DEEP DRAGON

6K Digital Cinema Underwater Imaging

Gates DEEP DRAGON Digital Cinema Housing ushers in a new level of underwater cinematography. Designed for Red Digital Cinema's EPIC DRAGON camera -- with 6K lines of resolution, more than 16 stops of dynamic range and native 2000 ISO -- DEEP DRAGON offers exceptional handling of challenging underwater lighting conditions. Based on Gates sibling DEEP EPIC, new accessories are added to the DEEP DRAGON kit including collapsing Tripod Legs; Light Bar for mounting ULCS, TLC or other light arms; and Shade Extensions for the RED PRO External Monitor housing.  Professionals the world over know that failure is not an option.  From research to broadcast TV and cinema productions, they never take a chance...they take a Gates!

Compatible cameras: RED SCARLET, EPIC and EPIC DRAGON
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Key Features

Durable Feature Universal

Durable

"Bulletproof" machined aluminum, black type III 'hard' anodize finish and sealed with a nickel-acetate process.

Mechanical Controls

User friendly field serviceable controls

User friendly field serviceable controls are 100% mechanical -- no complicated mechanisms or electronics to fail. Simplicity = Reliability  

Included External Monitor Case

Choose one of several External Monitor options:
* RT7 for RED TOUCH 7" LCD
* RP5 designed for the RED TOUCH 5" LCD
* Starlite ST5, for the Transvideo STarlite HD5
* TVL55 for TV Logic VFM-058 Field Monitor LCD

Precision Optics

Precision Ports™

Quality optics means clarity, sharpness and NO vignetting (cutoff dark corners) to spoil your images.

REDMOTE Controller

Complete Camera Control

Access to all camera functions via REDMOTE Controller.

2 year warranty

2-Year Warranty

Only Gates offers a 2-year, renewable warranty on all housings.

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Extensive Lens Support

Over 70 PL and DSLR lenses are supported in DEEP DRAGON.

GATES Lens Compatibility Reference

Gates Recommended Lenses for 80-series ports.

Adjustable Buoyancy Trim

Adjustable Buoyancy and Trim

Add /remove trim weights for ideal buoyancy and balance -- a key to stable, fluid shots.

Adjustable Handles

Adjustable Handles

Adjust the handles for perfect grip and convenient access to controls.

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Seal Check II

The Gates Seal Check is included with every Deep Epic and assures housing integrity before entering the water.

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Field Serviceable

Gates products are nearly 100% serviceable in the field.  

Extensive Accessories

Accessories Suite

An extensive set of accessories is available for cinema, natural history, broadcast TV, research, military and many more applications.

Specifications

Controls (All Mechanical)
  • Power
  • Record/Standby
  • Iris
  • REDMOTE Controller (all functions)
  • Manual Iris
  • Manual Focus
  • Assignable Buttons 1/2
Dimensions: Basic Shell

Transport size with 8" dome, PE286

  • 19.7" L x 11.5" H x 11.9" W ”
  • 50 cm x 29.2 cm x 30.2 cm

Fully Assembled with monitor, handles, 8” dome, PE286

  • 19.7" L x 17.7" H x 16.5" W ”
  • 50 cm x 49.5 cm x 41.9 cm
Construction
  • Machined Aluminum, Type III Hard Anodized finish.
  • Stainless steel hardware.
Weight in Air
  • 43 lbs / 19.5 kg (complete w/camera)
Weight in Water
  • Slightly negative and adjustable
Depth Rating
  • 450 feet / 137 meters
Batteries
  • Accommodates one (1) RED BRICK battery or
  • Dual / Quad REDVOLT Module is supported (contact Gates for details)
Warranty
Included Items
  • External LCD Monitor shell only(LCD not included)
  • Gates [infopopup:seal-check] system
  • Pelican Case
  • Tool & O-Ring Kit
RED Items Required

(Basic set. See Supported Equipment  for more info)

  • RDC SCARLET, EPIC or EPIC DRAGON Camera
  • LCD Monitor:
    * RED TOUCH 5.0" LCD
    * RED TOUCH 7" LCD (SKU 730-0007)
    * TV Logic VFM-058
  • RED BRICK or compatible V-Lock
  • REDMAG
  • REDMOTE
  • LENS of choice (GATES Lens Compatibility Reference)

Monitor Options

A Gates External Monitor housing is included with DEEP DRAGON.  Select one of the following.  

