Photography in Paradise

peeking from behind the sensor

Gates Underwater has developed some very good LED lights that are just what the HD video photographers need underwater. They are neutrally buoyant making them easy to use with light weight arms and helps keep the video housing level. The wide beam angle gives and even coverage and has two output settings for even more light control. I haven’t tested them with a still camera yet but the light output should be enough for most SLD that can use ISO values of 400 to 800. This means that with cameras like the Canon 7d you can shoot stills at 8 frames per second without having to deal with any recycle times and there is no use for a sync correction.
Also you can pump up the shutter speed 1/1200 second or more when shooting up ward into the sun and reduce the white blowout that is so difficult to control when using a strobe and having only 1/200 sec or less strobe sync speeds. With these high power LEDs that have a color balance to daylight at 5000K you will be able to create new and different looks to your work and expand your creative imagery. If you need more light power there are 4 mounting areas where you can assemble a grouping of lights together and either get more intense light or very wide coverage. What ever suits your needs. These are truly the most advance professional lighting systems available. Underwater photographers now have the tools to expand their imagery and support the new SLR cameras that take HD video and large RAW still images and with just one light source.


Gates XA10 is a very robust housing yet quite compact with a good selection of lens port options. It has great viewing of the LCD screen and full operation of the necessary controls. Gates selected this Canon camera because of it professional features. The images captured with this camera are truly stunning and it is difficult to tell the difference between heigh end professional video systems.
Canon XA10
The Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder is a fully featured, ultra-compact pro video camera that shares nearly all the functionality of the XF100, but in a small package. Having a 64GB internal flash drive and two SDXC-compatible card slots, the XA10 can record for many hours without running out of memory. The XA10 is able to capture AVCHD video at bitrates up to 24Mbps, the camcorder’s native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor also lets you choose 60i, 24p, PF30, and PF24 frame rates for customizing the look of your footage. The lens is a Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, with lowlight sensitivity to f/1.8 and a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 30.4mm-304mm. The XA10 features the AVCHD codec. The XA10 Professional Camcorder features Canon’s powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor, which provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal gradations, new custom picture settings and lower power consumption. With Canon’s Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a red and green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display and three red focus check areas are shown across the display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, while the red waveform shows the focus status of the focus check boxes. The XA10 features full manual exposure, as well as aperture priority (AV), and shutter priority (TV) modes. The XA10 Professional Camcorder is compatible with Canon’s Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) so the user is well-informed at all times.

Product Features
• 1/3″ CMOS Sensor
• Native 1920 x 1080
• 24Mbps AVCHD Recording
• 60i, PF30, PF24, Native 24p
• 64GB Internal Flash Drive
• 10x HD Zoom Lens
• Dual SD Memory Card Slots
• 3.5″ Touch Panel LCD Screen
• Dual XLR Inputs w/Detachable Handle
• Waveform Monitor, Peaking, Zebra 70/100%