Ikelite | Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX100, LX100 II, Leica D-LUX Type 109 | Instruction manual | Ikelite Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX100, LX100 II, Leica D-LUX Type 109 Instruction Manual

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX100, LX100 II, Leica D-LUX Type 109 Instruction Manual
Underwater TTL Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX100,
LX100 II, Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
Product Number 6171.11
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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.
Send us an email 24 hours a day to ikelite@ikelite.com. We strive to
reply within 1 business day.
An electronic version of this instruction manual is available for
download via the product page on our website:
https://www.ikelite.com
In the Box
• Housing
• Main o-ring # 0110 (installed)
• Port cover # 0200.08 (installed)
• Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.7 (installed)
• .050” hex key # 0945.11
• 1/16” hex key # 0945.16
• 1/8” hex key # 0945.18
• Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
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Important Notices
»» A bulkhead cap or sync cord must be attached to the housing
bulkhead for waterproof operation. Never submerge the
housing in water without either a sync cord or bulkhead cap
attached.
»» 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.
Accessory Port
»» Do not remove the Accessory Port Plug unless you are
installing a compatible accessory.
Your housing features one spare 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
Introduction
2
In the Box
2
Important Notices
3
Accessory Port
3
Getting to Know Your Housing
6
Tray Mounts 8
Accessory Port 8
Trigger Extension 8
Lanyard Mount 8
Setting Up Your Camera
9
Pre-Installation Checklist 9
Camera Settings 9
Exposure Settings 9
Setting Up Your Housing
10
Opening the Housing 10
Inserting the Camera 10
Attaching the Hotshoe 12
Closing the Housing 13
Setting Up An External Strobe
13
TTL Strobe Compatibility 14
Attaching an Electrical Sync Cord 14
Taking your Housing in the Water
16
Final Check 16
Entering the Water 16
Shooting Underwater 17
Learning about Underwater Photography
17
Maintenance
18
Post-Dive 18
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Lens Port 19
Storage 19
Servicing Recommendations 20
Lubricating Controls
20
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
Shutter speed
Zoom
Filter
Bulkhead
Shutter
Lidsnap
Aperture
Tray mounts
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Lens Port
ON/OFF
Rear * dial
Exposure
compensation
Accessory
port
Fn3
Fn2
AE/FE
LOCK
MENU
ISO
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WB
Fn1
DISP
Lid hook
O-ring
Lanyard
Camera mount
plate
Fn3
Fn2
AE/FE
LOCK
Playback
MENU
ISO
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WB
Fn1
AF Mode
Fn1/Delete
DISP
White Balance
MENU/SET
Drive Mode
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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.
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 Vaccum 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
water.
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
separately.
Lanyard Mount
A lanyard with a thin cord may be attached to the housing using the
lanyard mount on back of the housing.
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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.
4. Remove the camera’s external flash if attached.
Camera Settings
• Set Red-Eye Removal to OFF.
• Set Shutter AF to ON.
• Set Half Press Release to OFF.
• Set Quick AF to ON.
• Set Eye Sensor AF to OFF.
• Set AF Assist Lamp to OFF.
• Set Focus/Release Priority to FOCUS.
• Set Filter Effects to OFF 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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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
camera.
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2. Orient the Gear Ring with the foam strips on top and bottom and
the white dot at the top center. Attach the Gear Ring to the camera
by gently pressing it onto the camera’s Aperture Ring. The front of
the Gear Ring should be flush with the front of the Aperture Ring.
Lumix
L
3. Remove the Camera Mounting Plate from the housing.
4. Line up the mounting screw with the camera’s tripod socket. Use a
flat head screwdriver to tighten the mounting plate to the camera.
Camera tripod
socket
Mounting screw
1/4-20 tripod
mount
FRONT
5. Pull out on the housing’s ON/OFF, Shutter Speed, and Exposure
Compensation knobs to move them out of the way.
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6. Insert the Mounting Plate into the corresponding slot on the inside
bottom of the housing. Rotate the front aperture knob slightly to
assist Gear Ring engagement with housing gear. Slowly push the
camera all of the way forward until the back of the Mounting Plate is
flush with the back of the housing mount.
7. Orient the On/OFF control so that the legs of the “U” are on either
side of the camera lever.
