Aquatica AD300s Underwater Housing for Nikon D300s with Vacuum Check System (Optical and Nikonos Strobe Connectors)

Aquatica AD300s Underwater Housing for Nikon D300s with Vacuum Check System (Optical and Nikonos Strobe Connectors)

Aquatica AD300s Underwater Housing for Nikon D300s with Vacuum Check System (Optical and Nikonos Strobe Connectors)

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Product Highlights

  • Vacuum Check System
  • Depth Rating: 295', Upgradeable to 426'
  • Optical and Nikonos Strobe Connectors
  • Mechanical Controls
  • Access to Virtually All Camera Functions
  • Ergonomic Design with Dual Handles
  • Anodized Aluminum Body
  • Interchangeable Lens Port System
  • Optional Lens Port Required
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Connector: Opt/Nikonos Strobe Connectors

2 Nikonos Strobe Connectors

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  • 1Description

The AD300s Underwater Housing from Aquatica is a waterproof case enabling you to shoot beneath the surface with your Nikon D300s DSLR camera. It has a depth rating of 295', which is upgradeable to 426'. Mechanical controls provide easy access to virtually every single camera function, and dual ergonomic grip handles afford optimal handling and comfort. For convenience, vital functions can be accessed while keeping your hands on the grips.

The housing is made of aluminum, which has been anodized to military specifications to ensure superior corrosion resistance and then covered in a layer of weather and wear-resistant paint for even greater durability. The D300S ships without a required lens port, though various interchangeable bayonet-mount ports are available for wide-angle, macro, and zoom lenses. For full compatibility, see Port Chart and System Chart.

The housing has one optical and one Nikonos connector for the attachment of optional external strobes via fiber-optic cables and sync cords. The standard eyepiece offers a full view of the camera's optical viewfinder, and the optional coated Aqua View Finder offers an enlarged, enhanced view with 100% coverage, corner-to-corner sharpness, and dioptric adjustment. This version of the housing also includes a vacuum check system, known as the Vacuum Circuitry and Alarm Kit, pre-installed at the factory. This allows you to confirm watertight integrity before the dive.

