SOLD – Surf Housing for Canon 60D, 70D, 7D etc.

This housing has now sold, I currently have an SPL A-Series housing on sale which will work with a 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, and 70D, find out more here:

I have updated the pistol grip and re-written this description, find out more here:

I’ve got too many housings and I’m no longer using some of them, so I’m offering one for sale here, if you’d like to purchase this housing the price is £400 with free shipping to anywhere in the UK (you could also pick it up from me in Plymouth), to request more details, get a quote for shipping overseas, or to make an offer please e-mail me here:

The housing was made by AquaLenz (I believe the company turned into Aquatech), it was originally designed for a large 35mm Canon SLR, I don’t know exactly which one but it was probably the EOS 1N HS, it has a dial control on the top right which rotates and pulls in and out a small amount (I don’t use this) and a push button on the back which I think would have been for back focus on the original camera (it doesn’t line up with any controls on the 70D), there are no other controls on the housing itself, they have been sealed up.

AquaLenz housing with 4 ports, pistol grip and side handle
AquaLenz housing with 4 ports, pistol grip and side handle

There’s also a pistol grip which is included, I’ve re-wired it with a new waterproof button on the grip and a 2.5mm female jack plug on the other end of the wire, this allows me to plug in a variety of cable releases, I have releases which are compatible with all Canon EOS cameras (7D and/or 60D style connectors can be supplied), and most Nikon, Sony and Olympus cameras too, if you plan to use a camera other than Canon let me know and I’ll double check the connectors I have available.

The pistol grip is one stage – so you can’t activate autofocus using the pistol grip, although you can still ensure your photo’s are in focus using a number of techniques:

  • If you’re shooting fisheye you manually set your focus in any case so it makes no difference
  • You can manually set focus on any lens for a suitable distance away and use a narrow aperture to increase the depth of field – I have used my 28mm lens and 60D camera like this and got many great shots, it also shoots a bit faster when it doesn’t need to focus (see photo below)
  • By activating live view and continuous focus the camera will focus constantly until you release the shutter to take the photo, the 70D is great at this but I haven’t tried it with any other cameras.
  • Using the WiFi connection on a camera like the 70D you can focus using a phone in a waterproof case before shooting
Photo taken with Canon 60D and 28mm lens on manual focus in the AquaLenz housing, ISO 100, 28mm, f4, 1/640
Photo taken with Canon 60D and 28mm lens on manual focus in the AquaLenz housing, ISO 100, 28mm, f4, 1/640

So if you plan to shoot fisheye it’s not an issue, and you can work around it with longer lenses too, several manufacturers of housings offer a one stage trigger like this, or if you’re a fan of tinkering you could definitely wire up a focus button somehow, I connected the focus wiring inside the grip so it can be accessed by someone who fancies a project.

You can also control the 70D’s (and any other WiFi enabled camera) aperture, shutter speed and ISO via WiFi using an android phone in a waterproof case, so you could use this for underwater time lapses (rock pool filling up with water maybe?) or anything else where you need to keep it waterproofed and still have control over the camera.

What You Get

  • The housing itself – a lightweight bright red housing with velcro on the inside if you want to add removable padding
  • Back Plate – it has a groove in it which the o-ring sits in, secured by 4 latches, like the newer Aquatech housings
  • Pistol Grip
  • Blanking plate for the pistol grip so you can remove it and keep the housing water tight
  • 2 x O-Rings – I’ve only used the grey one, there’s a blue one too
  • 2 x flat ports, one is just under 3cm long, the other is just over 5cm, measured from the bottom of the thread to the inside of the end piece, there’s also a spare flat end piece provided
  • 2 x dome ports – they are similar in dimensions, I can fit the 70D with the Canon 15mm fisheye, so any smaller DSLR like the 550D will also fit too as long as the lens isn’t bigger than the Canon 15mm fisheye.

It’s supplied with 4 ports, two flat and two domes, all the dimensions are below so you can figure out if your camera and lens combo will fit, I’ve used a Canon 550D, 60D and 70D in there and I’m pretty sure a 5D would fit in too (I can check the 5D mark II with a variety of lenses so let me know if you are specifically interested in this set-up), the flat ports will handle all of my prime lenses (28mm f2.8, 40mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8) and the kit zoom for any entry level DSLR.

The ports screw into a metal threaded mount on the housing, there’sd an o-ring at the base of the mount and one around the top of the port threads, just like the more modern Aquatech housings, there’s a spare o-ring for the ports supplied too.

You can see Jon Frank using the same style of housing in this video clip on Stab Mag:

Jon Frank using a similar housing to shoot Noah Deane as part of Stab Mags return to old fashioned values
Jon Frank using a similar housing to shoot Noah Deane as part of Stab Mags return to old fashioned values

This is a great budget housing for someone who wants to get started in surf photography but doesn’t want to spend more than they have on their camera body and lenses, all you need to do is add some suitable padding for your camera body (there’s velcro on the inside so you can stick in some foam and remove it easily) and plug it in and you’re away.

I’m based in Plymouth in the UK but I can ship it most places in the world, it will be packaged well bubble wrapped and sent by courier, the price is £400 with free UK shipping, if you’d like to have a look at the housing in person, make me an offer, or if you’d like a quote for shipping it somewhere outside the UK send me an e-mail at

I’ve been asked by a couple of people for extra photo’s, so here are some close ups of the housing and ports:


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