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Introducing the Nauticam NA-EM1II

Nauticam NA-EM1II for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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The Ultimate OM-D!

Compared to the previous E-M1, and all other Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-M1 II is an improvement in every way.  The new 20MP Live MOS sensor provides a useful bump in resolution.  Dual quad core processors combine to allow 60 fps burst shooting (18 fps with autofocus).  An incredibly advanced autofocus system (121 focus points covering 75-80% of the frame) grabs subjects instantly without hunting, and doesn’t let go when tracking.

It takes more than just headline grabbing specs on paper to make a great underwater camera system, and the E-M1 Mark II does many of the less obvious things right.  The “2x2” dial and button structure doubles the functionality of the camera's control dials and assignable push buttons. Typically these dials control shutter speed and aperture when shooting in manual mode. The 2x2 lever allows quick adjustment of other parameters (like ISO and Exposure Compensation, as an example) via the command dials in the most ergonomic way possible.

It seems to be a trend among camera makers to sacrifice battery life and handling in an effort to to reduce overall size.  Olympus didn’t make this mistake with E-M1 II. Its large hand grip provides exceptional handling, even with larger lenses, and makes space to accommodate a large battery that offers an exceptional 440 shots per charge (based on the CIPA rating, and many more are likely in real world use).

Also new, and notable, is a high bitrate UHD (4K) video recording mode coupled with very capable image stabilization. The camera offers HDMI output to an external monitor, providing an upgraded display for framing, exposure check, and focus confirmation.

The NA-EM1II Housing

A camera of this caliber deserves an exceptional underwater housing.  Five and a half years ago, Nauticam entered the Micro Four Thirds underwater housing segment.  17 housing models later, Nauticam is proud to have produced more mirrorless underwater camera housings than any other manufacturer. The Nauticam NA-EM1II isn’t a new design, it is a refinement of the housings that have come previously.  The system is field tested, and underwater photographer approved.

The housing is small, but not at the expense of functionality or ergonomics.  Integrated handles provide a sturdy and comfortable base to operate the system from.  An ergonomic shutter release lever, thumb lever for AE-L / AF-L, and well placed control dials provide the same operational feel as any Nauticam DSLR housing.  Control buttons are placed within easy reach of the handles, allowing for easy operation, even by feel.

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More than just good looking, this is a rugged housing, ready to tackle thousands of hours of underwater abuse. Crafted from solid aircraft aluminum, the housing can reach depths of 100m with ease. The secure single rotating housing latch opens the housing back. The camera drops in easily. The rear mounted housing o-ring makes maintenance simple. Dual fiber optic sync ports are standard and take advantage of the camera included FL-LM3 flash for strobe triggering. To make the most of the E-M1 Mark II’s excellent electronic view finder (EVF), Nauticam allows for installation of the acclaimed 45º and 180º magnified viewfinders, providing the ultimate in composition and focus ability.  

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The NA-EM1II is a professional grade underwater housing, supporting the pro-level E-M1 II camera body to its full potential.

Key Features

Integrated Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection

Circuitry included as standard equipment provides constant monitoring of water tight integrity when combined with an optional Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve (PN 25624). Green means safe to dive!

Port Locking Lever

The iconic Nauticam port locking lever allows effortless port changes.  No twisting required, just press and lock.

This is a patented Nauticam feature, found on no other housing, providing unmatched ease of use!

Extensive Accessory Lineup

The range of Nauticam accessories is unmatched, with multiple accessories available to customize the system to individual needs.  A variety oflens ports support all popular lenses.  Accessory lenses, like the revolutionary Compact Macro Converter (PN 81301) and Wet Wide Lens (PN 83201), attached with an easy to use bayonet system.

Locking Mounting Tray

A cam lever system securely locks the camera in place, providing strength and precise positioning even when a heavy lens is mounted.

Integrated Handles with Stainless Steel Support Brackets

Rubberized handles and oversized controls are easy to operate even when wearing thick cold water gloves.

Stiffening handle brackets are included with the housing, providing a solid "wobble free" attachment base to shoot from, even with heavy lighting systems.  Multiple lanyard attachment points are included in the brackets.

Rubberized Zoom/Focus Knob

A large, rubberized zoom and focus control knob provides easy lens control with excellent tactile feel.

The knob disengages, providing more working space for quick lens changes.

Port Mounted Vacuum Reset Button

A blue push button in the port mount allows the vacuum system to be reset, and recalibrate when changing lenses!

Micro Four Thirds Lens Bonanza!

It's all about the glass, and lenses are the key to terrific photography.  This has always been a strength of Olympus systems, and the lineup is now stronger than ever thanks to the Nauticam Wet Wide Lens (WWL-1).

WWL-1, paired with an Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens or ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ*, provides a full zoom through ultra wide angle field of view.  In our tests, this combination exceeds the corner sharpness and clarity of even very good micro four thirds wide angle lenses behind dome ports.  The WWL-1 will focus on its front element for unmatched close focus wide angle performance, and full zoom through means you can zoom to crop in camera for tighter framing.

WWL-1 is mounted via a quick change bayonet system (67mm PN 83213 or 77mm PN 83215) that allows fast and easy one handed mounting and removal.  An optional lens caddy provides a place to park the WWL-1 lens when not in use.

For closeup and macro work, the Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC-1, PN 81301) allows images smaller than 1" wide to be captured.  Ultra wide, mid-range and macro imaging capability, all on the same dive!

The m4/3 system supports a large range of high quality lenses produced by Olympus and Panasonic (partnering with Leica), and third party lenses from Sigma are starting to appear. Several lenses that perform extremely well underwater are available (and reasonably priced!).

Some examples:

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ: The ultimate jack of all trades tool, this lens covers a very usable mid range, and features a unique macro mode. Shoot dolphins and nudibranchs on the same dive!

Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5: This 180º fisheye lens focuses close and is razor sharp. Combines with a small port, there is no better CFWA (close focus wide angle) option on the planet.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro: This is an ideal macro lens for m4/3, and by adding the Nauticam CMC, it becomes a super macro monster. Imagine filling the entire width of the frame with something only 8mm wide!

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH: The 7-14mm is a rectilinear lens, ideal for shooting people or sharks or wrecks... subjects where the fisheye distortion is not welcome. On the wide end, this lens 114º wide, ideal for getting close to subjects to reduce the amount of water shot through. But a zoom gets to 75º - ideal for reaching out to that subject that is a little more skittish.

The very similar Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 can serve the same basic role at a lower cost.

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm 1:1.8 PRO and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7‑14mm 1:2.8 PRO provide upgraded performance with faster maximum aperture, and are fully supported by the Nauticam port system.

There are many more options for the underwater photographer, including any of the several 14-42mm options:

  • Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH
  • Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH
  • Leica DG Macro Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH.

*12-50 is usable with WWL-1 from approximately 15.5mm - 50mm with WWL-1.

Viewfinder Options

A clear view for fine focus and composition is critical for successful underwater photography, and nothing beats a magnifying viewfinder.  These viewfinders use distance, not closeup vision, and provide a large, clear view of the high resolution Olympus electronic viewfinder.  Available in angled 45º  (PN 32205) and Straight (PN 32204) formats, both viewfinders have external dioptric adjustments for dialing in perfect correction matched to the photographer's eyesight.

45º and 180º Magnifying Viewfinders provide a large, clear, corner-corner view of the Olympus 2.36 mdot LCD Electronic Viewfinder.

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is available with NA-EM1II as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve (PN 25624), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing.  A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.

Flash Connectors for Optical TTL

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-EM1II and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, and Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s FL-LM3 flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-EM1II comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea & Sea strobes, provide exceptional light transmission for accurate TTL performance.

Rapid Fire Optical Triggering

The E-M1 Mark II camera with FL-LM3 flash is limited to 2-3 fps continuous shooting, even when a low manual power is selected in the camera flash menu.  In situations where continuous optical shooting is required, Nauticam's Mini Flash Trigger (26306) can trigger external strobes over fiber optic at up to 10 frames per second!  The trigger is powered by on-board coin style lithium batteries, with thousands of flashes available from a set.

Electrical triggering of legacy wired strobe systems is possible via an electrical Nikonos style bulkhead (optional)

Strobes can be attached to the housing via included strobe mounting balls secured to the integrated handle system. A 10mm threaded accessory mounting location on the housing is the ideal position for a video light or monitor, a cold shoe mount is perfectly placed for a small focusing light.

Recommended Accessories

  • WWL-1, 83201
  • CMC-1, 81301
  • CMC-2, 81302
  • Mini Flash Trigger for Olympus (26306)
  • M14 Nikonos 5-pin bulkhead with universal hotshoe connection (25056) (25019 M16 to M14 step down adaptor required)
  • M67 to Bayonet Mount Converter, 83213
  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder for MIL Housings(32204)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder for MIL Housings (32205)
  • M14 Vacuum Valve (25624)
  • Complete line of flat/dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26214) and Sea&Sea (26215)
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up

Details and Specifications

Depth Rating:  100m
Weight: 1.95 kg
Dimensions: 305mm x 175mm x 116mm W x H x D (w/ handles and mounting balls)
Model Number: 17811
USA Retail Price: $1900

Available Now!


 


Introducing the Nauticam NA-A6500
Introducing the NA-A6500 for the Sony a6500 mirrorless APS-C interchangeable lens camera.
Anilao Macro: Full Frame vs APS-C
Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R

For underwater photographers that want to use SLR or mirrorless cameras, one question that needs to be answered is what size camera sensor to use. For SLR's, the choice is APS-C or Full Frame. Mirrorless cameras add additional smaller choices like m4/3 and CX formats. 

Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D Mark II

Crop Factor

One way to describe the difference between these different sensor sizes is to talk about "crop factor". Crop factor is just a ratio of how the dimensions of the given sensor compare to the height of a full frame sensor. A full frame sensor, by definition, has a crop factor of 1.0. There is nothing magical about choosing full frame here, but it is equivalent to the ever popular 35mm film size, and is a handy size to compare to. 

Crop factor is a semi-useful tool that can describe how the cameras compare with each other given a specific lens. An good example is that the Nikon 60mm "acts" like a 60mm on the full frame Nikon D810, but acts like a 90mm lens on the Nikon D500, i.e. we multiply the 60mm by the D500's crop factor of 1.5. The reason I say is that it is "semi-useful" is that it only behaves like 90mm in terms of the field of view that is captured The lens works the same, we are just capturing a "cropped" chunk of the image out of the center, so the field of view is narrower. 

Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R

Note that these crop factors are not "exact". There are a couple of reasons that I know about, and maybe more. For example, the m4/3 is a different aspect ratio that an SLR, so do we use the height or the width to compare? And do manufacturers use actual imaging area, or effective imaging area? It's a little bit of a gray area, and they seem to do some rounding (and fudging) to make it "easier".

Here are some crop factors for a few of the sensor sizes we've mentioned, specifically the ones that tend to be used by u/w photographers. 

Format Crop Factor Examples
CX CX: 2.7 Nikon 1
m4/3 2.0 Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, Panasonic GX8
APS-C (Canon) 1.6 Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 70D
APS-C (Others) 1.5 Nikon D500, Nikon D7200, Sony A6000
Full Frame 1.0 Sony A7R Mark II, Canon 5DS R, Nikon D810
Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R

Anilao

More of the technical stuff below, but let's look at some images first. I recently went to Anilao, Philippines, which is an amazing macro haven. Last time I went there I shot a lot of video, but for this trip I chose to work on still photos. I brought two cameras, the Canon 5DS R (Full Frame), and the Canon 7D Mark II (Canon APS-C), and I shot with both over the course of my trip. Of my two favorite shots that I got, one was with the 5D and one with the 7D. I feel like I would have been totally happy with either camera (and I do really love both of these cameras). But for the purpose of this article, I will try to point out some differences. 

Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D Mark II

Understanding Depth of Field

Let's start with something that may surprise you. The depth of field with a given lens is exactly the same between full frame and APS-C. There is a common perception that full frame has, by default, less depth of field, but that is simply not true. There is a reason for that perception though, but given the same lens and the same subject distance, the depth of field is the same. The field of view is smaller, so if you then enlarge the two images to the same print size, you will find that the full frame camera actually has MORE depth of field. 

Now, let's get back the perception that full frame has less depth of field than APS-C. If we use the crop factor mentioned above, and compensate for the diminished FOV of the APS-C camera by using a less with a shorter focal length, and then try to achieve the same composition, now the APS-C will have more depth of field. Let me use an example to make that more clear. Suppose I am shooting a sponge that is two inches tall. With the FF camera, I'm using a 100mm macro lens, and with the APS-C camera, I am using a 60mm lens. I then move the camera so that the sponge fills the frame on both shots. Note that even though we fill the frame with the sponge, the shots are not the same. The perspective is different, because with the 60mm, we are a lot closer. You will see less of what is behind the sponge in the latter shot. So, yes, more depth of field with the APS-C in this case, but it really is a different photo.  

Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R

Depth of field depends on two things: magnification and aperture. Here's one more tidbit that says that the depth of field issue is less of a problem with macro than people think. You might have heard of the issue of diffraction with small apertures. This is a real thing; stop your lens down too much and your image quality will suffer. The FF sensor size will, to my eyes, tolerate about a stop smaller aperture than the APS-C, (and another stop or two more than m4/3). So for example, in a shot where I might only want to shoot at f/16 with the APS-C, I can shoot with f/22 with the FF. 

Bottom line is this... there is not that big of a depth of field difference. When you start shooting super macro, the depth of field will be quite small regardless.  Personally, I enjoy shooting both. 

Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D Mark II

Of course there are some differences between Full Frame and APS-C. One of the more noticeable differences between these two cameras is performance - the the 7DII is blazingly fast, and the 5DS R seems quite slow comparatively. Part of the reason for this, of course, is that the 5DSR is recording a whopping 50 megapixels worth of data for each shot. If you are going to shoot this camera, be prepared to buy more HDD and backup space. 

All of the images here were shot with the Canon 100mm f/2.8L lens. The super macro shots used the Nauticam SMC, and the even tighter super macro shots added the SMC Multiplier. 


Announcing New Nauticam Housing for Nikon D500
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UW Technics has cracked the Nikon I-TTL Code!  Accessory TTL Converters for Nikon cameras in Nauticam housings, available now through NUSA Dealers.
Announcing New Nauticam Housing for Canon EOS-1DX Mark II
Nauticam is proud to announce a new underwater housing crafted specifically for the latest Canon flagship full frame digital SLR camera, EOS-1DX Mark II. Canon calls the 1DX Mark II "the ideal tool for any professional image creator."  1DX Mark II is a class leading still photo camera and a professional level 4K video system wrapped in a single body.  This is an incredible advantage for an underwater shooter!
Canon EOS-1DX Mark II Underwater Test Images
The latest pro body dslr from Canon is now shipping, and we are excited to share some early testing images from a Canon beta testers that also use our underwater housings. William Tan from Singapore has an impressive collection of still photo images, putting the 1DX Mark II through its paces with blackwater and macro diving in the Philippines, as well as sperm whales from Sri Lanka. Abraham Joffe was able to use the camera in January on an extremely challenging shoot in Norway with orcas and humpback whales. 
Announcing Housing for Nikon D5

Introducing NA-D5

Nauticam NA-D5, Model Number 17219
Available April 15, 2016


Nikon pro series bodies are the cameras that can go anywhere, withstanding unbelievable punishment in the field, and bring back images bordering on the fringes of what is possible from current imaging technology.  Nauticam is pleased to announce the NA-D5 underwater housing, an ergonomic, rugged, and reliable underwater housing ready to take the camera underwater to the ends of the earth in search of these photographic fringes that make rarest and the most memorable images.

The Nikon D5

Pro body performance is difficult to quantify on paper, but immediately evident when holding the camera in hand.  Metal construction inspires confidence.  The 12 fps continuous shooting speed (with AF) and a 200 shot RAW buffer keeps ups with the fastest action.  A large, bright viewfinder offers a clear view of the shooting scene, and Multi-CAM 20K tracks focus with incredible accuracy.  The D5 is capable of 3,780 shots per charge (according to the CIPA rating).  We called the D4 a Professional Performance Powerhouse, and the D5 is even better.

Nikon has upped the resolution count in D5 from 16 to 20.8 megapixels, but that is far from the most exciting news for most users.  More interesting is the launch of the Multi-CAM 20K.  This new autofocus system features 153 focus points (up from 51), of which 99 are cross-type sensors (up from 15).  D5 has more cross-type focus points than the D4s had total focus points, and they are spread wider across the frame.  The autofocus system in the D4s was already one of the best available, and the improvements offered by D5 will elevate performance even further.  The D5 introduces a new, 180k pixel RGB metering sensor.  This metering sensor drives the advanced Nikon exposure system, and is also used to provide scene data for 3D focus tracking, improving accuracy.

In total, this is an extremely significant upgrade from Nikon.  D4s was already one of the best pro bodies in overall low light performance.  D5 increases the high ISO range to ISO 102,480, capable of being pushed to 3,280,000.  The D5 camera has a better 3.2" LCD review screen with touch capability, and the most advanced auto focus system ever released.  It is also the first Nikon DSLR body capable of 4K video capture.  High frame rate capability allows more captures, and Multi-CAM 20K Focus ensures more in focus captures.  

Nikon D5 Key Features:

  • 20.8 Megapixel Resolution FX Format CMOS Sensor
  • 4K UHD Video Capture at 24/25/30P
  • Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus with 153 focus points
  • 180,000 RGB Metering Sensor
  • 12 fps Continuous Shooting with Autofocus
  • ISO 100-102,400 (expandable to 3,280,000)
  • 3.2" 2.36 m-dot XGA LCD Screen with Touch Functionality
  • 3,780 Shots per Battery Charge (CIPA Rating)
  • Dual XQD or CF Memory Slots

The Nauticam NA-D5 Underwater Housing


Nauticam housings are evolutionary marvels, with advancements from previous systems providing the foundation that new models are built on.  The new Nauticam NA-D5 housing incorporates advances from the NA-D4 that came before it, but features enhanced ergonomics, a more sophisticated flash triggering system, and reduced size / weight thanks to cutting edge manufacturing processes.

NA-D4 was a significant elevation of the Nauticam DSLR housing game.  Key controls, such as ISO, Video Record, and Playback, and Info were dramatically routed out to the housing grips.  Nauticam recognizes that advanced DSLR cameras, and advanced DSLR users, rely on these functions more than ever to realize the full potential of advanced imaging systems.  

Advanced high iso and video functionality in modern DSLR cameras has redefined what “essential controls” are really essential.    Buttons that seem like an afterthought in the D5 camera control layout, such as Info (which displays shooting data on the 3.2" color lcd screen), are critical for use in the housing.  This button is routed to the left handle for convenient access.  AF-ON, Movie Record, Playback, ISO, Pv, Fn1, Fn2 and Live View are all handled similarly.  Considerable design and manufacturing resources go into this ergonomic reshuffling, but the benefit to the user experience makes is worth the effort.

External Flash Triggering

The entire external flash triggering system has has been reworked from the ground up in NA-D5, increasing ease of use, setup convenience, and reliability.  A new LED flash triggering system is standard in every housing.

