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Olympus PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera

B&H # OLPTEP01 Mfr # 260286
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Product Highlights
  • Dual Fiber Optic Cable Ports
  • Fixed Flat Port for 14-42mm & 9-18mm
  • Rotary Buckle Closure
  • Compact & Lightweight
  • Rated Down to 131'

This Olympus PT-EP01 Underwater Housing is for the Olympus E-PL1 digital camera. It is a stylish and durable polycarbonate housing for anyone looking to pursue underwater digital photography with the flexibility and quality of a Micro Four Thirds camera. This compact lightweight housing allows you to use your digital camera as you explore your underwater surroundings at depths down to 131' (40m).

The o-ring main seal along with the secure rotary buckle closure will keep your camera dry. The housing allows you to use the Olympus E-PL1's LCD screen to view and compose your images, but the housing also allows use of the optional electronic viewfinder VF-2. The durable o-ring sealed controls give you access to everything the Olympus E-PL1 has to offer.

Using an external flash will bring back the natural color that is lost underwater. Built-in dual fiber optic cable ports allow you to fire 2 Olympus UFL-2 or Sea & Sea underwater strobes with fiber optic cables when the on-camera flash fires. The Olympus UFL-2 power can be controlled remotely from the back of the camera.

The PT-EP01 has a fix lens port that supports the use of the Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and the Zuiko ED 9-18mm f/5.6 lenses. The PT-EP01 offers the use of a macro lens adapter PMLA-EP01 to attach the macro lens PTMC-01 for close-up photography.

Polycarbonate Construction
Durable and resistant to corrosion, clear view of the camera information and control functions
Camera Functions
Housing accesses all camera functions with large buttons
Viewing Options
Use the Olympus E-PL1's LCD screen to view and compose your images, but the housing also allows use of the optional electronic viewfinder VF-2
Keeping Your Camera Safe
The O-ring main seal along with the secure rotary buckle closure will keep your camera dry
Lens Port
An assortment of interchangeable lens ports (required accessory) allows use of Zuiko macro, wide angle, and zoom lenses best suited for underwater photography
Slaved Strobes
Built-in dual fiber optic cable ports allow you to fire 2 Olympus UFL-2 or Sea & Sea underwater strobes with fiber optic cables when the on-camera flash fires
Remote control
The Olympus UFL-2 strobes can be controlled remotely from the back of the camera
Construction Polycarbonate
Control Type Mechanical
Controls All
Depth Rating 131' (40m)
Buoyancy Positive
Port Fixed, flat
Internal Flash Usable Yes, to fire external strobes
External Strobe Connector Yes, dual fiber optic cable ports for slaved strobes
TTL Compatible Yes
Moisture Alarm None
Color Front: Black
Back: Clear
Dimensions (WxHxD) 10.08 x 8.54 x 7.36" (256 x 217 x 187mm)
Weight (without Camera) 3.68 lbs (1.67kg)
Olympus PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera
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  • Hand Strap
  • 5-Silica Gel Desiccant
  • O-Ring (installed)
  • Silicone Grease
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Functional (6)
    • Weather proof (6)
    • Easily loaded equipment (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Diving (7)
      • Underwater photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      quality housing at affordable price

      The E-PL1 with PT-EP01 combo is the cheapest underwater system with changeable lens. E-PL1 takes good quality photos, focus speed is better than the compacts while still not comparable with the SLRs. The...Read complete review

      The E-PL1 with PT-EP01 combo is the cheapest underwater system with changeable lens. E-PL1 takes good quality photos, focus speed is better than the compacts while still not comparable with the SLRs. The housing is very well built (actually I believe it's Sea & Sea OEM), all the controls are good, much more reliable and solid than the Canon compact housing I used before. The flat port can take the standard 14-42 and wide 9-18. For the wide angle, third party lens ports are available for better performance but the port alone is more expensive than this housing, while the whole system is still cheaper than any SLR system.

      The main complaint is the size. Olympus should be able to make it smaller. I can see the newer housing for E-PL2 has eliminated the stupid space for the EVF, which is the way it should be. the other complaint is the flat port, but for the price, it's reasonable.

