allows users to feel right at home no matter what housing they pick up.

 

Recommended Lenses and Ports:

Macro:


Nikon 105mm f2.8G VR Macro

Ideal for the smallest of the small critters, shy creatures, etc

Port Options:

  1. Nauticam Macro Port 87
  2. Nauticam Macro Port 60 + Nauticam 30mm Extension Ring

Nikon 60mm f2.8G Macro

 Perfect for palm sized subjects and bigger. Can be used for smaller subjects but not as ideal for that as the 105.

Port Option:

  1. Nauticam Macro Port 60

 


Wide Angle:

FISHEYE: 


Nikon 8-15mm 3.5-4.5G Fisheye

 Best fisheye overall for Nikon full frame sensors

Port Options:

  • Option 1 - This is really the smallest dome you would want to use with this lens on a full frame body like the D850. High quality optical glass dome, the small size allows for better close focus wide angle opportunities. You can use a 4" dome but will be compromising image quality. The removeable shade is important here as it allows the lens to be used at the 8mm end for full circular fisheye images.

Nauticam 140mm Glass Dome Port w/Removeable Shade + Nauticam 20mm Extension Ring + Nauticam Nikon 8-15mm Focus Gear

  • Option 2 - The best option across the board optically. Keep in mind the dome is large and heavy. Rewarded with top notch image quality though.

Nauticam 230mm Glass Dome Port + Nauticam 20mm Extension Ring + Nauticam Nikon 8-15mm Focus Gear


Sigma 15mm 2.8 Fisheye

The budget option but focuses very close, is quite sharp and much cheaper than the other lenses listed. Be careful though, not every copy of this lens is sharp and the D850 high resolution sensor will show any flaw in the lens.

Port Options:

  • Option 1 - This is really the smallest dome you would want to use with this lens on a full frame body like the D850. High quality optical glass dome, the small size allows for better close focus wide angle opportunities.

Nauticam 140mm Glass Dome Port w/Removeable Shade

  • Option 2 - The best option across the board optically. Keep in mind the dome is large and heavy. Rewarded with top notch image quality though.

Nauticam 230mm Glass Dome Port

Option 3- The acrylic dome is far cheaper and far lighter than the glass options. It is not quite as good optically as glass and scratches easier. However, scratches on acrylic domes are removeable unless it is drastic.

Nauticam 8" Acrylic Dome Port


Nikon 16mm 2.8 Fisheye

Sharper, more expensive than sigma, but does not focus as close. The 16mm uses the exact same port options as the Sigma above.

Port Options:

  • Option 1 - This is really the smallest dome you'd want to use with this lens on a full frame body like the D850. High quality optical glass dome, the small size allows for better close focus wide angle opportunities.

Nauticam 140mm Glass Dome Port w/Removeable Shade

  • Option 2 - The best option across the board optically. Keep in mind the dome is large and heavy. Rewarded with top notch image quality though.

Nauticam 230mm Glass Dome Port

  • Option 3 - The acrylic dome is far cheaper and far lighter than the glass options. It is not quite as good optically as glass and scratches easier. However, scratches on acrylic domes are removeable unless they are dramatic.

Nauticam 8" Acrylic Dome Port

 

RECTILINEAR: 


Nikon 16-35mm f4.0 VR

The most popular and versatile choice but requires a big dome port for acceptable image quality.

Port Options:

  • Option 1 - The bigger the dome, the better, for shooting with rectilinear wides. Image quality will be improved the larger the dome. As of now, the Nauticam 230 is the most popular big dome for Nauticam Systems. They do make a 250mm dome that for whatever reason does not seem to be used much. Although I would guess that is because of the size.

Nauticam 230mm Glass Dome Port + Nauticam Extension Ring 80

  • Option 2 - The acrylic dome is far cheaper and far lighter than the glass options. It is not quite as good optically as glass and scratches easier. However, scratches on acrylic domes are removeable unless they are dramatic.

Nauticam 8" Acrylic Dome Port +  Nauticam Extension Ring 70

 

 

USEFUL ACCESSORIES

 

 ** For the full press release from Nauticam on the NA-D850, Please visit this link! http://www.nauticam.com/product/17222/

  


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Sullivan is an underwater and conservation photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. For more of his pictures follow him on Instagram.

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In-depth review of the Fantasea Sony a6500 and a6300 housing for macro and wide-angle, tested through a series of 30 dives in the Philippines
By Brent Durand

Fantasea FA6500 Housing Review

Brent Durand
In-depth review of the Fantasea Sony a6500 and a6300 housing for macro and wide-angle, tested through a series of 30 dives in the Philippines

Fantasea, known for the great performance and fantastic value of their compact camera housings, has entered the mirrorless housing game with the Fantasea FA6500. This new interchangeable port housing works with both the Sony a6500 and Sony a6300. For this review, I shot the Sony a6500 on 30 dives during the Bluewater Photo workshop in Anilao, Philippines.

The Sony a6500 is Sony's powerful 24.2 megapixel APS-C mirrorless camera, with a fast 425-point autofocus system, 5-axis image stabilization and 4K recording at high framerates. Be sure to read our First Look at the Sony a6500 article (full review to be published in next week).

The Fantasea FA6500 closely resembles other Fantasea housings, however is packed with new features designed specifically for the a6500 and a6300, including camera tray, interchangeable ports, wet lens system compatible with several lens combinations, flash trigger and more. Let's take a closer look.

 

Jump to section:

Housing Features    |    Overview & Controls    |    Underwater Review

UCL-09LF Macro Diopter    |    UWL-09F Wide-Angle Wet Lens    |    FA6500 Housing Accessories

Conclusion    |    More Underwater Photos

 


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A nudibranch perches on a rock as current rips by. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, Fantasea UCL-09LF diopter, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @45mm, ISO 100, f/20, 1/160. Photo: Brent Durand


Fantasea FA6500 Features

  • Full access to all essential camera buttons & functions with clearly marked controls

  • Depth rated to 60 meters / 200 feet

  • Shock resistant construction

  • Ergonomic design

  • Double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal

  • Moisture Detector and Alarm, Hand Strap and Body Cap included at no additional cost!

  • Interchangeable lens port and lens gear system is available, allowing for the use of a wide range of lenses

  • Double fiber optic cable port

  • M16 port for a variety of connections, including HDMI, vacuum valve or electronic strobe triggering bulkheads

  • Shutter release extension available for easy access when using housing tray and handles

  • Additional optional housing accessories are available

  • Manufacturer's warranty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FA6500 Housing Overview and Controls

The Fantasea FA6500 is Fantasea's first mirrorless housing, yet it feels as nice and easy to use as their compact housings while still providing full access to all camera functions, controls and a wide variety of lenses. 

The polycarbonate construction is solid, the buttons have wide plastic caps so that your fingers don't hurt when pressing them repeatedly, and everything is very clearly labeled. I enjoyed the fact that most controls are placed in a similar layout as on the camera body, which maintains familiarity built while using the Sony a6500 topside. The knobs have large ridges that provide great traction on the fingers.

My (strangely favorite) buttons are the flash pop-up and depress buttons, convenient when switching between photo and manual video modes. Why? The camera's max flash sync speed is 1/160, and the a6500 limits you to that shutter speed when the flash is popped (actually a nice feature). For shooting 1080p video at 120fps, I wanted a shutter speed of 1/250, and pressed down the flash in order to make those higher shutter speeds available.

 

Accessory Highlights

The FA6500 housing has a M16 port for a variety of accessories, including HDMI output (e.g. for video monitor) or a vacuum valve. It also has a cold shoe mount for focus light on top of the housing (like all cold shoe mounts, check that accessories are mounted tightly before every dive). The dual fiber optic cable connectors are located on top of the housing, which is nice because you don't have extra light hitting your subject when using only one cable.

