Underwater Housings Reviews

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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.

 

Purchase:  Nauticam Canon 5D Mark IV Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $3,800

Availability:  Now

 



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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, story teller and image-maker from California.
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Brent is managing editor of the Underwater Photography Guide and leads occasional trips for Bluewater Photo.  Email Brent at brent@uwphotographyguide.com or email Bluewater Travel about Brent's custom photo workshops.

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Introducing Aquatica 1DX Mark II Underwater Housing for Canon 1DX Mark II Camera
By Chino Mendoza

Aquatica Canon 1D X MkII Housing Preview

Chino Mendoza
Introducing Aquatica 1DX Mark II Underwater Housing for Canon 1DX Mark II Camera

Canon EOS-1DX Mark II is the new flagship camera of canon with arguably the best features to date.  It also produces awesome images and video quality.  The camera boasts a 20.2 MP full frame sensor with dual DIGIC 6+ image processor, a 61-point AF system and up to 4K 60P or Full HD 120P video with dual pixel CMOS Autofocus for fast video autofocus and tracking.

Aquatica has just released housing for Canon EOS-1DX Mark II.  Knowing Aquatica, they have built an underwater housing to endure even the toughest condition.  In addition, housing features to be ergonomically designed.   Aquatica is also including the vacuum system (sensor, valve and pump) with the housing upon purchase. This ensures that the housing is fully sealed and gives the user and peace of mind.  

 

Purchase:  Aquatica 1DX Mark II Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $4,849

Availability: Now Available at Bluewater Photo

 



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PRESS RELEASE

 

Introducing Aquatica 1DX Mark II Housing

Aquatica is proud to announce its new housing for Canon's second generation of its most advanced action photography pro camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. With easy to reach controls, our new lens gear system and uncompromised viewing, this new Aquatica housing puts the Canon 1DX MKII into the hands of photographers shooting in the world’s most demanding underwater environments.

 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Key Features

>  20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor  >  61-point High Density Reticular AF II system w/41 cross-type points
>  ISO 100-51,200, expandable to  409,600 >  216-zone, 360k pixel RGB/IR metering sensor
>  4K video at 60fps >  30-1/8000 sec plus bulb; 1/250 sec X-sync
>  Up to 120p frame rate at 1080p >  CFast 2.0 compatible
>  4K frame grab >  Dual CF Card slots
>  14fps/16 in LiveView mode in RAW or JPG >  Built-in GPS
>  2-inch, 1.62 million dot resolution touch-sensitive LCD monitor >  Magnesium alloy body, dust- and weather-sealed

 

About the Aquatica A1DX Mark II Housing

Housing Built with Quality:

The Canon EOS -1D X MKII has a maximum of 14fps standard/16fps Live View burst rate and up to 170 RAW images per blast when using a Cfast card, as well as improved AF performance and 4K video capture, this camera is destined to the camera of choice for sports photographers, wildlife photographers, and even for studio photography.

This new housing is no exception to Aquatica's manufacture process as it is milled from a solid block of 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminum. It is then black anodized and for further protection, a resistant, baked at high temperature, polyester electrostatic powder coat paint is added. This ensures that your investment will last a lifetime. This is why Aquatica is your choice for housings!

All video controls are designed for easy reach and smooth operation throughout the housing. This includes a next-generation lens gearing system with a redesigned housing pinion gear and a larger diameter lens gear selection, allowing for smoother transition while zooming/focusing in a video sequence. The Aquatica quick release 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, allowing the camera to be removed from the back while keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.

The video record on/off control lever is perfectly located on the right side of the housing. This lever is easily controlled with the thumb using a slight forward motion. All push buttons are made from high quality type 304 stainless steel and operate smoothly for a natural feel and intuitive operation.

 

 SURVEYOR MOISTURE AND VACUUM SENSOR, PUMP & VALVE INCLUDED!!!

 

Our A1 DX MkII ships with our new atmospheric pressure sensitive circuitry and moisture detector as well as the valve and pump. We decided to have this add on as a standard feature on your housing to allow you to monitor the vacuum pressure inside the housing.

