D igital Hous i n g
Instruction Manual
6170.30 for Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30, TZ40
Thank you for your purchase of Ikelite equipment. Please read this
instruction manual completely before attempting to operate or dive
with this product. Please refer to the back page of this manual to
register your Ikelite product.
Table of Contents
Specifications ............................................................P. 3
Package Contents ......................................................P. 3
Preparation ..................................................................P. 3
Initial Camera Setup........................................................P. 4
Parts of the Housing - Front View ..................................P. 5
Parts of the Housing - Back View ..................................P. 6
Opening the Housing ......................................................P. 7
Installing the Camera ......................................................P. 7
Using the Camera’s Built-in Flash ..................................P. 8
Closing the Housing ........................................................P. 8
Usage ..........................................................................P. 9
Final Check ....................................................................P. 9
Zoom Control ..................................................................P. 9
Diffuser and Deflector Installation and Use ....................P. 10
Entering the Water ..........................................................P. 11
Maintenance ................................................................P. 11
Lens Port ........................................................................P. 11
Lubricant ........................................................................P. 11
O-ring Storage ................................................................P. 11
Housing Maintenance ....................................................P. 12
Control Maintenance ......................................................P. 13
Photo Tips ..................................................................P. 15
Troubleshooting ........................................................P. 16
Spare Parts ..................................................................P. 19
Recommended Accessories ....................................P. 19
Customer Support ....................................................P. 21
Limited Warranty ........................................................P. 22
Returning Products for Service ................................P. 23
Product Registration ..................................................Back Cover
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Specifications
Width ......................6.8 in (173mm) including controls
Height ....................5 in (127mm) including controls
Depth ......................6 in (152mm) including controls and lens port
Weight ....................2.8 lb (1.3kg)
Buoyancy ................Near neutral in freshwater
Package Contents
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Ikelite Digital Housing
Housing Lanyard (attached)
Silicone Lubricant
Vinyl Port Cover
- Diffuser
- Deflector
- Extra Control Tips
Preparation
This product has been water pressure tested at the factory and is depth
rated to 200 ft. (60m). Thoroughly inspect and immerse the empty
housing completely in water before installing a camera. If any fogging
occurs or droplets of water enter the housing, do not install a camera.
Clean the housing main o-ring and retest to make sure that it is
watertight. Refer to the Troubleshooting section, page 16.
Please read your camera manual thoroughly to have a full
understanding of each camera function.
If you are new to underwater photography, be sure to read the Photo
Tips section.
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Initial Camera Setup (before placing camera in housing)
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Set Mode Dial to “A” Aperture Priority. Manually adjust aperture setting
to achieve the best exposure for your shooting conditions. The shutter
speed will be locked at 1/60th second. Set Mode Dial to “M” Manual
mode to manually adjust both aperture and shutter speed settings.
Set Flash to “Forced Flash On
” and Macro Mode to “AF
Macro”
In Setup Menu:
Insert and Format an SD or SDHC memory card.
In Clock Set, set Date and Time.
Set Monitor Display to desired brightness level.
Set Monitor Luminance to “Power Monitor.”
In Economy, set Auto Power Off to “5MIN” and Monitor Power
Save to “OFF.”
Set Auto Review to “HOLD.”
In Rec Menu:
Set Aspect Ratio to “4:3.”
Set Picture Size to “18M” and Quality to “Fine.”
Set ISO Sensitivity to “200” and White Balance to “AWB.” For best
results, manually set white balance for each working depth.
Set AF Mode to “1-Area” and Quick AF to “ON.”
Set Face Recog. to “OFF.”
Set Metering Mode to “Center Weighted.”
Set i.Exposure and i.Resolution and Digital Zoom to “OFF.”
Set Burst, AF Assist Lamp and Red-Eye Removal to “OFF.”
Set Image Stabilizer to “ON.”
NOTE: If overexposure occurs at a desired aperture setting, use “-”
exposure compensation, back away from your subject and zoom in.
When using an AF35 strobe or manual controller, turn the power down.
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Parts of the Housing - Front View
Shutter
Button
Motion Picture Button
Zoom Lever
Mode Dial
Lens Port
Lid Snap
External Tray Mounts
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Parts of the Housing - Back View
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Housing Controls
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2.
3.
EXPOSURE/MAP Button
6.
Flash
Playback Button
7.
Macro Mode
Exposure
4.
Self-timer
5.
MENU/SET
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8. DISP. Button
9.
