MILC

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC)  Call for current prices and special kit pricing. 858-481-0604  New systems are entering the market every day. Call and get the latest news.

This is a class of digital system cameras. Unlike a compact digital camera it has an interchangeable lens mount; but unlike digital SLR cameras, the type usually having interchangeable lenses, it does not have a mirror-based viewfinder.  Some do have Electronic viewfinders that act like an SLR. There are a lot of suppliers in this field but notably, Cannon is not one of them. Mirrorless cameras are new cameras put out by Sony, Panasonic and Olympus that contain sensors that are the same size as entry level dSLR cameras.

While point-and-shoot cameras have sensors less than a quarter of the size of mirrorless cameras they are attracting some professional photographers.

Since the mirrorless cameras have come along, they are taking market share away from both point-and-shoot models and dSLR models (larger cameras with big sensors, interchangeable lenses and mirrors).

MILCs’ initial purpose was to provide DSLR-like quality imaging in a small body, to obtain which they kept a DSLR-like sensor, but replaced the TTL viewfinder with an electronic one.  Current MILCs are therefore identified just by having interchangeable lenses (like DSLRs) in the absence of a TTL view-finder. Versatility will therefore be DSLR-like, while image quality will either be compact-like (small sensor) or DSLR-like (large sensor such as Sony’s 24 megapixel sensor in the NEX 7). MILCs combine some of the benefits of both compact cameras and DSLRs. Compared to compact cameras, they offer the versatility allowed by interchangeable lenses. In addition to this, those MILCs which are equipped with a large sensor also offer all the advantages similar to a SLR. Noise on shutter activation is quieter as there is no moving mirror as there is in the current SLRs

VIDEO

The MILC will product very good HD video and some like the Sony NEX7 will provide auto focus with video. Something that the SLR class does not.

Lenses for the MILCs

Sony supplied 7 E lenses for its NEX system (adopting a large, quasi–APS-C sensor). Panasonic (which shares the Micro Four Thirds standard with Olympus) had 11 lenses for its G cameras. Panasonic lenses are also almost fully compatible with Olympus’s CSC “retro” Pen cameras. Likewise, Olympus’s 8 Micro Four Thirds lenses (not counting versions of the same lens; e.g., all three versions of the 14-42mm lens are counted together as one lens) are compatible with most Panasonic cameras, in addition to their own. For underwater use we are most concerned with macro lenses and wide angle lenses. The macro selection is small and the wide angle is more difficult. The current offerings are zoom lenses and are not super wide. To increase the angle of view it is necessary to add and external wide adaptor lens such as the Inon .5x UWL-100 but it is difficult to get the edges of the image sharp and some time there with be light fall off in the outer corners. Compared to DSLRs, MILCs are smaller (due to fewer parts) and sturdier (due to fewer moving parts). Due to the lack of the mirror system, MILCs equipped by a large, DSLR-like sensor, can place lenses considerably closer to it (flange back distance) when compared to DSLRs. Thus high-quality lenses can be made smaller, cheaper, and lighter.  Contrast detection autofocus, rather than phase detection autofocus system

Contrast-based AF has generally been slower than the phase-based AF systems found in DSLRs, often significantly, until July 2011 when the Olympus Pen E-P3 surpassed top range DSLRs in focusing speed for still shots. The improvement in speed has been achieved by reducing the time taken for the contrast-detection autofocus system to begin operation after half-pressing the shutter button, doubling the sensor readout speed to 120 frames per second, and increasing the speed with which contrast detection routines operate. Although micros from Olympus and other manufacturers also have closed or leapfrogged this gap, there is still a gap in continuous autofocus accuracy and speed, and thus MILCs are still not as good at photographing moving objects, notably in sports, as DSLRs. One advantage of contrast detection autofocus is that, for still subjects, autofocus accuracy tends to be higher than with phase detect systems, as the camera uses the actual sensor output to determine focus. Therefore, CDAF systems are not prone to calibration issues such as front or back focus as can occur with phase detect systems.

Sensor sizeThere is an inevitable trade-off between sensor size and compactness of the camera, due to the size of the lens required. Sensor size varies among MILC interchangeable-lens cameras.

NEW Nauticam Sony A5000 Delivery in May 2014 

Nauticam A5000

Nauticam A5000

 

Dome port

Dome port

 

Sony A5000

Sony A5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sony Alpha A5000, when coupled with the versatile 16-50mm retractable power zoom kit lens, is one of the smallest and lightest mirrorless camera systems ever made. Despite it’s small size and weight (with camera tipping the scales at a an amazing 269g/9oz including battery and card!), the A5000 is not short on features, including a 20 megapixel APS-C sized sensor (same size as found in many DSLRs), 25 point fast autofocus, tilting 3” LCD monitor, built in popup flash, WiFi, full HD video recording, and much more. The menu system has been refined; the controls are easy to use and menus are logical with just the right amount of options for most people.

