Professional underwater filmmaking with a full frame mirrorless camera can mean more than just a good camera body and lens. The 200DL housing series now supports the attachment of third-party external monitors via HDMI 2.0 through a dedicated large bore M24 accessory port.
The port is conveniently located on the left side of the housing just behind the handles to keep the large diameter cords out of the way of your hands and face while shooting.
200DL Underwater Housing with a third-party Nauticam M24 Adapter for HDMI 2.0 Cable. The Nauticam adapter is not included with the upgrade and is not available directly from Ikelite.
Adding a Monitor
The M24 port accepts the Nauticam M24 Adapter for HDMI 2.0 Cable SKU # 25086 for use with a compatible cabling. Cabling, monitor, and monitor housing are not supported by or sold by Ikelite.
Due to the size and weight of external monitor housings, is not recommended to mount a monitor directly to the housing using the central top mount.
A reticulating ball arm system is the best way to mount an external monitor. This allows the monitor housing to be moved in all directions - up, down, left, right, and rotationally - quickly and easily. The ball clamps can be loosened slightly underwater to allow one-handed repositioning of the monitor when changing shooting positions or to provide access to the rear housing controls.
For example, the monitor can sit above the housing when shooting a subject below you or directly behind the housing when framing macro. This avoids the awkwardness of re-learning how to aim your lens because your image is no longer in line with it.
This requires the Ball Arm for HDMI Monitors # 4080.12.
The Ball Arm is mounted to the housing using:
- ( Quantity 2 ) Standard Ball Clamps # 4081.2 if shooting without lights
- OR Triple Ball Clamps # 4081.3 if shooting with lights
- ( Quantity 2 ) Ball at Quick Release Mount # 4081.31
- Right-Hand Quick Release Handle # 4077.02
- ( Quantity 2 ) Trigger Extensions # 4077.95 *
* Housings below serial # 73600 require Trigger Extension # 4077.93.
A 3-point ball arm is the most ergonomic and versatile way to mount an HDMI monitor to your housing. The ball clamps can be loosened slightly underwater to allow one-handed repositioning of the whole monitor set-up when changing shooting positions or to provide uninhibited access to the rear housing controls. A top Cable Grip # 4080.09 is essential for carrying any system around on the surface in-between dives.
It can be challenging to shoot with the monitor positioned above your housing, since your line of sight is no longer in line with the camera's lens. But it can be beneficial if your subject is lower than you, or when you need unobstructed access to the back of the camera housing.
How to Upgrade
There are three upgrade paths if you plan to use an external monitor with your housing:
1 | Upgrade at time of purchase
Contact Ikelite or your local Authorized Ikelite Dealer to purchase a housing with the M24 accessory port pre-installed. There is an additional US$200 surcharge to add this feature. As this is a special order item, please allow at least 3-4 weeks. Due to high demand, we are not able to complete rush requests at this time.
2 | Upgrade after purchase
Eligible housings may be returned to Ikelite for the installation of the M24 accessory port at a cost of US$300 plus return shipping.
3 | Upgrade at time of service
Save US$100 over the after purchase upgrade price by having your housing serviced at the same time. Service includes replacement of the seals, electrical test, controls check, and water pressure test. The total cost is US$400 plus return shipping.
The fees listed above include machining of the housing, installation of the accessory port plug, and water pressure test. The fees listed do not include any repairs or replacement parts that may be required. A complete estimate is provided before any work is done. Please allow at least 4-5 weeks turnaround time. Due to high demand, we are not able to complete rush requests at this time.
Please refer to our service & repair guide for detailed information on how to return your product to Ikelite.
Placement, pricing, and availability subject to change. Contact Ikelite or your local Ikelite Authorized Dealer for more information. Prices are listed in USD and do not include taxes, duties, or currency conversion fees.
The housing's center top mount is designed for flashlights, action cameras, and other small, lightweight accessories. Do not mount an external monitor directly to the housing using the center top mount. Use the Aluminum Top Handle and Sliding Ball Mount instead. Photo © 2020 Bluewater Photo Nirupam Nigam
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200DL Underwater Housing with optional M24 accessory port upgrade and plug. The port is located on the left of the housing when looking from the back to keep it out of the way of housing controls as well as the videographer's hands and face.
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