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Camera Housing – Model E-500 (Olympus) 

 

 

User Manual

 

 

Contents:  1. Introduction 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Specifications 

3. Function Controls 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Set up Instructions 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Use & Care of Housing 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Service 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Warranty 

 

 
 

 
 

 


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1.  Introduction 

 

10 BAR Underwater Housings are small, light and rugged enough to be used on every 

dive. Use of 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 E-500 
 
Test Pressure 

10 Bar (300 ft.), Housings are individually tested 

Closure Design 

Air Lock 

Body Material 

Polycarbonate 

Overall Size 

210 x 270 x 200 mm (LxWxH) 

Total Weight 

Approximately 2.46 Kg (Housing only) 

Buoyancy (with camera) 

Approximately neutral in salt water 

Features 

  Visible main O-ring for final pre-dive check 

  Double O-ring design on all controls 

  Bulkhead and hot shoe plug for External TTL strobe 

  Zoom Port bayonet Dia. 114mm 14mm ~ 45mm  

Accessories 

  Universal key 

  Silicone O-ring grease 

  Spare main O-ring 

  Carrying bag 

  Cleaning Kit 

Optional accessories 

  Dome Port bayonet Dia. 114mm 

  Macro Ports bayonet Dia. 114mm 

  FL-50 TTL Flashlight Housing 

  Flex Arm  

  Ball Join Arm 

  Synchronous Cord 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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3. Function Controls E-500 

 

1. Exposure Compensation

 

6. OK

 

11. Play, Delete

 

2. On/Off, Mode Dial

 

7. WB, Metering Mode, AF, ISO

 

12. MENU, INFO

 

3. Bulkhead

 

8. Copy

 

13. Shutter

 

4. Aperture

 

9. AEL / AFL

 

14. Zoom

 

5. One-touch WB, Auto Focus 

Point 

10. Pressure Release Plug 

 

 

 

 
4.  Set up Instructions 
 

 

4.1 Air Lock:  
 

The body and lid are designed with  the Air Lock system “no clip” closure arrangement. 

Testing has shown that this arrangement  allow the water to exert an even pressure on the O-
ring, increasing the reliability of the watertight seal.  

 

4.2 Pressure release plug 

 

To open the housing, the pressure release plug must be first unscrewed  and then 

pulled out all the way (Fig 1). This provides a passage for the air to pass  though and 

eliminate the pressure different between the inside of the housing and the ambient. 

 

The plug consists of an internal double O-ring seal on the stainless steel slide shaft. 

These internal O-rings form the watertight seal.  There is also a large outer O -ring under the 
knob. This O-ring serves to prevent contamination of the slide shaft, with dirt, salt etc., and is 

not required for watertight integrity. If this O-ring should become detached, it can simply be 
pushed back in place. 

 

(Fig. 1) Open Housing Procedure 

 

 


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4.3 Opening levers:  

 

After unscrewing and pulling out the pressure release plug, the lid can be opened. To 

overcome the friction of opening, use lever (Fig. 2) to push against the lid with a cam action. 
Be sure they are inserted all the way flat to the housing before turning to avoid damaging the 

protrusions on the  lid.  The  body has four holes on each corner edges for opening. Gently 

lever off the lid with the supplied  opening lever   (Fig. 3)  taking care not to twist the lid 
excessively. The lid should be opened keeping it approximately paralleled to the body at all 

times, turn first one corner a little, then the other a little, and repeat again until the lid is 
opened. Remember to unscrew and pull out the pressure release plug all the way first, 
otherwise the air pressure will resist attempts at opening. Lay the lid on a flat stable surface 

after opening. 

 

 

   

  

(Fig. 2) Opening lever   

 

 

 

(Fig. 3) Turn to open 

 
4.4 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.

 

10 BAR 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. 

 

 


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4.5 Maintaining the O-ring Seal:  

 

If the main body to lid O-ring is not installed, install the O-ring before diving. This is 

the only user serviceable O-ring.    Its care and maintenance  are critical to the watertight 
integrity of the housing. The O-ring should be replaced at the service interval (see section on 

service). If the O-ring is contaminated, or not already installed, inspect, grease and install the 

O-ring according to the following guidelines. 
 

 
4.6 Inspection, cleaning and re-instillation of the O-ring 
 

Tools:  
 

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.  

 

Procedure: 

 

  Place the lid on a firm non-slip level surface.   

