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Ikelite has designed an underwater housing for the Panasonic GH5 and GH5S cameras. It is lightweight and best suited for diving, surfing and pool use. It uses the new Dry Lock Port System which gives added security and can accomodate large diameter lenses. The housing also provides access to all important functions of the camera. It also includes Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead connector with manual hotshoe for electrical triggering of strobes and an optional TTL circuitry for automatic exposure.
The housing comes with the included Ikelite Vacuum Valve (vacuum pump not included), this enables you to test ypur camera system prior to entering the water. In addition, the housing comes with an aluminum tray with quick release handle which provides stability and mounting for your lighting.
Learn more about the GH5 features and why we love it for underwater photography in our full Panasonic GH5 review.
I wanted a camera housing which had true TTL which I could use with DS-161 subsrobes (the only combo focus light,flashlight, video light, and true TTL strobe on the market right now), a camera housing which could accomodate a wide variety of wide angle and macro lenses, and a camera housing which could accomodate the Panasonic GH-4 camera which is capable of the best (4k) video currently available. So this camera/housing/substrobe is one very powerful system as designed. I have been using Ikelite housings for about fifteen years, and this housing is very representative of other DSLR Ikelite housings, which have many recieved quite nice reviews elsewhere. The buttons on the housing seem to all work just fine for me, and I really don't mind how the strobes hook up, it's all quite functional. The lens diameter accomodation shims are made from flexible foam rubber with a glue strip on one side, and this seems to me to be a quite inexpensive way to assure a good grip on the lens whatever it's diameter happens to be. And the fact that they are inexpensive seems to me to be an advantage, for if they ever malfunction or start to slip, new strips and extra strips can be ordered from Ikelite for very little cost, and with very easy replacement. But really, to me it seems there is little likelihood of failure, and a very minor and cheaply fixable issue if it ever did happen. Plus, you get the flexibility of using a wide variety of wide angle and macro lenses with this simple manner of adjustability (the foam strips come in different thicknesses depending on the particlar width of the lens you choose to pair it with). To me, the housing itself seems very robust, and as mentioned, quite typical of the Ikelite range, which housings have satisfied many underwater photographers just fine over the years. I am really exited I got all the features which were important to me in one package! My first photos and videos do look very nice indeed!
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