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SUBAL announce professional housing for the Nikon D810




Austrian-based professional underwater housing manufacturer  SUBAL have announced the ND810 housing for the Nikon D810 camera.

Subal’s ND810 housing is designed for the world’s most demanding photographers and multimedia professionals, especially those in the fields of underwater sports and nature photography as well as advanced amateur photographers.

A formidable evolution of the new D810 provides important upgrades in performance. The D810 is designed to replace both the very popular D800 and the D800E.

The D810 features a new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without OLPF, designed to achieve exceptional resolution. The D810 gets the EXPEED 4 engine from the D4s, promising improved image quality and metering, faster burst shooting and wider ISO range.

The ND810 housing is available now at an MSRP of USD 4,300 (port not included).

As with every SUBAL housing, all the camera’s functions can be operated from the ND810: Power On-Off/Display Illumination, Shutter Release, Zoom (Manual Focus), Front and Rear Main Dial controls, Lens Release, Port lock system, Focus Mode Selector (M-S-C), Metering Mode Control, Movie Record Button, Mode Selector, AF- Lock, AF-On, Port Lock. The ND810 includes buttons for the following: Mode, Exposure Compensation, Bracketing, Flash Sync Mode, Lock, Metering Mode Control, Rec. Start/Stop, Playback, Delete, Menu, Thumbnail, Protect, OK, ISO, Quality, White Balance, Microphone, Multi Selector, Info, Live View, and AF Mode.

The SUBAL ND810 provides photographers with access to all photo and video functions while holding the camera.

The SUBAL ND810 housing is crafted from a solid block of high-grade seawater-resistant aluminum, which is anodized and put through a chemical hardening process. SUBAL is the only underwater housing manufacturer to use this patented, hard-coat anodizing method. A triple-layer powder coating is added, giving the housing an elegant finish and further protecting it from the environment. All shafts and screws are made of high-alloy chrome-nickel steel to extend operational lifetime. Like all SUBAL housing, the ND810 is equipped with the SUBAL Quick Lock closure system for maximum safety.



  • Designed for professional underwater use
  • Access to all camera and video functions
  • Two fiber-optic connectors and two bulkheads with optional Nikonos 5N, Ikelite and S6 connectors

Optional accessories for the ND810

  • Extensive line of high-quality SUBAL dome and flat ports
  • Gears for all major underwater lenses
  • Easy attachment of viewfinders: GS180°, WS45° and PS30° Prism Viewfinder
  • Full line of mounting accessories available: arms systems, strobes, adapters, mount balls

SUBAL Professional Standard Features

The SUBAL Quick Lock System is a precise and robust locking system that eliminates accidental opening.

The new Port Lock System secures dome ports (DPs) and extension rings (EXRs) to the bayonet housing and provides the means to secure all components with ease.

The lens Release Latch allows for easy lens exchange without removing the camera from the housing.

A visual and audible warning Leak Alarm comes as standard on every SUBAL housing.

The SUBAL Special Saddle System for quick and precise positioning of the camera body inside the housing makes misalignment impossible.

Viewfinder Options

In addition to the standard viewfinder, SUBAL has developed various options to meet the demands of underwater photographers. The viewfinder is one of the most important elements for improving creativity in underwater imaging. All SUBAL viewfinders are manufactured from sea-grade aluminum with an anodized casing. High-quality, multi-coated optical glass ensures the highest resolution and optimum light transmission. A simple interchangeable system makes it possible for the user to fit, remove or change any of the SUBAL’s viewfinders whenever needed. The SUBAL GS180 straight viewfinder provides 150% magnification of the camera image. The eyepiece of the new WS45 viewfinder is at a comfortable 45° angle to the camera’s viewfinder. With a magnification factor of 150%, the visible image is 2.5 times larger than the standard viewfinder. The WS45 also rotates 360° with click stops every 90°to suit different viewing angles and image orientation. This is especially helpful for macro shooting or for subjects on the seabed as well as those tricky under/over, half-and-half shots. SUBAL’s latest innovation is the new PS30 prism viewfinder. The viewfinder is specially designed for video recording and facilitates shooting on the seabed and under/over, half-and-half shots.

Strobe Options

SUBAL provides two fiber-optic ports for accurate TTL control of strobes such as the Inon Z-240, Sea & Sea YS-D1 and Sea & Sea YS-01. Optional bulkheads are available on request for Nikonos V, Ikelite and S6 as well as a video connector for an external monitor.

Technical Information

Housing ConstructionMachined from a single block of specially treated, high grade corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy. Hardness treatment and three-layer powder paint coating applied
DesignErgonomic placement of all the important controls provides convenient and comfortable handling of all camera functions
TTL/Strobes Options/Flash MonitorDual Sea & Sea fiber-optic ports and up to 3 optional flash connectors for Nikonos 5N, Ikelite or S6 sockets. Video output available on request for external monitor or external trigger
Port Mount TypeBayonet 4 and 3 size available. All SUBAL dome and flat port options can be mounted except for size two ports. Port Lock Option
Dome Ports OptionsDP 100/4 (4”), SWB (6”) , DP FE (8”) and DP 230
Viewfinder OptionsStandard viewfinder. Optional GS180, WS45 Viewfinder and 30° Prism
Leak AlarmStandard built in housing
Dimensions(W x H x D) 270 X 215 X 150 mm (w/o port and handles)
BuoyancyHousings near to neutral depending on ports and accessories
Depth Range80 meters (standard version) and 120 meters (TEC version on request)
Color OptionsSUBAL Standard Color
Weight3.1 kg incl. handles (no ports or accessories included)
ControlsPower On-Off, Display Illumination, Shutter Release, Zoom (Manual Focus), Front and Rear Main Dial, Lens Release, Focus Mode Selector (M-S-C), Metering Mode Control, Movie Record Button, Play Back, Mode Selector, AF-Lock, AF-On, Port Lock Option, Flash open/close. Push Buttons for: Mode, Exp. Compensation, Bracketing, Flash Sync Mode, Lock, Metering Mode Control, Record, Start/Stop, Playback, Delete, Menu, Thumbnail, Protect, OK, ISO, Quality, White Balance, Microphone, Multi Selector, Info, Live View, and AF Mode, Port Lock

Lens Options

SUBAL constantly evaluates new lenses as they arrive on the market and suggests the best options for underwater use. A SUBAL lens port chart for Nikon is available and will guide you through the optimal combination of ports and extension rings for each lens model. Contact your nearest SUBAL dealer for further assistance.

Please contact your local dealer for more detail information.

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Jo’s film – An Evolving Story – can be seen here:

Fifth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing. (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.








Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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