Insane Detail of the Canon 5Dsr

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Canon new high megapixel camera has been receiving a lot of attention in the photographic world.  The most notable being it’s massive 50.3 MP of resolution.  Aquatica has announced that it will be shipping it’s A5Dsr housing very shortly and we’re looking … Continue reading

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Now in stock! The New Aquatica A7Dmk2, from USD $2799

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Shown with the optional Surveyor Vacuum System, priced at USD$ 3008.

Now in stock at SLS Photography, the amazing new Aquatica A7Dmk2 housing for the Canon EOS 7Dmk2. Canon’s top of the line APS-C DSLR!.

Five years since its introduction, the venerable and cutting-edge Canon 7D finally gets a facelift, and what a face lift it is! Much like it did with the initial 7D, Canon implemented autofocus technology usually reserved to its pro level cameras. The 7D Mk II picks up the strength of its predecessor and improves on them.

In its role as a still camera, the 7D Mk II benefits from a 65 points, all cross-type, AF module and a 150,000 Pixels RGB+IR metering sensor, giving it the iTR (intelligent Tracking & recognition) capability of the flag ship Canon EOS 1Dx, using this technology, the camera can determine automatically which AF point is needed to properly maintain focus on the subject selected initially. With an upward boost of 10 frames per second, again a feature found on pro level cameras, the shutter is designed to go beyond the 200,000 actuations.

The 20MP sensor is of the same generation as the ground breaking 70D, so focusing in video is vastly improved in this area, and also pertaining to video is the addition of 1080p/60 shooting and the possibility to choose between .MOV and .MP4.

About the Aquatica A7D Mk II housing:

The Aquatica A7D Mk II is the only aluminum housing with built in TTL capability for Ikelite strobes, it combines the fine craftsmanship of our housings with the impressive knowledge in strobe technology from Ikelite. If the subject exposure requires it, the exposure correction dial for the strobe, which is conveniently located on the rear, close to one’s right hand, makes easy work of tweaking exposure, simply by rotating the knob with one’s thumb, even switching the strobes to full manual and controlling their power output can be done from this control.

Aquatica A7D Mk II housing for the Canon 7D Mk II are available with the following strobe connections

20077-NK
20077-OPT
20077-HYB
20077-KM
20077-KTTL
A7D Mk II with dual Nikonos strobe connector
A7D Mk II with dual optical fiber ports (for Sea & Sea and Inon type)
A7D Mk II with 1x Nikonos type connector and 1x optical fiber port
A7D Mk II with Ikelite manual bulkhead
A7D Mk II with internal Ikelite TTL circuitry and strobe connector

Building up on the initial ground breaking Aquatica A7D housing, the A7D Mk II version keep all aspect of what made this housing one of the best ever made. But with newer improved ergonomics, with a versatile port system, a rugged, yet compact design, this housing is built to bring back images in all kinds of aquatic environments.

The shell is made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel controls, both being the same alloys as used in the aeronautical industry. Precision machined from solid stock, anodized to stringent norms and powder coated for added protection, our housing are known to routinely go beyond 3,000 hours in salt water, and are the brand used and recommended on the two largest fleets of live aboard boats in the world.

Access to the camera controls is complete, with special attention been given to the controls of the video features, for which a smooth operation is always crucial when shooting video footage. Knobs are large sized, giving the user a better and smoother feel when working with cold water gloves, depth rated to 300ft/90m and up to 425ft/130m (free of charge) on request.

An aquatica A7D Mk II is not just a housing, it’s the key to a comprehensive system, one which includes optical ports, designed and manufactured by Aquatica, which is the only sure way to get the precision and quality that the Canon 7D Mk II and its lenses would appreciate. A wide range of port extensions, enhanced view finders, lens gears, remote triggering device, hydrophones, vacuum monitoring system and to the longest established strobe arm system, Technical Lighting Control.

