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Nauticam releases NA-XT1 Housing

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Nauticam is shipping a housing for the Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless camera. Many of the camera’s lenses feature manual aperture control, and Nauticam has designed the housing around this requirement.

The NA-XT1 is shipping now at a U.S.A. retail price of $2150.

Press release

Announcing a Nauticam Housing for the Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless Dynamo Ready for Underwater.

Nauticam is pleased to announce the NA-XT1 housing for the Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless camera. Nauticam’s experience in the world of underwater housings and accessories for mirrorless cameras is unrivaled, and the company is pleased to add the flagship mirrorless camera from Fuji to its lineup.

What will you explore with the X-T1?

Fujifilm X-T1

Just when it seemed like the mirrorless camera market couldn’t get any hotter….

Fujifilm cameras have not always made a huge impact on the US market, but the historical influence that Fujifilm has had on imaging around the world is undeniable. Utilizing their unprecedented experience in the 35mm film industry, Fuji developed cutting edge sensors when digital cameras were only starting to find a market. With the Introduction of the X-T1, Fujifilm proves they are capable of competing with the biggest contenders in the industry – not only in image quality, but with the photographic experience as a whole.

The X-T1 is probably Fujifilm’s best camera to date, offering a compelling combination of intuitive handling, excellent image quality, and one of best electronic viewfinders we’ve seen. It also features one of the most impressive autofocus systems on any camera at this price level, both in terms of accuracy with fast lenses and tracking moving subjects. Over all it’s a hugely engaging and capable camera, and one that’s fundamentally a joy to use. — DPRewview.com

Macro lovers will appreciate access to the new Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M, the 50mm macro lens from the legendary Carl Zeiss Group. The 50mmm focal length is ideal on the APS-C sized sensor for capturing all sorts of underwater macro subjects.

The X-T1 also sports a large, sculpted prism bump to house the electronic viewfinder. And what an EVF it is. The largest optical viewfinder in the DSLR universe is currently served up by Canon’s 1DX – with an equally hefty price tag. The X-T1’s EVF is even bigger. At 2.36 million dots, this is a very bright and arresting view of your subject.This also means it could be extremely useful for macro shooters and those with less-than-perfect vision. The viewfinder is so large that it offers some interesting tools never available before. Fujifilm calls it Dual Mode and it allows the viewer to see the full image and (on the right hand side) a close up center crop, split image or peaking to assist in manual focus precision.

The X-T1 provides a large 16mp APS-C format sensor that has already earned quite a following as it has been introduced on the most recent Fujifilm cameras. Fuji’s famous imaging experience is clearly evident in the rich tonality available to photographers from the selectable settings. Eight frames per second insure that this camera keeps up with the action. New on-sensor phase and contrast detection has brought auto-focus into a whole new realm from earlier Fujifilm cameras. These days 1080 60P video is becoming standard and the X-T1 doesn’t disappoint with its stereo mics and video specifications.

Fujifilm goes well beyond the numbers though when it designs a camera and the X-T1 really shines in the details. Notably the camera ships ready to be controlled by any smart phone with its “Fujifilm Camera Remote” app - a feature-rich application that includes live view. Equally useful is elegantly simple trick of maintaining viewfinder camera displays in a horizontal position - even when the camera is rotated vertically. Very clever.

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Nauticam NA-XT1

The NA-XT1 is the latest in Nauticam’s extensive lineup of underwater camera housings. This housing inherits the best of previous housings for high-end mirrorless cameras, while tackling the manual aperture control needed for this particular camera. Everything about the housing indicates it is a true Nauticam: from the ergonomic and well thought out access to all key controls to little things like the comfortable rubberized handles.

Like the Nauticam housings for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic GH4, the NA-XT1 does not require a separate tray - it includes built in tray/handles, and features a design meant to be shot with hands firmly on the handles. The shutter release is placed for ease of access and minimum housing movement when shooting. The record button is accessible with the right thumb - no long reach to induce unwanted camera shake that can ruin a video shot.

The housing gains a new-style port locking mechanism, which will be familiar to people who have seen Nauticam SLR housings. This locking lever made it’s mirrorless debut with the Nauticam NA-EM1 housing, and is an iconic symbol of Nauticam innovation. The new locking lever makes port changes effortless, quick, and just as secure.

Tripod users will find 3 1/4-20 tripod holes, with extra space allotted for the width of standard tripod plates, meaning the housing can easily be opened with tripod plate attached.

The NA-XT1 comes standard with the Nauticam vacuum system electronics built in. By default, this serves as a audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve, (p/n# 25612) and it becomes a vacuum check system - confirming watertight integrity before, during and after the dive - which means peace of mind.

Milled from solid aluminum, the housing is rated to 100m/330ft depth, and is rugged and ready for use!

The NA-XT1 supports both the Fujinon XF10-24mm F4 R OIS wide angle zoom lens, and the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M macro lens. A zoom gear for the 10-24mm is now available (#36441).

With Fuji’s high end lenses (called the “XF” line) and the Zeiss 50mm macro, aperture is controlled on via a lens ring rather than electronically through the camera. This old school approach will resonate with anyone who, for example, shot older Nikon SLR’s before the days of electronic aperture. Nauticam is today announcing aperture rings for both the 10-24mm (#36421), and the Zeiss 50mm macro (#36422).

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Magnifying Optical Viewfinders

Nauticam produces a “straight” 180º magnifying viewfinder (#32201) and a 45º angled viewfinder (#32203) that provide a bright, corner to corner view of the X-T1’s excellent EVF. A patented external dioptric adjustment allows personal adjustment to a sharp-as-a-tack standard underwater and viewfinder changes can be executed in less than 30 seconds without using tools. Exceptional composition and focus accuracy have never been more accessible. An optional LCD window (p/n #17171), containing the viewfinder mounting ring, is required to attach these finders.

Lighting and Mounting Options

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-XT1 and a variety of optically fired flashes.

The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-01 and YS-D1 strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.

This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode - with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-XT1 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections. Nauticam Fiber Optic cables, available for both Inon and Sea&Sea strobes, provide the best light transmission and therefore more accurate TTL of any fiber optic cable on the market.

The NA-XT1 is compatible with the same flash trigger used on the NA-GH4, the Flash Trigger for Panasonic (p/n #26305). The Flash Trigger allows for rapid fire manual flash firing via fiber optic, with no camera battery drain.

Video lights or strobes can easily be attached to the 1” ball mounts that come standard with the housing. Additional mount points include an M10 mount point on the housing (use #25221 M10 Strobe Mounting Ball for Housing), 2 M5 mount points (use #25228 M5 strobe mounting ball), and a cold shoe mount.

In addition, Nauticam utility clamps can turn a single ball mount into 2, easily extending the mounting point choices.

Nauticam Build Quality

Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings. The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to saltwater and provides an impressive 100 meter depth rating. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.

Specifications:

Depth Rating: 100m
Dimensions: 305mm (W) x 165mm (H) x 110mm (D)
Weights: 1.94kg / 1.50kg (w/o handle)
Model Number: 17151
USA Retail Price: $2150
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Contact Nauticam USA:

Chris Parsons
Nauticam USA
2303 N. Andrews Ave.
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