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Olympus PT-EP08 Underwater Housing for OM-D E-M5

BH #OLOTEP08 • MFR #V6300560U000
Olympus PT-EP08 Underwater Housing for OM-D E-M5
Key Features
  • Depth Rating: 148'
  • Fiber-Optic/Wireless Strobe Connectivity
  • Mechanical Controls
  • Access to Virtually All Camera Functions
Capture stunning photos and full HD 1080p video at depths as great as 148' with your Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera, thanks to this PT-EP08 Underwater Housing. Dual fiber-optic ports give you the ability to connect an optional UFL-1 strobe or two via the PTCB-E02 cable(s). Using the FL-LM2 removable flash included with the camera, you can wirelessly control the optional, dedicated UFL-2 underwater flash. The accessory shoe located on top of the housing permits the attachment of a lighting arm or mounting base for a strobe.
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Olympus PT-EP08 Overview

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

Capture stunning photos and full HD 1080p video at depths as great as 148' with your Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera, thanks to this PT-EP08 Underwater Housing. Dual fiber-optic ports give you the ability to connect an optional UFL-1 strobe or two via the PTCB-E02 cable(s). Using the FL-LM2 removable flash included with the camera, you can wirelessly control the optional, dedicated UFL-2 underwater flash. The accessory shoe located on top of the housing permits the attachment of a lighting arm or mounting base for a strobe.

Mechanical controls enable access to virtually all camera functions. Take advantage of the E-M5's Underwater Macro and Wide shooting modes, which get you closer to your subjects to reduce distortion for better image quality. The housing is constructed from durable, corrosion-resistant polycarbonate, which is black on the front, top, and sides, but clear on the back to allow you to monitor the waterproof seal and camera. The housing ships without a required lens port, and features a bayonet mount that accepts a series of interchangeable glass ports for various lenses. Adding the optional PAD-EP08 Port Extension Adapter allows you to attach the PPO-EP01, PPO-E01, PPO-E02, PPO-E03, and PPO-E04 ports to accommodate Four Thirds lenses. Wide-angle lenses increase your angle of coverage, allowing you to get close to your subject while fitting more in the frame, while macro lenses will enable extreme close-up shots. Both types of optics cut down on distortion caused by the water, thus improving clarity for better image quality.

Waterproofing
  • Depth rating of 148'
Construction Details
  • Made from durable, corrosion-resistant polycarbonate, which is black on front, top, and sides, but clear in back to enable you to monitor O-ring seal and camera
Controls and Handling
  • Large, mechanical controls, including push-buttons, dials/knobs, and a lever, provide easy access to virtually all camera functions with or without gloves
  • Eyepiece offers an enhanced view of camera's electronic viewfinder
Lens Port System
  • Ships without required lens port
  • Accepts various interchangeable, bayonet-mount ports for different lenses
  • Port PPO-EP01 accepts M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6, ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 / II / IIR, 45mm f/1.8, ED 75mm f/1.8, ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, and ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lenses
  • 14-42mm requires PPZR-EP01 zoom gear, while 14-42mm II / IIR and 9-18mm all require PPZR-EP02 zoom gear
  • When you use optional Macro Lens Adapter PMLA-EP01, you can add Underwater Macro Conversion Lens PTMC-01, which has a 67mm filter thread diameter
  • With optional Port Adapter PAD-EP08 and Port Extension Ring PER-E01, you can use other underwater ports
  • Port PPO-E04 accommodates ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye
  • PPO-E01 fits 35mm f/3.5 Macro (requires Four Thirds Adapter MMF-3)
  • PPO-E03 fits ED 50mm f/2 Macro
Strobe Connection and Operation
  • Dual fiber-optic ports for connecting 1-2 optional UFL-1 strobes via PTCB-E02 cable
  • Using FL-LM2 removable flash included with camera, you can wirelessly control optional, dedicated UFL-2 underwater flash
  • Cold shoe on top of housing provides mounting point for flash or video light, which can be added via lighting arm or base with connector

Olympus PT-EP08 Specs

Depth Rating
148' (45 m)
Control Type
Mechanical push-buttons, dials/knobs, and lever
Controls
Enables access to virtually all camera functions
All controls: Open/close dial, Slide lock, Slide lock 2, Shutter lever, Fn2 button, REC button, Sub dial, Zoom dial, Mode dial, LV lever, Main dial, Play button, Fn1 button, MENU button, INFO (Info display) button, Cross-cursor up button, OK button, Cross-cursor right button, Cross-cursor down button, ON/OFF dial, Erase button, Cross-cursor left button
Construction
Housing: Polycarbonate
O-ring: Silicone rubber
Moisture Alarm
None
Port
Ships without required lens port
Accepts various interchangeable, bayonet-mount ports with glass elements for MFT and FT lenses
See list in Overview for details
Internal Flash Usable
N/A, camera has no built-in flash
External Strobe Connector
2 x fiber-optic cable ports for optional UFL-1 strobe(s) (cables not included)
Use FL-LM2 flash to trigger optional UFL-2 underwater strobe wirelessly
Mount
Accessory shoe for lighting attachment
Tripod mount
Dimensions
7.91 x 6.42 x 4.49" (20.1 x 16.3 x 11.4 cm)
Weight
2.2 lb (1.0 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9 x 7.4 x 6.9"

Olympus PT-EP08 Reviews

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question

Does this housing work for the Mark II?
Asked by: Kamala N.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera is not compatible with the Olympus PT-EP08 Underwater Housing for OM-D E-M5. You need to get the Olympus PT-EP13 Underwater Housing for OM-D E-M5 Mark II. This housing has a built-in flat lens port compatible with the following lenses:M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 RM.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm F1.8M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm F3.5 MacroM.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 MacroM.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZTo control the zoom on zoom lenses an optional zoom gear will need to be purchased.
Answered by: Lawrence C.
Date published: 2018-12-27

question

Is there a any kind of handle for this? Like for surf photography?
Asked by: Anonymous
In keeping with industry practice, there is no handle per se on the housing itself as it comes. Most people, me included, add a base plate to which one attaches handles, lights etc. I had a single handle base plate from my previous housing which I used on this housing. You can also add a second handle to most base plates. I hope this helps!
Answered by: Edmond J.
Date published: 2018-12-27
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