Canon 20062 User Manual

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PRODUCT # 20062


Thank you for having selected the AQUATICA Pro Digital Camera Housing System for your underwater photography.

The AQUATICA Pro Digital Housing is the result of a long and continuing relationship with the most demanding underwater photographers in the world. Each housing is handcrafted, quality checked and pressure tested to a 300 feet equivalent by a small group of specially trained individuals, each of whom takes the utmost pride and satisfaction in offering the best underwater camera housing in the world.

The Aquatica Pro Digital Housing was designed for optimum technical and optical performance and to provide easy and efficient underwater access to essantials functions and controls of the Canon 5D Mk II DSLR.

This manual assumes that the User is already familiar with the Canon 5D Mk II camera. If not, please read the Canon instruction manual before attempting to use the housing.

With basic care and maintenance, your AQUATICA housing will give you a lifetime of enjoyment and satisfaction in producing underwater images.

Please read this manual carefully before using your housing for the first time and note that: wherever cited the right hand is your right when using the housing.


Improper transportation handling or use of this housing might cause a flood or malfunction.

Please read and follow the following precautions:

Store and transport the housing in a sturdy, shock proof container and avoid travelling with the camera mounted inside the housing as impact forces especially on the external push buttons will be transferred to the camera.

When travelling by air, either remove the port or open the housing.

Never change a port or open the housing in a location where sand or similar foreign material might come in contact with an O-ring.

Use of accessories or modifications and alterations unauthorized by the manufacturer may result in flooding or poor functioning of the controls.

Be careful when opening the housing as the pressure buildup inside the housing will exaggerate the force of the latch spring. Keep fingers away from the path of the latches.

Whenever changing ports or O-rings,perform a simple seal test with out the camera inside.

Avoid scratching the acrylic or glass ports and windows.

Make sure that all ports remain properly attached before rinsing the housing, especially when rinsing without a strobe make sure the Bulkhead connector is sealed with its plug.

Never attempt to operate the camera in autofocus mode with the lens mounted focus gear engaged with the housing gear.

The main O-ringseals should be maiained and cleaned on a regular basis. Read and follow theCare and Maintenance section on this manual.

Ensure that the spring loaded secondary lock is properly engaged on the latches to prevent their accidental opening.

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Shutter Release lever


Main Dial access knob


LCD Panel Illuminator lever


ISO / Flash exposure compensation button


AF / Drive selector button


Metering / WB selector button


Main Bulkhead Connector


Secondary Bulkhead Connector




Focus/Zoom Control knob


Focus/Zoom Control pinion gear


Lateral Accessory Bulkhead port


Lens Release knob


Lens Release knob lever


Hot shoe connector


Grips (x2)


Port Release mechanism button


Removable Camera Tray


Bayonet Flange


Top Accessory Bulkhead port


Grip’s Accessories mounting holes (1/4”-20)


Mode Dial port window


Latches (x2)


Quick Control Dial access knob


AF-ON /AF-Start& Star access lever


Top LCD panel Window


Accessory mounting hole (1/4”-20)


Viewfinder Eyepiece


Mode Dial access knob


AF Point / Magnifier button


Set / Movie Shooting button


On/Off & Quick Control Dial switch lever


Rear LCD window


Erase button


Playback button


INFO activation button


Picture Style button


Menu button


Live View activating button


Rubber Anti Skid pad


Sacrificial Anodes (x2)


Accessories mounting holes (x3)


Moisture Alarm LED

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1.SHUTTER RELEASE LEVER: Pulling the shutter release lever back part way activates the camera meter and auto focus. Pulling the lever back all the way fires the camera.

2.MAIN DIAL ACCESS KNOB: Rotates clockwise and counterclockwise. Use alone or in combination with other controls to select or set various camera functions or modes. In “Manual” the exposure mode controls the shutter speed settings (see camera manual).

3.LCD PANEL ILLUMINATOR BUTTON: Press to engage the top LCD panel illuminator.

4.ISO / FLASH EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: Press to select ISO speed or to select exposure correction of the flash* * (please note this is only in the event a Canon flash in a housing would be used)

5.AF/ DRIVESELECTOR BUTTON: press to select either AF Mode or the DRIVE modes

6.METERING PATTERN / WHITE BALANCE MODE BUTTON: Press to select the appropriate metering mode and/or White Balance mode.

