Subal are the oldest existing housing manufacturer in the world, as they have been making housings since 1954 and they are still going strong. Subal offers an excellent range of housings for over 40 models of camera, covering 6 camera makers. At their stand at this year’s DEMA, we chatted to the Subal Production Manager, and professional underwater photographer, Vladimir Mladenovic about what was new in the world of Subal.
The first thing to really catch our eye on the Subal stand at DEMA was their striking housings for Leica M cameras. They have a fantastic retro look, and Subal are the only housing manufacturer to offer housings for Leica M and SL cameras. The Subal M housings have been designed to mirror the looks of the Leica cameras, and they offer a full range of ports for lenses that will work for underwater photographers. For anyone looking for something a little bit different, you should definitely take a look at these. Subal also made an adapter for the Leica M housing that will allow you to use your old Nikonos lenses (this also applies to their Sony Alpha 7 MkII housing).
Subal were also showing off the new housing (the NDF) for the Nikon DF camera. Again this is a unique housing offered only by Subal. The Nikon DF is the lightest full frame camera with a retro look and feel. It is a camera for photographers who want a little magic in their lives, as well as a sense of history.
For those that want to shoot pro standard underwater video, then also on display was the whopping pro video housing for the Sony FS7. It is a thing to behold! Vladimir was keen to point out that they now offered TTL for both Canon and Nikon cameras. They are the first to do this for Canon and the system will work with several models of Ikelite, Sea&Sea and INON strobes.
All Subal housings can come in custom colours of black, red, yellow, white as well as the well-known standard colour. You can order 80m depth rated standard housing, or upgrade to a 120m version. As of January, all housings will come with the electronics for a vacuum pump leak detection system. With pro and amateur underwater photographers using these housings all over the world, Subal are always in the forefront of the industry. We really hope to be able to review the Leica housing at some point in 2017.