Optical converters are the latest trend for underwater photography gear. They turn your camera’s hot shoe signal into a pulse of light. This is then picked up by your strobe’s fiber optic cables.
Nauticam USA has announced the release of their optical converter.
In case you’ve missed it, there’s been a recent trend in underwater photography that combines the advantages of hassle-free fiber optic strobe connection with the speed and reliability of the hardwired version: The UW Technics NN-2/IS
Similar to units from other companies, this is both an optical flash and TTL trigger. The converter eliminates a lot of recharging delays that have frustrate underwater photographers in the past.
The converter is priced at $430 and is compatible with your Nikon DSLR camera and provides you the opportunity to shoot rapid fire sequences.
According to the press release, underwater photographers should expect up to 75,000 flashes on a single set of batteries–pretty sweet.
While this optical converter is compatible with a limited number of housings, the company states:
Support for other strobes and housings coming soon! NN-2/IS has discharge curves dialed in for these specific compatible strobes, but other popular flashes such as Sea & Sea YS-250 and Ikelite DS-160 are profiled now, and will be supported by future converter releases.