RT 7 External Monitor

Framing, focus and exposure control are mastered with the RT7  External Monitor.   Designed specifically for the RED TOUCH 7" LCD  (not included), the RT7 External Monitor provides access to all monitor functions including four side assignable buttons.  Under license from RED Digital Cinema, the interface cable between Epic Dragon and RED TOUCH 7 is unbroken, utilizing a Gates original bulkhead 'pass through' design.  Further, the cable has been adapted with a tough polyurethane jacket and internal water blocking materials.

RED RT7 73-0007
Designed for RED TOUCH 7" LCD

with access to all 4 assignable keys.

(RED SKU 730-0007)

GATES CABLE
Water Blocked Cable

has a tough polyurethane jacket.  A Gates original design.

Battery life
Powered by Epic

No additional batteries are needed with the RED PRO External Monitor, keeping it small and light.  

2 year warranty
2-Year Warranty

Only Gates offers a 2-year renewable warranty on all housings.  

Compatibility
  • RED TOUCH 7" LCD (not included)
    (RED SKU 730-0007)
Contols
  • Assignable x 4
Dimensions
  • 9.1"W x 8.1"H x 5.1"D
  • 20.5cm W x 23cm H x 13cm D
Connections
  • Gates Pass Through bulkhead connector
Power
  • Via connection to EPIC, Scarlet or Dragon camera
Construction
  • Machined Aluminum, Type III 'Hard' Anodized finish
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Marine grade cable with polyurethane jacket and water block
Weight
  • Dry: 4.5 lbs / 2.0 kg
  • In Water: ~-0.5 lbs / -.23 kg
Depth Rating
  • 300 feet / 92 meters
Warranty
  • 2-Years Renewable

Starlite External Monitor Housing

(Monitor housing is included with MINI Housing. Transvideo Starlite HD5 is not included)

The Gates Starlite ST5  is specifically designed for the Transvideo Starlite SDI monitor / recorder (not included), a compact, smartphone-size 5.0” / 125mm color LCD.   Accessible on the Starlite LCD via the ST5 housing are 'Smart Corners' with direct access to a variety of functions including histogram, vectorscope, waveform and peaking.  The Startlite ST5 is a swivel-base mounted External Monitor for viewing, framing and focus at any angle --  even in bright sunlight.  The ST5 is powered by connection to the DEEP DRAGON P-Tap, eliminating extra batteries and size.

Of course, the Starlite ST5 External Monitor housing comes with Gates 2 year renewable warranty and ‘bulletproof’ construction.   Reliable, durable, dependable – the Gates hallmark since 1969.

LCD Dim
Compact Size, Widescreen Display

5" / 125 mm widescreen display.

SDI
SDI Interface

is robust and reliable.  

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Assignable Button Control

Corner controls on the touch screen provide user-assignable functions.

2 year warranty
2-Year Warranty

Only Gates offers a professional 2-year renewable warranty on all housings.  

Power Bolt
External Power

The ST5 draws power from the camera for a more compact size and no additional batteries needed.  

Display
  • Transvideo Starlite HD5 (not included)
  • Widescreen 5 .0 inch / 125 mm color LCD
  • 1280 x 720 resolution
Controls
  • Power
  • Assignable x4
Dimensions
  • 6.6" W x 5.5" D x 4.1" H (including shade & swivel mount)
  • 16.7cm W x 14cm D x 10.4cm H
Input Formats
  • HD-SDI / 3G-SDI
  • Frame rates: 24P, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i
Material
  • Machined Aluminum, Type III 'Hard' Anodized finish
  • Stainless steel hardware
Weight
  • Dry: 3.75 lbs / 1.60 kg (w/batteries)
  • In Water: 6 oz  / 170 g negative
Depth Rating
  • 250 feet / 76 meters
Warranty
  • 2-Years Renewable
Cable / Connections
  • Marine-grade multi conductor cable
  • Gates Pass Through bulkhead connector
Power / Run Time
  • N/A -- power is received from camera