Fantasea will soon be releasing an LCD Screen Magnifier, LED Flash Trigger and Quick Release Bayonet System.

 

Port and Lens System

The Fantasea a6500 housing features a bayonet system for changing ports and lenses. Simply unlock the port, twist about 1cm and then pop it off. A camera lens release button is located on the right side of the port opening, making lens changes quick. There's no need to open the back of the housing to change lenses.

I set up the housing with the Fantasea FML Flat Port 34 and Sony 16-50mm Power Zoom kit lens, as this provided a versatile system for both macro shooting with the UCL-09LF diopter and wide-angle shooting with the UWL-09F conversion lens. While the lens isn't as sharp as some other Sony lenses, it was fantastic being able to change from macro to wide-angle mid-dive. The flat port 34 has a 67mm thread mount, so your other 67mm accessories are compatible.

View the Fantasea Port Chart for full lens and port compatibility.

 

Inside the Housing

Opening the FA6500 is simple. Just depress the red safety lever, twist the latch, and pull the housing open on the left side hinge. There are two o-rings sealing the housing back, which provides an extra layer of security against floods. 

To insert the a6500 camera, simply mount it on the tray and insert the tray into the sled, then lock it down. The tray does not block the battery compartment and is easy to tighten/loosen with fingertips or a coin.

 

For the review, I set up the Fantasea FA6500 on Ultralight Control Systems tray and handles, switching between Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes and Kraken Hydra 5000 video lights.

 

 

FA6500 Housing Performance Underwater

The first thing I noticed with this sytem was the excellent buoyancy of the polycarbonate housing. I was using 4x jumbo Stix Floats and the rig was just slighly negative and easy to swim around with. Pitch was neutral as well - no front float or sink.

The buttons have nice action and did not induce fatigue, although everyone has different hand sizes, ergonomic preferences, etc. I did find myself placing my thumb on the back of the housing to stabilize the rig when depressing the shutter to focus and shoot. This was necessary in order to keep the system aimed and stable while applying enough pressure on the lever. This is a trend for me on several mirrorless housings, so can't be considered a negative.

The housing knobs were easy to turn ergonomically with finger/thumb tip, which is nice - no need to take your hand off the housing to grab them with fingers and thumb. Heavy-use buttons like playback and display stood up to the 30 dives and still feel like new - no jamming up.

 

 

Video recording is done through the small button on the right back side of the housing. Its low profile makes it easy to slowly press with the thumb, resulting in less camera shake and pressure that might shift the careful framing of a super macro shot.

The FA6500 ships with an extended shutter release lever, which I ended up installing after the first few days of the trip. Most divers will be able to install this on their own, if desired, as it's held with just a single screw on outside of the housing. I enjoyed the ergonomics much more with the longer lever.

Advanced shooters will be happy to know that the AEL button has been shifted slightly to the right, making it reachable for back-button focus operation.

There are a couple inconveniences with the system, however I attribute those to the Sony gear design and not the housing. The first is the electronic zoom slider of the Sony 16-50mm lens, which makes it tough to reach a desired field of view (a bit like zooming a compact camera lens) and is prone to being bumped out of place. The second issue, where the pop-up flash pauses the camera in order to recycle and cool down, has been addressed by Fantasea through a new flash trigger. No more need to watch the best composition to move away while waiting for the flash to recycle! Be sure to revisit and read my complete Sony a6500 camera review for more insight on the camera itself, which will be published on UWPG in the next week or two.

[EDIT] Fantasea has told us that the 16-50mm zoom gear is designed to work with the manual zoom ring on the 16-50mm lens, not the electronic zoom slider. We haven't had a chance to test this, but it makes sense as the manual zoom ring is more accurate for zooming than the electronic zoom slider.

 

Fantasea UCL-09LF Macro Diopter

I used the UCL-09LF frequently during our Anilao workshop. The Sony 16-50mm lens is versatile, however the minimum working distance is often too far away (25cm) for crisp macro shooting. Adding the UCL-09LF not only adds +12 magnification, but it reduces the working distance, allowing you to get closer and fill the frame with your subject. Shooting through less water also results in crisper images.

This specific lens and diopter combo requires you to zoom in a bit in order to move past the vignetting at 16mm. Once you do that, you have the flexibility to zoom the lens in and out depending on the size of your subject and desired working distance (which varies depending on zoom / field of view).

The diopter delivers sharp images, however my first instinct is that the Sony 16-50mm isn't as sharp for macro shooting as the Sony 90mm macro lens. I look forward to testing the diopter on that lens in the near future. But like I mentioned above, the 16-50mm is more versatile, so lens/port selection will really depend on the photo subjects you have planned during the dive.

 

A nudibranch reaches out across a sponge. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, Fantasea UCL-09LF diopter, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @39mm, ISO 100, f/16, 1/160. Photo: Brent Durand

 

An emperor shrimp crawls across a large cucumber. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, Fantasea UCL-09LF diopter, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @47mm, ISO 100, f/25, 1/160. Photo: Brent Durand


Fantasea UWL-09 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens

The Fantasea UWL-09F is a glass wide-angle wet conversion lens that allows you to zoom in and out while using the lens. The first benefit of this lens is that you can add and remove it underwater. The second is this zoom ability, allowing you to zoom out for a wide reefscape perspective and zoom in for more distant subjects like a sea lion or dolphin.

The UWL-09F requires you to zoom in very slightly to avoid vignetting, but after that the image quality stays impressively sharp from edge to edge. The photo below is shot at 21mm and uncropped.

 

A nudibranch reaches out across a sponge. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, Fantasea UWL-09F wide-angle conversion lens, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @21mm, ISO 320, f/13, 1/80. Photo: Brent Durand


Fantasea FA6500 Housing Accessories

 

Fantasea plans to release the following products for the FA6500 housing next month:
  • A Dome Lens Port designed for wide angle lenses such as the Sony E-mount 16mm F2.8 lens and the VCL-ECF2 Fisheye converter.
  • A Lens Port Extension Ring designed to help accommodate longer lenses such as the Sony E-mount 10 - 18 mm Zoom lens.
  • Lens Gears and Light Shielding pads designed for a variety of Sony E-Mount lenses.
  • A LCD Screen Magnifier compatible with all Fantasea Housings which provide an enlarged and enhanced view of the cameras LCD screen
  • Universal Flash Trigger Compatible with all Hotshoe equipped cameras. Thereby allowing for longer camera battery life and enhanced continues shooting modes.
  • New and improved Fiber Optic cables.

 

 

Conclusion

The Fantasea FA6500 is a solid, functional housing that delivers the best performance to value ratio out there. If you have a budget as you plan and purchase a Sony a6500 mirrorless camera rig, then this housing is a great option.

The compact size and light weight make the Sony a6500 and Fantasea housing attractive to DSLR shooters who are looking for easier travel and less bulk while diving. The versatility of using wet lenses for super macro and wide-angle on the same dive is very cool, and a setup I would highly recommend for advanced shooters looking to maximize photo opportunities throughout every minute underwater. That said, I would definitely also look to the Sony 90mm macro lens (and compatible port) if you're into the small critters.

The image quality, autofocus speed and other custom features make this a great system for compact shooters looking to upgrade. 

There just aren't many cons with the system. It can be used as a small snorkel camera with a handstrap or built up as a professional video rig with external monitor, tripod and lighting system.

 

Order the Fantasea FA6500 housing at Bluewater Photo.

