Camera Underwater Housing D90 (Nikon) User Manual

Camera Underwater Housing D90 (Nikon) User Manual
Camera Underwater Housing
User Manual
D90 (Nikon)
Contents: 1. Introduction
2. Specifications
3. Function Controls
4. Set up Instructions
5. Use & Care of Housing
6. Service
7. Warranty
1. Introduction
Made of 6061 aluminum, 10Bar Housing is a sturdy choice for the LXG10 camera.
For those who favor small
cameras, it is the ideal housing to suit their needs. It is equipped with full-function control buttons, bulkhead
connector for external flash and interchangeable ports for conversion lens. The acrylic back cover allows taking
pictures and checking on the camera much easier. For closure, the double o-rings and key hole lock design
provide ease of use and added security. Now you can use small cameras with the feel and function of
professional housings.
2. Specifications
Test Pressure
Closure Design
Body Material
Overall Size
Total Weight
Housings are individually tested to 10 Bar (90 m / 300
ft.) Recommended working pressure 60 m.
Double O-rings, latch with lock
mm (LxWxH)
kg (Housing only)
Kg (Housing only)
Buoyancy (with camera)
Slightly negative in salt water
Spare main O-ring
Universal tool
Silicone O-ring grease
Carry bag
Red filter (optional)
Extension arm for strobe or video light (optional)
Video light VL035(optional)
Macro and Wide Angle lens (optional)
3. Function Controls
3.1 Buttons & Parts
(11) FUNC. SET
3.2 Control Details
(1) FLASH ON - align the white dot towards the lid, press down and turn towards the ‘lighting’ logo, the flash
should pop up.
(2) FLASH OFF - turn the ‘Flash On’ white dot towards the lid, turn the button towards the ‘no lighting’ logo.
Make sure that the Flash is turn off before opening the lid.
(3) FOCUS - press to activate / confirm.
(4) CURSOR - rotate until the white dot is over the required direction and press, when not in use rotate the
white dot towards the screen to facilitate the ‘AF/AE LOCK / Menu/Set’ function.
(5) ASPECT RATIO -rotate to select the required ratio.
(6) MODE DIAL - press down and turn to select the required mode.
(7) SHUTTER / ZOOM - press to activate the shutter, turn to activate the zoom function.
(8) ON / OFF - align the white dot towards the lid, press and turn to on or off.
(10) DISPLAY / DELE - rotate until the white dot align and press.
(11) REC / PLAYBACK - press and turn to select.
(12) AF /AE LOCK / MENU / SET - rotate until the white dot align and press, when not in use rotate the
white dot until pointing downward to facilitate the ‘cursor’ function.
For the full list of camera functions and settings accessed by each control, please consult the Canon G10
camera instruction manual.
4. Set up Instructions
4.1 Special note on responsibility for watertight integrity
Each housing is individually inspected and hydrostatically tested in the factory. The design of the main
piston O-ring seal is among the most reliable in the industry and the watertight integrity is excellent. This
special O-ring design provides a perfect seal even if there is any movement between the body and lid due
to change of ambient pressure. However please note that responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the
watertight seal lies entirely with the user. 10 BAR accepts no liability for damage to, or loss of any
equipment used with, or placed inside the housing. Users are highly recommended to carry out in-water
test of the housings without installing of the camera for their first dive after, change of new ports or
alternation of any new configuration. The test can be carried out by lowering the housing with ballast to the
working depth or dive down to the safe diving range.
The O-ring seal is the main barrier between the water
outside and the air space within the camera. It is an
effective barrier only if the seal is properly maintained.
The O-ring seal should be inspected before every dive.
The following information is provided for your guidance
in using and maintaining the O-ring seal.
4.2 Maintaining the O-ring Seal
If the main body to lid O-ring is not installed, install the O-ring before diving. This is the only user
serviceable O-ring. Its care and maintenance is critical to the watertight integrity of the housing. The
O-ring should be replaced at the service interval (see section on service). If the O-ring is contaminated, or
not already installed, inspect grease and install the O-ring according to the following guidelines.
4.3 Inspection, cleaning and re-instillation of the O-ring
A soft cotton bud or sponge applicator, make sure these are free of all chemicals or contamination such as
loose fibers, and the tube of silicone grease supplied with the housing. Note other types of silicone grease
specifically for use with underwater camera equipment can usually also be used. It is advised to carry out
the following procedure on a firm clean level surface, (e.g. at a table), to prevent skidding especially useful
to have when diving from a boat.
When to maintain the O-ring seal
Remove the O-ring periodically for inspection. It is not necessary to remove, clean andre-install the O-ring
after every dive provided the O-ring did not become contaminated. As arule of thumb set up the camera
and housing before a day’s diving. If the housing is required to be opened between dives for changing
memory card or re-charging batteries, make sure the outside of the housing is thoroughly toweled dry
before opening up. After removing the lid and servicing the camera, replace the lid straight away, rather
than leaving it lying around. Before replacing the lid, make sure that no contamination such as dust, hair,
salt, sand etc. has fallen onto the O-ring or O-ring recess, as a precaution we recommend to inspect the
O-ring every time the lid is opened and to carry out the maintenance if necessary.
Place the lid on a firm non-slip level surface.
 The O-ring can be extracted using an O-ring extractor
tool (make sure the tool as nosharp edges).
Alternatively use the flats of the thumbs to gently
stretch the O-ring on two faces thus making a small
loop protruding a few mm. The loop can then be
grasped between finger and thumb, to pull the O-ring
over the lip.
Clean the O-ring recess (the square groove where
the O-ring sits) with a cotton bud.
 Inspect the O-ring all the way round its surface for
damage such as cuts tears or contamination. This
should be done visually and also by feeling the
surface texture between finger and thumb.
