Ikelite announces housing for Canon EOS 70D

Ikelite Canon EOS 70D on Wetpixel

Ikelite has announced the imminent release of their housing for the Canon EOS 70D. It features TTL strobe control (when used with Ikelite DS Substrobes), its video record start/stop and AF lock controls are on side levers and it is supplied with an aluminum tray AND dual handles.

The Ikelite housing for the EOS 70D will be available from early October at a US retail price of $1,600.

Press release

Ikelite housing for Canon EOS 70D

Ikelite proudly announces a full-featured, TTL enabled underwater housing for the Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera. The Ikelite housing is packed with standard features which perfectly complement the 70D camera’s capabilities.

Product Features

TTL or “Through-The-Lens” flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. The Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D includes built-in proprietary circuitry which tells your camera that a TTL external flash is attached, allowing the camera to adjust exposure more accurately**. Spend more time showing off great photos, and less time tinkering in Photoshop.

Ikelite Canon EOS 70D on Wetpixel

Fiber optic slave flash units require the camera’s flash to fire every time. This constantly drains your camera’s battery life, builds up heat inside of the housing, and creates a shutter lag as you wait for the camera’s flash to recycle in between shots. The Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D translates direct electrical impulses from your camera, triggering your strobe and precisely adjusting its power without the need to fire the camera’s flash. In-line communication between the strobe and the camera completely eliminates signal interference and false triggering caused by light rays bouncing off the water’s surface or your buddy’s flash going off.

Exposure adjustments directly through the back of the housing put the perfect shot within reach every time. Tweak your TLL exposure or take total manual control without taking your hand off of your housing. Two pushbuttons below the camera’s LCD viewfinder act as a remote control for Ikelite DS-series strobes**. Access plus/minus exposure compensation in TTL mode, plus 7 manual power settings in half-stop increments. Strobe settings are indicated by a series of LED lights and plainly visible even at night.

Ikelite Canon EOS 70D on Wetpixel

Controls are customized to put all important camera functions within comfortable reach. We bring video record start/stop and AF lock out to the side of the housing for quick access using your thumb without taking a hand off of the handles. The housing with tray and handles is nearly neutral in fresh water depending on choice of lens port and lens. An glass optical viewfinder is enhanced for viewing underwater with a dive mask.

For a system of this caliber, a tray with dual handles is essential to good handling, balance underwater and attachment of external lighting. An aluminum tray with right- and left-hand rubberized grips is included with the Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D, providing balance and comfortable hold, plus two quick release points for strobe and video arms, and tripod attachment holes. The complete handle assembly removes with just two screws for traveling.

An over-sized knob smoothly engages our unique system of universal zoom gears. We provide two zoom sets with each housing, one for use with most popular larger diameter zoom lenses and a second designed for use with smaller diameter zoom lenses. Both sets are lightweight and easy to install with no modification to the lens required. A variety of dome and flat ports attach with four locking latches for maximum security and quick changes between dives. NOTE: A lens port is required for waterproof operation.

Special polycarbonate blends allow us to create an extremely strong yet clear and lightweight enclosure. We believe there’s no substitute for inspecting the actual o-ring seal once your housing is closed. Our signature clear construction lets you see that the housing is watertight and dry before you enter the water, and provides full view of the camera while you’re diving. Polycarbonate is fundamentally corrosion-resistant for easy maintenance year after year.

Quality in engineering, manufacturing and service. Like every Ikelite product, this housing for the Canon EOS 70D camera is designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials from trusted vendors we’ve been working with for decades. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry.

Full details are available on the Ikelite website.

** Requires current model Ikelite DS Substrobe. Non-Ikelite strobes provide manual exposure only.


The Ikelite housing for the Canon EOS 70D is currently in production for release by early October. This product is available for pre-order through any Authorized Ikelite Dealer.

Product No. 6870.70
US Market Suggested Retail Price $1,600
Lens port, camera and lens not included.