Made in Canada, and designed from the onset to work in this country’s demanding diving conditions, the Aquatica A7D Mk II joins the rank of a lineup of legendary housings which have helped define modern underwater photography as we know it today.

All in all the A7D Mk II housing is well balanced underwater, even all kitted up for actual diving conditions with modeling light and dual strobes , the A7D Mk II is easy to operate, with the housing vital mechanical controls accessible at all time. The right hand business side has controls over the strobe exposure compensation control knob, AF-ON and star (*) lever, ISO lever, aperture and shutter speed knobs, and the multi control array, buttons, all without having to remove one’s hand from the grips. The left hand side reaches the Zoom/focus control, the Menu, INFO, playback and other buttons.

The new rotating latch system and clamp shell adds another safety level to this housing, the redesigned camera tray provides a precise and smooth insertion into the housing. The port lock, shutter release have been revamped and a host of new features have been implemented in the Aquatica A7D Mk II housing.

In conclusion, this housing is not only bursting with innovative features, it also give the underwater photographer, due to Aquatica’s exclusive access to Ikelite TTL strobe technology, a huge lighting advantage, by eliminating much of the guess work associated with manual strobe exposure.

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Arriving soon! Aquatica housing the 50MP 5Ds and sr!.

Press release: Aquatica housing for the Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr & 5D Mk III is being introduced!

The Aquatica Team is proud to introduce to you the new Aquatica A5Dsr housing for the upcoming Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr and the existing 5D Mk III. Scheduled for shipping around July 1st.

A5Dsr

THE DESIGN

Our Design team has refreshed the housing design for the 5D line of cameras with new improved operational ergonomics. This precision housing follows in the steps of a very time proven lineage of underwater camera housings for the constantly evolving 5D camera line up. Aquatica has been on top of the 5D program since they introduced the original one a decade ago, much like the 5D camera did, our housing has evolved into a fine imaging tool that mirrors the constant evolution of technology and the input of highly respected professional’s image makers from around the world.

 

IKELITE TTL OPTION & EXPOSURE CONTROL

Now offering original internal TTL circuitry from Ikelite as an option, this 5Dsr housing edition brings creativity to a new level, strobe exposure control is right there, were it is supposed to be, you can now tweak your lighting exposure or even go fully manual right at your fingertips. Controlling the amount of light entering your camera is paramount to the success of any image maker, and the A5Dsr housing controls for aperture, shutter, ISO and strobes exposures are all a “hands on the grips” approach. Every one of these is positioned to be intuitive, eliminating confusion and making the housing a natural extension of the photographer.

THE CONSTRUCTION

The Canon 5Ds and 5Dsr cameras brings stunning and previously unheard of levels of resolution to the realms of DSLR’s cameras, our job at Aquatica is to provide you with the right tools for capturing your vision of the underwater world.

All Aquatica housings are constructed from the finest material available in the industry. They are carefully crafted from a selected alloy of aircraft grade aluminum and a premium grade of stainless steel, the housing shell is machined using the latest 5 axis computer assisted machines. After undergoing a series of quality control operations, the main body and its controls knobs will get protection by anodizing them to North American military specifications, furthermore, a coating of “tough as nail” powder coating is baked on at a high temperature. Corrosion inhibiting zinc anodes are standard equipment on all of our housings. These extra levels of protection are apparent, as can be seen on some Aquatica housings that, even with over 1,500 dives on them, still look as fresh as the day they came out of the box.

 

 

The A5Dsr housing was designed to be as small and lightweight as it could be, nevertheless its lightness in weight should not be taken for a weakness. This housing still has the same standard 90m/300ft depth rating and can still be upgraded to 130m/425ft.

Aquatica housings are made for the hard working photographer in mind, one who truly understands reliability in the field. Being built in Canada means that every Aquatica housing is born and bred in one of the world most rugged diving environment. Bottom line, if it works in our local conditions, it will work everywhere else!

