New Nauticam housing take Blackmagic cameras underwater
posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM EDT
If you've ever wanted to take high-resolution, raw, video recordings from under the sea, this may be your chance. Popular underwater housing manufacturer Nauticam has unveiled two houses for Blackmagic cameras: the NA-BMPCC for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and the NA-BMCC for the Blackmagic 4k and 2.5K Cinema Cameras.
The NA-BMPCC housing is described as:
Key camera controls for record, focus, and lens control are placed at the grips for stable operation while filming. A tactile trigger mechanism activates record, and is easy to operate by feel even with thick gloves. A rubberized lens control knob, operating either zoom or focus depending upon the lens used, is placed at the left handle for fingertip control.
Integrated rubberized grips provide a comfortable, stable platform for shooting. Handle brackets eliminate any flex when heavy video lights are used, and the handles are angled forward 15 degrees for comfortable use in the prone swimming position.
Understanding that professional film makers will use this system in a variety of shooting scenarios, Nauticam has integrated a number of mounting possibilities. A cheese plate is incorporated in the top of the housing for pole or jib mounting. Dual tripod screws on the bottom of the housing allow ease mounting to a tripod or quick release plate. Handles are supplied as standard equipment, but can be removed for mounting in a shoulder rig while retaining full operational functionality.
Meanwhile, the NA-BMCC will even allow you to use the touchscreen on the camera, as well as easy access to the "Controls for record, iris open (skip forward), iris close (skip back), playback, and stop are brought out to the grips with easy to access levers. Oversized control dials for mechanical zoom and focus are placed underneath the left handle for fingertip control. The "focus" and "iris" commands are conveniently placed for thumb access at each handle."
Both housings can carry extra accessory power packs for longer record times, and are water sealed down to 100m. And both of the pair use Nauticam's port system, allowing the case to be modified for a number of different lenses.
The downside? These cases aren't cheap. The NA-BMPCC will set you back $1,800, and the NA-BMCC starts at $3600. But if you want a case that will let you take your camera incredibly deep under-water, you can expect to pay a lot for it.