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Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Instruction Manual
Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G5 X
Mark II
Product # 6146.06
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In the Box
• Housing
• Main o-ring # 0109 (installed)
• Port cover # 0200 (installed)
• .050” hex key # 0945.11
• 1/16” hex key # 0945.16
• Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
Important Notices
» Do not pull the shutter trigger without a camera installed. You
may accidentally detach or damage the control spring.
» Never leave a housing in a rinse tank, even if it is the only
system in the tank. Accidental damage may occur 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.
» The included lanyard is a break-away safety lanyard. Never
carry the housing by the lanyard.
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In the Box
Important Notices
Getting to Know Your Housing 6
Tray Mounts 8
Lanyard Mount 8
Accessory Port 8
Trigger Extension 9
Setting Up Your Camera
Pre-Installation Checklist 9
Camera Settings 9
Exposure Settings 9
Setting Up Your Housing
Opening the Housing 10
Installing the Camera 10
Closing the Housing 12
Removing the Camera 12
Setting Up An External Strobe
About Fiber Optic Cords 13
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord 13
Getting in the Water
Final Check 14
Entering the Water 15
Shooting Underwater 15
Learning about Underwater Photography
Maintaining Your Housing
Post-Dive 16
Lens Port 17
Storage 17
Servicing Recommendations 18
Lubricating Controls
Spare Parts
Limited Warranty
Service and Repairs
Contact Us
Lubricating Push Buttons 19
Getting to Know Your Housing
Mode dial
Lens port
Fiber optic
Lid snap
Tray mount
Lid hook
4K photo
AE Lock
Menu / SET
Left / Macro
Down / INFO
Up / Drive mode
Right / Flash
Tray Mounts
This housing features two 1/4-20 threaded tray mounts on the bottom
of the housing. The spacing between the tray mounts is 3” (76.2 mm).
Optional tray with handles and mounting hardware are sold separately.
It is recommended to detach and thoroughly rinse the tray mounts,
tray, and mounting hardware, with fresh water routinely during
continuous use and prior to storage.
Lanyard Mount
The included lanyard is a break-away safety lanyard which is designed
to break if stress is placed on it. This is important so that the user can
break free if the equipment is caught on something underwater.
The lanyard is not designed to support the weight of the housing and
should not be used as a carrying strap. Carrying the housing by the
lanyard may result in damage to the lanyard and/or housing.
A different lanyard with a thin cord may be attached to the housing
using the lanyard mount on the corner of the housing.
Accessory Port
This housing features one spare accessory port which may be used
for the attachment of optional accessories. This port accepts fittings
designed for a 1/2” through or 1/2-20 threaded hole.
The optional Vacuum Kit # 47012 may be installed in this location. A
hand pump with gauge allows you to draw a vacuum on the house
to simulate water pressure and check for leaks prior to entering the
Visit ikelite.com for an updated list of compatible products.
» Do not remove or loosen the accessory port plug unless you
are installing a compatible accessory.
Trigger Extension
The shutter lever may be extended to be closer to your hand when
using an optional tray with right-hand quick release handle. This
requires the Trigger Extension # 4077.93.
Trigger extension and tray with quick release handle are sold
Setting Up Your Camera
Pre-Installation Checklist
1. Insert a fully charged camera battery.
2. Insert a properly formatted memory card.
3. Remove any attached lanyard or neck strap.
Camera Settings
• Set Red-Eye Lamp to “Off.”
• Set AF Assist Beam to “Off.”
• Set Flash mode to “Flash on” when using an external strobe. Flash
mode setting may not be available in all camera modes.
Exposure Settings
Refer to the Cheat Sheets in the Photo School section of our website
for recommendations on exposure settings for a wide variety of
shooting situations:
Setting Up Your Housing
Opening the Housing
1. Push the lid snap lock forward and 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.
3. Repeat with opposite lid snap.
4. Remove the housing back.
Installing the Camera
1. Remove any lanyard or neck strap which may be attached to the
2. Remove the camera mount plate from the housing.
3. Pull the bottom of the rear LCD screen away from the camera
body slightly. A thin wall on the top of the mounting plate will
rest between the camera body and the LCD screen for proper
4. Line the mount screw up with the camera’s tripod socket. Use a flat
screwdriver to tighten the mount plate to the camera.
LCD screen
tripod socket
Mount screw
1/4-20 tripod
Mount screw
5. If using an external strobe, press the camera’s flash pop-up button
to extend the camera’s built-in flash.
6. Pull out on the housing mode dial control until it stops.
7. Insert the camera into the housing aligning the mount plate into the
slot on the inside bottom of the housing. Push the camera all of the
way forward until it stops.
8. The LCD screen may be angled slightly for better viewing prior to
closing the housing.
