SCUBAPIX INSIGHT: "The Nikon D7000 has been one of the most anticipated cameras of recent times. And with this housing, Aquatica have introduced many new features to an already successful formula."
The Aquatica AN-5 housing is designed for the Sony NEX-5 camera. With this camera, Sony has pushed the boundaries again, yielding the punch of the DSLR sensor and the size of a compact camera. This flexible camera, with its interchangeable lens and after market accessories, will fill the needs of many underwater photographer seeking a high level of imaging performance in an easy to pack travel system.
The NEX-5 is a great camera for underwater imaging; it provides focusing in both still and video and also has access to a large selection of Sony DSLR ALPHA lenses to suit your needs.
As for the housing, 28 years of designing and constructing underwater housings was the starting block on which we built this Aquatica AN-5 housing. While sporting a state of the art high tech look, it nonetheless features time proven methods of construction and sound optical principles. We, as usual, only use the highest grade of corrosion resistant materials for its construction and it has been designed and built by an experienced team at our Canadian based headquarters. The housing shell is anodized and powder coated to a smooth finish that will resist years of extensive use, all controls are double sealed in order to face the 300ft/90 metre depth rating assign to this housing, every shaft and push button is manufactured to a mirror smooth surface and is made of the finest grade stainless steel. Montreal is the third largest aeronautically industrialized city in the world, this strategically gives us access to the best raw tools available on this planet. Bottom line is; if the material used is good enough to trust your life to it, then it’s good enough to protect your camera from the harsh environment it will be faced with.
Special care has been taken to locate every control at their best possible position and the basic layout of the camera has been reproduced externally to retain the visual comfort of not having to search for relocated controls. Even with the extremely small size of this housing, AQUATICA has managed to build in dual optical strobe connectors. This feature is not an optional accessory and is included in the Aquatica AN-5 housing price. Aside from assuring a sure-fire every time, it maintains the housing at its original compact size and it is unlikely to come loose, be lost or forgotten like an external adapter would.
A very innovative approach was taken to secure and release the ports and lenses, all based on a multi function mechanism. Rotate clockwise to position 1 to release the port, continue rotating to the end for disengaging the gear rack mechanism and allow the user to pull out easily the tray mounted camera and lens with the Focus/Zoom gear attached to it. Or simply push on the lever to remove the lens without having to remove the camera.
To accommodate the Sony Nex-5 lenses, a series of compact ports were designed for its range of optics as well as an adapter that will allow the mounting of our current line of ports. This will be appreciated in light of the extended range lenses now available via the various camera mount adapters available for this already popular camera.
And finally given the absence of a regular view finder, our design staff integrated a 15 degree of angle to the rear LCD screen; this was done to give the user a much more comfortable position for viewing in diving conditions.
Precision machined from a single aluminum block. This light weight and super compact housing is fully anodized to military specifications and covered with baked-on powder coating to protect against sea water and its corrosive effect. All function labels are pad printing so they will not peel off or fade.
The recommended servicing procedures of the products are outlined in the manuals supplied with the product. The outside of the housings and the accessories should be rinsed in fresh water after every dive.
The handles should be removed after use otherwise if they remain attached
to the housing for any length of time they may bind to the housing and
be extremely difficult to remove. We suggest that the main O rings be lubricated
regularly and all of the O rings be checked annually.
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