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Part #: Nau-17411
This great underwater housing works for both the Sony A5000 and Sony A5100.
**Port pictured with housing is sold separately, no port is included with housing purchase **
The housing gains the new style port locking mechanism, which will be familiar to people who have seen Nauticam SLR housings. This style locking lever made it’s mirrorless debut with the Nauticam NA-EM1 housing, and is an iconic symbol of Nauticam innovation. The new lock makes port changes quick, easy and as secure as ever.
The NA-A5000 comes standard with the Nauticam vacuum system electronic built in. By default, it serves as a audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (p/n# 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system - early warning for any problem with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater.
Milled from solid aluminum, the housing is rated to 100m/330ft depth, and is rugged and ready for use!
Photo by Renee Capozzola, taken with the Sony A5000, Nauticam A5000 housing with Sony 10-18mm lens in Hawaii
The Sony Alpha A5000, when coupled with the versatile 16-50mm retractable power zoom kit lens, is one of the smallest and lightest mirrorless camera systems ever made. Despite it’s small size and weight (with camera tipping the scales at a an amazing 269g/9oz including battery and card!), the A5000 is not short on features, including a 20 megapixel APS-C sized sensor (same size as found in many DSLRs), 25 point fast autofocus, tilting 3” LCD monitor, built in popup flash, WiFi, full HD video recording, and much more. The menu system has been refined; the controls are easy to use and menus are logical with just the right amount of options for most people.
One new feature of this camera that most of the camera press does not report, is the addition of a zoom lever on the camera itself, which is able to operate power zoom lenses like the 16-50mm. What this means is that no zoom gear or special port is required to operate the zoom, further lessening the overall cost of the system for underwater use. Nothing to prep on the camera; it can go from pocket to housing in seconds. Compact shooters will feel right at home with this rig!
The Sony A5100 is very similar to the A5000, but it increases the megapixels from 20 to 24 megapixels. The highest ISO level is now 25,600 instead of 16,000, and the LCD screen has much higher resolution. You also have improved video specs such as the XAVC-S codec, and clean HDMI output. The number of phase-detect contrast points has increased from 99 to 179.
I recently purchased the Sony A5000 camera along with the Nauticam housing, dome port, 16mm pancake lens, and fisheye conversion lens (I already had two YS-01 strobes). I decided to get the Sony A5000 as an upgrade from my Canon G10 system and liked the fact that this new mirrorless system was also more affordable.
Upon my first use of the camera, I was immediately impressed with the increased focusing speed and ability to shoot more pictures in a faster period of time. Now I am only limited by the recycle time of my strobes. I quickly adapted to the easy-to-use menu on the camera and buttons on the housing. I also was able to easily adjust my camera settings in manual mode to get the blue color of the water I wanted by primarily changing my Av values (vs. changing mostly shutter speed values on the compact). Its shutter speed is limited to 1/160 with the flash.
Image resolution looks sharp and detailed. I still haven't blown up one of my images to a large size (like 16x24 or 20x24) to compare the resolution to my old camera but think it will be improved.
The video capability is also fantastic. Unlike my stills, I just shoot video on "auto" -- and it still looks amazing with this camera!
The only issue I've had so far with about 15 dives and this camera is trying to review some of my pictures UW with the zoom lever. Unfortunately, this action caused my camera to get stuck in the "panoramic" mode and I couldn't resolve this issue until I took the camera out of the housing. Thus, I do not recommend playing back images and then zooming while UW!
Lens selection seems to be OK for me - I have the kit lens, the pancake, and the fisheye -- and plan to get the 10-18mm wide angle zoom. I do think the fisheye is almost too wide for shooting sharks up close and fared better with just the pancake lens. Since you can't zoom with either the pancake or the fisheye, I think getting the 10-18 will be great. One other note is that you CAN use the kit lens with the dome port - no need to get the flat port (unless you are into macro, I believe).
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