 

Fantasea a6500 Housing Underwater Photos

 

A friendly green turtle hangs out for a portrait. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @37mm, ISO 100, f/16, 1/125. Photo: Brent Durand


Known for macro, Anilao also is home to gorgeous reefs. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, Fantasea UWL-09F wide-angle conversion lens, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @18mm, ISO 320, f/13, 1/100. Photo: Brent Durand

 

 

A nudibranch reaches out towards the housing. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, Fantasea UCL-09LF diopter, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @24mm, ISO 100, f/22, 1/160. Photo: Brent Durand

 

A mototi octopus crawls across the sand while hunting. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @33mm, ISO 100, f/14, 1/160. Photo: Brent Durand

 

Anemone shrimp are commonly found with eggs. Sony a6500, Sony 16-50mm lens, Fantasea FA6500 housing, Fantasea UCL-09LF diopter, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. @41mm, ISO 100, f/29, 1/160. Photo: Brent Durand

 

Disclosure: Fantasea loaned UWPG the gear reviewed in this article.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.
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Brent is a writer for the Underwater Photography Guide, an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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The Aquatica A6500 is here, with built-in leak sensor, handles, hand strap, tray brackets, grip brackets and more
By UWPG News

Aquatica A6500 Housing Announced

UWPG News
The Aquatica A6500 is here, with built-in leak sensor, handles, hand strap, tray brackets, grip brackets and more

Aquatica has unveiled their housing for the popular Sony a6500 camera. The latest in an impressive line of mirrorless camera housings, the Aquatica A6500 is designed to be small, compact and easily handled - with a tray or in-hand. This versatile approach in housing design allows this camera to be used by everyone, from the beginner underwater photo/video shooter to the working professional.

The Sony a6500 is an impressive camera, featuring a 24.2-megapixel sensor, 4K customizeable video capture, in-body 5-axis image stabilization, 425 phase detection autofocus points and much more. Be sure to read our First Look at the Sony a6500 article for full specs and features.

Teh A6500 boasts some nice features as well, including a power saddle for extended battery life, interchangeable viewfinders, adjustable hand grip support, and accessory ports.

Availability:  Shipping April 1, 2017, available for pre-order at Bluewater Photo

Retail Price:  $1,650 USD

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Introducing The AQUATICA A6500 Underwater Housing

For the SONY Alpha 6500 Compact Camera

 

Retail: $1,650.00 USD includes Housing, built in leak sensor, handles, hand strap, tray brackets, grip brackets and more!

The Aquatica A6500 is a housing designed to be small, compact and easily handled just like the camera that it is designed for. With 24.2 MP stills and 4K video capabilities coming in at a retail cost of $1,399.00 USD the SONY Alpha 6500 is a great camera for the beginner and professional Underwater Photographer alike. THE SONY a6500 features:

  •   24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor

  •   BIONZ X Image processor

  •   4K video capture

  •   In-body 5 axis image stabilization

  •   Built in WIFI for easy sharing

  •   425-point phase detection autofocus points

  •   3.0'' 921.6k-Dot Tiliting Touchscreen LCD

  •   Bigger JPEG buffer

  •   Silent shooting

  •   Tough magnesium alloy body and robust lens mount

 

OUR INNOVATIONS:

This camera is a powerhouse of technology just like its predecessor, the A6300. We have made our Power saddle also available for this housing to allow the user to fully enjoy the system underwater.

Power Saddle:

The Aquatica Digital Power Saddle incorporates an optional rechargeable battery pack that plugs into the camera’s micro usb port and attaches magnetically to the camera’s mounting plate. This option can be purchased with the housing or purchased later as an add-on. Purchasing the Power Saddle will allow both still and video shooters to have the equivalent of two extra batteries in their housing, allowing the extra power they need to fuel their creative visions.

Interchangeable View Finders:

Aquatica Digital is proud to announce the support of our Aqua View Finders. The A6500 will come standard with our Aquatica eyepiece and the housing allows the user to switch between our Aqua View 45 and our Aqua View 180 Finders without having to change the LCD window of the housing. Upgrading to these Finders gives the user a 1.2 magnified view of the electronic viewfinder, allowing for improved underwater viewing. These finders are among the best finders available on the market.

 

Adjustable Hand Grip Support:

Aquatica is world famous for having the most comfortable hand grips on the market and we are excited to announce
that these grips have been adapted for the A6500’s smaller size. We have been able to include these grips as part of the A6500 package in the form of highly modular tray to mount either strobes or video lights to the top of the grips. The tray itself can be moved left and right for added comfort. Furthermore, the tray bracketscan be independently
adjusted to a forward, mid and back position while the grip brackets can be adjustedto an inward, centered and outward position from the housing, thus allowing for you to have the industry’s most ergonomic control access available. Additionally; an adjustable Aquatica nylon hand strap is included at no extra cost allowing for the avid freediver, or available light shooter to streamline their profile by removing the handles.

 

THE CONTROLS:

The A6500 can be used with or without grips. The right side of the housing has been designed so that you can comfortably hold and operate the housing with your right hand with the shutter button positioned to naturally rest under your index finger.

Additionally, at the rear of the housing, we have provided access to many of the camera’s functions. The controls can be easily reached by simply moving your thumb, thus allowing you to never have to remove your hand from the shutter lever. Primarily among these controls is the record button which has been given a large red oversized button for ease of use. For those that prefer a steady hold on the housing, the Aquatica grips and shutter extended trigger are available, allowing for a more traditional hold of the housing underwater.

We have ergonomically placed the control dial at the rear of the housing so that it gives you quick and easy access to shutter speeds, aperture, white balance and the ISO of the camera.

 

THE HOUSING:

At the core of the design is the shell, machined on a state of the art 5 axis CNC machine from a solid block of 6061 T6 aluminum alloy. The shell is then anodized and painted with a black polyester powder coating. This type of finish is capable of handling the toughest conditions a professional photographer can throw at it.

We are immensely proud of how often our clients at rental dealerships praise our trademark crinkle powder coat finish being as “tough as nails”. What is often noted is that housings that only have an anodized finish do not stand up to the abuse rental housings are exposed to, therefore making Aquatica housings the ideal choice.

Our control shafts and push buttons are made from the finest grade of stainless steel available rather than plastic or less expensive metals. This ensures the most reliable performance on the market.

The housing shell has two entry points for connecting strobes plus two others for adapting various accessories. The housing is sealed with our signature rotary closure made popular on our Amphibico cinema housings.

There is also a large 16mm diameter access point on the left hand side which is ideal for connecting a video monitor. Located on the left hand side is a standard 1/2” diameter access point for the optional Surveyor vacuum valve to ensure a water tight seal prior to your dive, thus giving the shooter watertight piece of mind.

STROBE CONNECTORS:

Every underwater shooter’s needs are different, as such we offer a full complement of flash triggering options to suit those needs. Whether you use basic fiber optic connections or the hard wired flash connections with which to fire your strobes independently, we have you covered with our impressive line up of available flash connectors. The Aquatica Digital A6500 will have three options for flash connection:

  #37000-OPT Fiber optic version will feature our industry standard L-type fiber optic cable connectors
  #37000-NK Nikonos type connector with universal hot shoe
  #37000-IKE Ikelite type connector with universal hot shoe

 

PORT SELECTION:

We felt that a camera like the Sony a6500 needs to support the best lenses for the best optical results possible. We have created a full line of extension rings and adapters for both our mirrorless ports as well as our standard port line up.

