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Part #: Nau-17804
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
Olympus OM-D E-M5 underwater photo, taken with the 12-50mm lens in macro mode
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.
Great camera. Lightweight yet extremely fast focus. Takes great pictures above and under water. Video is also very good. Seems sturdy. Good ergonomics. One of the dial covers did come off prematurely and had to reglue it on, but otherwise seems like its rock solid stable. Battery life is good. I use it underwater with the Nauticam housing as 12-50mm port and don't feel like I need another lens.
I have been a Nikon and Sea & Sea user since 2005 and my plan was to go full frame with the D800, but I have also been curious about M4/3 for a while.
The compact design and low light performance of the OM-D made me decide to give it a try and I was really amazed by this little camera.
I decided to order the Nauticam OM-D housing + dome for the 8mm from Bluewater Photo. The first impressions of the housing was that it's really robust and compact kit with a much smaller dome than i'm used to due to the smaller sensor.
Most of my photos are taken in dark waters with low light conditions and high ISO. This camera with it's 5-axis stabilization and the heavy-duty Nauticam housing is perfect for that kind of environment, and there is no problem using the controls of the housing wearing dry gloves.
It has taken me some time to get used to the controls and menus, but I like this rig it more every time I use it. I would definitely recommend this housing to any under water photographer looking for a new rig, specially for traveling.
I love travel photography and am new to the underwater world. I purchased the Nauticam OMD housing kit right before our last trip. The housing fit perfectly and was simple to use with the strobe and macro lens I bought from BWP. The controls are intuitive and easy to manage underwater. Scott and his team spent hours on the phone helping us put the package together and answering our questions, as well as fixing a couple of problems we had. Their service is extraordinary!
I had Blue Water Photo set up a system for my E-M5 with Nauticam Housing, YS-D1 strobes, and a Light and Motion Sola 800 focus light. The system worked flawlessly in Palau. I used the Nikon m.Zuiko 9-18mm lens for underwater work and I like the 17mm f2.8 and 14-42 f3.5-5.6 for topside.
As many other reviews have said, this is a great rig for travel due to the size of the camera and availability of m4/3 lenses. This offers a lot of versatility and great image quality.
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.
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