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#1 Steve Williams

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:31 PM

Check out the new housing on the Nauticam USA website. Look close, there is a lot new here. You can also read about it in the latest UWP magazine.

It should be noted that the images look computer generated. First deliveries set for Feb.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 06:21 AM

Man, that looks really nice Steve - I can't wait to try one. I like the way they have paid close attention to the video ergonomics. And that port mount design is wow!

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 12:35 PM

I just posted this press release to our front page (includes a bunch of photos):
http://wetpixel.com/...r-canon-eos-7d/

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 01:27 PM

Really sweet engineering from the new kid on the block. I had a chance to handle one of their housings at DEMA and the port mount design is indeed cool and the cushy handles are a nice feature. Too bad I bought the 5D MK II right before they announced the 7D. Does anyone know if they will have an adapter to handle Sea & Sea ports?
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:21 PM

Does anyone know if they will have an adapter to handle Sea & Sea ports?

Yes they do, second item on this page:

http://www.nauticam....tors/index.html

I'll be using Subal ports when mine gets here late this month/early next month.
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 06:38 PM

Check out the new housing on the Nauticam USA website. Look close, there is a lot new here. You can also read about it in the latest UWP magazine.

It should be noted that the images look computer generated. First deliveries set for Feb.

Cheers,
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Guess we'll have to get 3 D glasses to get a real "feel" with the dCAD images provided...LOL I can't wait to get my hands on one and see how each control works. I wished the images explained the corresponding knob with 7D camera control. Which knob/dial operates what camera function?

Lots of innovative design features. Bravo!

Who will be first on a user report for this housing?

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:34 PM

I should have one for testing in a week or two. Also, Tony Wu and I will be using them at the Night Safari Lembeh in late Feb / early Mar.
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:53 PM

I should have one for testing in a week or two.


Take great notes Eric, there are a bunch of us trying to decide between the Aquatica and the new Nauticam. Not to mention what Sea & Sea comes out with.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 10:19 PM

Or Subal!

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 08:17 AM

Does anyone know if they will have an adapter to handle Sea & Sea ports?


The o-ring sealing surface is exactly the same on both Sea & Sea NX/DX/MDX and Nauticam housings. Any Sea & Sea port that has the plastic bayonet ring held on by 16 screws can be adapted to a Nauticam housing with a replacement bayonet part.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 04:13 PM

I just posted this press release to our front page (includes a bunch of photos):


It looks like there is no way to mount a single modeling light in the center of the top of the housing because of the clasp being where the hot shoe would be. Is there a way, or will it have to be mounted on one side or the other?

I much prefer having the modeling light dead in the center, much easier to aim instinctively.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 04:26 PM

It looks like there is no way to mount a single modeling light in the center of the top of the housing because of the clasp being where the hot shoe would be. Is there a way, or will it have to be mounted on one side or the other?

I much prefer having the modeling light dead in the center, much easier to aim instinctively.

There is a mount on the compact port base for attaching a focus light:

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In the 3D CAD renderings posted earlier in this thread it is the black bit on the port just below the Nauticam logo on the housing. A ULCS AD-HS - Hot shoe adapter with ball should fit in this nicely and allow you to attach a focus light in line with the centre of the camera:

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:09 PM

Any Sea & Sea port that has the plastic bayonet ring held on by 16 screws can be adapted to a Nauticam housing with a replacement bayonet part.


That truly is brilliant. :) Does it come with a cool yellow hand strap too? :)

Seriously, I'm thinking this is the way to go for me. I'm still slightly concerned about all the new buttons and such (piano keys, etc.). How much operational testing has the housing been through? Does any body know?

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

Does it come with a cool yellow hand strap too? :)

Doesn't look like they have a handstrap available for any of their housings. My Subal hand strap will have to modified again to fit their handles (it was previously modified to fit the ULCS handles on my current Subal housing).
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:44 AM

There is a mount on the compact port base for attaching a focus light:

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In the 3D CAD renderings posted earlier in this thread it is the black bit on the port just below the Nauticam logo on the housing. A ULCS AD-HS - Hot shoe adapter with ball should fit in this nicely and allow you to attach a focus light in line with the centre of the camera:

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Excellent Gudge. Thanks.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:43 AM

Steve,

I know they have been testing the units in the field and making changes off the feedback which is why the housings were delayed a few weeks from initial launch. There are supposed to be two housings going out for intense field testing anyday now. Once that is done, they will make any final changes based off the recommendations and tests before starting shipping of the production models.

I believe the latest estimate for delivery is now first week of February.
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Posted 16 January 2010 - 01:27 AM

The o-ring sealing surface is exactly the same on both Sea & Sea NX/DX/MDX and Nauticam housings. Any Sea & Sea port that has the plastic bayonet ring held on by 16 screws can be adapted to a Nauticam housing with a replacement bayonet part.


Does the replacement part preserve the same camera to port distance as in a Sea&Sea housing? I think it is important for certain lens/port combinations...
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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:59 AM

One more question, are the strobe arms designed to be attached to the handles or to the threaded holes on the housing itself? Ir either one?

If either one, what are the advantages of one attachment point vs the other?

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 07:37 AM

Does the replacement part preserve the same camera to port distance as in a Sea&Sea housing? I think it is important for certain lens/port combinations...


Yes, they do.

One more question, are the strobe arms designed to be attached to the handles or to the threaded holes on the housing itself? Ir either one?

If either one, what are the advantages of one attachment point vs the other?


Since the handles are plastic, they can be a bit springy with big strobes, so I'd put YS-250 or DS-160 on the housing mounts. With smaller strobes, the rig can be set up however you'd like.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 09:48 AM

Ryan just sent me this photo of the first Nauticam 7D prototype:

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