Starlite ST5 Setup, Use and Care Guide

Starelite ST5 Feature Sheet

RED PRO Monitor

Red Pro 5 External Monitor

The RED PRO 5 External Monitor is standard issue with DEEP DRAGON.  It is designed specifically for the RED TOUCH 5.0" LCD  (not included).  The RED PRO 5 External Monitor provides access to all monitor functions including two assignable buttons.  Under license from RED Digital Cinema, the interface cable between Epic Dragon and RED TOUCH LCD is unbroken, utilizing a Gates original bulkhead 'pass through' design.  Further, the cable has been adapted with a tough polyurethane jacket and internal water blocking materials.

RED TOUCH 5.0
Designed for RED TOUCH 5.0

with access to all function keys.

GATES CABLE
Water Blocked Cable

has a tough polyurethane jacket.  A Gates original design.

Battery life
Powered by Epic

No additional batteries are needed with the RED PRO External Monitor.

2 year warranty
2-Year Warranty

Only Gates offers a 2-year renewable warranty on all housings.  

Compatibility
  • RED TOUCH 5.0" LCD (not included)
Contols
  • Assignable x 2
  • Brightness up/down
Dimensions
  • 7.5"W x 6.8"H x 4.3"D
  • 19cm W x 17.2cm H x 11cm D
Connections
  • Gates Pass Through bulkhead connector
Power
  • Via connection to EPIC, Scarlet or Dragon camera
Construction
  • Machined Aluminum, Type III 'Hard' Anodized finish
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Marine grade cable with polyurethane jacket and water block
Weight
  • Dry: 4.5 lbs / 2.0 kg
  • In Water: ~-0.5 lbs / -.23 kg
Depth Rating
  • 450 feet / 137 meters
Warranty
  • 2-Years Renewable
 

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TVL55 External Monitor

The TVL55 External Monitor is a compact, feature-rich external monitor option for Gates broadcast and cinema caliber underwater imaging systems. Designed specifically for the TV Logic VFM-058W field monitor  (not included), the TVL55 is a full 1920x1080 resolution on a 5.5" / 14cm diagonal display.  A variety of focus and exposure tools are available like false color, zoom, peaking, vectorscope and waveform.  Three assignable buttons give quick access to your favorite, most used functions.  Of course the TVL55 is backed by Gates 2 year professional, renewable warranty and legendary customer service.

VFM-058W
Designed for TV Logic VFM-058W Field Monitor

with access to full menus and assignable controls.

GATES CABLE
Water Blocked Cable

has a tough polyurethane jacket.  A Gates original design.

LCD 5.5in Full HD
Full 1920x1080 Resolution

on a 5.5in / 140mm diagonal display.

Vectorscope
Focus and Exposure Tools

Vectorscope, waveform, peaking, false color and zoom.  

Battery life
2.5 Hour Run Time

from two Canon LP-E6 low profile LiOn batteries.

2 year warranty
2-Year Warranty

Only Gates offers a professional 2-year renewable warranty on all housings.  

 
Compatibility
  • TV Logic VFM-058W Field Monitor (not included)
Contols
  • Assignable x 3
  • Menu / Menu Roller
  • Power
Dimensions
  • 7.5"W x 6.8"H x 4.3"D
  • 19cm W x 17.2cm H x 11cm D
Connections
  • Gates HD-SDI Bulkhead Connector
Power
  • Two Canon LPO-E6 low profile batteries.
  • Run time 2.5 hours.
  • Other battery options available by custom order.
Construction
  • Machined Aluminum, Type III 'Hard' Anodized finish
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Marine grade cable with polyurethane jacket and water block
Weight
  • Dry: 4.1lbs / 1.7 kg
  • In Water: 1 oz / 28g negative.
Depth Rating
  • 450 feet / 137 meters
Warranty
  • 2-Years Renewable

