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Nauticam NA-D7000V – updated underwater housing for Nikon D7000

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Nauticam released an updated version NA-D7000V of their NA-D7000 underwater housing for Nikon D7000. The new version (model Number: 17206) features enhanced control access and HDMI connection compatibility. The depth rating is 100m, the retail price will be $3300, shipping will start on January 1, 2012.

Unveiled with great fanfare at the 2010 DEMA Show, the original NA-D7000 housing grew to be one Nauticam’s most successful offerings. A little over one year later, Nauticam is proud to announce an update that includes significant ergonomic improvements and new accessory compatibility.

Nikon D7000

The Nikon D7000 needs no introduction. The camera is already one of the leading underwater options and the best choice for Nikon DX users. The D7000 boasts an impressive number of advanced features at a very affordable price point. With its 16.2 MP CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video with manual exposure control, and 39-point AF system, the D7000 is an excellent choice for the advanced enthusiast.

Unmatched Ergonomics

In keeping with Nauticam philosophy, the NA-D7000V housing continues to improve new products by building on previous innovations. NA-D7000V inherits the outstanding ergonomics of its predecessor, and adds access to the multi-controller, “OK”, and “Info” buttons at the right grip. Now nearly every function on the D7000 can be controlled from the housing handles!

Continued Innovation

A new lever to disengage the housing’s zoom and focus control makes camera loading with a lens attached easier than ever! While no control levels required presetting on previous housings, zoom or focus gears could occasionally snag on the control assembly. This new assembly eliminates inconvenience, and allows faster setup.

Stainless steel housing handle brackets are included to provide additional security when heavy strobes or video lights are attached, and provide lanyard mounting points.

Patented Two-Stage Shutter Release Lever

This mechanical lever greatly enhances tactile feel of the half-press and full-press positions of the camera shutter release button, allowing precise focus control, and fewer accidental shutter actuations.

Locking Housing Latches

Easy to use locking latches are simple to close with only minimal hand strength required, and are protected from accidental opening by a pushbutton lock. This new closure method is not only easier to operate, but reduces the overall size of the housing.

Patented Locking Port Release Lever & Locking Extension Rings

The acclaimed patented Nauticam Locking Port Release is incorporated into the NA-D7000V housing. Lens ports are inserted straight into the port 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 lock lever rotated to the outboard position, and the port is pulled straight out of the housing.
Nauticam also features the industry’s only locking extension ring system as standard equipment, securely fixing large dome ports even when mounted with an extension ring.
NA-D7000V is compatible with Nauticam SLR housing accessories, allowing use of an extensive line of lenses, ports, port adapters, lens gears, and viewfinders.

Patented Expanded Viewfinders

Nauticam’s highly acclaimed optional 180º and 45º viewfinders provide a crystal clear life size view of the camera’s optical viewfinder through a diving mask. The patented external dioptric adjustment allows eye relief to be fine tuned in water. High quality optics eliminate distortion and keep color fringing to an absolute minimum. The edge-to-edge, magnified viewfinder image makes confirming fine focus and checking corner composition an absolute breeze.

Port Adapters for Other Housing Lines

Nauticam offers a full range of port adapters allowing existing housing owners to use their current ports, reducing the cost of switching to a Nauticam housing. Port Adapters are available for Aquatica, Ikelite, Inon, Nexus M5, Nexus M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3, Subal Version 4, and Zillion lens ports.

Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL

A variety of optically fired underwater strobes yield reliable, totally automatic flash exposures via fiber optic cables with Nauticam housings.  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, 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 over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable and secure rubberized ergonomic handgrips. 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. Acrylic windows protected with a scratch resistant material.

Specifications
· Depth Rating: 100m
· Dimensions (with handles mounted): 329mm x H184mm x D138mm
· Weight: Under 2.7kg (6lb.)

Standard Features
· Patented Locking Port Release Lever
· Sensitive Two Stage Shutter Release Lever
· Handle Brackets with Lanyard Loops
· Optical Strobe Connectors
· Rubberized Ergonomic Grips
· Customizable Accessory Port (allowing use of optional Nikonos, S6, or Ikelite Strobe Connectors, Hydrophone, HDMI Video Out, or Remote Control Connectors)
· Embossed Control Function Labels
· Quick Release Camera Mounting Shoe
· Lens Release Button
· Four Strobe & Accessory Base Mounting Locations
· Complete Access to All Key Camera Controls
· .66x Optical Pickup Finder (Enhanced 180 deg Viewfinder with External Diopter Adjustment Optional)

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  • ATAMAH

    100m – 3300 USA

    Cool! ))))))

  • ATAMAH

    100m

    3300 USA

    Cool! ))))

  • T.I.M

    Cool, but the most important question of the 21th century is still unanswered !
    Where is the 640,000 square root ?
    :)

    • T.I.M

      I meant D64,000 square root (I messed it up, fail !)
      :)

      • T.I.M

        Actually what I really meant was D640,00 square root.
        (I get paid by Peter to keep this site entertaining)
        :)

        • T.I.M

          What, wrong again ?
          Ok, I give up, I meant D800
          :)

          • Jabs

            The question should have been:
            What is the square root of D640,000?

            Answer = D800

            • Jseegs

              The question should have been:
              What is the square root of D^2 * 640,000?

              Answer = D800

            • Jack

              Well you could say that technically the square root of D640,000 is 800 times the square root of D. ;)

            • Jack

              Jseegs beat me to it!