      Also about add-on wet lens, I use the 67mm thread add-on macro lens with good result. But I don't think we can use any wide angle add-on because it will Vignette with the flat port. I only have the 14-42mm lens. The wide angle is quite limited.

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      Seems OK, but haven't used it yet

      I've used Olympus cameras and their underwater housings for nearly 10 years. This is a departure from the others, but then the Pen camera is, too! First, the black plastic is different,...Read complete review

      I've used Olympus cameras and their underwater housings for nearly 10 years. This is a departure from the others, but then the Pen camera is, too! First, the black plastic is different, used to always be clear. This will not make it as easy to detect possible water entry as you descend, which is unfortunate (you will eventually get water in it, if you use it enough times!). Locking mechanism is much easier that previous models, I've used, though. Now, for the real bummer - only works with Olympus and Sea & Sea strobes with optical cable! This means I'll have to ditch my trusty Ikelite strobes, which does not make me happy (they could have put a piece of clear plastic in front of the flash to make it more versatile for use with slave strobes). If only Ikelite would make an optical TTL sync cable (come on, guys, you can do it!). Aside from these drawbacks, the lens port does not accept standard macro lenses without the separate adapter (oh, and you need to buy the zoom gear to use your 14-42, or it just stays at a fixed length). Oly, couldn't you have made it a little easier on us and just included that gear? I guess the port needs to be this wide to use the 14-42 at the shorter lengths, but swimming around with the huge plastic macro adapter flappin in the current ain't gonna be fun. Must this be a macro only camera, or not macro at all, on a given dive? Look, I know it will do what it's supposed to do, and do it handily, but these few quirks precent it from getting 5 stars from this user. Now, let's hope the Pen shines in underwater photography, as well as it does on land!

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      5.0

      Just what I needed

      By BHB Diver

      from Stuart, Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Loaded Equipment
      • Lightweight
      • Seals Easily

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Underwater Photography

      Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

      This housing is the reason I bought the Olympus PEN in the first place. Comparably priced to most DSLRs, the PEN takes impressive pictures and has tons of features. This housing makes the difference - at a cost of almost one third less than a traditional DSLR housing, this selection was a no brainer...

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      4.0

      Good design & very well made

      By Fast Eddie

      from Sydney Downunder

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Loaded Equipment
      • Lightweight
      • Seals Easily
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Underwater Photography

      Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

      Olympus have raised the benchmark with this housing
      This housing whilst robust is light
      Add a suitable handle , arms & a strobe using the base plate under the housing
      A focus light can also be mounted onto the top cold shoe

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      4.0

      A very nice housing

      By Shell

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Diving

          Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

          The housing is as advertised. It fits the camera nicely and the buttons and knobs work well with the camera.
          Now to see how well I work with the camera on a dive!

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          • No

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          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Seems OK, but haven't used it yet

          By Light catcher

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Water-tight Seals

          Cons

          • Not Versatile
          • Proprietary strobe sync

          Best Uses

          • Diving

          Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

          I've used Olympus cameras and their underwater housings for nearly 10 years. This is a departure from the others, but then the Pen camera is, too! First, the black plastic is different, used to always be clear. This will not make it as easy to detect possible water entry as you descend, which is unfortunate (you will eventually get water in it, if you use it enough times!). Locking mechanism is much easier that previous models, I've used, though. Now, for the real bummer - only works with Olympus and Sea & Sea strobes with optical cable! This means I'll have to ditch my trusty Ikelite strobes, which does not make me happy (they could have put a piece of clear plastic in front of the flash to make it more versatile for use with slave strobes). If only Ikelite would make an optical TTL sync cable (come on, guys, you can do it!). Aside from these drawbacks, the lens port does not accept standard macro lenses without the separate adapter (oh, and you need to buy the zoom gear to use your 14-42, or it just stays at a fixed length). Oly, couldn't you have made it a little easier on us and just included that gear? I guess the port needs to be this wide to use the 14-42 at the shorter lengths, but swimming around with the huge plastic macro adapter flappin in the current ain't gonna be fun. Must this be a macro only camera, or not macro at all, on a given dive? Look, I know it will do what it's supposed to do, and do it handily, but these few quirks precent it from getting 5 stars from this user. Now, let's hope the Pen shines in underwater photography, as well as it does on land!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great addition to the powerful camera