The Nikonos style bulkheads included in NA-D4/NA-D4s have been replaced by an integrated LED flash trigger.  This optical flash trigger can fire at the full 12fps of the camera. Optical systems, with fiber optic cables linking the external flashes to the housing, are far more reliable than any electrical sync cable system.

The LED trigger circuitboard is mounted inside the housing, and connected to the camera with a hotshoe cable.  This new system is more powerful than the hotshoe mounted LED triggers used in the past, and is compatible with all currently available optically triggered flashes!  Powered by two CR2032 batteries, battery life is measured in the tens of thousands of flashes, driven by incredibly efficient electronics.  With good batteries, we expect 3-5 years of service, up to 50,000 exposures.

Users of legacy flashes without optical triggering are able to add accessory Nikonos (26074) or Ikelite (26075) style bulkheads for electrical flash sync.  These bulkheads plug into the LED trigger board for clean cable routing, and reliable connection.

Accessory TTL Converter


NA-D5 will also be the first Nikon DSLR release from Nauticam compatible with our accessory TTL Converter.  This optional upgrade provides accurate automatic TTL flash exposure with a number of popular flashes, and offers both optical and electrical strobe triggering!  Optical triggering works well with modern flashes like Inon Z-240, while electrical triggering supports Ikelite DS- and Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes.

Accurate automatic TTL flash exposure has been a favorite feature of Nauticam photographers using cameras with pop up flashes, and we are excited to bring this advanced flash control functionality to the NA-D5 housing!
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-D and Inon Series Strobes (26307)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Ikelite Strobes (26308)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-250 Strobes (26309)
In addition to the "core" fingertip controls (Shutter Release, Main Command Dial, and Sub Command Dial, and AF-ON) ISO is accessed by a convenient thumb lever under the right trip.  ISO is the primary exposure control used by DSLR video shooters, and can be reached just as easily as other key controls in water!
The Pv function, formerly known as Depth of Field Preview, is located next to the lens mount on the front of the body.  This control is re-routed to the housing back, effectively serving as a second thumb lever capable of controlling one of dozens of assignable functions.  
The new AF-Mode Lever is a significant improvement, and one based on feedback from Nauticam customers in the field.  Nikon AF Area modes have become so powerful that shooters are regularly switching between 3D Tracking, Auto Area AF, and Single Area modes.  The AF-Mode lever is now easily located by feel from the left handle!  The less critical AF-M lever has been replaced by a knob, making it less likely to be inadvertently bumped into manual focus.

Fn1 and Fn2 are also located here, accessed by an oversized rocker just forward of the handle.  These assignable controls can be mapped to one of numerous functions for quick access.

Extensive Customization for a Tailored Ergonomic Experience


Professional Nikon cameras are known for to be extensively customizable.  NA-D5 offers access to more of these functions than any previous Nikon DSLR, with the ergonomic treatment that have made Nauticam housings legendary.

Pv is routed from the lens mount, and placed just under the right handle.  Fn1 & Fn2 are moved all the way to the left side of the housing to avoid crowded right hand grip.

These custom functions can be overwhelming at first, but the creative options they unlock can be incredibly valuable in the field.  In short, these assignable buttons mean less time digging through camera menus to change camera functions, and more time capturing the scene as it unfolds.

There isn't a right way configure these systems.  Every photographer and shooting scenario has unique demands.  Some ideas are listed below! 
  • 1 Step Spd / Aperture, allows changing exposure settings in full f-stop increments.  Think about changing from a wide angle scenic mode with relatively open aperture and slow shutter speed to a close focus wide angle shot that requires a closed aperture to shrink a sunball.
  • My Menu, a customized panel with frequently accessed menus settings
  • Access Top Item in MY MENU, actually jumps into a frequently accessed sub menu structure for the top level My Menu selection, saving at least two button presses.  (ie min shutter speed in auto iso mode, or quickly define a preset white balance)
  • Quickly access another metering mode, toggling between the selected metering pattern and an alternate that more appropriately mesures the current scene.
  • Flash disable / enable, this is a big one!  Toggles external flashes on and off, allowing a switch between artificial light shooting (continuous shooting speed limited by flash recycle, and shutter speed limited by the strobe max sync speed at 1/250) to silhouette mode using only ambient light (full 12 fps continuous shooting speed, unrestricted flash sync speed). 
  • AF-area mode + AF-ON – very cool functionality, for a quick way of accessing a focus mode other than the mode currently assigned and activating it while held down.  Placed at the right thumb via the re-positioned PV lever, the current focus mode be overridden with something like auto area focus for quick grab shots where there isn't time to move the selected autofocus point.

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 securely closed, but easy to open for a quick battery or memory card change.

Multi Controller Pad

Located within easy reach of the right thumb, virtually recreates the Nikon D5 multi selector allowing full multidirectional use of this powerful tool, including diagonals. No other manufacturer has it. 

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).  

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 or 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.
The redesigned LED Flash Triggering System has allowed for a much lower housing height.  This the smallest, easiest to pack Nauticam Pro DSLR housing yet!
Compared to NA-D4, the previous Nikon pro body housing from Nauticam, the smaller size is immediately apparent.

Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is shipped with NA-D5 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)

Optical and Electrical TTL Converter

  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-D and Inon Series Strobes (26307)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Ikelite Strobes (26308)
  • TTL Converter for NA-D5, Sea & Sea YS-250 Strobes (26309)
  • M14 Nikonos 5-pin Bulkhead II with Red Micro-Match Connector (26074) 
  • M14 Ikelite Style Bulkhead II with Red Micro-Match Connector (26075)

Other Accessories

  • Patent Pending Super Macro Converter (81201), providing 2.3:1 reproduction ration with the popular AF-S 105mm /2.8G VR Macro Lens
  • M16 Vacuum Valve (25612)
  • 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 adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up 
  • Focus and Zoom gears for many Nikon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses
  • Port Adapters for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion
  • Handle accessories including smaller handles, handle extensions for cold water diving
  • Spare Housing O-Ring (90220)

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 3.67 kg
  • Dimensions: 357mm x 224mm x 148mm (W x H x D)

Model Number: 17219
USA Retail Price: $5200

Available April 15

About Nauticam:

Nauticam is the world's leading manufacturer of innovative and ergonomic imaging solutions. Founded in 2009 by Edward Lai, an underwater photographer with two decades of experience making precision injection molds, Nauticam has continued to raise the bar with every new model release, seeking to provide the absolute best user experience possible.  Dealer inquiries are welcome!

Dealers in the Americas:
innovation@nauticamusa.com


Dealers Inquiries Outside of North and South America:
enquiry@nauticam.com



Nauticam Weapon Housing goes to Bimini

by Chris Parsons

My flight was scheduled for 36 minutes. After a taxi to the runway that took longer than the flight, it took a mere 11 minutes to hop from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini. The problem wasn't so much with the duration of this flight, but the size of the plane. The little Saab 340B just doesn't hold a lot of luggage, and traveling with extra bags or overweight bags means that it is more likely than not that you will arrive, but one or more of your bags will not. And of course, those overweight fees are painful. 

Frame grab from 6K mode. 

Frame grab from 6K mode. 

So, it was with a little trepidation that I accepted the assignment to bring a couple of RED Weapon cameras over to Bimini to shoot shark. Oh, who am I kidding. There was no trepidation. Three days of hanging out in Bahamas, shooting Great Hammerhead sharks with one of the most amazing cameras in the world? I was thrilled to be asked to do this. I just hoped I could get everything on the plane. 

Frame grab from 4K 121fps mode. 

Frame grab from 4K 121fps mode. 

Well, I should not have worried. I was able to pack 2 RED cameras, 5 lenses, Nauticam Weapon Housing, SmallHD 502 monitor and Nauticam housing, dome ports, lens gears, Keldan 8M Video Lights, chargers, laptop, extra hard drives, chargers, spare batteries, not to mention a t-shirt or two (padding) into 2 50lb checked bags, plus my ThinkTank roller and backpack. 

The housing was terrific underwater, and I really liked the 502 monitor. I'll write another blog piece about shooting this camera/housing, but enough words, let's see some video. 

Nauticam housings (RED Weapon and 502), 230mm port, extension ring,  tripod rig, and more with 3.44 pounds to spare.  

Nauticam housings (RED Weapon and 502), 230mm port, extension ring,  tripod rig, and more with 3.44 pounds to spare.  

I shot mostly 6K 60p, but tried some of the other resolutions and frame rates as well. See the links below for an edited demo reel. I've rendered it to 4K 30p for YouTube and 2K 30p for Vimeo. 

Here's the 4K version on YouTube. To play in 4K, goto the quality dropdown, select "2160", and make it full screen. Of course you'll need a 4K display to see in all of its glory, but a more typical high rez monitor will still show a lot of detail:

And the 2K version on Vimeo: 

The housing was terrific underwater, and I really liked the 502 monitor. I'll write another blog piece about shooting this camera/housing, but enough words, let's see some video. 


Super Macro with the SMC Multiplier

Is the super magnification and razor thin depth of field afforded by the Nauticam SMC not challenging enough for you? Do you love trying to come up with ways of saying something is really really really small without comparing it to a grain of rice? Do you enjoy giving your new camera's autofocus a good workout? Well, then, the SMC Multiplier might be just what you need.

These photos, by Todd Winner and Chris Parsons (me), show the Multiplier in action. 

The SMC Multiplier is an add-on lens for the Nauticam SMC. Not familiar with the SMC? This is Nauticam's Super Macro Converter 1, and it has certainly taken the underwater super macro shooting world by storm. It was designed from the ground up for use underwater, and optically engineered for maximum image quality, reducing distortion, aberrations and other lens defects common with simpler wet macro lenses. 

