When Canon announced the Rebel T2i/550D earlier this year, it turned some heads since it came relatively quickly following the T1i/500D. Many people also commented that it seemed like the 7Ds smaller sibling with the features it packed into a smaller body.
Though Jean from Aquatica tipped his hand yesterday, today Aquatica today officially announced the AT2i housing for the Rebel T2i/550D. The announcement reveals some features divers will appreciate, such as a retractable lens release lever in order to be able to remove the camera body from the housing with both the lens and gear attached. The housing supports a variety of strobes - including Nikonos, Ikelite, S6 and fiber optical connections based on what you would like to use. The housing is one of the smallest and lightest that Aquatica has made, with a retail price of $1,999.
Aquatica housing for the Canon 550 / T2i Rebel housing
The arrival of the Canon T2i / 550 announced a new era in entry level DSLR, loaded with features usually found on much higher end cameras, this new Canon offers a compact and light design that is ideally suited for housing manufacturers. Working quietly in our North American headquarter, our dedicated team has come up with an aluminum housing design that is second to none and, quite importantly, priced at 1999.00 USD to make it the most affordable aluminum housing in its class, the Aquatica T2i housing will give the user unparallel access to the camera operations and every effort has been made to bring the controls and buttons within easy reach of even the smallest hand.
Made of High Grade aluminum, machined on a state of the art five axis computerized machine that allowed us to move away from the traditionally boxy housing offered on the market these days, every housing shell is hand polished, inspected and treated to a stringent anodizing process before being coated with a highly protective powder coated paint, every single Aquatica Housing is handcrafted, using an actual camera at every step of the way, ensuring that the controls will work flawlessly on that once in a life time dive travel. Shifting between flash and ambient light photography is as easy as flipping the provided lever to close the internal flash, and pressing the flash up button when you want to go back to flash photography. A pair of time proven locking latches is provided as they have on all our housing since the very beginning of the company, same goes for the lens release which has been parts of our housing features since the early models, this lever is now retractable and will allow the user to pull the camera out with the lens and zoom/focus gear attached to it. Swapping cards, battery or lens even on a small dive boat is a simple and expedient affair. One can only underline the necessity to minimize exposure of the camera in such a wet environment.
Critical controls positioning such as exposure control and the now so important ISO function when shooting video have all been considered with care. Aquatica is well aware, due to the rugged Canadian climate, that underwater photographic housing are not meant only for tropical destination, thus, we have made sure that the controls knobs have all been oversized and positioned in an uncluttered fashion, so operating the housing in cold water condition becomes that much easier for glove equipped photographer. Standard operating depth is the usual 300ft/90m associated with our housing since 1982 and upgrading to 425ft/130m is as readily available as just asking for it.
The Aquatica T2i / 550D is ready to accept our acclaimed Aqua View, replacing the viewfinder is a matter of seconds due to our pioneered method of keeping viewfinders in place… Bright, streamlined, built in eye relief correction, an unblocked view of the rear LCD are but a few things that has made it the reference in the industry since its introduction.
The housing is supplied with your choice of strobes connectors, Nikonos, Ikelite, S6 and Optical connectors, the later do not requires exotic type of cords and have adapter supplied for both Sea & Sea type and Inon straight ended cords to take advantage of just plain off the shelves cords available everywhere. Lightweight and compact comes to mind when seeing and operating this housing, with air transport regulation forcing the diver to streamline is equipment more and more, The Canon T2i / 550D camera with its Aquatica housings delivers a package of such unparallel quality and potential for the price that is sure to attract attention in the realms of underwater photography.
Aquatica is a Canadian based company with headquarters located In Montreal, it prides itself with the quality of its product and its environmentally friendly process of manufacturing, every opportunity is taken to minimize our footprint on the ecosystem. Our users are, after all, amongst some of the best advocate of Mother Nature and its beauty.