Nauticam is shipping its new housing for the Nikon Z50, the company’s first mirrorless camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Like the full-frame Z6 and Z7, the Z50 is built around the larger Z-mount and Nikon’s FTZ Adapter is required when using traditional F-mount lenses. The new housing uses the company’s N100 port system and accommodates Z-mount lenses directly. When using F-mount lenses with the FTZ Adapter, you just need to add Nauticam’s N100 to N120 Port Adapter along with the relevant N120 port recommendations.
The NA-Z50 housing offers the typical features found on Nauticam housings: integrated handles, highly ergonomic placement of controls, right thumb lever for AF-ON and record, and multi-direction pad that mimic’s that found on the camera. Twin fiber-optic bulkheads offer optical TTL strobe triggering out of the box when using the Z50’s pop-up flash, but you can also optionally install a TTL converter via the hot-shoe to improve refresh time and reduce the strain on the camera’s battery.
As you’d expect, Nauticam’s water contact optics—the WWL-1, WWL-C, CMC-1 and CMC-2—are designed to work seamlessly with the housing: These work best in combination with the Nikkor Z 16–50mm f/3.5–6.3 lens, boasting full zoom-through capabilities.
Available now from retailers such as Backscatter, the NA-Z50 is priced at $2,672.
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THE NIKON Z 50 CAMERA
Nikon's Z Mount debuted with the Z 6 and Z 7 full-frame mirrorless cameras and is one of the widest lens mounts available in its class. This wider mount allows for faster and more compact lens designs. The Z 50 is equipped with a 20.9MP DX (APS-C) CMOS image sensor that is mated to their EXPEED 6 processor. The Z 50 lists a native ISO range of 100-51,200 and has extensive Auto ISO controls spread across its operating modes. 4K UHD video is captured using the entire width of the sensor meaning no loss in the lens' field-of-view, a critical feature for the underwater video shooter. HD video at up to 120fps allows for dynamic slow motion capture. Switching between still and video is accomplished via a convenient switch on the rear of the camera and the Z 50 maintains discrete exposure settings for each mode. This makes switching between video and still shooting even easier without having to make excessive setting changes.
Key Camera Specs
- 20.9MP CMOS DX Format image sensor
- UHD 4K Video at up to 30p or HD at 120fps
- Twin control dials
- 2.36M-dot OLED Viewfinder
- 11fps continuous shooting
- Pop-up flash
THE NAUTICAM NA-Z50 UNDERWATER HOUSING
Nauticam's NA-Z50 is designed around the N100 Port System which is also used in the lineup of full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7r IV and Fujifilm X-T3. The NA-Z50's form-fitting style and intuitive control placement make the system ideal for the traveling photographer that demands a reliable and portable underwater imaging platform.
Nauticam's driving design philosophy aims to place controls on the housing where they are most needed. The NA-Z50 features molded ergonomic handles with stainless steel stiffening brackets that eliminate wobble when using large strobes. The main and sub command dials are accessed via large textured knobs within easy reach of the right handle. The Nauticam patented multi-direction pad makes menu navigation or autofocus point movement seamless. A double thumb-lever, easily pressed without removing your hand from the right grip, activates the AF-ON and REC buttons on the camera. A thumb lever near the left handle is for PLAYBACK.
For video shooters, the Nikon Z50 maintains separate exposure settings in Still and Video modes and switching between the modes is done via a convenient switch which is easily accessed on the top of the NA-Z50 housing. With extensive Auto ISO controls, the NA-Z50 is an ideal platform to create video content with the Z 50's UHD 4K 30p or HD 120p capture.
The Nikon Z 50 has a pop-up flash that can be used to provide accurate TTL flash triggering using the integrated fiber-optic bulkheads. A switch on the housing allows the flash to be raised or lowered to allow quick switching between ambient and artificial light shooting. To reduce refresh time and extend the camera's battery life, the NA-Z50 can be outfitted with the optional TTL Converter for Nikon (26308). Operating off of two coin-cell batteries and interfacing via a hot-shoe connection to the camera, the TTL Converter uses LEDs to deliver a TTL signal to external strobes.
Premium Professional Optics
Nikon continues to increase their Z Mount lens lineup and the Z 50 is the first DX format camera to feature the larger mount. Nikon's first lens for the system, the stabilized Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR lens is ideal for underwater use when paired with Nauticam's water contact optics lineup. Compatible with both the WWL-C and WWL-1* wide angle conversion lenses, this combination delivers full zoom-through capabilities with a stunning 130º field-of-view and ~0" minimum focus distance. Using Nauticam's Bayonet Mount system, the WWL-C or WWL-1 can be swapped for either the CMC-1 or CMC-2 underwater, converting the system to capture true macro and super-macro. When using full-frame (FX) or APS-C (DX) F mount lenses via the Nikon FTZ Adapter with the NA-Z50, the 35.5mm N100 to N120 Port Adapter (37305) is used in conjunction with the corresponding N120 Port recommendations for those lenses.
* - no vignetting at 20mm onwards with WWL-1
The Nikon Z50 has 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder. The NA-Z50 is compatible with Nauticam's magnifying viewfinders which are available in both 45º and 180º configurations. 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.
Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System
The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is shipped with NA-Z50 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.
What's In The Box
- NA-Z50 Housing
- 90120 Spare main O-ring, o-ring remover and lubricant
- 2x Optical bulkhead caps
- 2x Handles with mounting balls
- Panasonic CR-2032 Battery (for moisture alarm)
- Set of Allen Keys
- Manual instruction card
- Padded housing bag and shoulder strap
- 25625 M16 Vacuum Valve II (Pushbutton Release)
- 32201 Nauticam 180˚ straight viewfinder
- 32203 Nauticam 45˚ viewfinder
- 26216 Universal Optical Fiber Cable
- 28130 Hand Strap for 28113
- 25218 Mounting Ball Set for Tripod (for NA-A9/A7RIII/BMPCC/XT3)
- 25013 M14 Nikonos 5-pin bulkhead with hotshoe connection
- 25220 Tripod Socket Replacement Cover to FTZ Mount Adapter
- for use with N120 F mount Port System
- 26308 TTL Converter for Nikon (Compatible with NA-D5/D500/D850/Z7/Z50, Ikelite
- DS-161, Sea&Sea YS-250, YS-D1, YS-D2, Inon Z-240 strobes)
- 17906 NA-502H housing for Small HD 502 5-inch HD monitor
- 17920 NA-502B-H Housing for SmallHD 502 Bright Monitor
Accessories for HDMI Connectivity (1.4):
- 25028 Socket extension for 25032 HDMI bulkhead with M16 thread
- 25032 Custom HDMI bulkhead to use with socket extension
- 25046 HDMI (D-D) cable in 200mm length for NA-RX100V/GH4/A7/Z50
- (for connection from HDMI bulkhead to camera)
**25046 is included in the monitor housing.
Dimensions: 328mm(W) x 172mm(H) x 120mm(D)
Weight in Air: 2.5kg
Weight in Water: 0.34kg (incl. camera and battery)
Depth Rating: 100m
Port Mount: N100
Model Number: 17224
USA Retail Price: $3833
More information is available from Nauticam at: www.nauticam.com
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