The 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Zoom Lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm, covering wide angle to fish portrait perspectives to maximize usability. It features Sony’s Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to help reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to four stops.

One new feature of this camera that most of the camera press does not report, is the addition of a zoom lever on the camera itself, which is able to operate power zoom lenses like the 16-50mm. What this means is that no zoom gear or special port is required to operate the zoom, further lessening the overall cost of the system for underwater use. Nothing to prep on the camera; it can go from pocket to housing in seconds.

The NA-A5000 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, (p/n# 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system – early warning for any problem with watertight integrity – which means peace of mind when shooting underwater.

Key NA-A5000 Features:

 

Signature Nauticam Port Locking System

The iconic red locking lever is right at home on the NA-A5000; lens/port changes made quick, easy and secure.

 

Vacuum System:

The integrated vacuum check and leak detection system adds extra assurance of watertight integrity. Use it without an optional vacuum valve and it serves as a audible/visual water ingress detector. Add the vacuum valve, and get watertight integrity indication via a color coded LED light.

 

On Camera Zoom Lever:

New is this class of camera, the convenient zoom control on the camera means no zoom gear needed for the 16-50mm power zoom lens.

 

Locking Latch:

The locking latch, proven in use with thousands of housings, is secure and easy to use.

 

Ergonomic Controls:

Controls on the housing are designed with shooting in mind, and each control is clearly labeled.

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-A5000 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-01 and YS-D1 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-A5000 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 a cold-shoe mount for a focus light or other accessory mounting options.

 

Nauticam NA-EM5 Housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Nauticam NA-EM5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

* Depth Rating:  100m
* 185mm x 152mm x 105mm
* Weight: 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs.)

Model Number:  17804
USA Retail Price: $1350

 

With the OM-D E-M5, Olympus has clearly taken the m4/3 format to another level with performance solidly in DSLR territory. Everything about the camera body exudes quality from its solid magnesium construction and extensive weather sealing to its classy retro styling. The new 16 MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor provides excellent image quality with the Truepic V-1 processor and surprisingly good high ISO performance up to a maximum of 25,600. Excellent dynamic range, improved color accuracy and a significant jump in resolution are just some of what can be expected from the E-M5. The new 3” OLED touch sensitive display provides brilliant viewing, while the 1.44M dot electronic viewfinder brings a welcome alternative for image composing. Shutter lag is nonexistent and 9 FPS can be achieved while manually focusing, 4.2 FPS while utilizing the improved continuous AF. Lots of new features like a quick zoom focus check (up to 5X magnification) on the display make fine tuning focus much easier. The Shadow&Highlight screen setting acts as a “false color” mode to help with exposure by painting clipped highlights red and underexposed shadows blue. This method can dramatically increase the ease of exposure adjustments in difficult circumstances. The amount of tools available on the E-M5 definitely justifies spending some time with the PDF manual.

One of the hallmarks of the m4/3 format is an extensive selection of quality lenses – many well suited for use in an underwater housing. A new series of moisture shielded Olympus lenses are debuting including the nicely finished 12mm-50mm power zoom kit lens. This is an attractive option for underwater use covering a useful range for fish portraiture and 1:2 macro with the barrel activated macro switch engaged. Serious macro shooters will also appreciate the soon-to-be released 60mm macro lens joining the current highly regarded Panasonic Lumix 45mm macro lens.   12-50 f3.5-6.3 ED M.Zukio EZ Micro 4.3 Lens sells for $499.00  Equivalent to 24-100mm in 35mm Format-with macro photography operating as close as 7.87″

NA-EM5 Housing

Nauticam NA-EM5

Nauticam has more experience creating underwater housings for compact mirrorless cameras than any other manufacturer in the world. As the Olympus OM-D E-M5 represents a new standard of performance in the popular m4/3 format, Nauticam sought to create a housing that would exploit this new level of capability to the fullest. Designed by underwater photographers to maximize the essential features most important in these specialized circumstances, the new NA-EM5 meets and exceeds expectations in virtually every regard.

All controls on the NA-EM5 are engineered for optimal ergonomics. The Olympus Main and Sub dials are easily reached by thumb or forefinger with no need to release grip on the housing while adjusting aperture and shutter speed. The important Fn1 and Fn2 buttons are just as easy to reach and can be programmed for a multitude of functions. A few of the useful settings are AF Lock, One-touch White Balance, Manual Focus, ISO and Exposure Compensation. Switching between LV and the EVF is a snap and a quick press of the Info button can show or hide Olympus’ new LV super control panel on the OLED screen for quick access to many critical settings. The mode dial can easily be turned through the typical P, A, S, M, Movie mode and some “easy shooting modes”. Controls need to offer a proper “feel” and Nauticam’s patented two-stage lever shutter release allows for natural, precise focus and shutter release activation. Every one of the features on the new NA-EM5 is engineered to the same exacting tolerances of Nauticam’s now famous line of DSLR housings. That quality will surely be reflected in every picture taken with this remarkably powerful imaging system.

