50DL Underwater Housing for Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Get the most out of your Canon R5 camera in surf, shallow water, and pool environments. The housing provides full creative control over the camera. A dual-action lens release control makes it easy to use either EF or RF series lenses. Our custom ABS-PC blend is lighter than aluminum yet strong enough for almost anything you want to throw at it.
Our housing for the Canon EOS R5 is available in two versions:
- 200DL with a depth rating up to 200 feet (60 meters)
- 50DL with a depth rating up to 50 feet (15 meters)
Control access and layout is the same between the two models. The 200DL features an optical magnified viewfinder and flash bulkhead with manual hotshoe.
This housing requires the addition of a compatible DL Lens Port for waterproof operation. Lens Port not included.
Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera
The brand new 45MP CMOS sensor delivers stunning resolution. When combined with a Deep Learning autofocus system and in-body image stabilization that can reduce shake up to 8 stops, the camera can capture incredibly sharp detail.
This housing features our robust Dry Lock (DL) port system. "Dry Lock" refers to the placement of the o-ring on the outside of the port mount. This improves visibility and reduces the chances of water dropping onto your precious camera sensor. DL ports are the lightest on the market, yet robust and capable of standing up to rough surf. Attachment is quick and secure. A system of extensions can accommodate a huge variety of lenses with ease.
Most popular zoom lenses and select lens focus rings can be engaged using simple gearing that puts adjustment right at your fingertips. A large, soft-touch knob on the side of the housing makes fine tuned adjustments a breeze. Zoom and focus gears differ depending on which lens you are using. Zoom gears sold separately.
ISO 100 • f/9 • 1/160 • Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro • Photo © 2020 Nirupam Nigam, Underwater Photography Guide
The included vacuum valve allows you to pressurize the housing to check for leaks prior to putting your expensive equipment in the water. Use of the vacuum valve requires a compatible Vacuum Pump with Gauge # 47011, sold separately.
There is no greater assurance than being able to see your camera and o-ring seal through the back of the housing. Our signature open-groove design suspends the rear o-ring in a natural position that is easier to maintain and more reliable than forcing the o-ring into a channel. Once the housing is closed you can see the o-ring form a solid, waterproof seal.
TTL Strobe Exposure
[200DL version only] This housings supports your choice of shooting manual strobes or adding TTL electronics depending on your application. The included manual hotshoe with Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead supports manual strobe exposure with a wide variety of strobes including Ikelite, SEA&SEA, INON, and others.
[200DL version only] Enjoy the fastest and most accurate strobe exposure on the market by adding the DL5 DS Link Canon TTL Converter and CT1 TTL Hotshoe Kit # 46075 and a compatible Ikelite DS strobe. The DS Link can be programmed to the camera's specific TTL protocol and supports both first curtain and rear curtain sync up to the camera's maximum flash sync speed. Exposure compensation can be used added or subtracted in the camera. A push button and indicator light on the side of the converter make it simple to switch back and forth between TTL and manual exposure underwater.
[200DL version only] Reliable locking connectors between the hotshoe and bulkhead make it easy to install the CT1 TTL Hotshoe or carry back up parts when traveling to remote locations.
[50DL version only] Attach almost any type of strobe using the optional B1A Bulkhead # 46002 and C1 Canon Manual Hotshoe # 46071. Optional DL5 DS Link Canon TTL Converter, CT1 TTL Hotshoe, and B1A Bulkhead Kit # 46076 provides a TTL connection for compatible Ikelite DS strobes.
ISO 100 • f/18 • 1/160 • Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro • Photo © 2020 Nirupam Nigam, Underwater Photography Guide
Good ergonomics are critical when you need to concentrate on composition, focus, and proper exposure. Large, curved control levers put the most important controls right where you need them: shutter and autofocus (via the AF-L button). This combination allows you to shoot with or without back button focus, an advanced technique that is useful for tack sharp focus of super macro and fast moving subjects. Each lever can be extended using the optional Trigger Extension # 4077.95 for perfect spacing when using a right-hand handle.
The rotating controls are all operated intuitively via premium soft-touch knobs. An oversized, lobed knob puts the zoom/focus knob at your fingertips while your left hand stays on the handle. Stainless steel, direct-drive rotating controls are virtually fail-safe and user serviceable and adjustable in a pinch.
All rear camera buttons are accessible by smooth action, hard anodized aluminum push buttons for reliable performance and easy maintenance. These controls are clearly labeled by laser engraving on the back of the housing that never fades or falls off.
The camera mount is front-loading for easy installation and removal. A small mounting plate attaches to the bottom of the camera and secures in the front of the housing. The camera mounting plate does not need to be removed from the camera for surface use or when changing the battery or memory cards. The mounting plate features a 1/4-20 threaded mount on the bottom so that it can be attached to a tripod on the surface.
Nirupam says: "Overall, this photo shows that the Canon EOS R5 is can capture a scene with high dynamic range quite well. Canon may have had issues with dynamic range in the past, but with the R5 the dynamic range is indistinguishable from competitors." • ISO 100 • f/22 • 1/160 • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye • Photo © 2020 Nirupam Nigam, Underwater Photography Guide
Use the camera's built-in wi-fi feature to download photos to another device without removing the camera from the housing. The WiFi feature is only usable above water within close proximity to the connected device.
[200DL version only] The included Super-Eye Viewfinder provides an enhanced view of the camera's optical viewfinder when viewed through a dive mask.
The viewfinder removes quickly and easily for the attachment of an optional Straight Magnified Viewfinder (Type 2) # 6890.1 or 45° Magnified Viewfinder (Type 3) # 6891.3. The angle of a 45º viewfinder is more ergonomic when shooting underwater plus it provides a larger and brighter view than the standard Super-Eye.