Our support will cover the unbeatable Zeiss Touit 12mm 2.8 rectilinear wide angle lens as well as the ultra-sharp Zeiss Touit 50mm 2.8 macro lens. This is followed by the stellar Sony 90mm 2.8 macro with manual focus support, and of course the industry’s favorite Tokina 10-17mm fisheye Canon mount with Metabones adapter. Last but not least we support the Sony 10- 18mm and 16-50mm “kit” zoom lenses and by popular demand both the Sony 16mm and 18-55mm lenses.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

  • Anodized 6061-T6 Aluminium Housing
  • Crinkle Powder Coating
  • Best Grips in the Industry (Left and Right)
  • Two Fiber optic Ports
  • Extended Trigger adapter
  • Extra main sealing O-Ring
  • Extra Port O-Ring
  • Aquatica Standard Eye Piece
  • Choice of Strobe Connectors
  • Built in Leak Sensor
  • Aquatica Nylon Hand Strap
  • Adjustible Tray (left and right)
  • 2 Adjustible Tray Brackets
  • 2 Adjustible Grip Brackets
  • 2 Zinc Anodes

Housing(only) weight:4.5lb/2.04kg
Housing (only) dimensions: W 21.59 cm x H 15.24 cm x D 10.48 cm/W 8.5'' x H 6'' x 4.125''

RETAIL PRICE STARTING AT $ 1,650.00 USD

FINAL PRODUCT MAY VARY

Available April 1, 2017 

 



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Fantasea enters mirrorless market with the FA6500 housing featuring interchangeable port, M16 accessory mount and ergonomic design
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Fantasea Sony a6500 and a6300 Housing Announced

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Fantasea enters mirrorless market with the FA6500 housing featuring interchangeable port, M16 accessory mount and ergonomic design

Fantasea Line has just announced their housing for the powerful Sony a6500 mirrorless camera. The housing will also fit the Sony a6300 camera, which shares the 24-megapixel image sensor, pro-level video capabilities and 425-point phase detect autofocus system.

The housing is Fantasea's first step into the mirrorless camera housing market and the housing is sure to prove its place, featuring an interchangeable port system, M16 mount for sync cords, HDMI cable, or vacuum valve, and the lightweight ergonomic functionality that Fantasea is known for... at a great price.

Be sure to read our First Look at the Sony a6500 article for more info and specs on the camera.

Availability:  April 2017, available for pre-order at Bluewater Photo

Retail Price:  $980 USD

 

 



PRESS RELEASE

FANTASEA LINE UNDERWATER HOUSING FOR THE SONY a6500 and a6300

Fantasea introduces the stylish and rugged FA6500 Housing for the Sony a6500 and a6300 mirrorless cameras. The housing is expected in April 2017.

The Fantasea FA6500 Housing was designed and manufactured specifically for the Sony a6500 and a6300 cameras. The FA6500 features an ergonomic design with access to all essential camera functions. It offers the highest and most professional standards of functionality, style and durability.

Sony considers the a6500 as their flagship APS-C mirrorless system and many underwater photo pro’s consider it the best value-for-money mirrorless camera in the market today!

Retail price of the FA6500 Housing in the USA is expected to be as low as $980.

 

FA6500 System Highlights

  • Full access to all essential camera buttons & functions with clearly marked controls

  • Depth rated to 60 meters / 200 feet

  • Shock resistant construction

  • Ergonomic design

  • Double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal

  • Moisture Detector and Alarm, Hand Strap and Body Cap included at no additional cost!

  • Interchangeable lens port and lens gear system is available, allowing for the use of a wide range of lenses

  • Double fiber optic cable port

  • M16 port for a variety of connections, including HDMI, vacuum valve or electronic strobe triggering bulkheads

  • Shutter release extension available for easy access when using housing tray and handles

  • Additional optional housing accessories are available

  • Manufacturer’s warranty

 

Further information can be found shortly on www.fantasea.com and www.sonydive.com.

 



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Sea & Sea proudly presents MDX-5DMKIV Underwater Housing for the Canon 5D Mark IV camera.

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Sea & Sea proudly presents MDX-5DMKIV Underwater Housing for the Canon 5D Mark IV camera.

Sea & Sea has released heir housing for the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera. Sea & Sea has a long reputation for making great, innovative and ergonomic housings, and this camera / housing combo is sure to be very popular with Canon underwater photographers and videographers.

The Canon 5D Mark IV features a 30.4 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and incorporates Canon's dual-pixel autofocus technology.  With this,it boasts fast and reliable autofocus when shooting video in live view.  In addition, the camera also packs the  DIGIC 6+ processor, 4k video at 30fps, Full HD video at 60fps, 61 AF points (41 cross-type), touch panel LCD, and enhanced high ISO performance.

The Sea & Sea MDX-5DMKIV housing brings ergonomic control of the Canon 5D Mark IV to underwater photographers. There are several new features, including AF lock lever function, luminescent buttons, external port lock and lens release. The housing is also compatible with the Sea & Sea Optical YS Converter and equiped with Leak Sentinel V5. Below is the press release with full info.

 

Purchase:  Sea & Sea MDX-5DMK IV

U.S. Retail Price:  $3,899.95

Availability: On-going pre-order.

 

   

 

(1)  Optical YS Converter Compatible

Converts the camera’s TTL signal to a light signal. Both TTL and Manual Strobe control is compatible with Fiber-optic Cable II (Not included).       *YS Converter Available Feb. 2017

 

(2)  AF Lock Lever Function

AF can be locked by pressing and turning newly designed Lock Lever.

 

(3)  Luminescent Buttons

Most levers and buttons will glow in dark environment

 

(4)  External Port Lock and Lens Releases

Both conveniently switch lenses and ports between dives without removing the housing back. Activate the Port Lock on the front of housing and push the Lens Release for quick and easy lens swap.

 

          

     

(5)  Leak Sentinel V5

Allows you to check the housing's vacuum seal before diving

 

Key Features:

  • Equipped with two (2) Fiber-Optic Cable Sockets
  • Equipped with one (1) N-Type (2-pin) connector
  • Equipped with two (2) Sacrificial Zinc Diodes (front/rear)
  • Compatible with Optional VF45 and VF180 View Finders
  • Built-In Leak Detector Sensor
  • Body: Corrosion-Resistant Aluminum Alloy (machined)
  • Grip: Corrosion-Resistant Die-Cast Aluminum Alloy
  • Depth Rating: 100m / 330ft
  • Dim. (WxHxD): 341 x 198 x 141mm - 13.9 x 8.3 x 5.6inch
  • Weight: Approx. 3,000g / 106oz (housing only)
  • Compatible with SEA&SEA Strobes, Sea Arm 8, Fiber-Optic Cable II, Electronic Sync Cords, Leak Sentinel (Vacuum Pump System)

 

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Subal has announced their underwater housing for the Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II
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Subal Underwater Housing for Olympus EM1 Mark II

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Subal has announced their underwater housing for the Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II

Subal has unveiled their new underwater housing for the Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark II camera.  The camera features a 20 Megapixel sensor, 18fps continuous RAW shooting and a 4k video.

As for the housing features, it is milled from a solid aluminum block which ensures you a durable housing.  It has been treated and finished with powder coat paint.  The housing also features Subals new locking system but still compatible with their previous Type 3 port system.  All camera functions can be accessible with the housing and ergonomically designed button placement.

