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Nauticam releases NA-D800 underwater housing for Nikon D800

Nauticam NA-D800 underwater housing Nikon D800 camera1

Nauticam officially announced the NA-D800 underwater housing for Nikon D800. With a depth rating of 100m and retail price of $3600, the NA-D800 will start shipping on May 11, 2012.

Press release:

Innovation Underwater

As the international leader in innovative underwater housing technology, Nauticam is pleased to announce the latest release in its acclaimed line of precision crafted camera housings. The NA-D800 breaks new ground in ergonomic functions, extensive control options and ease of operation while upholding the robust quality standards that have become a hallmark of the Nauticam brand. There are numerous significant advancements on this housing creating what should prove to be one of the most powerful systems to ever go beneath the surface. Equally remarkable is the design, engineering and manufacturing team at Nauticam who have managed to enter production of this exceptional housing less than six weeks from the delivery of the first camera bodies. Only with the immense technical and intellectual resources at the Nauticam facilities could such an achievement be possible and everyone at Nauticam takes great pride in this significant accomplishment.

Nikon D800

Few cameras have been as broadly anticipated as Nikon’s new D800 entry into the full frame (FX) DSLR camera line up. The 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor is currently the highest resolution available in any 35mm format and the rest of the camera specs are accordingly impressive. 30/24 FPS 1080p video, 51-point auto focus, 91,000 pixel metering system and a more refined tool suite are welcome improvements. DxOMark recently awarded the D800 the highest scores of any sensor that they have tested, even besting more expensive medium format offerings. This new Nikon should prove to be an excellent choice for professionals and serious enthusiasts who can take advantage of the camera’s exceptional resolving power.

Nauticam NA-D800

The NA-D800 is an evolutionary marvel of everything Nauticam users have come to appreciate from the brand with several revolutionary new features added. The industry leading innovations of recent Nauticam housings are obvious with the easy and secure latching system, unrivalled port locking lever system and the superb interchangeable viewfinders. The award winning ergonomics of previous housings have been retained with subtle refinements wherever appropriate. The NA-D800 supports both the Nikon D800 and D800E cameras.

Creative Potential at Your Fingertips

Designed by photographers for photographers, the NA-D800 puts the controls that matter where they can readily be used. Gripping the familiar rubberized handles is now more akin to a Formula One race car wheel with a panoply of tools a finger or thumb tip away. While never releasing grip, the right forefinger activates Nauticam’s patented two stage shutter release and a newly designed control for the sub-command dial with more precise refinement. The right thumb can quickly activate a new double paddle lever assembly engaging the record function on top and the AF-ON feature on the bottom lever. A similar two paddle arrangement is placed for the left thumb to instantly activate the playback button and most importantly the ISO control. This critical development substantially enhances video capability as ISO variation is essential to video exposure control. The easily reached live view button and live view selector have made switching from shooting stills to video and back again easier than ever, while most settings in each mode are preserved. Finally there is a housing that empowers video capability as much as still photography.

Unlocking the D800’s Power

In an impressive engineering breakthrough, Nauticam has patents pending on a new Multi Controller Pad located within easy reach of the right thumb. The device virtually recreates the Nikon multi selector on the back of the NA-D800 housing allowing full multidirectional use of this powerful tool. Amazingly, all 51 focus points can now be reached by a direct approach – even on a diagonal. All of the other scroll and select functions are equally enhanced without ever having to move from one button to another in the traditional fashion.
Nauticam housings have always been renowned for excellent camera controls, which have continued to evolve for the new NA-D800. The size and function of the main command dial wheel has been improved to more naturally and accurately make adjustments with the right thumb. Exposure Compensation is easily accessible to the right hand, as is the metering selector control. Shooting modes are the province of the left hand through the release mode dial, as is the focus mode selector and AF button. A flash mode selector button and a flash off lever allow users to instantly switch from firing strobes to ambient light photography (and back) when utilizing fiber optic synch cords. Of course, all the requisite function buttons are appropriately positioned around the easily viewed LCD window and will work as well at a 100 meters as they do at the surface.

