Durable clear polycarbonate construction provides a unique view of the camera to ensure correct waterproof installation and confidence underwater. The camera installs with drop-in loading for quick and easy set up. Simply close the side latch and see the o-ring form a solid black, watertight seal. Large, ergonomic controls provide access to all important camera functions.
Ikelite products are designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry.
An included flash diffuser improves lighting quality when the camera's built-in flash is used. A built-in flash is effective between 1-3 feet (0.3-0.9m) from the subject in clear conditions. For best results a color correcting filter or external lighting is recommended. External lighting is more powerful than the camera's flash and can be placed in a position to virtually eliminate the backscatter - or "snow" - from your underwater images.
The optional AF35 strobe triggers and provides automatic TTL exposure by watching the camera's built-in flash, without the need of fiber optic cords or sensors. Alternatively, two ports are provided for the connection of up to two Ikelite-, SEA&SEA-, or Olympus-type fiber optic cords.
Our 3-inch diameter ports feature a 67mm thread on the front for the easy attachment of external wide angle and macro wet lenses. Wide angle lenses make objects appear smaller, so that you can fit more into your frame underwater. Macro close-up lenses make small objects appear larger, so that tiny creatures will fill your frame.
The WD-3 Wide Angle Dome provides mid-range angle of view with no vignetting (dark shadows in the corners of the image).
The W-30 Wide Angle Lens, INON UWL-H100, and other 67mm threaded wide angle lenses, provide a wider maximum angle of view. Because these are separated from the camera's lens by glass, air, and water, some vignetting and edge distortion will be present. These effects can be reduced or eliminated by using a smaller aperture, zooming in slightly, and/or cropping in post-production.
External macro lenses with 67mm threads from INON, Epoque, and other manufacturers, can be attached directly to the front of the housing's port.
3-inch diameter color filters press directly onto these ports. Most wide angle lenses require a 3.6-inch diameter color filter. Refer to the product page for information on color filter compatibility.
This housing requires the addition of a compatible lens port for waterproof operation. Lens port not included.
The two biggest advantages of shooting underwater with an interchangeable lens camera are the variety of great lenses available, and the ability to connect an external flash directly to the camera. The Ikelite housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is designed with these key points in mind to deliver a system that truly helps you take better photos in and under the water.
Photographing a fish at depth is like shooting a race car in the dark. A fast and reliable strobe connection is essential to getting the shot. The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is advanced enough to provide an external flash hot shoe, so it’s a no-brainer that electrical flash hot shoe and strobe bulkhead should come standard on the housing. If you've been shooting fiber optic strobes, you'll appreciate the lack of flash lag and extended battery life provided by a studio-grade flash connection. Cords are available for Ikelite, SEA&SEA, INON, or Nikonos strobes for ultimate versatility if you have multiple sets of strobes.
Proper strobe exposure is a matter of microseconds, which doesn't leave much time to communicate between the camera and an external strobe. We are the only manufacturer that provides camera-specific TTL encoding for automatic exposure fine-tuned to the E-M10 Mark II's sophisticated flash exposure protocol. This information is communicated to the strobe via sync cord, which is the fastest and most reliable means of underwater signal transmission possible. The TTL circuit built into the housing and powered by the strobe for zero maintenance and no batteries to change. At this time, only Ikelite DS strobes are capable of powering the circuitry. SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos strobes will still enjoy fast recycle times and improved battery life, but must be used in manual exposure modes only.
In order to keep the housing as compact as possible and extend battery life of the camera, the built-in flash is not usable in this installation. Most popular strobes can be connected by sync cord.
It couldn't be more simple to change ports than this system—just press the port on and tighten three thumb screws. Feel positive reinforcement that the port is secure without any complex moving parts that can jam or break in a remote location.
This housing accepts a variety of ports to accommodate all of the most popular zoom, macro, and wide angle lenses from Olympus and Panasonic. Our custom optical grade acrylic domes components provide the color, clarity, and durability comparable to any glass at a fraction of the weight and cost. Lens port sold separately.
The E-M10 Mark II has been praised by professionals for its well designed control set. We grow this control set for underwater, providing larger controls and push buttons which are easy to access even with thick gloves. All controls are located as close as comfortably possible to the original location on the camera to reduce the need to re-learn your camera and develop new muscle memory. Control symbols laser engraved into the back of the housing will never peel off or fade even with years of use.
The camera's large, super-bright LCD screen is viewable edge-to-edge through the back of the housing. A built-in magnifying viewfinder includes specially optics to provides a clear view of the camera's EVF when wearing a dive mask. The standard viewfinder removes easily for the attachment of our beloved Straight or 45° Magnifying Viewfinders.
With a system of this caliber, a tray with handle is essential for the attachment of lighting and comfortable handling in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. This housing includes a balanced aluminum tray with our signature quick release handle for easy attachment and removal of strobes and video lights. This unique handle is curved slightly to fit the nature curvature of your hand, and features a soft over-mold which makes it a delight to hold. The complete tray and handle detaches with the removal of two nuts for packing or to attach the optional Tray with Dual Handles.
An o-ring works best when it's true to its original form. Our signature housing design eliminates the dreaded o-ring groove which traps dirt and twists the critical main seal. For added reassurance, there's no substitute for looking through the clear back and inspecting the actual o-ring seal once your housing is closed. Special polycarbonate blends allow us to create an extremely strong yet clear and lightweight enclosure. Polycarbonate is fundamentally corrosion-resistant for easy maintenance year after year.
We are proud to offer the only housing and lighting system for the Olympus E-M10 Mark II that is 100% designed, built, and tested in the USA. Our housings are handmade and individually inspected for fit, function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the most accessible and responsive customer service staff in the dive industry.