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Gates announces housing for the ALEXA Mini



Gates Underwater Products has announced a new underwater housing, the MINI.

Specifically designed for the ARRI ALEXA Mini camera, the Gates MINI housing is a deeply integrated marine imaging system, blurring the lines between housing and camera.

Robust  mechanical controls interface with the ARRI Mini providing command of camera functions, plus user-assignable access to frequently needed functions like white balance, peaking, display overlay, and false color.  Focus / Iris / Zoom controls provide fine handling of numerous PL mount lenses with the same precision gearing as MINI’s relatives in the Gates cinema-grade underwater housing family.

GATES MINI -1 3Wx150dpi              GATES MINI -2 3Wx150dpi              GATES MINI -3 3Wx150dpi

The MINI system is integrated with the ST5, a new and diminutive external monitor housing for the Transvideo StarliteHD OLED monitor.  Together the ST5 and StarliteHD give the user a 5” high resolution display, H.264 proxies recorded to SD cards, and ultra light weight.

ARRI ALEXA Mini 01 3Wx150dpi             ARRI ALEXA Mini 02 3Wx150dpi

Consistent with other cinema housings, the Gates MINI comprises many recognizable features:

  • Clean, uncomplicated design is reliable and field serviceable
  • Gates Precision Ports for no compromises image quality
  • Support for over 70 PL mount lenses with Gates unique Lens Gear Drive system
  • Adjustable trim weight system provides perfect buoyancy / balance
  • An extensive line of accessories including 3G-SDI surface feed, tripod / tripod mount, diver comm, and more
  • Adjustable Handle Grips for perfect hand positioning
  • Gates Seal Check II will verify housing integrity before entering the water
  • Customization to suit unique applications

“Seasoned underwater professionals will appreciate the Gates MINI as a feature-rich underwater motion imaging tool in a smaller size” says Pamela Mertz, Gates’ Director of Sales.  “A 4K ARRI camera for Natural History – that’s big.”

The MINI housing and ST5 External Monitor housing comes with a 2 year renewable warranty and factory direct support.

MINI Housing Price:                                                         To be announced

Supported camera models:                                               ARRI ALEXA Min

Availability:                                                                       Q3 2015

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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)



Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.

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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE



Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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