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Ikelite Releases Updated Housing for the Sony a6000
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, September 27, 2020 @ 06:00 PM (EST)

More than six years after its announcement in February 2014—a lifetime in digital camera technology—the Sony a6000 is still a current model. That should tell you something about the camera that started the Japanese company’s hugely popular E-mount APS-C mirrorless line. And video aside (no 4K here), the spec sheet wouldn’t be out of place on a camera purchased in 2020, including the 24.3MP sensor and impressive 11fps burst shooting with continuous autofocus.

Recognizing the need to support the venerable a6000 with its latest tech, Ikelite has announced an updated version of its housing. Now you get the big curved control levers for shutter release and autofocus, the option to extend the levers when using a tray and grip(s), and most importantly—like Ikelite’s housing for the a6400—the TTL circuitry is no longer built in. The latter allows the user to decide whether or not to add Ikelite’s TTL converter, which has the added advantage of offering on-the-fly switching between TTL and manual exposure with the press of a button. The housing retains the ability to trigger strobes via fiber-optic connections to its built-in ports.

The new housing is shipping now for an MSRP of $775.
 



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PRODUCT INFORMATION

200DLM/A Underwater Housing for Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Cameras

The 200DLM/A Underwater Housing is the perfect companion allowing use of the Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless cameras in or around the water for scuba, snorkeling, surf, pool, or any adventure.

Advantages of the Ikelite Housing

  • 200 ft (60m) depth rating
  • Extendable shutter release lever
  • Extendable AF/MF 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

Additional Reading

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 AF/MF 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 # 4077.95 for perfect spacing when using a right-hand handle.

The control dial, rear control wheel, mode dial, power, and lens release controls are all 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.

All rear 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. The LCD may be tilted during installation for more comfortable viewing underwater.

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).

This housing supports your choice of shooting strobes by electrical sync cord or fiber optic triggering.

You can enjoy the fastest and most accurate TTL exposure on the market by adding the DL2 DS Link Sony TTL Converter Ikelite ST1 Hotshoe and B1A Bulkhead Kit # 46045 and a compatible Ikelite DS strobe. Exposure compensation may be used added or subtracted in the camera. Reliable locking connectors between the hotshoe and bulkhead make it easy to install the optional TTL electronics or carry back up parts when traveling. 

See photos taken with the DL2 DS Link Sony TTL Converter...

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.

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

Differences in lens placement prevent newer a6100, a6300, a6400, and a6500 cameras from being used interchangeably in this housing. This housing only accommodates a6000 cameras.

This housing is only compatible with the Sony 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 A port mount
  • Controls for all camera functions except AF/MF/AEL switch lever and Diopter adjustment dial
  • 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
  • 2.6 lbs (1195 g)
  • 7.25 x 5.5 x 6" (184 x 140 x 152 mm)
  • ABS-PC, acrylic, and acetal construction
  • 2 year limited warranty

In the Box

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

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

Optional Accessories

Spare Rear O-Ring # 0110  Carry a back-up in case original seal becomes damaged.

Spare Front O-Ring # 0132.36  Carry a back-up in case original seal becomes damaged.

Vacuum Kit for 1/2" Accessory Port # 47012  Pressurize the housing to check for leaks prior to entering the water.

Tray with Dual Quick Release Handles # 9523.64  For better handling underwater and attachment points for strobes or lights.

Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.95  Recommended if using the Right-Hand Quick Release Handle. Brings shutter and/or AF-ON lever out to handle for more comfortable use.

DL2 DS Link Sony TTL Converter Ikelite ST1 Hotshoe and B1A Bulkhead Kit # 46045  Fast, accurate, automatic TTL strobe exposure when used together with compatible Ikelite DS strobes.


Product # 69120
$ 775.00

 

 

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