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Member Since 10 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Feb 26 2012 07:10 AM

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In Topic: Traveling with a Gates

16 February 2012 - 07:31 AM

I switched my pelican case over to a Porter Case (AV kit model) and according to one site it weights 5lbs. I am not sure it would be big enough for a Gates housing but I
use mine for a Patima Smart III housing and can also fit a lot of extras. This case also doubles as a cart to which you can stack your other luggage or cases and is the legal dimensions
for a carry on. If you search on the web, you can find it for under $100.

In Topic: Amphibico turtle housing

09 February 2012 - 07:06 AM

Have you looked at the Patima housings? I purchased the Patima Smart III housing for my Sony HDR CX550. It comes with an inflatable bladder to make it neutrally balanced and has controls on both handles ( you hook up which side works for you, also gives you a back up). This system allows for full control of your camcorder such as manual focus, iris, zoom, and white balance. I believe it retailed for about $1200.00.

In Topic: Sony spk vs high end housings

04 October 2011 - 05:03 AM

I too had a Sony SPK housing for my CX550, and after battling the way the viewfinder worked and having to add weight to it,I gave up and bought a Patima Smart III housing.
Since I had ordered an Amphibico at the time they closed up shop I had to make another selection and found the Patima to the in the same price range at the Amphibico Turtle. (around 1200.00) I now have full control over the manual options on the camera which I didn't have with the SPK and the rear monitor makes framing much easier. It is a lot heavier than the plastic housing but like others have posted- should hold up better and not leak when freediving. The SPK was a great way to get hooked into underwater video but you are wanting to be able to have more control of the options upgrade to a housing that meets your price point.

In Topic: What happens to Amphibico?

19 May 2011 - 04:15 AM

I have sad but confirmed news, Amphibico has ceased operations at this time and is for sale or looking for an investor.

I ordered a housing from Submerge Camera in Mid April, Submerge has been keeping in touch with me through out this ordeal. The latest news from yesterday was that the sales person was in contact with the owner and their order was shipping out this Friday. They indicated that there is a new owner in the works. Also Submerge indicated that they will be an official repair and service center for Amphibico.

Hopefully since I did purchase my housing with a company here in the states if for some reason the housing is not available, I will have options.


In Topic: What happens to Amphibico?

11 May 2011 - 05:24 AM

I am wondering what happened to them as well. They were supposed to have a first run of the Endeavor for the XF100 around April 17. I have called and e-mailed several times since then, and there have been no replies. JC had a phone mail message a few weeks ago that said that they would be on Easter vacation until May. Last week I think his message said he was taking an opportunity for some time off in early May. Still, it seems strange that they are essentially offline for all this time.


I recently ordered a housing with one of their dealers in the States and was told everything is backed up due to the vacation time, I guess it was plant wide???? I sure hope they start shipping soon, I am putting a trip on hold until the housing arrives.