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Aquatica AN-5

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The Aquatica AN-5 housing is designed for the Sony NEX-5 camera, with this camera Sony has pushed the boundaries again, yielding the punch of the DSLR sensor and the size of a compact camera, this flexible camera with its interchangeable lens and after market accessories will fill the needs of many underwater photographer seeking a high level of imaging performance in an easy to pack travel system.

The NEX-5 is a great camera for underwater imaging; it provides focusing in both still and video and also has access to a large selection of Sony DSLR ALPHA lenses to suit your needs.

As for the housing, 28 years of designing and constructing underwater housings was the starting block on which we built this Aquatica AN-5 housing, while sporting a state of the art high tech look it nonetheless features time proven methods of construction and sound optical principles. We, as usual, only use the highest grade of corrosion resistant materials for its construction and is has been designed and built by an experienced team at our Canadian based headquarter, a country know for the ruggedness of its diving condition. The housing shell is anodized and powder coated to a smooth finish that will resist years of extensive use, all controls are double sealed in order to face the 300ft/90 meter depth rating assign to this housing, every shaft and push button is manufactured to a mirror smooth surface and is made of the finest grade stainless steel, Montreal is the third largest aeronautically industrialized city in the world, this strategically give us access to the best raw tools available on this planet. Bottom line is; if the material used is good enough to trust your life to it, then it’s good enough to protect your camera from the harsh environment it will be faced with.
Special care has been taken to locate every control at their best possible positions and the basic layout of the camera has been reproduced externally to retain the visual comfort of not having to search for relocated controls. Even with the extremely small size of this housing, AQUATICA has managed to built in dual optical strobe connectors, this features is not an optional accessory and is included in the Aquatica AN5housing price, aside from assuring a sure fire every time, it maintains the housings at its original compact size and it is unlikely to come loose, be lost or forgotten like an external adapter would.

To accommodate the Sony Nex-5 lenses a series of compact port were designed for its range of optics as well as an adapter that will allow the mounting of our current line of ports, this will be appreciated in light of the extended range lenses now available via the various camera mount adapters available for this already popular camera. 

And finally given the absence of a regular view finder our design staff integrated a 15 degree of angle to the rear LCD screen; this was done to give the user a much more comfortable position for viewing in diving conditions.


Precision machined from a single aluminum block. This light weight and super compact housing is fully anodized to military specifications and covered with baked-on powder coating to protect against sea water and its corrosive effect. All function labels are pad printing so they will not peel off or fade.

  • Accurately balanced ergonomic design - all controls are within easy reach.
  • Excellent balanced underwater.
  • Replaceable sacrificial anodes protect the housing from electrolysis.
  • Depth rating: 300ft / 90m
  • Weight: 2.2lbs / 1kg
  • Height: 5 ½” / 142mm
  • Depth: 3 ¼” / 80mm
  • Width: 6” / 154mm


  • Owner's manual
  • Optical port adapters for Inon and Sea & Sea type sync cords
  • Owner manual
  • Spare main O-ring
  • Container of O-ring lubricant

The Aquatica AN-5 compact housing for the Sony NEX-5 introduces a new series of ports and accessories, all ports were designed to take full advantage of the compact nature of these newer cameras, they are optically at par with their larger siblings, no concession to construction quality was made in the name of compactness and every effort to keep them as small as possible was done. This new trio consists of a 4Ē/100mm Optical glass dome port, a flat port and a wide angle zoom port.

30200: 4”/100mm Glass dome
This BK-7 Mineral glass dome port is treated with a BBAR (Broad Band Anti Reflective coating) on the inside to help reduce internal reflection and a harder SiO2 (Silicone Oxide) coating on the outside to help protect the surface from scratches, it is intended for the Sony E-mount 16mm f/2.8 (AKA Pan Cake lens) and can be used with their VCL-ECF1 fisheye conversion when an extension is inserted between the dome port and the housing.

Length: 62mm / 2.45”
Diameter: 113mm / 4.45”

30202: Flat Port
This ultra compact flat port is particularly designed for the Sony E-mount 16mm f/2.8 (AKA Pan Cake lens) and intended for close up photography, its frontal element is made from optical grade acrylic and is equipped with 67mm threads that will allow popular close up attachments to be easily mounted on it. This useful port is sure to broaden the horizon of this very useful lens.

Length: 25mm / 1”
Diameter: 97mm / 3.8”
Weight: 125g / .275 lb

30204: Wide Angle Zoom port
We designed this port for those looking for the maximum flexibility in their underwater housing system; the port will accept the Sony E-mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, a nice all around mid range zoom that will focus to 9.8"/0.25m, its frontal element is made from a 6” diameter domed lens of optical grade acrylic. New tooling introduced recently have allowed us to keep the weight to a minimum

Length: 111mm / 4.36”
Diameter: 115mm / 4.5”
Weight: 299g / .66 lb

Zoom gear for E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Focus gear for E 16mm f/2.8

Extension ring
16.45 mm / 6.48" (overall 26.6mm / 1.05")


Replacement anodes kit for Aquatica housing (two complete sets)

All Aquatica housings include sacrificial zinc anodes. These anodes protect your aluminum housing from stray electrical currents found on boats, docks and wherever there are electrical cables. Loose electrical currents will attack the softer zinc anodes instead of your aluminum housing protecting it from electrolysis. Over time these anodes will wear out (as they should). They are easily replaced in the field by simply screwing new ones into the housings base. 

* except D2x housing

Download Tray Kit Detail PDF. This kit includes the following items:

  1. Aquatica AN-5 housing for the Sony NEX-5 (# 30001)
  2. Aquatica tray & grip (# 30400)
  3. TLC 3 section strobe arm (# 17514)*
    * This strobe arm will require a ball head adapter to join the underwater strobe to it, the three most popular choices are:
    # 17692 TLC to Ikelite DS series strobe
    # 17691 TLC to Sea & Sea YS series strobe
    # 17888 TLC to Inon strobe

For additional strobes adapters, please visit our TLC strobe head adapter page.

Accessory tray and grip

This tray and grip allows the mounting of additional lighting arms, please visit our TLC product page to view our complete selection of lighting supports for imaging.

Content: 1x tray, 1x grip, 2x mounting screws, 1x hexagonal wrench

Valve and pump to create vacuum inside the housing in order to validate its sealing capability, to be used with housing already equipped with vacuum sensor circuitry