U.S. Retail Price: TBA

 

PRESS RELEASE 

Subal Underwater Housing for Olympus EM1 Mark II

The housing Olympus EM1 Mark II provides access to all functions of the camera. The ergonomic SUBAL design and arrangement of all important elements of the housing allows the camera an easy operation without letting go of the handle. The camera is mounted on a special sled, to mount the camera with precision in the housing, this allows a more faster and secure mounting. A 4 mm O ring and the NEW SUBAL locking system, prevents accidental crushing of the O-ring, and ensures maximum safety. Threaded holes at the base allow attaching Rails etc. Pilot lights can be attached or mounted to the top shoe. The monitor window provides a glare-free and high-contrast insight on the camera monitor. Material selection, processing, surface protection and finish conform to the usual standard level of quality that is all the SUBAL products. SUBAL offers for this housing model 3 different viewfinders: the standard viewfinder slimmed reduces the viewfinder image, so that it can fully overlook despite diving mask. The GS 180 and the 45° viewfinder offer a viewfinder in size approximately corresponding to the camera's viewfinder, with the insight of the GS-180 horizontally, the insight of the WS-45 under 45°. All SUBAL ports with bayonet mount 3 on this case can be used.

Technical Data:

Seawater resistant aluminum alloy worked from the block. Hard Coating and corrosion treatment is applied to the surface of the housing. In addition 3 layers of powder coating paint is applied to give the housing the Subal color and unique finish. All parts are made of hard-anodized light alloy, acid-resistant stainless steel and high quality plastics, to endure all working conditions. NEW SUBAL locking system.

Approx dimension: 234 x 160 x 108 mm (w/o port and handles)

Approx weight: 1,3 kg (w/o port and handles)

 

Flash Connection:

2 Flash connectors optionally Nikonos V, optical trigger optionally

 

Flash Arm Mounting:

2 x T-plates 25 mm, TLC - or ultralight base optional shoe

Transmission and Features:

All functions of the camera can be operated. In particular: main switch/backlight, shutter, zoom (manual focus), front and rear main dial, lens release, focus mode (M-S-C), AF mode, metering, operation voters of types of, AF-lock, AF-ON, port-lock, photo/video switching.

 

Push Buttons:

Mode, exposure compensation, Flash method, AF mode, lock, video start / stop, playback, delete, menu, thumbnail, protect, OK, ISO, quality, white balance, microphone, multifunction button, info, live view. AF-on, PV, FN, AF mode

 


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Aquatica announces housing for Nikon's flagship camera - which features a compact & lightweight housing, leak safelty, viewfinders and more
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Aquatica Nikon D5 Housing Overview

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Aquatica announces housing for Nikon's flagship camera - which features a compact & lightweight housing, leak safelty, viewfinders and more

Aquatica has officially announced their housing for Nikon's flagship camera, Nikon D5.  It packs 21 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, 14 fps, 4k video and many other features.  This will surely be very popular for photographers and videographers as well which demands utmost quality.

Aquatica kept in mind the egonomics, and they were the one who first to offered access to Fn1, Fn2 and Pv controls.  This was done using a unique toggle lever and gives photographer full control of the camera.  Aquatica also designed the housing to be compact and lightweight as possible, just weighing (grips attached) 4.9kg.

Aquatica also offers multiple bulk head access for various external accessories,  They also boast the most option of interchangeable strobe connectors in the market.  Full press release found below.

Purchase:  Aquatica AD5 Underwater Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $4,849.00

Availability: Now available at Bluewater Photo

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Aquatica Housing for the Nikon D5 Camera is Now Available!

Nikon’s flagship D5 camera is a professional imaging tool with equally impressive still and video capabilities. With customized controls, next-generation lens gear system and uncompromised viewing, Aquatica's new AD5 housing puts the D5’s power into the hands of photographers shooting in the world’s most demanding underwater environments.

 

D5 CAMERA HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 21MP - Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • No Anti-aliasing (AA) filter
  • ISO 100 - 3280000
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder
  • 14.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 4K - 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • No Optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter
  • 1415g. 160 x 158.5 x 92 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body

 

BUILT JUST FOR THE D5:

Aquatica is happy to introduce to you our new housing for Nikon’s new Flagship pro DSLR camera body combining highly evolved ergonomics with features customized for Nikon’s most advanced SLR.

Aquatica was the first to offer access to the Fn1, Fn2 and Pv controls. This is done via a unique toggle levers that accesses the three buttons and gives the photographer control over such things as the power aperture (Close + Open), index marking in video mode and also allows easy viewing of photo shooting information.

Aquatica is happy to introduce to you our new housing for Nikon’s new Flagship pro DSLR camera body combining highly evolved ergonomics with features customized for Nikon’s most advanced SLR.

Aquatica was the first to offer access to the Fn1, Fn2 and Pv controls. This is done via a unique toggle levers that accesses the three buttons and gives the photographer control over such things as the power aperture (Close + Open), index marking in video mode and also allows easy viewing of photo shooting information.

The AD5 is also optimized for video shooting, to take advantage of the D5’s broadcast quality 4K - 3840 x 2160 video resolution. All video controls are designed for easy reach and smooth operation through the housing. This includes a next-generation lens gear system with a smaller housing pinion gear and a larger lens gear for smoother action while zooming in a video sequence.

 

 

A newly designed camera tray delivers smooth and precise positioning of the camera in the housing and allows the user to insert and remove the camera using a simple push tab. The zoom actuating pinion gear and the lens release lever also pull out so the camera can be removed from the back while keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.

Left-hand control buttons are angled and positioned for faster access to the various functions and a quick lever was added for the important ISO access. On the right hand the Live View lever has been relocated closer to your thumb. The multi-controller pad found on the Nikon D5 is made accessible with a simple and proven design and its SET button has been oversized. All push buttons are of high quality Type 304 stainless steel and operate smoothly for a natural feel and intuitive operation.

Three bulkhead access holes are provided to accept multiple external accessories such as our remote trigger (# 19304), Water Wizard external radio transceiver housing, external monitors and/or other accessories. Aquatica also boasts the most comprehensive selection of easily interchangeable strobe connectors in the industry. The 20081-NK includes two of the classic 5-pin Nikonos connectors and the 20081-KT is supplied with a time proven 5-pin Ikelite connector. Both versions are ready to accept currently available TTL converters. Aquatica standard strobe connectors are also now replaceable in the field without the need for specialized tools.

 

MAIN FEATURES OF THE AQUATICA AD5 HOUSING:

  • Well established and proven system of ports, extensions and accessories to meet your personal lens preferences.
  • Quick and simple installation of enhanced viewfinders; no special tools required.
  • Exceptionally good and ergonomic control placement.
  • All controls remain accessible in all dive conditions, either cold or warm, gloves or not.
  • Secure port locking system and easy access lens release button.
  • The most comfortable and sturdy hand grips in the industry, also extendable for larger or gloved hands.
  • Precise camera mounting via a quick release camera tray with angled rear LCD positioning.
  • Two (2) entry point for accessories such as HDMI monitors, remote control or vacuum monitoring systems.
  • Eight (8) threaded standard 1/4''-20 holes, one located on top, three on the bottom and four on the grips, to mount strobe arms, brackets, tripods and a wide range of accessories.
  • Depth rating options of 90m or 130m depth at no extra charge (factory installed).
  • Made with a time proven manufacturing process, using the best material available and state of the art tooling. This offers you many years of dependable and enjoyable service.

 

PROVEN AQUATICA PERFORMANCE:

Aquatica’s more than 30 years of expertise have helped craft the AD5’s ergonomic design. It’s a design strongly influenced by professional image makers from around the world who work and consult with us. The result is an unparalleled attention to detail and expertly crafted solutions. Aquatica housings include our own exceptional Galileo-type eye piece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the viewfinder. For those who need the ultimate in still image viewing, the optional Aqua View delivers second-to-none clarity; it provides the photographer with tack sharp corner to corner viewing for composing and critical focusing

The AD5 also retains our trademark moulded grips—the industry standard of comfort for the last 25 years. They are lightweight, and made of one piece so they never come unglued or corrode. Both grips have mounting holes ready to accept the popular mounting bracket of our TLC Delta 3 system and are compatible with most current strobes and lighting arms on the market. An extra mounting point for a focus/video light or other accessories is included on top of the housing and three additional mounting points are provided under the housing for various brackets, supports or tripods.

