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Ikelite Announces Housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, April 5, 2020 @ 07:30 PM (EST)

Ikelite has unveiled their housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 III mirrorless camera, which was announced in February. The E-M1 Mark III uses the same 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensor and captures 18fps bursts with continuous AF and 4K/30p video like its predecessor, but features an improved image stabilizer with up to 7.5 stops of shake reduction. Changes in controls and control placement mean that housings compatible with the Mark I and II won’t fit the Mark III.

Ikelite’s first-to-market housing for the E-M1 III has similar features to its recently released housing for the E-M5 III: It’s built around the Dry Lock Micro (DLM) port system and adding the optional DL3 DS Link TTL Converter gives users automatic exposure when using one or two compatible Ikelite DS-series strobes. The converter allows shooters to switch between TTL and manual modes on the fly as well as adjust exposure compensation using the camera’s controls.

Ikelite’s Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III housing is available now at an MSRP of $950.
 



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PRESS RELEASE

200DLM/B Underwater Housing for Olympus OM-D E-M1 III Mirrorless Cameras

The 200DLM/B Underwater Housing is the perfect companion allowing use of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless micro four-thirds cameras in or around the water for scuba, snorkeling, surf, pool, or any adventure.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

This is the high-end compact mirrorless camera from Olympus featuring many of the same image processing components as the huge professional grade OM-D E-M1X. That includes the hybrid 121-point autofocus system which makes it an excellent choice for action and sports photography. The micro four-thirds lens mount provides access to a broad ranges of lenses designed specifically for this mount which provide high quality results underwater, including the 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye, and 60mm f/2.8 Macro.

Comparable to most cameras in this category, it has a 20MP Four Thirds sensor with up to 60 fps Raw capture and UHD 4K/30p video. The camera also features a handheld high-res shot mode capable of producing images up to 50MP. 

As you would expect from a top-of-the-line model, the durable magnesium alloy is weather-sealed to IPX1 standards with an updated dust reduction system. Its CIPA battery life rating is 420 shots per charge.

Advantages of the Ikelite Housing

  • 200 ft (60m) depth rating
  • Extendable shutter release lever
  • Extendable AEL/AFL button thumb lever for back button focus
  • Interchangeable Dry Lock Micro port system including flat ports, 6" dome ports, and 8" dome ports
  • Corrosion-proof ABS-PC construction
  • Clear view back with laser engraved control markings
  • Ergonomic, field serviceable direct-drive controls
  • Accessory ports for optional vacuum system and TTL converter
  • Supports LCD tilt 
  • Made in the USA

Ergonomics and handling

Good ergonomics are critical when you need to concentrate on composition, focus, and proper exposure. Large, curved control levers put the most important controls right where you need them: shutter and autofocus (via the AEL/AFL button). This combination allows you to shoot with or without back button focus, an advanced technique that is useful for tack sharp focus of super macro and fast moving subjects. Each lever can be extended using the optional Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.93 for perfect spacing when using a right-hand handle.

All rotating controls are operated intuitively via premium soft-touch knobs. Stainless steel, direct-drive rotating controls are virtually fail-safe and user serviceable and adjustable in a pinch.

Camera buttons are accessible by smooth action, hard anodized aluminum push buttons for reliable performance and easy maintenance. These controls are clearly labeled by laser engraving on the back of the housing that never fades or falls off.

Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for simple, rotation-free attachment of a tray and handle system. Handles provide improved ergonomics underwater and are the foundation for your lighting mounts. The Tray with Dual Quick Release Handles # 9523.64 is the most popular choice for both handling and attachment of accessories.

Set-Up

The camera mount is front-loading for easy installation and removal. A small mounting plate attaches to the bottom of the camera and secures in the front of the housing. The camera mounting plate does not need to be removed from the camera for surface use or when changing the battery or memory cards. The mounting plate features a 1/4-20 threaded mount on the bottom so that it can be attached to a tripod on the surface.

Confidence

The unique rear seal design prevents accidental twisting or stretching of the o-ring for simple and confident assembly. We have eliminated the need for an o-ring groove or channel which can trap sand, dirt, or debris. Two double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps are simple to use and virtually unbreakable. The clear back allows you to see the o-ring form a solid, watertight seal as it closes. 

