Nauticam has announced the release of their NA-650D housing for the Canon EOS 650D SLR. The company has created a new switch that avoids needing to push the AV button and turn the aperture, by simply engaging the AV button. In addition, the size and shape of the command dial has been changed to make the housing easier to use when diving with thick gloves. The command dial profile has also been raised, and the dial itself has a “knobbier” shape, with larger grooves. The NA-650D has a redesigned dial control with a pickup for the on-off-movie switch, with a small window for visually aligning the switch pickup.
The 650D now incorporates the movie mode switch into the on-off switch of the camera. This is a welcome improvement in the camera; on previous cameras, the user had to wind the mode dial all the way around to get into movie mode. The housing fully supports this by offering a concentric dial control with a pickup for the on-off-movie switch. To make things even easier, the housing features a small window to help align the switch pickup. The net result is that it is easier than ever to shoot 1080p 30fps HD video – just turn the dial to go to movie mode and press the start button.
More info coming soon on scubapix.com.
Aquatica have posted a review of their A7D housing (for the Canon EOS 7D), written by our own Ryan Pedlow. Click through to read how this system goes when used day in and day out underwater.
A blurb from the review:
I’ve racked up over 200 dives with my Aquatica A7D housing, and am very impressed with it. Made in Canada, and designed to withstand cold, deep and harsh conditions, the housing is rugged and robust, and like all Aquatica housings, looks like it will stand the test of time. It’s corrosion free as when I first pulled it out of the box, and every button and lever is still as smooth to use as ever.
A few recent announcements from Canon today. Firstly the long awaited Canon EOS 60D, offering high performance, a Vari-angle LCD screen and enhanced ergonomics and featuring an 18MP CMOS sensor and 1040k dot 3.0″ LCD from the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) with the AF system from the 50D. Aimed to sit in between the 550D and the 7D, the 60D has been repositioned in the market, so isn’t a simple upgrade to its predecessor the EOS 50D. Keep an eye on this spot for the housing announcements that are sure to come soon.
Also new from Canon of interest to underwater photographers is the EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM, Canon’s first fisheye zoom lens, and the world’s first fisheye zoom lens to offer both ‘circular’ and ‘full frame’ images. Producing a 180 degree angle of view when used at its widest setting on 35mm-format cameras, is this the full frame answer to the Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye?
Aquatica have announced the release of their latest housing, for the entry level Canon 550D dSLR. This new camera, with features usually found on much higher end cameras, offers a compact and light design that is ideally suited for underwater use.
Made of High Grade aluminum, the Aquatica 550D housing will give the user unparallel access to the camera operations and every effort has been made to bring the controls and buttons within easy reach of even the smallest hand. New to this housing for Aquatica are flash up and down controls, to easily switch between flash and ambient light photography, and oversized controls for easy use in colder conditions and when wearing gloves.
This new smaller and lighter Aquatica housing is now available at an affordable price, making it a great entry level dSLR housing for a great dSLR camera. Contact Scubapix for more information.