TVL55 Feature Sheet

TVL55 Setup, User and Care Guide

Port Options

The best camera in the world can't make up for poor optics. Poor optical design and materials introduce ‘image killers’ – distortions, aberrations, degraded resolution, or vignetting.  Gates family of Precision Ports are sharp and clear: the finest optics for the finest underwater images.  No image killers. Professional to amateur, super wide to macro, Gates Precision Ports suit a wide range of needs, conditions and experience. Of course all ports are backed by our legendary customer support and the same standard of excellence expected of all Gates products.

FP80

FP80 Flat Port

Due to its larger front element, the FP80 supports a variety of medium to macro lenses – including external zooms. A simple, versatile port option.  Both Acrylic (Perspex) and Glass versions available.  

Versatile Port
Versatile

The FP80 supports a wide range of lenses for medium to macro imaging. 

FP80
AR Coated Glass

BK7 glass element with Anti Reflective (AR) coating is optional.

FP80 Shades
Shade

Shade choices include W075 (standard) and Macro (optional)

FP80 Replaceable Element
Field Replaceable

The FP80 element is user-changeable in the field.

Material
  • Optical grade Acrylic / Perspex (standard)
  • Anti-reflective (AR) coated BK7 glass (optional)
Element Diameter / Clear Aperture:
  • 7.4in / 189mm
Shades
  • W075 (standard)
  • Macro (optional)
Depth Rating
  • 450ft / 137m
Optical Notes
  • Flat ports reduce Field of View (FOV) 20% underwater.
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SP80 Standard (Dome) Port

The SP80 preserves field of view (FOV) underwater, and is ideally suited for wide to fisheye imaging.  Medium to macro, too, when paired with a macro zoom lens.  Anti-Reflective (AR) coated glass or optical grade Acrylic (Perspex) versions, the latter field serviceable / replaceable.

Versatile Port
Versatile

For medium to wide and fisheye imaging, the SP80 supports a wide variety of lenses

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AR Coated Glass

The SP80 is available with either Acrylic / Perspex dome or BK7 Anti-Reflective (AR) coated glass domes. 

SP80 Replaceable Dome
Field Serviceable

Field Serviceable and replaceable dome (acrylic / Perspex only)

Material Options
  • Acrylic / Perspex
  • Anti-Reflective (AR) coated BK7 glass
Element Diameter / Clear Aperture
  • 7.5in / 190mm
Dome Spherical Diameter
  • 8in / 203mm
Depth Rating
  • 450ft / 137m

SP80-10 Dome Port

SP80-10 Dome Port

The SP80-10 is a 10in / 254mm spherical dome port that, like it's smaller SP80-8 sibling preserves field of view (FOV) underwater for wide to fisheye imaging.  The SP80-10 however, exhibits superior compatibility with rectilinear lenses, mitigating the soft corners classically found with dome ports in general.  This particularly beneficial with certain cinema PL mount glass like Arri Master Primes and Ultra Primes.

The SP80-10 is available in Anti-Reflective (AR) coated glass only.

Versatile Port
Superior Rectilinear Compatibility

For medium to wide and fisheye imaging, the SP80-10 excels at rectilniear imaging, particularly with PL mount cinema lenses.

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AR Coated Glass

The SP80-10 is made of optically pure BK7 Anti-Reflective (AR) coated glass domes. 

SP80 Replaceable Dome
Versatile

The SP80-10 is compatible with hundreds of lenses.  See Gates Compatibility Reference.  

Material Options
  • Anti-Reflective (AR) coated BK7 glass
Element Diameter / Clear Aperture
  • 7.5in / 190mm
Dome Spherical Diameter
  • 10in / 254mm
Depth Rating
  • 450ft / 137m

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Custom Port

Gates Precision Ports extend to custom designs for specific applications like underwater UV imaging or Corrective Optics (CO) that adapt a specific lens for underwater imaging, and eliminating distortions / aberrations.  Contact Gates to discuss your particular application.