The Best Standard Features in the Business

Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-D800. The patented housing Locking Latch System has received acclaim worldwide for its ease and functionality. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks, reduce bulk and require minimal physical effort to engage and release.

Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock. Lens changes are also easily accomplish without removing the camera from the housing with the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front.
The lightweight, rugged Nauticam handles are generously contoured with a durable over-mold process of comfortable non-slip rubber. Virtually any hand size can be accommodated with spacers available for cold water glove use.

All Nauticam housings are machined from a solid block of seawater resistant aluminum alloy and then hard anodized making them impervious to corrosion. Hardware is marine grade stainless steel. Clear acrylic windows are protected with a scratch resistant coating.

Precision Takes Vision

A super high resolution camera like the Nikon D800 demands perfect focus for optimal results. Fortunately, Nauticam has developed the most user-friendly interchangeable precision viewfinders in the world. 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” 180* enlarging viewfinder and a 45* angled enlarging viewfinder to enhance the ease of close quarters work often associated with macro shooting. Both viewfinders have high quality optics allow 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.

Nauticam Enlightenment

Lighting control is key to any successful underwater photography system. All Nauticam housings are fiber optic ready with two secure threaded FO synch connectors. The Nauticam system fiber optic cables are compatible with Inon S-TTL and Sea & Sea DS-TTL and provide excellent results with a number of these manufacturer’s strobes with no electrical connections to flood. For those desiring an electrical Nikonos, S-6 or Ikelite style synch port, a Nauticam bulkhead is available that can easily be installed or removed in the field.

Accessories to Achieve Imaging Excellence

Nauticam has the most extensive line of high quality optical ports available anywhere and any existing Nauticam DSLR ports will fit the NA-D800. This port line-up includes the award winning Nauticam White Balance Dome Port with a patented built-in white balance iris that makes in-water white balancing a breeze. Nauticam also provides the industry’s only locking extension rings in every size potentially required, thus preventing port slippage of any kind when using extension rings. Nauticam additionally 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 & M6, Sea & Sea NX, Seacam, Subal Version 3 & 4, and Zillion lens ports.

The Ultimate Video Package

If the substantial video capabilities of the D800 are of primary importance, Nauticam’s NA-DP4 housing for the Small HD Monitor can take video performance to another level. The monitor housing easily mounts to the top of the NA-D800 and utilizes the optional HDMI Bulkhead for true HDMI connectivity. Utilizing DP4 features like Focus Peaking, Focus Assist, False Color, 1:1 Mapping and more, this larger monitor vastly improves composition, focus capability and exposure.

Specifications
* Depth Rating: 100m
* Dimensions (with handles mounted): 194mm x 351mm x 134mm
* Weight: 2.81kg (6.1 lbs.)

Standard Features
* Patented Locking Port Release Lever
* Sensitive Two Stage Shutter Release Lever
* 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 180º Viewfinder or 45º Viewfinder optional)

Model Number: 17209
USA Retail Price: $3600
Estimated Shipping Date: May 11, 2012

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  • http://www.bernardovaghi.com.br Bernardo Vaghi

    Underwater housing for an “out of stock” camera, very good!

    • hq

      Exactly what I was thinking! I already bought an SDXC card, UDMA7, EN-EL15 extra battery, external microphone, etc for my camera which hasn’t arrived. Perhaps I’ll add that to the list!

  • T.I.M

    Just make sure you don’t take that in an airplane, they will call 911 !
    :)

  • T.I.M

    Do they plan to make one also for the D800E ?
    :o)

    • Noodo

      Lol, you so funny

      • http://www.amanochocolate.com Art

        Silly guy. The D800E doesn’t exist. It is simply a rumor promoted by NR (which promotes rumors) and a few trolls who pretend that they actually exist and perhaps the magical idea that they even have one.

        ;-)

        • T.I.M

          @Art
          Well, I had one ! (not for long, but it was real)
          :)

          • http://www.amanochocolate.com Art

            You make my point. They have a habbit of disappearing. Are you sure it didn’t go “poof!” in a magic whisp of smoke?

            ;-)

            I’m not sure I’ll believe that the 800E is real until I have one in my hands and I’m able to go out and shoot it. (Or more specifically shoot with it.)

