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Camera Housing – Model 5 D Mark II (Canon)
3. Function Controls
4. Set up Instructions
5. Use & Care of Housing
10 BAR Underwater Housings are small, light and rugged enough to be used on every dive. Use of a clear
polycarbonate allows for visual inspection of camera condition and the O-ring seal. 10 BAR Housings are
designed for the ever -increasing variety of models of digital still and video cameras. Advanced computer
aided design and CNC manufacturing technologies ensure precise dimensions. Each housing body is first
injection molded, and then machined to configure to individual camera model. A range of lens ports and
controls are fitted, to tailor the housing to your camera model.
2. Specifications 5 D Mark II
10 Bar (300 ft.) Housings are individually tested
Double O-rings, Key-hole Lock
137 x 190 x 167 mm (LxWxH) / 130mm (Port only)
Approximately 2.55 Kg (Housing only) 0.90Kg (Port only)
Buoyancy (with camera)
Approximately neutral in salt water
Visible main O-ring for final pre-dive check
Double O-ring design on all controls
Bulkhead and hot shoe plug for External 580-EX e-TTL strobe
Standard Zoom Port18~55mm Lens
5D Mark II Opening key / Lever
Silicone O-ring grease
Spare main O-ring
Semi-Dome Port for xxxxxxx mm Lens
580-EX e-TTL Flashlight Housing
3. Function Controls 5 D Mark II
Flashlight syn bulkhead
Flashlight syn bulkhead
Metering / White Balance
AF point selection
On / Off
25. 26. 27.
Key Hole Lock
4. Set up Instructions
4.1 Special note on responsibility for watertight integrity
Each housing is individually inspected and
hydrostatically tested in the factory. The design of the
main piston O-ring seal is among the most reliable in the industry and the watertight integrity is
excellent. This special O-ring design provides a perfect seal even if there is any movement
between the body and lid due to change of ambient pressure.
However please note that
responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the watertight seal lies
entirely with the user. 10BAR
accepts no liability for damage to, or loss of any equipment used with, or placed inside the housing.
Users are highly recommended to carry out in-water test of the housings without installing of the
camera for their first dive, after change of new ports or alternation of any new configuration. The
test can be carried out by lowering the housing with ballast to the working depth or dive down to the
safe diving range.
The O-ring seal is the main barrier between the
water outside and the air space within the camera.
It is an effective barrier only if the seal is properly
maintained. The O-ring seal should be inspected
before every dive. The following information is
provided for your guidance in using and
maintaining the O-ring seal.
4.2 Maintaining the O-ring Seal
If the main body to lid O-rings are not installed,
install the O-rings before diving. Their care and
maintenance are critical to the watertight integrity
of the housing. If the O-rings are contaminated, or
not already installed; inspect, grease and install
the O-rings according to the following guidelines.
4.3 Inspection, cleaning and re-instillation of the O-rings
A soft cotton bud or sponge applicator, make sure these are free of all
contamination such as loose
fibers, and the tube of silicone grease supplied with the housing.
Note other types of silicone grease
specifically for use with underwater camera equipment
can usually also be used. It is advised to
carry out the following procedure on a firm clean
level surface, e.g. at a table, to prevent skidding
especially when diving from
When to maintain the O-ring seal
Remove the O-ring periodically for inspection. It is not necessary to remove, clean and re-install the
O-ring after every dive provided the O-rings are not become contaminated. As a rule of thumbs set
up the camera and housing before a day
’s diving. If the housing is required to be opened between
dives for changing memory card or re-charging batteries, make sure the outside of the housing is
thoroughly toweled dry before opening up. After removing the lid and servicing the camera, replace
the lid straight away, rather than leaving it lying around. Before replacing the lid, check the o-rings
and make sure that no contamination such as dust, hair, salt, sand etc. has fallen onto the O-ring or
O-ring recess, as a precaution we recommend to inspect the O-ring every time the lid is opened
and to carry out the maintenance only if necessary.
l Place the lid on firm non-slip level surface.
l The O-ring can be extracted using an O-ring extractor tool (make sure the tool has no sharp edges).