The SMC achieves a maximum of 2.3:1 reproduction when using a lens like the Canon 100mm or Nikon 105mm. It is ideal for either full frame (i.e. Canon 5DSR, Nikon D810, Sony A7RII) or APS-C (i.e. Nikon D7200 or Canon 7D Mark II) cameras. And while this sort of magnification clearly falls into the realm of super macro, we've already established that you want to go beyond that. You want "Super Duper Macro"; fear not, the SMC Multiplier is ready to fill that need. 

Comparison of the effect of adding the SMC and then the SMC Multiplier. This is not a measured shot, and might not be at closest point of focus for each, but gives an idea of the relative magnification. Note the shading on the bottom photo - it is difficult to light when that close. 

Comparison of the effect of adding the SMC and then the SMC Multiplier. This is not a measured shot, and might not be at closest point of focus for each, but gives an idea of the relative magnification. Note the shading on the bottom photo - it is difficult to light when that close. 

Shooting with the SMC Multiplier is, in a word, challenging. First, it is difficult to even find subjects that are this small, let alone be able to see them. Since the working distance (the distance from the lens to the subject) is so small, once you find your creature, the don't tend to like having the lens so close to them. Some creatures don't mind; the bumblebee shrimp shown here seems to like looking at his reflection in the lens. The big challenge is focus; since the depth of field at this sort of magnification is so small, even the slightest focus error means the shot isn't a keeper. Lighting - since the lens is so close, it can be especially difficult to get lighting on the subject. And lighting is especially important here, since we tend to need small apertures (i.e. f/18 to f/22) to get any depth of field at all. 

Here are some quick tips for using the SMC Multiplier: 

- remember than these close-up lenses allow the camera lens to focus more closely, but they remove the ability to focus farther away. So a good rule of thumb is to shoot without the SMC until you get so close that the camera won't focus. Then add the SMC. Again, don't add the SMC Multiplier until you get so close that the camera can't focus even with the SMC. Then add the multiplier.

- use the flip adapters for both lenses. This is a no-brainer - you don't want to be screwing lenses on and off underwater. 

- you need lots of light, part 1. A good focus light is critical. I like the FIX NEO focus lights. Since the SMC + Multiplier rig is so long, you need to be able to extend the focus light out much farther than without it. Nauticam's new long clamps help here. 

- you need lots of light, part 2. Two good strobes are pretty crucial. It is helpful if the strobes are small, like the Inon S-2000. I use the Inon Z-240 but I'd like an S-2000 for this purpose. A ring flash would be useful here if someone can come up with one that would work well for the multiplier. 

- since you need to be so close to the subject, it is helpful to shoot things that are on a small rise, rather than in a depression. 

- I use a combination of manual and autofocus. To be able to see focus, I think it is critical to have the Nauticam 45º viewfinder. A camera/lens combination like the Canon 7D Mark II and the 100mm IS 2.8L macro lens really helps with autofocus, but even then it can be quite challenging. I like to use "thumb focus" - where the camera does not focus on the shutter half-press, but rather, only focuses when the AF-ON button is pressed. 

Chris Parsons


WWL and m4/3 - Made for Each Other
Olympus OM-D EM5 II, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Olympus OM-D EM5 II, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Nauticam recently released it's remarkable "Wet Wide Lens", version 1 or "WWL-1". From a technical perspective, it is quite an achievement... optically engineered from the ground up as an underwater lens, featuring unequalled contrast, overall sharpness, corner sharpness, and clarity.  As fun as talking about tech stuff is fun, though, let's focus on how it actually does underwater, using a couple of m4/3 cameras as a starting point. We'll take a look at how it does with other systems, like the Sony A7 or Sony RX1000 IV, in another post. 

Olympus OM-D EM10, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Olympus OM-D EM10, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Now, the WWL works well with several different camera systems and lenses, but the photos shown here are from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and the E-M10, two m4/3 cameras that don't break the bank. The lens used was the Olympus 14-42PZ. On land, these cameras are small and light, especially with the diminutive PZ lens. The housings are compact and light also, making traveling easy. By adding the WWL, with it's full zoom through capability, this setup becomes remarkably versatile, allowing the photographer to go from frogfish to whaleshark in seconds. 

Olympus OM-D EM5 II, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Olympus OM-D EM5 II, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

The barracuda shot is a great example of the center sharpness - check out the cropped version; WWL on a 16 megapixel sensor - wow!

Tight crop of the above shot. Sharp!

Tight crop of the above shot. Sharp!

The maximum FOV on this setup is approximately 130º, which is ideal wide angle coverage for reef scenes and large subjects. But because the WWL supports zoom through, the shooter can power zoom for much more reach to shoot shy subjects, or smaller subjects. And when the time comes for super macro, he/she can quickly change to the Nauticam CMC to photograph that pygmy seahorse. 

Olympus OM-D EM10, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Olympus OM-D EM10, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Close focus wide angle (CFWA)  is made easy with this setup. Use the power zoom to frame the image; there is no worry about being too close as the camera will focus literally on the end of the dome itself. 

Olympus OM-D EM10, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Olympus OM-D EM10, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Nauticam's new bayonet system makes using the WWL and other lenses, like the SMC or CMC, especially easy. The bayonet is simple to use, yet secure. A caddy is available to secure unused lenses to strobe arms. 

Olympus OM-D EM5 II, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

Olympus OM-D EM5 II, 14-42PZ, WWL, shot by Kevin Palmer

The WWL is just getting started... stay tuned for more from this inspiring lens!


Now Supporting Sony A7S II
Extreme Low Light Sensitivity and 4K Video with Internal Recording

Extreme Low Light Sensitivity and 4K Video with Internal Recording

The Sony A7S II Camera

The newest in the now legendary A7 series, A7S II is aimed at motion picture and low light image capture, and sports a list of features that make it one of the top underwater video capture systems available in the market today.

Key Specifications

  • 12.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor with BIONZ X processing engine
  • Sensitivity up to ISO 409,600
  • 4K movie recording featuring full pixel readout without pixel binning
  • 5-axis optical image stabilization in body
  • Fast Intelligent AF with enhanced speed and accuracy
  • Smooth focus tracking for focus during video recording
  • S-Log3 gamma curve with 14-stop latitude
  • 120fps recording for slow motion capture (in 1080P)

Nauticam NA-A7II

Compact size.  Class leading ergonomics.  Nikonos, Sony FE, and Canon DSLR lens support.  The list of features that have made this one of the most successful Nauticam releases ever are well documented.  Learn more

This housing was updated alongside the release of the A7R II camera to support its locking mode dial, also used in A7S II.  Full details of this update are detailed here. An upgrade kit (user installable pn 17455) is available for existing NA-A7 housing owners, and the update has been installed as standard equipment in all housings shipped since August 24, 2015.


Erick Higuera with Pacific Giant Mantas

Giant Pacific Mantas, but Erick Higuera, shot with Nauticam and Keldan. 


​Announcing Housing for Panasonic GX8

The Nauticam Housing for the Exciting GX8

Nauticam is pleased to introduce the latest in it's acclaimed line of underwater camera housings, the NA-GX8, designed specifically for the Panasonic GX8. Nauticam's unparalleled experience with taking mirrorless cameras underwater is evident in this exceptional housing. Nauticam supports more mirrorless cameras, and specifically more micro 4/3's cameras and lenses than any other manufacturer. 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic continues to push the m4/3 envelope, this time with a new sensor that breaks into the 20 megapixel realm, the highest of any m4/3 sensor to date. This camera is aimed squarely at the enthusiast, with it's excellent image quality, higher resolution, rangefinder styling and 4K video capture. It is an ideal camera for the underwater photographer/videographer.  

The GX8 also features "Dual IS", i.e. image stabilization in both the lens and sensor; working in concert to handle camera shake better than any previous Panasonic camera. More importantly for underwater image makers - focus has been improved considerably, especially in low light. Panasonic claims quick and accurate autofocus at -4EV. This should make focusing easier underwater, given that u/w scenes are typically darker than terrestrial scenes. The camera body features 3 command dials, including a dedicated exposure compensation dial. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Features

  • Rangefinder-style mirrorless
  • Sensor CMOS m4/3 5184 x 3888 (20 megapixels)
  • Auto, 200-25600 (expands down to 100) ISO
  • Articulated LCD
  • 1.1M dot OLED 
  • 2.4M dot EVF
  • 4K or HD video, mpeg4 or AVCHD
  • 4K burst photo modes at 30fps
  • 6 fps still photo with continuous AF

Nauticam NA-GX8

The pioneering features of the earlier Nauticam housings are apparent with the simple but secure rotating housing latch and superb progressive shutter release providing optimal “feel”. The NA-GX8 also sports some of Nauticam’s latest technology with the port locking latch that replicates the famous Nauticam DSLR port latch – making housing port changes easier than ever. 

The new housing takes full advantage of the Panasonic's many features and allows easy one handed operation of key controls like the three command dials and the video record button. The NA-GX8 supports 7 programmable buttons on this camera, easily accessible from the housing. The sculpted shutter release makes "half-press" focus incredibly easy. For fans of “thumb focus” (moving the autofocus from half-press of the shutter to a button operated by the right thumb), this is fully supported with the AF/AEL button. 

Attention to detail is everywhere, from the comfortable thumb rest on the right to the large knurled command wheels and zoom/focus knob. Video is easily accessed; the video button is given special treatment, being larger, concave and red in color. For tripod use, the housing features two standard 1/4" 20 tripod holes, or is also tripod ready when using the Flexitray W camera tray. 

Strobe firing is supported via fiber optic through the use of the optional Panasonic DMW-FL70-S flash unit. Accurate automatic flash exposure (TTL flash) is easily accomplished via strobes like the Inon Z-240 or S-2000. 

