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I am considering upgrading to the Sony NEX-5N. There has been a lot of positive comments on this forum about the Nauticam housing for this camera. Several other manufacturers, including Aquatica and 10Bar, also make housing for this camera. I would be interested in hearing of experience or opinions of the other housings available for the NEX-5N. Thanks.

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I recently wrote a review on the Aquatica AN-5 Housing. Full disclosure, I am an Aquatica dealer but this was done using my (well, my wife's :) ) personal housing and camera. Aquatica AN-5 Review

 

There are no real functional differences between the 2 housings (AN-5 vs AN-5n) aside from a repositioning of buttons and the latch system used. Based on the NEX-5's performance, I'm not immediately drawn to upgrade to the 5n but am planning on getting the Sony 30mm Macro for my upcoming trip in June.

 

cheers

 

Stu

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I purchase the Sony NEX5 6 months ago and then purchased the Aquatica housing in November. Close call with the Nauticam but for me the Aquatica seemed a better designed product. The menu wheel works well and seems better than just buttons as on the Nauticam. I went on a week's diving in Cape Verde 2 weeks ago and had some great results. Housing performed perfectly! I'm very pleased with it and plan to buy new Sony macro lens before next trip.

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Thanks, for the responses. The 10Bar housing with the zoom port is being marketed at less than $1000 which appears to be considerably less expensive than the Nauticam or Aquatica. Any experience, opinions, or comparisons of this company's products with Nauticam and Aquatica?

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Does the 10-bar NEX-5N housing have a dome port for the 16mm+Wide-Adapter combo?

 

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Just visited 10Bar website, trying to find some info on my question above. To be perfectly honest, 10Bar's website is so unprofessionally done it gives me doubt if they approach their housing construction as unprofessionally as their website - 5 out of 7 tabs on the English home page didn't work :)

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Just visited 10Bar website, trying to find some info on my question above. To be perfectly honest, 10Bar's website is so unprofessionally done it gives me doubt if they approach their housing construction as unprofessionally as their website - 5 out of 7 tabs on the English home page didn't work :)

 

guess what, people have been complaining about the 10bar website for a long time now..

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10Bar is a small company, but have been in business for a while. they aren't the best at customer communication, prefering to work through their dealers.

 

I have information on the 10bar housings on my site. In brief, they are a good value, aluminum housing, support all the camera controls and have a fairly wide range of ports. Yes, the do have a dome port to fit the FE. The have double oring construction throughout.

 

They are a bit on the heavy side, not particularly ergonomic, and controls can be a bit fussy - take a light hand. That being said, lots of users like them and their price point. They do come with a 2 year warranty.

 

Nauticam and Aquatica are in a different class, much more ergonomic designs, better controls, gearing and ports. They are lighter and comfortable to use. But it comes at a cost.

 

Like all things in life, you get what you pay for!

 

Jack

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Hi folks,

 

I am going to be reviewing NEX-5N housing offerings soon! The camera is on order and hopefully should be with me soon. I aim to compare housings as much as is possible. I have offers of support from Nauticam, Aquatica, Subal, 10 Bar and Recsea. However, many of them do not yet actually have working housings, so the review will only happen when they can actually let me have one!

 

I'll let people know as I start diving/testing them.

 

Adam

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Hi folks,

 

I am going to be reviewing NEX-5N housing offerings soon! The camera is on order and hopefully should be with me soon. I aim to compare housings as much as is possible. I have offers of support from Nauticam, Aquatica, Subal, 10 Bar and Recsea. However, many of them do not yet actually have working housings, so the review will only happen when they can actually let me have one!

 

I'll let people know as I start diving/testing them.

 

Adam

 

That would be great, Adam. I plan on buying something about the end of February so any new info would be appreciated by then. I am particularly interested in the experiences and comments of anyone with 10Bar housings since they appear to be much less expensive than all the others. And while it may not be as ergonomic as the others, anything has to be better than my duct taped Olympus PT-023 design that I have been using for over 5 years.

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I use the Nauticam housing for my NEX-5 (the original non-N version), and can recommend it highly. Alex at Underwater Visions has been really helpful.

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Recsea just released their Sony NEX-5N housing, I haven't seen any reviews on it yet though. The feedback from our customers on their small aluminum NEX-5 housing was very positive. - Scott

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I am considering upgrading to the Sony NEX-5N. There has been a lot of positive comments on this forum about the Nauticam housing for this camera. Several other manufacturers, including Aquatica and 10Bar, also make housing for this camera. I would be interested in hearing of experience or opinions of the other housings available for the NEX-5N. Thanks.

 

Happy New Year, all - I've been lurking occasionally for some time, but this is my first post. I'm Cindy Shaw, an Earth and marine science illustrator who has been involved with UW photography since 1978 - mainly for use as reference for illustration work.

