Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Underwater Housing for Nikon D500 (Black)

BH #SEMDXD500 • MFR #SS-06179
Sea & Sea
Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Underwater Housing for Nikon D500 (Black)
Key Features
  • Depth Rating: 328'
  • Dual Fiber-Optic Cable Ports for Strobes
  • N-Type 2-pin Sync Connector for Strobe
  • Optional, Internal Optical YS Converter
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You can capture the beauty of sea life and environments at depths as great as 328', thanks to the black Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Underwater Housing for your Nikon D500 DSLR camera. It is equipped with dual fiber-optic cable ports, an N-Type 2-pin sync cord connector, and support for an optional, internal Optical YS Converter--all for the attachment of external strobes to improve lighting. Ergonomic, mechanical controls, including levers, push-buttons, and dials, provide access to virtually all camera functions, while dual side grips offer better balance and handling and give you attachment points for lighting arms.
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Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Construction Details
  • 3Strobe Connection and Use
  • 4Controls, Handling, and Operation
  • 5Optical Viewfinders
  • 6Lens Port System

You can capture the beauty of sea life and environments at depths as great as 328', thanks to the black Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Underwater Housing for your Nikon D500 DSLR camera. It is equipped with dual fiber-optic cable ports, an N-Type 2-pin sync cord connector, and support for an optional, internal Optical YS Converter--all for the attachment of external strobes to improve lighting. Ergonomic, mechanical controls, including levers, push-buttons, and dials, provide access to virtually all camera functions, while dual side grips offer better balance and handling and give you attachment points for lighting arms.

Built for durability, the housing is constructed from precision-machined aluminum that has been anodized for resistance to corrosion. As an added bonus, advancements in the machining method have allowed this housing to be made nearly 1 lb lighter in weight than the earlier MDX-D810. A built-in leak sensor alerts you immediately in the unlikely event of a breach in the waterproof seal. The MDX-D500 ships without a required lens port, and accepts a series of interchangeable ports for various lenses. For compatibility details, see the Port Chart. Additionally, the MDX-D500 has an external port lock and lens release function that allows you to swap lenses quickly and easily between dives--without removing the back of the housing. The optional VF45 and VF180 viewfinders can be added on to enhance your view for better shot composition underwater.

Construction Details

  • Depth rating: 328'
  • Built-in leak sensor immediately alerts you in the unlikely event of a breach in the waterproof seal
  • Optional Leak Sentinel vacuum system can be installed in one of two accessory ports
  • Built to be durable, housing is precision-machined from anodized aluminum alloy for resistance to corrosion
  • Grips are made from a die-cast aluminum alloy, which is also corrosion-resistant
  • Equipped with two sacrificial zinc anodes that will corrode to protect sensitive parts of housing. One is on front and one is on rear
  • Cold shoe mount for connecting lighting arms and other accessories

Strobe Connection and Use

  • Configured with dual fiber-optic cable ports, an N-Type 2-pin sync cord connector, and support for optional, internal Optical YS Converter--all for attachment of external strobes to improve lighting
  • Sync cord connector allows for manual flash exposure
  • YS Converter converts camera's TTL signal into a light signal, which allows for external flash triggering via the optional Fiber-Optic Cable II. Both TTL and manual exposure are possible with optional, external YS series strobes

Controls, Handling, and Operation

  • Ergonomic, mechanical controls, including levers, push-buttons, and dials, provide access to virtually all camera functions, including diopter adjustment dial
  • Shutter, AF mode, AF-ON, and movie-record levers have all been redesigned with more ergonomic shapes to improve on the previous MDX-D300 housing
  • In AF mode, AF lock lever can be activated easily, allowing for focus lock with a single lever press
  • Important controls, such as Info, ISO, and FN, have been positioned on right and left sides to make them easily accessible while you're holding grips
  • Playback and focal point enlargement control are activated by the flip of one lever
  • Main command dial is located on right side and sub-command dial is positioned close to shutter release lever, enabling both functions to be accessed without difficulty
  • Most levers and buttons will glow in dark environments for quick and easy identification
  • When focus/zoom dial is pulled out, gear inside housing moves outwards to allow lenses with large diameters to be mounted easily
  • Two comfortable, grooved side grips offer better balance and handling and give you attachment points for optional lighting arms
  • Configured with HDMI accessory port

Optical Viewfinders

  • Optional VF180 and VF45 1.2x viewfinders can be added on to enhance your view through camera's finder for better shot composition underwater
  • VF180 straight prism finder can be attached by replacing original VF, and will not sacrifice field of view
  • VF180 contains 8 elements in 6 groups, which help reproduce natural colors
  • VF45 prism finder offers same 1.2x magnification and full field of view, and rotates 360° in increments of 90°
  • VF45 especially designed for situations where subject is below you, such as in macro work

Lens Port System

  • Ships without a required lens port
  • Accepts a series of interchangeable ports for various lenses
  • For compatibility details, see port chart linked above
UPC: 752221061796

Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Specs

Depth Rating328' / 100 m
Control TypeMechanical controls, including levers, push-buttons, and dials
ControlsVirtually all camera functions accessible, including power switch, shutter, mode dial, multi-controller, focus / zoom dial, diopter adjustment, AF mode, AF-ON, start/stop movie recording, and more
Port lock and lens release controls
Material of ConstructionHousing: Machined, anodized aluminum alloy
Grips: Die-cast aluminum alloy
Lens PortShips without a required lens port
Accepts system of interchangeable ports for various lenses
For compatibility, see Port Chart linked in Overview
BuoyancyMay vary based on selected port
External Flash ConnectorAccepts optional, external YS series strobes
2x fiber-optic cable ports
1x N-Type 2-pin sync cord connector for manual exposure
Support for optional, internal Optical YS Converter for TTL and manual exposure
Other Connectors1x accessory port for HDMI output to an external monitor
1x accessory port for optional Leak Sentinel vacuum system
ViewfinderOptional VF180 1.2x straight and VF45 1.2x angled viewfinders can be added to enhance your view
Moisture AlarmBuilt-in leak sensor
Optional Leak Sentinel vacuum system
MountingCold shoe mount for lighting arms and other accessories
Dimensions13.6 x 8.0 x 5.5" / 34.6 x 20.2 x 14 cm
WeightApprox. 6.2 lb / 2.8 kg (housing only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight8.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.4 x 10.8 x 9.8"
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