7.MAIN BULKHEAD CONNECTOR: To connect Flash Sync Cord. (Manual Nikonos Type by default other option available on request).

8.SECONDARY BULKHEAD CONNECTOR: For Flash Sync Cord. (Manual Nikonos Type by default other option available on request).

9.HYDROPHONE: This will record sound while video recording underwater, it is design to be effective underwater and will not function properly if not immersed.

10.FOCUS/ZOOM KNOB: Turning allows manual focus of a single focus lens or rotation of the zoom mechanism of a lens.

11.FOCUS/ZOOM PINION GEAR: Engages and operates the focus or zoom gear attached to the lens.

12.LATERAL ACCESSORY BULKHEAD CONNECTOR: For additional accessories or control connector.

13.LENS RELEASE KNOB: activates the lens release button on the camera allowing easy removal of the lens.

14.LENS RELEASE KNOB LEVER: Applies pressure on the camera lens lock button

15.HOT SHOE CONNECTOR: connects the camera to the Flash Bulkhead. Slide this Connector into the camera Hot Shoe. When detaching do not pull the cord as this might damage the electrical connections.

16.HAND GRIPS (X2): Left and right grip allowing the mounting of strobe arms and accessories.

17.PORT RELEASE MECHANISM BUTTON: Press down to release the locking mechanism when installing or removing a port or extension.

18.REMOVABLE CAMERA TRAY: Used to attach camera and slide in housing.

19.BAYONNET MOUNTING FLANGE: allows the mounting of different ports and extension rings on the housing.

20.ACCESSORY BULKHEAD CONNECTOR: For additional strobe or remote control connector.

21.GRIP’S ACCESSORIES MOUNTING HOLES: Two1/4-20TPI holes on each grip are ready to accept TLC Base Brackets or TLC Base Ball for strobe arms or accessories.

22.MODE DIAL PORT WINDOW: Enables viewing of the different release options

23.LATCHES: Two heavy duty latches with safety locks to protect against accidental opening.

24.QUICK CONTROL DIAL ACCESS KNOB: It rotates clockwise and counterclockwise. It can be used alone or in combination with other controls to select or set various camera functions or modes. Refer to camera manual for in depth use.

25.AF-ON / AF-START / STAR ACCESS LEVER: This lever can be pull outward or inward to access both theAF-ONfeature and the Star customizable button, theses are important controls for video shooting and care should be taken to fully understand their working and subtleties.

26.TOP LCD WINDOW: displays essential camera operating data.

27.MOUNTING HOLE FOR ACCESSORY: a1/4”-20TPI hole is supplied to accept a TLC accessory or TLC base ball for mounting a strobe arm or a modeling light.

28.REMOVABLE VIEWFINDER: A full view of the illuminated camera viewfinder displays all necessary information. This viewfinder be removed and replaced with optional Aqua View Finder for a larger displayed image.

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29.MODE DIAL ACCESS KNOB: Rotate to select the proper shooting mode, C1, C2 and C3 can pre programmed with personal parameter and care should be taken to understand the various combination available

30.AF POINT SELECTOR / MAGNIFIER BUTTON: Push to select the AF pattern desired or to magnify the image on the rear LCD,

Spot, Center Weighted or Matrix metering options.

31.SET / MOVIE SHOOTING BUTTON Press to approve selection of menu or to engage the video recording mode.

32.ON/OFF & QUICK CONTRONL DIAL SWITCH LEVER: Rotate to turn on the camera and quick control dial

33.REAR WINDOW LCD: This port window allows viewing of the recorder images and is used in the Live View as well as the Video mode for framing, a cutaway in the upper right corner allows the users to see the recording pilot light. Allow viewing of menus as well.

34.ERASE BUTTON: Press to delete images.

35.PLAYBACK BUTTON: Press to activate the monitor and review images.

36.INFO BUTTON: This button will activate the rear LCD and display all pertinent shooting information.

37.PICTURE STYLE BUTTON: Press to select the desired feature. (note: It is somewhat recommended to shoot in RAW format and concentrate on these option in post production).

