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Perth Scuba test drives the Sony NEX5 in a Nauticam Housing

Lee & Joey dive the Great Barrier Reef – for work of course!

Joey with Nikon D90 Nauticam Housing - taken by Lee Johnson Perth ScubaLee and Joey were lucky enough to head to Cairns for a fun filled weekend of test driving the new range of Nauticam housings, soon to arrive on their doorstep. We were lucky enough to be asked if we wanted to take the digital cameras out to The Great Barrier Reef to see how they performed… And who were we to argue!!!

Lee was given the new Sony NEX5 in a Nauticam underwater housing, whilst Joey was handed the Nikon D90 DSLR in Nauticam underwater housing. The Sony NEX5 is one of the first of the new digital cameras, commonly known as EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens). They have a sensor the size of a DSLR, but lack the mirror. Whilst the Nikon D90 is a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) with all the usual features PLUS video!

Lee and I were stoked that we were heading out for two dives on The Great Barrier Reef, all in the name of work – yeah right!!!

So, it was sure to be a hard day when we were handed our kit for the day – Lee with his Sony NEX5, Nauticam Housing, Sea & Sea YS01 Strobe & Ultralight arms. I was given the Nikon D90 DSLR, Nauticam Housing, Inon Z220 Strobe & Ultralight arms. Both rigs looked the part of professionals and caused many ooo’s and agh’s on the boat when we arrived (we LOVE to make an entrance).

We couldn’t have asked for a better day on the Great Barrier Reef. We met up with the Sea Quest vessel at 8am (not early considering everything in Cairns is 5 minutes away!) and jumped on board to get checked in. We were fitted for our dive gear – first time ever we haven’t taken our own away with us – and then told to relax in the sun on the dive deck – well I wasn’t going to argue!

The vessel cruised out of Cairns Harbour and got to the first dive site in less than an hour and a half. Then it was time to roll into the water for the “Real” work to begin…

To check out Lee’s review of the NEW Nauticam NX-NEX5 Underwater Housing click here.

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