The moisture detection circuit is on constant guard duty, ready to inform you, by way of an audible and visual signal, of any infiltration, no matter how small this one would be. This advanced SURVEYOR circuit also integrates temperature compensation, preventing change in ambient temperature from affecting its accuracy. A few strokes of a pump will light up a green LED, giving you the confirmation that the housing sealing integrity is impeccable. The Surveyor adds yet another layer to your peace of mind.

With this technological advantage, Aquatica can safely claim of having the most advanced and effective protection system, for your camera equipment on the market today.

 



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More About the Housing's Unique Features

The A1 DX MarkII housing has three bulkhead access holes ready to accept external accessories such as our Aquatica Remote trigger, our Water Wizard (an external radio transceiver housing) and third party external monitors and other accessories. 

The A1 DX MarkII model 20082-NK comes equipped with two classic Nikonos connectors of the newest type, these strobe connectors are easy field interchangeable in minutes, while the 20082-KM model is supplied with a time proven 5-pin Ikelite connector.

 

Proven Aquatica Performance

More than 30 years of expertise have helped craft this A1 DX MKII ergonomic design. It’s a design strongly influenced by working closely, and listening to the input of professional image makers from around the world. The result is an unparalleled attention to detail and expertly crafted solutions.

Viewing is through our own exceptional Galileo-type eye piece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the finder. The A1 DX MarkII is also fully compatible with our accessory Aqua View 180, and Aqua View 45 finder, for those who are seeking the ultimate in still image viewing, these two enhanced Aqua View finders deliver second-to-none clarity, providing tack sharp corner to corner viewing for composing and critical focusing.

The A1 DX MarkII also retains our trademark molded grips, the industry standard of comfort for the last 25 years. Lightweight and molded of one piece, they never come unglued or corrode. On top of both grips, threaded mounting holes are ready to accept the popular mounting bracket of our Technical Lighting Control-Delta 3 system as well as being 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 A1 DX MarkII housing belongs to one of the most established and comprehensive port and accessories system of the industry. The Aquatica port system with its critically precise optical property, has been a stable platform on which thousands of photographers have relied on for more than 20 years to produces state of the arts images. 

The ruggedness of Aquatica housings is legendary. The lightweight A1 DX MarkII 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/328ft depth rating that can be factory upgraded to 130m/425ft depth rating on request. Its knurled knobs and oversized controls mean easy operation in all kinds of diving conditions.

 

Housing equipped with our 180 Aqua View Finder #20054

 

Specification:

Depth Rating & Dimension

  • 100 m/328 ft (upgradeable to 130m/426ft)
  • Dimensions: Height: 8.49 inches / Depth: 5.3 inches
  • Width: No grips: 8.63 inches / With grips: 13.03 inches
  • Weight (with grips attached): 8.5 lbs

 

Construction of Shell

  • 6061 T6 Marine Grade aluminum
  • Anodized to MIL-A-8625 (type 2, Class 2 specification)
  • Powder coated with certified A.A.M.A. 2603-98 Polyester coating
  • Baked at 177C / 350F (specification ASTM D2794)

 

Mounting Points for Strobes Arms, Lighting Fixtures and/or Tripod

  • 5 standard ¼”-20 sized threaded holes, two on each hand grips and one centered on top of the housing
  • 3 standard ¼”-20 sized threaded holes located at the base of the housing
  • Standard features last line
  • 5 bulkhead access entry point for various accessories

 

Control Shafts and Push Pins

  • Type 304 marine grade Stainless steel
  • All shaft double sealed with double O-rings
  • All push pins sealed with Quad Rings

 

Standard Features

  • Ergonomically optimized for diving conditions
  • Oversized knurled controls knobs
  • Sturdy comfortable grips
  • Extended shutter release
  • Port lock mechanism
  • Lens release mechanism
  • Standard high quality Galileo Optical Eye piece
  • Dual sacrificial anodes (front and rear mounted)
  • 5 accessory bulkhead entry points
  • Surveyor Moisture and vacuum sensor, pump & valve
  • Form fitting Grips (2x)

 



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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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Introducing Aquatica A6300 Underwater Housing for Sony A6300 Mirrorless Camera
By Brent Durand

Aquatica Sony A6300 Housing Overview

Brent Durand
Introducing Aquatica A6300 Underwater Housing for Sony A6300 Mirrorless Camera

The Aquatica Sony a6300 housing is officially announced and will be shipping in late September. One look at the housing photos show that this is a very compact housing designed for this powerful camera.