Q. MENU/Delete Button
Opening the Housing
Push Forward
Lid Snaps have a Lock.
To open housing, push Lid Snap
Lock forward and lift as shown.
Keep pressure on the Lid Snap so it
does not fly open quickly.
Some Lid Snaps have a lot of
Lift
spring tension once they go over
center, so keep a firm grip on the Lid Snap.
Lid Snaps may be opened one at a time.
Lid Snap Lock
Installing the Camera
1. Pull out on the top housing controls until they stop. This will get the
controls out of the way for installation of the camera.
2. Remove the back from the housing.
3. Remove camera lanyard from camera if attached.
3. The mounting tray for the camera is secured to the housing back.
Position the camera on the tray.
4. Using a coin or screwdriver (preferred), secure the camera with the tray
mounting bolt which threads into the camera’s tripod socket - Diagram A.
CAUTION:
Some camera tripod
socket threads are
plastic. The mounting
bolt is metal. Do not
cross thread or over
tighten as you may
damage the camera
tripod socket threads.
Diagram A
Lumix
20x FULL HD
Tray Mounting Bolt
L
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Using the Camera’s Built-in Flash
If you are shooting with the camera’s built-in flash and the camera lens
is set to the widest angle, you may need to zoom the lens slightly or a
dark area may appear in a lower corner of close-up photographs. The
lens port may block some of the light. Install the Diffuser and zoom in
slightly to eliminate any dark areas noted in your photographs (You can
test this above water). See Diffuser/Deflector Installation - page 10.
For the best results, we recommend using an external Ikelite Substrobe.
The camera’s built-in flash CANNOT be used with optional Wide-angle or
Accessory lenses.
Closing the Housing
1. Place housing face down in your lap or on a
2. Check to see that there is an o-ring on the
housing back and that it is clean, and in its
proper location.
3. Guide the back into the housing front. The
o-ring should touch the housing all the way
around. There should be an even gap all
the way around between the housing and
the housing back.
4. Lift the lid snaps so they are extended and
place each lid snap into the corresponding
hook on the housing back.
5. To close the housing, push down on the lid
snaps until they snap into place. Lid snaps
on opposite sides of the housing should be
closed at the same time. Be sure they are
down far enough to engage the lock.
flat surface.
Housing Back
O-ring
Housing
Even gap on
all four sides
Housing Back
O-ring
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Usage
Final Check
Once the housing is closed, check the o-ring seal. Check the gap
between the housing back and the housing. It should be even all the
way around the housing.
Look through the clear plastic back at the o-ring. You should see a
darkened area where the o-ring is compressed against the housing
back. If you do not see an even black compression seal all the way
around the back, open the lid snaps, reseat the housing back and close
the lid snaps. Visually check the seal again.
Zoom Control
(lever type only)
After you have used the housing's
zoom control, it must be returned to the
center position to disengage. If the
housing zoom control is pushing the
zoom lever in either direction, you may
not be able to take a picture or access
other functions. This is because the
Zoom Control
camera is receiving a signal from the
“Disengaged”
engaged zoom control.
(Center Position)
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Zoom Control
“Engaged”
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Diffuser and Deflector Installation
A Diffuser and Deflector are
included with the housing. The
Diffuser is white transparent
plastic. The Deflector is also white
but is not transparent.
To install the Diffuser or Deflector,
push the “Cut-out” Section over the
port and into the port groove until it
stops.
Diffuser/Deflector material
Cut-out
Section
Small hole
Note the Small Hole. To avoid
losing the Diffuser or Deflector, you
can attach a fishing line or string to
this hole.
Diffuser/Deflector properly
installed in port groove
Diffuser Use
The Diffuser should be installed when using the camera flash. When
shooting close-up photographs with the camera flash and at the camera
lens’s widest angle setting, the lens port on the housing can block a
portion of the light from the camera flash. This can result in a shadow in
a lower corner of the frame. Zoom the lens to eliminate any shadow not
eliminated by the Diffuser (You can test this above water).
Deflector Use
The Deflector should be installed when using a slave unit to trigger an
external strobe. The Deflector will block and redirect the camera’s flash
to an EV-controller or other slave unit which controls the external
strobe’s output. Remove the Diffuser before attempting to install the
Deflector.
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Entering the Water
As soon as you enter the water, take a moment and check the housing
to see that it is properly sealed.
Next, check to see if there are any bubbles on the face of the lens port.