The NA-GX8 comes standard with the Nauticam vacuum system electronic built in. By default, it serves as a audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system - early warning for problems with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater. 
 
Each control on the housing is clearly labeled, making it easy to learn the system. Milled from solid aluminum, the housing is rated to 100m/330ft depth, and is rugged and ready for use!

Nauticam's rotary locking latch mean secure yet easy access to changing batteries or memory cards. Why break your knuckles trying to open a housing?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nauticam Port Locking Lever has become an icon; so easy to use yet more secure than lesser methods of attaching ports. No twisting required, just push & lock.  Worry less about the port attachment, and focus on getting great images. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green means Go! The Nauticam vacuum check system provides an extra safety check helkping to insure a watertight seal every time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The housing ergonomics are perfectly engineered for a "right hand on the grip" shooting style. Some users, especially those diving in cold water with dry gloves, need alternate ways to hold and operate the camera.

This included shutter release extension and stainless steel handle bracket provide convenient shutter release access when used with the Nauticam Tray and Handle Systems.

 

 

 

 

Lenses

It's all about the glass - lenses are the key to terrific photography. The m4/3 system supports a large range of high quality lenses produced by Panasonic (partnering with Leica), Olympus and third parties. Several lenses that perform extremely well underwater are available (and reasonably priced!). Some examples: 

  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ: The ultimate jack of all trades tool, this lens covers a very usable mid range, and features a unique macro mode. Shoot dolphins and nudibranchs on the same dive! 
  • Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5: This 180º fisheye lens focuses close and is razor sharp. Combines with a small port, there is no better CFWA (close focus wide angle) option on the planet. 
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro: This is an ideal macro lens for m4/3, and by adding the Nauticam CMC, it becomes a super macro monster. Imagine filling the entire width of the frame with something only 8mm wide!
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH: The 7-14mm is a rectilinear lens, ideal for shooting people or sharks or wrecks... subjects where the fisheye distortion is not welcome. On the wide end, this lens 114º wide, ideal for getting close to subjects to reduce the amount of water shot through. But a zoom gets to 75º - ideal for reaching out to that subject that is a little more skittish. The very similar Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 can serve the same basic role at a lower cost.

There are many more options for the underwater photographer, including any of the several 14-42mm options, the Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S., Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH, Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH, and the Leica DG Macro Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH. Olympus also recently released two new wide angle lenses that are superb for underwater use, the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PROand the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO

Nauticam is the only underwater housing manufacturer to properly support ALL of these lenses. 

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system electronics are included with the NA-GX8 as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve, this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe to dive status of the housing. The operator can, at a glance, instantly see the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur. The NA-GX8 features a 2nd bulkhead port (M14) specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the other bulkhead port for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories.

The NA-G8X, fitted with vacuum valve; the green light indicates a consistent vacuum and is an extra assurance that the system is watertight. Show with optional Flexitray, demonstrating the brackets and off board shutter release. 

The NA-G8X, fitted with vacuum valve; the green light indicates a consistent vacuum and is an extra assurance that the system is watertight. Show with optional Flexitray, demonstrating the brackets and off board shutter release. 

Panasonic DMW-FL70-S Flash

Panasonic DMW-FL70-S Flash

 

 

 

Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL

Inon Z-240 Strobe

Inon Z-240 Strobe

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-GX8 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-GX8 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea & Sea strobes, provide the best light transmission and therefore more accurate TTL of any fiber optic cable on the market. 

Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls secured to the handles of the Nauticam accessory tray systems or a single strobe mounting ball location on the housing. The housing also features an M10 mounting hole and a cold-shoe mount for a focus light or other accessory mounting options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Accessories

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder for Mirrorless Housings (32204)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder for Mirrorless Housings (32205)
  • Patent Pending Compact Macro Converter (CMC) (81301)
  • M14 Vacuum Valve (25611)
  • Complete line of flat/dome ports for all major lenses, available in acrylic and glass
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26214) and Sea&Sea (26215)
  • FlexiTray ( 71207) or FlexiTray Wide (71209) and Right Handle (71208)
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Comfortable handstrap available in two lengths  (36316 and 36323)
  • Lens holders, including flip-up 
NA-GX8 fitted with the optional 45º enhancing viewfinder.

NA-GX8 fitted with the optional 45º enhancing viewfinder.

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 special version of it's enhanced viewfinders made specifically for it's new line of mirrorless camera housings. Whether it's the “straight” 180º enlarging viewfinder (32204) or the 45º angled enlarging viewfinder (32205), the enlarged and brighter view enables easier focusing. 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. 

 

Details and Specifications

  • Weight: 1.17kg
  • Dimensions: 206mm (W) x 154mm (H) x 99mm (D)
  • Depth Rating: 100m

Model Number: 17711
Shipping: Sept 29, 2015

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

Contact Nauticam USA:

Chris Parsons
Nauticam USA
2303 N. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

Phone: 954-489-8678
Web: http://www.nauticamusa.com
Email: innovation@nauticamusa.com


About Nauticam:

Nauticam is the world's leading manufacturer of innovative and ergonomic imaging solutions. Founded in 2009 by Edward Lai, an underwater photographer with two decades of experience making precision injection molds, Nauticam has continued to raise the bar with every new model release. Nauticam's goal is to provide the absolute best user experience possible.  Nauticam USA is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Nauticam products in the North and South American Markets.  Nauticam USA’s warehouse and service center is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Our staff of underwater photography experts strives to provide the best customer support and after sale service available.  Dealer inquiries are welcome!

Dealers in the Americas:
http://www.nauticamusa.com/nauticam-dealers

Dealer Inquiries Outside of North & South America:
enquiry@nauticam.com


International Dealer Listing:
http://www.nauticamusa.com/dealers-worldwide



FIX Neo 1500 DX SWR Review by Hergen Spalink & Kerri Bingham - gotmuck.com

The FIX Neo 1500DX SWR is the latest offering from Fisheye. The light is built on the standard Neo DX body which houses the battery, controls, and charging mechanism to which various light heads can be attached.  The flexibility of the Neo system comes from the ability to change light heads, in this case the 1500DX SWR LED while using the same batteries, charger, mounts, and so forth.

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Unboxing:
The light comes in a solid foam-lined package that ensures it arrives safe and sound.  Below the light you’ll find a gaggle of accessories that allow the FIX to be mounted to just about anything including a pistol grip that is provided.  There is even a plug to protect the brass charging contacts from corrosion, a spare o-ring, o-ring removal tool and grease.

For the purposes of this review the light was mounted to a Nauticam NAD810 housing using the supplied Ultralight mounting ball.  The light also comes with mounts for Loc-Line, Sea & Sea YS, and GoPro mounting systems and a pistol grip/goodman handle and a wrist lanyard.

Charging:
The FIX Neo is capable of two charging modes, charging the battery while still inside the light through the external charging port or by removing the battery and charging it directly.  The same charger is used in either case but for charging the battery directly an adapter fitting is removed from the end of the cord.  This is convenient as it allows charging of a spare battery while you’re out on the dive without needing a separate charger.

Features:
Several light modes are available and each pattern/color is adjustable from 1-100%.  The light controls are stainless buttons located on the plastic body portion of the light and feature an LCD screen that gives both the light mode and power level, switching to the remaining battery life in minutes after a short delay when power or mode is changed.  The screen is easy to read in any light and is an unobtrusive but bright blue color.

Controls:
There are three push buttons, one that acts as both the power button and the main mode selector.  By pressing and holding the main button it cycles the light between the ON/Spot -> Wide -> OFF modes.  Short presses of the button in any mode will change the power level in increments of 25%.  The light remembers what power each mode was used on and when switching modes it uses the last value as it’s initial power level.  So if you were using the Spot mode on 38% and the Wide mode at 65% as you cycle through these modes it will come on at that power, even after turning the light off.

There are two other buttons that allow the power level to be adjusted by 1% increments.  You can either press and hold to quickly change the power level or push it repeatedly to adjust by 1% levels

To activate the Red Wide mode the left power adjustment button must be pushed simultaneously as the main mode button.  Although not terribly convenient, the removal of the red mode from the main light cycle is a marked improvement for usability over the original FIX Neo lights. By pressing the right adjustment button and the main button activates the emergency strobe mode.

The Red mode is really a special mode and having an extra step to access it is not a real world issue.  We have found that on a dive we normally cycle only between spot mode for finding subjects to wide mode for focus while shooting the subject.  The red mode is normally used for skittish cephalopods or Mandarin Fish and can still be easily accessed when necessary but not having to cycle through it every time you want to switch between Spot and Wide was a welcome change.

The light is also equipped with a positive lock mechanism just under the main button.  This allows the light to be easily but surely locked to prevent accidental activation.

The spot beam is especially nice compared to other manufacturers spot modes in that it actually is more of a combination spot/flood with some peripheral light that helps prevent the tunnel vision that some lights cause on night dives yet the central spot is still powerful and crisp.

The wide beam is large and even allowing you to focus on both medium and close subjects without having to adjust the position of the light each time.  We had the light mounted on a short 4” ultralight arm to allow some better articulation around our strobes.

Cycling between 'spot' and 'wide' modes without having to pass over 'red' was a welcome change as is the light's ability to remember what power level was previously used in each mode.  If quick power changes were needed the main button is easy to find even in the dark.

During several dives we wore gloves and still found the light easy to operate.  Without gloves we were able to engage the red mode by bridging both buttons with our thumb (we use the light in an upside down orientation to more easily access the buttons with our thumbs) but with gloves we had to use two hands.  Not a big deal again as the red mode is rarely used as switching from spot to wide is a constant necessity.