Of course, the AD5 housing is an integral part of one of the most established and comprehensive port and accessories system of the industry. Aquatica’s port system has been a stable platform for more than 20 years and remains one of the most reliable and popular designs on the market. The durability of Aquatica housings is legendary. The lightweight AD5 benefits from the finest material available in the metallurgic industry and is carefully crafted from a selected alloy of aircraft-grade aluminum. This housing still has the same standard 90m/300ft depth rating and can be upgraded to a 130m/425ft depth rating. Its knurled knobs and oversized controls mean easy operation in all conditions. Every Aquatica housing is machined on the latest five-axis computer assisted machines. It then undergoes a protective anodizing process to the stringent North American Military Specifications. A baked on powder coating paint is then applied for a tough-as-nails exterior. Additional protection comes from corrosion inhibiting zinc anodes, provided standard with every housing. This additional level of protection is highly effective, as can be seen on some housings with more than 1,500 dives on them that still look as fresh as the day they came out of the box.

 

SURVEYOR MONITORING SYSTEM:  

The Aquatica AD5 housing comes standard with a Surveyor monitoring system, a vacuum extracting valve and pump can be added, this is used to monitor the sealing integrity of the housing, adding another level of safety and peace of mind.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX:  

  • Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum housing
  • Crinkle powder coating
  • Best grips in the industry (Left & right)
  • Choice of strobe connectors
  • Optional left top side 1/2'' or 16mm hole
  • opening
  • 8 x 1/4-20 mounting points
  • (Top & bottom )
  • Mounting hardware for grips
  • Three sturdy stainless steel latches
  • (With secondary lock)
  • Extra main sealing oring
  • Extra Port oring
  • Aquatica standard eye piece
  • Built in leak sensor, valve & pump

 

The Aquatica AD5 is very compact and lightweight housing tipping the scall at just:  

Dimensions: (with grips attached) W 37.2cm x H 23.2cm x D 14.9cm/ W 14.650'' x H 9.144'' x D 5.876''

Dimensions: (without grips) W 26.8cm x H 23.2cm x D 14.9cm/ W 10.576'' x H 9.144'' x D 5.876''

Weight (with grips attached): 11lb/4.9kg

Weight (without grips attached): 10.3lb/4.67kg

 

 

 



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Aquatica announces housing for Canon 5D Mark IV, with ergonomic control layout, leak safelty, viewfinders and more
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Aquatica Canon 5D Mark IV Housing Overview

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Aquatica announces housing for Canon 5D Mark IV, with ergonomic control layout, leak safelty, viewfinders and more

Aquatica has officially announced their housing for the Canon 5D Mark IV. We expect to see the housing in person at DEMA next week, with it shipping in late November.

The Canon 5D Mk IV is Canon's new flagship prosumer DSLR. Boasting a full frame sensor, dual-pixel AF, 61 cross-type AF points, 4K video and many other new features, this is sure to be a very popular camera for underwater photo and video shooters. Be sure to read our Canon 5D Mk IV Camera Review.

Aquatica has quickly put the A5DMk4 housing on the market, mainly because the new camera body is so similar to the older 5D Mk III and 5DS R. As an added bonus, Aquatica has reduced the price of the housing to account for lower R&D costs. That move alone shows their dedication to customers, many of whom are hard-working pros in the field who demand the most from their housings.

Aquatica has also taken the opportunity to move the set button and directional pad buttons higher on the right side of the housing rear for more ergonomic thumb access. They have also added control for the 5D Mk IV's new AF area button on the camera rear. Full press release is below.

Purchase:  Aquatica 5D Mark IV Underwater Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $2,795.00

Availability: end November 2016 at Bluewater Photo

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Introducing Aquatica A5DMkIV

Aquatica is proud to introduce to you the new Aquatica A5DMkIV housing forCanon's latest evolution to the 5D family, the 5D Mk IV. Our housing is scheduled for shipping around the end of November 2016.

 

Design, R&D and Pricing:

Our design engineers were happy to find out that the 5DMk IV was very similar to the cameras that came before it, the 5DMkIII and the 5DS/R, therefore they only had to make small changes to this new housing and also made a few controls more ergonomic. We have moved the rear SET button almost 5/8 of an inch to the right and up over 3/8 of an inch, this makes it much more ergonomic for a right thumb actuation. We've incorporated the new AF area button added by Canon, this button allows the user to select any combination of the 61 autofocus points available on the 5DMk IV. The main control layout has stayed the same since the 5DMk II, this has been a proven design with thousands of existing housings in the field. With very low R&D costs, we are pleased to announce a retail price of $2,795.00 USD. This will be by far the best aluminum housing option on the market.

Ikelite TTL Option & Exposure Control:

The original internal TTL circuitry from Ikelite will be offered as an option. This 5DMk IV housing edition bringscreativity 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 A5DMk IV 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 5DMk IVcamerabrings 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 housingsare 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, even with over 1,500 dives on them, still look as fresh as the day they came out of the box.

The A5D Mk IV 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 housingsare made for the hard working photographer, one who truly understands reliability in the field. 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 A5DMk IV 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 & start button access is provided with a rotating collar that prevents ambient pressure from pushing it back towards 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 armfor the ISO button is now a standard feature on the Aquatica A5DMk IV 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 moulded 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 left is a view of the business end on the Aquatica A5DMk IV, 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.

 

Viewfinders:

The Aquatica A5DMk IV 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:

The new Canon 5D MkIV with its 30 megapixels, will be brutally demanding on optics, both the ones mounted on the camera and the ones attached to the housings. TheAquatica housings 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.

***We will soon have the port extension and zoom gear to support the new Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM as well as the zoom gear, port extension and dome option for the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens

COMING SOON: 8'' GLASS DOME. More information to follow...

The Aquatica 5D MkIV is destined, much like its predecessor, the A5DMk 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 5DMk 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.

 

MAIN FEATURES OF THE AQUATICA A5DMkIV HOUSING

  • Well established and proven system of ports, extensions and accessories to meet your personal lens preferences.
  • Quick and simple installation of enhanced viewfinders; no special tools required.
  • Exceptionally good and ergonomic control placement.
  • All controls remain accessible in all dive conditions,either cold or warm, gloves or not.
  • Secure port locking system and easy access lens release button.
  • The most comfortable and sturdy hand grips in the industry, also extendable for larger or gloved hands.
  • Precise camera mounting via a quick release camera tray with angled rear LCD positioning.
  • Two (2) entry point for accessories such as HDMI monitors, remote control or vacuum monitoringsystems.
  • Eight (8) threaded standard 1/4''-20 holes, one located on top, three on the bottom and four on the grips, to mount strobe arms, brackets, tripods and a wide range of accessories.
  • Depth rating options of 90m or 130m depth at no extra charge (factory installed).
  • Made with a time proven manufacturing process, using the best material available and state of the art tooling. This offers you many years of dependable and enjoyable service.

 

The Aquatica A5DMk IV is a very compact and lightweight housing tipping the scale at just:

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

Dimensions: (without grips) 23cm x H 19.5cm x D14.5cm / W 9.06” x H 7.65” x D 5.72”

 

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Nauticam releases underwater housing for the much awaited Canon 5D Mark IV
By Chino Mendoza

Nauticam Canon 5D Mark IV Housing Available

Chino Mendoza
Nauticam releases underwater housing for the much awaited Canon 5D Mark IV

Nauticam has announced their much-anticipated housing for the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR. This is the first housing available for the new camera and sure to be popular with underwater photo and video shooters.

