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Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot SX700, SX710 Instruction Manual
Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot SX700
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Product # 6148.70
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Introduction
Thank you for your purchase of Ikelite products.
Our primary focus is to provide quality, professional grade products
for use in and under water. Our products are designed, manufactured,
and distributed from our sole facility in Indianapolis, USA where we
started in 1962.
We are available if you have any questions or want photo advice.
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An electronic version of this instruction manual is available for
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In the Box
• Housing
• Main o-ring # 0109 (installed)
• Port cover # 0200.08 (installed)
• Flash diffuser
• Flash deflector
• Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
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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.
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Contents
Product Registration
1
Introduction
2
In the Box
2
Important Notices
3
Getting to Know Your Housing 6
Setting Up Your Camera
8
Tray Mounts 8
Pre-Installation Checklist 8
Camera Settings 8
Exposure Settings 8
Power Save 9
Setting Up Your Housing
9
Opening the Housing 9
Installing the Camera 9
Using the Built-in Flash
11
Using the Flash Diffuser 11
Installing the Flash Diffuser 11
Setting Up An External Strobe
12
Using the Flash Deflector 12
Installing the Flash Deflector 13
About Fiber Optic Cords 13
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord 14
Getting in the Water
15
Final Check 15
Entering the Water 15
Zoom Control 16
Control Dial 16
Shooting Underwater 17
Learning about Underwater Photography
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17
Maintaining Your Housing
18
Post-Dive 18
Lens Port 18
Storage 19
Servicing Recommendations 19
Lubricating Controls
19
Lubricating Push Buttons 20
Lubricating Control Shafts 21
Troubleshooting
23
Spare Parts
25
Limited Warranty
25
Service and Repairs
25
Contact Us
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Getting to Know Your Housing
Power
Zoom
Fiber optic
ports
Shutter
Tray mounts
Lid snap
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Lens port
Mode
Movie
DISP
MENU
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Control dial
O-ring
Mobile device
connection
Playback
Func / Set
Up / Exposure
Compensation
Left / Macro
Right / Flash
Down / Erase
DISP
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Display
MENU
Menu
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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.
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 AF Assist Beam to “Off.”
• Set Red-Eye Correction to “Off.”
• Set Red-Eye Lamp to “Off.”
• Set Flash Mode to “On-Flash always fires” when using an external
strobe.
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:
https://www.ikelite.com/blogs/cheat-sheets
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Power Save
The camera’s power saving functions allow you to extend battery life
and yet always be ready for the next shot. Adjust the Pwr Save Start
Time to suit your shooting needs.
Setting Up Your Housing
Opening the Housing
1. Push the lid snap lock forward and lift the curved end away from
the housing.
Lock
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
camera.
2. Raise the camera’s flash.
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3. Rotate the control dial so that the flat part of the control dial pad is
aligned with the rear o-ring on the housing back.
Control dial
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
camera.
5. Pull out on the housing control knobs to move them out of the way.
6. 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.
7. Align the housing back with the front and carefully insert the
camera into the housing front until the rear o-ring is touching the
front.
8. Make sure no controls or wires are interfering with the o-ring or the
back of the housing.
9. Place each lid snap into the corresponding hook on the housing
back.
10. 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.
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Using the Built-in Flash
The camera’s built-in flash may be used to illuminate subjects
underwater.
Using the Flash Diffuser
Install the semi-transparent diffuser when using the camera’s builtin flash. A portion of the camera’s built-in flash may be blocked by
the housing’s lens port. The diffuser spreads the light of the flash to
reduce any effects on the image.
It may be necessary to zoom in when shooting close-up photos to
completely eliminate any darkened areas.
Installing the Flash Diffuser
1. The flash deflector must be removed to use the camera’s builtin flash to illuminate a photo. If a deflector is installed, lift the
bottom with your thumb or a dull instrument and pull away from
the housing. The deflector must be removed prior to inserting the
camera in the housing.
