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Part #: Nau-17804
This is one of the best Nauticam housings.
The NA-EM5 housing from Nauticam delivers the advanced functionality of the OM-D E-M5 in style and with the ergonomics that people have come to expect from Nauticam.
This is a very compact and lightweight housing, with all of the Olympus E-PL3 controls available from the ergonomic grip sculpted into the side of the housing. A choice of hand strap and left/right handle means the shooter can customize the housing to meet their specific needs.
The patented locking port release system used in other Nauticam mid-range housings has been incorporated in NA-EM5, allowing easy and secure port changes. Ports are available for the major lenses that are useful underwater, including the Olympus 14-42mm kit lens and the Olympus 9-18mm wide-angle zoom lens, the Pany 7-14mm wide-angle and the 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens.
Garibaldi photo taken at Catalina Island with the Nauticam OM-D E-M5 housing, 8mm fisheye lens by Mel Moncrieff. Great color & dynamic range!
Christmas tree worm, OM-D with panasonic 45mm macro lens, photo by Jim Lyle
Queen Angelfish, photo by Jim Lyle
Whale shark silhouette, Bluewater Photo Sea of Cortez trip, 8mm fisheye lens
Oil rigs in Southern California, photo by Kelli Dickenson, 8mm fisheye lens. The rigs make underwater photo editing fun!
Olympus OM-D E-M5 underwater photo, taken with the 12-50mm lens in macro mode
I have been using a Sea&Sea DX2G for several years now and was ready for an upgrade. I decided to buy the OM5 because of its ergonomics and because I was used to a small camera/housing combo. Prior to the purchase of the camera I contacted Bluewater Photo and had the pleasure of interacting with both Kelli and Scott. They steered me to the Nauticam housing and I had to wait for what seemed like forever for the housing to arrive. Worth the wait! The housing feels small but completely ergonomic. Everything seems to have been thought out. Taking pictures in Program and in Manual are very simple as it feels the same as with the camera alone. The switch that allows you to go from viewfinder to rear LCD is brilliant and works perfectly after you turn off the eye detection. Zooming is flawless as well. I have only used the port that goes with the 14-42 kit lens, but the way the port fits on the body engenders great confidence. I might add that despite the long delay before the housing became available, Scott and Kelli always keptme in the loop and let me know about all options that might improve on my underwater experience. Kudos. And buy this housing if you have the camera.
Excellent housing! Well worth the money!
Blue Water's review on YouTube helped sell me on it! They're expert advice on all of the products was very helpful.
I am very pleased with the performance of this housing and additional Nauticam products after the initial 12 dives in Belize. Simple and easy to use!
However, before you buy it, make sure you call to see if they have it in stock. I originally purchased it online via Bluewater's web site, but was not informed that it was back ordered and that the order would be shipped two or more weeks later. When I finally called to check on shipping information, they told me that while my ports and accessories had been shipped, I would have to wait on the Nauticam housing. I chose to go with another supplier in order to get the housing in time for my dive trip.
I've used just about every type of housing from Ikelite to Aquatica. All good housings in their own way however Nauticam is in a league of its own. I like the attention to details that make this housing so ergonomic and easy to use. For example the little wedge that automatically pops up the flash and prevents it from going back down. The camera tray automatically slightly inclines the rear screen for better viewing. I also appreciate the moisture detector and alarm. All the controls are easily accessable and can be worked with one hand. The port lock system is the easiest I ever used. The housing is small enough that you can hold it with one hand. The price is very reasonable for this quality of housing. Of course you have to buy a tray and arms which increases the cost. I also wanted to comment the ports come with front and rear covers while some companies make you buy them separately. You will not be dissapointed with this housing!
As you can see by the many top rated reviews, it is difficult to find something to say about this great housing that hasn't already been stated many times over.
Let me just echo that this is truly an excellent housing in every way. I have total confidence in my Nauticam Housing, with peace of mind knowing that my OM-D is safe inside.
Thank you Blue Water for everything!
I purchased the Nauticam housing from Bluewater Photo and must say I am very impressed with both Bluewater's service and the Nauticam housing. This is the first Nauticam housing that I have owned, having previously used a Sea & Sea RDX housing and an Ikelite video housing. Out of all the housings that I have owned this is by far the best. The build quality is fantastic and the ergonomics are well thought out. The latches for both the lens port and main door are very easy to operate yet are very secure. No chance of accidentally unscrewing a port in the rinse tank (a friend of mine had that happen to his Ikelite housing). All the buttons and controls are easy to access and don't require any fumbling around to access them.
I got the housing about 2 weeks before leaving on a trip to Palau. Despite having only about 30 minutes in the pool to practice with it, everything felt natural and I had no problem adapting to the new controls. I do all of my shooting in manual, so being able to quickly adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO in high action spots like Blue Corner and German Channel was great.
The camera tray is designed so that you can change the battery without removing it. This is a feature you really learn to appreciate very quickly when you have to change the battery on a small moving boat and you want to get the camera back in the housing as quickly as possible. Another nice feature is the wedge block in the flash area that forces you to raise the flash when you install the camera. This may seem like a small thing, but as someone who has jumped in the water and then found out the camera flash was not set properly, it is really nice.
For travel, my entire camera setup including a 7-14 dome port, Nauticam flex tray, 2 YS-D1 strobes, ULWS control arms, a couple of GoPro cameras, an iPad, and 11” Mac Book Air along with all of my other personal carry-on items fit into a Think Tank Airport Commuter backpack. This bag could easily fit under the seat if needed. This made traveling on the 4 different flights to Palau very easy. While I only took one port with me on this trip, I could easily fit a macro port and lens into the bag also.
All in all, I am very happy with this housing and would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for an OM-D housing.
I am new to underwater photography, the staff at Bluewater photo helped get me into a great system. The Nauticam housing is very easy to use, fits comfortably in my hand and is easy to dive. The port latching system is solid and secure, tough to make a mistake, same for the housing back. The camera functions are all easy to access even with dry gloves. This housing has been well thought out, well engineered and well built.
Due to the loss of my compact camera with wide-angle and strobes, I had to upgrade and decided / was persuaded to upgrade to SLR. Due to cost of housings for SLRs and size, I was looking into various options and the Olympus OMDEM5 seemed to give me a great combination of quality, compactness and affordability. I used the rig with the standard 14-42 lens for 4 days of diving and it has great access to all controls. Video shortcut is a great option. Housing is fantastic with buttons on camera aligning very nicely once in the housing. Changing port is simple and lock is secure. The housing lock is very secure, i dont see how it could come undone underwater. The camera, housing and other parts were compact enough that i could use a camera bag as personal carry on in the plane. Overall im very impressed and cant think of anything more id want. Many thanks to Scott and team for their help and advise.
I have now used the housing on approximately 50 dives. I have found it to be everything good that has been written about it, even in the Nauticam ads! It is easy to use, has all the buttons and knobs to fully access everything I need on the camera. In fact some of the functions on the camera are easier to use when it is in the housing, like the Fn1 button. It is small enough that I can access all the controls with just my right hand, other than zoom. I can press Fn1 and still use the shutter and I do not have big hands very nice as I like to use the back button focus feature. The lens ports are easy to switch out and seem to have a very positive locking system. So far so good, not one little complaint.
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