38.MENU BUTTON: Press to activate menu display, scroll using main or quick dial control knob and select using SET function button

39.LIVE VIEW ACTIVATING BUTTON: Press to engage the LIVE VIEW feature of your camera, this is the first step in setting up the camera for video shooting.

40.RUBBER ANTI SKID PADS: Four rubber pads are provided to protect the housing and preventing it from sliding on wet decks.

41.SACRIFICIAL ANODES: (2X) zinc anodes are installed to protect your housing against salt water corrosion; theses are made to deteriorate easier than the other strategic part of your housing, hence the name sacrificial anodes. These anodes need to be replaced by the user

as needed.

42.MOUNTING HOLES: Three 1/4” X 20 holes are provided for mounting strobes trays or accessories.

43.MOISTURE ALARM WARNING DIODE: Warning LED will light up in the unlikely event of water penetrating the housing.

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The Aquatica Pro Digital housing serie is issued from the world’s most technologically advanced underwater housing lineage, ergonomically designed to place all the essential camera controls under your finger tips and features the following:

A.A port locking mechanism to prevent accidental rotation of the port or extension mounted on the housing

B.A Lens Lock Release control that will activate the lens release button of camera from the outside of the housing.

C.A quick release tray, allowing fast and easy removal of camera.

D.Large ergonomic and easy to operate controls for most of the manual and computerized camera functions.

E.A flexible strobes connector circuitry that allows evolution according to ones needs.

F.The following controls can be easily manipulated or accessed underwater:

-Mechanical shutter release.

-Shutter speed through the Main-CommandDial

-Aperture through the Sub-CmdDial

-Focus / Zoom

-AE-L/AF-L&AF-ONand * (star) access

-LCD panel illumination & information display.

-Top LCD windows

-Metering system selector

-Exposure mode (Mode)


-Focus Area Selector

-ISO sensitivity

-Delete button access

-Live view & Video recording access

G.A complete selection of bayonet mounted ports including an 6”, 8” and 9.25 diameter dome, two flat ports, various extension rings to preserve the image quality of your EF mount lenses as well as various port adapter for other makes of housings.

H.A complete line of lens gears including Auto/Manual focus selector gears and related accessories.


1. Attach Grip Bracket to the housing:

The housing comes with two Grips for both right and left hand grips which should be installed on the sides of the housing with the supplied screws and Allen key. Occasionally remove the grips and lubricate the screws (see Care and Maintenance: of the housing.)

Depending on which strobe system you are using, you can mount the necessary shoes or brackets onto the 1/4”-20threaded holes on the top of the hand grips. The AQUATICA TLC strobe arm system is recommended.

There are also three (3) 1/4”-20threaded holes on the bottom of the housing that can be used for various mounting application trays or tripod. As well there is another hole on top rear half of the housing for mounting accessories such as a video or focusing light.

Mount your strobe and connect the sync cord to the housing’s strobe bulkhead. Be sure to read the section titled “Care and Maintenance: of the O-rings.”

2. Lubricate the Main O-ringSeal:

Before use, carefully inspect the Main O-ringseal from in its groove on the front half of the housing to confirm that it is free from scratches or foreign material. Lubricate theO-ringwith a light coat of silicone grease.

When replacing the O-ringplace the entireO-ringover theO-ringgroove and start by pushing the Oring in the corners. Work your way around theO-ringmaking sure theO-ringis snugly sitting in the groove.

For proper handling and maintenance of O-ringsbe sure to read the section titled “Care and Maintenance: of the O-rings.

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1. Select the correct port:

Depending on whether you’ve decided to shoot macro or wide angle photography, you will be installing either a flat Macro Port (product

# 18426 or 18428), or a Dome Port (Product # 18405, 18407 or 18409). See lens chart for the suggest port and accessories.

Macro Port Extension Rings: If you intend to use a Macro lens you will require an additional extension ring. These extension rings fit between the Macro Port and the housing to provide the extra space necessary for the longer lens.

Dome Port Extension Rings: When using a wide angle or zoom lens, the Dome Port may require the uses of an extension ring to closely match the optical center of both the dome and the lens.

In order to reduce glare, maximize contrast and offer physical protection to the dome, the use of a dome shade is highly recommended.

See lens chart for the suggested dome shade.

