The Aquatica AD800, like all of Aquatica housings, benefits from the finest material available in the metallurgic industry. It is carefully crafted from a selected alloy of aircraft grade aluminum and graced with the finest grade of stainless steel for its multiple controls. Every housing is machined on the latest 5 axis computer assisted machines. It then undergoes a protective anodizing process to the stringent North American Military Specifications. For further protection, a baked on powder coating paint is applied, this coating is as tough as nail tough. Furthermore, corrosion inhibiting, zinc anodes are supplied as standard equipment. This extra level of protection does make a huge difference as can be seen on some Aquatica housings that even with over 1,500 dives on them, still look as fresh as the day they came out of the box. This housing is made for the hard working professional in mind, one who truly understands reliability in the field.
This precision housing is the product of a time proven lineage of underwater camera housing. Over 30 years of expertise in this field has made sure that every aspect of the housing’s ergonomics were studied and access to its controls carefully implemented. This housing is a statement to the constant evolution of Aquatica’s knowledge and of the influence of the many professional’s image makers from around the world who work and consult with Aquatica.
Anyone familiar with ice-diving knows that being built in Canada also means that all housings from Aquatica are born and bred in one of the world most rugged diving environment. Bottom line, if it works in Canadian conditions, it will work everywhere else!
The AD800 housing features a newly designed camera tray. It smoothly and precisely positions the camera in the housing and is easily disengaged by a simple push on a tab. The zoom actuating pinion gear and the lens release lever pull out to allow the user to remove the camera from the back while keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.
The AF-L/AE-L & AF-ON button access is now provided with a combined lever and rotating collar that prevents ambient pressure from pushing it back towards the housing. The menus buttons have been angled to provide better access from your left hand. The AD800 now uses the 4xxxx generation lens gears system with a smaller housing pinion gear and a larger lens gear, the results is a smoother action while zooming in a video sequence.
The AD800 housing incorporates a multitude of refinements. Among them, the Aquatica AD800 housing is the first of its kind to offer access to the Fn and DOF preview buttons. This is done via a unique toggle lever that access the two buttons, while the depth of field feature in itself is, quite arguably, of little use underwater. The many Custom Functions roles that can be attributed to these two buttons sure is worthy of attention.
Here is a quick round up of the featured roles these two buttons can be attributed:
Depth of Field button:
- Power Aperture (Close)
- Index Marking in Video mode
- View photo shooting info
- Select Image area using the Main Command Dial
- Convert to depth of field Preview
- FV Lock (lock the flash value)
- AE/AF Lock
- AE Lock only
- AE Lock (Reset on release)
- AE Lock (Hold)
- AF Lock only
- Flash Off
- Power Aperture (Open)
- Index Marking in video mode
- View photo shooting info
The AD800 retains the popular Aquatica molded grips. These have been the reference in comfort for the last 25 years. They are lightweight, sturdy, and are made of one piece and cannot come unglued, fall apart or corrode. Both grips have mounting holes ready to accept a mounting bracket of the TLC arm system and for most current strobes and lighting arms in the market. An extra mounting point for a focus/video light or other accessories is on the top and another three additional mounting points are provided under the housing for various brackets, support or tripods.
On the left hand side of the housing, the buttons and mode selector control are angled and positioned for quicker access to the various functions. On the right hand the record lever has been relocated closer to your index finger. The Live View toggle remains within easy reach. The multi controller pad found on the Nikon D800 is made accessible with a simple and proven design and its SET button has been oversized. All push buttons are of high quality Type 304 stainless steel, the same used in the aerospace industry - these will not break or rust. Their smooth operation and position gives the photographer a very intuitive and normal feel to the housing.
The Aquatica AD800 is supplied with a Galileo type eye piece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the optical view finder. For those seeking the ultimate in viewing for still image, the optional Aqua View Finder, available in straight and 45 degrees version, are among the best of the industry. They can easily be installed in a matter of a few minutes by the user. The enlarged and enhanced image provided by the Aqua View Finder is second to none in clarity - it provides the photographer with tack sharp corner to corner viewing of the camera view finder for composing and critical focusing
The D800 is supported by one of the most established and comprehensive port and accessories system of the industry. This port system has been a stable platform for over 20 years and remains one of the most reliable and used designs on the market.
This philosophy that made Aquatica housing so popular over the years certainly has not been lost on this newer version! Every effort was made to give you an underwater imaging system that can be tailored to your needs. The AD800 is a rugged and reliable housing, one that will adapt to your needs and will last for the longest time with a minimum of care.
Strobe Connections and Housing Configurations
Aquatica has the most comprehensive selection of easily interchangeable strobe connectors in the industry. The AD800 may be purchased factory fitted with one of the four following strobe connection configurations. Even afterwards, it is possible to change the configuration by purchasing required connection items. Bulkheads are replaceable in the field (or by Cerella Oy) without the need for specialized tools. All configurations support manual flash. TTL functionality requires TTL compatible strobes and might require an external TTL converter.
The 20070-NK configuration of the AD800 housing has two of the classic 5 pins Nikonos connectors. It is possible to connect one or two popular strobes having Nikonos type sync cords and/or a third-party TTL converter with Nikonos type cord on camera end. By default, all Aquatica housings are delivered in this configuration unless otherwise specified.
The 20070-KT configuration of the AD800 housing is supplied with one time-proven 5 pins TTL type Ikelite connector. This connector can only be used with the Ikelite #4301 TTL converter. Up to two Ikelite strobes can be connected using an appropriate dual sync cord. TTL functionality is available by using the Ikelite #4301 TTL converter and a dual sync cord.
S-TTL is also available with the 20070-OPT through optical connectivity with either of the supplied Sea & Sea and Inon type adapters. This housing has two optical connectors. You can connect up to two Sea&Sea or two Inon strobe optical sync cords. S-TTL functionality requires S-TTL compatibility from strobes as well.
Lastly the 20070-HYB hybrid configuration offers both a (1) classic Nikonos and an (1) optical connector giving the housing the ultimate choice in strobes selection. Included are adapters to attach one Sea&Sea or two Inon type strobes.
The recommended servicing procedures of the products are outlined in the manuals supplied with the product. The outside of the housings and the accessories should be rinsed in fresh water after every dive. The handles should be removed after use otherwise if they remain attached to the housing for any length of time the connecting bolts may bind to the housing and be extremely difficult to remove. We suggest that the main O rings be lubricated regularly and all of the O rings be checked annually.