    • Wes

      Yes, it will be $300 more.

      • T.I.M

        @Wes
        +1

        D800E underwater make sens, no moiré under sea !

        • texajoe

          What about with zebra fish or other patterned fish?

          • Sean

            dude you made my day. ahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • jadekub

        +1 LOL

  • jaques the Lad

    It is lovely! Can’t wait to have one.

  • http://mikeandfrida.blogspot.com mike

    We’re totally ready for some underwater wedding photography now.

    • T.I.M

      @mike
      Don’t joke, there is underwater weddings (but I’ve never done one)

  • Shawnino

    Quick, dumb question:

    I skimmed the press release but I was overcome by verbiage. Does anyone know what lenses it’ll work with/protect, and which lenses won’t fit? (How does that work exactly?)

    • T.I.M

      @Shawnino
      only the fisheye lens will work.
      :)

      • Rich in TX

        now that’s funny right there…

    • Jay A Diver

      This is just the housing, you need to buy additional ports specific to each lens that attach to the housing. What you see in the photos are the port for the 60mm macro (most likely). For underwater shooting they make dome ports for the wide zoom and fish eyes, as well as macro ports (like what is pictured) for the 60 and 105 macro lenses. When you add in the cost of ports, underwater strobes and other hardware – its easily over $10K, plus you still need to cover the cost of the body and lenses themselves. Underwater photography is expensive.

      • Foolishcfo

        Its no different than buying the camera body and now you have to buy all the lens and strobes. My home looks like a Sea and Sea showroom with all the gear I have. You’re right, it aint cheap!

      • Dan

        Hey man…don’t forget the cost of the scuba gear :P

    • Sean

      well i have a underwater housing for D7000 which made by nauticam. i can put a 14-24 in there with no problem, it depends on what kind of port you get for your housing. and for most of the time, fixed lens would be a better choice than zoom lens when it coms to underwater. well, personal opinion. BTW, it does cost a LOT to get everything you need.

  • Foolishcfo

    That means Sea and Sea can’t be far behind with their housing and I can order mine (of course it would help if I could actually my hands on a D800!) Unlike Nikon, I should be able to get mine housing pretty quick.

    • Jay A Diver

      +1

  • Mark J.

    Maybe it’s just me, but i find the idea of the underwater housing costing more then the Camera itself to be a bit absurd… I mean sure, it’s not going to be a cheap item by any means, but there is NO WAY this thing costs even close to that much to produce. The markup these guys are charging for it is insane.

    • Foolishcfo

      Makes total sense to me. The market for D800 underwater housings is a fraction of the market for D800 cameras. They have to recoup their R&D and manufacturing costs somehow.

    • roby02091987

      I totally agree with you, 3600$ is an absurd price.
      And the even more absurd thing is that some underwater housing costs MORE than the body itself. For example housings for D3000, D3100, D5100, D40, D50 cost more or less 1.200$, while the body itself is worth… 600$ for the D5100?
      I don’t know what they think… if one buys a D3100 (for example) is because he/she can’t afford a higher class body, there’s no way he/she’ll buy a 1200$ housing.

      I’d love to go underwater with my D90… but the price is way too high.

      • Foolishcfo

        Its not absurd at all. If the market were greater for underwater housings then the price would come down as more units were available to cover theur R&D costs. ANYONE involved in the SCUBA industry including underwater housing manufacturers knows there isn’t a lot of money to be made there. There is the old joke that says “how do you get a get a net worth of $1MM in the dive industry…..you start with $2MM.”

        • Andy

          +1

    • Trevor

      Why don’t you run over to kickstarter.com and sell your more affordable underwater housing then? Surely, with such high markups, there is a killing to be made.

      • Zeke

        Exactly.

    • T.I.M

      @MarkJ.
      $3600 it’s not that expensive, -100 meters is ALOT of pressure, you need pro houssing in order to keep your D800 dry.
      And they will probably sell only few hundreds of it.

  • MRGABE

    where can i RENT one of these?

    would be nice to shoot a music video with underwater footage.

