EPL1 User Manual 100620 - 10 Bar Underwater Housings

EPL1 User Manual 100620 - 10 Bar Underwater Housings
Camera Underwater Housing – E-PL1 (Olympus)
User Manual
1. Introduction
2. Specifications
3. Function Controls
4. Set up Instructions
5. Use & Care of Housing
6. Service
7. Warranty
1. Introduction
Made of 6061 aluminum, 10Bar Housing is a sturdy choice for the Olympus E-PL1 camera. For
those who favour small cameras, it is the ideal housing, equipped with full-function control buttons,
flash window for lighting and external flash synchronization and interchangeable ports for various
Micro Four Third and conversion lens to suit their needs. The acrylic back cover allows taking
pictures and checking on the camera much easier. For closure, the double o-rings and key-hole
lock design provide ease of use and added security. Now you can use small cameras with the feel
and function of professional housings.
2. Specifications
Closure Design
Housings individually tested to 10 Bar (90 m / 300 ft.) Recommended
working pressure 60 m
Double O-rings, Key-hole Lock
Body Material
6061 Aluminum, Acrylic
Overall Size
185 x 171 x 146mm (L x W x H)
Total Weight
Approximately 1.5kg (Housing with ZOOM port only)
Test Pressure
Buoyancy (with camera) Slightly negative in salt water
Spare main O-rings ( included)
Silicone O-ring grease ( included)
Carrying bag ( included)
Red/Magenta filter (optional)
Macro and Wide Angle conversion lens (optional)
3. Function Controls
3.1 Buttons & Parts
Flash off
Mode Dial
Shutter button
On / Off
Strap eyelet
Key hole lock
Flash Switch
Face button / View multiple
Controlling exposure
AF target
Start / OK
(18) Flash
Sequential shooting / Self-timer
Housing lid
(22) Zoom Control (for 14-42mm lens)
(23) Focus Control (for 14-42mm lens)
(24) Lens Release
3.2 Control Details
(1) Flash off – press the lever down to turn off the flash. Make sure that the Flash is turned
off before remove the camera from the housing.
(2) Mode dial – switch the mode by press and rotating the button.
(3) Shutter button – press to release the shutter.
(4) On / Off – align the white dot towards the lid, press and turn the button to turn on and
off the camera on.
(5) Strap eyelet –A small hole , used for fastening with a cord or hook.
(6) Key Hole Lock – press down and turn to lock and unlock the lid.
(7) Flash Switch – press the button to open the flash. Make sure that the Flash is turn off
with lever (1) before take out the camera from the housing.
(8) Face button / View multiple – press the button to view multiple.
(9) Zoom – Press the zoom button to zoom in on picture.
(10) Movie – press the movie button during any of the following will end shooting without
recording a movie.
(11) Playback – Press the button to activate.
(12) Menu – Press the Menu button repeatedly to exit the menu.
(13) Info – Switching the information display.
(14) Delete – rotate to select and press to activate.
(15) Exposure compensation – Choose positive (“+”) values to make pictures brighter,
negative (“–”) values to make picture darker.
(16) AF target – Press the AF targets button to display options.
(17) Start / OK – press and Start/OK button to confirm the setting.
(18) Flash – rotate until the white dot align and press.
(19) Sequential shooting / Self-timer –press and turn the button to select Self-timer.
(20) Housing Lid – monitor display.
(22) Zoom Control – (for 14-42mm lens) press and turn to activate the zoom function with
gear ring attached to the lens.
(23) Focus Control – (for 14-42mm lens) A control that adjusts spot size at the screen of a
cathode-ray tube to give the sharpest possible image.
(24) Lens Release – Release the Lens.
For the full list of camera functions and settings accessed by each control, please consult
the Panasonic GF1 camera instruction manual.
4. Set up Instructions
4.1 Special note on responsibility for watertight integrity
Each housing is individually inspected and hydrostatically tested in the factory. The design of the
main piston O-ring seal is among the most reliable in the industry and the watertight integrity is
excellent. This special O-ring design provides a perfect seal even if there is any movement
between the body and lid due to change of ambient pressure. However please note that
responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the watertight seal lies entirely with the user. 10BAR
accepts no liability for damage to, or loss of any equipment used with, or placed inside the
housing. Users are highly recommended to carry out in-water test of the housings without
installing of the camera for their first dive, after change of new ports or alternation of any
new configuration. The test can be carried out by lowering the housing with ballast to the
working depth or dive down to the safe diving range.
