Subal announces housing for Olympus O-MD E-M1

Subal has announced the imminent release of their housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless camera. It is compatible with a wide range of micro 4/3 lenses and can allows for strobe triggering via fiber-optic ports. It can be fitted with an optional bulkhead for electronic triggering.

The Subal EM1 will be available from June at a U.S.A. retail price of $3,150.00.

Press release

SUBAL Gmbh Austria announces the release of the professional underwater housing SUBAL EM1 for the Olympus OM-D EM1 mirrorless camera.

SUBAL, the world-renowned professional underwater housing manufacturer based in Austria, is proud to present the SUBAL EM1 housing. SUBAL has now entered the mirrorless camera sector using their experience gathered in the SLR and video housing manufacturing. With its revolutionary design, ergonomic handling and renowned quality, SUBAL will set new standard in the underwater imaging industry.

Over 40 years tradition in housing manufacturing, high quality craftsmanship, ergonomical and comfortable controls are embedded in this new housing. The handling and feel of a SUBAL is unmistakable and the unmatched reliability is unbeatable.

SUBAL EM1 newest flagship housing, designed for one of the best mirrorless camera in the market.

Design and perfect handling are required by every photographer. Nothing is left to chance shooting in rough conditions. Professional photographers demand robust, highly reliable equipment, allowing access to all camera functions. We understand that just hundredths of a second can make the difference when capturing the decisive moment.

The housing will be available in June 2014 with a MSRP of US$3,150.00 (Port not included).

European Craftsmanship:

SUBAL incorporates decades of experience and technology, pushing the boundaries further in the underwater housing industry. Innovation and design have crystallised in SUBAL’s creating the most ergonomic housing for the EM1 camera in the market.

Features and Control with Handling in Mind:

The ease of operation and superior construction features and reliability of SUBAL underwater housing, form part of our tradition and engineering DNA. We provide innovative solutions that achieve maximum user-friendliness and comfort. All functions of the camera can be operated. Video function, menu, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, OK, multi function keys, info, AFL, AEL among others.

Designed with handling in mind. Subal engineering team play a key role, taken in consideration the ergonomics and perfect arrangement of the Olympus EM1 controls and functions, to allow the photographer easy operation and access to all photo and video functions while holding the camera.

Technical Specifications:

The SUBAL EM1 housing is produced from a solid block of high grade-seawater-resistant aluminum. The housing is anodized, and put through a chemical hardening process. SUBAL is the only underwater housing manufacturer to use this patented, hard-coat anodizing. A 3-layer powder-coating is added, giving the SUBAL housing an elegant finish and further protecting it from the environment. All shafts, screws are made of high-alloy chrome-nickel steel, to extend operational lifetime. The advanced manufacturing process and high-grade materials ensure that your investment will last a lifetime.

The housing, like every other SUBAL housing, is equipped with the SUBAL Quick Lock closure system for maximum safety.


Optional Viewfinder Options:

SUBAL supplies a wide range of viewfinders to support the EM1 housing. For example the straight GS 180º viewfinder and the WS 45º enlarging viewfinder, excellent for macro shooting. The 30° prism viewfinder for video recording is also available.

Strobe Options:

Two fiber-optic ports are available to fire flashes from the Inon Z-240 or S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-D1 and YS-01. This system provides full accurate TTL flash mode. Optional bulkhead available on request for Nikonos V, Ikelite and S6.

Optional Accessories for the EM1 Housing:

Technical Information:

Lens Options:

SUBAL evaluates constantly new lenses as they arrive on the market and suggests best options for underwater use. The following lenses from Olympus and Panasonic can be used. This camera offers an excellent variety of lenses for underwater imaging, from the Panasonic 8mm fisheye to the Olympus 60mm Macro.

Supported lenses for the EM1 housing:

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60 mm 1:2,8 Macro
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm F3.5
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS
Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Macro 45 mm Elmarit 1:2,8 ASPH

(Further lenses can be added on request.)

Company Background

SUBAL GMBH is an Austrian-based underwater housings manufacturer for professional camera and video equipment. More than 40 years experience in innovative, cutting edge design and state-of-the art manufacture techniques, have made SUBAL name a leader in the market for underwater professional housings.

SUBAL continues to push boundaries in the industry by providing trusted, innovative and highly reliable solutions for the underwater filmmaking and photographic industry.

With a global dealer network, we provide after-sales service, technical assistance and support on every continent, anywhere in the world.

SUBAL is committed to meet customer´s expectations and provide innovative products to the underwater imaging world.

Please contact your local dealer for more detail information.