The Sony a6300 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is impressive. Priced at under $1000 USD, the camera features some impressive specs: 24MP APS-C sensor, lighting-fast autofocus and 4K video recording in a very small body. Be sure to read our Sony a6300 camera review for all the details.

The Aquatica A6300 housing brings to power of the camera to underwater photo and video shooters in the style that Aquatica is known for; performance that works, no matter what, for whatever shooting style you pursue. A new power saddle extends battery life so that divers aren't limited by the short battery life of the a6300 (no needing to change batteries on the rocking wet bangka in between dives). Interchangeable viewfinders make it easy to travel and swap viewfinders in and out for wide-angle and macro shooting. And adjustable hand grip lets you customize the grip to your finger size, or between your bare finger trips and dry gloves trips. An exaggerated AF-On lever makes back button focus a breeze. And overall, the rounded, streamlined design just looks sexy!

 

Purchase:  Aquatica A6300 Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $1,650

Availability: late-September/October at Bluewater Photo

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Introducing Aquatica A6300 Housing

The Aquatica A6300 is a housing designed to be small, compact and easily handled just like the camera that it is designed for. With 24 MP stills and 4K video capabilities coming in at a retail cost of $1000 dollars, the SONY Alpha a6300 is a great camera for the beginner and professional Underwater Photographer alike.

 

The Sony A6300:

  •  Advanced Auto Focus (4D FOCUS)
    • Fastest Auto Focus for an interchangeable lens digital camera.
    • 425 focus points, the largest number focus points for a Mirrorless camera
  • Electronic Viewfinder
    • 2.4 m-dot XGA (1024 x 768) OLED
    • 120 FPS refresh rate
  • 4K Video
    • First APS-C mirrorless camera capable of 4K video capture
  • Built from a Magnesium alloy and includes dust and moisture resistance

 

Our Innovations:

This camera is a powerhouse of technology. That being said, it requires a lot of energy to power. Aquatica has carefully looked at all the strengths and challenges of housing a compact camera and used this opportunity to create some options only available with the Aquatica A6300 housing:   

 

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. 

 



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Interchangeable Viewfinders:

Aquatica Digital is proud to announce the support of our Aqua View Finders. The A6300 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 A6300’s smaller size. We have been able to include these grips as part of the A6300 package in the form of highly modular tray to mount either strobes or video lights to the top of the grips. The tray it self can be moved left and right for added comfort. Furthermore, the tray brackets can be independently adjusted to a forward, mid and back position while the grip brackets can be adjusted to an inward, centered and outward position from the housing, thus allowing for you to have 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 A6300 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. 

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. 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. 

 

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.

 

The 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.  

  • #34000-OPT our fiber optic version will feature our industry standard L-type fiber optic cable connectors
  • #34000-NK our Nikonos type connector with universal hot shoe 
  • #34000-IKE our Ikelite type connector with universal hot shoe

 



Special Offer:

With the purchase of the A6300 housing, add one TLC #77514 DELTA 3 ARM and get a second one free

 


 

Port Selection:

We felt that a camera like the Sony a6300 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 10-18 and 16-50 “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 Fiberoptic Ports
  • Extended Trigger adapter
  • Extra main sealing O-Ring
  • Extra Port O-Ring
  • Aquatica Standard Eye Piece

 



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Ikelite presents three housings for Nikon D500, new Dry Lock port system and other features for this much-anticipated DSLR
By Chino Mendoza

Ikelite Housings for Nikon D500 Overview

Chino Mendoza
Ikelite presents three housings for Nikon D500, new Dry Lock port system and other features for this much-anticipated DSLR

Ikelite introduces their 3 new housings for Nikon D500 and the new Dry Lock port mount.  Ikelite offers 3 underwater housings for Nikon D500; standard four lock port mount, 50ft water housing with Dry Lock port mount and 200ft Dry Lock port mount.

The new Dry Lock port mount was based on the design of Ikelite's mirrorless port system, which has redefined the concept of their port system.