The O-ring seal is the main barrier between the water outside and the air space within
the camera. It is an effective barrier only if the seal is properly maintained. The O-ring
seal should be inspected before every dive. The following information is provided for
guidance in using and maintaining the O-ring seal.
4.2 Maintaining the O-ring Seal
If the main body to lid O-rings are not installed, install the O-rings before diving. Their care and
maintenance are critical to the watertight integrity of the housing. If the O-rings are contaminated,
or not already installed; inspect, grease and install the O-rings according to the following
4.3 Inspection, cleaning and re-instillation of the O-rings
A soft cotton bud or sponge applicator - make sure these are free of all contamination such as
loose fibers, and the tube of silicone grease supplied with the housing. Note other types of silicone
grease specifically for use with underwater camera equipment can usually also be used. It is
advised to carry out the following procedure on a firm clean level surface, e.g. at a table, to
prevent skidding especially when diving from a boat.
When to maintain the O-ring seal
Remove the O-ring periodically for inspection. It is not necessary to remove, clean and re-install
the O-ring after every dive provided the O-rings are not become contaminated. As a rule of
thumbs set up the camera and housing before a day’s diving. If the housing is required to be
opened between dives for changing memory card or re-charging batteries, make sure the outside
of the housing is thoroughly toweled dry before opening up. After removing the lid and servicing
the camera, replace the lid straight away, rather than leaving it lying around. Before replacing the
lid, check the o-rings and make sure that no contamination such as dust, hair, salt, sand etc. has
fallen onto the O-ring or O-ring recess, as a precaution we recommend to inspect the O-ring every
time the lid is opened and to carry out the maintenance only if necessary.
l Place the lid on a firm non-slip level surface.
l The O-ring can be extracted using an O-ring extractor tool (make sure the tool has no sharp
edges). Alternatively use the flats of the thumbs to gently stretch the O-ring on two faces thus
making a small loop protruding a few mm. T he loop can then be grasped between finger and
thumb to pull the O-ring over the lip.
Clean the O-ring recess (the square groove where the O-ring sits) with a cotton bud or sponge
Inspect the O-ring all the way round its surface for damage such as cuts tears or
contamination. This should be done visually and also by feeling the surface texture between
finger and thumb.
replace with new one immediately.
A spare main O-ring is supplied with your housing, or a replacement O-ring can be ordered from
10BAR. If the O-ring is contaminated or suspected of being contaminated, clean it with a cotton
cloth that is free of loose fabric and all chemicals or contamination. After cleaning inspect the
O-ring again.
Once the O-ring has been inspected and verified fit for use, apply a small amount of silicone
grease to the O-ring. The silicone grease must be evenly distributed round the O-ring.
Replace the O-ring into the groove; run a finger round the O-ring, to make sure it is snugly seated
in the groove.
4.4 Key Hole Lock
The Key-hole Lock is simple and easy to use and adding security. Turn the levers of the lock
perpendicular to the wall of the housing until the lock is released on both sides.
Pull out the lid by holding on the grip near the lock.
Use the universal key to insert in between the lid and body near the key-hole lock to push off the
lid if necessary
4.5 Mounting the Gear Ring on the Lens
In order to activate the zoom and focus control on the lens, gear rings have to be installed to the
lens properly before mounting the lens to the camera.
For 14-42mm Lens the Zoom Gear Ring should be installed first to cover up 1/3 of the zoom ring
on the lens. Then the Focus Gear Ring follows and should be installed to cover the focus ring on
the lens as illustrated on the above photo.
4.6 Mounting the camera in the housing:
Slide the hot shoe plug into the hot shoe
Install the camera and store the hot shoe plug cable as illustrated below.
Replace the lid and make sure the lever is perpendicular to the side wall of the housing. Lock the
lid by press down the lever and turn until the lever is parallel to the side wall of the housing.