8. Check the Gear Ring. If it has slipped backwards slightly, gently
push the top forward to engage with the gearing in the front of the
housing.
»» The camera’s Aperture Ring does not rotate 360º. Do not force
the control to rotate past its natural stop. Forced over-rotation
may damage the housing’s gearing.
Attaching the Hotshoe
1. If using a strobe connected by electrical sync cord, orient the
hotshoe with the arrow on top pointing towards the front of the
camera.
Camera
hotshoe
mount
Housing
hotshoe
2. Slide the housing hotshoe into camera’s hotshoe mount until it
stops.
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»» The hotshoe must be all the way forward in the camera mount
for proper flash operation.
»» Do not attach the hotshoe if using a strobe connected by fiber
optic cord. Connecting the hotshoe will disable the camera’s
built-in flash.
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 both 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.
7. Check control functions.
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 a direct electrical connection to the camera’s
external flash hotshoe via a manual flash hotshoe. An external strobe
may be triggered via electrical sync cord.
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TTL Strobe Compatibility
When compatible Ikelite DS strobe(s) are attached by electrical sync
cord, the TTL circuitry built into the housing allows the camera to
communicate directly with the attached strobe(s). The camera triggers
the strobe(s) and adjusts the strobe(s) power automatically for perfect
exposure.
The following strobes are TTL compatible with this housing:
• Ikelite DS50 above serial # 70000
• Ikelite DS51
• Ikelite DS125 above serial # 5000
• Ikelite DS160, DS161
• Ikelite DS200 above serial # 7163
Flash exposure compensation may be added or subtracted using the
camera’s menu settings. Due to the camera’s pre-flash sequence,
manual full power setting cannot be used when a DS strobe is
attached by fiber optic sync cord.
Strobes from SEA&SEA, INON, and other manufacturers may be
attached by electrical sync cord for faster shooting and extended
battery life compared to fiber optic triggering. These strobes are not
capable of powering the TTL circuitry built into this housing. NonIkelite strobes must be used in manual power modes when connected
by electrical sync cord.
Attaching an Electrical Sync Cord
1. Remove connector protectors and bulkhead caps from each
connection.
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2. Apply a very thin, even layer of lubricant on all threads, sealing
surfaces, and the exposed portion of the plug o-ring. Do not allow
lubricant to get into the pins and receptacles of the plug or
bulkheads.
Bulkhead
cap
Retaining
ring
Bulkhead
3. Align plug and insert into the housing bulkhead. Each male pin
mates with a female receptacle. Failing to line up the contacts
properly before tightening may result in damage to the converter
plug and/or housing bulkhead.
4. Hand-tighten the retaining ring.
5. Attach the other end of the sync cord to the bulkhead on your
strobe.
6. Turn on the strobe(s).
7. Turn on the camera. Take a test photo to ensure that your strobe(s)
are functioning properly.
»» 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.
8.
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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 a photo.
4. Check camera battery life and available storage space on your
memory card.
5. Check your external flash, if using.
6. Draw a vacuum on the housing to check for leaks using the optional
vacuum kit, if using (sold separately).
7. 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. 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.
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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
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• 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!
Maintenance
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.
7. Detach the cord plug or bulkhead cap and lubricate the threads,
o-ring(s) and sealing surface(s) every 2-3 days during continuous
use.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.
2. Remove the control shaft from the inside of the housing.
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3. Clean and lightly lubricate the shaft, including the large outer end of
the shaft.
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.
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»» 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.
»» DO NOT pull the shutter trigger without a camera installed. You
may accidentally detach or damage the control spring.
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.
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.
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Strobe will not fire
• Turn on strobe.
• Make sure that the camera’s flash is set to fire on every photo.
• Check that the sync 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.
• Check each housing control while underwater to ensure that
they are disengaged. An inadvertently engaged control may limit
functioning of the camera.
Button(s) or control(s) do not line up
• Ensure that nothing is preventing the camera from going into the
housing.
• 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.
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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.
Spare Parts
Rear o-ring # 0110
Port cover # 0200.08
Trigger lever extension # 4077.93
Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.7
Silicone lubricant # 5020
Push button o-ring kit # 6201.03
.050” hex key # 0945.11
1/16” hex key # 0945.16
1/8” hex key # 0945.18
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.
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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
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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