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Ikelite 6171.05 Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX-5

B&H # IK6171.05 Mfr # 6171.05
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This is a special order item and is non-cancelable and non-returnable. Est. arrival at B&H is 3-7 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.

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You Pay: $499.95

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Product Highlights
  • Polycarbonate Construction
  • Accesses Nearly All Camera Functions
  • TTL Compatible w/ Ikelite SubStrobes
  • Compatible W/W-20 WA Conversion Lens
  • O-ring Seal Can Be Checked Visually
  • Slightly Negative for Stability
  • Rated Down to 200'

This Ikelite 6171.05 Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX-5 is an injection-molded clear polycarbonate case, known for its strength and corrosion-free properties. The housing offers an unobstructed view of the camera's information and control functions and operates safely to a depth of 200'. Every camera function is accessible in this housing except the Flash Open Switch. Camera installation is quick and simple, and the O-ring seal can be checked visually through the clear housing. Two 12-24 threaded mounts on the bottom of the housing allow for the secure attachment of optional trays and lighting accessories.

An included flash diffuser improves lighting quality when the camera's built-in flash is used. A built-in flash is effective between 1 and 3 feet (0.3-0.9m) from the subject in clear conditions. An external strobe is recommended for better results. This will bring out the natural color of your subject and reduce the illumination of particles suspended in the water, known as backscatter. This housing includes circuitry that allows two-way communication between the camera and Ikelite Substrobes providing true Panasonic TTL exposure.  This ensures a faster recycling time and longer camera battery life as compared to fiber optic TTL systems. Strobes from other manufacturers can be used in manual mode. The housing is slightly negative in saltwater for stability, and handles superbly underwater.

The housing comes standard with a flat port which allows full use of the camera's zoom without vignetting. For wide-angle work the housing does accept the Ikelite W-20 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens.  Vignetting will be present with a wide angle lens attached. The LX-5 must be zoomed several stops to eliminate vignetting. Addition of an Ikelite W-20 or comparable wide angle lens will gain approximately 15-20% angle of view after zooming.

TTL Flash Compatible
Housing includes circuitry that allows two-way communication between the camera and Ikelite Substrobes providing true Panasonic TTL exposure.
Non-Ikelite Strobes
Non-Ikelite strobes can be used manually with proper sync cord.
Clear Polycarbonate Construction
Strong and corrosion-free. Unobstructed view of the camera's information and control functions with visual confirmation of o-ring seal.
Camera Functions
Housing accesses all camera functions on the Lumix LX-5 except the Flash Open Switch.
Mechanical Controls
The dependable controls are conveniently placed at fingertip and kept watertight with Ikelite's pioneered Quad-Ring seal glands, one of the most reliable methods for sealing controls.
Wide-Angle
The optional W-20 wide-angle conversion lens will add approximately 15-20% to the angle of view.
Construction Clear polycarbonate, injection molded
Control Type Mechanical
Controls All except Flash Open Switch
Depth Rating 200' (60m)
Buoyancy Slightly negative in salt water
Port Fixed, flat
Internal Flash Usable Yes
External Strobe Connector Yes
TTL Compatible Yes
Moisture Alarm None
Color Clear
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7 x 5 x 5.4" (177.8 x 127 x 137.16mm)
Weight (without Camera) 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg) above water
Ikelite 6171.05 Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX-5
  • Tube of Silicone Lubricant (1cc)
  • Flash Diffuser
  • Flash Deflector
  • Vinyl Port Cover
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Ikelite6171.05 Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX-5
     
    4.0

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          4.0

          Surprisingly easy to use

          By Anna the fish

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Ikelite 6171.05 Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX-5:

          I'm a beginner diver, so I was worried I wouldn't be able to concentrate on my camera... or that I would drown while taking pictures. I did not drown AND I managed to take pictures!
          The main limitations of underwater photography remain - you need to go very close to your subject to get a good image, and the water has to be very clear. I'm considering getting an external light source to improve image quality.
          What I liked: you can really access all the settings of your camera once it's in the box. It's relatively easy to install. And the seal is really good!
          What could be better: it's really bulky and heavy, which is mainly a problem on the boat (not so much underwater)

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          3.0

          Not happy.

          By Jorge

          from Uruapan Mexico

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Good Service
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Underwater Snapshots

          Comments about Ikelite 6171.05 Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX-5:

          I got this housing as the only option at a reasonable price; the only alternative (at the time) going over $. I've used other Ikelite products (video and SLR) and while they do the job, they always look and feel like a garage or DIYS job. In this case, the case dwarfs the camera and the unwieldy controls dwarf the case to the point of making them almost unusable. One of the most important controls, that of the rear thumb-wheel is sticky and virtually unusable, even after a two month recall service. You either dive every week or you will be always guessing which does what, as there are no labels. On the bright side, the clear polycarbonate is a potential camera saver and the brand has a reputation for hermeticity that is unsurpassed. Another plus is that while not having interchangeable ports —I'd have loved a dome port for it­– you can add an external WA lens. The whole exercise kind of defeats the idea of a compact P&S camera —size of housing plus converter lens plus tray, handles and strobes– but having traveled with a veritable steamer trunk to move a SLR plus underwater accessories, this *almost* makes it through.I've just gone and purchased an LX7 (I'll sell the LX5 to a dive buddy) but now plan to get an aluminum housing for it, specially since apparently Ikelite has not yet come with one for it.

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          • 7
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          5.0

          Ikelite 6171.05

          By Sharky

          from Las Vegas NV.

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Small / Compact

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            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Ikelite 6171.05 Underwater Housing for Panasonic Lumix LX-5:

            I have used Ikelite products in the past, and I know they make quality equipment. I purchased this housing to use with a good quality small camera. I have been diving for years, with a Nikonos V, 20mm w/a lens, (the workhorse) but I wanted to get away from useing film underwater. After 36 shots I was done,until back on the boat to put in a fresh roll. Yes I would recommend purchasing an Ikelite housing.

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            • 7
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