Friday, January 22, 2021

Ikelite: Protect Your Imaging Investment from Inside the Housing Bubble


Out on the DEMA Show floor, got a chance to stop at the Ikelite booth, where we picked up a little illumination on what’s exciting for the coming year.

Dedicated to keeping the housing market in line with new developments in the camera industry, Ikelite has been proud to debut a few new offerings including protection for later-model mirrorless Sonys. There’s a dedicated model for the a6000 ($975/£760/€886), but if you have an a6100 through a6500 ($775/£603/€704), one housing will cover you. Even fresher on the market is their Sony a7R IV ($1695/£1320/€1540) setup.

If Canon is more your speed, look for their new EOS M6 Mark II model ($775/£603/€704), which will be compatible with a new external TTL system expected out in December. The external version is a new departure for Ikelite, who have traditionally embedded TTL within their housings. External units offer the versatility of upgrading existing systems and attaching Ikelite strobes to non-Ikelite housings using a five-conductor hotshoe. The external switch comes equipped with an LED indicator that will let you know at a glance whether you’re controlling your lights with TTL or manually.

Another new product to look out for is a dome port for the Olympus FCON-T02 Fisheye Converter Lens ($350/£272/€318), which will provide a range of focus from the 180° fisheye at 24mm down to the equivalent of about 14mm.

Ikelite’s SLR housings come standard with a vacuum valve, though the pump is optional. A vacuum-tight seal provides reassuring proof that your camera is protected, while removing some of the moisture-trapping air inside the housing.

So if you’re looking for a new solution for getting your topside rig down below, head over to the Ikelite website and let them get you into your dream housing.

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Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin began diving in 2012 as preparation for a trip to Hawaii and before the year was out she'd left her old life behind to work in the dive industry full-time. When she's not out exploring the deep and collecting c-cards, you might find her making art or working on her master's thesis in cultural anthropology at San Diego State University. Erin is an Associate Editor with


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