  • broxibear

    Here’s a Ikelite one for the P7100 http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/nik_p7100.html

    • Juergen

      Thanks Broxi!

  • Jabs

    Expensive housing!

    Nikon needs to make a new digital Nikonos RS camera.

    Housing price at almost three times the cost of the body – ouch!

    • AM

      Just for somebody who makes money taking underwater photos.

  • Calibrator

    I’m no diver but I think GPS would be incredibly useful for this.
    Do common (waterproof) GPS loggers work in diving depths (at all)?

    • http://www.henrywhitehead.com Hendog

      No, GPS signals will not penetrate water. Even submarines need to occasionally surface to gain absolute navigational fixes (then estimate underwater position using inertial guidance). Big problem for the navy! Dive site mapping can be done with a floating GPS tethered to the position underwater.

      • Caires

        I like that classic barbers look. very well lit and composed. dsc7111.jpg

      • Calibrator

        Thank you!

  • http://www.atlasomega.com Calvin Tang

    These Nauticam housings are improving quickly. I still wouldn’t get one just yet though, as I hear a good amount of reports of corrosion and poor Q/A (understandable at the numbers they’re producing so quickly). The Aquatica housing for the D7000 looks pretty nice. Sturdy, well designed and tested. If I were to buy a housing for a D7000 today it would probably be made in Canada.

    • axv

      So.. Just because you get paid by Aquatica doesn’t mean you should come here bashing “the competition”.
      I also heard of numerous death incidents caused by Aquatica underwater housings which you sell . . .

      • thery

        settle down axv.

  • Iris Chrome

    Looks SUITE :)

  • sk

    we want the………. ohh whatever….

    • BartyL

      Yeahthat’sitI’mswitchingtoperiscopes

  • http://www.amanochocolate.com Art

    Just curious …..

    How reliable are housings such as this? How often do they leak? I can’t imagine they are 100% foolproof. Even so, it would be a real bummer after spending that amount of money to get down to depth and then discover that your housing is full of water.

    • ERik

      Housings do not leak themselves. You need to renew the O-rings every 2 years or so.
      The bigger problem is as usual yourself…. You need to be extremely careful when closing the Housing and when changing Ports. In order to avoid a grain of sand, piece of Hair or similar that would crate a leak.
      After every dive you should rinse the Housing in Sweetwater and pushing the Buttos while doing so, in order to pump out the Saltwater. Otherwise you get salt crystals there.
      There is a saying that you do not become a “real” UW-photographer until you have had your first leak :-)

      • http://www.amanochocolate.com Art

        Interesting. I would imagine using some gasket sealant would probably help. Permatex used to make this really good blue goopy stuff that worked really good and stayed soft. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this stuff for awhile and the other gasket sealants they make are a bit too permanent….

  • ERik

    Looks nice!
    It is actually more or less the normal price for a UW-housing. Remember that it is without Ports. 3-times more for the UW-housing than for the Camera body is normal. That is the reason why we are doing camera updates very seldom. I am still using my D80 underwater. I am personally waiting for a new Camera that I will keep for 5-10 years for UW-photgraphy.

    • thery

      try the d700. :D specially when they start dropping in price with the new updates.

      I had my d70 until last year (upgraded to a d700). D70 rated at what 50,000 shutters? mine went well over that. it was around 130,000 last i counted.

      • ERik

        Since the Housing is so much more expensive than the Camera body. It does not make sense in saving a few bucks on the Camera body.In that sense it is a different ballgame compared to Land Photography.

        • thery

          My english isn’t the best.
          You could always buy it now then. because i very much believe if you held on to your d80 for so long you’ll also hold on to the d700 for just as long if not longer.
          i’ve had mine for a little under a year. And i’m not easy on cameras. and it’s still rock solid for what looks like at least 3-4 if not more as a back up.

  • Eduardnic

    Just take a zip lock plastic bag, put your DSLR inside and submerge. It will not keep the water out but at least you’ll have the chance to post your video and ask replacement camera from B&H…

    • thery

      lame attempt at a dumb joke. Don’t try again.

  • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

    Which lens can be used with the housing?

    • MR Nauticam

      Which lens ???
      Oh darn – I knew there was something I forgot when I designed this :D

      • Eduardnic

        made me laugh with tears! good one! :D

  • spanky

    $3,300?!? WTF? For that kind of cash I can redneck seal my D7000 and risk it. I can buy three cameras for that kind of cash… Oh, well. Looks like a nice product though.

    • thery

      so do it. this is obviously being marketed towards professionals.

      • ERik

        This housing is not aimed towards professionals. There are more expensive Housings around.

        • thery

          sure it is. just like a d700 is aimed towards professionals. and yet they have a d3s. and even a d3x.

          • 32yearsdeepdive

            Thery is right.

            Here is some info on dive depths.
            In recreational diving, PADI define anything from 18 metres / 60 feet – 30 metres / 100 feet as a “deep dive”

            In technical diving, 60 metres / 200 feet may be a “deep dive”

            In surface supplied diving, 100 metres / 330 feet may be a “deep dive”

            ERiK, It seems like you have a chip on your shoulder about something, based from reading your previous posts..

  • Sahaja

    Perhaps Nauticam should design flood-proof and tsunami-proof under water housings for Nikon factories as well.

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