The 20.7 MP Nikon D500 raises the bar in DX format Nikon cameras. The best feature is the revamped autofocus system, which boasts 153 AF points, 99 of which are cross-type. Improved focus tracking and a joystick for quickly adjusting the focal point location help capture fast action. This is a major jump for Nikon and puts the D500 into the consideration set of those who would have previously chosen Canon's dual-pixel AF technology.

In addition, the Nikon D500 has a large viewfinder with 100% coverage, 4K video resolution, and 10 fps continuous shooting with a buffer far larger than similar camera bodies (using XQD mem cards)... that's some processing power! If you haven't yet, you can read our Nikon D500 Pre-Review.

 

Purchase:  Ikelite D500 Housing with Four Lock Mount / Ikelite D500 Housing with Dry Lock Mount

U.S. Retail Price:  $1,395 / $1,595

Availability: Pre order for Early September on the Four Lock Mount and Pre-order for October on the Dry Lock Mount

 

Press Release

The "Best Enthusiast DX Offering"

Nikon has finally given us a successor to the D300s camera with fantastic speed and processing power in a relatively compact and durable body. Some highlights include:

  • Same 153-point Autofocus system and EXPEED 5 processor as the Nikon D5
  • 4K/UHD video recording
  • 20.9MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Excellent low light performance with an ISO range of 100-51,200
  • Same rugged weather sealing as the Nikon D810

The D500 is up to almost any photographic challenge—so it's fitting to offer a housing system that can be built to suit almost any need. Three base housing versions are available to suit the Nikon D500 DSLR camera. Skip to the side-by-side comparison...

All three versions start with a fully functional, white ABS-PC housing front which is depth rated to 200' (60m).


Form + Function

The D500 slides into the form fitting housing using a simple tripod-style attachment. Controls are provided for all important camera functions and positioned intuitively to take advantage of the muscle memory you develop when using the camera on the surface. A unique universal gearing system puts zoom or focus at the tip of your finger with a brand new soft-touch, 5-lobed knob.

 

The AF-ON Trick

Take full advantage of the camera's superb autofocus system and fast continuous frame rate by using AF-ON to lock focus. A convenient lever on the side of the housing feels so natural that we promise you'll never think about half-pressing the shutter again.

 

Groovy Groove-less O-ring

O-ring channels trap dirt and debris, and cause the o-ring to twist and deform in various ways. Our unique groove-less design is the most user friendly and reliable sealing method currently available. For added assurance, the all-clear back allows you to see the o-ring form a solid, black line once the housing is sealed.

 

Very Flashy

Optical slaves have come a long way, but electrical sync cords are still the fastest and most precise way to trigger a strobe under water. Each housing comes equipped with a manual flash hot shoe and Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead. The hot shoe and bulkhead are user changeable for in-field modifications and serviceability.

An optional TTL hot shoe and Nikon TTL Converter provide industry leading accuracy in exposure when combined with a compatible Ikelite DS strobe.

The flash system is almost endlessly expandable with lots of options for remote units triggered by extension cords, optical slaves, Pocket Wizards, and more. It's time to get creative with your lighting and think way beyond the classic two-strobe set-up.

 

Lens Port Authority

And now... the main event. Introducing the NEW Dry Lock (DL) Port Mount. Building off of our popular port system for compact mirrorless cameras, we have re-designed and refined the concept and it's ready for the big leagues. Key features include:

  • A unique exterior o-ring which prevents water from dripping onto your camera when the port is removed;
  • Solid, sure-stop press fit with no threading, turning, or twisting of the ports or extensions;
  • Built for reliability in remote locations with standard locking thumbscrews and no complex moving parts;
  • Accommodates large diameter lenses with ease;
  • A new compact 8" dome port provides the optical quality of a large dome with the size of a much smaller dome—perfect for close-focus wide angle work;
  • Plus the new featherweight full 8" dome is less than half the weight of its predecessor and several pounds lighter than the glass alternatives with nearly identical optical quality!

 

Not quite ready to let go of your legacy ports? The Four Lock (FL) version can be sent in at a later date for upgrade to the DL mount. However, our original standard flat, 6" dome, and modular port components are not adaptable to the new system. We promise that once you switch over, you won't miss them anyway...

 

Our new white ABS-PC blend is specially formulated for added strength and durability. Compared to black, colored, or clear alternatives, the white shell keeps the camera running cooler, longer in hot, sunny climates.