Lenses that are particularly well suited for underwater use include the Panasonic 8mm fisheye, Panasonic 7-14mm, Olympus 9-18mm, Panasonic 14mm, Olympus 14-42, Panasonic 14-42mm, Panasonic 45mm macro, 60mm macro (upcoming), new Olympus 12-50 w/ macro (Supported by a special new Nauticam port for power zoom and macro switch).

The optional Nauticam Flexitray provides a lightweight, compact mounting solution for strobe arms and the NA-EM5 housing. Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips.  The soft feel and ergonomic design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives.  Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.
Nauticam offers a full range of mounting hardware arms, clamps, strobe adapters, and other specialized accessories. Mounting options on the NA-GX1 include mounting balls or t-plates on the tray handles, mounting on the housing, and an accessory cold shoe on the housing. There are myriad ways to mount just about any light or other accessory. Call us to get yours set up for your needs. 858-481-0604

Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with Nauticam housings and a variety of optically fired flashes.  Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, YS-01 and  NEW YS-D1 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood! Electronic sync cables will also supported via an optional bulkhead for Nikonos style connectors.
Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls on the handles or a single strobe mounting ball point on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for even more mounting options.

Estimated Shipping Date: July 11, 2012

NEW: CANON G1X WITH CANON WP-DC44 HOUSING

CANON G1X WITH WP-DC44 HOUSING

Canon GX1 Street price • US: $799
WP-DC44 waterproof case provides

protection to a depth of 40m –

ideal for shooting in the heavy rain or

taking shots underwater – with full access to all controls.

Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1 

because the housing will float.

 

PowerShot G1 X – key features:
-    Large 14.3 MP CMOS, DIGIC 5, HS System. Max resolution4352 x 3264
-    Compact 4x zoom; Intelligent IS
-    7.5 cm (3.0″) vari-angle LCD; OVF
-    Full Manual, RAW, DPP
-    Full HD, HDMI
-    High-speed Burst HQ
-    Smart Auto
-    Extensive accessories
-    HDR mode and ND filter
-    Optional 40m waterproof case

Capturing bursts of six full-resolution shots at 4.5fps to freeze fast-moving action.
Additionally, High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode captures scenes with a particularly high range of bright and dark tones, taking multiple exposures and combining them to deliver rich detail in shadows and highlights.

Sensor • 18.7 x 14mm Canon high-sensitivity CMOS
• Approx 14.3 million effective pixels
• 4:3 Aspect ratio

Lens • 15.1 – 60.4 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm)  (37.2-149mm underwater behind a flat port)
• F2.8-5.8
Focus distance Closest focus distance 20 cm (Wide) (7.87401 inches)  Behind a flat port (10.5 inches)

Flash • Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
A newly-integrated manual pop-up flash provides the option to add additional light to a scene, and, using the hot shoe, external Canon Speedlite flashes can also be used.
• Fastest speed
- 1/2000 sec (built-in flash)
- 1/250 sec (external flash)
- 1/4000 sec (external using high-speed synchro)

Optical Viewfinder (tunnel type- not through the lens)
• Diopter Correction

Dimensions 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7 mm
Weight (with battery and card) 534g

Movie modes • Smart Auto  Focus
• Auto focus : TTL
- AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point)
- 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed center or Face Select and Track)
• Manual Focus
• Focus Bracketing AF area modes • Single
• Continuous
• Servo AF/AE
• Tracking AF

Movie clips • 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps (Full HD)
• 1280 x 720 @ 30fps (HD)
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps (L)Sensor • 18.7 x 14mm Canon high-sensitivity CMOS
• Approx 14.3 million effective pixels
• 4:3 Aspect ratio
• Standard
• Underwater

Modes • Smart Auto (32 scenes detected)
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual
• Custom (2 modes)
• SCN
• Creative Filter
• Movie

ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100  to ISO 12800

Free Flexitray for Nauticam Mirrorless

 

SPECIAL PROMOTION

Free Nauticam Flextray with purchase on new nautiam housings listed below.

All Nauticam Olympus E-PL2, E-PL3, Panasonic GF2, and Panasonic GF3 housings include Nauticam’s fabulous double handle Flexitray system with one inch base balls at no charge!

Flexitray is the finest tray and handle system ever made for small and mid-sized housings.  The tray has built in feet that prevent it from falling over on a camera table.  The comfortable rubberized handles feature sculpted finger grooves, and the handles are fully adjustable (both left & right, and forward & back) to tune in the perfect handle positioning.

