Nauticam Housing for Nikon D5 Camera
Nauticam housings are evolutionary marvels, with advancements from previous systems providing the foundation that new models are built on. The Nauticam NA-D5 housing incorporates advances from the NA-D4 that came before it, but features enhanced ergonomics, a more sophisticated flash triggering system, along with reduced size and weight thanks to cutting edge manufacturing processes.
The NA-D4 was a significant evolution of the Nauticam DSLR housing. Key controls, such as ISO, Video Record, Playback, and Info were routed out to the housing grips. Nauticam recognizes that advanced DSLR cameras, and advanced DSLR users, rely on these functions more than ever to realize the full potential of advanced imaging systems and wanted to bring them within easy reach from the handles.
Advanced high-ISO and video functionality in modern DSLR cameras has redefined what controls are really considered essential. Buttons that seem like an afterthought in the D5 camera control layout, such as Info (which displays shooting data on the 3.2″ color lcd screen), are critical for use in the housing. This button is routed to the left handle for convenient access. AF-ON, Movie Record, Playback, ISO, Pv, Fn1, Fn2 and Live View are all handled similarly. Considerable design and manufacturing resources go into this ergonomic reshuffling, but the benefit to the user experience makes is worth the effort.
Additional Housing Specifications
|Flash Triggering||Optical flash trigger pre-installed|
|Vacuum System||Electronics pre-installed|
EXTERNAL FLASH TRIGGERING
The entire external flash triggering system has has been reworked from the ground up in NA-D5, increasing ease of use, setup convenience, and reliability. A new LED flash triggering system is standard in every housing.
The Nikonos style bulkheads included in NA-D4/NA-D4s have been replaced by an integrated LED flash trigger in the NA-D5. This optical flash trigger can fire at the full 14fps of the camera (mirror locked up). Optical systems, with fiber optic cables linking the external flashes to the housing, are far more reliable than any electrical sync cable system.
The LED trigger circuitboard is mounted inside the housing, and connected to the camera with a hotshoe cable. This new system is more powerful than the hotshoe mounted LED triggers used in the past, and is compatible with all currently available optically triggered flashes. Powered by two CR2032 batteries, battery life is measured in the tens of thousands of flashes, driven by incredibly efficient electronics. With good batteries, we expect 3-5 years of service, up to 50,000 exposures.
Users of legacy flashes without optical triggering are able to add accessory Nikonos (26074) or Ikelite (26075) style bulkheads for electrical flash sync. These bulkheads plug into the LED trigger board for clean cable routing, and reliable connection.
ACCESSORY TTL CONVERTERThe NA-D5 is compatible with the Nauticam TTL Converter (26308). This user installable upgrade provides accurate automatic TTL flash exposure with a number of popular flashes, and offers both optical and electrical strobe triggering in a single unit.
To trigger your strobes electronically (YS-250 and Ikelite), add the appropriate electrical bulkhead and connect to the flash trigger board via two red Micro-MaTch connectors.
Two new electrical bulkheads have been created just for this purpose.
#26074 Nikonos Style Bulkhead
#26075 Ikelite Style Bulkhead
The Pv function, formerly known as Depth of Field Preview, is located next to the lens mount on the front of the body. This control is re-routed to the right side of the housing, effectively serving as a second thumb lever capable of controlling one of dozens of assignable functions.
The new AF-Mode Lever is a significant improvement, and one based on feedback from Nauticam customers in the field. Nikon AF Area modes have become so powerful that shooters are regularly switching between 3D Tracking, Auto Area AF, and Single Area modes. The AF-Mode lever is now easily located by feel from the left handle. The less critical AF-M lever has been replaced by a knob, making it less likely to be inadvertently bumped, shifting the camera into manual focus.
Fn1 and Fn2 are also located here, accessed by an oversized rocker lever just forward of the handle. These assignable controls can be mapped to one of numerous functions for quick access.