Scorpionfish in the rocks • ISO 320 • f/9 • 1/160 • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye • Photo © 2020 Nirupam Nigam, Underwater Photography Guide
M16 Accessory Port
The spare M16 threaded accessory port provides an attachment point for third party accessories including HDMI bulkheads.
Handling & Travel
The housing, tray, and handles have been optimized to reduce weight while maintaining strength and durability. The Right-Hand Quick Release Handle # 4077.02 (sold separately) can be added or removed depending on your needs. The precision machined aluminum base features 1/4-20 tripod mounting sockets and additional mounting locations for future accessories. The base and handle can be quickly removed when breaking down your system for travel.
A 1/4-20 threaded mounting point is located front and center on the housing above the lens port mount. This mount can be used to attach lightweight accessories like a focus light or GoPro camera.
If you're shooting with two strobe or lighting arms, then a top handle can be added to carry to and from the dive site. Top handles are available in a Cable Grip # 4080.09 or Aluminum Top Handle # 4080.08. The rigid aluminum version provides additional mounting points for lighting and accessories.
Adding a dedicated focus light to your top mount or strobe arm is highly recommended for more accurate autofocus in low light settings.
Kelp forest with sunny background • ISO 160 • f/13 • 1/100 • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye • Photo © 2020 Nirupam Nigam, Underwater Photography Guide
Our new ABS-PC blend front is durable, provides improved contrast and visibility, keeps your camera running cooler in the sun, and is significantly lighter weight than aluminum alternatives.
Every housing is made in the USA, individually inspected for fit, and water pressure tested to 200 feet (60m).
ISO 160 • f/8 • 1/160 • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM • Photo © 2020 Nirupam Nigam, Underwater Photography Guide
SEA&SEA, INON, and Retra strobes with an electrical connection can be triggered in manual exposure modes using an electrical sync cord. Strobes without an electrical sync cord connection cannot be attached to this system unless slaved off of a hard-wired strobe.
Ikelite Non-Digital Strobes
Older non-digital strobes featuring an ICS-5 electrical sync cord bulkhead can be used with this system in manual exposure modes.
Fiber optic only strobes are not compatible with this installation. An external strobe must be connected by electrical sync cord.
Strobes with remote slave capabilities may be triggered off of a flash attached to the housing by electrical sync cord. Ikelite DS strobes support remote triggering using the Optical Slave Converter # 4405 or the Water Wizard system (manufactured and sold by Aquatica).
This housing is only compatible with Canon EOS R5 cameras as shipped by the manufacturer. The Canon EOS R5C cannot be used in this housing. Unless otherwise noted, this housing does not accommodate the use of add-on grips, battery grips, eyepieces, LCD covers, or other accessories.
Differences in lens and control placement prevent other camera models from being used in or adapted to this housing. We are not aware of any other models which may be used in or adapted to this particular housing.
ISO 100 • f/9 • 1/160 • Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro • Photo © 2020 Nirupam Nigam, Underwater Photography Guide
Depth rating 200' (60m) [200DL version] or 50' (15m) [50DL version]
Compatible with DL system lens ports
Controls are provided for all important camera controls;
Controls are not provided for Depth of field preview button, Multi-function lock button, Multi-controller (can be pushed in for use as a user programmable button)
1/4-20 thread base mounts with 3.5" spacing
Slightly positive buoyancy in fresh water
Actual buoyancy varies depending on choice of lens and port
4.7 lb (2123 g) without tray and handle
5.4 lb (2434 g) with tray and handle
8.75 x 6.875 x 6.5" (220 x 175 x 165 mm)
Vacuum valve included (pump sold separately)
[200DL version only] Included Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead connector with manual hotshoe for reliable electrical triggering of underwater strobes; Optional TTL accessories provides automatic exposure with compatible Ikelite DS strobes
[50DL version only] Optional Flash bulkhead, hotshoe, and TTL accessories sold separately
ABS-PC construction is fundamentally corrosion-resistant
Made in the USA; Individually inspected for fit and water pressure tested to depth
2 year limited warranty
In the Box
Rear O-ring # 0132.59 (installed)
Front O-ring # 0132.45 (installed)
Zoom Gear Retainer # 75900 (installed)
Port Hole Cover # 0200.92 (installed)
Waterproof Bulkhead Cap # 9104.7 (installed)
Base with Left-Hand Quick Release Handle # 4077.67 (installed)
Tool for Zoom Gear Retainer # 0945.06
.050" Hex Key # 0945.11
Silicone Lubricant 1cc Tube
Spare Rear O-Ring # 0132.59 Carry a back-up in case original seal becomes damaged.
Spare Front O-Ring # 0132.45 Carry a back-up in case original seal becomes damaged.
Vacuum Pump with Gauge # 47011 Pressurize the housing to check for leaks prior to entering the water.
Right-Hand Quick Release Handle # 4077.02 Makes a double tray for easier handling and a second attachment point for strobes or lights.
Trigger Extension # 4077.95 Recommended if using the Right-Hand Quick Release Handle. Brings shutter or AF-ON lever out to handle for more comfortable use (requires 2 to extend both controls).
DL5 DS Link Canon TTL Converter and CT1 TTL Hotshoe Kit # 46075 Fast, accurate, automatic TTL strobe exposure when used together with compatible Ikelite DS strobes.
45º Magnified Viewfinder (Type 3) # 6891.3 Brighter, larger, and more ergonomic positioning when shooting under water. Rotates for landscape or portrait shots.
Cable Top Handle Grip # 4080.09 The most convenient way to carry the system when shooting with two strobe arms.
Adding an external strobe or video light enhances your photos' color and sharpness underwater. If you will be shooting below 45 ft (13m) or in an indoor pool, your photos will be predominantly blue-green without an artificial light source. Read more about strobe options