In the spirit of the holidays, we are pleased to announce what I believe is the finest Canon Digital SLR underwater housing design ever made. Nauticam engineers listened closely to feedback from several top international Canon shooters, and assembled their ergonomic requirements into a sleek package that brings all key still photo and video controls out to the rubberized ergonomic Nauticam grips.
Video enthusiasts will appreciate the special attention given to the video/still photo mode switch and video start/stop button and their convenient proximity to the right grip. Nauticam shooters can switch from still photo to video shooting, and start recording a video clip, without removing their right hand from the handle. No awkward camera shake inducing reaches are required!
Camera Control from the Handles
An underwater photographer should not have to remove their hands from the housing handles. Every control placement decision made during the design of the housing was based on this principal. Long reaches are an awkward compromise, and this housing requires none!
Fingertip access to Shutter Release, Main Control Dial, Quick Control Dial, AF-ON, Still Photo/Video Mode, Video Start/Stop, Star, AF Point Selection, and Set are all offered from the soft rubber overmolded right grip. AF-On, Still Photo/Video Mode, and Video Start/Stop are operated by ergonomic thumb levers. Star, AF Point Selection, and Set are accessed by “piano key” controls built into the backplate of the housing, and easily reached from the right grip. Shutter release is operated via a sensitive, sculpted lever. The Main Control Dial and Quick Control Dial are accessed by enlarged knurled knobs that allow one finger operation.
All eight control directions and center push are offered by the innovative Nauticam Multi-Selector Joystick Control Pad. The multi selector is an extremely important control for Canon shooters, allowing quick changes to focus point, camera menu settings, and the quick control menu.
Zoom/Focus knob, Power Switch, and pushbutton operation of Quick Control, Menu, Picture Style, Info, Playback, and Erase are all easily accessed from the left grip. All pushbuttons are angled toward the handle to provide comfortable access.
Patented Locking Port Release Lever & Locking Extension Rings
Nauticam’s acclaimed Patented Locking Port Release Lever is incorporated into the 7D housing. Lens ports are inserted straight into the Nauticam mount, eliminating the twisting or threading actions that can extrude dry o-rings. Once seated, the large red port lock lever is engaged, securely locking the port in place. To remove a lens port, the silver unlock button is pressed, the port lever rotated to the outer position, and the port is pulled straight out of the housing.
Nauticam is pleased to offer the industry’s only locking extension ring system, securely fixing large dome ports even when mounted with an extension ring.
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, and Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha 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, Ikelite, and S6 style flash connectors are available as optional accessories for customers utilizing legacy electrically fired strobe systems.
Rubberized Ergonomic Handles
Nauticam uses a sophisticated overmold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic hand grips. Handles are available in two sizes to accommodate customers with different size hands, and spacers are available with the housing for cold water divers.
Proven Construction Materials
Nauticam Housings are machined from a solid block of seawater resistant aluminum alloy, then hard anodized making them impervious to corrosion. All hardware is marine grade stainless steel.
- Depth Rating: 100m
- Dimensions: 350mm (193 mm without handles) x 183mm x 137mm
- Weight: TBD
- Patented Locking Port Release Lever
- Optical Strobe Connectors
- Rubberized Ergonomic Grips
- Three Customizable Accessory Holes (allowing use of optional Nikonos, S6, or Ikelite Strobe Connectors and Hydrophone, Video Out, and Remote Control Connectors)
- Embossed Control Function Labels
- Quick Release Camera Mounting Shoe
- Four Strobe & Accessory Base Mounting Locations
- Complete Access to All Key Camera Controls (no Raw + JPG button, which is available via camera menus)
- .66x Optical Pickup Finder (Enhanced 180 deg Viewfinder with External Diopter Adjustment Optional)
USA Retail Price, $2800
Estimated Shipping Date, Feb 1