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Part #: Nau-17804
This is one of the best Nauticam housings.
We've had great times with this housing while experiencing the finest Raja Ampat diving, whale shark diving on the Rocio Del Mar liveaboard, diving in Alor, and scuba diving Grand Cayman among other places.
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.
If your family likes the ocean, science and chemistry, when they are not diving they can read articles like lead iodide, how to extract potassium from a banana, golden rain experiment, naming ionic compounds, and is gallium a metal.
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 love this housing. I never have any fog issues and it fits the omd like a glove. All of its controls are very well marked and easy to use.
After my previous system stopped working I turned to Blue Water Photo for help in selecting my new system. The team was extremely helpful and were not only out to close a quick sale but really helped me to find the system that was right for me. In the end I got the Oly OMD with Nauticam housing and UL arms for the strobes. Since then I have done around 50 dives with the system and am very pleased with the results and the ergonomics of the housing. All the buttons are easily accessible and with the options to customise the buttons on the Olympus OM-D you can really make this system your own. As my previous rig flooded I also love the leak detection system in the housing that will give a clear warning if any water enters the housing. The setup I have is very negative and even with 4 floats it still is a bit heavy so make sure to add enough floatation to compensate.
I had been using a point and shoot camera and housing because I've always been put off by the large camera housings experts use. After reading about this housing at the Bluewater site, I decided to purchase the Olympus OMD and the Nauticam housing with the Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe. I just came back from a 3 week trip to Indonesia and couldn't be happier with the results. The housing and camera are compact and feel almost under water. The housing allows easy access to camera settings. I came back with thousands of amazing pictures and I'm just counting the days to use it again. I highly recommend this setup.
When my dive buddy upgraded to the the Olympus OM-D, I knew that it would be my next camera upgrade as well. Her choice of housing was the OM-D housing by Nauticam so I had some opportunity to check it out before I decided. The Naticam housing is a solid, machined aluminum case that ergonomically fits my hand very well. Placement of the controls are thoughtful and intuitive, and for me, even after some five years with my previous camera pretty easy to learn.
After considerable consideration I finally decided to go ahead with the upgrade feeling the Nauticam housing and the Olympus OM-D EM5 was the pick of the litter. Unfortunately for me, that was the same decision that a considerable number of other UW photographers had come to and the housings were back ordered. Even though I ordered the housing some ten weeks before a big dive trip to Fiji (figuring that I would have some time to do some local dives to get the feel of the new setup), I received the housing only a week and a half before departure. I fretted big time; should I take a brand new system (to me) on a major dive jaunt, or go with the comfortable tried and true system I had been so used to.
I took the new system and it was the best decision ever. It literally took one day and three dives before the Nauticam setup felt like it was the system I had always used. It was very easy to learn the controls and the compactness and power of the Nauticam/Olympus system made shooting a joy. The 8mm wide-angle was awesome on the reef-scapes and the 12-50 mm is going to be the workhorse in my future shooting.
What more can I say. Awesome system that made for a spectacular trip. Watch for my pictures, though it might be a while as between the two of us we came home with over 10,000 images.
Scott was able to get me one of the first Nauticam EM-5 housings off the assembly line. The housing is fantastic; it fits the Oly EM-5 like a glove. All of the camera controls are functional via the housing. The ergonomics are great - When I picked up the housing, I asked Kelli, "Where's the shutter?" She said, "Look under your index finger!" Both shutter speed and aperture controls are within reach with the right hand! The camera tray is designed to allow access to both the camera's battery and memory card without having to remove the tray. A cam automatically pops up the flash unit to turn it on - no chance of user error. The OLED on the camera is tilted in the housing so the screen can be seen when the camera is down on the sand. I'm very happy with my choice of this housing for my new camera. Thanks, Scott.
Just returned from Hawaii with my new Nauticam Olympus OM-D housing, Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes and Sola 1200. I had been using my Nikon D200 with light and motion Titan housing but wanted to try a mirror less system for easier travel. I was a little concerned about changing from my DSLR system but after speaking with Shane and reviewing the information on the Bluewater Photo website decided to take the plunge.
I was very happy with the ease of setting up the Nautican OM-D housing and ports. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 fits very well into the housing and set up was straight forward with the manual. The housing closes securely with the locking mechanism and installing the ports was great with the port release and not having to twist the port into place.
Most importantly the pictures came out fantastically both macro and wide-angle. I went with the new Olympus 60 mm macro lens and the 12-24 wide-angle zoom. The details on the macro shot were incredible. Camera focused rapidly with the Sola 1200 focus light.
The whole package fit nicely into the Thinktank Airport International V2.0 Roller camera bag. The bag fits easily into the overhead luggage space on the plane although TSA did run the bag through twice because of the electronics.
Staff at Bluewater Photo were great and made the shopping experience enjoyable and comfortable.
I like a housing small enough to use and hold with just one hand. Ive had several: Oly 3040 in a tetra, oly 5050 in Oly, Oly E520 in Oly. The hand strap is really needed for this.
I can do a lot on the back of the housing with just my thumb, including reach one wheel.
My old E520 housing was really small. I could get 2 into my thinktank airport international roller, and I could swim with it really well, even take it along clipped to my belt when lobster diving and swimming a lot. This housing is so much smaller, it makes the E520 housing feel like a bus.
A truly delightful piece of equipment to use to use underwater. Solid to feel and easy to handle it lives up to everything I had hoped it would be. It's been said elsewhere that the OMD is easier to use in the housing than out!
Also, the service I received from Blue Water was tip top and I'll be using them in the future for sure.
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