I'm sitting here trying to get all my gear in order for a shoot i have coming up tomorrow or the next day.
I was admiring the engineering that was done on some of the gear, and thought I'd post up some pics to you guys. I figured some of you might be able to appreciate the workmanship that went into this housing.
The piece I'm referring to is the Nauticam NA-1DX underwater housing.
An underwater housing can't exactly be made out of electrical parts (though I think it would make things a lot simpler if they did) so they have to try to get all the functionallity of a modern DSLR on the outside of a waterproof housing. I'm not going to count how many buttons there are on my dslr, so lets just say there are a LOT and call it good. The crazy thing is that nauticam has brought almost ALL the buttons outside the housing. This means that there needs to be mechanical works inside the housing that allow a button or ever to be actuated outside the housing, that correspondingly actuates a button on the camera which is inside the housing. This sounds simple in theory, but one look on the inside of this housing and you're going to see that its really not simple in the least.
I can't believe how many leavers and gears there are to push a simple button lol and sturdy? let me tell you. This thing is built to last. If i didn't know it came from china, I'd swear it was german built.
I bought this setup ages ago. It took 3 months to ship it because they don't build them until someone orders one. Because of this, there were, according to the salesman, only about 50 of them world wide. That was back in April though, so that numbers probably up to like… 51 or so ;D
This is the first chance I'll have had to use this housing though, and the first time I've shot images underwater, so I'm pretty damn excited. Chomping at the bit really ;D
Anyway, I'm not sure I'll be able to show you guys any pics I get for a while. I'm going to be getting mucho imageio in the next month or so and it'll probably take me a good 6 months to get through it all sufficiently. I'm pretty excited about the underwater sutff, so i'll prolly get to it pretty soon, but as good as I can be on land, underwater has its own rules and I'm a complete newb at it, so even if I get some shots, they'll likely be kind of suck ass.
This picture is to get an idea of the shear size of this thing
this is a shot of the guts