Ikelite SKU: 71065 | Helix SKU: IK71065
Nikon Z50 Mirrorless Cameras
The little brother to Nikon's Z6 and Z7 full frame mirrorless cameras, the Z50 features a 20.9 megapixel APS-C (DX-format) sensor. It records UHD 4K/30p video using the full width of its sensor. A bright 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder provides a good view for both composition and image review.
The camera body weighs in at just under 1 pound (450 g) and accepts both newer Z-mount lenses and F-mount lenses using the FTZ adapter. The camera's CIPA battery life is 320 shots using the rear LCD or 280 shots using the electronic viewfinder (EVF).
This housing features our robust Dry Lock (DL) port system. "Dry Lock" refers to the placement of the o-ring on the outside of the port mount. This improves visibility and reduces the chances of water dropping onto your precious camera sensor. DL ports are the lightest on the market, yet robust and capable of standing up to rough surf. Attachment is quick and secure. A system of extensions can accommodate a huge variety of lenses with ease.
Most popular zoom lenses and select lens focus rings can be engaged using simple gearing that puts adjustment right at your fingertips. A large, soft-touch knob on the side of the housing makes fine tuned adjustments a breeze. Zoom and focus gears differ depending on which lens you are using. Zoom gears sold separately.
The unique rear seal design prevents accidental twisting or stretching of the o-ring for simple and confident assembly. We have eliminated the need for an o-ring groove or channel which can trap sand, dirt, or debris. Three double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps are simple to use and virtually unbreakable. The clear back allows you to see the o-ring form a solid, watertight seal as it closes.
A vacuum valve is installed standard on the side of the housing. The vacuum valve is designed to be low profile to avoid interference with controls. The optional Vacuum Pump with Gauge # 47011 allows you to draw a vacuum on the housing to check for leaks prior to entering the water.
Drawing a vacuum on the system also provides extra security at the surface of the water, especially important when using the housing in rough surf.
M16 Accessory Port
The spare M16 threaded accessory port provides an attachment point for third party accessories including HDMI bulkheads.
This housings supports your choice of shooting with manual strobe exposure or adding a TTL converter depending on your application. The flash bulkhead is located on the top of the case to alleviate strain on the sync cord.
You can enjoy the fastest and most accurate TTL exposure on the market by adding the DL1 DS Link TTL Converter # 46056 and a compatible Ikelite DS strobe. The DL1 supports rear curtain synchronization and exposure compensation can be added or subtracted in the camera.
Reliable locking connectors between the hotshoe and bulkhead make it easy to install the TTL hotshoe or carry back up parts when traveling to remote locations.
The camera's built-in flash may be used to trigger external fiber optic strobes. Two fiber optic ports are provided on the top of the housing for attachment of compatible fiber optic cords (see compatibility information below). The built-in flash is not usable for lighting a subject underwater.
Good ergonomics are critical when you need to concentrate on composition, focus, and proper exposure. Large, curved control levers put the most important controls right where you need them: shutter and autofocus (via the AE-L/AF-L button). This combination allows you to shoot with or without back button focus, an advanced technique that is useful for tack sharp focus of super macro and fast moving subjects. Each lever can be extended using the optional Trigger Extension # 4077.93 for perfect spacing when using a right-hand handle.
The rotating controls are all operated intuitively via premium soft-touch knobs. An oversized, lobed knob puts the zoom/focus knob at your fingertips while your left hand stays on the handle. Stainless steel, direct-drive rotating controls are virtually fail-safe and user serviceable and adjustable in a pinch.
All rear camera buttons are accessible by smooth action, hard anodized aluminum push buttons for reliable performance and easy maintenance. These controls are clearly labeled by laser engraving on the back of the housing that never fades or falls off.
The camera mount is front-loading for easy installation and removal. A small mounting plate attaches to the bottom of the camera and secures in the front of the housing. The camera mounting plate does not need to be removed from the camera for surface use or when changing the battery or memory cards. The mounting plate features a 1/4-20 threaded mount on the bottom so that it can be attached to a tripod on the surface.
The included SuperEye Viewfinder provides an enhanced view of the camera's electronic viewfinder when viewed through a dive mask. The viewfinder removes quickly and easily for the attachment of an optional Straight Magnified Viewfinder # 6890.2 or 45° Magnified Viewfinder (Type 3) # 6891.3.
This housing is only compatible with Nikon Z50 cameras as shipped by the manufacturer. Unless otherwise noted, this housing does not accommodate the use of add-on grips, battery grips, eyepieces, LCD covers, or other accessories.
Differences in lens and control placement prevent other Nikon camera models from being used in or adapted to this housing. We are not aware of any other models which may be used in or adapted to this particular housing.
200' (60m) depth rating
Compatible with DL system lens ports
Controls are provided for all camera functions except: Fn1, Fn2, Flash pop-up, Diopter adjustment dial, and Touchscreen;
1/4-20 thread base mounts with 3.5" spacing
Slightly positive buoyancy in fresh water
Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port
Housing 4.77 lb (2165 g)
Tray with left handle 11 oz (312 g)
9 x 7 x 6.25" (229 x 178 x 159 mm)
Vacuum valve included (pump sold separately)
Included Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead connector with manual hotshoe for reliable electrical triggering of underwater strobes; Optional TTL accessories provides automatic exposure with compatible Ikelite DS strobes
ABS-PC construction is fundamentally corrosion-resistant
Made in the USA; Individually inspected for fit and water pressure tested to depth
2 year limited warranty
In the Box
Rear O-ring # 0132.59 (installed)
Front O-ring # 0132.45 (installed)
Zoom Gear Retainer # 75900 (installed)
Port Hole Cover # 0200.92 (installed)
Waterproof Bulkhead Cap # 9104.7 (installed)
Base with Left-Hand Quick Release Handle # 4077.67 (installed)
Tool for Zoom Gear Retainer # 0945.06
.050" Hex Key # 0945.11
1/16" Hex Key # 0945.16
Silicone Lubricant 1cc Tube