» The camera may be attached to a tripod using the 1/4-20
threaded mounting hole on the bottom of the mount plate.
» The camera’s flash cannot be popped up once the housing is
closed. To use the camera’s built-in flash to trigger external
strobes, the flash must be extended prior to installation in the
Closing the Housing
1. Make sure the o-ring is clean and in its proper location on the back
of the housing. The rear housing o-ring does not require lubricant
to make a seal.
2. If using an external strobe, check that the camera’s built-in flash
is extended and facing forward towards the housing’s fiber optic
3. Place the back onto the housing front.
4. Make sure nothing is interfering with the o-ring or the back of the
5. Place each lid snap into the corresponding hook on the housing
6. Push the lid snaps towards the housing until they are flat against
the housing and the lock has engaged. Close both lid snaps at the
same time.
7. Check the o-ring seal. The o-ring should form a uniform, solid line
visible through the back of the housing.
8. Check control functions.
Removing the Camera
1. Open the housing.
2. Lift the LCD screen of the camera.
3. Use the pocket built into the camera mount plate to pull the
camera out with your index finger.
Setting Up An External Strobe
We recommend attaching an external strobe for the optimal color and
clarity in a wide variety of photographic situations, including daylight
This housing provides fiber optic ports for optical triggering of up to
two strobes.
About Fiber Optic Cords
Connecting a strobe via fiber optic cord requires the camera’s built-in
flash to fire for every photo. Rapid firing will be limited to the recycle
time of the camera’s built-in flash or the recycle time of the strobe,
whichever is slower.
The following fiber optic cords are compatible with this housing:
• Ikelite Fiber Optic Cord # 4501
• INON Optical D Cable “Non-wireless type” L-Connector
• SEA&SEA Fiber Optic Cable (L-type) # 50107
• SEA&SEA Fiber Optic Cable II # 50128
• Olympus UW Fiber Optic Cable # PTCB-E02
• Nauticam Optical Fiber Cable # 26211 Nauticam to INON
• Nauticam Optical Fiber Cable # 26212 Nauticam to SEA&SEA
» To connect two strobes to the housing, you must use two fiber
optic cords.
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord
1. Check the end of the fiber optic cord to ensure that it is clean and
2. Check that the fiber optic cord o-ring is in place. This o-ring does
not provide waterproofing, but it does keep the fiber optic cord in
3. Attach one end of the fiber optic cord to one of the fiber optic ports
on the housing. The connector is a press-fit into the port.
4. Attach the other end of the fiber optic cord to a compatible strobe.
5. Set the strobe according to the manufacturer recommendations.
6. Turn on the strobe.
7. Turn on the camera. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe(s)
are functioning properly.
Getting in the Water
Final Check
1. Re-check the rear o-ring seal. The seal should form an even, solid
line visible through the back of the housing.
2. Turn on the camera and check all control functions.
3. Make sure the camera can take a photo.
4. Check camera battery level and available storage space on your
memory card.
5. Submerge the housing in a fresh water tank dedicated to
underwater photography equipment. Visually confirm that there are
no signs of water intrusion. One sign of water intrusion is a steady
stream of bubbles coming from one of the housing’s seals.
Entering the Water
1. 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
2. We recommend entering the water without your housing to ensure
you are comfortable and your life-saving equipment is in working
order. Once you are stable, have someone pass your camera
housing to you.
3. Submerge the housing at the surface of the water and visually
confirm that there are no signs of water intrusion. Look for water
droplets or fogging inside of the housing, or a steady stream of
bubbles coming from one of the housing seals.
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.
» If water appears to be entering the housing, point the lens port
downward and return the housing to the surface immediately.
Please observe all necessary safety precautions. NEVER
ascend faster than accepted safety limits.
Shooting Underwater
• Get as close as possible to your subject. For the best results, only
photograph subjects that are less than 6’ (1.8m) away.
• Be careful not to stir up sand or silt.
• Photograph subjects straight on or at a slight upward angle.
• If you err 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. Get as close as you
can to your subjects when taking a photograph, but never
touch or disturb the marine life.
Learning about Underwater Photography
Visit the Photo School section of ikelite.com for a wide range of
information on shooting underwater including:
• Product Tutorials and Videos
• Cheat Sheets with exposure setting recommendations for a wide
variety of situations
• Advanced Techniques with in-depth articles on different shooting
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Photo Galleries showing examples of real results underwater
• Feature Articles and more!
Maintaining Your Housing
1. Rinse the housing in fresh water. Rotate the housing controls and
press each button several times while submerged in fresh water to
flush out any salt or debris to ensure smooth operation on future
2. Never leave your housing in a fresh water rinse tank, even if it is
the only system in the tank. Collisions with another person’s gear
can cause scratches or damage to your equipment. Accidental
damage occurs most often in the rinse tank.