Eligible Models:
#17703 NA-GF2 for Panasonic GF2
#17704 NA-GF3 for Panasonic GF3
#17802 NA-EPL2 for Olympus E-PL2
#17803 NA-EPL3 for Olympus E-PL3

Promotion Includes at no charge:
1x #71202 Flexitray with Left Handle and 2x ¼-20 Screws
1x #71203 Adjustable Right Handle for Easitray & Flexitray
2x #71311 One Inch Strobe Mounting Ball

Nauticam NA-V1 housing- Nikon V1 system

Nauticam NA-V1

The new Nikon 1 system is a completely original concept, engineered specifically to strike the ultimate balance of performance, intuitive simplicity and portability to chronicle life like never before.
Nauticam is once again the leader in the mirror-less interchangeable world for underwater photographers by bringing the first V1 housing to market. With this housing, Nikon shooters will use the V1 to chronicle life under the sea. Nauticam delivers the new NA-V1 housing, incorporating some of the best features of earlier Nauticam offerings. The NA-V1 also features the type of innovations people have come to expect from Nauticam, including a clever patent pending switch to make using both the EVF and the LCD possible. V1 shooters not only can take their new camera along for underwater exploration, but they can do so with the rugged, ergonomic, and stylish NauticamNA-V1 housing.

Nikon V1

The eagerly awaited Nikon 1 System is in some ways Nikon’s answer to the mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras created by its rivals like the m4/3 and NEX. Nikon takes a slightly different path, focusing on ease of use and responsiveness. The system features a brand new and unique sensor format dubbed “CX” and a corresponding line of new NIKKOR lenses called Nikon 1 Mount. Nikon V1, along with lesser sibling J1, is Nikon’s first camera in this line.

V1 features a 10MP CMOS sensor, with choice of 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, a 3” 921K dot LCD display, XSPEED 3TM dual core processor and a crisp 1440K dot electronic viewfinder (EVF). V1 takes advantage of both an electronic and mechanical shutter system. An optional external flash unit (SB-N5 Speedlight) provides legendary Nikon automatic flash exposure compensation (TTL). Importantly for underwater shooters, the V1 can record RAW mode and offers manual shooting, and manual focus.

The big news for this camera for underwater shooters is the focus system. The camera offers best of both worlds – contrast and phase detection autofocus. Phase detection is the same technique used by SLR cameras to achieve very fast autofocus. Using up to 73 AF points, the autofocus system offers multiple options to achieve impressive autofocus performance, including continuous autofocus tracking. This kind of autofocus performance, combined with the deep depth of field afforded by the CX sensor, mean the end of out of focus shots.

Edward Lai, Nauticam CEO, had this to say about the autofocus performance of the V1 after using it underwater: “What amazed me was the speed and accuracy of the AF system.  Coupled with the small lenses the camera really focused lightning fast.  And the 10 fps with AF between each shot can be extreme useful”.

The Nikon V1 is capable of extremely fast continuous shooting speed; 5fps in normal mode, 10fps or 30fps with electronic shutter and up to 60fps with fixed AF. V1 has an intriguing mode that takes advantage of this high speed shooting called “Smart Photo Selector” that take a burst of photos at an amazing 30fps and then keeps only the sharpest, best 5 shots of that group. Imagine using that for ambient light shooting of fast moving animals or people.

The new NIKKOR 1 System lenses include image stabilization and silent motor for quit autofocus and zoom during movie shooting.

The V1 also shoots 1080p 30fps HD video using the H.264/MPEG4 format. Motion snapshot mode means capturing photos at 60 frames per second. Other modes include slow motion video at up to 1200fps. V1 even allows you to capture a high quality still image while recording 1080p HD video.

Nauticam NA-V1 Housing

NA-V1 with back controls

Nauticam delivers the new NA-V1 housing, incorporating some of the best features of earlier Nauticam offerings. The NA-V1 also features the type of innovations people have come to expect from Nauticam, including a clever patent pending switch to make using both the EVF and the LCD possible. V1 shooters not only can take their new camera along for underwater exploration, but they can do so with the rugged, ergonomic, and stylish NauticamNA-V1 housing.

This is a very compact and lightweight housing, with all of the key V1 camera controls available from the ergonomic grip sculpted into the side of the housing. A choice of hand strap and left/right handle means the shooter can customize the housing to meet their specific needs.

The same Nauticam patented mini locking port release system used with other Nauticam mid-range housings has been incorporated, allowing easy and secure port changes. Initially, two lenses, the Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/2.5-5.6 and the Nikkor 10mm f/2 are supported. Given the cameras deep depth of field and fast focus, macro shooting is ideal with this setup, and the 10-30mm is supported via the Macro Port 45 (part #36135).

Flip macro on NA-V1

Nauticam is now shipping a flip macro close-up lens holder (part #25101) that attaches to the 67mm threads on the Macro Port 45, and is deal for shooting macro with the V1. Zoom is supported on the 10-30mm with an optional zoom gear.

For wide angle, the 10mm lens is supported with a choice of 2 ports, a 3.5” dome (part #36131) and a flat port called N10 Pancake Port (part #36151), which optionally supports use of the FIX UWL-04 Wet Conversion.

