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Nauticam Unveils Housing for the Sony a9 III
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 8, 2024 @ 10:30 PM (EST)

After Sony dropped the a9 Mark III armed with the world’s first full-frame global shutter and a slew of jaw-dropping specs—blackout-free continuous shooting at 120fps with AF, no-crop 4K/120p video, and the ability to sync with flash at up to 1/80,000s—you may have been wondering when you’d be able to take it for a spin underwater. Well, wonder no longer: Nauticam has announced the imminent arrival of its housing for the a9 Mark III—you can pre-order now and shipping is promised from March 8th.

The NA-A9III promises all the good stuff we’ve come to expect from the Hong Kong-headquartered company. Ergonomic control placement is front and center: There’s a dual thumb lever alongside the right hangle and a single thumb lever on the left, as well as another left-hand lever operating a customizable button. In addition to fiber-optic ports for your strobes, there’s an M14 accessory port that could be used for an electrical bulkhead if preferred. There’s also a large-bore M24 accessory port for hooking up a monitor/recorder such as the Atomos Ninja V via HDMI 2.0.

Nauticam’s housing for the Sony a9 III costs $4,744 and is available for pre-order from Backscatter now.
 



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PRODUCT INFORMATION

NA-A9III for Sony a9III Camera

INTRODUCING NA-A9III

The Sony a9 III

Sony continues to push the limits of mirrorless cameras with the release of the Sony a9 III. This camera has the world's first Global Shutter Full Frame imaging sensor meaning it can capture every pixel at the same time. Pair this with the ability to shoot at an astounding 120fps of black-out free shooting and a flash synch speed of 1/80,000 and you open the door for nearly endless creative possibilities.

Sony a9 III Specifications

  • 24.6mp Global Shutter Full Frame Image Sensor
  • Blackout free 120fps Continous shooting
  • 4k 120p without cropping
  • QXGA 9.44 Million dot viewfinder with up to 240fps refresh rate
  • Maximum shutter speed of 1/80,000

THE NAUTICAM NA-A9III HOUSING

The NA-A9III underwater housing provides unfettered access to all of the camera's key controls. On the inside, you will see a feat of engineering as access to important controls has been rerouted out to the left and right handles. This makes changing your settings on the fly a breeze allowing you to take full control of the creative process that we enjoy as image creators.

Drawing on our successful full frame Sony underwater housings this latest housing for the Sony a9 III is sure to be a reliable tool for the professional and amateur image maker.


PREMIUM PROFESSIONAL OPTICS

Inspired by the water contact lens designs of decades before, Nauticam is continually developing new optical accessories that raise the bar of what is possible in underwater imaging. Designed with modern lens design software and fully optimized for in-water use, these lenses provide significantly better performance than an in-air lens behind a dome or flat port alone. The NA-A9II can leverage the unparalleled optical quality of Nauticam's Water Contact optics such as the FCP-1, WACP-1 or WWL-1B which offers up to 170º field-of-view, full zoom through, an almost 0" minimum focus distance with supported lenses.  For macro, the SMC-1 and SMC-2 deliver tack-sharp super-macro magnification levels up to 4x with the Sony 90mm macro lens.

VIEWFINDERS

The standard optical glass viewfinder is very good and travel-friendly, but many photographers prefer the ease of a magnified viewfinder with an 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.


BUILD QUALITY

Nauticam build quality is simply unmatched, using cutting-edge product design and modern, innovative manufacturing techniques that result in trouble-free reliability. A bit like a fine Swiss timepiece, the complexity under the hood results in a trouble-free user experience that just works, and keeps working for years to come.

INTEGRATED VACUUM CHECK AND LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is shipped with NA-A9III as standard equipment. Combined with an accessory vacuum valve (PN 25624), 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-A9III Housing
  • 90120 Spare Main O-ring, o-ring remover, and lubricant
  • CR-2032 Battery (for Moisture Alarm)
  • Set of Allen Keys
  • Instruction Manual Card
  • 2x Optical Bulkhead Caps
  • 2x Handles with Mounting Balls
  • Padded Housing bag and shoulder strap

Recommended Accessories:

  • 25624 M14 Vacuum Valve II (Pushbutton Release)
  • 26302 Mini flash trigger for Sony
  • 25218 Mounting Ball Set for tripod
  • 28130 Hand Strap for 18223
  • 32203 45 viewfinder (slightly vignettes)
  • 32211 Nauticam Full Frame Straight Viewfinder 32 / 1:1
  • 32212 Nauticam Full Frame Straight Viewfinder 40 / 0.8:1
  • 32213 Nauticam Full Frame Angle Viewfinder 32 / 1:1
  • 32214 Nauticam Full Frame Angle Viewfinder 40 / 0.8:1 *32212 / 32214 is preferred
  • 26325 USB-C Bulkhead with USB-C Connector
  • 26326 M24-M16 Adaptor for use with 26325
  • 25413 27cm lanyard with 2 snap hooks

HDMI Output:

Required accessories for HDMI 2.0 Cable System

  • 25086 M24 Adaptor for HDMI 2.0 Cable (incl. tightening tool)
  • 25099 M24A2R20-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable

Compatible Monitor Options:

  • 17922 Nauticam Atomos Ninja V Housing for Atomos Ninja V 5'' 4kp60 4:2:2 10-bit recorder/monitor/player (excl. HDMI 2.0 Cable
  • 17922S Nauticam Atomos Ninja V-S Housing for Atomos Ninja V 5'' 4kp60 4:2:2 10-bit recorder/monitor/player (excl. HDMI 2.0 Cable) with AtomX SDI Module

Required accessories for HDMI 1.4 Cable System:

  • 26326 M24-M16 Adaptor
  • 25100 HDMI )D-A) 1.4 Cable in 200mm length (for connection from HDMI bulkhead to camera)
  • 25033 standard HDMI bulkhead with M16 thread (incl in 17923 Shinobi-H housing)

Compatible Monitor Options:

  • 17923 NA-Shinobi-H Housing for Atomos Shinobi 5.2'' 4k HDMI Monitor with HDMI 1.4 input.
  • 17922 Nauticam Atomos Ninja V Housing for Atomos Ninja V 5'' 4kp60 4:2:2 10-bit recorder/monitor/player (excl. HDMI 2.0 Cable
  • 25082 HDMI 1.4 Canle for Ninja V housing in 0.75m length (for connection for Ninja V housing to bulkhead) *25082 v1.4 cable is required for use with 17922 monitor housing


Model Number: 17437
USA Retail Price: $4,744.00

More information is available from Nauticam at: www.nauticam.com

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