A comprehensive list of the lenses supported and their required extensions and/or accessories is supplied at the end of this manual. For the latest uptdated version of this lens chart, you can refer to the Lens Chart for the Aquatica 5D Mk II housing on

2. Clean the port:

Dirt, grease or fingerprints on the port especially on the inside, can adversely affect the quality of the image. Acrylic ports should be cleaned with plastic cleaner and the glass ports should be cleaned with lens cleaner. For more details be sure to read the section titled “Care and Maintenance: of the Ports.

3. Lubricate the port O-ringseal:

Before using the port, remove the O-ringon the rear of the port and lightly coat it with silicone grease. For more details be sure to read the section titled “Care and Maintenance: of the O-rings.


Depending on the lens used, there are a number of gear options possible. Using the right gear (s) and correctly mounting

them on the lens is very important for a smooth housing operation. Follow the installation directions included with each gears carefully. The use of EF types lenses is mandatory.

A comprehensive list of the lenses supported and their required gears is supplied at the end of this manual. For the latest uptdated version of this lens chart, you can refer to the Lens Chart on

Notes: If the camera is set in manual focus a focus gear must be mounted on the lens. If you are using a zoom lens with a zoom ring the camera must be on auto focus, also note that if using a dome port you may need to install a closeup diopter on the lens to correct the minimum focusing distance of the lens so that it will be able to focus on the virtualimage created by the dome.

See lens chart for the suggested diopter, if required for your lens/port combination.

Gear installation:

Mount the focus gear over the focus ring of the lens.

(a)For Slip-ongears (gears without mounting screws): Slide the gear over the lens and align the gear with the front of the lens focusing ring.

(b)For gears with mounting screws:Tighten the three set screws evenly. Tighten each screw approximately ½ a turn working around the gear until all the three (3) screws are tightened, and the gear is concentric with the lens body.

CAUTION: Do notover-tightenthese screws, as this might bind the lens, thus restricting the rotation of the focus ring and/or damaging the lens. Converselyunder-tighteningthese screws might cause the gear to slip or loose alignment.

Rotate the focus ring several times to make sure it moves smoothly and the gear does not slip before closing the housing

WARNING: If the lens is a not of the USM type, never attempt to operate it with the camera in autofocus mode and with a mounted focus gear engaged. This might cause serious damage to your camera or to the lens focusing motor.

Zoom lenses: When using a zoom lens, the gear should be mounted on the zoom lens control. The housing focus control then becomes the zoom control. Focusing of lens is achieved by using the camera’s autofocus system.

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1.Important Note: prior to installing the camera in the housing, remove the camera strap, “D” Clips and/or any object that might obstruct installation or get in the way of that attach the strap should be removed or tucked away

3.Make sure the ON / OFF (key # 32) is in the ON position and that the lens lock lever is in the proper position

4.Remove the saddle from the housing and carefully place the camera on it and ensure the camera is properly installed and aligned as follows:

a)The camera is properly aligned and secured against rotation or movement.

b)Align the Tripod Socket of the camera with the mounting screw. Tighten the

mounting screw securely while ensuring that the camera position is not altered. set arresting block as per drawing at right.

c)Align the ON/OFF lever to the ON position

d)Slide the quick release tray back into place as per drawing at right.


Once the camera is secure on the saddle inside the front half of the housing, simply:

1.Slide the housing’s hot shoe connector onto the hot shoe base of the camera, as seen in photo at right.

Before closing the housing always ensure that:

1.The main O-ringon the front half of the housing is clean,lubricated and properly seated for a positive seal.

2.The sealing surface on the rear half of the housing is clean and free from any scratches or physical damage.

3.All cords or wires are tucked in so that they do not interfere with the closing of the housing.

4.The ON/OFF lever is in the same position on both the camera and the housing .

To close the housing simply:

i.Join the front and rear halves of the housing using the two dowel pins at the bottom of the housing as a guide.

ii.Hold the housing with both hands and look around the sealing surface to ensure that the O-ringremained properly seated and that no cords, wires or“D-rings”are caught between the edges.

iii.Close the two sides latches simultaneously. Reverse the process to open housing

CAUTION: if you feel any resistance as you attempt to close the latches, do not force the closure. Check for an obstruction and try again.

iv.Verify that the safety locking mechanisms of the latches are properly engaged to avoid any accidental opening.