If there are, take your finger and remove them. If there are bubbles on
the lens port they can produce soft focus spots in your photos or video.
Maintenance
Lens Port
Treat the glass or acrylic in the lens port as a camera lens. After use,
rinse and gently dry the outside lens port to avoid water spotting. To
clean, use a mild soap solution or lens cleaner. Do not rinse the inside
port glass. Do not use alcohol or window cleaner on the Lens Port.
Lubricant
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Ikelite provides silicone lubricant with the housing. We recommend you use
only Ikelite lubricant on Ikelite products. Other brands may cause the main
housing o-ring to swell and not seal properly.
Use only enough lubricant to lightly cover the main housing o-ring or
lubricate a sticky control. Wipe off any excess lubricant with a clean
cloth. Lubricant is not a sealant; it is used to reduce friction. Excessive
lubricant can collect sand and dirt which may interfere with proper
sealing.
CAUTION:
Never use spray lubricants as the propellant ingredient can cause
the plastic housing to crack or o-rings to swell.
O-ring Storage
When storing the housing, remove the main housing o-ring. Lightly
lubricate the o-ring until it appears shiny and place in a small resealable
plastic bag. Use only Ikelite lubricant. Place the bag inside the housing
and store until needed.
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Housing Maintenance
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Your Ikelite Digital Housing should be given the same care and attention
as your other photographic equipment. In addition to normal
maintenance, we recommend that the housing be returned to Ikelite
periodically to be checked and pressure tested.
Do Not leave the camera and housing in direct sunlight for prolonged
periods. Heat may damage the camera.
Do Not ship the camera in the housing.
Before using the housing, always check the tightness of the set screw
in each control knob. Check each control gland penetrating the housing
to make sure they are tight. There is a slight chance that either could
vibrate loose during travel.
Keep the main housing o-ring clean and lightly lubricated. To lubricate,
remove the o-ring from the back. Put a small amount of lkelite lubricant
on your fingers. Pull the o-ring through your fingers to apply a thin
coating of lubricant. Only apply enough lubricant to make the o-ring feel
slick. Do Not stretch the o-ring. This light coating of lubricant will help
to keep the o-ring from drying out and will help to show a dark sealing
line when the housing back is properly sealed.
Keep the area where the o-ring fits and the sealing surface of the
housing clean.
Rinse the housing exterior thoroughly in freshwater after each saltwater
use. Depress push buttons repeatedly in freshwater to eliminate trapped
saltwater. Dry with a soft cloth. Dry lens port to eliminate water spotting.
After several uses in saltwater, soak the housing exterior in a mild soap
solution, rinse and dry before storing. When storing the housing, remove
the back o-ring, lightly lubricate, and place in a plastic bag. Place the
plastic bag with o-ring inside the housing for safe keeping.
If removing a housing push button, Do Not re-use the E-clip. Contact
Ikelite for replacement E-clips (part 0319.12).
Leave lid snaps in the open position when not using the housing for
extended periods.
Control Maintenance
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Ikelite controls are designed to provide years of reliable service with
minimal maintenance.
Push button controls normally require no maintenance other than rinsing
in freshwater after saltwater use. Depress each push button in
freshwater several times to eliminate trapped saltwater. If a push button
control becomes difficult to push or if it sticks when depressed, soak the
housing in luke warm freshwater. After a few minutes, operate the push
button. If this does not correct the problem, return the housing to Ikelite
for maintenance. If you are on a trip and unable to return the housing
immediately, a push button may be lubricated by pressing and holding
the push button all the way in. Then, use your finger or other small
object to place a small amount of lube at the base of the shaft inside the
housing. Press and release the push button several times until the lube
is worked up into the o-ring.
Some of the controls have long shafts. These controls can be pulled out,
exposing the shaft see diagrams B and C - page 14.
To lubricate the control, gently pull on the knob until the stainless steel
shaft is exposed. Lightly lubricate the shaft, then move the shaft in and
out several times. This will lubricate the x-ring in the Ikelite control gland.
This should be done before using the housing after a prolonged storage
period, or once a week when the housing is in constant use.
Some of the controls have a short shaft and cannot be pulled out
exposing the shaft for lubrication. In the unlikely event one of these
controls sticks or becomes difficult to operate, you can remove the
control from the housing and lubricate it, or return the housing to Ikelite
for maintenance. To remove the control, diagram B - page 14, loosen
the set screw in the knob (allen wrench required); remove the knob. If
there is salt or dirt build-up on the exposed control shaft, clean the shaft.
