Ikelite MG-HD3 User's Manual
PACKAGED WITH HOUSING__________________________________________________
#60 15.3 JVC MG-HD3
• External UR/Pro Color Filter
• Internal Lens Shade
• Silicone Lubricant
COLOR FILTER_____________________________________
The installation and usage of the external UR/Pro
color filter is described in the general instruction manual.
#6015.7 JVC MG HD7
LENS SHADE_______________________________________
The internal lens shade helps block light reflection/
refraction caused by the interaction of the external color
filter and the port.
Carefully thread the lens shade on the front of the
camera lens. The lens threads are very fine; DO NOT cross thread. It should screw on
very easily. If it is difficult to turn, you are cross threading.
Completely thread the lens shade into the camera to avoid any potential
clearance or sealing problems when the camera is installed and the housing is sealed.
This supplemental set of instructions describes additional features specific
to your housing model. Prior to testing the system in the water, please read this
supplement along with the general instruction manual to become familiar with
its features and functions.
Ikelite Video Cases are slightly negative Power Zoom
in salt water for stability. This housing has
been water pressure tested at the factory
Lid Snap
and has a working depth of 60m (200').
HOUSING CONTROLS__________________
• Power On/Off / Mode
• Start/Stop
• Power Zoom
• Photo/Snap Shot
• Function / Joy Stick
• Joy Stick
• Focus / Focus Assist
Joy Stick
Focus/ FocusAssist
Bottom Bar
Snap Shot
MAIN O-RING #0 10 9________________
O-rings last several years if properly
maintained. Control seals should not need
to be replaced as long as the control shafts
are kept clean and lightly lubricated.
Joy Stick
LCD MONITOR / EXTERNAL MIRROR_________________________________________
The camera's LCD monitor can be viewed from the rear of the housing, using the
external mirror featured on the side of the housing.
Open the LCD monitor on the camera, rotate 180°, and then press it back against
the side of the camera. The external mirror is hinged so that it can be opened to reflect
the image from the camera's LCD monitor for viewing from the rear of the housing.
During transportation, please remember to close the mirror by pressing it against
the side of the housing.
BATTERY AND TAPE__________________________________________________________
Install a fully charged Sony battery on the camera:
JVC BN VF815, VF823
Other brand batteries may not fit inside the housing.
Make sure you have loaded an appropriate digital cassette tape in the camera.
LENS HOOD #60 15.3 MG HD3 ONLY______________________________________
Rotate and remove the Lens Hood, and install lens the shade before installing
camera in the housing.
Remove Protective Lens Hood
From Front of Camera
#6015.3 MG HD3
Front Loop
FINAL PREPARATION_________________________________________________________
Remove the lens cap and cord from the camera. Otherwise, they may interfere
with the housing seal.
The camera's auto focus feature is utilized underwater. For best results, move in
close to your subject and use the wide angle range to shoot thru as little water as
possible. The full zoom range is accessible underwater.
Turn the camera’s built-in flash OFF. Chart shows recommended initial settings
Power On/Off
Zoom Lever
Auto Lock
Program AE
Shutter Speed
White Balance
Steady Shot
Built-in Flash
Camera (On)
Wide Angle Setting
Auto Mode
Auto Mode
Center Position
Auto Mode
1/60 Normal
Auto Mode (see section)
WHITE BALANCE_____________________________________________________________
Initially set the white balance to Auto. Use the joy stick controls on the housing
to change white balance.
Col or Filter : When using the color filter (during the day), set camera white balance
to Indoor for 0-15 foot depth. For 15-80 foot depth, set white balance to Outdoor.
Video-Li te: When using optional Video Lite at NIGHT, set the camera white balance
to the Indoor position. During the DAY, use the Outdoor setting for subjects beyond
4-5 feet and the Indoor setting for closer subjects.
CAMERA TRAY_________________________________________________________
Note the placement of the camera tray underneath the guides, and note the
white-color locks on the inside wall of the housing
that secures the tray in place. Gently push up
Back Plate
Internal Lens Shade
on the white tray locks to release the camera
tray, and slide the tray out of the housing.
Place the camera against the stabilizing
pins on the tray and secure with the tripod
mounting bolt. The camera should fit easily
on the tray and should be parallel with the sides
of the tray.
Make certain that the lens shade has been
Camera Tray
threaded completely into the camera to avoid any potential
Camera Mounting Bolt
clearance or sealing problems when the camera is installed and the housing is sealed.
INSERTING THE CAMERA_______________________________________________
Check that the o’ring is clean and properly positioned on the lip of the clear
housing back plate. Check that the lens shade is completely threaded into the camera.
Once the camera is mounted to the tray as shown above, pull the housing
controls out to provide clearance for installing the camera. Partially slide the camera
into the housing so you can connect the reversing circuit cable to the blue LANC port
on the camera. Make sure the lens shade on the front of the camera fits into the
port recess in the front of the housing.
DO NOT force this installation; the camera and tray should slide easily into place
so the housings back plate o’ring is resting against the main housing body. In this
position the lid snaps can be positioned over the lid hooks on the housing back plate
and snapped into position to seal the housing.
HOUSING CONTROLS________________________________________________________
Slide the housing controls back in place making sure they properly align with
the camera functions.
Operate each control to see how it works with the camera. Some controls such
as start/stop will be used frequently. Other controls may seldom be utilized. Refer
to your camera owner's manual for the proper function of each camera control.
Look thru the back to be sure that you can see into the viewfinder.
When using the housing controls, especially the start/stop, do NOT use excessive force
because you could damage the camera.
Remove the lens cap and cord from the camera. Otherwise, the cord may interfere with the housing seal.
If the housing controls are not properly positioned, they could interfere with the housing seal.
MANUAL FOCUS OPERATION_______________________________________________
Manual focus may be preferred in low light levels or when the subject possesses
little contrast. Set the focus switch to Manual to cancel the auto focus. If you want
to manually adjust the focus, rotate the manual focus control as desired. To reactivate the auto focus, set the focus switch to Auto.
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