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Mike L

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. With your budget, definitely stick with an aluminum housing. Compact, robust and ergonomic. Id be considering the Nauticam and the Aquatica T2i housings. Both are very compact, ergonomic, easy to get, and great service from the manufacturers. The Nauticam retails for $2500 and the Aquatica at $1999. Ports are very similarly priced.

  4. I asked because it appears he is using it at depth (mentioned 60 feet). Ive heard the Hydroflex is great in pools and when used with cranes, but that it is not nearly as ergonomic when handled by hand. Cheaper...not so sure about that considering what hydroflex products generally rent for.


    Best of luck on the shoot, keep us posted!

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