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30002: Aquatica AN-5n for the Sony NEX-5n camera

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The Aquatica AN-5n housing is designed specifically for the Sony NEX-5n camera. With this recent camera Sony improved on its preceding model, getting even more quality from a DSLR size sensor and still maintaining a size comparable to compact cameras with much smaller sensor. The line up of NEX Series E lenses is constantly growing and their optical quality is of the highest standard. With these kinds of attributes, the camera is sure to satisfy the needs of many and underwater photographers seeking a higher level of imaging performance in an easy to pack for travel system will rejoice themselves with this combination of camera and compact housing.

This newer Sony NEX-5n is even better at the task of underwater imaging than its predecessor was, it features improved shutter lag and better focusing for both still and video capture. Aquatica use the same approach with this new housing, implementing the latest technology and improvements to its design.


With over 30 years of designing and constructing underwater housings, Aquatica made sure it integrated the latest technological improvements in its design, much as it does every time this company releases a new housing. Right off the starting block, the concept of comfortable ergonomic being a priority was applied, not only does the housing features a state of the art high tech look, but it uses time proven methods and solid principles of manufacturing throughout its construction.

The AN-5n is designed and built by our own experienced team, in our Canadian based headquarter. This country is famous for the ruggedness of its diving condition and is excellent proving ground for testing our products. In its construction, one will find that only the highest grade of corrosion resistant materials is used. The main housing body shell is machined from a solid block of marine grade aluminum, on a computerized 5 axis machine, anodized to military specification and subsequently protected by baking a powder coated finish that will resist years of extensive use. All the controls on the AN-5n are double sealed, this essential feature help safeguard you camera and lens from ambient pressure up to and beyond the 300ft/90 meter depth rating assigned to this housing. Controls shafts and push buttons are manufactured from high quality stainless steel, machined to exacting specifications and polished to a mirror smooth surface.

One of the many benefits of being based in Montreal is that this city is home to the third largest aeronautical industry in the world. It is a well known and understandable fact, that this industry has no tolerance for inferior quality when it comes to such strategically vital components. What such strict working ethics means for us is that Aquatica has access to the best raw materials and tools available on this planet. Bottom line: If the material used is good enough to trust your life to it, then surely it's good enough to protect your camera from the harsh environment it will be faced with.

Special care was taken to locate the AN5n housing controls at their best possible positions; The AN5n respects the basic layout of the camera control, replicating their position as closely as possible. Doing so eliminates having to constantly search for relocated controls.

Connecting strobes is done via two built-in optical connectors. These are standard issue and not an optional accessory. They are built and integrated into the Aquatica AN5n housing from the beginning and will accept standard off the shelf optical sync cords from Inon ® or Sea & Sea ® or other similar brands. Aside from assuring a sure fire exposure every time, an integrated solution, as found in our AN5n, will not require specially adapted or modified optical cords also eliminating the need for optional add-on adapter which could likely become loose, be lost or potentially left behind.

Aquatica, having recently acquired Amphibico, the legendary manufacturer of quality video housings, can now access and integrate their time honoured latches to this housing. This method of securely closing is used on their professional high end video housings, some worth tens of thousands of dollars. The AN5n housing is benefits from this latch system. Its rotary cam action, coupled with an additional security mechanism means that logically, any unintentional opening is prevented from happening. This latch system is arguably one of, if not, the best closure system ever designed for an underwater housing ever.

To accommodate the Sony E line up of lenses, which includes the newly release Sony E 30mm Macro lens, a range of streamlined ports was made available for the AN5n housing. Also forthcoming in the near future will be an adapter for mounting the current line of DSLR Aquatica ports to the AN5n housing,

The rear LCD screen window has a very comfortable angle of 15 degrees built in, conveniently making the composing and viewing of the camera images much easier in a diving environment

Tipping the scale at less than 1Kg/2.2lbs, this compact housing is just 165mm /6.5" of width, with a height of 141mm /5.5" (including optical bulkhead) and has a mere thickness of only 84mm/3.3".


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 printed and will not fall of or fade like stick on labels would.

  • 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