New redesigned waterproof housing for Nikon D3S/D3X/D3 cameras now available to order from Cameras Underwater
November 2010: Cameras Underwater, the UK’s leading specialist in underwater photography, is pleased to announce the arrival of Aquatica’s latest, redesigned waterproof housing for the Nikon D3 generation of DSLR cameras.
This newer housing will accept the latest Nikon D3S version as well as all Nikon D3 and D3X models.
The Nikon D3S is arguably one of the most advanced DSLR cameras available, with HD video and unparalleled ISO performance. The redesigned waterproof housing now allows all of the camera’s high specification features to function at full capability when shooting underwater - whereas previously this wasn’t the case.
A new manufacturing process has also enabled the weight of the housing to be reduced by 20%, without sacrificing the robustness or depth rating for which Aquatica’s housings are renowned. Extra controls for the camera’s video features have been included and larger, more tactile control knobs added for better feel in cold water. In addition, the new housing back can be retrofitted onto existing D3 housings, extending their life span.
A highly sensitive moisture alarm with visual and audio warning is included and installed at the Aquatica factory.
Redesigned and added controls include the following:
Set/record lever: relocated to an easy accessible position due to its vital role when shooting video.
Live View button: added is an oversized Live View access button located right under the Set/Record lever for a quick and precise reaction sequence when shooting video.
AF-L/AE-L lever: now a vastly improved version of the lever with a locking collar to eliminate the tendency of the lever to be pushed back in by the ambient water pressure when working at depth.
Info button: newly added on the D3S, this button is now fully accessible via a conveniently angled push button.
Focus/Zoom control knob assembly: aside from sporting an oversized indented knob for better feel in all water condition, the internal mechanism has been totally redesigned. This newer and ingenious assembly can be lifted up to get the pinion gear out of the way so that the camera and lens (with zoom/focus gear attached) can slide out quickly out for swift replacement of the battery. (CF cards do not require the camera to come out of the housing)
Control knobs: all knobs are of the newer design, oversized and knurled to give a positive feel to them even with the thickest of cold water gloves.
Bulkhead connectors’ circuitry: a big change, hardly noticeable from the exterior, is that the latest generation of bulkhead connectors’ assembly has been implemented on this housing. Based on a simple internal switchboard, the connectors’ configuration can be switched from the classic straight manual favoured by many pros to a fully TTL compatible connector that will be ready to accept a third party TTL converter or housed Nikon flash.
The bulkheads connectors: these too have evolved and it is no longer a complicated affair to remove or replace them. The connectors are supplied with mini plug that connects to the circuit board inside. Just remove the small plug from the circuit, remove the retaining collar O-ring and pull out the connectors. Then reinsert the newer or different type of connector, reinstall the collar O-ring and plug into the circuit board. A quick dunk test and off you go! Hours of work have been converted into minutes; this simple yet sturdy and reliable approach makes field maintenance a breeze - always a welcome thing for a working professional.
Dimension and weight with grips attached:
Width: 35.5cm X Height: 22.2cm X Depth: 15.75cm
Dimension and weight without grips attached:
Width: 26.5cm X Height: 22.2cm X Depth: 15.75cm
The Aquatica D3 range housing is available now to order from Cameras Underwater at £2978.71 excluding VAT, and includes standard viewfinder, grips, moisture alarm and dual Nikonos type bulkheads.
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