 

I also am planning to get the Sony NEX-5N. My housing choices are either Nauticam or Aquatica - although I'd need the housing within three weeks, and it sounds like the Aquatica may not ship in time. If any of you have an "in" to whether or not I'd be able to get an Aquatica by then, I'd appreciate any information about this.

 

I've been using a Nikon D100 with Ikelite housing and strobes for about the last eight years (upgraded from an F2 Photomic/sportsfinder setup that I'd used since '78). I've been fairly happy with the Ikelite products over the years and am disappointed that they're not supporting the Sony NEX or MFT cameras.

 

I've been using an Ikelite DS 125 strobe with an SA-100 arm system on one handle, and an old Substrobe slave with a L&M flexarm on the other handle. I would like to continue using this setup for now in order to stay within a budget. I'd also like to add a Sola 2000 video light (and then add a second one when the budget allows).

 

So here are my questions:

 

1) Have any of you used Ikelite trays/handles/arms with the Nauticam/Aquatica housings? (I'd like to be able to at least use my Ikelite handles/arms)

2) Any suggestions on a simple, effective system for setting up these strobes plus video light(s)?

3) Has anyone used a video light (2000K lumens or less) for fill-in lighting in place of a slave strobe with good results?

4) For my upcoming trip, I'll be observing a Nassau grouper aggregation, and would like to have an appropriate all-around lens setup for both distance and close range. I'm thinking the 18mm lens with either the wide angle or fisheye adapter (with dome port) would be a reasonable choice. Any thoughts about this?

5) The 18-55mm seems tempting as well, but I've never used a zoom lens underwater. What's actually the effective focal length underwater for the 18-55? And what about the quality of macro photos with this lens?

6) Finally, has anyone used a Nikkor 16mm fisheye on the NEX-5 with a dome port?

 

Perhaps these are too many questions for one post :)

 

 

Thanks very much,

Cindy

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Hello Adamhanlon,

 

Did you manage to test some housings?

 

Thank you.

 

Hi folks,

 

I am going to be reviewing NEX-5N housing offerings soon! The camera is on order and hopefully should be with me soon. I aim to compare housings as much as is possible. I have offers of support from Nauticam, Aquatica, Subal, 10 Bar and Recsea. However, many of them do not yet actually have working housings, so the review will only happen when they can actually let me have one!

 

I'll let people know as I start diving/testing them.

 

Adam

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Hi.

 

I am busy diving them as we speak-I was diving with the 10 Bar today. 4° C water!

 

I expect to start adding reports from the end of Feb.

 

Adam

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I can comment just on your 4th questions since I use my nex system above water only. The wide angle and fisheye adapter were designed specifically to the 16mm pancake lens. You can used it with the zoom but the quality will be bad, really bad. Not recommended.

The nex uses an aps-c sensor with 1.5x crop factor, so the effective focal length will be 27-83mm. Actually the kit lens is quite good optically. I used it with an achromat lens and I managed to shoot nice close-ups (but not real macros)

 

Just a last comment on the fisheye. Samyang (Rokinon) has just released a small fisheye lens for nex. It's manual focusing lens but is seems to be quite good optically:

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/02/13...sheye-sony-nex/

 

Marcell

 

 

4) For my upcoming trip, I'll be observing a Nassau grouper aggregation, and would like to have an appropriate all-around lens setup for both distance and close range. I'm thinking the 18mm lens with either the wide angle or fisheye adapter (with dome port) would be a reasonable choice. Any thoughts about this?

5) The 18-55mm seems tempting as well, but I've never used a zoom lens underwater. What's actually the effective focal length underwater for the 18-55? And what about the quality of macro photos with this lens?

6) Finally, has anyone used a Nikkor 16mm fisheye on the NEX-5 with a dome port?

 

Perhaps these are too many questions for one post :D

 

 

Thanks very much,

Cindy

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Regarding the use of the wide angle conversion lens on the 16mm pancake lens you can see some of my images with the combo and the Nauticam housing with the 4.33 inch port at NauticamUSA.com

 

On the right click on the NEX-5 and look down the page.

 

The equipment was on loan from Nauticam at the time.

 

Phil Rudin

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Hello everyone,

 

I will be testing the NEX-5N with Sony lenses in in a flat port non adjustable housing that is designed to fit the 18-55 kit lens at the 18mm position very close to the port glass. This will be = 60mm in physical size measured length.

 

When looking at the physical sizes of the other Sony lenses I see:

50 1.8 prime is 62mm

30 Macro is 55.5mm in length

 

What are your thoughts about these lenses considering my housing constraints?

 

Will the 50/1.8 will allow me to capture larger animals taking into consideration the faster lens and better ISO capabilities of the 5N?

Will the 30 Macro be useful considering i will be at a 4.5mm disadvantage because of the lens to port spacing?

 

Thank you,

Danny

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guess what, people have been complaining about the 10bar website for a long time now..

You can try http://www.10kphoto.com/

It's a shop in Hong Kong. I used to ask question to 10Bar and they referred me to 10Kphoto. Their website is better and (sometime) they reply to questions!