Vacuum Testing

A spare 1/2-20 threaded accessory port is provided on the side of the housing for easily installation of the optional Vacuum Kit # 47012. A vacuum kit allows you to draw a vacuum on the housing to check for leaks prior to entering the water.

Drawing a vacuum on the system also provides extra security at the surface of the water, especially important when using the housing in rough surf.

Viewfinders

The camera's large, super-bright LCD screen is viewable edge-to-edge through the back of the housing. An included magnified optical viewfinder provides enhanced viewing of the camera's electronic viewfinder (EVF) for both image composition and review. 

Get the brightest and sharpest view of the camera's OLED EVF by adding an optional Magnified Viewfinder. The Supereye removes quickly and easily for the attachment of a Straight Enhanced Magnified Viewfinder # 6890.2 or 45° Magnified Viewfinder (Type 3) # 6891.3.

Lighting

Light is absorbed as it travels through even short distances underwater, making colors appear dull or monochromatic. To preserve the natural colors of your subject, it's important to stay within arm's reach—no more than 3-4 feet (1m) away. For the best results, we recommend adding an external flash or high-powered constant-on light if you'll be diving regularly below 15' (3m).

You can enjoy the fastest and most accurate TTL exposure on the market by adding the DL3 DS Link TTL Converter and Hotshoe Kit # 46032 and a compatible Ikelite DS strobe. Rear curtain flash synchronization is supported. Exposure compensation can be used added or subtracted in the camera.

Reliable locking connectors between the hotshoe and bulkhead make it easy to install the TTL hotshoe or carry back up parts when traveling to remote locations.

This camera does not feature a built-in flash for the triggering of fiber optic strobes.

A bright constant-on video light can be used instead of or in addition to a flash. A constant-on light is not as bright as a strobe flash. Constant-on lights do provide added versatility because they can be used for focus assist and for improved colors when shooting video.

There is a simple rule that brighter is better underwater. A high-quality lighting system can produce professional quality results.

Port System

It couldn't be more simple to change ports than this system—just press the port on and tighten three thumb screws. Feel positive reinforcement that the port is secure with simple parts you can trust in a remote location.

This housing accepts ports from our DLM Port System to accommodate a selection of the best zoom, macro, and wide angle lenses for underwater use. Our custom optical grade acrylic domes components provide the color, clarity, and durability of glass at a fraction of the travel weight and cost.

Durability and corrosion free performance

Our white ABS-PC blend housing provides strength and corrosion free performance year with minimal maintenance. ABS-PC is lighter than aluminum for convenience during travel and less drag underwater. The specially formulated color deflects the sun to keep your camera running cooler, longer. Compared to black or clear housings, the light color provides superior contrast for enhanced view of the camera, LCD screen, and o-ring seal.

Made in USA

Ikelite products are designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit and function. Every unit is water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m). We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the best reputation for service within the dive industry.

Compatibility

This housing only accommodates the OM-D E-M1 III camera. Differences in lens and control placement prevent other camera models, including the E-M1 and E-M1 II, from being used interchangeably in the same housing.

This housing is only compatible with the Olympus cameras as shipped by the manufacturer. Unless otherwise noted, this housing does not accommodate the use of add-on grips, battery grips, eyepieces, LCD covers, or other accessories.

Specifications

  • 200 ft (60m) depth rating
  • DLM Type B port mount
  • Controls for all camera functions except multi-selector, one touch white balance button, Fn lever, preview button, and diopter adjustment dial
  • Glass optical viewfinder corrected for viewing through a dive mask; optional straight and 45º magnifying viewfinders
  • Two 1/4-20 threaded tray mounts with 3" (76mm) spacing
  • Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
  • Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port
  • 2.9 lbs (1322 g)
  • 7.5 x 5.75 x 5.875" (190 x 146 x 149 mm)
  • ABS-PC, acrylic, and acetal construction with type III anodized aluminum and stainless steel controls
  • 2 year limited warranty

In the Box

  • Housing
  • Rear O-Ring # 0110 (installed)
  • Front O-Ring # 0132.36 (installed)
  • .050" Hex Key # 0945.11
  • 1/16" Hex Key # 0945.16
  • Silicone Lubricant 1cc Tube

Lens port sold separately; A compatible DLM lens port is required for waterproof operation.

Optional Accessories

Product # 6952.03

$ 950.00

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