New Aquatica AN-5 housing for the Sony NEX-5 camera now available to order from Cameras Underwater
November 2010: Cameras Underwater, the UK’s leading specialist in underwater photography, is pleased to announce the addition of Aquatica’s AN-5 housing to its extensive range of underwater photography products. The AN-5 is a quality housing designed to fit the Sony NEX-5 camera - providing a fantastic solution for underwater photographers who need a high level of imaging performance in a compact size.
Sony’s flexible NEX-5 yields the punch of the DSLR sensor within the size of a compact camera and is now even more suitable for the task of underwater imaging due to its large choice of interchangeable lenses and superior focusing in both still and video modes.
The AN-5 housing for the NEX-5 has been constructed using only the highest grade of corrosion resistant materials. The housing shell is anodized and powder coated to a smooth finish that will resist years of extensive use and all controls are double sealed in order to achieve the 300ft/90 meter depth rating. Every shaft and push button has been manufactured to a mirror smooth surface and is made of the finest quality stainless steel, offering complete protection from harsh environments.
Special care has been taken to locate every control at its best possible position for comfortable use and the basic layout of the camera has been reproduced externally so users don’t have to search for relocated controls. Even with the extremely small size of this housing, Aquatica has managed to build in a quick access lever to bring the internal flash up and down for easy switching between strobe and ambient light photography. In addition, a pair of dual optical strobe connectors have been built-in to the housing, avoiding the extra cost and hassle of having to use an external adapter.
A very innovative multi function mechanism has been designed for ports and lens locking. The photographer simply rotates clockwise to position 1 to release the port, and continues rotating to the end for disengaging the gear rack mechanism. This allows the user either to pull out the tray mounted camera and lens with the Focus/Zoom gear attached to it, or to push on the lever to remove the lens without having to remove the camera.
As the rear LCD screen can be angled at 15 degrees, the AN-5 provides users with a more comfortable viewing position in diving conditions and enables easier framing.
To accommodate the large selection of Sony Nex-5 lenses, Aquatica offers a new series of compact ports on the AN-5. An adapter is also available for mounting the existing line of Aquatica ports.
Weighing less than 1kg, the Aquatica AN-5 is extremely compact and features dimensions of 165 (W) x 141 (H) x 84 (D) mm, including the optical bulkhead.
The Aquatica AN-5 waterproof housing is available to order now from Cameras Underwater. Price to be confirmed.
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