 

Two Faced... and Two Backed?

The new 50ft (15m) Water Housing version features a slimmed down acrylic back and paired down control set which is over 1/2 pound lighter and streamlined for use at the surface of the water, in surf and pool work. The two backs are interchangeable and can be purchased separately so you can pack lighter when shooting the whale sharks in Isle Mujeres or dolphins in the Red Sea.

 

Two Faced... and Two Backed?

The new 50ft (15m) Water Housing version features a slimmed down acrylic back and paired down control set which is over 1/2 pound lighter and streamlined for use at the surface of the water, in surf and pool work. The two backs are interchangeable and can be purchased separately so you can pack lighter when shooting the whale sharks in Isle Mujeres or dolphins in the Red Sea.

 

Side-by-Side Comparison

Three housing versions are available to suit the Nikon D500 DSLR camera. All versions feature:

  • Controls for Shutter-release button, Power switch, Movie-record button, Sub-command dial, Exposure compensation (+/-) button, ISO button, MODE button, WB button, Metering button, BKT button, Lens release button, AF-ON button, Main command dial, Multi selector, Info button, Live view selector, Lv button, i button, Playback button, Trash button, MENU button, Key/? button, Magnify + button, Magnify - button, OK button, Fn2 button
  • Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead and manual flash hot shoe
  • Aluminum base with Left-Hand Quick Release Handle
  • A completely clear back for an unobstructed view of the camera and o-ring seal
  • Control symbols laser etched into the back for easy to read labeling that will never fade or rub off
  • A quick install camera mount plate which does not need to be removed for battery or memory card access
  • 1 year limited warranty
 
200ft Underwater Housing
with Four Lock Port Mount
50ft Water Housing
with Dry Lock Port Mount
200ft Water Housing
with Dry Lock Port Mount
Model Number6812.57300571005
PurposeSupport older lens ports for legacy usersLightweight for pool, surf, and use near the surface of the waterFully functional and fully depth rated
Depth Rating200ft/60m200ft/60m Front-50ft/15m Back200ft/60m
Port SystemLegacy Four Lock (FL)Dry Lock (DL)Dry Lock (DL)
Vacuum SystemOptionalIncludedIncluded
Additional Controls
i Button
Trash Button
Key/?Button
Maginfy + Button 
Maginfy - Button
Fn2 Button
None
i  Button
Trash Button
Key/?Button
Maginfy + Button 
Maginfy - Button
Fn2 Button
Spare 1/2-20 Threaded Ports211
ViewFinder
SuperEye Viewfinder
Optional Straight
45° Magnified Viewfinder
Glass Viewfinder
Optional Straight
45° Magnified Viewfinder
SuperEye Viewfinder
Optional Straight
45° Magnified Viewfinder
US MSRP$1,395$1,395$1,595
AvailabilityPre-order for Early SeptemberPre-order for OctoberPre-order for October
Full DetailsSee 200ft Housing with Four Lock MountSee 50ft Housing with DryLock MountSee 200ft Housing with DryLock Mount

 

 

 


 

Purchase:  Ikelite D500 Housing with Four Lock Mount / Ikelite D500 Housing with Dry Lock Mount

 


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 specs, innovative touch screen access, ergonomics, and sample content shot with the Fantasea FG9 X underwater housing
By Brent Durand

Fantasea Canon G9 X Housing Review

Brent Durand
We review specs, innovative touch screen access, ergonomics, and sample content shot with the Fantasea FG9 X underwater housing

 

The Fantasea FG9X housing is the latest in a great line of compact camera housings and will be a staple in the world of compact camera underwater photography. The housing is a great way or beginners to get their G9X into the water, but also allows access to all camera functionality, and when combined with wet lens accessories, strobes and lights, becomes a very powerful underwater imaging system.

The Canon G9 X is the smallest compact camera available with a 1" image sensor. This large high-sensitivity 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning image quality on par with the best compacts on the market, combined with Canon's very fast DIGIC 6 processor. The lens shoots from f/2.0 - f/4.9 with a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to a 28-84mm lens) for great versatility above and below the surface. A minimum focus distance of 2 inches (in macro mode) enables you to shoot tiny macro critters even before adding a diopter.