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With the camera inside the housing, install the lens prepared with the gears through the port opening in the front of the housing. Ensure that the lens mounted gears are properly installed and aligned. Rotate the focus / zoom control knob to ensure that the gears are properly meshed, do not grind and that their rotation is smooth.

Note: To avoid damaging theauto-focusmechanism of the camera when using standard EF type lenses, you should always set the Focus Control to “M” Manual for testing the proper meshing of a focusing gears. this procedure is not required with USM type lenses.


The lens mounted gears may restrict the view and ease of access to the lens release button of camera. The AQUATICA

Pro Digital Housing features a Lens Release Lever (key # 13) that is designed to trigger the lens release button of camera to allow easy removal of lens.

To remove a lens, simply rotate Lens Release Lever (key # 13) to press the camera lens release, hold and turn the lens clockwise.


Before mounting the Port on the Housing always ensure that the port O-ringis clean, lubricated and properly seated in its groove and that he sealing surface on the Housing is clean and free of physical damage.

The AQUATICA Pro Digital Housing System features a locking bayonet mount (#17). To mount the port or extension ring simply:

1.Place the housing on its back on a soft steady surface.

2.Place the port or extension ring inside the main port of the housing. Align one of the four alignment notches with the opening of the housing.

3.Place your hands on opposite sides of the port or extension ring.

4.Push with even force on both sides of the port or extension ring until you feel it snap into place. Make sure the bayonet is completely inside the housing.

5.Finally press the port lock button down, turn the Port clockwise

until it stops and then release the port lock button. Do not force it. If there is too much resistance take the port off, check the O-ringand retry.

6. Check to ensure for the proper seating and sealing of the port or extension and that it is safely locked on the housing.

Note : It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with this mount by trying it without the camera, this will allowyou to see the inside view of the bayonet mount and of the ports or extension rings in the housing.

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Depending on which strobe system you are using, you can mount the necessary shoes or brackets or Base Ball onto the threaded holes on the top of the hand grips. Use of the Aquatica TLC Strobe Arm System is recommended.

There are also three 1/4”-20threaded holes on the bottom of the housing that can be used for various mounting applications. For example, A mounting tray can be fitted on the bottom of the housing. A1/4”-20threaded hole on top of the rear half of the housing will accept an Aquatica bracket or Base Ball that can hold a small dive light or a strobe arm.

Internal switch board circuit:

Your Aquatica 5D Mk II Pro Digital housing is supplied with two Nikonos type connectors which are in turn connected to a switch board circuit. Optional Ikelite bulkheads connectors are also available.

When preparing the sync cord be sure to lubricate the O-ringon the sync cord’s connector with a light coat of Aquatica O- ring lubricant, Also advisable is to put a light coat ofO-ringlubricant on the threads of this connector.

Your Canon Digital camera design does not allow flashes to be connected directly to the camera and be used in eTTL inless they are original Canon flashes in third party housing with the required connector and cords.

On your housing you will find two bulkhead connectors, the main and secondary connectors are wired through a switch board that will allow you to eventualy evolves as underwater strobes technology evolves. By default you housing is delivered with the switch board set to full manual, if the eTTL exposure is desired then it can be made in either of two methods:

1)By using a single flash from Canon or other brand (that is eTTL compatible with your camera) in a underwater housing connected with a proper 6 pins TTL cord to a compatible 6 pins connectors on your Aquatica housing.

2)By using an external eTTL converter connected to a 6 pins connector on your Aquatica housing to which one or two underwater strobes with compatible TTL cords are then connected to this converter, (check strobe and converter manufacturer for compatibility).

Set up instruction for eTTL operation

Using the tip of a pen push the switches 1, 2, 3 & 4 to the ON (up) position, this will activate the connections on your main 6 pins bulkhead connector allowing eTTL communication between the camera and the housed flash or eTTL converter.

Set up instruction for manual operation

All switches must be in the OFF (lower) position, in this case all eTTL connections are disabled and only the ground and sync are left active, this will allow two underwater strobes or housed flashes to be connected directly via the main and secondary bulkhead.

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