Choosing an underwater housing for your camera can be a daunting task. We want to make things easier for you, so we’ve created this mini-guide to help you decide what’s the best underwater housing for your Nikon D850!
What are the options?
|Aquatica AD850||Ikelite D850||Nauticam NA-D850||NiMar Pro D850||Sea&Sea MDX-D850|
|Material||Aluminum||Polycarbonate||Aluminum||Acetal Resin and Aluminum Alloy||Aluminum|
|Port Lock System||Aquatica Bayonet||DL Port Mount||N120 Port||NIM-120 Bayonet||Sea&Sea MDX Bayonet|
|Controls||Full controls||Controls for all important camera controls except – Release mode dial, Diopter adjustment control, Focus mode selector, PV button, Fn1 button, Eyepiece shutter lever, Sub selector, Focus selector lock||Full controls||Complete Access to All Key Camera Controls||Full controls|
|Vacuum System||Included||Vacuum valve included (pump sold separately)||Available separate||Available separate||Available separate|
|Default Bulkhead (strobe connection)||Specify when ordering – Dual Nikonos / Dual Fiber optic/ Ikelite TTL/Manual available||Ikelite manual bulkhead included. TTL converter sold separate||Dual Optical LED Triggering||Dual Fiber Optical Direct Plug-In||Dual Optical|
|Depth Rating||300ft/90m, can be upgraded to 130m/425ft||200ft/60m||330ft/100m||330ft/100m||330ft/100m|
|Grips Included||Both sides||Left side only||Both side, with ball mounts||Both sides||Both sides|
The D850 is Nikon’s most powerful camera for underwater shooters. Many professional photographers who want to open their services to underwater or simply get amazing images on their dive trips would opt for a housing for their Nikon D850.
If you’re a professional photographer looking to shoot underwater portraits of clients in a pool environment or shallow water, Ikelite is usually the best choice. It’s affordable, easy to work with, reliable and supports a large variety of your existing lenses. You can easily trigger strobes off camera with Ikelite’s long cables and mount them on tripods inside the pool. The possibilities are endless!
If you’re a diver and looking for the best housing for your camera, Nauticam are the current market leaders and you can’t go wrong with the Nauticam housing. It’s the best option available but also quite pricey.
For those of you looking for something in between, mostly divers who want the best value rig, Aquatica offer a more affordable aluminum housing which is the same level as Nauticam’s. The NiMAR Pro housing is a great polycarbonate choice that resembles an aluminum housing and shares many great features as the more high end ones.
Of course Ikelite is also a great option for divers as well, keeping the entire rig far more affordable and leaving you budget for strobes and video lights.
If you need more help deciding on the best underwater housing for your Nikon D850, reach out to us on the chat! We love to help 🙂