Ikelite Underwater Housing with TTL Circuitry for Panasonic LUMIX GX85/GX80/GX7 Mark II

BH #IK6961.85 • MFR #6961.85
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Ikelite Underwater Housing with TTL Circuitry for Panasonic LUMIX GX85/GX80/GX7 Mark II
Key Features
  • Depth Rating: 200'
  • Ikelite Bulkhead Strobe Connector
  • Supports TTL and Manual Flash Exposure
  • Mechanical Controls
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Capture sharp, detailed photos and video at depths as great as 200' beneath the surface with Ikelite's Underwater Housing with TTL Circuitry for the Panasonic LUMIX GX85 digital camera, a.k.a. the GX80 or GX7 Mark II. Built-in, proprietary circuitry and an Ikelite bulkhead connector allow for TTL exposure with optional, external Ikelite DS Substrobes. Non-Ikelite strobes are compatible in manual mode, as well.
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Ikelite 6961.85 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Construction Details
  • 3Strobe Connection and Operation
  • 4Strobe and Cord Compatibility
  • 5Controls and Handling
  • 6Lens Port System

Capture sharp, detailed photos and video at depths as great as 200' beneath the surface with Ikelite's Underwater Housing with TTL Circuitry for the Panasonic LUMIX GX85 digital camera, a.k.a. the GX80 or GX7 Mark II. Built-in, proprietary circuitry and an Ikelite bulkhead connector allow for TTL exposure with optional, external Ikelite DS Substrobes. Non-Ikelite strobes are compatible in manual mode, as well.

Ergonomic mechanical controls, including push-buttons, knurled knobs/dials, and a lever, afford access to all camera controls except for the diopter adjustment dial. Built for durability, the enclosure is made in the USA from a corrosion-resistant polycarbonate, ABS, acrylic, and acetal blend. It's white on the front, top, sides, and bottom, but clear in the back to allow you to monitor the O-ring seal and maintain your view of the camera's rear controls. An optional, compact aluminum mounting tray and quick-release handle can be added to improve balance and offer an attachment point for an optional lighting arm.

The housing ships without a required lens port, and accepts various dome and flat ports for a broad array of zoom, macro, and wide-angle lenses. For full compatibility, see the Port Chart.

Construction Details

  • Features a depth rating of 200'
  • Close the two double-passivated, stainless steel locking lid snaps to see O-ring form a watertight seal
  • Front-loading camera mounting system makes installation and removal a breeze
  • Camera mounting plate allows access to battery and memory card
  • Rear seal design prevents accidental twisting or stretching of O-ring
  • Made by hand in USA from corrosion-resistant polycarbonate, ABS, acrylic, and acetyl blend
  • White on front, top, sides, and bottom to reflect sunlight and keep camera cool when shooting on or above water's surface
  • Clear in back to allow you to monitor O-ring seal and maintain view of camera's rear controls
  • Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
  • Precise buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port

Strobe Connection and Operation

  • Camera's built-in flash is suitable for firing an optional external strobe, but not for lighting a photo underwater
  • Use of external strobe highly recommended for color-correction and adequate brightness, and basically essential once you descend further than 15-20' underwater
  • Strobe restores hues that get absorbed by water, so your images are vibrant and accurate
  • Try to stay no more than 3-4' away from subject to preserve natural colors in images
  • Housing provides a direct electrical connection to camera's external flash hot shoe
  • Integrated circuitry and Ikelite bulkhead sync cord connector enable TTL exposure with optional, external Ikelite DS Substrobes
  • Circuit powered by strobe, so there's no maintenance required and no batteries to change
  • Circuitry fine-tuned to Panasonic's latest flash exposure protocol as of August 2016
  • Exposure compensation in TTL mode is supported using camera's built-in control
  • Sea & Sea, INON, and Nikonos strobes must be used in manual exposure mode only, but will still benefit from fast recycle times and improved battery life
  • Threaded bulkhead connector prevents accidental sync cord detachment during use
  • Bulkhead connection has been moved to top of housing to keep cords out of your way and reduce strain on ends
  • 2 fiber-optic ports are built into front of housing to provide alternative strobe attachment method
  • Use of fiber-optic connectors requires camera's built-in flash to fire, reducing battery life and bypassing TTL functionality
  • Bright video light may be used instead of or in addition to flash, and can also aid in focusing

Strobe and Cord Compatibility

    Strobes:
  • Ikelite DS50: above serial number 70000
  • Ikelite DS51
  • Ikelite DS125: above serial number 5000
  • Ikelite DS160
  • Ikelite DS161
  • Ikelite DS200: above serial number 7163
  • Various Sea & Sea, Inon, and Nikonos strobes (manual mode only)
    Sync Cords:
  • 4103.51 Ikelite-to-Ikelite TTL cord
  • 4103.52 Ikelite-to-Ikelite TTL Dual cord
  • 4118.1 Sea & Sea / INON Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL cord (manual)
  • 4118.2 Sea & Sea / INON Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL Dual cord (manual)
  • 4116.31 Nikonos SB Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL cord (manual)
  • 4116.32 Nikonos SB Strobe-to-Ikelite Non-TTL cord (manual)
    Fiber-Optic Cords:
  • Ikelite 4501 Fiber Optic Coiled Cord
  • INON Optical D Cable "Non-wireless type" L-Connector
  • 50107 Sea & Sea Fiber Optic Cable (L-type)
  • Olympus UW Fiber Optic Cable PTCB-E02
  • 26211 Nauticam to INON Optical Fiber Cable
  • 26212 Nauticam to Sea & Sea Optical Fiber Cable

Controls and Handling

  • Mechanical, including push-buttons, knurled knobs/dials, and a lever
  • Access to all camera controls except for diopter adjustment dial
  • Large controls and push-buttons are easy to access, even when wearing thick gloves
  • Whenever possible, controls are located in same configuration as on camera to replicate muscle memory and familiarity you've developed
  • Control symbols laser engraved onto back of housing will not peel off or fade with time
  • Camera's large, bright LCD screen can be viewed edge-to-edge through rear of housing
  • Optional, compact aluminum mounting tray with quick-release handle can be added onto housing's 1/4"-20 threaded mount to improve balance and offer an attachment point for an optional lighting arm

Lens Port System

  • Ships without a required lens port
  • Accepts various dome and flat ports for zoom, macro, and wide-angle lenses
  • For full compatibility, see Port Chart linked above
  • Changing ports is easy--just press on and tighten three thumb screws
UPC: 883711052434

Ikelite 6961.85 Specs

Depth Rating200' / 61 m
Control TypeMechanical, including push-buttons, knurled knobs/dials, and a lever
ControlsAccess to all camera controls except for diopter adjustment dial
Material of ConstructionPolycarbonate, ABS, acrylic, and acetal plastic
Lens PortShips without a required lens port
Accepts various dome and flat ports for zoom, macro, and wide-angle lenses
For full compatibility, see Port Chart linked in Overview
BuoyancySlightly negative in fresh water
Precise buoyancy will vary based on choice of lens and port
External Flash ConnectorIkelite bulkhead sync cord connector with built-in TTL circuitry
TTL exposure with optional, external Ikelite DS Substrobes
SEA&SEA, INON, and Nikonos strobes may be used in manual exposure modes only
Required sync cord not included
Mounting2x 1/4"-20 threaded mounts with 3.0" / 76.2 mm spacing for optional aluminum mounting tray and quick-release handle
Optional second handle can be added for a second strobe or video light
Dimensions5.9 x 7.5 x 5.3" / 15 x 19.1 x 13.5 cm
Weight2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.7 x 6.5 x 6.4"
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