AQUATICA A7r II

THE AQUATICA A7r II HOUSING for the
Sony A7R II and A7SII

This Aquatica A7r II housing is designed specifically for the Sony a7R II and A7SII cameras.

  • It can alternate from still to video record mode directly, without the need to switch, rotate or flip a lever to go from one shooting mode to the other.

  • Doing away with the mirror mechanism makes for a slimmer body design, yet, the camera maintain a solid quality of feel and handling and the body has a great layout of controls for the underwater photographer with a large choice of customizable buttons. Most functions can be reassigned, including focus operations of the camera to the rear AF-ON button. Shutter speed adjustment, aperture value (both have independent controls) and the ISO setting is quickly accessed using the rear control wheel.

  • The Sony® lens round-up has dramatically improved recently, and can be expanded by using a Sony® FE to Canon® EF lens mount converter to access a multitude of Canon® EF mount lenses.

  • The Sony® a7R II and a7SII offers recording of 4K 30p video footage straight on the internal memory card or stream uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit signal via HDMI, or actually do both simultaneously, they also do in-camera recording of full frame 4K  video footage, using the full width of its sensor. they have the incredible 5 Axis sensor shift image stabilization of their predecessor, the A7 II, so be prepared for super high quality images coming out of the water with this camera. (insert 4K-VIDEO-Black)

ACCESS TO CAMERA CONTROLS

Aquatica patiently studied the Sony Alpha 7 camera line-up carefully selecting the features that set it apart from other system. We then ergonomically placed the vital controls where they were most needed, right at your fingers tips. At the core of this housing design, is over 30 years of expertise in this field, pushing us forward in incorporating new ideas, concept and technological advances to these constantly evolving imaging tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Many housing offer access to the camera controls, however, the ergonomic ease with which these can be accessed is what sets the Aquatica A7r II housing apart.

The Aquatica A7r II offers unique and unparalleled access to the cameras controls, it does that by extending them so they are within easy reach of your fingers, eliminating the need to remove your hands from the housing grips.

HANDLING THE HOUSING THE BEST GRIPS IN THE INDUSTRY

Handling is made with a pair of grips that have become the bench mark in comfort since their introduction a quarter of a century ago, these grips are a perfect example of Aquatica philosophy, change should be implemented to improve a products, and not for the sake of novelty, when grips are as perfect as these are, leave them alone! Our grips are light, sturdy and form fitting, they contribute to making your underwater photography experience, more pleasing and comfortable. Mounting points on top of them allows strobes arms, such as those from our Delta 3 line, to be mounted securely, freeing the top of the housing from unnecessary clutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STROBE CONNECTIVITY

The Aquatica A7r II housing offers the best available options on the market for connecting strobes with dual optical ports which includes the LED strobe trigger relay, or a choice of either wired dual Nikonos or single Ikelite connectors. No matter which strobe option you select, you can be assured that there is no hidden cost or supplementary accessory required to be fully operational since all options retail at the same price and includes all components required to connect your strobe(s).

The LED Strobe trigger relay, which is included with the optical version of this housing, is powered by two popular “off the shelf” CR 2450 batteries, averaging 4,000 to 5,000 burst of light, the trigger slide into the hot shoe of the camera like any other hot shoe accessory would. The 20079-OPT version of the housing is ready to accept standard optical fiber sync cable commonly found on the market, there is no need for special proprietary or custom type cord, the optical fiber cord supplied by the strobes manufacturers are ready to use as is.

 

The 20079-NK versions is set up with time proven Nikonos bulkheads connectors, the same found on all our current Aquatica DSLR housings, it is a well-established standard, which has been the back bone of strobe technology for decades and still, by far, the most distributed type of strobe connectors in the whole underwater photography industry, every strobe manufacturer offering then as a mean of connection. The Aquatica A7r II housing comes, not with one, but two of these connectors installed. These connectors, as well as the optical ones are easy to replace in the field, should one decide to alternate between way of triggering their strobes, no special tools are required, and the operation is done in minutes.

Also available is the 20079-KM version. Since many hard working underwater professional photographers prefer using Ikelite strobes and connectors for their ruggedness and reliability. Aquatica has made a point to have this housing version available equipped with an Ikelite strobe connector.

SAFETY FEATURES

The Aquatica A7r II housing comes standard with our own Surveyor moisture and vacuum monitoring sensor circuit installed at the factory, the housing can be ordered with the optional pressure extracting valve and pump installed at the factory. The visual and audio signal will attract your attention should any of the O-ring becomes damaged or hindered by sand, hair or any foreign objects that would compromise the sealing integrity of the housing. All that is required are a few simple steps for your peace of mind and knowledge that your equipment is safely protected from the environment.

