Nauticam dropped a bomb on us a few weeks ago when they announced they were making a housing for the Sony NEX-5. It's the first major housing manufacturer to create a housing for an EVIL camera, which will finally bring all the advantages of a small mirrorless camera underwater. The NEX-5 has gotten rave reviews, and photographers looking for a small package without sacrificing size should be happy with that Nauticam has officially announced the product and it will start shipping the 27th.
Nauticam also sweetened the package with the announcement that those longing to use their old Nikonos lenses can rejoice. By using a Nikonos adapter you can use old Nikonos lenses that were the only lenses created specifically for underwater use and have long been considered by many to be the sharpest underwater lenses. This must be an exciting announcement for those who have kept their lenses in hopes of using them.
Shooting with the Nikonos lenses on the NEX-5 won't be exactly like shooting with them on the NEX-5. The NEX-5 ASP-C sensor has a crop factor of 1.5x so the 15mm lens, one of the favorite lenses, will actually have a field of view like that of a 20mm lens. Additionally, the lenses were designed for cameras that did not have auto iris control that we are used to and it might be an issue getting enough light through to properly focus.
In any case, Nauticam lives up to its slogan and has offered a truly innovative product. In fact, you may remember that DPG put out the Nikonos challenge last year. With no real winner before the December 2009 deadline, we have decided to make the Nauticam NA-NEX5 the honorary winner. More on this in the next few days.
Full Press Release Below
Nauticam NA-NEX5 Housing for Sony NEX-5
Nauticam proudly announces the NA-NEX5 Housing for the Sony NEX-5. This camera and housing package offers image quality traditionally only available from much larger SLR systems and ease of use previously found only in compact systems.
Sony’s NEX-5 is a ground breaking camera, one of the first of a new generation of digital cameras, commonly known as EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens). These mirrorless cameras feature a DSLR sized sensor and interchangeable lenses in a body sized more like a point & shoot camera. The NEX-5 camera is half the size, half the weight, and much simpler to use than traditional DSLR cameras. Its interchangeable lenses allow exceptional flexibility in various shooting situations. Full HD Video (1080/60i), with on demand autofocus, is also included, making this one of the most fully featured and versatile compact systems available today.
NEX-5 offers much faster shutter response than current compact cameras, and autofocus nearly as fast as the best SLR systems. Continuous shooting speeds up to 7 fps allow fast action capture, making it ideal for fast action capture, both on land and underwater.
The p rimary reason for NEX-5’s superior image quality is its larger image sensor. The APS-C sized sensor (approximately the same size as Nikon D300s and Canon 7D) has 9x the surface area of the Canon G11. Larger sensors mean larger photo sites that yield superior low light performance and greater dynamic range.
Nauticam NA-NEX5 Housing
Nauticam engineers started with a clean slate for their first compact camera housing. Innovation, ease of use, and ergonomics were their #1 priority. The result is an amazingly compact housing, with all of the NEX-5 camera controls available from the ergonomic grip sculpted into the side of the housing. The Nauticam patented locking port release system has been incorporated (with a retro styling twist, paying homage to Nikonos systems), allowing easy and secure port changes.
The camera is quickly mounted in the housing via a snap in camera tray, and the housing is securely closed with a clasp featuring double safety release buttons. The compact form factor and outstanding low light performance make this a perfect system for technical divers exploring extended range environments.
A wide variety of lenses are available to the NEX shooter, including the ultra wide fisheye perspective from Sony E 16mm /2.8 + VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Converter, the versatile E 18-55 Zoom Lens for fish portraits and closeup photography, and highest resolution super macro results attainable using a Nikonos lens with extension tubes.
Angled LCD Display
The large 3” NEX-5 Display can be angled up at approximately 15 degrees allowing easier composition and more comfortable diving posture. The angled LCD greatly enhances perspective when shooting low subjects, and facilitates an upward shooting angle for blue water backgrounds.
Patented Port Locking System
With a salute to the past, Nauticam’s Locking Port Release adopts Nikonos system styling cues, and quickly allows port optics or adapters to be changed with no twisting or threading, minimizing the possibility of o-ring extrusion. Fast. Simple. Secure.
Double Safety Housing Clasp
The housing back is sealed with an easy to operate safety clasp. Dual safety buttons eliminate 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. Marine grade stainless steel is used in all fasteners. Nauticam flat ports are optically coated glass, and the optional 4.33” dome port is an optical grade acrylic. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.
Optional Rubberized Ergonomic Handles
Nauticam uses a sophisticated overmold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic hand grips. 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.
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!
Nikonos V Len Support
One of the unique advantages of a mirrorless system is that almost lens can be used via an adapter. One of the options this makes possible is an adapter for the heralded Nikonos U/W Nikkor water contact range finder lenses. While the Sony E- mount lenses offer excellent optics and autofocus performance, the Nikonos lenses yield incredibly sharp images.
- Depth Rating: 100m (E18-55 Port 75m)
- Dimensions: 164mm x 118 x 83mm
- Patented Locking Port Release Lever
- Super Sensitive Shutter Release
- Optical Strobe Connectors
- M10 Threaded Hole for Strobe Attachment
- Cold Shoe for Accessory Mounting
- Embossed Control Function Labels
- Quick Release Camera Mounting Shoe
- Complete Access to All Camera Controls
- 4.33” Dome Port for Sony SEL16F28 16mm + VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Conversion Lens, #36125
- E18-55 Port for Sony 18-55 F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens, #36121
- E18-55 Zoom Gear for Sony 18-55 F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens, #36122
- Pancake Flat Port for Sony E 16mm, #36124
- 67mm Closeup Lens Holder for Macro Photography with E18-55 Port, #36123
- Nikonos U/W Nikkor Lens Adapter, #36201
- Tray with Left Handle, #36311
- Right Handle, #36312
USA Retail Price, $1550
Estimated Shipping Date, September 27
More information is available from Nauticam USA
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