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I have had the privilege of spending the last couple of days with one of the Gates Deep Red housings and a Red One with an 18-50 lens. Yesterday I spent a good 4 hours with John down at Gates going through the set up process, and today we did some in pool testing and trimming of the buoyancy. All seems to be dialed out nicely now and ready for tomorrow where we will be taking it out Catalina to do some cold water tests as well. I have some video clips shot on the EX1 of our buoyancy tests from today...and will be shooting the same in the ocean tomorrow. Will report back with more details on the housing.

 

Here are some initial thoughts after a few hours in the pool today (more details to follow tomorrow).

 

1. Housing is very manageable in size. For anyone that has used a larger housing from Gates (Z1U, EX1, etc) you will find the housing to be somewhat comparable in the handling (side by side pics coming this weekend). The Red is noticeably wider than the other housings, but length was not significantly different. The ergonomics and controls that John has engineered are fantastic. The large control wheels are very easy to use. The housing requires a lot of weight (mounted both inside and outside of the housing) in order to achieve slightly negative buoyancy.

 

2. The Red LCD is amazing and sharp and the housing built by Gates for it allows access to the controls on the top, thus providing use of two more assignable controls. Id pay for a monitor like this to use with my EX1 it was so amazing!

 

3. Set up is much more intuitive than any housing I have ever played with. To do a thorough set up, its a solid hour and a half or more (from camera prep to housing assembly and seal check).

 

Ill have more details tomorrow night after a day at Catalina. We do not have the rig set up with lights, so its going to be a nice test of the low light capability of the camera itself.

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I have had the privilege of spending the last couple of days with one of the Gates Deep Red housings and a Red One with an 18-50 lens. Yesterday I spent a good 4 hours with John down at Gates going through the set up process, and today we did some in pool testing and trimming of the buoyancy. All seems to be dialed out nicely now and ready for tomorrow where we will be taking it out Catalina to do some cold water tests as well. I have some video clips shot on the EX1 of our buoyancy tests from today...and will be shooting the same in the ocean tomorrow. Will report back with more details on the housing.

 

Oh how I wish I could join you guys :)

 

I would love to hear how it goes --- I am going to have to wait for Scarlet it seems!

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Our full report from our recent shoot in Palau will be forthcoming shortly. Logistics of getting paperwork done by guys on tough work schedules can be ohh so much fun.....

 

Cheers,

Mark.

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Im excited to read it Mark. I wish I had days to test and be in warm water too. But ill try and stay warm in my drysuit instead of a 3mm (or less ) that you were enjoying yourself in.

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To be honest... For the hyper cost id want it to be all that and MORE !!!

 

Id want it to make pizza and perform allsorts of bizarre sexual tasks !!!... :D:)

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

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Well it certainly was a fun, and LONG day. We didnt make it back from Catalina until 8:30 last night. The camera was fantastic and we got it very well balanced in the water. Ill post more details over the weekend and am going to pull a couple of still frames of us using the Deep Red off our EX1 footage.

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A link to a webpage with videoclips from the RED shootout in Palau will also be included in Mark's upcoming report....

 

Nick

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