Ikelite has announced its new housing for Canon’s entry-level mirrorless EOS M50 Mark II. The original M50 became Canon’s best-selling mirrorless camera in the U.S. market, and the Mark II includes only very minor changes—relating to vlogging and eye autofocus—that have little impact on underwater shooters.
As such, the new housing is compatible with both the M50 and the M50 II, but Ikelite has changed the package compared to its original M50 housing: In keeping with the company’s new formula for other housings, the M50 II housing no longer includes an integrated TTL circuit; instead, you now have the option of adding the DL5 DS Link TTL converter—which includes bulkhead and hotshoe—if you wish. Significantly, this has allowed the price of the housing to be dropped to just $775, which is $320 less than the launch price of the predecessor housing. This also means that if you prefer to shoot your strobes in manual mode, you only have to add the bulkhead and hotshoe.
Otherwise, the housing offers a full complement of features: ABS-PC blend body; “Dry Lock” DLM/A port system optimized for Canon’s EF-M lenses (as well as EF and EF-S lenses with adapter); and sensitive shutter release, soft-touch knobs, and hard-anodized aluminum buttons. You have the option of adding a viewfinder and/or vacuum kit.
The new housing is available now from retailers such as Backscatter.
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200DLM/A Underwater Housing for Canon EOS M50, M50 II, Kiss M Mirrorless Digital Cameras
A professional grade, compact waterproof housing for Canon EOS M50, EOS M50 Mark II, and EOS Kiss M mirrorless digital cameras. This system is perfect for any application in or around the water from scuba to surf to pool. This housing replaces the previous model for the EOS M50 Mark I # 6973.15.
Controls and Ergonomics
A trigger-type shutter lever control is designed for optimal sensitivity and a natural motion when shooting underwater. The standard control hugs the side of the housing for comfortable use when hand holding. The lever can be easily extended using the optional Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.95 for more comfortable reach when using a handle grip.
Soft-touch knobs are easy to grip with or without gloves on and provide quick access to important controls including front and rear dials and the mode control.
Hard anodized aluminum push buttons are extremely lightweight and resistant to salt build-up and corrosion. 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.
High quality yet affordable optics are available for an extensive range of lenses from wide angle fisheye to macro. Our custom optical grade acrylic domes provide the color, clarity, and durability of glass at a fraction of the weight and cost. Glass flat ports are available for macro lenses.
The DLM port system is designed to be tough enough for heavy surf and to provide reliability in remote locations. The lens port attaches without twisting, threading, or complex mechanisms.
Lens port sold separately. A compatible lens port is required for waterproof use. See the DLM/A Port Chart (PDF)
The included Supereye Viewfinder provides an enhanced view of the camera's electronic viewfinder when viewed through a dive mask.
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 an Straight Magnified Viewfinder # 6890 or 45° Magnified Viewfinder (Type 1) # 6891.1.
The camera's large, super-bright LCD screen is viewable through the back of the housing and can be tilted prior to installation in the housing for a a better view underwater.
Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for the attachment of a tray and handle grips. Handles provide improved ergonomics underwater and are the foundation for your lighting mounts.
If you're shooting with two strobe or lighting arms, then a top handle can be added to carry to and from the dive site. Top handles are available in a Cable Grip # 4080.07 or Aluminum Top Handle # 4080.08. The rigid aluminum version provides additional mounting points for lighting and accessories.
Sealing and Vacuum Testing
There is no greater assurance than being able to see your camera and o-ring seal through the back of the housing. Our signature open-groove design suspends the rear o-ring in a natural position that is easier to maintain and more reliable than forcing the o-ring into a channel. Once the housing is closed you can see the o-ring form a solid, waterproof seal.
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 hand pump with gauge allows you to draw a vacuum on the housing to simulate water pressure and check for leaks prior to entering the water.
Every unit is water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m) before it leaves our facility in Indianapolis.
Durability and Corrosion Free Performance
A custom ABS-PC blend housing provides strength and performance year after year with minimal maintenance. The ABS-PC material is fundamentally corrosion-proof and considerably lighter than aluminum. 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. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the best reputation for service within the dive industry.
Optional Strobe Connection
External strobes may be triggered by the camera by adding the B1A Bulkhead # 46002 and Canon C1 Hotshoe (Manual) # 46071. Reliable locking connectors between the hotshoe and bulkhead make it easy to install the hotshoe or carry back up parts when traveling to remote locations. This combination provides manual exposure only using the strobe(s) power settings.
Enjoy the fastest and most accurate strobe exposure on the market by adding the DL5 DS Link Canon TTL Converter B1A Bulkhead and CT1 TTL Hotshoe Kit # 46076 and a compatible Ikelite DS strobe. The DS Link can be programmed to the camera's specific TTL protocol and supports both first curtain and rear curtain sync up to the camera's maximum flash sync speed. Exposure compensation can be used added or subtracted in the camera. A push button and indicator light on the side of the converter make it simple to switch back and forth between TTL and manual exposure underwater.
The built-in flash is not usable in this installation. Triggering of fiber optic strobes is not supported at this time.
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.
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.
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.
Differences in lens and control placement prevent other Canon cameras from being used in this housing. The Canon EOS M50 cameras are not compatible with any other Ikelite housing models.
This housing is only compatible with the Canon EOS M50, EOS M50 Mark II, and EOS Kiss M 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.
- 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 Check for leaks prior to entering the water.
- Tray with Dual Quick Release Handles # 9523.64 Add a tray for easier handling and a second attachment point for strobes or lights.
- Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.95 Brings shutter and/or AEL/AFL / Fn1 lever out to handle for more comfortable use.
Adding an external strobe or video light enhances your photos' color and sharpness underwater. If you will be shooting below 30 ft (10m) or in an indoor pool, your photos will be predominantly blue-green without an artificial light source. Read more about strobe options
- 200 ft (60m) depth rating
- DLM/A port mount
- Controls for all important camera functions; a control is not provided for the Wi-fi function
- 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
- 2.7 lb (1225 g)
- 7.5 x 5.8 x 5.4" (191 x 147 x 137 mm)
- ABS-PC, acrylic, and acetyl construction
- 2 year limited warranty
In the Box
- Rear o-ring # 0110 (installed)
- Front o-ring # 0132.36 (installed)
- Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.7 (installed)
- Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
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