 

otherwise I found the 10Bar housings of the E-PL3 and E-P3 referenced on http://www.aditech-uw.com/ well before they appeared on 10Bar or 10Kphoto websites!

 

 

Chris

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Hey rwe,

 

I just recently upgraded to the Nex 5n in the Recsea housing + ports, and have a few sets of dives under my belt now with the set up. I really like the Recsea housing (I had their Canon s90 housing as well), and they are just rock solid in terms of construction. The housing plus camera is very compact, moreso than I expected which I like since it means I can keep the same tray/handle set up I was using before. :lol:

 

I have the dome port for the 16mm WA+fisheye, and the 18-55MM port. Both have secure o-rings and lock firmly into place on the housing, yet can be swapped out when you change lenses fairly easily. The housing also has a screw on strobe mask with pre-drilled holes for fiber optic strobe cables.

 

It also has full access to the Nex 5n control wheel and buttons, flash on/off & zoom (a must on my list), so using the camera in the housing is virtually exactly the same user interface as when the camera is out of the housing.

 

Since the 30MM macro lens seems to have limited utility based on the reviews I read here, I've decided to wait to see if Sony or another manufacturer produces a macro lens with a longer focal length before I invest. In the meantime, I also the 67mm adapter that snaps onto the 18-55mm port so I can use my stacked macro wet lenses with it. I keep the lenses screwed into the adapter in a neoprene pouch on my BCD, so I can just quickly snap it on when diving with the 18-55 lens if I come across a good macro subject.

 

All in all, I'm very happy with the camera and housing. Just looking forward to getting in more dives with it, and continuing to improve!

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Hey rwe,

 

I just recently upgraded to the Nex 5n in the Recsea housing + ports, and have a few sets of dives under my belt now with the set up. I really like the Recsea housing (I had their Canon s90 housing as well), and they are just rock solid in terms of construction. The housing plus camera is very compact, moreso than I expected which I like since it means I can keep the same tray/handle set up I was using before. :swimmingfish:

 

I have the dome port for the 16mm WA+fisheye, and the 18-55MM port. Both have secure o-rings and lock firmly into place on the housing, yet can be swapped out when you change lenses fairly easily. The housing also has a screw on strobe mask with pre-drilled holes for fiber optic strobe cables.

 

It also has full access to the Nex 5n control wheel and buttons, flash on/off & zoom (a must on my list), so using the camera in the housing is virtually exactly the same user interface as when the camera is out of the housing.

 

Since the 30MM macro lens seems to have limited utility based on the reviews I read here, I've decided to wait to see if Sony or another manufacturer produces a macro lens with a longer focal length before I invest. In the meantime, I also the 67mm adapter that snaps onto the 18-55mm port so I can use my stacked macro wet lenses with it. I keep the lenses screwed into the adapter in a neoprene pouch on my BCD, so I can just quickly snap it on when diving with the 18-55 lens if I come across a good macro subject.

 

All in all, I'm very happy with the camera and housing. Just looking forward to getting in more dives with it, and continuing to improve!

 

My NEX-5N arrived a few days ago and my 10Bar housing is in transport. At this time I only have the 18-55 lens but I have purchased a FIT +5 diopter the external adapter. I have an Inon 240Z strobe connected by fiber optics. For those of you who have used the NEX-5N underwater, I would be interested in how you have set up the custom buttons and what apertures, shutter speeds, and ISOs you use as starting positions for both close-ups and distance shots. Also interested in your choice of metering and flash modes. My NEX seems to have trouble with close focusing when I use spot metering but does well when I use evaluative metering (all 49 sensors). Is this common?

 

Thanks,

Rick

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Hello Rick,

 

I'm not an expert but in the book "the underwater photographer" by Martin Edge, It is said that for wide angle starting position, you can set your camera to aperture priority and put f8.

The exact quotation is ‘f8 at 3 feet and bethere’ :swimmingfish:

 

It is also said that you can put speed priority and set it to 1/250th if you know that you can meet fast subjects near the surface (like dolphins).

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I am considering upgrading to the Sony NEX-5N. There has been a lot of positive comments on this forum about the Nauticam housing for this camera. Several other manufacturers, including Aquatica and 10Bar, also make housing for this camera. I would be interested in hearing of experience or opinions of the other housings available for the NEX-5N. Thanks.

 

I have the nEX7 in a Nauticam housing. I couldn't be happier the quality of the build of the housing means it it is very worthwhile and i hope to grown in to it in the future. This is my first venture in to ILC after using a G12. I decided to go for the best and hope I will use it for a long time and buy new lenses as they appear.

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Hi all,

 

I am busy writing up my impressions of the NEX-5n 10 Bar housing at the moment. I hope to have housings from Nauticam, Subal, Aquatica, and Recsea for test soon.

 

Adam

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You will have ours along with a cold :) at the London show my friend.

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