Conclusion:
The FIX Neo 1500DX SWR is a capable, functional, well thought out and user friendly spotting and focus light.  The removal of the red mode from the main mode cycle which allows for quick spot/wide cycling in addition to the power setting memory & dual charging capabilities set it apart from other focus lights in the same category.

Real World Use Results:
Having extensively used Light & Motion Solas, GoBe, iDiveSite, and other FIX lights while working in Indonesia for the last decade we have quite a bit of experience to draw on when evaluating focus lights.  Our previous FIX Neo 2000DX was a powerful, functional, and reliable light.  The new 1500DX is no different in any of those categories but with some useful changes that make it even better.

We tested this light on a recent liveaboard trip to Komodo in Indonesia which has an excellent variety of macro and wide angle sites in both good and bad visibility as well as some colder water that behooves wearing gloves.  Although less powerful than our previous FIX 2000DX lighthead we find that 1500DX SWR is more than enough for the light to function as both a spotting or focus light but not enough to function as an effective SLR or MFT video light.  We rarely found ourselves going past 50% on the power settings in the spot mode and 75% on the wide mode.  On night dives 25% or less was more than satisfactory.


Panasonic LX100 - Optical Ocean Sales

Jack Connick from Optical Ocean Sales took the LX100 in the Nauticam NA-LX100 housing to the Solomon Islands and wrote this piece about his experience. 

I used to think small. My first digital underwater camera was a Fuji F-810 that was a tiny little thing, but had a great sensor and sharp lens. I still occasionally sell photos I took with it. But once I started shooting DSLRs underwater, I’ve never looked back; performance, image quality and adjustability to conditions all seemed to be factors that I really enjoy. I moved from cropped sensor cameras to full-frame, and have just gotten used to traveling and diving a large rig, however expensive and awkward it can be.

 

I’ve tried other compacts along the way, notably some older Olympus and more recently a Sony RX100II, but they seemed to either excel in one aspect of photography like wide angle, or their software was hard to use or lacked features. Close focus was also lacking with these larger sensor compacts.

Then I tried a Panasonic LX-100 out. I was impressed by it’s super sharp and fast Leica f/1.7 lens and large 1 inch sensor. The camera has direct controls for ISO, notably lacking in the Sony RX100, and a unique and intelligent way you can switch into auto aperture or shutter speed simply by moving their dials to the end of the settings. No mode dial necessary.

The LX-100 is the latest of a long line of enthusiast cameras that started with the LX-3. Long on video features like 16:9 picture ratio, adjustable capture rates,  easy one-touch white balance and more, these cameras have long been viewed as a great way to capture both video and stills. The LX100 takes it much further and set the camera world on it’s ear by being the first compact camera that could shoot 4K video. Due to my bags getting delayed a week on my trip to the Solomon Islands, I only had time to shoot stills with the camera.

Nauticam’s legacy with Panasonic is evident in it’s housing design and the NA-LX100 comes with all the latest features such as a vacuum leak detection system, cam lock closure and aluminum 300’ depth rating. It’s a good, solid performer.
The housing comes with a standard, full-range flat port. This gives the best of both worlds by allowing you to shoot close-up to wider angles. But the flat port reduces your field of view by 1/3rd on the wide side. Nauticam has made two other ports in it’s N50 compact camera port range; these change with a flick of a lever. There is a N50 macro port and mini-dome - not really a wide angle lens, but it replaces what you loose underwater to refraction - so you still have a 24mm field of view. You can also add an Inon wide angle “wet” lens to the macro port for even wider shots.

I quickly gravitated to the mini-dome port. I found that it’s field of view was ideal underwater and the camera’s amazing built-in close focusing ability allowed me to take anything from extremely close focus to wide shots easily with sharp corners. The fast f/1.7 lens also gave me quick focus lock in most conditions (we had some murky days). Having a small rig that focuses down to it’s dome allows some great opportunities underwater, we were able to shoot a very small glass shrimp in it’s anemone environment giving it a “wide angle macro” feel.

Does changing the port limit you to shooting macro or wide angle? To a certain degree yes, but with some dive planning and creativity you’ll get more “winners” than a lot of mediocre shots by setting up for the type of shots you think you want to capture.

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My eyes aren’t what they used to be and I really liked the “quick menu” combined with the large display of the bright viewfinder. Not so the little EVF; it’s pretty hard to see underwater, although it does have uses above water on sunny days.

Nauticam has set up all the controls to be able to access them easily. You can flick the focus control from AF to Macro without pausing. The housing features an extra large knob for that control and macro enthusiasts will love switching to manual focus and dialing it in easily. There is a setting in the menus that will show a smaller magnified view and focus peaking display can also help by showing the areas in focus in another color - “Don’t shoot ’til you see the reds of their eyes!”.

I usually shoot with manual settings, but it’s also easy to move the shutter or aperture all the way to “A” mode then click the +/- EV dial up and down to adjust exposure. Either method gives you excellent control of the camera. You also have direct control with the multi-controller and can change all aspects of the camera directly such as ISO or white balance with any of these methods.

You can program three function buttons and changing the F2 button away from the default “wireless sync” mode gives even quicker direct access. The LX-100 also has three custom modes; how about setting up the camera for macro, for wide angle and for video? However way you want to set up the camera - it’s just a button away, and easy to access from the Nauticam housing.

I shot the LX-100 with both the Sea & Sea YS-D1 and the new YS-D2 strobes and found either TTL or manual easy to change on the camera. TTL was quite accurate - EV can be adjusted on the camera or strobe. Manual flash power setting can be dialed down in the menu to make the camera recycle very quickly. This all works well and without the sync issues I’ve seen on Sony and older Panasonic cameras. Camera battery life was very good and lasted a couple of dives at least. If you want to shoot available light, the camera flash can be turned on and off.

I was diving a larger full-frame camera as well, but on a couple of high-current dives where I didn’t want to deal with the larger rig, I took the LX-100 along and really enjoyed it’s small footprint. Nauticam has shipped the housing with flanges that connect to their Flexitray tray system and it gives a very solid and reasonably small rig to shoot with. Underwater the differences in size between compact camera models goes away quickly and while it’s not the smallest footprint, it’s very small.

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But the biggest question was performance. Can a compact keep up? What I found was that in decently lit situations it worked great. In dim light that lacked contrast I would occasionally get some focus hunting, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as other compacts I’ve tried. Adding a focus light and using the AF lock button instead of the half-press trigger lock improves focusing performance immensely. The frame rate was fast even shooting RAW and we quickly snapped a couple of dozen shots of a curious batfish one morning in a wreck as he posed for us. I occasionally even out shot the strobes’ recycle time - very fast performance indeed for a small camera.

The Panasonic LX-100 is certainly a keeper and I will happily add it along with the Nauticam housing system to my camera bag.

Original article on Jack's Blog

Optical Ocean Sales Website

 


The LX100 - Backscatter

Backscatter reviews the Panasonic LX100. Jim from Backscatter shot the camera in the Nauticam NA-LX100 housing, and wrote this review, excerpted here:

4K video from the LX100 is stunning, with great color rendition in ambient light with a custom white balance or when lit with video lights. 4K footage down sampled to 1080p looks sharper than if it was originally shot in 1080p and is a great reason to shoot 4K now even if you don't have a 4K display yet.

4K video from the LX100 is stunning, with great color rendition in ambient light with a custom white balance or when lit with video lights. 4K footage down sampled to 1080p looks sharper than if it was originally shot in 1080p and is a great reason to shoot 4K now even if you don't have a 4K display yet.

By Jim Decker

I was super excited to get my hands on the Panasonic LX100. It's a revolutionary camera! Being the first compact camera with the ability to shoot 4K video and also great stills. I wanted to see how it stacked up against other top compact cameras such as the Canon G7X and the Sony RX100 II and III.

4K Video Recording

Of course the #1 big draw to this camera is the 4K recording capability. The LX100 shares the same 4K specs as the GH4, recording 4K 30p at a data rate of 100 mbps. The video looks fantastic. The exposure meter can be set to remain active during shooting, making it easy to monitor exposure in addition to zebra striping to show highlight areas that are starting to get a little hot. Video can be shot completely in manual exposure mode. These features combined, rival or exceed the capabilities of video modes in most other mirrorless or compact cameras. The LX100 makes an excellent primary video capture device especially if one shoots a little bit of stills too.

Excellent Custom White Balance

One of the problems with Panasonic in the past has been poor custom white balance execution. Previously, it had been so bad as to require a red filter or lights, with no chance of a decent white balance without either of those items. I was pleasantly shocked to find the LX100 execute a perfect white balance at 50 feet on my first dive. I even had a great custom white balance executed at 70 feet. Until now, I haven't seen cameras other than Canon execute such a great custom white balance. I hope this is an indication that the next generation of GH4 will also get this great custom white balance color.

The procedure for executing a white balance is simple. Press the white balance button, press up to activate custom white balance, then the center button to execute. There are 4 white balance banks available making it easy to save favorites for different depths or with lights.

See the rest of the article on the Backscatter Website: 
http://www.backscatter.com/learn/article/article.php?ID=230


Announcing Housing for Canon 5DS and 5DS R

The Nauticam Housing for the Highest Resolution SLR to Date

Nauticam is pleased to introduce the latest in it's acclaimed line of underwater camera housings, the NA-5DSR. This housing incorporates the latest innovations from the renowned Nauticam design team, and pairs it with the extraordinary Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R cameras. An astonishing 50 megapixels underwater will bring back images that were simply impossible previously. 

The Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

For anyone interested in high-resolution, Canon has announced two 50 Megapixel DSLR cameras aimed squarely at still photographers, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. The models are identical with the exception of the low pass filter (5DS) versus an optically self-cancelling low pass filter (5DS R). These cameras are very similar in functionality to the Canon 5D Mark III, and share the same body dimensions. The main difference, besides over double the pixels, has to do with taking advantage of all that resolution. The more resolution the sensor offers, the more detail that can be captured. However, this also means that it can capture things like camera shake, shutter/mirror flap and soft focus extremely well also. Canon has gone to great lengths to minimize these effects by doing things like changing the type of motor that drives the shutter to allow it to decelerate as it opens fully.