2. Press the large opening of the flash diffuser over the housing’s
lens port until it snaps into the groove in the outer circumference of
the port. The piece may bend during installation.
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3. Orient the diffuser as shown.
4. Remove the diffuser by pulling it away from the port.
»» A small hole in the corner of the flash diffuser allows it to be
attached to your system using a thin string (not included). It
is recommended to attach the flash diffuser to your system to
avoid accidental loss.
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
photography.
This housing provides fiber optic ports for optical triggering of up to
two strobes.
Using the Flash Deflector
Install the opaque white flash deflector when using external strobes.
The flash deflector improves transmission of light to the fiber optic
ports and reduces unwanted backscatter (the illumination of particles
in the water).
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Installing the Flash Deflector
1. Only the diffuser or deflector should be installed at any given time.
If a diffuser is attached to the port, remove it by pulling it away from
the port. The flash deflector must be installed prior to inserting the
camera in the housing.
2. Line the velcro dots on the deflector with the velcro dots on the
inside of the housing’s front. When properly aligned, the holes in
the deflector will line up with the fiber optic ports on the housing.
Velcro
3. Press the deflector firmly into place.
4. To remove the deflector, lift the bottom with your thumb or a dull
instrument and pull away from the housing.
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
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• 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
smooth.
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
place.
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.
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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
housing.
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.
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»» 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.
Zoom Control
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 camera is
receiving a signal from the engaged zoom control.
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Control Dial
A small section of the rubber disc is missing at the end of this control.
This is normal and allows the user to completely disengage the control
from the camera when not in use.
To disengage the dial, line up the dot on the knob with the dot on the
housing back.
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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
techniques
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Photo Galleries showing examples of real results underwater
• Feature Articles and more!
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Maintaining Your Housing
Post-Dive
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
dives.
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.
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Storage
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
springs.
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
travel.
»» 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
components.
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.
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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.
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»» 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
e-clips.
»» Push buttons look similar but vary in length. Remove and reinstall one push button at a time.
Lubricating Control Shafts
1. Loosen the knob set screw using a hex key. Some set screws are
covered by a vinyl sleeve. The vinyl sleeve must be removed prior
to loosening the set screw.
2. Remove the control shaft from the inside of the housing.
3. Clean and lightly lubricate the shaft, including the large outer end
of the shaft.
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4. If there is a spring associated with the control, make sure it is in its
proper position.
Control
shaft
Housing
Control
gland
Knob
set
screw
Control
flat
5. Re-install the shaft from the inside of the housing. Rotate the shaft
gently for smooth installation into the gland. Push the control shaft
all of the way through until the flat of the shaft is visible on the
outside of the housing.
6. Align the knob set screw with the control flat.
7. Tighten the set screw firmly against the flat of the control shaft
using a hex key.
8. Check that the set screw is oriented properly by holding the control
shaft in place on the inside of the housing while attempting to
rotate the control knob on the outside of the housing. If there is
rotation, loosen the set screw and realign with control flat; retighten
and recheck.
»» We do not recommend removing the control gland from the
housing.
»» Always take the housing underwater to depth without a camera
after removing and re-installing controls.
»» Remove and re-install one control at a time.
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»» DO NOT pull the shutter trigger without a camera installed. You
may accidentally detach or damage the control spring.
Troubleshooting
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)
setting.
• 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)
setting.
• 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.
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• 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.
• Check that the camera’s built-in flash has been raised and is
pointing towards the housing’s fiber optic ports.
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
forward.
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 no controls are being accidentally pressed.
• Check that the zoom control is in the center deactivated position.
• 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.
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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 # 0200.08
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:
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Ikelite Underwater Systems
Attention: Service Department
50 W 33rd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA
+1 (317) 923-4523
service@ikelite.com
For detailed instructions on returning your product for service including
important information on international customs documentation, please
refer to our website at:
https://www.ikelite.com/pages/service-repairs
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
+1 (317) 923-4523
ikelite@ikelite.com
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