The housing body is raised to incorporate the optional external flash unit (SB-N5 Speedlight). By placing the strobe higher above the lens, it is possible to get good results without an external flash – ideal for shooters who want an all-in-one system. An optional snap on diffuser (part #36321) will be offered to facilitate this type of shooting.

The sculpted NA-V1 housing fits the V1 camera perfectly – the camera is quickly mounted in the housing via a snap in camera tray, and the housing is securely closed with a locking rotary latch.

Nauticam housings are designed with ergonomics in mind, and this housing puts all of the important controls on the camera within easy reach. The shutter release is sculpted into the housing itself, landing the right index perfectly on the button. A four-way controller with set button is easily reached from the right. Video record and set button are larger and have a concave face, making them easier to distinguish, further adding the ease of use. Zoom is easily accessed from the left side of the housing.

Locking Rotary Latch
The housing back is sealed with an easy to operate safety clasp. A safety release button must be pressed in order to begin rotating the clasp, eliminating the chance of accidental opening.
Nauticam Build Quality
Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings.  The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.

Optional Rubberized Ergonomic Handles
Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips.  The soft feel and ergonomic design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives.  Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.
Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with Nauticam housings and a variety of optically fired flashes.  Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, and YS-01 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood!
Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls on the handles or a single strobe mounting ball point on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for even more mounting options.

Specifications
· Depth Rating:  100m
· 184mm x 167mm x 102mm
· Weight: 1.3kg (2.9 lbs.)
Model Number:  17207
USA Retail Price: $1650
Estimated Shipping Date: Jan 31, 2012

Nauticam MILC HOUSINGS

 

NA-GH2 housing
Nauticam proudly announces the NA-GH2 for Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, the newest addition to the Nauticam family of innovative, ergonomic, high-quality camera housings.
GH2 is loaded with features that make it appealling to the underwater photographer. It has the basics covered, with fast RAW capture, manual exposure mode, and TTL in most modes including manual exposure mode. Add to that a 16 megapixel effective (18 megapixel total) high quality multi-aspect ratio sensor, 1080i/p 60fps video, excellent high ISO performance, fast autofocus, and a huge number of customizable options, and you have a superb underwater imaging machine. Autofocus on some m4/3 cameras is less than desirable, but not GH2. Thanks to the high scan rate sensor, the contrast detection autofocus on GH2 is not only very fast and accurate, but allows for autofocus during video shooting. GH2 offers considerable control over how autofocus operates (AFS, AFC, and Manual, Focus Areas, Pre Focus, Focus Priority, and provides an AE/AF Lock button, programmable back focus, and more).
Rated to a depth of 100m, the new NA-GH2 is a rugged aluminum housing that continues the Nauticam tradition of ergononomic controls and innovative thinking.

The NA-GH2 housing inherits numerous innovations from earlier Nauticam housings like the easy-to-use-yet-secure locking latch from the NA-NEX5 housing, ergonomically placed buttons and the patented Nauticam port locking system. As with all Nauticam housings, innovative ergonomic access to key camera controls comes standard.
The camera slides easily into the housing with no need to preset any controls, and the housing is securely closed with a locking rotary latch.
This housing puts all of the important controls on the camera within easy reach, and even makes some of the controls on the housing easier to manipulate than on the camera itself. Case in point, the GH2 command dial can be both turn and clicked. While this may be easy to do on land, underwater it could prove difficult, and housing manufacturer have previously struggled with this sort of control. The Nauticam engineers very cleverly separated the dial function into two separate controls on the housing, making use of both functions a breeze.

A Multitude of Controls
From the sculpted shutter release to the knurled zoom knob, this housing features all of the controls an underwater photographer needs to drive the GH2. A flash popup button is provided for fiber optic strobe control, along with a flash inhibitor that is useful when flash is not wanted, such as during silhouette shooting.
Access to the GH2 mode dial, on/off switch, drive mode, AFS/AFC and focus area controls are done with dials on the top of the housing. The 3 programmable function button are all made available on the housing, including Fn1 on the top of the camera via a rocker key. Fn1 will be a particularly useful key, allowing one easy access to things like flash exposure compenation.
Switching between LCD and EVF viewing is easy with the provided LCD/EVF button. A lens release button allowing lens changes while a zoom gear is attached without opening the housing back is standard equipment. An audible/visual moisture detector which places the visual indicator at the level of the eye is standard on the NA-GH2.

Adding to the Nauticam Port System
The port system for GH2 expands upon the existing port system for the NEX-5 housing, adding additional ports for the superb Panasonic Lumix m4/3 lenses. Olympus m4/3 lenses and Leica m4/3 lenses can be used with this camera as well, further expanding the lens choices. Lenses initially supported include the Lumix 14-42mm, the Lumix 14mm/2.5, the Lumix 8mm Fisheye, the superb Lumix 7-14mm, the Leica 45mm macro, Olympus 14-42mm, and Olympus 9-18mm. Zoom gears are available for the zoom lenses listed here.

