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Ikelite Releases Housing for the Canon EOS M5
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, October 5, 2017 @ 10:00 AM (EST)

Ikelite has unveiled a new housing for Canon’s mid-level mirrorless EOS M5, which was released almost exactly a year ago. The camera boasts a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 1080/60p video recording, and the same Dual Pixel AF found in cameras such as the 5D Mark IV.

The new housing, made from Ikelite’s now-signature white ABS-PC blend, features all of the company’s latest enhancements: a more-sensitive shutter release, redesigned lighter-weight buttons, and a bright red anodized video record start/stop button.

Various viewfinders can be used with the housing, and an integrated TTL circuit allows automatic exposure using Ikelite DS-series strobes. Other strobe brands can be connected electronically in manual mode. The housing even offers two fiber-optic ports for optical firing of strobes, again in manual mode.

Shipping now, the new housing retails at an MSRP of $1,295.
 



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PRESS RELEASE

200DLM/A Underwater Housing for Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Superb handling

This powerful compact housing packs in all of our latest upgrades to controls and ergonomics. The shutter lever has been updated to a more sensitive and natural feeling curved design. The standard control hugs the side of the housing for comfortable use when hand holding. It can be easily extended using the optional Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.93 to put it within easy reach when using a right-hand quick release handle. The customizable * button is accessed by a lever placed right where your thumb is for quick access to a variety of useful features. Less often accessed controls are located in the same configuration as on the camera to replicate the muscle memory and familiarity you've developed with your camera on the surface.

The push buttons have been redesigned to reduce weight and salt build-up. The video record start/stop button is bright red anodized so that you never miss the action. The back of the housing features laser engraved control symbols which will never fade or fall off.

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.

Viewfinders

The included Supereye Viewfinder provides a clear view of the camera's optical viewfinder when viewed through a dive mask. The viewfinder removes quickly and easily for the attachment of an optional Straight Magnified Viewfinder # 6890 or 45° Magnified Viewfinder (Type 1) # 6891.1.

The camera's large, super-bright LCD screen is viewable edge-to-edge through the back of the housing.

True TTL exposure

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.

An integrated TTL circuit is fine-tuned to the Canon EOS M5 flash exposure protocol for the most accurate exposure possible. The circuit is powered by the strobe for zero maintenance and no batteries to change. Exposure compensation in TTL mode is supported using the camera's built-in control. At this time, only Ikelite DS strobes are capable of powering the circuitry. SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos strobes will still enjoy fast recycle times and improved battery life, but must be used in manual exposure modes only.

This housing provides a direct electrical connection to the camera's external flash hot shoe. Cord attachment is as easy as screwing in a light bulb, and the threaded fit prevents accidental detachment during use. The bulkhead connection has been moved to the top of the housing to keep cords out of your way and reduce strain on the cord ends. A variety of sync cord terminations are available for Ikelite, SEA&SEA, INON, or Nikonos strobes for ultimate versatility.

The camera's built-in flash is suitable for firing an external strobe, but not for lighting a photo underwater. Two fiber optic ports are built into the front of the housing provide an attachment point for fiber optic cords from most major manufacturers. Use of a fiber optic connector requires the camera's built-in flash to fire, reducing battery life and bypassing the TTL functionality of the housing.

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.

Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for the attachment of a tray and handle system. Handles provide improved ergonomics underwater and are the foundation for your lighting mounts.

There is a simple rule that brighter is better underwater. A high-quality lighting system can produce magazine quality results with almost any camera system.

The Lens Support You Want

Changing lenses and ports is super simple—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 a variety of ports from our DLM Port System (Type A mount) to accommodate the most popular zoom, macro, and wide angle lenses. Our custom optical grade acrylic domes components provide the color, clarity, and durability of glass at a fraction of the travel weight and cost.

Lens port sold separately.

View DLM Type A Port Charts (PDF)


Durability and corrosion free performance

Our new white ABS-PC blend housing provides strength and corrosion free performance year with minimal maintenance. 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.

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.

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 pressurize the housing to check for proper assembly prior to entering the water.

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.

Camera Compatibility

This housing is designed for use with the Canon EOS M5 camera. We are not aware of any other camera models which may be used in or adapted to this particular housing.

Strobe Compatibility

Serial number requirements

  • AF35: not compatible
  • DS50: yes, above serial number 70000
  • DS51: yes
  • DS125: yes, above serial number 5000
  • DS160, DS161: yes
  • DS200: yes, above serial number 7163

Electrical sync cord compatibility

  • Ikelite-to-Ikelite TTL Sync Cord (TTL) Product 4103.51
  • Ikelite-to-Ikelite TTL Dual Sync Cord (TTL) Product 4103.52
  • SEA&SEA / INON Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL Sync Cord (Manual) Product 4118.1
  • SEA&SEA / INON Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL Dual Sync Cord (Manual) Product 4118.2
  • Nikonos SB Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL Sync Cord (Manual) Product 4116.31
  • Nikonos SB Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL Sync Cord (Manual) Product 4116.32


What's Included

  • Housing
  • Housing Rear O-Ring # 0110
  • Housing Front O-Ring # 0132.36
  • Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.5
  • Control + Push Button Tip Assortment # 9249.3
  • 1/16" Hex Key # 0945.16
  • Lubricant # 0184.2
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

Lens port required for waterproof operation. Lens port sold separately.

Specifications

  • 200 ft (60m) depth rating
  • DLM Type A port mount
  • Controls for all important camera functions; Controls are not provided for the Control Dial, WiFi Button, MF Multi-Function Button, or AE Lock Button; Most Control Dial features may be accessed using the Up/Down/Left/Right buttons or Quick Control Dial
  • Ikelite flash bulkhead connector with built-in TTL circuitry
  • Two 1/4-20 threaded tray mounts with 3-inch (76mm) spacing
  • Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
  • Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port
  • Weight 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
  • 7.6 x 6.0 x 5.3" (193 x 152 x 135 mm)
  • ABS-PC, acrylic, and acetyl construction

Spare Parts

  • 0110 Rear o-ring
  • 0132.36 Front port o-ring
  • 9104.5 Waterproof bulkhead cap
  • 9249.6 Port Securing Thumbscrews (Set of 3)
  • 0184.2 Silicone lubricant resealable 2cc tube
     

MSRP $1,295

Product Number 6973.05

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