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Camera Housing – Model D80 (Nikon) 

User Manual 



. Introduction 


. Specifications 


. Set up Instructions 


. Function Controls 


. Use & Care of Housing 


. Service 


. Warranty 







. 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. 





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. Specifications D80 

Test Pressure 

10 Bar (300 ft.) Housings are individually tested 

Closure Design 

Air Lock 

Body Material 


Overall Size 

220 x 300 x 230 mm (LxWxH) 

Total Weight 

Approximately 2.8 Kg (Housing 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 Speedlight 

SB-800 i-TTL strobe 


Standard Zoom Port18~70mm Lens 



D80 Opening key / Lever 


Silicone O-ring grease 


Spare main O-ring 


Carrying bag 


Cleaning Kit 

Optional accessories 


Dome Port for Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye Lens 


Zoom Port for Nikkor 18~70mm Zoom Lens 


Medium Port for Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 marco 


Long Port for Nikon f/3.5 105mm Lens 


SB-800 i-TTL Flashlight Housing 


Flex Arm 


Ball Join Arm 


Synchronous Cord 


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. Function Controls D80 

1. Delete 
2. Playback 
3. Menu 

4. Help / Protect 
5. Thumbnail 
6. Playback zoom / Image quality & size 
7. AE lock / AF lock 

8. 9. 10. 11. Multi selector 
12. O.K. 
13. Main command dial 
14. Pressure release plug 

15. Viewfinder eyepiece 


16. Shutter 
17. Sub-command dial 

18. Zoom control dial 
19. Focus mode selector 




20. Power on / off 
21. Metering mode 
22. Exposure compensation 

23. Single / continuous / timer / remote control 
24. AF / Reset 
25. Mode dial 
26. Flashlight syn bulkhead 





. Set up Instructions 


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 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, Increase the 

reliability of the watertight seal. 



 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 



 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. 



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(Fig. 2) D80 Opening Key / Lever   





(Fig. 3) Turn to open 



 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 providedyou’re your 

guidance in using and maintaining the O-ring seal. 



 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 is 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. 



 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. 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 


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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. 



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 as 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. 


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. 




. 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 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 


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 


(Fig. 4) Stretch the O-ring 



 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. Slide the camera into the body along the guide rail (Fig. 6). 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. 7) 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. 

(Fig. 5) 

(Fig. 6) 


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(Fig. 7) 

(Fig. 8) 

(Fig. 9) 

Replace the lid (Fig. 8). 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 (Fig. 9). 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 




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After replacing the lid, make a final visual inspection of the main O-ring for contamination (Fig. 10).




 (Fig. 10) 


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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. Use & Care of Housing: 



 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. 



 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. 



 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. 


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. 




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. 



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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. 



. 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 


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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. 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. 

Housing Type : 


Date of Purchase : 


Serial Number : 

(Labeled inside housing)



Dealer : 


Owner’s Name : 


e-mail : 


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. 



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 

(Copy to be returned to 10 Bar Underwater Housings)