KEY FEATURES
Depth rating: 60m
Specifications: 192mm(Width)x105mm(Thickness)x156mm (Height)
Weight: 1.3kg

 

 

Nauticam NA-GF3 Housing for Panasonic Lumix GF3
Nauticam proudly announces the NA-GF3 Housing for Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, opening the underwater world to owners of one of the smallest, best imaging cameras based on the advanced micro 4/3 sensor.
Panasonic Lumix GF3
Part of Panasonic’s micro 4/3 series of mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 sports a 12 megapixel four-thirds size Live MOS sensor, 3” TFT LCD, 3.2fps still shooting and 1080i 60fps AVCHD video. The GF3 is a small, lightweight camera capable of shooting high quality stills and full HD video.
GF3 supports manual, program, aperture, shutter speed, auto, and a multitude of other exposure modes. Metering is accomplished via a TTL capable 144 zone multi-pattern system with 18EV range. Several white balance modes are available including 2 custom white balance settings.

The NA-GF3 housing from Nauticam delivers the advanced functionality of the GF3 in style and with the ergonomics that people have come to expect from Nauticam.
This is a very compact and lightweight housing, with all of the key GF3 camera controls available from the ergonomic grip sculpted into the side of the housing. A choice of hand strap and left/right handle means the shooter can customize the housing to meet their specific needs.
The same Nauticam patented mini locking port release system used in GF2, NEX-5 and E-PL2 housings has been incorporated, allowing easy and secure port changes. Ports are available for the major lenses that are useful underwater, including the Lumix 14-42mm kit lens, the Lumix G Fisheye 8mm, Lumix 7-14mm, and the Panasonic Leica 45mm macro lens.
The sculpted housing fits the GF3 camera perfectly – the camera is quickly mounted in the housing via a snap in camera tray, and the housing is securely closed with a locking rotary latch.
Nauticam housings are designed with ergonomics in mind, and this housing puts all of the important controls on the camera within easy reach. The shutter release is sculpted into the housing itself, landing the right index perfectly on the button. A four way controller with set button is easily reached from the right. New in the GF3 housing – video record and set button are larger and have a concave face, making them easier to distinguish, further adding the ease of use. Zoom is easily accessed from the left side of the housing.
NA-GF3 also features an audible and visual leak detector and cold shoe accessory mount.

Adding to the Nauticam Port System
The port system for NA-GF3 expands upon the existing port system for the NEX-5 housing, adding additional ports for the Panasonic Lumix m4/3 lenses. Olympus m4/3 lenses and Leica m4/3 lenses can be used with this camera as well, further expanding the lens choices. Lenses initially supported include the Lumix 14-42mm, Lumix 14mm/2.5, Lumix 8mm Fisheye, Lumix 7-14mm, Leica 45mm macro, Olympus 14-42mm, and Olympus 9-18mm. Zoom gears are available for the zoom lenses listed. The macro port includes a standard 67mm threaded mounting point for adding accessory wet lenses.

 

 

GF3 with 45mm macro lens Nauticam testing image Ambon 2011
Locking Rotary Latch
The housing back is sealed with an easy to operate safety clasp. A safety release button must be pressed in order to begin rotating the clasp, eliminating the chance of accidental opening.

Nauticam Build Quality
Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings. The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water. The flat ports are optically coated glass. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.
Optional Rubberized Ergonomic Handles
Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips. The soft feel and ergonomic design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives. Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.
Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with Nauticam housings and a variety of optically fired flashes. Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, and YS-01 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity. This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood! With GF3, optical TTL is enhanced even more since GF3 can perform TTL in manual exposure mode.

Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls on the handles or a single strobe mounting ball point on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for even more mounting options.

Technical Data
Specifications
•Depth Rating: 100m
•166mm x 127mm x 92mm
•Weight: 1.03kg (2.2 lbs.)

 

NA-EPL3 housing   Nauticam NA-EPL3 Housing for Olympus E-PL3
Nauticam proudly announces the NA-EPL3 Housing, meaning that Olympus E-PL3 shooters now have the option of stepping up to the durability and functionality of an ergonomic and rugged Nauticam aluminum camera housing.

Olympus E-PL3 builds on the success of Olympus’ earlier micro 4/3 PEN series of mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras. With a 12 megapixel four-thirds size Live MOS sensor, in-camera image stabilization, tilting LCD, TruePic VI processor, and 1920x1080i 60i AVCHD video, the E-PL3 is a small, lightweight camera capable of shooting high quality stills and video.
E-PL3 further refines the popular E-PL1 and E-PL2 cameras with a 16×9 tilt-flip LCD, clip-on flash, and faster 35-point contrast detection autofocus running at 120hz. The camera takes advantage of a range of Olympus M.Zuiko Digital lenses, plus the excellent Panasonic Lumix G and Leica DG lenses.
E-PL3 supports manual, program, aperture, shutter speed, auto, scene and art exposure modes. Metering is accomplished via a TTL capable Digital ESP 324 zone multi-pattern system. Several white balance modes are available including custom white balance.

