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Mike L

Member Since 24 Apr 2005
Offline Last Active Dec 16 2010 11:39 AM
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Gates 3DA1 Housing testing

27 October 2010 - 08:50 PM

Yesterday we received a prototype of the Gates 3DA1 housing. I spent a couple hours playing with it in the store, putting the camera in it, and checking out the controls. When you first look at it, its obvious that the main shell body is nearly identical to the EX1/EX1r shell, however it is a bit longer. As of right now, I only have the flat port to test out, however Gates is working on a wide angle option. With the flat port, the FOV is approximately 50 degrees, or a tad short of that I believe. Gates has been working hard on a monitor solution for this housing, and they have come up with the solution of using their EM43 Monitor along with a necessary converter to get the proper signal out. One disappointing thing with the camera is that it will not send the Mix signal through the Video out, which makes it much easier to see if the convergence is spot on. However, I hear that a solution might be in the works when utilizing the Nano 3D...but I do not have details on that just yet.

It will be very interesting to shoot 3D underwater, learn convergence and take that into consideration when planning out shots. I have a short list of shots Id like to get tomorrow at Catalina, so wish me luck! We are working closely with Clifton Production Services in Los Angeles. They have loaned us their 3DA1 camera to use for a few days, and they will also be editing our 3D footage in hopes of getting some nice sample clips. I am also working on shooting a few shots of an RC Helicopter in action with this camera. More details to come.

H2O Photo Pros is Hiring!

21 October 2010 - 12:01 AM

We have an opening for a full time position at H2O Photo Pros in Orange County, CA. 2010 has been a very exciting year for us, albeit a very challenging year. We have been through significant growth along with some growing pains. We are looking for a full time person to work in our Irvine, CA retail store. Job duties will entail Customer Service, Sales, Phone and Email Support, and Order Assembly. For more information, please email me directly mike@h2ophotopros.com

Thank you!

3d Glasses

19 September 2010 - 12:20 PM

I am looking for some recommendations for a pair of good 3D glasses to keep next to the computer. It seems Eric's videos are generally 3D Anaglyph. Any suggestions??

Last Minute spot for Whale Sharks in Holbox

24 June 2010 - 12:25 AM

We just received a cancellation for our upcoming trip to Isla Holbox July 11-16th. We are staying at Holbox Suites (AC and Wifi). Diving with Whale Shark Daddy. The trip includes transfers from Cancun to Holbox and back, 5 nights hotel, 4 days in the water (limited load on boat) and we have the VIP package which means we go WHEREVER the sharks are, and no additional fuel fees, plus we ge breakfast and lunch, as well as Beer on the ride back on all 4 days.

Get this last minute for only $1199!

New Gates HF S21 Housings Arrive....WOW!

08 June 2010 - 01:19 AM

We received our first batch of the new Gates HF S21 housings and WOW they are beauties!!! First and foremost, the nearly one inch larger LCD on the camera is VERY noticeable, and will make a huge difference for viewing underwater. Add to that the dual SDHC memory card slot, and this is a power house for the $$$. Personally, I bought the HF S20 model camera (housing supports the HF S200, S20, and S21 versions). With the dual memory slots I don't need the large hard drive, but having some built in memory is nice which is why I chose the 20 over the 200.

Having just received the camera today as well, I am playing with the menu system. The Gates housing for the HF S21 utilized the Canon remote as well to access the full menu and MWB, however the menu system is different from the HF S10/S11.