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Ikelite 6801.70 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D-7000 Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Ikelite 6801.70 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D-7000 Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

Ikelite enjoys a solid reputation for producing the kind of high quality underwater housings that turn upper-end, but otherwise land-based cameras into dive cameras, and the Ikelite 6801.70 is no exception. The clear polycarbonate housing is tough and has a depth rating of 200 feet (60 m), and the 6801.70 is built so that every single control on the Nikon D-7000 has a matching button or knob, all of which can be manipulated without releasing the housing’s handles. The housing and camera are also slightly negatively buoyant, a feature Dive Gear Reviews likes in dive cameras. While that means the camera will sink if you lose it while boarding a dive boat, it also means the camera isn’t always floating away and getting entangled in your hoses. Touches like the magnifying glass-like panel that fits over the D-7000’s LCD screen round out the housing’s capabilities. Make no mistake, the Ikelite 6801.70 is a top product and a strong contender for anyone looking to take their D-7000 underwater.

One thing a consumer needs to know about the 6801.70, however, is that it is accessory-intensive. For starters, the housing has a port on the front, complete with an o-ring seal, enabling the user to fit lenses. However, it isn’t like lenses plug right into the housing, as is the case with many high-end point-and-click dive cameras. Instead, Ikelite sells a set of standardized and modular ports to use with the camera’s lenses. In practical terms, this means that just as a serious photographer must assemble a set of lenses for the D-7000, a serious underwater photographer needs to collect multiple ports to make full use of his D-7000 and its accessories. That doesn’t even include the lights and stobes a diver necessarily needs to make full use of a camera kit of this type.

The bottom line is that this is an excellent housing system for the D-7000, but one thing any diver should be aware of before planning to buy it is how expensive assembling an underwater camera kit around the Nikon D-7000 really is. The Ikelite housing actually costs more than the core camera! Throw in ports, lenses, lights and all the other errata, and you’ve easily spent enough to buy a middling used car. The end price tag will come to several thousand dollars. Even so, that is the money a diver must spend if they are truly serious about underwater photography. For the average recreational diver, however, it’s a lot of money and enough to give pause, even if one already owns a D-7000.

Average Price: $1,500 for the housing, not including any accessories.