Mirrorless may be modern, but if you care about taking great photos without breaking the bank, don’t count out a DSLR—especially Canon’s Rebel-series flagship, the recently refreshed EOS Rebel T8i (otherwise known as the 850D). Your $750 (body only) gets you a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, 7fps continuous shooting (7.5fps in Live View), and 4K/24p and 1080/60p video recording.
Ikelite has now made it a breeze to get this little guy into the water: Their new “200DL” housing offers a full complement of features shared with the US company’s top DSLR housings: gray ABS-PC body and transparent back, 200-feet depth rating, Dry Lock (DL) port system, vacuum valve as standard, and compatibility with various viewfinders. Most importantly, because the Rebel T8i offers an AF-On button (not found on Canon’s more basic entry-level DSLRs), Ikelite’s housing also boasts those large, curved control levers for shutter and autofocus—so you can shoot with back button focus if desired.
As usual, you can choose if you want to shoot your strobes in manual exposure mode (in which case, you can simply hook up your Ikelite, Sea&Sea, INON, or Retra strobes using electrical sync cords) or with automatic TTL exposure (which requires Ikelite’s DS-series strobes and the addition of a TTL converter). The DL5 DS Link Canon TTL Converter gives you on-the-fly switching between manual and TTL modes.
Ikelite’s Canon EOS Rebel T8i housing is available now at an MSRP of $1,695.
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