Aquatica AD300s Underwater Housing for Nikon D300s (Fiber-Optic & Nikonos Strobe Connectors)

BH #AQHND300S1XC • MFR #20064-HYB
Aquatica
Key Features
  • Depth Rating: 295', Upgradeable to 426'
  • Fiber-Optic & Nikonos Strobe Connectors
  • Mechanical Controls
  • Access to Virtually All Camera Functions
Capture brilliant photos and HD video of pygmy seahorses, sharks, and coral reefs at depths as great as 295', or 426' with an upgrade, thanks to Aquatica's AD300s Underwater Housing for your Nikon D300s DSLR. 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.
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Aquatica 20064-HYB Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Waterproofing
  • 3Controls and Handling
  • 4Construction Details
  • 5Lens Port System
  • 6Strobe Use
  • 7Mounting
  • 8Additional Features
  • 9Optional Hydrophone

Capture brilliant photos and HD video of pygmy seahorses, sharks, and coral reefs at depths as great as 295', or 426' with an upgrade, thanks to Aquatica's AD300s Underwater Housing for your Nikon D300s DSLR. 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 fiber-optic 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.

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
  • An optional moisture alarm with LED warning light will alert you in unlikely event of a breach in waterproof seal

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 Details

  • Built to last, the housing is precision-machined from a single block of a lightweight aluminum alloy
  • Anodized to military specifications to ensure extreme corrosion resistance, 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
  • Four rubber anti-skid pads prevent housing from sliding on wet decks

Lens Port System

  • Ships without a required lens port
  • 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
  • Housing allows for the use of lenses from 10mm fisheye to 180mm macro. For full compatibility details, see the 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 fiber-optic and one Nikonos connector for the attachment of optional external strobes via fiber-optic cables and sync cords, which are available separately
  • Also provided are adapters for Inon-type and Sea & Sea-type fiber-optic cables
  • 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
  • Nikonos connector is switchable from 5 pins for use with a TTL converter to 2 pins for full manual strobe exposure
  • Strobes attached to the fiber-optic 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
  • Will enable you to record sound underwater to accompany your videos

Aquatica 20064-HYB Specs

Depth Rating295' / 90 m, upgradeable to 426' / 130 m
Control TypeMechanical
ControlsProvide 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
ConstructionMade of anodized aluminum
Treated with weather/wear-resistant paint
2x sacrificial zinc anodes on bottom to protect against corrosion
Lens PortRequired 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)
BuoyancyMay vary with choice of lens port
External Strobe Connector1x Fiber-optic and 1x Nikonos strobe connector
ViewfinderStandard, coated optical viewfinder
Coated, straight (180°) Aqua View Finder: 100% coverage, internal dioptric adjustment (optional,)
Moisture AlarmOptional alarm with audible signal and LED warning light
Mounting2x 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
DimensionsWith 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
Weight7.3 lb / 3.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.32 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.4 x 9.2 x 6.6"
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