Nauticam Nikon D7000 housing Reviews

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Nauticam housing D7000

Average: 4 (1 vote)

I bought this housing around 18 months ago, and still have not had a single flood despite taking it on hundreds of dives. It has been very reliable and for this reason I would recommend it highly.
All the buttons are easy to use, even with gloves. I've been shooting primarily with a Nikon 60mm and a Tokina 10-17mm, both work splendidly in this housing.

The only slightly negative thing I'd mention is that after a year or so some of the buttons started getting a bit sticky, especially the lens release button and the red buttons that you press to open it. However that's probably more of a reflection on my poor maintenance that something wrong with the housing.

Simply fabulous!

Average: 5 (1 vote)

After having spent close to $2,000 on service and repairs for another company's underwater housing, I decided to give Nauticam a try. I wish I had made the move sooner and saved myself three years of grief.

The housing is remarkable in so many ways! It is compact and durable. The control buttons and knobs are well-positioned and can be operated easily while holding the tray handles. The sensitivity of the shutter release lever is ideal. Whether changing shutter speed, f-stop, or ISO settings on the fly, I can get the job done with very little effort. Switching from stills to video is a snap. Loading the camera into the housing is extremely easy, as is changing lenses with the camera in the housing.

This may sound like an unimportant feature, but it is significant to me. The housing closes easily and is locked into place with very little pressure from the user. It also opens easily, but only when the user depresses the unlocking buttons to move the locking levers to the open position. On my old housing, I literally drew blood at times when I released the spring action housing locks.

This housing is user friendly, too. Did you shoot a test shot only to find there was no card in the memory slot? No problem: just open the back, slide out the camera tray, and insert the card. Do you need to make a quick battery change in your camera? Again, it's no big deal: just open the back, slide out the camera tray, and change out the battery. This is not possible with at least one other manufacturer's product. To change a battery with my old housing, I had to remove the port, the zoom ring, AND one of the tray handles in order to remove the camera from the housing. Then, I had to remove the camera from the housing back in order to change the battery. The Nauticam design is a godsend!

I am using the Nauticam macro port for the Nikor 105 mm lens and the Zen 4" dome port for the Tokina 10-17 mm lens. Both ports fit snugly, are easy to attach to the housing, and are held firmly in place by the locking mechanism. For the first time since I began shooting with a DSLR underwater, I am not worried about a port moving out of place.

Not only is the housing great in the water, but it is quite manageable on land - or on a boat. It takes up less room than some other manufacturer's products, and it can be easily carried in one hand. It's also easy to attach a lanyard between your BCD and the housing or even to attach a carrying strap that can go around a diver's neck and attach to the housing on both sides, allowing a shore entry with both hands free to carry fins or help you balance yourself during the entry.

I can't imagine having a better housing!

Nauticam + D7000

Average: 4 (1 vote)

This is my first Nauticam housing and I am very pleased with it so far.

I found that the layout of the controls was excellent and it took me only a couple of dives to settle in after switching from my old Olympus E-620 system. It is a testament to how well designed the Nauticam housing is considering that I was not even a seasoned Nikon user and found it a very easy transition.

The housing seems very sturdy and secure and once you work with the Nauticam port system you will never look back.

My only gripe is that when using the Nauticam acrylic 8.5" port with the extension ring needed for the Sigma 17-70mm the port becomes very positively buoyant, causing the camera to try to twist port up in your hand. I solved this by adding a 2lb ankle weight secured around the port extension and then adding stiX floats to get the system neutral and balanced. When using a 4" dome with the Tokina 10-17mm the system was well balanced and slightly negative in salt water.
If you are going to use a large dome I would get the glass rather than acrylic. The glass is heavier and would not need to be counter-weighted so much to balance the rig.