Open the housing and gently slide the control shaft out of the control
gland. Clean and lightly lubricate the shaft, including the end of the
shaft.
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Control Maintenance - continued
Slide the shaft back into the control gland and gently slide it back and
forth a few times without fully removing the shaft from the gland.
Replace the knob noting the flat area on the shaft. The set screw in the
knob should tighten down against the flat area on the control so the
knob does not turn on the shaft.
Diagram A
Housing
Gland
Control Shaft
Tighten set screw down
against this flat area
when replacing the knob.
Lubricate end of shaft
before reinserting into
gland
Loosen set screw
(allen wrench required)
Diagram B
Lubricate shaft
Housing
Pull out knob to
expose shaft
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Photo Tips
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The number one rule in underwater photography is to eliminate as much
water between the camera and subject as possible. Get as close as you
can to the subject, then use the zoom. If you are using flash for still
photos, subjects beyond 6 feet (1.8m) will not have much color
regardless of strobe power.
Photograph in clear water; do not stir up the sand or silty bottom. If
backscatter becomes a problem in the environment you are
photographing, an external flash will help eliminate much of the
backscatter.
Many digital cameras have a slight lag time between when you press
the shutter release button and the camera actually takes the picture.
Hold the housing steady a second or two after pressing the shutter
release button.
Do not shoot down on subjects as they will quite often blend into the
background and be difficult to see in the photograph. Shoot subjects
straight on or shoot up at a slight angle using the blue water as a
contrasting background. Do not shoot into the sun.
When using daylight or flash, if your camera consistently over or
underexposes the image, you may want to adjust your camera’s
exposure compensation
settings.
If you error in exposure, it is better to have the image slightly
underexposed rather than overexposed. An overexposed image is
missing color information which cannot be adjusted in a photo
processing program. A slightly underexposed image has color
information that can be adjusted.
It is important to respect all living creatures underwater, including
people, marine life, and coral. While we encourage people to get close
to their subjects when taking a photograph, they should not touch, lie on,
or in any way disturb the things they find underwater.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Push buttons or
controls are sticky
and hard to operate
- Remove the camera and rinse the closed housing
in freshwater. Vigorously press each push button
in and out several times to release any trapped
saltwater or debris.
- Press a sticky push button all the way in and
place a small amount of lubricant on the small
end of the push button shaft at it’s base. Release
and operate the push button several times to
distribute the lubricant.
- If a control is sticky, grab the control knob, pull it
out, and then push back in. If still sticky, see the
Control Maintenance section - pages 13 & 14.
- Return housing to Ikelite for routine maintenance.
Image is
over/underexposed,
or a corner of the
image is dark
- Check that the camera flash or strobe is firing
when taking a picture. Camera flash should be
forced “on.”
- Make sure the deflector is installed when you are
using a non-wired external strobe with a slave.
- Make sure the diffuser is installed when you are
NOT using an external strobe.
- When using an external strobe, make sure it is
turned on, set properly, and it’s battery is charged.
- Check any corded connection points.
- Change camera shutter speed or aperture.
- Move closer to or further away from the subject.
- Adjust Flash Exposure Compensation
- For extreme overexposure turn on the ND neutral
density filter if available on your camera.
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Problem
Solution
Camera does not
take a picture
- Install a fully charged battery.
- If using a “lever type” zoom control, make sure the
control is centered and not engaged.
- There is not enough available light for the camera
to properly focus. Add a focusing light or strobe
with a built-in focusing light to your system.
- Select macro mode (if applicable) when shooting
close-ups.
Housing is hard to
close
- Make sure the camera is mounted properly on the
camera tray and housing controls are out of the
way.
- Main housing o-ring is not seated properly.
Fogging occurs on
the Lens Port
- Humid air is trapped inside the housing.
The camera produces heat and may condense
any trapped moisture forming fog on the lens port.
Close the housing in an air-conditioned room or
vehicle, or in front of an air-conditioner.
- The housing should not be in direct sunlight for an
extended period of time.
- Purchase desiccant packs also known as
moisture munchers from a local camera store.
Place one or two packs in your housing before
each day of diving.
- Clean the main housing o-ring and sealing
surface of the housing.
- If moisture or water droplets are present around
the controls or sealing areas, return the housing
to Ikelite for evaluation.
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Problem
Solution
Water enters the
housing
- Remove, clean and properly lubricate the main
o-ring.
- Look for hair, dirt, or foreign debris crossing the
o-ring seal.