Read our overview and comparison of the Best Compact Cameras of Summer 2016.

The Fantasea FG9X housing has been designed to optimize control of the G9 X underwater, with access to all camera buttons, ergonomic and clearly labeled controls, as well as access to essential contact points on the camera's rear LCD touch screen. We'll take a deeper look at the FG9X in this housing review and overview.

 

 


Learn more and purchase the Fantasea FG9X Housing


 

Jump to review section:

Housing Highlights     |     Overview and Controls     |     Advanced Features     |     Demo Video

Recommended Accessories     |     Sample Photos     |     Conclusion

 

Fantasea FG9X Housing Highlights

  -  Canon G9 X offers a handful of quality features, all so important to underwater photographers:

        -  Large 20.2 MP 1.0-inch CMOS sensor

        -  Bright F2.0 28-84mm lens

        -  Wide ISO range of 125-12800 for low light photography

        -  Full HD Videos (1080p/60p)

        -  Slim and Stylish - only 7.37 ounces (209g)

        -  Intuitive 3.0-inch touch panel

        -  Full manual control with Control ring and Mode Dial

  - The FG9X Housing introduces the highest and most professional standards of function, style and durability

  - Full access to camera controls and functions with clearly marked buttons

  - 67mm thread for macro and wide-angle wet lenses

  - Access to essential contact points on camera LCD screen with a new touch screen technology

  - Depth rated to 60 meters / 200 feet

  - Shock resistant construction

  - Ergonomic design

  - Double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal

  - Moisture Detector, Hand Strap and Port Cover Included

  - A complete accessory system available such as the following:

        -  Wide-angle and macro lenses

        -  Color correction filters, flashes

        -  Video lights

        -   All necessary adaptors and connectors

  - Manufacturer's warranty

 

 

FG9X Overview and Controls

The Fantasea FG9X housing is already proving popular among underwater photographers. Several Fantasea photographers and friends have been using the housing with great results - shooting both photo and video. I had a chance to get my hands on the housing for this review as well.

A big concern for using the G9 X underwater has been the need to rely on the rear LCD touch screen for full camera functionality. Fantasea has addressed this issue with 5 new buttons placed at essential points of the G9X's rear LCD screen. This ingenuitive idea will also help make the transition from using the camera on land to using it in the housing underwater even easier for topside shooters.

A view of the touch buttons accessible with the Fantasea housing.
Other controls are are accessed through traditional buttons and dials.

Fantasea housings are very easy to use underwater. The buttons have a large fingerprint that makes them easy to push, plus offer plenty of space for clear labeling. The knobs offer precise control of camera settings and respond the same as some very popular DSLR housings. Flared features on the right side thumb and fingers position make the housing very easy to hand hold, while the tripod mount allows you to attach a tray and build a larger system with strobes and/or video lights.

Inserting (and removing) the camera into the FG9X housing is easy, as it slides into place before being held steady by a spring-loaded pad on the housing's rear cover. This makes changing batteries and memory cards easy. The double o-rings are easy to access, inspect and clean.

A view inside the Fantasea Canon G9X housing.

The camera's front control ring, which is used to change exposure settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) is controlled with a knob on the front left side of the housing. The knob requires your left hand to turn, which should be readily available when shooting, whether using it to stabilize the housing itself or whether you have the housing mounted to dual arms/handles.

Fantasea has also included a moisture detector with a sensor on the (inside) bottom of the housing. The LED light is tucked away on the right side but is clearly visibile when the alarm goes off.

The top of the housing has a cold shoe mount, which allows you to add a ball mount for accessories, like focus light, GoPro and more. The cold shoe mount is an essential, but be sure to attach the accessory to the housing with a lanyard in case the ball mount slips out of the cold shoe.

Top view of the Fantasea Canon G9X housing.


Fantasea FG9X Advanced Features

The FG9X housing has two areas where advanced users can add accessories, making the housing versatile in handling many different shooting situations.

Flash Diffuser

The housing flash window cover is removeable and adaptable. When using the camera's on-board flash (macro without strobe/light), you can add the diffuser over the housing flash window to evenly disperse and soften the light.

Advanced shooters will opt for the fiber optic connection cover instead of the diffuser, which allows you to plug in one or two fiber optic cables for strobes.