Alternatively use the flats of the thumbs to gently stretch the O-ring on two faces thus making a small
loop protruding a few mm. The loop can then be grasped between finger and thumb, to pull the O-ring
over the lip.
l Clean the O-ring recess (the square groove
where the O-ring sits) with a cotton bud.
l Inspect the O-ring all the way round its surface
for damage such as cuts tears or contamination.
This should be done visually and also by feeling
the surface texture between finger and thumb.
IF THE O-RING IS DAMAGED OR SUSPECTED OF BEING DAMAGED, DISCARD
spare O-ring is supplied with your housing, or a replacement O-ring can be ordered from 10 BAR.
If the O-ring is contaminated or suspected of being contaminated, clean it with a cotton cloth that is
free of all chemicals or contamination. After cleaning inspect the O-ring again.
Once the O-ring has been inspected and verified fit for use, apply a small amount of silicone grease
to the O-ring. The silicone grease must be evenly distributed round the O-ring.
Replace the O-ring into the groove; run a finger round the O-ring, to make sure it is snugly seated in
4.4 Key Hole Lock
The Key-hole Lock is simple and easy to use and adding security.
To open the housing, turn the levers of the lock perpendicular to the wall of the housing until the
lock is released on both sides.
Pull out the lid by holding on the grip near the lock
4.5 Mounting the camera in the housing:
Remove the lens cap and wrist strap.
Attach the plastic slide tray to the camera
’s tripod mounting fixture with a screwdriver or the end of
the universal tool supplied. Take care not to excessively tighten the
screw. Slide the camera into the body along the guide rail. Make sure the camera body reach the
limit and test the function of the on/of button on the body of the housing. Slide the hot shoe plug into
the hot shoe.
Note: If you find that the buttons do not align properly with the controls, please check
again that the camera is properly seated to the limit of the guide rail.
Slide the camera into the body along the rubber packing. Make sure the camera body reach the
limit and test the function of the On/Off button on ths body of the housing.
Align the bulkhead cable as shown and check the cable is not jammed under any button or over the
o-ring. Slide the hot shoe plug into the hot shoe
To close the housing, place the lid over the housing and align the key-hole and press down the
Turn the lever towards the wall of the housing and check the key is at lock position
Replace the lid and make sure the lever is perpendicular to the side wall of the housing. Lock the lid
by press down the lever and turn until the lever is parallel to the side wall of the housing.
After replacing and locking the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring for
Note: If the O-ring is in good contact, a thin black line, about 0.5 to 1mm in width should be visible,
where the O-ring is in contact with the lid. Follow this line all the way round the edge of the seal, as a
final check that the seal is good.
After replacing the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring for contamination
Note: If the O-ring is in good contact, a thin black line, about 0.5 to 1mm in width should be
visible, where the O-ring is in contact with the lid. Follow this line all the way round the edge
of the seal, as a final check that the seal is good. The housing is now ready for the dive.
4.6 Inspection, cleaning and re-instillation of the O-ring:
A soft cotton bud or sponge applicator, make sure these are free of all chemicals or contamination such as loose fibers, and
the tube of silicone grease supplied with the housing are required. Note other types of silicone grease specifically for use
with underwater camera equipment can usually also be used. It is advised to carry out the following procedure on a firm
clean level surface, (e.g. at a table), to prevent skidding especially useful to have when diving from a boat.
When to maintain the O-ring seal:
Remove the O-ring periodically for inspection. It is not necessary to remove, clean and re-install the O-ring after every dive
provided the O-ring did not become contaminated. As a rule of thumb set up the camera and housing before a day’s diving.
If the housing is required to be opened between dives for changing memory card or re-charging batteries, make sure the
outside of the housing is thoroughly toweled dry before opening up. After removing the lid and servicing the camera,
replace the lid straight away, rather than leaving it lying around. Before replacing the lid, make sure that no contamination
such as dust, hair, salt, sand etc. has fallen onto the O-ring or O-ring recess, as a precaution we recommend to inspect the
O-ring every time the lid is opened and to carry out the maintenance if necessary.