The NA-EPL3 housing from Nauticam delivers the advanced functionality of the E-PL3 in style and with the ergonomics that people have come to expect from Nauticam.
This is a very compact and lightweight housing, with all of the E-PL3 camera controls available from the ergonomic grip sculpted into the side of the housing. A choice of hand strap and left/right handle means the shooter can customize the housing to meet their specific needs.
The patented locking port release system used in other Nauticam mid-range housings has been incorporated in NA-EPL3, allowing easy and secure port changes. Ports are available for the major lenses that are useful underwater, including the Olympus M.Zuiko 14­42mm F3.5?5.6 II kit lens and the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 wide angle zoom.
The camera is quickly mounted in the housing via a snap in camera tray, and the housing is securely closed with a locking rotary latch. The compact form factor and outstanding low light performance make this a perfect system for technical divers exploring extended range environments.
Ergonomics is one of the areas that all Nauticam housings excel and the Nauticam NA-EPL3 housing is no exception. This housing puts all of the important controls on the camera within easy reach. Shutter Release, Zoom, Movie Record, and the control dials are placed for easy access. The Fn (function) button is placed for easy access with the right thumb allowing shooters to move the autofocus functionality from the shutter release to this button.

New in the EPL3 housing – video record and set button are larger and have a concave face, making them easier to distinguish, further adding the ease of use. Zoom is easily accessed from the left side of the housing. NA-EPL3 also features an audible and visual leak detector and cold shoe accessory mount.

Adding to the Nauticam Port System
Ports are available for Olympus 14-42mm, and Olympus 9-18mm, plus the Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm, the Panasonic Lumix 14mm/2.5, the Panasonic Lumix 8mm Fisheye, Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm, and the Leica 45mm macro,. Zoom gears are available for the zoom lenses listed. The macro port includes a standard 67mm threaded mounting point for adding accessory wet lenses.

Locking Rotary Latch
The housing back is sealed with an easy to operate safety clasp. A safety release button must be pressed in order to begin rotating the clasp, eliminating the chance of accidental opening.

Nauticam Build Quality
Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings. The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water. The flat port is optically coated glass. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.

Optional Rubberized Ergonomic Handles
Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips. The soft feel and ergonomic design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives. Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.
Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL
Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with Nauticam housings and a variety of optically fired flashes. Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, and YS-01 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity. This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood! With EPL3, optical TTL is enhanced even more since EPL3 can perform TTL in manual exposure mode.
Olympus UFL-1 and UFL-2 strobes can be utilized as well. The UFL-2 can be operated via RC control over fiber optic, reducing the power used by the internal flash and thus decreasing recycle time.
Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls on the handles. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for even more mounting options.

Technical Data
Specifications
•Depth Rating: 100m
•Dimensions: 168mm x 138mm x 91mm
•Weight: 1.03kg (2.2 lbs.)

 

Sony NA-NEX7

Nauticam proudly announces the NA-NEX7 housing for Sony’s top of the line mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, the Sony Alpha NEX-7. Nauticam’s leadership in the Alpha NEX arena continues as it brings the first NEX-7 underwater housing to market. With DSLR quality imaging and performance packed into a housing that is small enough to take anywhere, NEX-7 is now ready to explore the depths.

Building on the success of the NA-NEX5 and NA-NEX5N housings, the NEX-7 supports all of the new controls on the NEX-7, including the triple command wheels. Not only are all the key controls supported, but they are logically placed and easily reached without moving the hand out of position. The shutter release is sculpted right into the housing such that the hand naturally finds it. A choice of hand strap and left/right handle means the shooter can customize the housing to meet their specific needs.

Where the NEX-5 has a simplified user interface, the NEX-7 takes advantage of its 3-dial interface to make manual shooting changes as easy as turning a dial. The housing fully supports the 3-dial interface, and all 3 dials are easily reached with the right thumb. The NEX-7 also adds a programmable focus lock control, prominently placed on the housing right next to the thumb groove.

This housing also features optical correction for the excellent electronic viewfinder (EVF), letting the user dial in critical focus. An easy to reach, patent pending lever lets the user quickly switch between the EVF and the LCD. The housing takes advantage of the NEX-7 tilting LCD display and angles it up at approximately 15º for easier viewing.

The popup flash is controlled with a clever single lever that both pops the flash up and disables it to allow for silhouette shooting. Fiber optic flash is of course supported, as is, optionally, electronic sync cord flash.

