Nauticam announced an underwater housing for the tremendous Canon EOS 6D (price & specs). The housing is rated for 330 feet depth, and is expected to be available by May 15th, price tag $3,330. For more information, visit the Nauticam USA webpage.
Key NA-6D Features:
|Rugged housing body milled from solid aluminum||100m depth rating and built to last|
|Patented port locking lever||Easy and safe port mounting, solidly locks port in place|
|Knobby command dials||Can be operated even with thick gloves on|
|Patented housing locking latches||Secure but easy to use|
|Rubberized handle grips||Comfortable and placed for optimum access to controls|
|Lens release button||Easy changeout of lenses without removing camera from housing|
|Drop in camera tray||No need to preset controls, just drop in and it is ready to go|
|Fiber optic ports||Support for upcoming fiber optic trigger|
|2 Bulkheads, with Nikonos connectors||Nikonos connectors standard, HDMI Monitor optional|
|Viewfinder, 0.66x||Enhanced 180º and 45º viewfinders optional|
|Laser cut stainless steel handle brackets||For extra stability when using heavy lighting|
|Light mounting balls||2 handle mounted balls standard, mounting balls for housing optional|
|Tripod mounting points||Important for macro video shooters|
|Control labeling||Easy to find and understand control functions|
NA-6D Controls (advantages/usage underwater):
- Sensitive two stage shutter release (easy to gauge half press; gives fine control over the shutter release)
- AF-ON Lever (strategically placed for easy thumb focus or thumb focus lock)
- Front Command Dial directly under shutter release (change aperture effortlessly)
- Rear Command Dial at left side next to thumb (change shutter speed without removing hand from grips)
- Multi Controller Pad controls the 8 way selector (instantly change focus points, even diagonally)
- Manual Zoom/Focus Knob (zoom/focus the lens without a reach)
- ISO Paddle at right thumb (very quick ISO changes; ISO has become a key control, especially for video)
- Info Button brought out to left thumb (calls up the important info screen, in playback mode toggles histogram)
- Playback button paddle at left thumb (makes reviewing images easy)
- Zoom button paddle at left thumb (zoom, check critical focus, pan without removing hand from grip)
- Mode dial (switch from P to Av to M modes easily)
- AF Mode, Drive Mode and Metering Mode push buttons (easy to change with Canon’s push-turn style)
- Q, *, and Focus Points button accessible with right thumb (change focus points, lock exposure and much more)
- Trash button requires reach (no accidental deletions)
- Menu button near left thumb (access to all camera options)
- Movie/Still mode lever (effortless switch from still to movie shooting)
- Start/stop video on right thumb paddle (start video without inducing camera shake)
- Exposure compensation on right thumb lever (change exposure compensation quickly)
- Metering mode (easily change to spot for manual blue water metering)
- On/off switch automatically aligns(no need to preset camera)
Canon 6D Key Features (and notes for underwater shooters):
- 20.2 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor (36mm x 24mm - full frame)
- ISO 50-102,400 (excellent high ISO, low light performance)
- Canon EF-Mount (support for Canon lenses like the 8-15mm)
- 3″ 1.0mdot TFT-LCD (wide viewing angle, easy to see in bright sun)
- 6 white balance presets (best custom white balance in SLR)
- 11 focus points, -3EV focus sensitivity (most sensitive focus points of any current FF SLR)
- UHS-1 SD Card Compatible (fastest SD card format)
- Video with 1080p at 30fps, ALL-I or IPB compression (excellent video quality with headroom for post processing)
The press release:
Housing for Canon 6D.
Nauticam has announces the release of the NA-6D. Nauticam is the international leader in innovative underwater housing technology, and the new housing for the Canon 6D builds on the success of previous housings. The Canon 6D camera offers a full frame sensor at a lower price than the Canon 5D Mark III, but adds impressive new features like wireless control and GPS. The 6D can take advantage of Canon’s superb lineup of lenses, including favorites for underwater like the Canon 8-15mm fisheye, the 16-35mm rectilinear zoom and the 100mm macro. Video shooters already know about Canon video and white balance, and the NA-6D delivers all of this in an unbeatable underwater housing.
Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that appears to be for high resolution pictures that are obtained by combining different shots. Basically a continuous shooting situation where you build a final image based on the images that have been shot. Motion could obviously be a big problem.
- Patent Publication No. 2013-74337
- Publication date 2013.4.22
- Filing date 2011.9.26
- If there is misalignment of the sub-pixels, it can obtain a high resolution image from a low resolution image
- Canon patent
- By continuous shooting and combining pixel shift, I get a high-resolution image
- Method of pixel shift, lens and image sensor shift of
- By setting appropriately the displacement amount corresponding to the super-resolution magnification optimization
Amazon offers a $100 discount on the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS SLD, sold for $259 (click here). Product description:
Sigma's 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS is a compact telephoto zoom lens. With a range that is useful for candid portraiture, capturing children playing in the backyard, amateur sports or even wildlife at the zoo this lens is usually the lens that photographers reach for first. It's great on vacation for capturing scenic details or even groups of flowers in a garden. The Sigma 70-300mm offers a 4 to 1 zoom ratio in a compact lens that is easily carried in your camera bag or left on the camera as you travel; and the images are magnificent. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 59 inches & allows macro photography & high close-up capabilities with a maximum magnification of 1:3.9.
Product description (from Adorama's product page):
The Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift Len for Canon is a wide-angle, full-frame lens fitted with the perspective control and tilt-shift functions. A tilt-shift lens allows the user to control perspective and correct convergence of lines within your frame, useful especially in architecture, landscape and product photography. The optical tilt mechanisms enable precise control of depth of field along with perspective control. It is compatible with both digital and film formats with an angle of view of 83.5deg. and on an APS-C size sensor has an angle of view of 56.9deg. and focal length equivalent of 38.4mm.
The tilt-shift function on the 24mm f/3.5 lens allows adjustment of the focal plane by an angle of +/-8.5deg. and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-12mm. The tilt-shift section of the lens rotates left 90deg. (click-stop adjustment each 30deg.) and the lens mount can rotate left or right by 90deg. (click-stop adjustment each 30deg.).
The lens is comprised of 16 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lenses and two Enhanced Dispersion (ED) lenses, which reduce aberrations and provide sharp details and accurate color separation. Multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coating on each lens element allow even light transmission, minimizing flares and ghosting.
DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens, and they sale it at a very good price. The price depends by your check-out location (click here to check the price), it is around Eur 781.20 in Europe, £569 in UK, and $839 in the US (click here). The final price is comprehensive of all import taxes and duties in Europe, and it should be the same if you live in the US. In the past I wrote about how DigitalRev’s pricing and check-out is working.
- L-series optics
- Lightweight 4.3x zoom
- Constant maximum f/4 aperture throughout zoom range
- Three-stop Image Stabilizer
- Super UD and aspheric lens elements
- Fast autofocus
- Super Spectra coatings
- Circular aperture provides pleasing background blur