Canon users have waited a long time for this one, and indeed Canon finally came through. The 7D Mark II is a serious upgrade from the original 7D, encompassing 5 years of technological advancement in one, high end, camera.
Knowing this camera is going to be very popular underwater, Aquatica has announced the upcoming A7D MK II housing, which is expected to be available early 2015.
The housing will be built at Aquatica’s high standards which we are all familiar with – high grade Aluminum with stainless steel controls, using materials common in the aeronautical industry. Excellent ergonomics, this time keeping the underwater videographer in mind and providing smooth, easy to reach controls for all the important features.
Along with this housing, Aquatica has completed a full remodeling of their TLC – Technical Lighting Control system, with new and improved arms, clamps, buoyancy arms and accessories.
The Aquatica A7D MK II Housing will be available here early 2015 for $2799 USD.
Full press release:
Montreal, November 14, 2014
Press release: upcoming Aquatica housing for the Canon 7D Mk II
Five years since its introduction, the venerable and cutting-edge Canon 7D finally gets a facelift, and what a face lift it is!
Much like it did with the initial 7D, Canon implemented autofocus technology usually reserved to its pro level cameras. The 7D Mk II picks up the strength of its predecessor and improves on them.
In its role as a still camera, the 7D Mk II benefits from a 65 points, all cross-type, AF module and a 150,000 Pixels RGB+IR metering sensor, giving it the iTR (intelligent Tracking & recognition) capability of the flag ship Canon EOS 1Dx, using this technology, the camera can determine automatically which AF point is needed to properly maintain focus on the subject selected initially.
With an upward boost of 10 frames per second, again a feature found on pro level cameras, the shutter is designed to go beyond the 200,000 actuations.
The 20MP sensor is of the same generation as the ground breaking 70D, so focusing in video is vastly improved in this area, and also pertaining to video is the addition of 1080p/60 shooting and the possibility to choose between .MOV and .MP4.
About the Aquatica A7D Mk II housing:
Building up on the initial ground breaking Aquatica A7D housing, the A7D Mk II version keep all aspect of what made this housing one of the best ever made. But with newer improved ergonomics, with a versatile port system, a rugged, yet compact design, this housing is built to bring back images in all kinds of aquatic environments.
The shell is made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel controls, both being the same alloys as used in the aeronautical industry. Precision machined from solid stock, anodized to stringent norms and powder coated for added protection, our housing are known to routinely go beyond 3,000 hours in salt water, and are the brand used and recommended on the two largest fleets of live aboard boats in the world.
Access to the camera controls is complete, with special attention been given to the controls of the video features, for which a smooth operation is always crucial when shooting video footage. Knobs are large sized, giving the user a better and smoother feel when working with cold water gloves, depth rated to 300ft/90m and up to 425ft/130m (free of charge) on request.
An aquatica A7D Mk II is not just a housing, it’s the key to a comprehensive system, one which includes optical ports, designed and manufactured by Aquatica, which is the only sure way to get the precision and quality that the Canon 7D Mk II and its lenses would appreciate. A wide range of port extensions, enhanced view finders, lens gears, remote triggering device, hydrophones, vacuum monitoring system and to the longest established strobe arm system, Technical Lighting Control.
Made in Canada, and designed from the onset to work in this country’s demanding diving conditions, the Aquatica A7D Mk II joins the rank of a lineup of legendary housings which have helped define modern underwater photography as we know it today.
The new A7D Mk II housing will be available as follow:
20077-OPT Housing with dual optical strobe connectors
20077-NIK Housing with dual Nikonos type strobe connectors
20077-HYB Housing with one Nikonos and one optical type connectors
20077-KM Housing with one Ikelite type strobe connector
All versions are the same MSRP Retail price of only $ 2,799 USD, an identical price to the initial Aquatica A7D housing introduced over 5 years ago!
Available early in 2015
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