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Ikelite 200DLM/A Underwater TTL Housing for Sony Alpha A6300 Mirrorless Camera Instruction Manual
200DLM Underwater Housing for Sony Alpha a6300
Mirrorless Camera
Product Number 6910.63
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About this Product
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instruction manual completely before attempting to operate or dive
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Included in the Box
• Housing
• Waterproof bulkhead cap
• Silicone lubricant
Important Notices
»» This housing requires a compatible Lens Port for waterproof
operation. The housing is not waterproof without a Lens Port
»» To prevent salt build-up and sticking controls, submerge the
empty housing in clean, freshwater. Operate the controls
several times each while underwater to flush out any residue.
»» Never leave a housing in a rinse tank, even if it is the only
system in the tank. Most catastrophic floods happen when the
user walks away from a housing while it is in the rinse tank.
»» Do not use alcohol, cleaning agents, spray lubricants, Rain-X,
or other solvents on the housing or lens port. Use of an
incompatible chemical compound can damage the plastic and
o-rings, and may result in leaking.
Accessory Port
»» Do not remove the Accessory Port Hole Plug unless you are
installing a compatible accessory.
Your housing features one 1/2-20 threaded Accessory Port which
may be used for attachment of factory optional or aftermarket housing
accessories. Visit ikelite.com for an updated list of factory optional
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About this Product
Included in the Box
Important Notices
Accessory Port
Getting to Know Your Housing
Setting Up Your Camera
Setting Up Your Housing
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings 7
Opening the Housing 8
Inserting the Camera 8
Attaching the Hotshoe 9
Closing the Housing 10
Attaching the Lens Port 10
Final Check 11
Entering the Water 11
Setting Up An External Strobe
About the Built-In Flash 13
About Sync Cords 13
Attaching a Sync Cord 13
About Fiber Optic Cords 15
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord 15
Post-Dive 15
Travel and Storage 16
Limited Warranty
Service and Repairs
Contact Us
Getting to Know Your Housing
Power ON/OFF
Custom 1 (C1)
Fiber optic ports
Tray mounts
Port Hole
Lens port mount
Control dial
Main Housing
Mode dial
Mounting Plate
Center Button
Control wheel
Setting Up Your Camera
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings
1. Insert a fully charged camera battery.
2. Insert a properly formatted memory card.
3. Set Red Eye Reduction and AF Illuminator to “Off.”
4. Set Focus Mode to “AF-S Single Shot and Focus Area to “Center.”
5. Set ISO to ISO AUTO or a specific ISO setting. Do not use ISO
AUTO Multi Frame NR setting if using a flash. This setting will
prevent the flash from firing.
Multi Frame NR
6. Set Metering Mode to “Center.”
7. Set Smile/Face Det. to “OFF.”
8. Set Eye-Start AF to “OFF” if illuminated in Menu screen.
9. Set FINDER/MONITOR to “Monitor (Manual).”
10. Set Power Save Start Time to “5 Min.”
Setting Up Your Housing
Opening the Housing
1. Push the lid snap lock forward and start to lift the curved end away
from the housing.
2. Lid snaps are designed to provide enough force to compress the
o-ring for a proper seal. Keep firm pressure against the lid snap
while lifting it away.
Lid Snap Lock
3. Repeat with remaining lid snaps.
4. Remove the housing back.
Inserting the Camera
1. Remove any lanyard or neck strap which may be attached to the
2. Check to see whether the camera’s lens will fit through the port
opening of the housing. If not, the lens will need to be removed
from the camera body and re-attached AFTER the camera body is
installed in the housing.
3. Remove the camera mounting plate from the housing.
4. Line the mounting screw up with the camera’s tripod socket. Use a
coin or flat head screwdriver to tighten the mounting plate to the
1/4-20 Threaded Hole
Camera Tripod Socket
1/4-20 Mounting Screw
Camera Mounting Plate
5. Pull out on the housing control knobs to move them out of the way.
6. Insert the mounting plate into the slot on the inside bottom of the
housing. Push the camera all of the way forward until the back of
the mounting plate is flush with the back of the housing mount.
Attaching the Hotshoe
1. Make sure the contacts are clean.
2. Slide the hotshoe onto the camera with the LOCK marking towards
the back of the camera.
3. Push the hotshoe forward until it is unable to go any farther. The
hotshoe must be pushed all of the way forward to make proper
contact with the camera and provide TTL operation.
4. Rotate the locking ring clockwise until snug.
Closing the Housing
1. Make sure the o-ring is clean and in its proper location on the back
of the housing. The main o-ring does not require lubricant to make
a seal.