67mm Port Threads

This universal port threading allows use of the best wide-angle and macro wet lenses for compact cameras. We've included several below, but you can visit Bluewater Photo to view all the Wide-Angle Wet Lenses and Macro Wet Lenses.

 

Fantasea FG9X Demo Video

 

Recommended Accessories

The following are just a few of the many accessories available to help you get the most from your Canon G9 X 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 Canon G9X Photos

 

 

Conclusion

The Fantasea FG9X housing is a very affordable way to house your Canon G9 X without sacrificing access to controls or quality. The housing is compatible with a wide range of macro and wide-angle wet lenses, plus the essential strobes, lights trays and arms. The buttons are clearly labled for easy operation underwater and the ability to use the touch screen is very cool.

 


Learn more and purchase the Fantasea FG9X Housing


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer, story teller and image-maker from California.
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Brent is managing editor of the Underwater Photography Guide and leads occasional trips for Bluewater Photo.  Email Brent at brent@uwphotographyguide.com or email Bluewater Travel about Brent's custom photo workshops.

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Acquapazza announces feature-rich underwater housing for the Sony A6300 mirrorless camera
By UWPG News

Acquapazza Sony A6300 Housing Overview

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Acquapazza announces feature-rich underwater housing for the Sony A6300 mirrorless camera

Acquapazza has announced their housing for the Sony a6300 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Acquapazza housings have a great reputation for proven performance, along with a radical range of annodized aluminum colors.

One (unique) highlight of the Acquapazza housing is that the port opening is extra wide. This allows you to use Sony and Zeiss wide barrel lenses with ease. What does this mean? In competing housings we've seen to date, you must remove the port, then the lens, then open the back of the housing and remove the housing in order the change batteries (a frequent activity with Sony cameras). With the Acquapazza a6300 housing, you just open the back and remove the camera. Easy with much less time commitment and flood risk!

The Sony a6300 mirrorless camera is sure to be very popular with underwater photo and video shooters. Sony's impressive APS-C (crop) sensor is complemented by incredibly fast autofocus. Video shooters enjoy non-compressed file recording and up to 4K video resolution. Read our Sony a6300 Camera Review for Underwater.

Purchase:  Acquapazza Sony a6300 Housing

U.S. Retail Price:  $1,980

Availability:  Available for order now

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

ACQUAPAZZA announces the APSO-A6300

Key Features

  • An angled LCD viewing window.

  • The housing can accommodate the FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS easily.

  • It is also compatible with the ZEISS Touit 12mm f2.8, 50mm f2 and Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lenses. These are all high definition.

  • Manual focus gears are available for all lenses in the system chart.

  • It is possible to use both power zoom and manual focus with the Sony SELP1650 E Mount - APS-C 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens.

  • The housing latch is made of aluminum.

  • Buttons are 8mm diameter.

APSO-A6300 is an APS-C mirrorless housing that ACQUAPAZZA has been developing for three years.

 

Angled LCD window

It features an angled window for viewing the camera’s LCD screen. This feature was popular on the ACQUAPAZZA housing for the Sony NEX5. Although this is normally a more expensive option, it was possible to do so without increasing the cost of the housing.

The angled window is very convenient when taking photographs using the LCD. This is especially true when the actiuon si quick and missing photographic opportunities is not an option. It is also a great option for capturing images of subjects that are close to the sea floor.

 

 

Wide Port Throat Offers Unique Lens Options

APSO-A6300 has been designed to accommodate the camera when it is equipped with an A mount lens. Thus, the diameter or throat of the port mount is large. This allows the use of “fat” bodied lenses like the Sony FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS, ZEISS Touit 12mm f2.8, ZEISS Touit 50mm f2 and ZEISS Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lenses. In addition, this makes mounting or changing the lens much easier.

This is a big advantage. Other company’s housings either do not offer these lens choices or mounting/changing lenses is more complicated.

For example, when removing a camera with a wide lens from the APSO-A6300 housing you simply open the rear door and remove it.

With other housings, it is necessary to remove the port, dismount the lens, open the rear door and then remove the camera. In essence, this adds three additional operations. Of course, this is additionally complicated as it is required even to exchange camera batteries or memory cards and especially so if you forget to do so and have to repeat the process!

