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Olympus OM-D EM-5 underwater housing out in July

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Olympus will put its PT-EP08 underwater housing for the OM-D E-M5 on sale at the end of July in Japan for ¥112,350, along with a lens port for ¥38,000.

olympus om-d underwater housing
olympus om-d underwater housing

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 may be the company's first weatherproof Micro Four Thirds camera, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to take it for a swim. For that you'll be wanting the PT-EP08 underwater housing, which will be put on sale at the end of July in Japan for ¥112,350 ($1,360) — more than the price of the camera body itself. That's not all, though, as you'll also need the waterproof lens port to house the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm F3.5-5.6II, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6IIR, and ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 lenses, which will set you back a further ¥38,000 ($460). There's also a port adapter for select Four Thirds SLR lenses that'll sell for ¥17,000 ($206). All this will let you use the EM-5 to a depth of 45 meters (147.64 feet), and the camera has an underwater white balance mode to minimise time spent fiddling with the menu system in diving gloves.