The cameras also offer a mirror lockup mode to put some delay between the mirror opening and the capture, allowing the user to choose the time for mirror vibration to subside - maximizing sharpness while minimizing the loss of responsiveness. The body is more rigid than the 5DIII, and Canon even went so far as to reinforce the tripod socket to reduce any potential wobble when mounted on a tripod. 

Canon EOS 5DS Features

  • Max resolution: 8688 x 5792
  • Effective pixels: 50.3 megapixels
  • Sensor size: Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
  • Sensor/Processor: CMOS Dual DIGIC 6
  • ISO: Auto, 100-6400: (expandable to 50-12800) 
  • White balance presets: 8 + custom
  • Screen size: 3.2″
  • Screen dots : 1,040,000
  • Screen type: ClearView II TFT-LCD    
  • Viewfinder type: Optical (pentaprism)
  • Viewfinder coverage: 100%  @  0.71x
  • Maximum shutter speed: 1/8000 sec
  • Continuous drive 5.0 fps
  • Crop Modes: : 1.3x (30.5MP) aqnd 1.6x (19.6MP) 
  • Video: HD H.264 ALL-I and IPB 

Canon EOS 5DS R Features (as above, plus:)

  • Optically self-cancelling low pass filter

Nauticam NA-5DSR

Clearly a camera of this magnitude deserves the very best housing to take it underwater. Existing NA-5DMKIII housing owners - stop reading here, because that housing will work flawlessly with the 5DS. But Nauticam is unable rest on laurels, and so simply had to produce the NA-5DSR, refining the NA-5DMKIII housing just that much more. The Nauticam NA-5DMKIII has been incredibly popular and well liked among it's users. Many of the controls for the NA-5DSR are based on the NA-MKIII, taking advantage of how solid that housing is. Still, the Nauticam designers were able to make improvements. Small changes, to be sure, but each incredibly well thought out - designed by underwater photographers, for underwater photographers. 

As an example of a minor but important change, the right side of the housing has been made less "crowded" by moving the video/still switch to the top of the housing, and combining the ISO and DOF preview buttons in a tactile rocker that makes accessing both controls exceptionally easy. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of the patent pending multi-controller. This moves the joystick control closer to the right hand, making it easier to get to. The piano keys for Set and Q were beautifully sculpted to make room for it, yielding a user interface that is both beautiful and functional.

The new housing includes the Nauticam vacuum check electronics, and, like other new Nauticam DSLR housings, even includes a simple button to easily reset the vacuum electronics when only doing a lens change. It's one of those features that make one think that these designers have thought of everything. 

Taking a cue from Canon about stability and the reinforced tripod socket, the NA-5DSR features the new style cam locking tray system. This assures alignment and improves stability in the housing. The housing also features a standard 1/4” 20 tripod socket plus two extra sockets for reinforcement should the shooter want to use a tripod for stability underwater. 

Shot with the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens and Nauticam SMC-1. 

Shot with the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens and Nauticam SMC-1. 

Simple buttons like Menu, Picture Style, Rate, Magnify, and Trash have been given an angled treatment, making it easier to reach these buttons with the left hand. The shutter is the new paddle style - exceptionally easy to use even when wearing thick gloves, yet retain amazing tactile feel for use of the half-press of the 5DS shutter. The NA-5DSR includes strobe mounting balls and lightweight laser cut stability brackets. 

Crop of the above image, about 10 megapixels (if not resized for this email), still holding incredible detail. 

Crop of the above image, about 10 megapixels (if not resized for this email), still holding incredible detail. 

Since the 5DS, 5DS R and 5D Mark III share the same basic camera body, this housing can be used interchangeably with all three cameras. This provides incredible flexibility... shoot for high resolution with the 5DS R on one dive, then switch to the 5D Mark III for it's superb low light capability. 

Shot with the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens and Nauticam SMC-1. 

Shot with the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens and Nauticam SMC-1. 

Finally, the NA-5DS is quite a bit lighter than the original NA-5DMKIII... so much so that the amount of added buoyancy needed for most applications is reduced or eliminated. The result is a housing that is a dream to handle underwater. 

A 1:1 crop (600 pixels wide) of the above image. To put this into some perspective, the Sargent Major egg here is estimated to be about 0.5mm wide, so the width of that frame is about 1mm. 

A 1:1 crop (600 pixels wide) of the above image. To put this into some perspective, the Sargent Major egg here is estimated to be about 0.5mm wide, so the width of that frame is about 1mm. 

The Nauticam Port Locking Lever has become an icon; so easy to use yet more secure than lesser methods of attaching ports. No twisting required, just push & lock.  Worry less about the port attachment, and focus on getting great images. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patented Multi Controller Pad, located within easy reach of the right thumb, virtually recreates the Canon 5DS multi selector allowing full multidirectional use of this powerful tool, including diagonals. No other manufacturer has it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nauticam's Rubberized Handles are another iconic feature of this housing. A comfortable, secure grip that reduces hand fatigue and helps stabilize the shot. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nauticam Locking Housing Latches mean secure yet easy access to changing batteries or memory cards. Why break your knuckles trying to open a housing?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shot with the Canon 8-15mm at 8mm, using the Zen Underwater DP-100-NCR port with removable shade. 

Shot with the Canon 8-15mm at 8mm, using the Zen Underwater DP-100-NCR port with removable shade. 

Detail of the watch from the shot above.

Detail of the watch from the shot above.

 

Feature Checklist

  • Unsurpassed build quality, designed by award winning engineering team
  • Produced utilizing the most modern manufacturing technology available
  • Ergonomically placed controls with size, shape, and color differentiation
  • Access to all key camera controls
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Patented two stage shutter release, precise feel over half/full press
  • Patented Port Locking System
  • Patent pending Multi Controller pad
  • Lens release button
  • Easy to operate locking housing latches
  • Rubberized ergonomic grips
  • Quick release camera mounting plate
  • Optical strobe connectors for fiber optic flash triggering
  • 2x M16 accessory holes for HDMI, hydrophone, or vacuum valve
  • Single M14 accessory hole for electrical sync cable bulkhead
  • Integrated vacuum monitoring and leak detection circuit (valve optional)
  • Vacuum reset button in port mount for quick lens changes
  • Dual 1" (25mm) strobe mounting balls included as standard equipment
  • 1/4-20 tripod mounting holes
  • Dual 10mm threaded accessory mounting points
  • .66x optical glass pickup finder
  • Magnifying 180 and 45 viewfinders available optionally
  • 100m Depth Rating

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system electronics are included with the NA-5DSR as standard equipment.  Combined with an optional vacuum valve, this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe to dive status of the housing. The operator can, at a glance, instantly see the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur. The NA-5DSR ships with a 3rd bulkhead port specifically for installing optional vacuum valves, leaving the user two other bulkhead ports for HDMI, sync cables and other accessories.

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. 

Recommended Accessories


Nauticam 

  • 180º Enhancing Viewfinder (32201)
  • 45º Enhancing Viewfinder (32203)
  • Patent Pending Super Macro Converter (81201), providing 2.3:1 reproduction ratio with the popular Canon 100mm Macro lenses
  • M16 Vacuum Valve (25612)
  • 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 501 + 502 Monitor2 (17906)
  • Fiber optic cables for Inon (26211) and Sea&Sea (26212)
  • Full line of mounting accessories for lighting, including mount balls, strobe adapters, arms, clamps, and specialty items
  • Multiple styles of lanyards
  • Lens holders, including flip-up 
  • Focus and Zoom gears for many Canon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses
  • Port Adapters for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion
  • Handle accessories including smaller handles, handle extensions for cold water diving

Inon, Keldan, FIX

  • Inon Z-240 - Powerful, reliable strobe with excellent coverage
  • Inon S-2000 - Smallest strobe, ideal for travel
  • FIX NEO 1500 DX SWR - Focus light with Wide, Spot and Red light options
  • Keldan LUNA 4x - 6000 lumen video light

Details and Specifications

  • Dimensions: 358mm (W) x 187mm (H) x 135mm (D)
  • Weight: 2.80kg , 2.65kg without ball mounts and handle brackets
  • Depth rating: 100m

Model Number: 17320
Shipping: August 25, 2015

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

Contact Nauticam USA:

Chris Parsons
Nauticam USA
2303 N. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

Phone: 954-489-8678
Web: http://www.nauticamusa.com
Email: innovation@nauticamusa.com

 

About Nauticam:

Nauticam is the world's leading manufacturer of innovative and ergonomic imaging solutions. Founded in 2009 by Edward Lai, an underwater photographer with two decades of experience making precision injection molds, Nauticam has continued to raise the bar with every new model release. Nauticam's goal is to provide the absolute best user experience possible.  Nauticam USA is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Nauticam products in the North and South American Markets.  Nauticam USA’s warehouse and service center is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Our staff of underwater photography experts strives to provide the best customer support and after sale service available.  Dealer inquiries are welcome!

Dealers in the Americas:
http://www.nauticamusa.com/nauticam-dealers

Dealer Inquiries Outside of North & South America:
enquiry@nauticam.com


International Dealer Listing:
http://www.nauticamusa.com/dealers-worldwide



Announcing The New Housing for Sony RX100 IV
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Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of it's newest aluminum underwater camera housing for the Sony RX100 IV.  Three years ago Sony redefined the advanced compact camera with RX100, and the subsequent iterations of RX100 II and RX100 III went on to forge a completely new category. The NA-RX100IV housing provides the ergonomics, build quality, and innovative feature set our customers demand in a tiny, travel friendly package.