IT IMMEDIATELY. A spare O-ring is supplied with your housing, or a replacement O-ring can be
obtained from 10 BAR. If the O-ring is contaminated or suspected of being contaminated, clean it
with a cotton cloth that is free of all chemicals or contamination. After cleaning inspect the O-ring
Once the O-ring has been inspected and verified fit for use, apply a SMALL amount of silicone
grease to the O-ring. The silicone grease must be evenly distributed round the O-ring
Replace the O-ring into the groove; run a finger round the O-ring, to make sure it is snugly seated in
the groove.
4.4 Mounting the camera in the housing:
Remove the lens cap and wrist strap. The pressure release plug should be pulled out before inserting the
camera. Attach the plastic slide tray to the camera’s tripod mounting fixture with a coin, screwdriver or the
end of the universal tool supplied. Take care not to excessively tighten the screw. Slide the camera into the
body along the guide rail. Make sure the camera body reach the limit and test the function of the on/of
button on the body of the housing. Slide the hot shoe plug into the hot shoe Note: If you find that the
buttons do not align properly with the controls, please check again that the camera is properly seated to the
limit of the guide rail.
Replace the lid. Remember to ensure the pressure release plug is pulled all the way out while closing, otherwise
the air cannot escape. Squeeze the lid closed all the way with the hissing of expelled air. Screw home the
pressure release plug. There is no need to excessively tighten this plug. The seal is made by internal O-rings.
The O-ring on the underside of the plug is just to keep out dirt.
After replacing the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring for contamination.
Note: If the O-ring is in good contact, a thin black line, about 0.5 to 1mm in width should be visible,
where the O-ring is in contact with the lid. Follow this line all the way round the edge of the seal, as a
final check that the seal is good. The housing is now ready for the dive.
Important !!! Before diving, make sure the pressure release plug is pushed back inside and then
screwed home, do not over tighten this plug (finger tight only).
5. Use & Care of Housing
5.1 Pre Dive Function Check.
Just before entering the water, make a habit of reviewing the proper steps to close the housing and connect the
bulkhead. Make a visual check of the O-ring seal. It is also useful to switch on the camera, and check that
controls e.g. on/off, zoom, shutter functions operate normally.
Check housing is closed
Check O-ring is in the groove between housing and Acrylic
Check battery and memory card status on the LCD display
Check control knob and zoom function
Check the Bulkhead is properly connected or blanked.
Always avoid submerging the housing in hot water for a prolonged time or a cleansing tank where the
water may be heated up by the sun.
5.2 General Operation.
The control levers and push buttons consist of internal double O-ring seals on a stainless steel shaft. This
arrangement is very reliable, however as a precaution, when operating the controls, avoid excessively rapid
movements, as this may distort the O-ring. Also please allow for the fact that the camera takes a few seconds to
power on. If the camera does not appear to respond to a control action, make sure that no other controls are
pressing on the camera, i.e. locking out further actions.
Wear the wrist strap; it is easy to inadvertently let go of the housing, especially if you are distracted.
5.3 Cleaning & Storage.
The body & lid of the housing are made of 6061 Aluminum and Acrylic respectively. 6061 Aluminum is
selected for its outstanding strength stiffness, hardness and toughness, While Acrylic for its crystal clear
transparency and high gloss surface. Both of them have good resistance to weathering, although long-term
exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Normal operating temperature range is 3°C to 36°C (Storage
temperature: -10°C to 50°C)
It is good practice to rinse off your housing with fresh water after every dive. Avoid to exposure to fine sand.
After a series of 10 or more dives, e.g. after a dive holiday, it is recommended to immerse the housing for 2-3
hours in warm water to dissolve any salt deposits that may have built up. No chemical cleaners should be used.
For long term storage please remove the main closure o-rings from body.
5.4 Transportation.
Please protect the housing during transportation. It is recommended to remove the handle, and shutter extension,
and wrap the camera in foam or bubble wrap.
5.5 Accidents
The impact resistance of the housing is excellent. However after an accident the alignment of the housing may
have been altered. Therefore in the event of your housing suffering an impact force, e.g. being dropped, it is
essential that you do not use the housing for diving. Please return the housing immediately for service and put a
note inside to indicate the nature of the accident, so that the severity can be assessed.
6. Service
To ensure the continued performance of your housing, it should be serviced every year, or after every 200 dives
whichever is earlier. Please note the terms for servicing the housing posted at our website. A full service will
Inspect all components for wears or damage (report if repair necessary),
Clean all sealing surfaces,
Replace all O-ring seals,
Hydrostatic pressure test to 10 Bar.
Note: Replacement of damaged components may require additional cost.
7. Warranty
The warranty is valid within two years from the date of first purchase. The warranty applies only to the
housing itself. 10BAR does not accept any liability either implicit or otherwise for any
equipment housed inside, or used together with the housing. In the event of the housing
flooding within the period of warranty, 10BAR will repair or replace the housing. Please note that
disassembly of the housing will invalidate warranty. Please fill in the information below, and return a
copy to 10Bar Underwater Housing at the address below, to validate the warranty.
(Copy to be retained by user)
Housing Type :
Date of Purchase:
Serial Number : (Labeled inside housing)
Dealer :
Owner’s Name :
e-mail :
Owner’s Address:
Fax :
Office & Showroom:
Unit C, 2/F., Wing Hin Factory Building, 31-33 Ng Fong St., San Po Kong, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2573 3228
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (852) 2811 9180
Web site:
Please keep this document for future reference
(Note: due to continuous improvement the latest model housing may differ slightly form those described in this document)
(Copy to be returned to 10 Bar Underwater Housings)
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