2. Place the back onto the housing front.
3. Make sure no controls or wires are interfering with the o-ring or the
back of the housing.
4. Place each lid snap into the corresponding hook on the housing
5. Push the lid snaps towards the housing until they are flat against
the housing and the lock has engaged. Close opposing lid snaps at
the same time.
6. Check the o-ring seal. The o-ring should form a uniform, solid line
around the back of the housing. There will be a small, even gap
around the housing between the housing back and the housing
Attaching the Lens Port
A compatible lens port is required for waterproof operation.
Never submerge the housing without a lens port attached.
1. Lightly lubricate the o-ring on the port base. When properly
lubricated, the o-ring should have an even, slightly shiny
appearance. Wipe off any excess lubricant. Lubricant prevents the
o-ring from rolling or extruding; it is not a sealing mechanism.
2. If using a gear sleeve, place it on the port base with the teeth side
3. Slide the lens port onto the housing port base and press evenly
down towards the housing until it stops. There should be a very
thin, even gap between the bottom of the port and the housing
4. If using a dome with a shade, rotate the lens port gently so that the
wider extensions are oriented on the top and bottom. If the shade is
misaligned, it may cause vignetting (dark shadows in the corner of
the image).
Final Check
1. Re-check the o-ring seal. The seal should form an even, solid line
around the back of the housing.
2. Turn on the camera and check all control functions.
3. Make sure that the camera can obtain focus and take a photo.
4. Check battery life and open storage space on your memory card.
5. Check the flash, if using.
6. Submerge the housing in a fresh water tank dedicated to
underwater photography equipment. Visually confirm that there are
no signs of water intrusion or a steady stream of bubbles coming
from one of the housing’s seals.
Entering the Water
1. If possible, we recommend entering the water without your housing
to ensure that you are comfortable and your life-saving equipment
is in working order. Once you are stable, have someone pass your
camera housing to you.
2. Before entering the water, turn the camera ON and operate each
of the housing controls to get a feel for using the camera in the
3. As soon as you enter the water, take a moment and check to
see that the housing is properly sealed. Using your finger, wipe
away any air bubbles on the face of the lens port. If possible, first
water test the housing with no camera inside to assure a safe and
watertight environment.
4. The ON/OFF camera knob has a White Dot. To turn camera ON,
lift knob and rotate White Dot to the 10 o’clock position from the
back of the housing. Lower and then rotate knob slightly clockwise
to turn camera ON. DO NOT continue rotating knob once camera is
activated or you could damage the switch.
White Dot
Starting Point
White Dot
Starting Point
5. To turn camera OFF, lift knob and rotate White Dot to the 2 o’clock
position. Lower and rotate knob slightly counterclockwise until
camera turns OFF. DO NOT continue rotating knob once camera is
deactivated or you could damage the switch.
6. Submerge the housing at the surface of the water and visually
confirm that there are no signs of water intrusion or a steady stream
of bubbles coming from one of the housing’s seals. If water does
appear to be entering the housing, point the lens port downward
and return the housing to the surface as quickly as possible. Please
observe all necessary safety precautions. NEVER ascend faster
than accepted safety limits.
7. Use your hand to gently flush away any small bubbles that may be
on the face of the lens port. Bubbles will produce soft focus spots in
your photo or video.
Setting Up An External Strobe
About the Built-In Flash
The lens port opening is enlarged to accept a variety of wide angle,
zoom, and macro lenses. This larger lens port opening blocks a
significant portion of the camera’s built-in flash, making it unusable to
light a subject underwater.
We recommend attaching an external strobe for the optimal color
and clarity in a wide variety of shooting situations, including daylight
photography. An external strobe may be triggered via electrical sync
cord or fiber optic cord.
About Sync Cords
Attaching a strobe via electrical sync cord provides faster strobe
recycle times as compared to a fiber optic connection, and prolongs
camera battery life.
When a compatible Ikelite DS strobe is attached via sync cord,
circuitry built into the housing allows the strobe to communicate
directly with the camera to trigger the strobe and adjust its power for
perfect exposure.
Strobes from SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos attached by electrical
sync cord are not capable of powering the TTL circuitry built into this
housing. These strobes must be used in manual power modes when
connected via electrical sync cord.
Attaching a Sync Cord
A bulkhead cap or sync cord must be attached to the housing for
waterproof operation. Never submerge the housing without either
a sync cord or waterproof bulkhead cap attached.
1. Remove the bulkhead cap.
2. Lightly lubricate the sync cord o-rings. We recommend using only
Ikelite silicone lubricant to eliminate the possibility of swelling due to
incompatible compounds.