Waterproofing
Safe to use at depths up to 295' by default, with the option to upgrade to an even greater depth rating of 426'. Watertight seal provided by O-rings and heavy-duty latches with safety locks. This version of the housing also includes a vacuum check system, known as the Vacuum Circuitry and Alarm Kit, pre-installed at the factory. This system consists of a vacuum valve, an extracting pump, and a moisture alarm/pressure sensor with an on/off switch. It is sensitive to atmospheric pressure and allows you to confirm watertight integrity before the dive. The valve and extracting pump contribute by ensuring that a solid vacuum is created inside the housing.
Controls and Handling
Mechanical controls provide easy access to virtually every single camera function, including power on/off, live view mode, record on/off, exposure mode, bracketing, metering and focus control, as well as AF-on activation and AE-AF lock via the easy-access lever. Additionally, access the review, enlarge and delete functions, plus histogram, internal SLR preferences and more. Dual ergonomic grip handles afford optimal handling and comfort. For convenience, vital functions can be accessed while keeping your hands on the grips. Buttons have been angled at 20° and extended when needed for easier, more comfortable access. Knobs are grooved and knurled for improved operation when wearing thick gloves.
Construction
Built to last, the housing is precision machined from a single block of lightweight aluminum, which has been anodized to military specifications to ensure superior corrosion resistance, and then covered in a layer of weather and wear-resistant paint for even greater durability. All function labels are pad-printed, so they will not peel off or fade. Replaceable sacrificial anodes protect parts of the housing that are not anodized against corrosion by corroding themselves. Additionally, four rubber anti-skid pads prevent housing from sliding on wet decks.
Lens Port System
Ships without a required lens port, though various interchangeable, bayonet-mount dome and flat ports are available for wide-angle, macro and zoom lenses. Extension rings and zoom and focus gears are also available separately. This housing allows for the use of lenses from 10mm fisheye to 180mm macro. For full compatibility, see port chart linked above. The four-point mounting system and locking mechanism leave no doubt that your ports are secure and the seal is watertight. A lever is provided for easy lens changing without having to remove the camera from the housing.
Strobe Use
Configured with one optical and one Nikonos connector for the attachment of optional external strobe flash units via sync cords, which are available separately. Also provided are adapters for Inon type and Sea & Sea type optical sync cords. Manual exposure control is available, and the housing is ready to accept a third party TTL converter, which is available separately and will enable TTL flash exposure for strobes attached to the Nikonos connector. This connector is switchable from 5 pins for use with a TTL converter to 2 pins for full manual strobe exposure. Strobes attached to the optical connector can benefit from S-TTL exposure without a converter. These bulkhead connectors are user-serviceable and replacing them is done quickly, without the need for any special tool, in a matter of minutes.
Mounting
Both grips accept optional support arms for strobes or video lights, and are configured with standard 1/4"-20 mounting holes. Additional mounting holes are also provided on the housing itself.
Additional Features
The standard eyepiece offers a full view of the camera's optical viewfinder, and the optional coated Aqua View Finder offers an enlarged, enhanced view with 100% coverage, corner-to-corner sharpness, and dioptric adjustment. This compact Aqua finder will not obstruct your view of the camera's LCD. No special tools are required to mount it onto the housing.
Optional Hydrophone
Available separately and easily mounted using one of the housing's accessory bulkhead holes, the hydrophone will enable you to record sound underwater to accompany your videos.
In the Box
Aquatica AD300s Underwater Housing for Nikon D300s with Vacuum Check System (Optical and Nikonos Strobe Connectors)
  • Vacuum Check System
  • 2 x Grip Handles
  • 2 x Strobe Connectors
  • Set of Adapters for Inon and Sea & Sea Type Optical Sync Cords
  • 2 x Hexagonal Head Bolts
  • Hexagonal Allen Key
  • Spare Main O-Ring
  • Container of O-ring Lubricant
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Depth Rating 295' / 90 m, upgradeable to 426' / 130 m
    Control Type Mechanical
    Controls Provide access to virtually every single camera function:
    shutter release, sub-command dial, power switch/illuminator, flash mode/exposure compensation/pop-up flash, focus/zoom control, focus mode selector, exposure mode selector, format button, reset, image quality/size, white balance, ISO, metering pattern selector, multi-selector center button, AE/AF lock and AF-on, main command dial, AF-area mode selector, info activation button, live view, OK, zoom magnifier, thumbnail/playback zoom, protect button, menu, playback, delete
    Construction Made of anodized aluminum
    Treated with weather/wear-resistant paint
    2x sacrificial zinc anodes on bottom to protect against corrosion
    Lens Port Required and sold separately
    Various interchangeable, bayonet-mount dome and flat ports available for wide-angle, macro and zoom lenses
    4.0" / 10.2 cm, 6.0" / 15.2 cm, 8.0" / 20.3 cm and 9.25" / 23.5 cm dome ports available
    See port chart linked in overview
    Select third-party ports may be used with Aquatica adapter (not included)
    Buoyancy May vary with choice of lens port
    External Strobe Connector 1x optical and 1x Nikonos strobe connector
    Viewfinder Standard, coated optical viewfinder
    Coated, straight (180°) Aqua View Finder: 100% coverage, internal dioptric adjustment (optional)
    Moisture Alarm Yes, with audible and LED signals
    Includes pre-installed vacuum check system for confirming watertight integrity before dive
    Vacuum Circuitry and Alarm Kit is sensitive to atmospheric pressure
    Consists of vacuum valve, extracting pump, and moisture alarm/pressure sensor with an on/off switch
    Mounting 2x 1/4"-20 mounting holes on each grip for Technical Lighting Control / TLC base brackets or base balls, or other bases for strobe or video lighting arms
    1x 1/4"-20 mounting hole on top
    3x accessory mounting holes on bottom
    Dimensions With grips: 14 x 8.0 x 6.0" / 35.6 x 20.25 x 15.25 cm
    Without grips: 9.5 x 8.0 x 6.0" / 24.1 x 20.25 x 15.25 cm
    Weight 7.3 lb / 3.3 kg

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