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November 1, 2007 - 3:00PM
Gates Housings displayed their popular line of fully-mechanical video housings. They recently started shipping a housing for the Canon XH-A1 (which fits the XH-G1 as well), which can be fitted with their superwide lens. A RED camera housing (announced last month) is still under development, but it will likely be the end of next year before it is shipping.
Gates also had on display their new vacuum seal check system (called Seal Check), a packaged version similar to the one that Howard Hall and Bob Cranston have been using for years. Through a small bulkhead (required -- retrofit is available to pretty much any housing), Seal Check creates a slight vacuum inside an underwater housing, which is monitored via a digital gauge. If the pressure increases over time, you know you have a leak.
Seal Check ships with everything you need to make this work, assuming you have had the bulkhead installed. It sits into a custom foam insert in a small Pelican case, and retails for $1,000.