  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 (Fig. 4) 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. 

  Clean the O-ring recess (the square groove where the O-ring sits) with a cotton bud or 

sponge applicator. 

  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. 

 


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IF THE O-RING IS DAMAGED OR SUSPECTED OF BEING DAMAGED, DISCARD 

IT IMMEDIATELY

. A spare O -ring is supplied with your housing, or a replacement O-

ring can be obtained from 10 BAR. If the O-ring is contaminated or suspected of being 
contaminated, clean it with a cotton cloth that is free of  loose fiber,  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 the groove. 

 

 (Fig. 4) Stretch the O-ring 

 

 

 
 

4.7 Mounting the camera in the housing:  

Remove the lens cap and wrist strap. The pressure release plug  should be pulled out 

before inserting the camera.  Attach the plastic slide  tray to the camera’s tripod mounting 

fixture with a coin, screwdriver or the end of the universal tool supplied  (Fig. 5). Take care 
not to excessively tighten the screw. Attach the zoom gear guide on the lens zoom bezel with 
the mounting Velcro (Fig. 6), pointing the guide right into the slot of the gear ring on housing 

bezel (Fig.7). Pull up the Main Dial control button. Slide the camera into the body along the 
guide rail and make sure the zoom gear guide coupled with the slot of the gear ring on the 
lens bezel (Fig. 8). 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 (Fig. 9)   

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.   
 

 


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(Fig. 5) 

 

 

 

 

 

(Fig. 6) 

 

 

 

 

 

(Fig. 7) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Fig. 8) 

 

 

 

 

 

(Fig. 9) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Fig. 10) 

 
 
 

Replace the lid (Fig. 10).  Remember to ensure the pressure release plug is pulled all 

the way out while closing, otherwise the air cannot escape. Squeeze the lid closed all the way 
with the hissing of expelled air. Screw home the pressure release plug. There is no need to 
excessively tighten this plug. The seal is made by internal O-rings. The O-ring on the 

underside of the plug is just to keep out dirt.  
 

 

After replacing the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring for 

contamination (Fig. 11). 

 


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(Fig. 11)

     

  

 

 

 
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. 

 

Important  !!!

 Before diving, make sure the pressure release plug is 

pushed  back inside and then screwed home, do not over tighten this 

plug (finger tight only). 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


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5.  Use & Care of Housing: 

 
 
5.1 Pre Dive Function Check.  
 

Just before entering the water, make a habit of reviewing that you have carried out the 

proper steps to close the housing. and the pressure release plug screwed home. 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. 

Close pressure release plug  

Check battery and memory card status on the LCD display. 

Check control knob and zoom function. 

 

If there is a large change of temperature and the housing is not opened for 
maintenance between dives, it is recommended to equalize the possible 
pressure difference between the inside of the housing and the ambient by 
opening the pressure release plug and close it firmly subsequently.  

 
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. 

 
 
5.2 General Operation.   

 

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 

 


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deposits that may have built up. No chemical cleaners should be used. Mild detergents e.g. 

shampoo and soap based cleaners are permitted. 
 

Important !!! 

 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.   

 
 
5.4 Transportation.  
 

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 

handle, and shutter extension, and wrap the camera in foam or bubble wrap.  
 
 
5.5 Accidents.   

 

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 the severity can be assessed.  

 
 

6.  Service 
 

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.

 


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7. Warranty 

 
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 the warranty.  
 
(Copy to be retained by user) 

 

Housing Type  :    

Date of Purchase      :   

 

Serial Number :  

(Labelled inside 
housing) 
 

 

Dealer : 

Owner’s Name : 
 

 

e-mail : 

Owner’s 
Address: 

 

  

Tel  : 
 

Fax : 
 

   
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.   
Email: 

service@10bar.com

 Web site: http//www. 10bar.com   

 

 
 

 

 

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) 

 


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(Copy to be returned to 10 Bar Underwater Housings)

 

 
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 to us at the address below, to validate the warranty.  

 

Housing Type: 

  

Date of Purchase:   
 

Serial Number: 
(Labelled inside 

housing) 

 

 

Deale: 

Owner’s Name: 
 

 

e-mail: 

Owner’s 
Address: 

 

  

Tel: 
 

Fax: 

 

 

Please return the Warranty to the following address: 

 

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

 

Email: 

service@10bar.com

   Web site: http//www. 10bar.com