Top 10 Differences Between Olympus and Ikelite Housings

Top 10 Differences Between Olympus and Ikelite Housings

Getting ready to take your Olympus micro four-thirds camera underwater? Great idea! Olympus cameras are compact, fast, and are capable of fantastic image quality.

There are a variety of options from ready-made Olympus brand OEM housings to expensive aluminum boxes. 

Don't be fooled by our prices. We offer more features for your Olympus micro four-thirds camera than any other manufacturer - especially Olympus. Here are some reasons why you should consider upgrading to a housing designed by an experienced underwater photography manufacturer.

#10 Size and Weight

Our housings are noticeably more compact and streamlined than the Olympus brand alternatives, and much lighter than aluminum. That's not only easier for packing. It also reduces drag and arm fatigue underwater.

#9 TTL Strobe Exposure

Correct strobe exposure is essential to great underwater photography. We are the only manufacturer to offer true Olympus TTL communication with external strobes. And it's already built into the housing. True TTL communication is faster, more accurate, and more reliable than fiber optic - especially when shooting dual strobes.

#8 Lens Ports

We support a huge variety of micro four-thirds lenses with the most affordable lens ports on the market. The Olympus brand housing requires expensive third party accessory ports to accommodate popular wide angle and fisheye lenses.

# 7 Build Quality

We use metal controls and thicker ABS-PC blend plastics. Our housings are individually inspected and water pressure tested to 200 ft (60m). 

# 6 Ergonomic Shutter

A push lever for the shutter makes sense when you're shooting with a housing by itself with no external accessories. If you add a tray and handles, strobes, etc., then you're going to want to extend the shutter lever to the handle for the most comfortable access.

Our shutter levers can be configured to be comfortable either when holding the side of the housing or when holding a handle using the Shutter Trigger Extension.

# 5 Clear View of the Camera

The entire back of the housing is clear to provide a view of the camera and o-ring seal. You don't have to guess whether your housing is properly sealed - you can see it clearly for yourself.

# 4 Vacuum System Option

Want added assurance that your camera is safe? We don't blame you. A spare accessory port is provided standard for the attachment of an optional vacuum test system. Draw a vacuum to simulate pressure on your housing and check for leaks before entering the water.

# 3 Service

We strive to provide the most accurate and up-to-date website in the industry, full of product information and tips. Need more? Our service staff is friendly and most importantly available. We're always here for you by phone, email, and social media, and we have a reputation for the best customer service in underwater photography.

# 2 Photo Advice

The Photo School section of our website is full of useful instructional articles and tutorials. But did we mention that we also provide one-on-one photo advice? Just email us telling us what equipment you're using, where you're going, and what type of shot(s) you want to get and we'll get back to you right away with customized photo advice.

# 1 Made in the USA 

Our products are designed, built, tested, and serviced in the heart of the midwestern USA. We've been doing this since 1962 and we invented many of the features that are now common to underwater housings and strobes around the world. We're family owned and operated with a dedicated team of people with an average of 25 years experience.


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