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Aquatica Announces TLC Tripod, Mini Dome Port And Port Adaptors
By Matt J. Weiss, March 25, 2010 @ 05:24 PM (EST)
Aquatica has announced some new specialty products that appear to be directly related to recent trends in underwater photography. Mini dome ports seem to be hot right now, not just because of their practical use for close focus wide angle photography with fisheye lenses, but also because of increasing travel restrictions.  Aquatica has announced a new mini dome that will surely be a popular choice amongst the growing range of options.
Aquatica mini dome port



It seems it's only a matter of time before we start seeing a lot more photo and video hybrid accessories to go with the hybrid HDSLR cameras. Aquatica's new TLC tripod features a pan and tilt head making it true underwater video tripod for SLR cameras.
Aquatica's  TLC tripod


Lastly, Aquatica has released port adaptors for type 3 Subal ports (the older generation) and Sea & Sea NX generation ports. According to Aquatica, more are on the way.
 
Aquatica port adaptor



Full press releases for all products below.

Aquatica is proud to introduce the BK-7 coated glass Mini Dome 100.

This new addition to our already fine line of ports is ideally suited for fisheye lenses such as the Nikon 10.5mm, Tokina 10-17mm and Sigma 10mm.

Aquatica mini dome port


Because of its small diameter of only 100mm (4 inches), its reduced frontal signature means you can really sneak up on a subject and have the extra room to properly position your strobes in ultra close-up wide angle situation. Its miniature size and lighter weight are welcome features by travelling underwater photographer in these days of increased travel restrictions.

Made from grounded BK-7 mineral glass and polished to perfection the
Mini Dome 100 is competitively priced without compromising on quality.

Discriminating photographers will appreciate the integration of optical anti reflection and scratch resistant coatings provided at no extra cost.

Aquatica mini dome port


The Mini Dome 100 will shortly be made available for other housing brands.

Depth rated @ 90m / 300ft

Suggested retail price: 699 usd

Available spring 2010

AQUATICA INTRODUCES ITS REDESIGNED TLC TRIPOD
Part of new line of products aimed at underwater photographers and videographers


The inclusion of HD quality video features in the current crop of DSLR as well as the recent advent of HD compact camcorder has increased the acquisition of HD video to unprecedented new levels.

A tripod has always been a useful yet optional tool in low light / long exposure situations using a still camera. In the case of close up video work using a HDSLR or a dedicated video camera, a tripod now becomes a must have tool allowing for rock steady shots
 
Aquatica's TLC tripod

 
 
This new tripod version includes a pan and tilt head with large easy to grasp knobs and an extended handle for smooth operation when tracking a moving subject.
Aquatica's TLC tripod


Made from specially coated hard anodized aluminum, this tripod will withstand the harshest of environments. It’s simple and robust design guarantees that moving parts won’t seize from the accumulation of sand or grit. The only maintenance required is a good rinse in fresh water.

Aquatica's TLC tripod


The Aquatica TLC Tripod is supplied with three 15” TLC double ball arm sections for support. These can be easily removed and replaced with shorter length arms for a lower point of view. TLC arms come in a variety of lengths and configurations giving videographers endless configuration options.

A single knob adjustment of this cleverly designed tripod allows it to lie flush at ground level for those hard to get ultra macro sequences. With this intuitive design you can work in a fast, discrete and spontaneous manner to achieve those award winning sequences.
Aquatica's TLC tripod


Here is what renowned Videographer and book author Annie Crawley has to say about the original TLC tripod:

"I am so happy you have decided to bring this back.  I have used the TLC tripod since my very first underwater video system and it is by far my favorite on the market. Mounting it on or off any housing is a breeze!  I have used mine for the past seven years!  Thank you so much!"

You can see Annie’s work on her website www.DiveIntoYourImagination.com

These are some of the features included in the Technical Lighting Control Tripod:

  • Pan and Tilt head with extended handle
  • Flexible positioning for fast and easy installation.
  • Designed to accommodate standard 1” ball arm segments as legs.
  • Hard coated anodizing process protects components from corrosion.
  • Simple low maintenance design eliminates lock-ups and freezes due to grime.
  • Standard 1/4” -20 threaded mounts on most housing tripod socket.
Available spring 2010

Technical Lighting Control TLC Tripod head assembly with 11” legs:    
MSRP @ 495.00USD

AQUATICA INTRODUCES TWO NEW PORT ADAPTERS


AQUATICA is happy to announce the addition of two new ports adapters, in what will be an extensive line of accessories to help future user to migrate to the Aquatica system.

The first is to accommodate the Subal older generation ports (type 3), it is made of anodized aluminum and fits inside the Aquatica bayonet, and therefore it does not add any extension and all lenses normally associated with their ports can be used starting from the Nikon 10.5mm and on.

The second will accept Sea & Sea NX generation ports, it is also made of anodized aluminum and due to size restriction it does add a small amount of extension, this was calculated to accommodate the popular Tokina 10-17mm without restriction
 
Aquatica port adaptor

 

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Becky Kagan
Mar 30, 2010 4:33 PM
Becky Kagan wrote:
Whats the buoyancy like on the tripod...is it a tad negative?
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