The Canon 5D Mk IV is the successor to the ever popular 5D Mark III, delivering excellent full-frame image quality. The 5D Mk IV incorporates Canon's dual-pixel autofocus technology for lightning-fast AF in the viewfinder. The dual-pixel AF also creates the fastest live view AF that we've seen in a DSLR, which means underwater video shooters can actually rely on it while shooting video (instead of shooting manual focus). Additionally, we see 4K resolution, faster processing, more AF points and a touch LCD screen in the new 5D Mk IV. 

Read our complete Canon 5D Mk IV Camera Review.

The Nauticam NA-5DMKIV housing has been resized from their 5D S housing due to the body dimension changes in the new camera body. The housing boasts Nauticam's patented ergonomics, expansive port system and convenient flash trigger system, allowing you to shoot with fiber optic cables (even though the 5D Mk IV has no pop-up flash). Below is the press release.

Bluewater Photo will be reviewing this housing in coming weeks - stay tuned for updates on this page.

 

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U.S. Retail Price:  $3,800

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Introducing NA-5DMKIV

Nauticam NA-5DMKIV for Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Model Number 17325
Available Worldwide

 

Nauticam is proud to announce a new underwater housing crafted specifically for the latest Canon full frame digital SLR camera, EOS-5D Mk IV.

The 5D series has an impressive record of feature set advancements. The 2005, Canon 5D was the first full frame DSLR camera available with a "standard" body size. In 2008, 5D Mark II became the first full frame DSLR capable of HD video. The new 5D Mark IV offers the highest dynamic range sensor ever released by Canon, and 4K video recording.  These performance improvements are major upgrades from previous models, benefitting both still photo and motion capture!

 

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

5D Mark IV  is the embodiment of a hybrid camera system, providing compelling feature sets for still photo and video capture underwater.  Never before has there been a camera that excels so well at both disciplines.

Still photographers will love the 61 point autofocus system shared with 1DX Mark II for its fast acquisition and reliable tracking of moving subjects.  The new 30 megapixel sensor with on chip analog to digital conversion offers plenty of resolution with high dynamic range capture ideal for pulling shadow and mid-tone detail out of strongly backlit images.

The 5D Mark IV motion capture feature set might provide even more motivation to upgrade!  Previous 5D versions were acclaimed for their faithful color representation in a wide range of underwater shooting scenarios.  5D Mark IV still has that unmatched "Canon Color", and is now Capable of recording 4K at 30 fps with usable autofocus thanks to the Canon Dual Pixel AF system.

 

Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specification:

  • New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV)
  • Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video
  • ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel Raw (image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • 1.62M-dot 3.2" full-time touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
  • Built-in bulb timer interval timers
  • Improved weather-sealing

 

The Nauticam NA-5DMKIV Underwater Housing

While extremely similar to the 5D Mark III and 5DS cameras that came before it, small dimensional changes in the Mark IV body forced a new housing design.  The core control layout, proven by generations of existing housings in the field, is retained here. This design consistency results in immediate familiarity with the control layout for people that have used Nauticam housings before, and a thoroughly refined and field tested design for newcomers to the brand.

The new Nauticam NA-5DMIV housing incorporates technology from the Nauticam housings that came before it, but features enhanced ergonomics, more and better control access, and reduced size / weight thanks to cutting edge manufacturing processes.

 

Key Features

 

Patented Port Locking System

Unveiled on the very first Nauticam DSLR housing in 2009, this locking lever has become a signature of the Nauticam brand.  No twisting or threading action is required to mount a port,and it locks securely in place with this lever.  Nauticam also offers locking extension rings, meaning a dome will never twist, even when used with a long extension ring.          

 

 

Housing Locking Latches

The industry's easiest to use housing closure system, requiring very little hand strength to close, secures the housing back in place. The latches are safely locked, but easy to open for a quick battery or memory card change.

 

 

 

Multi Controller Pad & Piano Keys

Located within easy reach of the right thumb, ergonomically operates the 5D Mark IV Multi-controller joystick.  Full directional control is available for fast focus point or menu selection.  A new focus area button allows easy access to the focus area pattern.

Piano keys bring the Quick Control and SET functions out to the housing handle for quick changes.

 

 

Card Access LED Window

A new window provides visibility of the camera card access LED.  This can be used to indicate whether or not recording in video mode, with much better visibility than the record indicator placed in the top right corner of the lcd display.

 

 

 

TTL Flash Trigger Integration

A pushbutton activates the optional Nauticam TTL Flash Trigger (26321), and an LED window provides important status information.

The TTL trigger enables automatic flash with compatible optically triggered strobes, including rear curtain sync.

 

 

 

Integrated Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection

Circuitry included as standard equipment provides constant monitoring of water tight integrity when combined with an optional Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve II (PN 25625).

 

 

 

Mission Control

The right hand grip features a cluster of key camera controls, all placed ergonomically for fingertip access.

Shutter Release, AF-On, Video Record, Main Dial, Quick Control Dial, M. Fn., Flash Exposure Compensation, and ISO are all conveniently located on the right hand side of the housing, and easily accessed from the handle.

 

Vacuum Reset Button in Port Mount

A simple vacuum reset pushbutton placed in the port mount allows the vacuum system to be calibrated and initialized from the housing front.  Ideal for quick lens swaps!

 

 

 

Stainless Steel Handle Brackets

Stiffening handle brackets are included with the housing.  These brackets eliminate any flex or wobble when using big strobes, and provide multiple attachment points for lanyards, a hand strap, and other accessories.

 

 

Ergonomic Rubberized Grips

Another legendary Nauticam feature, these rubberized grips have been used every Nauticam DSLR housing release, and are some of the most comfortable in the business.                     

 

 

Clear Control Labeling

All camera controls are clearly labeled, allowing easy identification.     

 

 

 

 

 

Double Thumb Lever

Oversized double thumb levers, easily reached from the housing grips, and operational while wearing cold water gloves are a nauticam signature.

These levers access AF-On, Video Rec/Live View, Info, and Playback.        

 

 

Flash Firing

 

The NA-5DMKIV Housing comes standard with twin Nikonos flash connectors for electrical strobe triggering (pictured below).

 

TTL Flash Trigger

An optional LED flash trigger is available for rapid fire optical triggering (manual power), and a new TTL Flash Trigger enables automatic flash exposure with compatible strobes.

 

TTL Flash Trigger for Canon (Nau-26321)

The Nauticam TTL Flash Trigger is an ideal accessory for the still photographer.  This hotshoe mounted optical flash trigger provides automatic TTL Flash when used with Inon S-TTL and Sea & Sea DS-TTL Strobes connected by fiber optic cables.  The TTL trigger also offers manual triggering, including rear curtain sync, with any compatible slave strobe. 

Accurate automatic TTL flash exposure has been a favorite feature of Nauticam photographers using cameras with pop up flashes, and the TTL Trigger unlocks this feature set in the NA-5DMKIV Housing. Powered by a single Canon NB-13L rechargeable battery, the TTL Trigger provides approximately 150 full power flashes.  

New in NA-5DMKIV, a window allows the flash trigger status LED to be clearly viewed, and the housing features a power button.  This LED provides important status info, and the power button allows the trigger to be activated underwater.

