The True TTL Advantage
Other housings simply waterproof your camera. An Ikelite TTL housing improves your photos. TTL or "Through-The-Lens" flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. Our built-in proprietary circuitry tells your camera that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately than with slave fiber optic TTL strobes.
Fiber optic slave flash units require the camera's flash to fire every time. Firing the camera's flash creates a shutter lag as you wait for the it to recycle in between shots, drains your camera's battery life, and builds up heat inside of the housing. Ikelite electronics translate direct electrical impulses from your camera, triggering your strobe and precisely adjusting its power without the need to fire the camera's flash. This eliminates the slave TTL strobe issues of signal interference, inconsistent exposure due to weak fiber optic transmission and false triggering caused by light rays bouncing off the water's surface or your buddy's flash going off.
This camera does not have a built-in flash. In order to keep the housing as compact as possible, attachment of the camera's external flash is not supported in this installation. Non-Ikelite strobes may be attached with the appropriate electrical sync cord and operate non-TTL (manual exposure modes only) with this housing.
The OM-D E-M5 does not have a built-in flash, rather it is bundled with an accessory flash which attaches to the camera's hotshoe. In order to keep the housing as compact as possible, space is not available to attach the camera's accessory flash. Therefore it is not possible to trigger an external strobe via fiber optic cable.
Take full advantage of this powerful and compact camera by attaching a compatible external strobe via electrical sync cord. Electrical sync connection is the standard in surface photography and provides the added benefits of lighting fast recycle times and extended camera battery life. Sync cords are available for most popular strobes by Ikelite, SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos. Non-Ikelite strobes are not capable of powering the built-in TTL electronics, therefore must be used in manual power settings.
Lens Port System
Our Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Ports represent the most versatile, affordable, and astonishingly effortless system on the market today. Each port simply slides onto the front of the housing and secures with three thumbscrews, which provide positive reinforcement that the port is secure without any complex moving parts that can jam or break in a remote location.
Ports are available with either optical grade acrylic dome for wide angle zoom photography, or a glass flat front to focus on macro close-up. Unique interchangeable zoom sleeves are super lightweight and allow the camera to be slide into the housing with the lens attached for easy installation.
A compatible lens port is required for waterproof operation of this housing. Lens ports sold separately. View our Mirrorless Port Charts to find the right match for your zoom, macro, and wide angle lenses from Olympus and Panasonic.
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. This housing is also compatible with our Straight and 45° Magnified Viewfinders, sold separately, see below.
After you surface, use the camera's built-in WiFi function to transfer your photos for viewing on a compatible smartphone or tablet. Our signature polycarbonate construction allows the WiFi signal to pass through the housing for instant gratification!
Controls are put right at your fingertips for all important camera functions. Control symbols laser engraved into the back of the housing will never peel off or fade even with years of use.
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 rubber 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.
Smaller than most other comparable mirrorless housings on the market, this system is as compact as possible to minimize bulkiness, strain, and drag in the water.
Special polycarbonate blends allow us to create an extremely strong yet clear and lightweight enclosure. We believe there's no substitute for inspecting the actual o-ring seal once your housing is closed. Our signature clear construction lets you see that the housing is watertight and dry before you enter the water, and provides full view of the camera while you're diving. Unlike aluminum, polycarbonate is fundamentally corrosion-resistant for easy maintenance year after year.
Like every Ikelite product, our housings 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. 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.
This housing requires the addition of a compatible lens port for waterproof operation. Lens port not included.
This housing is designed for use with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Mark I). The OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera is similar, but not interchangeable. Differences in control and lens locations prevent the two cameras from being used interchangeably in the same housing.
DS50: yes, above serial number 70000
DS125: yes, above serial number 5000
DS160, DS161: yes
DS200: yes, above serial number 7163
Non-Ikelite: yes, manual flash exposure only
Tray with quick release handle
Waterproof bulkhead cap
Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
1 year manufacturer warranty
200 ft (60m) depth rating
All important camera functions are accessible
Ikelite bulkhead connector with built-in TTL circuitry
Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port
Weight 3.18 lb (1444 g) not including tray, handles or port
Weight of tray with handle 8.7 oz (247 g)
Dimensions 6.3 x 7.5 x 5.4 in (160 x 191 x 137 mm) including controls, port mount, and tray mounts
#0110 Main o-ring
#9104.5 Waterproof bulkhead cap
#0184.2Silicone lubricant resealable 2cc tube
- Additional Information
Camera Specific Housing Finder Olympus OM-D E-M5 Depth Rating 60m Port Ikelite port system Controls Controls are not provided for Rear Touch Screen, Fn1 button, Mode Dial Lock, Diopter Adjustment Dial, or External Flash Connector. Sync Connection Ikelite ICS5 bulkhead Mounting Options Quick-release mounting points on each handle. Supplied Accessories Tray with quick release handle, Waterproof bulkhead cap, Silicone lubricant 1cc tube. Construction eTTL2 conversion circuitry provides full TTL operation with Ikelite DS-series substrobes. Two substrobes can be triggered using a dual sync cord. Notes Interchangeable port system. A port is required but not included. Ports must be chosen based on the lens. Material Corrosion-free clear polycarbonate. Product Weight 1.45Kg Width 163mm Height 190mm Depth 150mm Part Number #6950.51 SKU/EAN 883711050782