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Olympus Assumes all users to be novices who don't plan to use any mode other than their built in "Underwater Shooting Modes" with the PT-EP08. Because of this they only tell you how to activate the UW mode in the housing manual on PG. 17, but they do not explain that it is required to set even if you don't plan to shoot in those modes. Once these steps are fired the flash will fire even when "off" or in the down position.
The PT-EP08 housing was designed to house the camera and flash with the flash flipped down in order to be slightly smaller in size. In order to use the flash you have to activate the "Underwater Mode" on the camera. This mode acts as an "Auto" mode designed for good settings underwater. It also allows the camera flash to fire when "closed"
Custom Menu -> B: Button/ Dial -> Button Function -> either Fn1 or Fn2 can be assigned this function. I recommend Fn2. -> Underwater Mode (fish icons).
Note: if you keep it in the UW Mode while shooting, you are limited in control of the camera. To exit out of the UW Mode simply hold down the Fn button for a couple seconds, change the mode dial to a different mode on the camera (remember to check all your settings before proceeding). As long as that mode is assigned to an Fn button the flash will fire when closed, so you can go back to Manual Mode and the flash will still fire in the down position.
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