Housing Compatibility:

NA-1DXII, NA-1DX, NA-5DMKIV, NA-5DSR, NA-7DMKII, NA-6D, NA-5DMKIII, and NA-70D Nauticam Housings

Optical TTL Strobe Compatibility:

  • Inon Strobes: Inon S-2000, D-2000, and Z-240
  • Sea & Sea Strobes: YS-D1, YS-D2, and YS-01

 

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System 

 

 

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is shipped with NA-5DMIV as standard equipment.  Combined with an accessory vacuum valve (PN 25625), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing.  A simple color 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, an audible and visual indication will occur. 

The Nauticam system is temperature compensated, eliminating false alarms caused by a change in outside temperature, or from a camera heating up on an action packed dive.

 

Ease of Use

No system is easier to assemble or break down.  The camera drops into the housing with a quick release camera tray.  The camera tray has an extending bracket that allows the AF-M selector to be easily positioned to match the camera.  No controls need to be preset, as housing functions for dials and switches align automatically (on/off, af-m, still photo/video).   The large 120mm housing port opening allows even the largest popular pro Nikon wide angle lens (14-24 /2.8G) to be used, and the camera can even be mounted in the housing with this large lens attached.

 

Viewfinders

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, and allow bright 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.

 

Premium Professional Optics

Experienced shooters know a camera is only as good as the lens in front of it, and the same is true when choosing optics for an underwater camera system.  Four optically coated glass dome ports (250mm, 230mm, 180mm, and 140mm diameters) and a series of acrylic ports support popular lenses from Nikon, Sigma, and Tokina. Port configurations are extensively tested at Nauticam to determine the ideal extension ring length for best performance.

For macro and super macro shooting, the Nauticam Super Macro Converter is a revolutionary accessory. This is an entirely in house design, optimized for use in water.  The water contact correction offers the highest overall sharpness, free from chromatic aberration and purple fringing, with reproduction ratios exceeding 2:1 when used with a Nikon AF-S 105mm /2.8 VR Lens.

 

Recommended Accessories

Magnifying Viewfinders

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder (32201)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder (32203)

Flash Triggering

  • TTL Flash Trigger for Canon (Nau-26321)
  • Flash Trigger for Canon (Nau-26301)

Other Accessories

  • Patent Pending Super Macro Converter (81201), providing 2.3:1 reproduction ratio with the popular EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
  • M16 Vacuum Valve (25625)
  • Complete line of flat and dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
  • Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 90mm
  • Monitor/Recorder Housing for Atomos Ninja2 (17902) or Shogun (17904)
  • Monitor Housing for SmallHD 502 Monitor (17906)
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26211) and Sea&Sea (26212)
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adaptors, 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 Adaptors 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
  • Spare Housing O-Ring (90121) I.D.=204mm, C.S.=4.0mm

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 2.91 kg
  • Dimensions: 358mm x 187mm x 135mm W x H x D

Model Number: 17325
USA Retail Price: $3,800
Availble Now at Bluewater Photo

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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We review the Fantasea FG7X II underwater housing for the Canon G7X Mark II with underwater tests, sample photos and more
By Brent Durand

Fantasea Canon G7XII Housing Review

Brent Durand
We review the Fantasea FG7X II underwater housing for the Canon G7X Mark II with underwater tests, sample photos and more

The Fantasea FG7X II housing offers impressive ergonomics and functionality at a great price, creating the best housing value for your Canon G7 X II compact camera.

The Canon G7 X II is one of our favorite compacts for underwater photo and video, boasting a 1-inch 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, fast DIGIC 7 processing, a large LCD touchscreen, full HD video recording at 60fps and more. If you haven't yet, be sure to read our Canon G7 X Mk II camera review for all the details.

The Fantasa FG7X II housing was designed for style, durability, full camera control and ease of use. It's also a scaleable housing; great to take as a compact snorkeling setup or maxed out with various strobes and video lights. The controls are clearly labeled, the double o-ring adds security and the 200ft (60m) depth rating combine to make it a great all around housing.

I used the housing on several dives in both the Channel Islands and in the Lembeh Strait, shooting the photos you see in this review.

 


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Fantasea FG7X II Specifications

  • Full access to camera controls
  • Clearly labeled buttons
  • Shock resistant
  • Double o-ring
  • Moisture detection and alarm
  • 67mm port ring
  • Depth rated to 60 meters / 200 feet
  • Dimensions: 16 x 11 x 12.5 cm (6.3 x 4.33 x 4.92 inches)
  • Weight: 725g
  • Includes hand strap and port cover

 

 An ornate ghost pipefish poses for a portrait with the Fantasea G7XII housing in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. ISO 125, f/8, 1/200. Shot with a single SeaLife Sea Dragon flash. Photo: Brent Durand

 

Fantasea FG7X II Overview and Controls

The FG7X II is another solid housing from Fantasea. It feels solid in your hands and is easy to hold with ergonomic finger and thumb grips. The top of the housing has a built-in cold shoe mount for accessories like a focus light or GoPro.

The housing accommodates several lighting setups. You can use the G7 X Mk II built-in flash with a Fantasea diffuser, or pop the diffuser off and insert the fiber optic cable holder, which accommodates two fiber optic cables. The housing port has 67mm threads, allowing you to screw in wet diopters for macro shooting or a wide-angle wet lens for the big animals.

All of the controls are clearly labeled, so the camera is easy to operate even if you're not familiar with the control layout. The buttons also have very wide plastic tops, which make them easier to push than small diameter plastic or metal buttons. The larger surface area also makes the buttons easier to press when wearing thick gloves.

Aperture and shutter speed are controlled via a clever rotating knob on the housing back and a standard knob on the front left of the port. Both of these can be spun with a bare thumb when using the housing with a tray and handles, but may require forefinger and thumb grip if using gloves or handholding the housing. The left port knob requires use of your left hand, but that should be on the housing anyway and is not a big deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the Housing

The Fantsea FG7X II features two o-rings, which offers double the protection of a single o-ring (duh!). This added security is comforting when hopping in the water. The camera is held solidly in place by the rear LCD cushion, which is mounted on springs to ensure a snug fit to the camera. Removing the camera is pretty standard when compared with other compact housings. The camera needs some pull to remove, but there's enough finger space to get a grip without needing to flip the housing upside down or tape a pull tab to the camera.

The moisture alarm is flat against the bottom of the housing so that it will go off as soon as water gets to the bottom. ...Hopefully we never hear that sound!

 

 

The Fantasea FG7X II Underwater

The housing is fun to use underwater. It's a positively buoyant system, so you'll want to have it on a landyard or set up with arms, clamps and strobes/lights to make it slightly negative.

In my dives there were no issues with skipping buttons, dials spinning without contacting the dials, or any other misalignments. The flash pop up button was a savior a few times (I admit, I didn't always fire a test shot in the camera room!).

Operation of the camera controls was easy, both for adjusting camera settings and also for reviewing images, zooming in and toggling between screens.

Different wet lenses and diopters may vignette different amounts (they all vary with different compact housings), so be sure to speak with the Bluewater Photo team about your existing wet lenses or before buying new ones.

 

 

 

Fantasea FG7X II Housing Accessories

The following are just a few of the many accessories available to help you get the most from your Canon G7 X Mk II and Fantasea housing. Be sure to contact the experts at Bluewater Photo if you're interested in learning more.

 

Bluewater +7 Macro Wet Lens

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasea Bigeye M67 Wide-Angle Lens

 

 

 

 

Fantasea Radiant 1600 Video Light

 

 

 

 

Sea&Sea YS-03 Flex Arm Strobe Package

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasea Nano Double Ray Set

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasea FG7X II Underwater Photos

 

 

 

 

 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.
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Brent is a writer for the Underwater Photography Guide, an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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