    • MRGABE

      found a website that rents out nauticams, but for $500 a day?!

      lensrentals.com let’s me have a D800 for 4 days for $180..

      • jorg

        so funny! will lensrental´s camera go underwater with you?

      • Allen Wicks

        On the west coast backscatter.com in Monterey rent and sell u/w photo gear. Great folks, totally competent and honest.

    • Trevor

      Borrowlenses rents underwater housings for about $250/3 days or $350/week.

      Go to the NR homepage and click on the link.

  • Thumpr

    Actually this is quite timely and useful (See previous battery story).

    When the EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery in your D800 overheats you can just open a seacock on the Nauticam and scuttle the thing at sea! Just like they do on stricken warships when fire gets near the powder mags!

  • doug

    nice for those Underwater studio shooting sessions that im planing to do with next summer kudos.

  • Joaquim Prado

    at least they don’t have to be worried on making tons of this housing! There is only a few hundred D800 out in the real world!

  • http://9shift.blogspot.com C.S.Lee

    I know this is not related to D800, but would like to ask if anyone has tried out this crazy cheap water housing for Nikon D7000 since I can’t find much information about it –

    http://www.cowboystudio.com/product_p/mk-wp-d7000.htm

    Thank you.

    • http://jimpattersonphotography.com Jim

      The button layout is clearly NOT for the D7000. They probably meant the P7000.

    • Chris

      The close-up (second pic) clearly shows “P7000″ on the housing.

    • http://9shift.blogspot.com C.S.Lee

      Looks like it is not for Nikon D7000, misleading there, thank you guys!

  • http://www.matfar.co.uk Matthew Farrugia

    a housing combined with the deep blue and scuba diving can achieve amazing results some examples can be found here: http://www.matfar.co.uk/uw

  • yaay mmmkay

    Buy underwater housing now, get my camera in januar 2013 maybe, and then I have to wait some more because I can’t use the camera because of nikon’s faulty batteries. Sheez. Nikon is starting to slip up as much as canon does…

  • Pikemann Urge

    Does a lens port reduce resolution to any significant degree? I read somewhere that underwater IMAX cameras don’t resolve in the water as well as they do on land. That’s because they don’t have special, water-calibrated lenses (such as for the Nikonos).

    • Richard M

      High quality optical glass flat ports for lenses with longer focal lengths are pretty good. Domes are a different matter. Even high quality optical glass domes will impact on image quality, particularly if they are small.

      Domes are essential for wide angle lenses. The problem is that even a large dome causes field curvature and there are other issues too. However, lenses that are corrected for in water use like the Nikonos 15mm (really a 20mm in fact) do achieve excellent resolution.

      The truth is though, it is the water itself that has the most detrimental effect on image quality hence the need to get as close as possible to the subject. So if you want a great shot of a shark, use an extreme wideangle and get close enough to touch it.

      Howard Hall has shot some great IMAX underwater but the housings are huge (see http://www.howardhall.com/imax.html ). I recently saw him in Indonesia using RED which is certainly more compact but the housing is still not small (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLYrYGA39bM )

      Another example of his work
      http://naturefilmsnetwork.com/blog/2010/12/howard-hall-red-one-footage-the-best-of-2010/

      Howard and Michele are very talented and really nice people who generously share their expertise.

      • Richard M

        Howard’s RED One uses Nikon lenses.

      • Pikemann Urge

        Richard, thanks very much for your reply. I at least know where to start reading about this sort of thing. BTW, why can’t you have a flat port for a WA, even if it’s large? Is that because the edges will suffer more than on a dome port?

  • howen

    i’d love to do somme underwater foto’s now and then but for someone who isnt into it that much its alot of money , do you think someone will make a cheaper one (maby one that dus not go to 100 m ?)
    ps ; d800 is awsome !

    • Andy

      Look at the Ikelite housing for the D800. It’s $1600, but more than half the price of the Nauticam.

  • Chezo

    NaughtyCam? What kind of fluids are they trying to keep out?

  • Andy

    Anyone else find it funny how most of these comments are made by people that are not divers…nor underwater photographers?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jan_f_rasmussen/sets/ Jan F. Rasmussen

      Yes :-)

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