. Use & Care of Housing:
Pre Dive Function Check.
Just before entering the water, make a habit of reviewing the proper steps to close the housing and connect
bulkhead. Make a visual check of the O-ring seal. It is also useful to switch on the camera, and check that
controls e.g. on/off, zoom, shutter functions operate normally.
Check housing is closed
Check O-ring is in the groove between housing and Acrylic
Check battery and memory card status on the LCD display
Check control knob and zoom function
Check the Bulkhead is properly connected or blanked.
Always avoid submerging the housing in hot water for a prolonged time or a cleansing tank where the
water may be heated up by the sun.
The control levers and push buttons consist of internal double O-ring seals on a stainless steel
shaft. This arrangement is very reliable, however as a precaution, when operating the controls, avoid
excessively rapid movements, as this may distort the O-ring. Also please allow for the fact that the camera
takes a few seconds to power on. If the camera dose not appear to respond to a control action, make sure
that no other controls are pressing on the camera, i.e. locking out further actions. Wear the wrist strap; it
is easy to inadvertently let go of the housing, especially if you are distracted.
5.3 Cleaning & Storage.
The body & lid of the housing are made of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate was selected for its outstanding strength stiffness,
hardness and toughness. As well as its crystal clear transparency and high gloss surface. It has good resistance to weathering,
although long-term exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Normal operating temperature range is 3°C to 36°C (Storage
temperature: -10°C to 50°C)
It is good practice to rinse off your housing with fresh water after every dive. Avoid exposure to fine sand. After a series of
10 or more dives, e.g. after a dive holiday, it is recommended to immerse the housing for 2-3 hours in warm water to
dissolve any salt deposits that may have built up. No chemical cleaners should be used. Mild detergents e.g. shampoo and
soap based cleaners are permitted.
Some household chemicals may harm Polycarbonate; the housing should never be exposed to the
following classes of chemicals: benzene, toluene, xylene, chlorinated hydrocarbons, methanol, any
other solvents, strong acids and bases.
For long term storage please remove the main o-ring from body.
When transporting by air, please ensure the housing is not sealed, to allow the air pressure to equalize. Either remove the O
-ring (recommended), or open the pressure release port (a spacer is provided to keep the pressure plug in the open position,
please make sure there is no bending of the plug while open).
Please protect the housing during transportation. It is recommended to remove the sync cord, and wrap the housing in foam
or bubble wrap.
The impact resistance of the housing is excellent. However after an accident the alignment of the housing may have been
damaged. Therefore in the event of your housing suffering an impact force, e.g. being dropped, it is essential you do not use
the housing for diving. Please return the housing immediately for service. Please put a note inside to indicate the nature of
the accident, so that we can assess the severity.
To ensure the continued performance of your housing, it should be serviced every year, or after every 200 dives. Please
note the terms for servicing the housing posted at our website. A full service will include:
Inspection of all components for wears or damage (report if repair necessary)
Cleaning of all sealing surfaces, and replacement of all O-ring seals.
Hydrostatic pressure test to 10 Bar.
Note: the replacement of damaged components (except replacement O-rings) may require additional cost.
The warranty is valid within two years from the date of first purchase. The warranty applies only to the housing itself.
10 BAR does not accept any liability either implicit or otherwise for any equipment housed
inside, or used together with the housing.
In the event of the housing flooding within the period of
warranty, 10 BAR will repair or replace the housing. Please note that disassembly of the housing will invalidate warranty.
Please fill in the information below, and return a copy to 10 Bar Underwater Housing at the address below, to validate
(Copy to be retained by user)
Date of Purchase
Serial Number :
Owner’s Name :
Office & Showroom:
Unit C, 2/F., Wing Hin Factory Building, 31-33 Ng Fong St.,
San Po Kong, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2573 3228 Fax: (852) 2811 9180.
Please keep this document for future reference
(Note: due to continuous improvement the latest model housing may differ slightly form those described in this
document) (Copy to be returned to 10 Bar Underwater Housings)