Out on the DEMA Show floor, DeeperBlue.com 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.