The NA-NEX7 housing uses the same Nauticam patented locking port release system as in the NEX-5, allowing easy and secure port changes. Ports are available for the major lenses that are useful underwater, including the Sony 18-55mm, 16m pancake, 16mm pancake + FE adapter, and the 16mm pancake + WA adapter, and the new Sony 30mm macro lens.

Specifications
·      Depth Rating:  100m
·      Dimensions:  183mm x 133mm x 81mm
·      Weight: 0.88 kg (1.9 lbs.)
Model Number:  17403
USA Retail Price: $1850
Estimated Shipping Date: Jan 15, 2012

Optional Rubberized Ergonomic Handles

Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips.  The soft feel and ergonomic design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives.  Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.

Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL and Ikelite

Fiber Optic Adapter for DS Substrobes
Product #4401
US Suggested Retail Price $80 (fiber optic cable not included)

The Fiber Optic Adapter converts the electrical bulkhead of any Ikelite DS Substrobe into a fiber optic port. This adapter is a manual exposure (non-TTL) trigger only. The strobe’s output must be adjusted using the manual power settings built into the strobe (varies by model).

The Fiber Optic Adapter automatically configures itself for compatibility with both pre-flash and non pre-flash camera modes. No setting of small switches or confusion over number of pre-flashes. Simply turn on your Substrobe and take one picture to configure.

An individual Fiber Optic Adapter is needed for each Substrobe. Use of two Substrobes requires two Fiber Optic Adapters.

Depth rated to 300 feet (90 meters).

Requirements for Use
1. Any Ikelite DS Substrobe:
Compatible Substrobes include DS50, DS51, DS125, DS160, DS161 and DS200 models. The AF35 AutoFlash is not compatible with the #4401 adapter.

2. One of the following fiber optic cables (not available through Ikelite):
- INON Optical D Cable “Non-wireless type” L-Connector *
- SEA&SEA Fiber Optic Cable (L-type) Product No. 50107
- Olympus UW Fiber Optic Cable PTCB-E02
- Nauticam Optical Fiber Cable No. 26211 Nauticam to INON
- Nauticam Optical Fiber Cable No. 26212 Nauticam to SEA&SEA

* INON Optical D Cable “Wireless type” L-Connectors may be converted to “Non-wireless type.” See INON Modification Instructions. Components needed for modification are provided by INON and not available through Ikelite.

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with Nauticam housings and a variety of optically fired flashes.  Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, and YS-01 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate TTL flash performance with no electrical sync cables to flood! With NEX-7, optical TTL is enhanced even more since NEX-7 can perform TTL in manual exposure mode.

Electronic sync cables will also supported via an optional bulkhead for Nikonos style connectors.

Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls on the handles or a single strobe mounting ball point on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for even more mounting options.

Sony NEX-7 specification highlights
 •    24MP APS-C CMOS sensor (shared with the SLT A-77 and A-65)
•    ISO 100-16000 (100-1600 in Auto)
•    Built-in 2.4M dot OLED EVF with eye sensor
•    Electronic first-curtain shutter (cuts response time from 100ms to 20ms)
•    ’AVCHD Progressive’ 1080p60 HD movie recording with built-in stereo mic
•    Tilting rear screen
•    Three-dial user interface
•    Built in flash and Alpha hotshoe
•    Infra-red remote control receiver
•    Microphone input socket
•    Sony has recently announced an adapter system for their NEX series EVIL cameras that allows their translucent mirror technology to be mounted to NEX cameras by way of adapter. This adapter will allow the E-Mount camera to use A-Mount lenses and bring real time phase detection auto focus for both still and video photography. Recommended lenses are :NEX-7 comes standard with the excellent 18-55mm OSS mid-range zoom lens, a very useful focal range for all-around shooting, including underwater. Other keys lenses for underwater use include the 16mm pancake lens, 16mm + Fisheye Adapter, 16mm + Wide Angle Adapter and the new 30mm macro lens.

Three dial interface offers extensive fingertip control
Superb build quality
Excellent 2.4 million-dot OLED EVF in compact, slimline body
920K dot tilting rear screen
Very high-resolution 24MP CMOS sensor with impressive high-ISO performance
Exceptionally ‘deep’ feature set including Auto HDR and Sweep Panorama
Seamlessly-integrated movie mode with full manual control
Class-leading video resolution
Fast and responsive operation
Class-leading continuous shooting performance
Live View maintained during continuous shooting (at 3.75 fps)
Huge degree of control customization available
the NEX-7 is one of the most capable cameras around, and in terms of out-and-out image quality it’s probably the best APS-C camera yet, regardless of size.
The NEX-7 with three native lenses – the E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS kit zoom(Minimum focus 0.24 m (9.45″) Maximum magnification 0.31 x) , the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8, and the E 30mm F3.5 macro (Minimum focus 0.10 m (3.74″) Maximum magnification 1 x). The system is relatively short of compact ‘pancake’ primes compared to Samsung NX and Micro Four Thirds.

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