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Ikelite 200DLM/A Underwater Housing for Olympus PEN E-PL8 Mirrorless Micro Four-Thirds Digital Camera Instruction Manual
200DLM/B Underwater Housing for Olympus PEN
E-PL8 Mirrorless Micro Four-Thirds Digital Camera
Product Number 6951.08
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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
• Rear O-Ring # 0110 (installed)
• Front O-Ring # 0132.36 (installed)
• Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.7 (installed)
• 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 two 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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Included in the Box
About this Product
Important Notices
Getting to Know Your Housing
Setting Up Your Camera
Accessory Port 3
Pre-Installation Checklist & Initial Camera Settings 6
Manual Flash 6
Setting Up Your Housing
Opening the Housing 7
Inserting the Camera 7
Attaching the Hotshoe 8
Closing the Housing 9
Attaching the Lens Port 10
Final Check 12
Entering the Water 12
Setting Up An External Strobe
Installing an Accessory via the Accessory Port
Attaching a Sync Cord 13
Post-Dive 15
Travel and Storage 16
Limited Warranty
Spare Parts
Service and Repairs
Contact Us
Getting to Know Your Housing
Mode Dial
Port Hole
Lens Port
Tray Mounts
Housing Rear O-Ring
OK Button
Mounting Plate
Housing Plate
Mount Top Rib
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 AF mode Still Picture to “S-AF.”
4. Set AF Illuminator to “Off.”
5. Set Sleep to “5min.”
6. Set ISO to “200” or other preferred setting.
7. Set Metering to
8. Set Touchscreen settings to “Off.”
9. Set Flash to
“Fill in.”
Settings not mentioned should be set to the user’s preference.
Manual Flash
Manual Flash can be set on the camera if desired: S or M mode must
be used to ensure that the flash will fire the red eye reduction
preflashes every time. When red eye reduction mode is selected and
the shutter release is pressed, 4 short bursts will be fired by the flash.
After that, you are now in manual flash mode and the lightning bolt
flash ready indicator will disappear from the monitor, and there will be
no more preflashes.
To go back to TTL mode, power the strobe off and then on again, then
change the camera from red eye reduction back to “fill-in flash.”
Additional information can be found in the Olympus camera manual.
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 snap(s).
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 reattached AFTER the camera body is
installed in the housing.
3. Remove the camera mounting plate from the housing.
4. Line up the Mounting Screw with the Camera Tripod Socket. Use
a coin or flat head screwdriver (preferred) to tighten the mounting
plate to the camera.
1/4-20 Mounting Screw
1/4-20 Threaded Hole
Camera Tripod Socket
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 Housing Plate Mount Top Rib,
page 6.
Attaching the Hotshoe
1. Make sure the Hotshoe and camera contacts are clean.
2. Slide the Hotshoe onto the camera Hotshoe Mount.
Hotshoe Mount
3. Push the Hotshoe forward until it is unable to go any farther. The
Hotshoe must be pushed all the way forward to make proper
contact with the camera and provide TTL operation. Make sure
the Hotshoe wire does not interfere with any housing control
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 an optional Gear Sleeve, place it in the Port
Base with the teeth side facing away from the housing.
Lens Port
Port Base
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
not aligned properly, 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/strobes, 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 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. As soon as you enter the water, take a moment and check to see
that the housing is properly sealed. If possible, first water test the
housing with no camera inside to assure a safe and watertight
3. 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.
4. 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
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 gently insert the sync cord
plug into the housing bulkhead. DO NOT force or rush this
installation. The sync cord will not go into the bulkhead if the Pins
and Receptacles are misaligned.
Bulkhead Cap
Sync Cord
Retaining Ring
Sync Cord
Pins and
4. Rotate the Knurled Retaining Ring until snug on the housing
bulkhead. Do not use pliers or tools to tighten the retaining ring.
5. Attach the other end of the sync cord to the bulkhead 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
Installing an Accessory via the Accessory Port
1. Remove the Hole Plug using an 11/16” open end wrench.
2. Check the accessory fitting o-ring sealing area. Check o-ring and
housing o-ring sealing area. All should be clean and free of hair,
sand, or other debris.
3. Lightly lubricate o-ring with Ikelite lubricant. Use ONLY Ikelite
lubricant. Other manufacturer lubricants can cause the o-ring to
4. Carefully screw in and tighten accessory fitting. The accessory port
features a 1/2-20 threaded hole. Make sure your fitting is the same
thread pattern. DO NOT cross-thread. DO NOT overtighten.
5. After installing an accessory, pressure test the housing by diving
without a camera inside.
»» Do not remove the Accessory Port Hole Plug unless you are
installing a compatible accessory.
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 recheck 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) closer to 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 or sync cord properly 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 should be “tight” against the mounting plate. Check
tightness using a coin or screwdriver (preferred).
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.
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.
Spare Parts
• Rear O-Ring # 0110
• Front O-ring # 0132.36
• Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.7
• Port Securing Thumbscrews (Set of 3) # 9249.6
• Silicone lubricant # 5020
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
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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 contact 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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