by Graham Sheldon | 10th April 2017
New York-based Valstech Inc has created an underwater case for the iPhone 6 and 7 called the “Lenzo”. It promises full underwater control of all your phone functions including the camera up to 330 feet beneath the surface. Details below: As smartphone camera video technology continues to improve, crushing the business of sports camera leaders like GoPro along the way, the market for more professional accessories will undoubtedly continue to grow, especially into the underwater segment. The Lenzo is the most impressive underwater housing I’ve seen for the iPhone, and at $295, it won’t break the bank. The Lenzo housing keeps the same field of view above and below the water and promises no soft corners on your image. Two internal UR Pro color correction filters can be flipped into place to give accurate colors underwater, and the optical dome is resistant to scratches and is coated to reduce reflections. TapChannelTV has a great sample video of the iPhone 7 Lenzo in action: Check out the company’s Instagram account for additional sample images. Initially available for only the iPhone 6 and 6S, the Lenzo will be available for the iPhone 7 and 7S thanks to a Kickstarter campaign launched in late January of 2017. As for out-of-the-water-shooting phone accessories, my colleague Tim Fok has a writeup on the Zeiss lens trio announced last year at CES. Article HERE. Paired with an app like FiLMiC Pro I can see this being a great shooting tool for underwater video projects. Does this replace a true underwater professional housing? No, but the kind of results you can get with the Lenzo right out of the box makes it worth a look. If nothing else, think of it as dressing your phone up as a Minion and taking it for a swim. Technical Highlights: Useable up to 330 feet (100 meters) Weight: 1.3 lbs Two internal flip filters Scratch resistant optical dome Dual 1/4″ Tripod Mounts Availability: iPhone 6 & 6S housing available for order HERE. iPhone 7/7S coming soon. Cost: $295.00Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 18th January 2016
If you’re a bit luckier than me—since I just happen to be freezing my feet off—you might be enjoying the warmth of the southern hemisphere right now. Maybe you’re preparing yourself for a diving expedition around the great barrier reef, or some other lovely locale. If so, then I might have just the thing that you need! Ikelite has just announced a new version of their popular underwater housings, this time for the Sony a7 II series. Some like It Wet The brand new underwater housing provides room for all of Sony’s latest mirrorless, full frame a7 II cameras. It features some fresh elements, such as the lovely white frontal design, but still sports the clear backplate—an important feature in my opinion as I sometimes find it difficult to know what I’m doing if I can’t see the camera. You’ll also be able to notice water inside of the housing immediately. The underwater housing will not prove detrimental to your muscle-memory, with the controls lining up in the same position as they sit on the cameras themselves. Plus, Ikelite uses larger controls and push buttons which are easy to access, even with thick gloves. A very nice feature are the laser engraved symbols, which are the same as the original ones from Sony. Since they are engraved, they’ll never peel off or fade away—neat! Rear button layout and laser engravings If you are a photography fanatic, you’ll like the new—and at this time exclusive—Sony TTL support for the housing. The dedicated circuit is powered by the strobe so it is limited to compatible Ikelite strobes for now, such as the Ikelite DS160. Another great improvement concerns the mounting tray for the camera. It features a 1/4 20 tripod mount so you can leave it on the camera whenever you decide to get that panoramic shot on the beach. Note: Apart from the housing itself, you’ll need an appropriate lens port for your lens of choice. The lens port is not included when purchasing the underwater housing. Obviously, without a port, it is kind of pointless so do make sure to grab the right one—use this chart as a guide. Specifications 200 ft (60m) depth rating All important camera functions are accessible Controls are not provided for AF/MF/AEL switch lever, Control wheel, or Diopter Adjustment Dial Ikelite bulkhead connector with integrated TTL circuitry Near neutral buoyancy in fresh water Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port Weight 5 lb (2.3 kg) not including tray + handles Dimensions 9.1 x 7.1 x 6.1 inches (230 x 180 x 150 mm) including projectionsRead more
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