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Just received a new Nauticam NA-D500 housing and am finding it difficult/awkward to reach the main control and sub-command knobs. My hands are too small to reach those without loosening my grip to re-position my hand. Am afraid this might drive me crazy losing compositions and subjects in the view finder.

 

Anyone have experience with swapping out the standard handles with the short handles offered by Nauticam?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Haven't found a need, but if you haven't already, go to custom settings and change to "yes" on release button to use dial. Then you can make adjustments with one finger, usually after just dabbing the back focus lever. The info lever is also very useful. Gives you your settings on full screen instead of just through the viewfinder window. My bigger issue with the handles is strobe placement. The handles and my fingers are always in the way for CFWA and macro shots with a short lens. I've thought about taking one off and just holding the edge of the housing.

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I picked up a pair of short handles and tried them out in the pool. They're definitely closer to the housing, which makes adjusting between the main & sub command dials much easier. Hope to get more 'hands on' (pun intended) use soon. First impressions are good.

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I just switched to small handles on my D500 housing and I´m liking it.

I have “regular” size hands, but I was not able to move the focus points while having my finger on the shooting handle.

When doing macro, most of the time I use a finger of my left hand to “balance” myself. With the short handles now I can: hold my rig, change focus points and shoot with my right hand.

I have the impression that the standard handles are for divers wearing gloves…

I think you made a good decision, happy shooting!

Joss

 

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Thank you for posting about short Nauticam handles.  I had no idea these even existed, but being a small person with small hands, I ordered a set, without even trying them out.   I'm sure the addition of short handles will be a positive!

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