Securing of the housing is done with time proven stainless steel latches with safety tab, these are non-gimmicky, their solid track record shows that they are not failure prone, will not jam up or corrode over time. A large variety of scientific and military departments use theses for securing their valuables assets and equipment for a good reason. Their simple and efficient design makes them reliable, they are a reflection of Aquatica’s commitment to rely on time proven technology.

HOW IT’S MADE

At the core of the design is the shell, made of 6061 T6 aluminum, the same routinely used in aerospace technology. Known for its high resistance to corrosion, this material is then anodized to a MIL-A-8625 Type 2, Class 2 speciation, then covered with a tough as nail, black Polyester powder coating, certified to A.A.M.A 2603-98 specification, which is then baked on at high temperature. This kind of protection is not superfluous, as evidently shown on Aquatica housings having logged over 3,000 immersion and which are still on active duty, day after days.

To know more about the manufacturing process of an Aquatica, click here.

Controls shafts and push buttons are Type 304 stainless steel, another metal commonly used by the aerospace industry, it is controlled to be free of the iron contaminants that degrade quality and integrity of the metal, such as often found on the less stringent type 316, which, unfortunately, is too often used in this industry.

To know more about the material used in the construction of an Aquatica housing, click here.

The housing shell, has two entry point for connecting strobes plus three others for adapting various accessories. There is a large size one on the left hand side that can be adapted for a 16mm or 1/2” diameter, ideal for connecting a monitor, behind it is a standard 1/2” diameter one and to its right, a standard 1/2” hole is provided for the optional Surveyor pressure valve.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE AQUATICA A7r II HOUSING

  • Well established and proven system of port, extension and accessories to attend to your personal lenses preferences.

  • Quick and simple installation of enhanced viewfinders, no special tool required

  • The best selection of strobes connectors on the market. No additional cost involved, no matter the options selected.

    • Dual Nikonos bulkheads

    • Optical fiber with flash trigger included

    • Ikelite single bulkhead

  • The best ergonomic, hands on the grip controls placement, including access to the all-important rear control rotary dial.

  • All controls accessible in all dive conditions, cold or warm, gloves or not.

  • Secure port locking system and easy access lens release button.

  • The most comfortable and sturdy hand grips of the industry.

  • Precise camera mounting via a quick release camera tray.

  • Three (3) entry point for accessories such as HDMI monitors, Hydrophone, remote control or vacuum monitoring system.

  • Eight (8) threaded standard ¼”-20 holes on top, bottom and grips for mounting brackets, arm, tripods or other accessories.

  • Depth rating options of 90m or 130m depth at no extra charges.

  • Time proven manufacturing process using state of the art tooling, and the best material available for years of enjoyable service.

AGH5 Housing

The Aquatica AGH5 housing has a new Shutter lever design, this gives a much easier access to the front dial control knob. As the ISO and WB on the camera are key controls for video shooting, two levers were positioned right under your thumb for quick access to these important camera functions. The AF/AE Lock lever and the shutter lever were brought even closer together on the AGH5, this allows simultaneous operation even for people with smaller hands. To also benefit from the great button customization on the GH5 camera, the programmable Fn2 and Fn5 were designed with large buttons and are positioned right at your finger tips.

Flash triggering options

Aquatica prioritized a lower profile and more compact housing. The AGH5 housing comes standard with a new improved and self-powered flash trigger when ordered with Optical connectors. This flash trigger is powered by two lithium coin cell batteries that will give you a minimum of 15,000 flashes per set. The OPT version is designed to trigger strobes optically by firing low power consumption LEDs. The AGH5 housing optical bulkhead plate can be swapped to accept a Nikonos or an Ikelite style connector as an option.

  • #35000-OPT Aquatica housing for Panasonic GH5 with Dual Optical connector

  • #35000-NK Aquatica housing for Panasonic GH5 with One Nikonos connector

  • #35000-IKE Aquatica housing for Panasonic GH5 with One Ikelite connector

AE-M1 Mk II Housing

MAIN FEATURES OF THE AQUATICA AE-M1II HOUSING

  • Exceptionally good and ergonomic control placement.

  • All controls remain accessible in all dive conditions, cold or warm water, with or without gloves.

  • Low-profile housing that truly takes advantage of the E-M1 Micro 4/3 format.

  • Innovative self-position finding lever controls.

  • Optical strobe firing via flash trigger included (OPT version), Nikonos or Ikelite style bulkhead available as standard options.