          By Alex

          from Cincinnati

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Water-tight Seals

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

              Very good accessory, I had no problems with it. The only thing I wish they would have a zoom gear right in the box. It was not clear at the beginning that it had the option for the zoom. Only what I received the housing I realized that it needs a special ring to operate the zoom gears.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Good value, great housing

              By coralcop

              from Gulfport, MS

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Depth Range
              • Water-tight Seals

              Cons

              • A little bulky on top

              Best Uses

              • Diving

              Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

              I was torn between this housing and the aluminum housing from another manufacturer. The other was almost 300 dollars more, and I didnt see that kind of diffence between them. B&H also had the Olympus housing $50 cheaper than any other dealer I researched[...]. This housing is well made, fits grest, is upgradable with dome ports, different lenses, etc. The buttons are precise and easy function. Everything works the way it should. I especially like the cam lock system. It looks more foolproof than the old four latch system other manufacturers use.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              quality housing at affordable price

              By Jun

              from South Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Built quality
              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good controls
              • Good Price
              • Water-tight Seals

              Cons

              • Could have been smaller
              • Flat port

              Best Uses

              • Diving

              Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

              The E-PL1 with PT-EP01 combo is the cheapest underwater system with changeable lens. E-PL1 takes good quality photos, focus speed is better than the compacts while still not comparable with the SLRs. The housing is very well built (actually I believe it's Sea & Sea OEM), all the controls are good, much more reliable and solid than the Canon compact housing I used before. The flat port can take the standard 14-42 and wide 9-18. For the wide angle, third party lens ports are available for better performance but the port alone is more expensive than this housing, while the whole system is still cheaper than any SLR system.

              The main complaint is the size. Olympus should be able to make it smaller. I can see the newer housing for E-PL2 has eliminated the stupid space for the EVF, which is the way it should be. the other complaint is the flat port, but for the price, it's reasonable.

              Also about add-on wet lens, I use the 67mm thread add-on macro lens with good result. But I don't think we can use any wide angle add-on because it will Vignette with the flat port. I only have the 14-42mm lens. The wide angle is quite limited.

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              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great bit of kit

              By Lenwilko

              from York, UK

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Matches camera buttons
              • Simple to use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Diving

                Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

                Great housing for the EPL1 Olympus PEN. Using for UK and diving abroad.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Get it

                By Ocean Bob

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Water-tight Seals

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Diving
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Swimming Pool

                  Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

                  The epl1 takes great underwater photos. I shot in Provo Turks and Caicos and got some great shots. Get the lens ring and the macro adapter-it helps. I have a Canon 20d in an Ikelite houseing which is great for Pelagics and fast moving critters. This is sharper for Macro which says alot considering this rig cost half as much as my slr rig. It is also fun and easy to use.

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                  5.0

                  Quality product

                  By cuz

                  from sydney, NSW, Australia

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Depth Range
                  • Water-tight Seals

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Diving
                    • Lake
                    • Snorkeling
                    • Surfing
                    • Swimming Pool

                    Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

                    This is my first underwater housing so i don't really have anything to compare to, but the housing worked well while taking surfing photos of my mates.

                    The lens that came with my camera doesn't work with the zoom not sure if i need a different lens or am doing something wrong.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    good price of a high quality pics

                    By Ken

                    from HK

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

                          except there r no zoom port, everything is good.

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very nice housing.

                          By Max de navy seal

                          from Milledgeville,GA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Loaded Equipment
                          • Lightweight
                          • Seals Easily
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Made for the olympus ten
                            • Underwater Photography
                            • Waterproofing Cameras

                            Comments about PT-EP01 Underwater Housing for Olympus E-PL1 Digital Camera:

                            Haven't got the chance to use it diving,but can't wait.Al the butons do what they are suposed to do.Adapted a universal strobe and works well with a fiberoptic link.

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