Power zoom and manual focus with Sony 16-50mm lens

In many markets, the a6300 is sold with the Sony SELP1650 16-50mm power zoom as a kit. ACQUAPAZZA offer the option of being able to use both the power zoom and manual focus with this lens simultaneously.

 

Aluminum Housing Latch

Many housings have latches made of plastic. As this part is crucial to ensure that the housing closes properly and hence keep the camera kept dry, ACQUAPAZZA makes it from aluminum. This will ensure both ease of use and long life.

8mm diameter buttons.

 

Buttons on the APSO-A6300 have an 8mm Diameter

This makes them easier to use, even at depth or while wearing thick gloves.

 


 

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Sea & Sea proudly presents MDX-D500 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D500 camera.
By UWPG News

Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Underwater Housing Overview

UWPG News
Sea & Sea proudly presents MDX-D500 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D500 camera.

Sea&Sea has just announced their housing for the Nikon D500 DSLR camera. Sea&Sea has a long reputation for making great, innovative housings, and this camera / housing combo is sure to be very popular with Nikon underwater photo and video shooters.

The 20.7 MP Nikon D500 raises the bar in DX format Nikon cameras. The best feature is the revamped autofocus system, which boasts 153 AF points, 99 of which are cross-type. Improved focus tracking and a joystick for quickly adjusting the focal point location help capture fast action. This is a major jump for Nikon and puts the D500 into the consideration set of those who would have previously chosen Canon's dual-pixel AF technology.

In addition, the Nikon D500 has a large viewfinder with 100% coverage, 4K video resolution, and 10 fps continuous shooting with a buffer far larger than similar camera bodies (using XQD mem cards)... that's some processing power! If you haven't yet, you can read our Nikon D500 Pre-Review.

The Sea&Sea MDX-D500 housing brings ergonomic control of the D500 to underwater shooters. There are several new features, including a diopter adjustment dial and redesigned levers. The housing is also compatible with the Sea&Sea Optical YS Converter.  Below is the press release with full info.

 

Purchase:  Sea & Sea MDX-D500

U.S. Retail Price:  $3,599.95

Availability: On-going pre-order; Shipping in July 2016

 

Press Release

Most Anticipated Housing Since MDX-D300

SEA&SEA announces the MDX-D500 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D500 camera, the most anticipated housing since the MDX-D300. Newly designed features of the MDX-D500 housing greatly surpass its predecessor. New features include the compatible internal Optical YS Converter of the MDX-D500 versus the external TTL converter connector of the MDX-D300. The MDX-D500 housing also has redesigned levers and luminescent buttons that increase their visibility while shooting in low light conditions.

The Nikon D500 HD-DSLR camera is an upgrade to its predecessor the Nikon D300S with many improved features in a lighter camera body. The Nikon D500 has vastly improved sensor technology with a high-resolution 20.9 MP sensor, sports an Advanced Multi-CAM 20K AF system with 153 focus points, and can also focus in very low light conditions with its -4EV AF detection range, making it a great choice for underwater photographers.

       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).

Shutter lever, AF mode lever, AF-ON lever, and movie-record lever all have been re-designed with ergonomic shapes.

      Most levers and buttons will glow in dark environments.

      Conveniently switch lenses 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.

The camera's diopter adjustment dial can be operated from the housing.


 

Housing Features:

  • Equipped with two (2) Fiber-Optic Cable Sockets

  • Grip: Corrosion-Resistant Die-Cast Aluminum Alloy

  • Equipped with one (1) N-Type (2-pin) connector and one (1) HDMI accessory port 

  • Depth Rating: 100m / 330ft

  • Equipped with two (2) Sacrificial Zinc Diodes (front/ rear)

  • Dimension (WxHxD): 324 x 210 x 141mm / 13.9 x 8.3 x 5.6inch    

  • Compatible with Optional VF45 and VF180 View Finders

  • Weight: Approx. 3,200g / 112.9oz (housing only)         

  • Built-In Leak Detector Sensor (Optional)

  • Compatible with SEA&SEA Strobes, Sea Arm 8, Fiber-Optic Cable II, Electronic sync Cords, Vacuum Pump System (TBA)  

  • Body: Corrosion-Resistant Aluminum Alloy (machined)

 

 

 


 

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