Ikelite has announced their housing for the Canon EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera, which was released in August alongside its DLSR counterpart, the EOS 90D. The M6 Mark II has a significantly beefed-up spec sheet compared to its predecessor: a 32.5MP sensor (up from 24MP), 14fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking (up from 7fps), and both 4K/30p and Full HD with no crop.
Constructed from Ikelite’s ABS-PC blend, the new housing—which is only compatible with the Mark II, not the Mark I—features the company’s Dry Lock Micro port system, ergonomically shaped levers for shutter release and AF-ON, and laser engraved control symbols on the back panel.
Unlike Ikelite’s housing for the M6, which featured an integrated TTL circuit, the new housing leaves the installation of TTL up to the user (and therefore costs $275 less than the predecessor housing). The compatible TTL converter is scheduled for release in December. There are also two built-in fiber-optic ports for triggering strobes via fiber-optic cords.
The new M6 Mark II housing is available now at an MSRP of $775.
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200DLM/A Underwater Housing for Canon EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless Cameras
The 200DLM/A Underwater Housing is the perfect companion allowing use of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless cameras in or around the water for scuba, snorkeling, surf, pool, or any adventure.
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
At first glance the Canon EOS M6 II may seem similar to the original M6 camera, but it is physically different both inside and out. The EOS M6 II has an all new 32.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF. Unlike its predecessor it has joined the modern times and now supports 4K UHD video recording at either 30p or 25p.
Advantages of the Ikelite Housing
- 200 ft (60m) depth rating
- Extendable shutter release lever
- Extendable AF-ON button thumb lever for back button focus
- Interchangeable Dry Lock Micro port system including flat ports, 6″dome ports, and 8″ dome ports
- Corrosion-proof ABS-PC construction
- Clear view back with laser engraved control markings
- Ergonomic, field serviceable direct-drive controls
- Accessory ports for optional vacuum system and TTL converter
- Supports LCD tilt
- Made in the USA
Ergonomics and handling
Good ergonomics are critical when you need to concentrate on composition, focus, and proper exposure. Large, curved control levers put the most important controls right where you need them: shutter and autofocus (via the AF/MF button). This combination allows you to shoot with or without back button focus, an advanced technique that is useful for tack sharp focus of super macro and fast moving subjects. Each lever can be extended using the optional Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.93 for perfect spacing when using a right-hand handle.
The control dial, rear control wheel, mode dial, power, and lens release controls are all operated intuitively via premium soft-touch knobs. Stainless steel, direct-drive rotating controls are virtually fail-safe and user serviceable and adjustable in a pinch.
All rear camera buttons are accessible by smooth action, hard anodized aluminum push buttons for reliable performance and easy maintenance. These controls are clearly labeled by laser engraving on the back of the housing that never fades or falls off.
Two 1/4-20 threaded mounting points are included on the bottom of the housing for simple, rotation-free attachment of a tray and handle system. Handles provide improved ergonomics underwater and are the foundation for your lighting mounts. The Tray with Dual Quick Release Handles # 9523.64 is the most popular choice for both handling and attachment of accessories.
The camera mount is front-loading for easy installation and removal. A small mounting plate attaches to the bottom of the camera and secures in the front of the housing. The camera mounting plate does not need to be removed from the camera for surface use or when changing the battery or memory cards. The mounting plate features a 1/4-20 threaded mount on the bottom so that it can be attached to a tripod on the surface.
The unique rear seal design prevents accidental twisting or stretching of the o-ring for simple and confident assembly. We have eliminated the need for an o-ring groove or channel which can trap sand, dirt, or debris. Two double-passivated stainless steel locking lid snaps are simple to use and virtually unbreakable. The clear back allows you to see the o-ring form a solid, watertight seal as it closes.
A spare 1/2-20 threaded accessory port is provided on the side of the housing for easily installation of the optional Vacuum Kit # 47012. A vacuum kit allows you to draw a vacuum on the housing to check for leaks prior to entering the water.
Drawing a vacuum on the system also provides extra security at the surface of the water, especially important when using the housing in rough surf.
The camera’s large, super-bright LCD screen is viewable edge-to-edge through the back of the housing. The LCD may be tilted during installation for more comfortable viewing underwater.
Light is absorbed as it travels through even short distances underwater, making colors appear dull or monochromatic. To preserve the natural colors of your subject, it’s important to stay within arm’s reach—no more than 3-4 feet (1m) away. For the best results, we recommend adding an external flash or high-powered constant-on light if you’ll be diving regularly below 15′ (3m).
This housing supports your choice of shooting strobes by electrical sync cord or fiber optic triggering. An optional external TTL converter for DS strobes is in development for release in December 2019.
The camera’s built-in flash is suitable for firing an external strobe, but not for lighting a photo underwater. Two fiber optic ports are built into the front of the housing provide an attachment point for fiber optic cords from most major manufacturers.
A bright constant-on video light can be used instead of or in addition to a flash. A constant-on light is not as bright as a strobe flash. Constant-on lights do provide added versatility because they can be used for focus assist and for improved colors when shooting video.
There is a simple rule that brighter is better underwater. A high-quality lighting system can produce professional quality results.
It couldn’t be more simple to change ports than this system—just press the port on and tighten three thumb screws. Feel positive reinforcement that the port is secure with simple parts you can trust in a remote location.
This housing accepts ports from our DLM Port System to accommodate a selection of the best zoom, macro, and wide angle lenses for underwater use. Our custom optical grade acrylic domes components provide the color, clarity, and durability of glass at a fraction of the travel weight and cost.
Durability and corrosion free performance
Our white ABS-PC blend housing provides strength and corrosion free performance year with minimal maintenance. ABS-PC is lighter than aluminum for convenience during travel and less drag underwater. The specially formulated color deflects the sun to keep your camera running cooler, longer. Compared to black or clear housings, the light color provides superior contrast for enhanced view of the camera, LCD screen, and o-ring seal.
Made in USA
Ikelite products 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 and function. Every unit is water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m). We back our products with over 50 years of experience and the best reputation for service within the dive industry.
The Canon EOS M6 (Mark I) camera is very similar in size and configuration. Differences in lens placement prevent the camera from being used interchangeably in the same housing. This housing only accommodates the EOS M6 Mark II camera.
This housing is only compatible with the Canon cameras as shipped by the manufacturer. Unless otherwise noted, this housing does not accommodate the use of add-on grips, battery grips, eyepieces, LCD covers, or other accessories.
- 200 ft (60m) depth rating
- DLM Type A port mount
- Controls for all camera functions except MF/AF switch, Flash pop-up switch, Rear dial rotation (can depress up/down/left/right)
- Two 1/4-20 threaded tray mounts with 3″ (76mm) spacing
- Slightly negative buoyancy in fresh water
- Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port
- 2.6 lbs (1195 g)
- 7.75 x 5.75 x 5.25″ (197 x 146 x 133 mm)
- ABS-PC, acrylic, and acetal construction
- 2 year limited warranty
In the Box
- Rear O-Ring # 0110 (installed)
- Front O-Ring # 0132.36 (installed)
- .050″ Hex Key # 0945.11
- 1/16″ Hex Key # 0945.16
- Silicone Lubricant 1cc Tube
Lens port sold separately; A compatible DLM lens port is required for waterproof operation.
MSRP $ 775.00
Product # 6973.07