 

SURVEYOR MONITORING SYSTEM

The Aquatica A5Dsr housing comes standard with a Surveyor monitoring sensor. This sensor acts as a moisture alarm and can with the addition of a vacuum extracting valve an pump, be used for constantly monitoring the sealing integrity of the housing, adding another level of safety and peace of mind.

THE ERGONOMICS

Given the immense impact its predecessors had on the underwater imaging, it was deemed absolutely important that this new housing be optimized so that all its controls would be easy to reach and operate smoothly. AF-ON & star button access is provided with a rotating collar that prevents ambient pressure from pushing it back toward the housing. Menus buttons are angled to provide an easier reach for your left hand. The 4xxxx gear system with a smaller housing pinion gear and larger lens gear results in smoother action while zooming in a video sequence. Knurled knobs and oversized controls translate into positive and easy operation no matter what the situation is.

A control extender arm for the ISO button is now a standard feature on the Aquatica A5Dsr Pro Housing. ISO is an important, and in our opinion a vital feature, especially when shooting video, in normal circumstances this can be done by pushing on the ISO button located on the right hand top of the housing. This lever gives a quick and comfortable access to the ISO control of the camera.

Battery and card replacement are a simple affair with a camera tray that precisely positions the camera in the housing and easily disengage by a simple push on a tab. The zoom actuating pinion gear and the lens release lever pull out to allow the user to remove the camera from the back while still keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.

Handling the housing is via our acclaimed molded grips, these have been the industry reference in comfort for the last 25 years. These lightweight yet sturdy grip handles are made of one piece and cannot come unglued, fall apart or corrode. Grips are provided with standard sized mounting holes ready to accept the most current strobes and their supporting arms. On top of the housing is an extra mounting point for attaching a focus/video light or other accessories, three additional standard sized mounting points are provided under for various brackets, support or tripods.

On the right is a view of the business end on the Aquatica A5Dsr, clearly showing the serious nature of this housing. The record button is located close to your thumb and not only is it oversized but with a bright red coating, it is visually easy to pin point. The Live View toggle is within easy reach and the SET button is also oversized. The multi controller pad is accessible. All push buttons are of high quality Type 304 stainless steel, the same used in the aerospace industry; these will not break or rust. Their smooth operation and position gives the photographer a very intuitive and normal feel to the housing.

 

 

CONNECTIVITY

The Aquatica A5Dsr housing offers a choice of connectors to take advantages of the current technology advancement made in underwater strobes.  They are user serviceable and replacing them is done quickly without requiring the need for any special tool. Again, these improvements were implemented with the travelling photographer in mind, reliability and user’s friendly field maintenance being the key word here.

Additional bulkheads access holes (16mm & ½” sized) are available for adapting accessories such an external monitor, triggering device, Surveyor vacuum monitoring system and/or sound recording accessories.

VIEWFINDERs

The Aquatica A5Dsr is supplied with our Galileo type eye piece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the view finder. For those seeking the ultimate in viewing for still image, the optional Aqua View Finder, available in straight and 45 degrees version, are among the best of the industry, they can easily be installed in a matter of a few minutes by the user. The enlarged and enhanced image provided by the Aqua View Finder is second to none in clarity, it provides the photographer with tack sharp corner to corner viewing of the camera view finder for composing and critical focusing

OPTICS

These new Canon 5D models, with their 50 megapixels, will be brutally demanding on optics, both the ones mounted on the camera and the ones attached to the housings. The Aquatica housing are supported by one of the most established and comprehensive port and accessories system of the industry. Our ports are manufactured with the finest optical material available, with four different sizes dome ports and three flat macro port, that selection is intended to let you optimize your system according to the situation at hand.

Dome ports are as follows: starting by our state-of-the-art 9.25”/230mm Megadome made of BK-7 coated mineral glass, to our classic workhorses, the 8” and 6” dome ports with removable shade, and going down all the way to the diminutive 4”/100mm Minidome, also made of coated BK7 glass. A selection of port extension rings, some including our unique manual focus capability, these extension are available for both the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM Type II and the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, Two serious candidates for the video shooter and for which manual focus access is vital, prime lens focusing can be done using the controls knob on the upper left side of the housing.

