Vanquish - Underwater Housing for RED Weapon and Monstro 8k

Vanquish DSMC2 - Professional Underwater Housing for RED Weapon, Monstro, Helium and Gemini Cinema Cameras using Nikonos lenses.

X2 - The ultimate underwater housing for RED DSMC2 cameras using Nikonos lenses.

Vanquish Weapon Main Features

Vanquish DSMC2 8K camera housing features

Vanquish DSMC2 8K camera housing features

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Modular Construction

Vanquish has precision-machined titanium construction.

Small size means getting to location and getting the shot. Vanquish DSMC2 is the only cinema housing on the market that meets carry-on luggage requirements - all complete with camera, lens and battery. It is also the only one that can be easily picked up with one hand - all ready to shoot. At just 4.5kg (10 lbs) - it is by far the lightest system in the industry. It can easily be mounted on a crane, jib, tripod, 3D rig, scooter, ROV and other moving platforms where large, bulky housings are too heavy and too cumbersome. It also provides safer, more efficinent work methods by eliminating risks of an injury through heavy lifting.

Modular Construction

Modular Construction


Industry's first real-time Telemetry Data Display (TDDTM) features miniature OLED screen which provides vital environmental information inside the housing: confirming sealing, temperature, moisture, humidity and state of the onboard battery at all times. The on-board microprocessor even calculates dew point.

Vanquish is modular. Different front modules allow integration with different and future cameras. Different rear modules allow integration with different monitoring solutions. Different body modules allow configurations specific to Surf housing, Pole Cam, Crane Operation, ROV and other uses that traditionally require different solutions.

Vanquish is made by one of the most advanced manufacturing facilies on the southern hemisphere, meeting strict ISO 9001 standard as well as assuring precision and quality far in excess of other underwater housing manufacturers. This ultimate precision is responsible for unmatched reliability and safety. Our sealing design is also the safest and most reliable in the industry.

Vanquish features high-precision titanium lens mount assuring perfect back focus and extremely reliable sealing connection with the lens.

Vanquish features four large "Cheese Plates" allowing for unlimited rigging, trim and balance, attachment of lighting and other accessories, handles, tripods, cranes, mounting on scooters, and countless other applications. No other housing offers such flexibility, adaptibility and customisation.

Nikonos Submersible Lenses

Vanquish features industry first true 8k, ultra-wide angle underwater optics utilising Nikon Nikonos submersible lenses

This optics assures no distortions, no field curvature, no chromatic aberrations or astigmatism found in flat and dome underwater ports.

Vanquish supports large selection of high-quality submersible lenses, which can be changed in seconds without opening the housing - no custom gears, no extension ports, no alignment, and no hassle.

Why use Nikon Nikonos lenses underwater?

Nikonos submersible lenses have been a foundation of underwater photography for over 30 years. Unlike land lenses placed into waterproof ports, Nikonos lenses were specifically designed for the unique optical challenges of underwater imaging. Many professional photographers consider these lenses the sharpest underwater optics ever designed. And rightfully so, as their optical performance does not suffer from the limitations of land lenses placed behind waterproof ports. Dome ports and flat ports, irrespective how good, suffer from inevitable field curvature, distortions and chromatic aberrations. On the other hand, when tested the UW-Nikkor 15mm F/2.8 with Imatest software, it exhibited similar corner sharpness at f/5.6 underwater as Arri Master Prime lens on land - trully remarkable and not possible to achieve by placing even the best land lens behind an underwater port.

MTF Sharpnes of 15mm Nikonos Lens compared with underwater dome and flat ports

RESOLUTION: Chart showing comparative corner resolution of typical underwater camera systems in use today.

Nikon Nikonos Lens Test

Only DeepX and Vanquish Weapon that use Nikon Nikonos lenses reaches the Nyquist frequency limit - the theoretical maximum resolution of the camera sensor. Find out more why Nikonos is the ultimate underwater optics [here]

    Benefits of using Nikonos lenses underwater:
  • Nikonos lenses are the only optics currently available that out-resolve the RED Epic sensor across the entire frame.
  • No more porthole view, port distortions, aberrations or fuzzy edges.
  • Nikon Nikonos submersible lens compatibility achieves uncompromised image quality underwater.
    Compatible Lenses:
  • Sea&Sea 12mm Fisheye
  • Nikon UW-Nikkor 15mm F/2.8N
  • Nikon UW-Nikkor 20mm F/2.8 (Dragon only)
  • Nikon UW-Nikkor 28mm F/2.8 (Dragon only)
  • Nikon LW-Nikkor 28mm F/2.8 (water resistant, land only use)
  • Nikon UW-Nikkor 35mm F/2.5
  • Nikon W-Nikkor 80mm F/4.0
  • Aquatica Aqualens for Nikon AIS manual lenses
Compatible Cameras
  • RED Weapon and all DSMC2 cameras
  • RED Epic-W
  • Other cameras also supported with different front modules.
Compatible Internal Monitors
  • SmallHD 502
  • Other monitors also supported with different rear modules.
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