The Sony RX100 IV

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M4, is the fourth in this series of advanced, large sensor compact cameras that have been hugely popular with underwater enthusiasts.  The familiar body style and fast, optically superb 24-70mm zoom lens are retained from RX100 III, but paired with an entirely new 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS sensor.  

Exmor RS sensors use a construction method never seen before on a sensor this size that provides more than 5 times faster readout than the Exmor R sensor used in RX100 III.  This translates into much faster continuous shooting speeds, faster more accurate autofocus, and an electronic shutter capable of achieving incredible speeds up to 1/32,000 sec.

Movie functionality in RX100 IV is tremendously improved over previous models. It is the first in the RX100 series to feature Ultra High Definition Video (3840x2160 30p), and High Definition Video (1920 x 1080) at up to 120 fps.  Video is recorded in the high quality XAVC S format at up to 100Mbps.  A new high speed video mode allows slow motion capture at up to 960 fps!


Specifications:

  • 20.1 MP 1"-type stacked CMOS Sensor
  • f/1.8-2.8 24-70mm equivalent zoom lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/32,000 sec max electronic shutter speed (1/2,000 sec mechanical shutter)
  • 16 fps continuous shooting
  • Slow motion video recording up to 1000 fps (960 fps in NTSC mode)
  • 4K (UHD) video recording with full sensor readout at 100 Mbps
  • SLog2 gamma setting
  • Dual recording, capturing 17mp stills while recording HD video
  • Tilting 3" 1.3m dot LCD
  • Pop-up 2.36m dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in ND filter
  • Wi-Fi with NFC
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Nauticam NA-RX100IV

The NA-RX100IV sets a new standard for compact camera housing design. It is the ultimate refinement of the three models that came before it, with ergonomics, reliability, and control access improved in each new product.

Nauticam designs are always improving, and new features integrated into each new release.  The ergonomic experience has been tailored for a photographer's right hand on the side of the housing, placing key controls literally at the users finger tips. Some users, especially those wearing cold water gloves, prefer shooting from handles such as the Nauticam Flexitray and Easitray. To better support this style of shooting, a set of stainless steel handle brackets and new mechanical shutter release trigger extension is included with every housing.

New Trigger Release Extension!  Ergonomic shutter release access when using a Nauticam accessory tray and handle system.

New Trigger Release Extension!  Ergonomic shutter release access when using a Nauticam accessory tray and handle system.

The features you'd expect are certainly present, like ergonomic design, the clearly labelled controls, sculpted shutter release and more. A updated fiber optic connection block is standard, as is the built-in vacuum check and leak detection system.  Two accessory bulkhead ports support HDMI cables for an external monitor and the vacuum valve. 

The NA-RX1000IV is milled from a block of solid aluminum, then hard anodized. The result is a rugged and reliable piece of gear that will stand up to saltwater and the daily rigors of diving. Since the housing accesses all of the camera controls, including the front control ring, the user can take advantage of the enhanced programmability in the RX100 IV. 

NA-RX100IV Feature Checklist

  • New stainless steel handle brackets and trigger release
  • Secure, easy to use locking latch
  • Ergonomic controls with size, shape and color differentiation
  • All camera controls accessible
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Popup/push down flash lever
  • Fiber optic bulkheads
  • Integrated leak detector and vacuum monitoring circuit
  • M10 accessory mounting ball
  • Cold shoe accessory mount
  • 67mm threaded port mount for wide angle and macro lenses
  • 1/4-20 tripod or tray mounting holes
  • Sculpted, sensitive shutter release
  • M16 bulkhead port for HDMI output
  • M14 bulkhead port for vacuum valve

Going Wide or Going Small

The RX100 housings feature an industry standard 67mm threaded port mount, meaning it is easy to attach a number of different wet mount lenses.  A compact camera underwater is only as good as the optics in front of it, and the growing Nauticam accessory lens lineup sets new performance standards with every release.  

On the macro end, the Compact Super Macro Converter (CMC) is the ideal choice and enables a subject 35mm wide by 23mm tall to fill the frame.  This is over 4x magnification provided by the stock lens (stock lens images 160mm wide, CMC 35mm wide).  

All Nauticam lenses are engineered specifically for underwater imaging, not waterproof adaptations of lenses designed for use in air, resulting in superior image quality.  The CMC provides visibly sharper images than competing macro lenses, especially in the corders, with noticeably less purple fringing.  The lens design is also designed with autofocus systems in mind, easing the learning curve associated with high magnification imaging.

Upcoming Wet Wide Angle Lens

Later this month, Nauticam will unveil the first in a series of wide angle conversion lenses engineered with the same level of precision and vision that has gone into the "best in class" Macro Converter line.

This completely sealed and underwater mountable optic is designed to be used in water - with the refractive index of optical glass to water accounted for at every step in the design process.  Optimized for best wide angle performance at the 28mm equivalent focal length, the lens offers 130° diagonal field of view with low distortion, extremely high overall sharpness (especially in the corners), excellent contrast, and resistance to flare.  

The outstanding image quality of today's top compacts paired with Nauticam conversion lenses is stunning.  They combine to form a complete system that covers the entire range from macro to super wide angle, and packs into a small backpack or shoulder bag, 

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

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

The 2 bulkheads and the indicator light for the vacuum/leak system

The 2 bulkheads and the indicator light for the vacuum/leak system

M14 vacuum valve installed, and green light indicating solid vacuum

M14 vacuum valve installed, and green light indicating solid vacuum

Video

The RX100 IV now supports XAVC S Ultra High Definition (3840x2160) 24P/25P/30P video at up to 100 Mbps, as well as HD at up to 120 fps!  Focus peaking and zebra lines are available to assist in confirming sharp focus and correct exposure.  SLog2 Gamma is also available for professional color grading applications.

The standard NA-RX100IV housing supports HDMI out, via an optional HDMI bulkhead connected to the M16 accessory hole in the front of the housing. This means that the underwater videographer can use the excellent SmallHD 501 or 502 Monitors (in the NA-502S housing, p/n 17907), the Atomos Ninja 2 Recorder (NA-NINJA2 housing, p/n 17902), or even the Atomos Shogun UHD Recorder (Nauticam Housing p/n 17904). The RX100IV camera offers "clean" HDMI output, allowing high bit rate Apple ProRes recording at up to 4k 30P with Shogun.  These monitors all provide a large, high quality display for judging focus and exposure, and the recording options available in the Atomos products unlock low compression recording formats for professionals.


Recommended Accessories

Nauticam

p/n

Item

Description

25611 M14 Vacuum Valve Enables vacuum check system, allowing for check of watertight integrity
81301 CMC Compact Macro Converter; add on lens that provides close focus macro with minimal distortion
25101 M67 Flip Diopter Holder Enables quick installation and removal of the CMC underwater by flipping lens in place or out of the way
71201 Easitray Simple tray with comfortable rubberized hand grips
71207 Flexitray Adjustable tray with comfortable rubberized hand grips
71209 Flexitray W Wider Flexitray, also allows for tripod use
71208 Right Handle Right handle for Easitray or Flexitray
71311 Ball for Easi/Flexitray 1" Mounting ball for either tray, allows mounting strobes/lights using Nauticam arms/clamps
36316 Compact Handstrap Comfortable handstrap for right side of housing
36323 Long Handstrap Longer version of handstrap for larger hands
25106 LCD Magnifier Enlarge the view of the LCD; easy to see in bright sun, and can adjust diopter
25131 LCD Magnifier Rails Allows installation of LCD Magnifier
25221 M10 ball Mount point for lighting hardware
25514 Ball adapter (Inon) Allows mounting of Inon strobe
various Arms/Clamps Nauticam mounting hardware
various Carbon fiber buoyancy arms Arm that provides extra buoyancy to offset heavy lights or strobes
26214 Fiber optic cable for Inon Strobe Allows fast, accurate automatic flash exposure (TTL) over fiber, with no sync cables to flood or corrode
26215 Fiber optic cable for Sea&Sea strobe Allows fast, accurate automatic flash exposure (TTL) over fiber, with no sync cables to flood or corrode
90135 Replacement O-Ring Field Replaceable Spare Part

Recommended Third Party Accessories from Inon, Keldan, FIX NEO

Item

Description

Inon Z-240 Powerful, reliable strobe with excellent coverage
Inon S-2000 Smallest strobe, ideal for travel
FIX NEO 3000 DX Ultra Compact 3000 lumen video light
Keldan Video 4X Compact 6000 lumen video light  


 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 0.85kg
  • Dimensions: 150mm (w) x 101mm (h) x 109mm (d)

Model Number: 17415
USA Retail Price: $995
Available Worldwide August 3, 2015

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

USA Dealer List:
http://www.nauticamusa.com/nauticam-dealers

Contact Nauticam USA:

Chris Parsons
Nauticam USA
2303 N. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

Phone: 954-489-8678
Web: http://www.nauticamusa.com
Email: innovation@nauticamusa.com

 

About Nauticam USA:

Nauticam USA is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Nauticam products in the North American Market.  Nauticam USA’s warehouse and service center is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Our staff of underwater photography experts strives to provide the best customer support and after sale service available.  Dealer inquiries are welcome!

Dealers in the Americas:
http://www.nauticamusa.com/nauticam-dealers
 

Dealer Inquiries Outside of North & South America:
enquiry@nauticam.com


International Dealer Listing:
http://www.nauticamusa.com/dealers-worldwide

 

 


The Wakula Room

Check out this behind the scenes footage from "The Pitt", a cenote in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Shot by Tony Land with the Sony A7S and Keldan lights. 



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