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ADITECH UNDERWATER #3402
October 22, 2008 - 3:45 PM
Aditech Underwater produces the Mangrove line of video housings for Sony, Canon, Panasonic, and JVC cameras. The overall shape of each housing is the same (as is the 200m depth rating), with slight variations in sizing and port placement based on the specific camera in use, and a range of dome ports to suit macro or wide-angle requirements. Most Mangrove housings boast all electromagnetic controls (no penetration into the housing) and a 3.5” high-resolution TFT LCD monitor on the rear for convenient viewing.
Aditech has also been able to decrypt the manual white balance control for many cameras, offering a simple electronic pushbutton on the rear to enable the feature. The housing can be fitted with 80° and 100° wide angle lenses (and macro lenses with an adapter), and the 120° Fathom SWP44B lens is compatible with the Mangrove Sony FX7 housing. All of the housings can be fitted with the SW-MVD stabilizing wings for smoother, steadier travel through the water.
The company has introduced a set of 50W HID lights with adjustable output (burning for 45 minutes to 1 hour based on power setting), 70W and 50W adjustable output halogen lights (with similar run times), and a new ultrabright 8-LED light that burns from 3 hours to 6 hours based on power setting. The light heads are interchangeable between light housings, so any set can be quickly slotted into the casing. Also on display was an underwater tripod base with articulated legs designed to hold approximately 7kg, and with an o-ring in each foot to reduce slippage on smooth surfaces.