After replacing and locking the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring for
Note: If the O-ring is in good contact, a thin black line, about 0.5 to 1mm in width should be
visible, where the O-ring is in contact with the lid. Follow this line all the way round the
edge of the seal, as a final check that the seal is good.
The housing is now ready for the dive.
5. Use & Care of Housing
5.1 Pre Dive Function Check.
Just before entering the water, make a habit of reviewing that you have carried out the proper
steps to close the housing and the bulkhead is connected. Make a visual check of the O-ring seal.
It is also useful to switch on the camera, and check that controls e.g. on/off, zoom, shutter
functions operate normally.
Check housing is closed
Check O-ring is in the groove between housing and Acrylic
Check battery and memory card status on the LCD display
Check the shutter release, control knobs and zoom function.
Always avoid submerging the housing in hot water for a prolonged time or a cleansing
tank where the water may be heated up by the sun.
5.2 General Operation.
The control levers and push buttons consist of internal double O-ring seals on a stainless steel
shaft. This arrangement is very reliable, however as a precaution, when operating the controls,
avoid excessively rapid movements, as this may distort the O-ring. Also please allow for the fact
that the camera takes a while to power on. If the camera dose not appear to respond to a control
action, make sure that no other controls are pressing on the camera, i.e. locking out further
Wear the wrist strap; it is easy to inadvertently let go of the housing, especially if you are
5.3 Cleaning & Storage.
The body & lid of the housing are made of 6061 Aluminum and Acrylic respectively. 6061
Aluminum is selected for its outstanding strength stiffness, hardness and toughness and epoxy
paint is applied to provide extra protection, While Acrylic for its crystal clear transparency and high
gloss surface. Both of them have good resistance to weathering, although long-term exposure to
sunlight should be avoided. Normal operating temperature range is 3°C to 36°C (Storage
temperature: -10°C to 50°C)
It is good practice to rinse off your housing with fresh water after every dive. Avoid to exposure to
fine sand and sun light. After a series of 10 or more dives, e.g. after a dive holiday, it is
recommended to immerse the housing for 1-2 hours in warm water to dissolve any salt deposits
that may have built up. No chemical cleaners should be used.
Important : For long term storage please remove the main closure o-rings from body.
5.4 Transportation.
Please protect the housing during transportation. It is recommended to remove the handle, and
shutter extension, and wrap the camera in foam or bubble wrap.
5.5 Accidents
The impact resistance of the housing is excellent. However after an accident the alignment of the
housing may have been altered. Therefore in the event of your housing suffering an impact force,
e.g. being dropped, it is essential that you do not use the housing for diving. Please return the
housing immediately for service and put a note inside to indicate the nature of the accident, so
that the severity can be assessed.
To ensure the continued performance of your housing, it should be serviced every year, or after
every 200 dives whichever is earlier. Please note the terms for servicing the housing posted at our
website. A full service will include:
Inspect all components for wears or damage (report if repair necessary),
Clean all sealing surfaces,
Replace all O-ring seals,
Hydrostatic pressure test to 10 Bar.
Note: Replacement of damaged components may require additional cost.
7. Warranty
The warranty is valid within two years from the date of first purchase. The warranty applies
only to the housing itself. 10BAR does not accept any liability either implicit or otherwise
for any equipment housed inside, or used together with the housing. In the event of the
housing flooding within the period of warranty, 10BAR will repair or replace the housing.
Please note that disassembly of the housing will invalidate warranty. Please fill in the
information below, and return a copy to 10Bar Underwater Housing at the address below,
to validate the warranty.
(Copy to be retained by user)
Housing Type :
Date of Purchase:
Serial Number : (Labelled inside housing)
Dealer :
Owner’s Name :
e-mail :
Owner’s Address:
Fax :
Office & Showroom:
Unit C, 2/F., Wing Hin Factory Building, 31-33 Ng Fong St., San Po Kong, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2573 3228 Fax: (852) 2811 9180
Email: [email protected] Web site: http://www.10bar.com
Please keep this document for future reference
(Note: due to continuous improvement the latest model of the housing may differ slightly form those described in this
(Copy to be returned to 10 Bar Underwater Housings)
Housing Type :
Date of Purchase:
Serial Number : (Labelled inside housing)
Dealer :
Owner’s Name :
e-mail :
Owner’s Address:
Fax :
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