3. Rinse off any residual residue from the rinse tank with clean,
running fresh water.
4. Stow the housing in a shaded place where it is protected from
impact and overheating. If no shade is available, cover the housing
with a light colored towel or cloth.
5. Check the memory card capacity and battery life of your camera
and strobe(s). Recharge as necessary.
6. Always re-check the o-ring seal after opening the housing.
Lens Port
Treat the surface of the lens port like a camera lens. After use, rinse
and gently dry the outside lens port to avoid water spotting. Use only a
microfiber lens cleaning cloth to avoid scratches. To clean, use a mild
soap solution.
» Do not rinse the inside of the lens port.
» 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.
1. Clean the housing and controls thoroughly prior to storage.
2. Remove the rear o-ring. Place in a small re-sealable plastic bag
inside of the housing.
3. Leave the lid snaps open to release pressure on the lid snap
4. Store the housing in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
and chemicals.
5. Before using the housing, check the tightness of the set screw in
each control knob. Check each control gland to make sure they are
snug. There is a slight chance that either could vibrate loose during
» Do not leave the camera and housing in direct sunlight for
prolonged periods. Heat may damage the camera.
» Do not transport with the camera inside of the housing.
» Do not store the housing in a humid environment. Prolonged
exposure to high humidity may damage electronic
Servicing Recommendations
It is recommended that the housing be sent to Ikelite or an authorized
service center annually for routine service and maintenance. Service
may be required more or less frequently depending on care and use.
Lubricating Controls
The housing’s controls may need to be lubricated if they become
particularly difficult to use or if the o-rings have dried out during longer
periods of storage.
There will be some breaking force required to move the controls
initially after the housing has been in storage for long periods of time.
Remove controls for lubrication only if they continue to stick after
applying a small amount of lubricant to the exposed portion of the
shafts and working them many times.
» Use only Ikelite lubricant. Other types of lubricant may cause
swelling of o-rings or cracking of plastic components.
» Lubricant is not a sealant; it is used to reduce friction.
Excessive lubricant can collect sand, hair or debris which may
interfere with proper sealing.
» Never use spray lubricants as the propellant ingredient can
cause the plastic housing to crack or o-rings to swell.
Lubricating Push Buttons
1. Press and hold the push button all the way in.
2. Place a small amount of lubricant at the base of the push button
shaft inside the housing.
3. Press and release the push button several times to work the
lubricant into the o-ring.
4. If a push button control becomes difficult to push or if it sticks when
depressed, soak the housing in warm, soapy fresh water. After a
few minutes, operate the push button. If this does not correct the
problem, return the housing to Ikelite for maintenance.
» To prevent build-up of salt, sand, or debris, the push buttons
should be flushed with fresh, clean water after every use.
Depress each push button while the housing is submerged in
fresh water.
» If it is necessary to remove a housing push button, NEVER
re-use the e-clip. Push button o-ring kits include replacement
» Push buttons look similar but vary in length. Remove and reinstall one push button at a time.
Water enters the housing
• Check and reinstall the rear o-ring.
• Replace the o-ring if there are any signs of cracks or tears.
• Take the housing underwater to depth 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 light(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 and make sure they are pointed
in the right direction.
• Adjust exposure compensation in the camera.
• Adjust lighting power.
Strobe(s) will not fire
• Turn on strobe.
• Check the strobe(s) battery life.
• Restore the camera to factory default settings. There are some
camera settings that will prevent an external flash from firing.
• Check camera settings recommended for use with an external
strobe in the beginning of this manual.
• Check that the fiber optic cord is properly attached.
Button(s) are sticking
• Soak the housing in lukewarm fresh water. Depress each button
several times while the housing is submerged. Rinse the housing
with running fresh water.
• Lubricate the controls.
Button(s) or control(s) not operating
• Tighten the camera mounting plate with a screwdriver.
• Ensure that nothing is preventing the camera from going all of the
way into the housing.
• Check that the camera mounting plate is pushed all of the way
Camera is not functioning normally underwater
• 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 shutter is not half depressed. If the shutter spring
has been damaged by activation without a camera installed, it may
not return properly. Adjust or replace the shutter spring.
Backscatter or “snow” in images
• Reposition strobe(s) or light(s) to light up the subject only and not
the water in-between the camera and subject.
• Avoid using strobes in extremely low-visibility conditions.
Spare Parts
Rear o-ring # 0109
Port cover # 0200
Silicone lubricant # 5020
Push button o-ring kit # 6201.03
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.
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
Attention: Service Department
50 W 33rd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
+1 (317) 923-4523
For detailed instructions on returning your product for service including
important information on international customs documentation, please
refer to our website at:
Contact Us
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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
+1 (317) 923-4523
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