Sony a6000 water housing – The ultimate guide

I’ve been using a Sony alpha a6000 water housing for surf photography for over a year, it’s the best camera I’ve used for shooting surf photos and I’ve never regretted moving from the Canon 70D that I had when I first bought it.

If you’ve got one too and you want to shoot surf photos in the water you’ll need a Sony a6000 water housing. The table below shows you all the options for surf housings (and a couple of more inexpensive dive housings) for the Sony a6000 camera.

 PricePortsPistol gripMaterialRelease dateFastenersFlash?ControlsShipped from
Aquatech ATB A6000$1,295 US for housing , flat port & pistol gripLP range: Large selection, dome, flat, telephoto ($195 - $495 US)Two stage, separate shutter and focus, plus removable side handlePolyurethaneJuly 18th 20165 x bolts, back loading NoMost (no video on a6000 housing)USA/international dealers
CMT~$1,400 for housing, pistol grip and port, prices not listed on the CMT sitedome, flat, wide zoom, no telephoto zoom port (one included, dome ports approx $395 US)Two stage, removable (included with housing)Carbon FiberCustom order now through site5 x bolts, back loading (probably)Optional custom extra (probably)CustomUSA
Liquid Eye C6000S/C6300S$600 US - with one flat portflat port supplied, dome port available as extra.None supplied, two stage removable pistol grip available as an extraPolyurethaneAvailable now4 x bolts, back loadingOptional window for pop up flashMost + zoom control on housing.Indonesia
Liquid Eye C6000SP/C6300SP$750 US - with one flat port and pistol gripflat port supplied, dome port available as extra.Two stage, removable.PolyurethaneAvailable now4 x bolts, back loadingOptional window for pop up flashMost + zoom control on housing.Indonesia
Liquid Eye C6000SP/C6300SP package$950 US - with a flat port, dome port and pistol gripflat port and dome port suppliedTwo stage, removable.PolyurethaneAvailable now4 x bolts, back loadingOptional window for pop up flashMost + zoom control on housing.Indonesia
Meikon (dive housing)$190 US on AmazonFixed flat port for 16-50mm kit lens, fits short primes tooNo.
DIY options
PlasticAvailable now1 x latch, back loadingconnectors for fibre optic trigger cable, cold shoe.allChina
Meikon Starbea (dive housing)$730 US - Amazon (out of stock)interchangeable - one available compatible with 16-50mm kit lens and other short primesNo.
DIY options
Aluminium - CNC machinedAvailable now1 x latch, back loadingconnectors for fibre optic trigger cable, cold shoe.allChina
Salty Surf Housings A6000~$1,230 US
($1,649 AUS)
Flat ports for 45mm or 70mm long lenses, 4" dome and 6" dome, telephoto ports available in futureTwo stage, removable.Aluminium - CNC machinedAvailable now6 x wingnuts, front loadingNoMostAustralia
Salty Surf Housings A6000 BASIC~$820 US
($1,099 AUS)
Flat ports for 45mm or 70mm long lenses, 4" dome and 6" dome, telephoto ports available in futureOne stage, removable (two stage upgrade available)Aluminium - CNC machinedAvailable now6 x wingnuts, front loadingNoC2, Top dialAustralia
HCW$800 US for basic housing, $100 US for each extra controlDome or flat portTwo stage, permanently attachedfibreglasscustom order only8 x bolts, back loadingOptional custom extraCustom options, $100 US for each control beyond shutter releaseUSA
RL Ashby aka rawbdizzNot announced, currently not for saleflat, dome being designedTwo stage, separate shutter and focus, removableAluminium, welded.Unknown, currently not for sale.6 x bolts, back loadingNoShutter via pistol gripUSA (if sold in future)
Brother housingsapprox $490 US (8,000 South African rand)flat, dome, can be bought with housing for a discounttwo stage - adapter required as currently doesn't support Sony multi portPolycarbonateAvailable now10 x bolts, back loadingNoShutter via pistol gripSouth Africa

I have personally used the Meikon plastic housing and I love it, but I’ve also used my Sony a600 in my Aquatech CR-60 housing (originally designed for a Canon 60D DSLR) and the ergonomics of a pistol grip and the flexibility of interchangeable ports really make me want to get a proper surf housing for it.

Who else uses the Sony a6000 for surf photography?

Chris Burkard and Al Taylor, plus a whole host of others are using the Sony a6000 to create stunning surf photography.

Here’s a video showing Chris Burkard using the Sony a6000 in the Meikon housing to shoot surf photos, as well as using it on land with the Sony 70-200mm f4 lens to shoot from land too.

Al Taylor also uses the Meikon housing and shoots photos in some of the heaviest waves on the North shore of Hawaii, here’s a shot from his Instagram from Waimea shot with the Sony a6000:

Al taylor shooting with a Sony a6000 water housing in Hawaii

There are plenty more surf photographers shooting with a Sony a6000 water housing, but soon they might be changing camera…

When will Sony release a replacement for the Sony a6000?

There have been rumours of a Sony a6100 or even Sony a7000 for over a year, but many people are saying that there will be an announcement in Spring 2016 of the release of the upgrade for the a6000.

It’s important to realise that just because they release a new version, it doesn’t mean the original Sony a6000 is any less of a camera, it’s still very capable of shooting amazing surf photographs and it’s likely to be available even cheaper after a replacement is released.

I’m hoping that the size of the camera and the layout of buttons doesn’t change very much on the new version, if it’s very similar it’s possible that it will fit inside an existing Sony a600 water housing, but if it’s slightly bigger it might require an upgraded housing as well as camera body.

Is there a new Sony a6000 water housing?

If I’ve missed an option off the list or you find out any more information that I haven’t been able to confirm let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail at ben@learningsurfphotography.com