3. Line up the pins and receptacles and insert the sync cord plug into
the bulkhead.
bulkhead cap
4. Rotate the knurled retaining ring until snug on the housing’s
bulkhead. Do not use pliers or tools to tighten the retaining ring.
5. Attach the other end(s) of the sync cord to the bulkhead(s) on your
6. If using an Ikelite strobe, set the strobe to TTL. If using a non-Ikelite
strobe, set the strobe to manual flash and select a manual power
7. Turn on the strobe(s).
8. Turn on the camera.
9. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe(s) are functioning
About Fiber Optic Cords
Attaching a strobe via fiber optic connection requires the camera’s
built-in flash to fire each time a photo is taken. Firing the camera’s
flash will cause increased lag time in between photos and decrease
camera battery life.
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord
1. Check the end of the fiber optic cord to ensure that it is clean and
2. Ensure that the fiber optic cord o-ring is in place. This o-ring does
not provide waterproofing, however it does keep the fiber optic cord
in place.
3. Attach one end of the fiber optic cord into one of the fiber optic
ports on the front of the housing. The connector is a press-fit into
the fiber optic port.
4. Attach the other end of the fiber optic cord to a compatible strobe.
5. Set the strobe to the appropriate setting based on manufacturer
6. Turn the camera on and pop up the built-in flash.
7. Turn the strobe(s) on.
8. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe(s) are functioning
1. Rinse the housing in fresh water. Rotate the housing’s controls and
press each button while submerged in fresh water to flush out any
salt or debris to ensure smooth operation on future dives.
2. NEVER leave your housing in the fresh water rinse tank. Collisions
with other peoples’ gear can cause scratches or damage to your
3. Stow the housing in a shaded place where it is protected from
impact or overheating. If no shade is available, we recommend
covering the housing with a towel or cloth.
4. Check the memory card capacity and battery life of your camera
and strobe(s). Recharge as necessary.
5. Always re-check o-ring seal after opening the housing.
Travel and Storage
1. Remove the camera from the housing for travel or storage.
2. Check the main housing o-ring.
3. Close the empty housing and submerge in lukewarm fresh water.
While submerged, rotate each control and depress each button to
flush out any salt or debris.
4. Remove the housing from water and rinse with running water.
5. Do not rinse the inside of the housing or submerge the open
housing in water. If the inside of the housing needs to be cleaned,
wipe with a clean, slightly damp cloth.
6. Dry the housing with a clean, lint-free cloth.
7. Store in a cool, dry place.
8. Like regulators and other pressure-sensitive equipment, we
recommend careful care and cleaning along with annual
replacement of the factory seals.
Water enters the housing
• Re-clean and re-install the main o-ring.
• Take the housing underwater without a camera installed to ensure
that the leaking has been corrected.
Photos are over-exposed (too light)
• Adjust aperture (smaller), shutter speed (faster), or ISO (lower)
• Move lights(s) farther away from your subject.
• Adjust exposure compensation in the camera.
• Adjust lighting power.
Photos are under-exposed (too dark)
• Adjust aperture (larger), shutter speed (slower), or ISO (higher)
• Move light(s) farther away from your subject.
• Adjust exposure compensation in the camera.
• Adjust lighting power.
Strobe will not fire
• Turn on strobe.
• Make sure that the camera’s flash is set to fire on every photo.
• Check that the fiber optic cord is attached.
Buttons are stuck
• Soak the housing in lukewarm fresh water. Depress each button
several times while the housing is submerged.
• Apply lubricant to the button. Press the button several times to
distribute the lubricant.
Button(s) or control(s) do not line up
• Ensure that nothing is preventing the camera from going into the
• Push the camera mounting plate forward until it is flush with the
housing base plate.
Camera is not functioning normally underwater
• Ensure that the camera mounting plate is pushed all of the way into
the housing mounting plate.
• Check each housing control while underwater to ensure that
they are disengaged. An inadvertently engaged control may limit
functioning of the camera.
• Check that the zoom control is returned to the center position.
Backscatter or “snow” in images
• Position strobes or lights farther away from your lens and at a slight
• Avoid using strobes in extremely low-visibility conditions.
Limited Warranty
This Ikelite product is warranted against any manufacturing defects for
a period of two (2) years 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.
Service and Repairs
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 description of the service request. Always include name,
shipping address, email address, and phone number inside of the
package. Send postage paid to:
Ikelite Underwater Systems
Attn: Service Department
50 West 33rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
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.
Contact Us
If you have any questions about your product or need advice on
getting the images you want, please get in touch with us and we’ll do
everything we can to help you capture your unique perspective.
Ikelite Underwater Systems
50 W 33rd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
(317) 923-4523
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