The Aquatica 5Dsr is destined, much like its predecessor, the A5D Mk III, for a life of multi-tasking role. This previous A5D version is still a reference to date, and is used by many of the major television underwater documentary production; it has been embraced by scores of top image makers in the world whose work can be seen weekly on network television, advertising work and movie productions.

This philosophy that made the Canon 5D Mk III and its Aquatica housing so popular has not been lost on this newer version! Every effort was made to give you an underwater imaging system that can be tailored to your needs.

The Aquatica A5Dsr is a very compact and lightweight housing tipping the scale at just:

Dimension: (with grip attached) W 35cm x H 19.5cm x D14.5cm / W 13.78” x H 7.65” x D 5.72”

Dimension (without grip) 23cm x H 19.5cm x D14.5cm / W 9.06” x H 7.65” x D 5.72”

Priced starting at just $ 3,399 USD retail, with dual Nikonos included) it is one of the most economical and best designed of its category.

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RANT: I WILL NEVER BUY A METZ FLASH OR DEAL WITH AMPLIS FOTO EVER AGAIN!

Amplis

Will never buy a Metz flash again! Bought one in December of last year. It was a good deal (or so I thought), mainly wanted it so I had a TTL flash for my Sony NEX-6 and A6000. I was previously using a Canon 430ex Speedlite on manual power. Figured that TTL would be nice when chasing kids around for photos.

Immediately noticed that the recycle time is SLOW. With my 430ex, unless shooting at full 1/1 power, the Canon would recover pretty quickly and be ready for a follow up shot, not the Metz! Sloooowww…recycle time even with high cap NiMH batteries.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t pull the flash of the camera, it should just slide off. I gave the flash unit a tug and it did release, but one of the pins (though in Metz’s case, a wire) that was supposed to connect to the Sony interface shoe was sticking out.

The box that the flash came in proudly shows a medal boasting a 2 Year Warranty. So, I sent the flash to Amplis Foto, the Canadian importer of Metz. After a week in their possession, I was told the pin coming loose was user error (WTF!) and that I had to pay for the repair. Now, how I could go inside the 1/2″ x 1/2″ hot shoe port, squeeze my XL size hand in there and pull out a wire must be an amazing feat of dexterity!

So much for West German build quality…give me a Japanese one every time. Bah Humbug, BOOO to you Metz and Amplis Foto!

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Join us in 2016 with Award Winning Canadian Underwater Photographer Todd Mintz!

2016_Trip

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See you in Seattle!

We will be attending the Seattle Scuba H2O Adventure Show this weekend!  We will be in booth 713.  We are showing the latest gear that Aquatica will have, including the new Delta 3 Buoyancy Arms and Clamps and the new A7dmk2 Housing (prototype!!!).  We will also be giving 2 talks during the show, titled Snapshots to Great Shots, we will show you what’s involved in taking your digital images to the next level.

See y’all there!Seattle-2014

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Threshers, Muck and More 2015

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Well, we just completed our latest trip to the Philippines!  We first went to Malapascua Island under the capable hands of Evolution Dive Resort.  We got to check out the amazing thresher sharks of Monad Shoal.  After Malapascua (and a … Continue reading

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We Work Best Under Pressure! Thresher Sharks here we come!

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We are now booking spots for our 2016 trip to Malapascua and Anilao!  Email us for details!  stewart@stewartsy.com

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Diver’s Weekend, Jan 17 & 18th

Come join us at the Vancouver Aquarium on January 17th & 18th for Diver’s Weekend.  Bring your Valid Certification Card and get 50% off Admission to the Aquarium and 10% off Aquarium Membership.  SLS Photography will be showing the  latest housings from Aquatica as well as their new Delta 3 Float Arms.

http://www.vanaqua.org/experience/events/annual-and-upcoming-events/divers-weekend

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Season’s Greetings!

SLS2014

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