First underwater housings for Nikon D7100 camera are out

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Ikelite were first to announce their underwater housing for the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera. The main features and specifications are:

  • Model:  6801.71
  • Access to all important camera functions
  • True electrical TTL strobe exposure
  • Comfortable rubber grips
  • Glass optical viewfinder enhanced for underwater
  • Visible o-ring seals
  • Corrosion-proof solid body
  • Ports available for most popular lenses
  • Lens zoom gears included with housing
  • Made in the USA
  • Price: $1,500
All important camera functions are accessible
Controls are not provided for Diopter Adjustment Control, Depth-of-Field Preview Button
10.2in (259mm) including controls
6.9in (175mm) including controls
6.5in (165mm) including controls
5.9lb (2.7kg) without tray & handles
Slightly negative in freshwater
Depth Rating
200ft (60m)
Built-in Flash
Strobe Connection
Ikelite digital TTL electrical bulkhead
Tray Mounting
12-24 thread with 3in spacing (76mm)
Main O-Ring
Port O-Ring
Spare Parts
5020 Silicone lubricant in 4 1cc tubes
5512.69 O-Ring kit
0200.91 Housing body cap
9104.5 Electrical bulkhead cap

Equinox also just released their underwater housing for the Nikon D7100 (not listed on their website yet):

  • Depth Rating: 250'
  • Mechanical Controls
  • Access to Essential Camera Functions
  • Polyvinyl Carbonate Construction
  • Dome Port
  • Neutral Buoyancy
  • Ballast Release System
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  • More expensive than the camera itself. Sheesh!

    • David G.

      I suppose rentals will be more popular than purchases.

      • Foolishcfo

        Go rent a Coopix. U/W photography isn’t cheap.

        • David G.

          I think we both know which option would be more fun and would yield the best pictures. It all depends on what you want 😉

          I mean, it’s like saying “rent a 80-400 with a 2x TC instead of renting the 800 f/5.6″… Different equipment for different purposes.

      • Erik

        Not really!

    • Foolishcfo

      And that’s a cheap housing. Wait for the quality housings from Sea and Sea, etc. and then you’ll really see price differential between camera and housing. But it makes total sense. How many underwater housings do you think they’ll sell? It’s a small market.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      Of course. It has always been that way.

    • WaterTightArgument

      The cheapest way to take underwater photography is to just dunk your camera + flash in the water, and start shooting. In case something happens, you might need to buy another camera + flash. Instead of buying another camera + flash, you can just buy one of these housings. Its the same price either way. The water-housing market knows this. (And they also need to feed their kids.)

      • WaterTightArguments

        Amazon has a category called “Underwater Photography Cameras” which has a range of sub-mergable underwater cameras for $99~$400+ dollars. You should check it out if youre just beginning. The only reason DSLR underwater housing is so expensive is because very few are made (so they need to feed their kids with the few they sell). Afterall, very few people are willing to submerge $3000 worth of gear (camera + lens) in water. But there is a much larger market for Pocket Cameras. I recommend an Amazon search if you want to just try it or have a rainy day camera.

    • Erik

      That is a “cheap” UW-housing. The Aluminium housings from the likes of Nauticam, Subal, Sea&Sea etc are roughly twice the price or more!

  • spicynujac

    I’d use seething like the Panasonic TS4 for $350. It was rated one of the est underwater models in 2012, although Olympus and Sony models may have caught up to it by now. I’m going to buy one the next time I go diving, and the bonus is I don’t own a P&S yet 🙂 I can’t imagine needing anything more unless you’re selling underwater photos for a lot of money

    • Erik

      I use my D800 Underwater in a Nauticam UW-housing and I do not sell pictures! It is not cheap, but it is my photographic passion!

      • Shawn Young

        How does it work with lenses of varying sizes? Or are you limited to lenses of a certain dimension? Thanks very much.

        • Erik

          Various sizes ( lengths) of the lenses are taken care of with extension rings. They are simply mounted between the Housing and Port. For Widangle/Fisheyes then you need a big Domeport in order to overcome the Diffraction index, between water and air.

        • Erik

          Sorry, widths of the lemses are of no issue. The Ports are wide enough

  • chubbs

    This will make it difficult to boil your lenses.

  • Neopulse

    This is a reasonable price the housing. Although I think I’ll stick to a Nikon V housing. Too paranoid about water seeping in an wrecking a good camera. Plus, I think I would be filming a good part of the time with it or multi-cam filming also.

  • Spy Black

    I guess it’s a rule of thumb to price your underwater housing near equal to, or twice as much or more than the price of the camera itself…

    • Erik


  • Marco Santa Cruz

    … and then there was the water-housing crash.

  • 3000psi

    while ikelite housings are not the most expensive, they are perhaps the most widely used underwater housings in the industry.very reliable too.

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