- Reassemble the housing without a camera
installed and pressure test or take diving.
- Return housing to Ikelite for evaluation.
Pictures are too blue - Use custom (manual) white balance if available.
or too green
Reset for each working depth or when attaching a
color correcting filter.
- Add an optional color correcting filter.
- Add an external strobe.
- Move in closer to your subject when taking a
picture.
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Spare Parts
Main Housing O-ring 0109
Lanyard 0321.10
Vinyl Port Cover 0200.08
Ikelite Lube 5020 (4 - 1cc tubes)
For light lubrication of the main housing o-ring.
Recommended Accessories
Tray and Handle(s)
Add stability and gripping point(s) for comfortable use of the housing
above and below water. Most tray and handle combinations offset the
slightly positive buoyancy of the housings. Handles offer attachment
points for external lighting systems.
External Strobes
A separate external strobe adds color to restore the warmer colors
filtered out by the water as well as to illuminate the subject. Add a
second strobe to eliminate shadows and evenly light your subjects.
Video Lighting
External video lights add color when using the video/movie mode of your
camera. Primary video lights are specially color balanced to provide
natural tones.
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Recommended Accessories - continued
External Color Correcting UR/Pro Filters
(Blue Water or Green Water)
UR-Pro Filter
Lens Port
Color filters such as the UR-Pro Filter replace
some of the reds, oranges and more natural
tones that would otherwise be lost underwater.
Effective in relatively shallow, sunny conditions,
and available for tropical blue water and green
water settings. For optimum results use in
combination with “custom (manual) white
balance.” Check your camera user guide for
information on this option (if available).
For available light use only. Not recommended when using external
strobes.
WD-4 Wide-Angle Conversion Dome 6430.4
The removeable WD-4 corrects light refraction underwater,
restoring the camera’s original angle of coverage. Approximately
3/4 of the camera's zoom range from the camera’s widest angle
setting can be used with the dome in place. Slight vignetting may
occur at camera’s widest angle setting.
External Macro Adaptor 9306.82
Allows attachment of 67mm threaded macro lenses from Inon and
Epoque. NOT for use with 67mm threaded wide-angle lenses.
Note: Other than the 6430.4 and 9306.82, no other accessory lenses or
adaptors can be used with this housing.
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Recommended Accessories - continued
Please Read If Using an EV Manual Controller
The EV-Controller used with Ikelite DS Substrobes has two user
settings. One setting is for strobe selection, the other is for pre-flash “P”
or non pre-flash “ P .” Most cameras use a pre-flash. This means the
EV-Controller should be set to the pre-flash “P” position when used with
this camera as a slave. If a manual mode is used that does not emit a
pre-flash, set the EV-controller to the non pre-flash “ P ” position.
A full range of accessories is available to support your housing. Please
visit www.ikelite.com to see the most current information about
recommended accessories for your housing.
Customer Support
Please read the troubleshooting section of this instruction manual before
contacting Ikelite Technical Support.
Ikelite Underwater Systems
Service Department
50 West 33rd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
Email: ikelite@ikelite.com
Phone: 317-923-4523
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Limited Warranty
This Ikelite product is warranted against any manufacturing defects for a
period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. Defective
products should be returned to Ikelite postage paid. Ikelite will, at its sole
discretion, repair or replace such products, and will return to customer
postage paid. All other claims of any nature are not covered. Except as
mentioned above, no other warranty expressed or implied applies to this
Ikelite product.
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Returning Products For Service
Ikelite is most interested in performing any service to ensure that all
products perform as intended. Evidence of purchase date must be
provided to obtain warranty service.
No prior authorization is required. You may return directly to us or
through your dealer. Please include a brief description of the problem,
any relevant email correspondence, and/or instructions on what you
want us to do. Always include name, shipping address, email address,
and phone number inside of the package. Send postage paid to:
Ikelite Underwater Systems
Attention: Service Department
50 West 33 Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
No reimbursements for postage paid will be issued.
You may also want to insure the package.
Returning Products for Service (outside the United States)
For the separate international customs documentation form that you
complete to accompany the shipment, please state or designate that the
enclosed products were originally manufactured in the USA and are
being returned to the manufacturer for repair service. Value of the
equipment listed for customs purposes should be zero.
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Product Registration
Please go to www.ikelite.com to register your Ikelite housing within 15
days of purchase.
Ikelite Underwater Systems
50 West 33rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
www.ikelite.com
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