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S.U.P.E.R. Part 9: Nauticam NA-EM10II

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In our ongoing series S.U.P.E.R. (Scubaverse’s Underwater Photography Equipment Reviews), Nick and Caroline Robertson Brown from Frogfish Photography review new underwater photography equipment, general diving equipment, and some older favourites too. 

For the ninth instalment of S.U.P.E.R., Nick and Caroline take a look at the NA-EM10 Housing from Nauticam.

Nauticam have added the latest housing for the Olympus EM10 mkII to their extensive range of underwater camera housings.

The first thing we noticed when getting it out of its box was how light it was. Okay, we are used to heavier SLR housings, but this is very light (at just a touch over 1kg), and indeed compact in size too. The Olympus mirrorless cameras are probably the most popular – of this genre – with underwater photographers, due to the quality of the cameras and the range of lenses available for them. Nauticam has made a housing that ensures that you can access every function with ease, and has port and gear options to allow users to have a great choice on what to buy. The housing is tough and is made from solid aluminium with a depth rating of 100m, which makes it suitable for technical diving too.

It is always difficult to test a new housing, with an unfamiliar camera inside, with only one day to dash up to Capernwray Quarry, in freezing conditions, and get the best from the system. Cold hands combined with unfamiliarity with the camera itself can lead to frustration. However, Nauticam housings do help, with an intuitive design, a sturdy build and some great extras. One of the first things that really pleased us about this housing was the new Shutter Release Extension. This is a piece that can be fitted to the housing that makes the shutter release easy to press (even with 5mm gloves) without moving your hand away from holding the handle. This new housing also comes with metal brackets that anchor the handles from the tray system to the housing – giving better stability all around.

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This new housing and ports are also designed to take the fantastic new wet lenses that Nauticam have brought out and so, with the Compact Macro Converter (CMC) attached to a holder on the arm, and the Wet Wide Lens (WWL-1) attached to the bayonet fitting on the port, we were ready for action. The WWL-1 is a heavy wet lens, as you would expect from a quality piece of glass, and so you can also get a handy float for the housing that keeps the system nicely balanced in the water.

With these optional Nauticam wet lenses, you can actually stick with the “kit” 14-42mm lens and the small Macro 29 port and take amazing images. However, there are also great lenses for the Olympus range for both macro and wide angle lovers to select from.

Whilst the Nauticam Vacuum Leak Detector is not a new feature specifically for this housing, as it has been around for a while now, it does come with the ability to have one fitted. This feature really does give you peace of mind, as it tests the integrity of housing seals before you get into the water. A green light and you are good to go.

It is hard not to be impressed with Nauticam housings and this is no exception. It looks good, feels good in the hand, and is obviously built to a high standard. With some fabulous accessories, a great choice of lenses, ports and gears to select from, the hardest thing for buyers will be what to leave out of the package! Whilst we only got a single, cold water dive to form our views, we are certain this is a product that will not disappoint. Actually we would quite like it back!

For more information regarding Nauticam products visit www.nauticam.co.uk.

To find out more about Nick and Caroline and Frogfish Photography, visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

 

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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beuchat-logo-1-300x58.jpgFor this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that Mexico is to host the first annual Cancun International Boat Show and Marine Expo this year. But when is the event due to take place?

Is it:

  • A) 9th – 11th July
  • B) 16th – 18th July
  • C) 23rd – 25th July

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag February 2021

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  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families or employees of Suunto Diving UK and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 07/04/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at: www.intotheplanet.com


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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