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TZKY DESIGN LTD (ULTIMA DIGITAL) #3051
October 22, 2008 - 3:15 PM
Just to the left of the Wetpixel booth was a new entrant into the underwater camera housing market, TZKY Design Ltd (Ultima Digital), with an ambitious design to support the 22MP medium format Hasselblad H3D camera. Based in Hungary, TZKY Design has produced an aluminum housing rated to 80m with access to all primary camera controls on the H3D, and shipping with a dome port for the 28mm and 80mm lenses, and an absolutely gigantic flat port for the 120mm macro.
The models on display came in an Army green and svelte silver, though we imagine that a custom color could be requested. All housings include a repair kit with extra buttons and o-rings, and the entire setup (including the two ports) retails for $7500 USD. The company is open to manufacturing custom ports for additional lenses based on demand, and is looking for distributors worldwide.
As a colleague mentioned, the housing would benefit from a few feature additions (strobe bulkheads) and modifications - the strobe balls on the handles are oversized unless TZKY Design plans to enter the strobe arm market. Then again, who’s to say bigger isn’t better?