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Ikelite Underwater TTL Housing for Canon PowerShot G16 Instruction Manual
Underwater TTL Housing for Canon PowerShot G16
Product Number 6146.17
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About this Product
Thank you for your purchase of Ikelite equipment. Please read this
instruction manual completely before attempting to operate or dive
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Included in the Box
• Housing # 6146.17
• Port Cover # 0200.8 (installed)
Specifications
• 200 ft (60m) depth rating
• Controls for all camera functions except Flash switch and Diopter
adjustment dial
• Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
• 1/4-20 thread tray mounting with 3 in (76mm) spacing
• Weight 3.6 lb (1.6 kg)
• Dimensions 6 x 7.2 x 5.9 in (152 x 183 x 150 mm)
• 3.9-inch diameter glass lens port
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Important Notices
»» This housing requires a compatible Lens Port for waterproof
operation. The housing is not waterproof without a Lens Port
attached.
»» 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 Accessory Port which may be used for
attachment of factory optional or aftermarket housing accessories.
The Accessory Port is 1/2-20 threaded.
Visit ikelite.com for information on optional accessories.
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Contents
Product Registration
1
About this Product
2
Included in the Box
2
Specifications
2
Important Notices
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Accessory Port
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Getting to Know Your Housing
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Setting Up Your Camera
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Setting Up Your Housing
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Pre-Installation Checklist 7
Opening the Housing 7
Inserting the Camera 8
Attaching the Hotshoe 9
Closing the Housing 9
Final Check 10
Entering the Water 10
Setting Up An External Strobe
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Strobe Compatibility 11
About the Built-In Flash 12
About Fiber Optic Strobe Use 12
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord 12
About Sync Cords 13
Attaching a Sync Cord 13
Taking your Housing in the Water
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Final Check 15
Entering the Water 15
In the Water 16
Maintenance
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Post-Dive 16
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Travel and Storage 16
Optional Accessories
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Spare Parts
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Troubleshooting
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Service and Repairs
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Limited Warranty
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Contact Us
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Getting to Know Your Housing
Mode Dial
Zoom Lever
Shutter Button
Front Dial
Flash up Switch
Accessory Port
Hole Plug
Electrical
bulkhead
Fiber Optic
Ports
Lid
snap
Tray mounts
Lens Port
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O-Ring
ON/OFF
S
ISO
DISP
MENU
Camera
Mounting Plate
Lanyard
S
ISO
MF Manual Focus
Function/Set Button
DISP
MENU
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Control Dial
Setting Up Your Camera
Pre-Installation Checklist
1. Insert a fully charged camera battery.
2. Insert a properly formatted memory card.
3. Set Mode Dial to “Av” Aperture Priority and ISO to “200.”
4. In the Flash Control Built-in Flash Settings Menu, set Red-eye Corr.
and Red-eye Lamp to “Off.”
5. Set Metering to “Center Weighted Avg.”
Adjust camera settings as needed for each shooting situation.
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
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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
camera.
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 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
Camera Tripod Socket
1/4-20 Threaded Hole
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.
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Attaching the Hotshoe
1. Make sure the contacts are clean.
2. Slide the hotshoe onto the camera with the hotshoe arrow facing
forward.
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 with Ikelite
DS-series strobes.
Leave the housing hotshoe DISCONNECTED when using the
camera flash to trigger fiber optic strobes.
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
back.
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
front.
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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
housing.
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.
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4. 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.
5. 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
This housing is designed with Ikelite TTL Conversion Circuitry. The
Conversion Circuitry provides real Canon eTTL flash exposure when
used with compatible Ikelite DS series Strobes.
Once a DS-series strobe is attached to the camera housing, the
conversion circuitry is automatically powered after the strobe is turned
on. Once attached, turn the strobe on first before turning on the
camera.
The housing and strobe communicate directly with the camera to
trigger the strobe and adjust its power for perfect exposure.
TTL Flash is NOT available when camera is in “M” Manual mode.
There is no TTL flash even with Canon’s own flash in the camera “M”
mode.
Manual power settings can be selected in the “Flash Control” section
of the camera menu. The strobe should still be left in TTL mode to
take advantage of this feature.
Strobe Compatibility
All Ikelite DS strobes are capable of providing TTL operation with this
system except:
• DS125 strobes below serial number 5000
• DS51 strobes below serial number 70000
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• DS200 strobes below serial number 7163
For TTL operation, the strobe must be set to TTL.
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.
About the Built-In Flash
Due to the housing’s opaque design, the camera’s built-in flash can
ONLY be used to trigger fiber optic strobes.
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 Fiber Optic Strobe Use
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.
Leave the housing hotshoe DISCONNECTED when using the
camera flash to trigger fiber optic strobes.
Go to ikelite.com for fiber optic cord compatibility.
Attaching a Fiber Optic Cord
1. Check the end of the fiber optic cord to ensure that it is clean and
smooth.
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.
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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
recommendations.
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
properly.
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.
Go to ikelite.com for electrical sync cord compatibility.
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.
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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.
Waterproof
bulkhead cap
Bulkhead
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
strobe(s).
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
setting.
7. Turn on the strobe(s).
8. Turn on the camera.
9. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe(s) are functioning
properly.
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Taking your Housing in the Water
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 take and record a photo.
4. Check battery life and open storage space on your memory card.
5. Check your external 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. One sign of a leak is 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. 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.
3. 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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In the Water
1. Be respectful of other people, creatures, and the ecosystem
underwater. Do not crowd or bump into others underwater.
2. Regularly check your depth and air pressure while underwater.
3. Get as close as you can to your subject to take a photo, but do not
touch it.
Maintenance
Post-Dive
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
equipment.
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.
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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.
Optional Accessories
A full range of accessories is available to support your housing.
Please visit ikelite.com to see the most current information about
recommended accessories for your housing.
Spare Parts
• Main o-ring # 0110
• Port cover # 0200.08
Troubleshooting
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.
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Photos are over-exposed (too light)
• Adjust aperture (smaller), shutter speed (faster), or ISO (lower)
setting.
• 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)
setting.
• 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
housing.
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• 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 not engaged.
Backscatter or “snow” in images
• Position strobes or lights farther away from your lens and at a slight
angle.
• Avoid using strobes in extremely low-visibility conditions.
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
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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.
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.
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
ikelite@ikelite.com
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