  • Well established and proven system of ports, extensions and accessories to meet your personal lens preferences.

  • The most comfortable and sturdy hand grips in the industry, also extendable for larger or gloved hands.

  • Two (2) entry points for accessories such as HDMI monitors, remote control or vacuum monitoring systems.

  • Eight (8) threaded standard ¼’’-20 holes, one located on top, three on the bottom and four on the grips, to mount strobe arms, brackets, tripods and a wide range of accessories.

  • Depth rating options of 90 m or 130 m depth at no extra charge (factory installed).

  • Made with a time proven manufacturing process, using the best material available and state of the art tooling.

  • This offers you many years of dependable and enjoyable service.

  • New magnetic locking saddle mechanism

  • Best aluminum housing option at a very competitive price.

Housing with grips only: weight 6.1 lb/ 2.8 kg
Housing (only) dimensions: W 210 mm x H 160 mm cm x D 110 mm /W 8.25’’x H 6.25'' x 4.35''

A6500 Housing

The Aquatica A6500 is a housing designed to be small, compact and easily handled just like the camera that it is designed for. With 24.2 MP stills and 4K video capabilities the SONY Alpha 6500 is a great camera for the beginner and professional Underwater Photographer alike.

 

THE SONY A6500

  • 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor

  • BIONZ X Image processor

  • 4K video capture

  • In-body 5 axis image stabilization

  • Built in WIFI for easy sharing

  • 425-point phase detection autofocus points

  • 3.0'' 921.6k-Dot Tiliting Touchscreen LCD

  • Bigger JPEG buffer

  • Silent shooting

  • Tough magnesium alloy body and robust lens mount

OUR INNOVATIONS:

This camera is a powerhouse of technology just like its predecessor, the A6300. We have made our Power saddle also available for this housing to allow the user to fully enjoy the system underwater.

THE CONTROLS:

The A6500can be used with or without grips. The right side of the housing has been designed so that you can comfortably hold and operate the housing with your right hand with the shutter button positioned to naturally rest under your index finger. 

Additionally,at the rear of the housing, we have provided access to many of the camera’s functions. The controls can be easily reached by simply moving your thumb, thus allowing you to never have to remove your hand from the shutter lever. Primarily among these controls is the record button which has been given a large red oversized button for ease of use. For those that prefer a steady hold on the housing, the Aquatica grips and shutter extended trigger are available, allowing for a more traditional hold of the housing underwater. 

We have ergonomically placed the control dial at the rear of the housing so that it gives you quick and easy access to shutter speeds, aperture, white balance and the ISO of the camera.

THE HOUSING:

At the core of the design is the shell, machined on a state of the art 5 axis CNC machine from a solid block of 6061 T6 aluminum alloy. The shell is then anodized and painted with a black polyester powder coating. This type of finish is capable of handling the toughest conditions a professional photographer can throw at it.

We are immensely proud of how often our clients at rental dealerships praise our trademark crinkle powder coat finish being as “tough as nails”. What is often noted is that housings that only have an anodized finish do not stand up to the abuse rental housings are exposed to, therefore making Aquatica housings the ideal choice.

Our control shafts and push buttons are made from the finest grade of stainless steel available rather than plastic or less expensive metals. This ensures the most reliable performance on the market. The housing shell has two entry points for connecting strobes plus two others for adapting various accessories. 

The housing is sealed with our signature rotary closure made popular on our Amphibicocinema housings. 

There is also a large 16mm diameter access point on the left hand side which is ideal for connecting a video monitor. Located on the left hand side is a standard 1/2” diameter access point for the optional Surveyor vacuum valve to ensure a water tight seal prior to your dive, thus giving the shooter watertight piece of mind.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

  • Anodized 6061-T6 Aluminium Housing 

  • Crinkle Powder Coating 

  • Best Grips in the Industry (Left and Right) 

  • Two Fiberoptic Ports

  • Extended Trigger adapter 

  • Extra main sealing O-Ring 

  • Extra Port O-Ring 

  • Aquatica Standard Eye Piece 

  • Choice of Strobe Connectors 

  • Built in Leak Sensor

  • Aquatica Nylon Hand Strap 

  • Adjustible Tray (left and right) 

  • 2 Adjustible Tray Brackets 

  • 2 Adjustible Grip Brackets 

  • 2 Zinc Anodes

 

Housing (only) weight: 4.5lb/2.04kg 
Housing (only) dimensions: W 21.59cm x H 15.24cm x D 10.48cm/W 8.5'' x H 6'' x 4.125''

 

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Singapore 338729

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