Included Accessories

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Seal Check II

The Gates Seal Check II is included with every DEEP DRAGON and assures housing integrity before entering the water.

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Monitor Shade Extension

Monitor Shade Extension

For when bright conditions demand a better monitor view. 

Tripod Legs

Tripod Legs

Retract tight to the housing on standby, and extend 18in / 46cm for secure, stable shots, locked shots.

Light Bar

Light Bar

Secure mounting of lights or other accessories.  Directly accepts several Ultralight Control Systems base mounts.

Purosol

Purosol Port Cleaner

Spare Kit

Spare Kits

O-rings, tools, hardware

Monitor RED PRO

RED Pro Monitor Case

The RED PRO 5.0 External Monitor housing is included with DEEP DRAGON.

Travel Case

Travel Case

Travel Case(s) have rollers and retractable handles

Carry Handle

Carry Handle

Easy grip, transport and handling.

Optional Accessories

Port Extender

Port Extenders

Support for over 70 PL and DSLR lenses.

HD-SDI Cable 3Wx150dpi

HD-SDI / UHD-SDI Surface Feed

Need topside DP monitoring? High speed digital SDI video feed is available.  50 to over 300 feed, the link includes gold contact connectors and certified coaxial cable. 

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Diver Comm Port

Diver communications captured on-camera.

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Nikonos RS Lens Adapter Kit

Specifically designed for underwater, Nikonos RS lenses can be adapted to DEEP DRAGON.  Focus and Iris are mapped to the existing housing controls.  Quick bayonet lens change and lighter / smaller rig for travel.

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Hydrophone

Hydrophone

For more subtle underwater audio like whale song and dolphin chatter, the extremely sensitive hydrophone is ideal.   

Water Alarm

Water Alarm

An extra measure beyond [infopopup:seal-check], the Gates Water Alarm provides both visible and audible warnings.  The siren is coupled directly to the housing shell and resonates directly to the water, rendering it unmistakable to a diver.

Tripod Adapter

Tripod Adapter

Use your own underwater tripod with this adapter.  

Knob Extension-2

Knob Extensions

Finer control of focus and iris, even with gloves.  

Remote Lens Control

Remote Lens Control

Need surface control of Focus or full FIZ? DEEP DRAGON has an integrated solution. (Including the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System)

Power ON-OFF

Remote Power On/Off

Turn your Scarlet, Epic or Dragon camera on and off remotely. 

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Lighting

New Gates underwater lights available soon.

Shell Extension

Shell Extension

Need something special inside? 1.6in / 40mm shell extensions make the space for it. 

Customizations

Customization

Special modifications are routine. You really can have it ‘just the way you like’.

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Submersible Microphone

Capture strident sounds of the underwater world – Shrimp clatter, excited divers or your buddy’s bubbles – with this submersible microphone. Note: The Submersible Microphone is not suitable for more subtle audio like whale song or dolphin echo location.

DEEP DRAGON Supported Equipment

DEEP DRAGON standard configuration supports the EPIC camera (any flavor), DSMC Lens Mount (any type) RED TOUCH 5.0 display, Side SSD Module (full or mini),  REDMAG (full or mini), REDMOTE, RED BRICK battery. DEEP DRAGON supports many other modules, batteries, displays, and over 70 different lenses.  Adaption may be required.  Contact Gates for specific details.

DSMC¹ Cameras

EPIC Dragon
EPIC M
EPIC X
EPIC Scarlet

DSMC Lens Mounts

PL               (Ti, Motion)
Canon        (Ti, Al, Motion)
Nikon         (Ti, Al)
Leica          (Al)
ProLock    (Optitek)

Power Modules

V-Lock (Standard with DEEP DRAGON)
Pro Battery Module Dual (REDVOLT)
Pro Battery Module Quad (REDVOLT)
REDVOLT XL Module (REDVOLT)
Quickplate Module (V-Lock)
Backpack Quickplate Collection (V-Lock)
Dual RED BRICK Adapter (V-Lock)

Batteries

RED BRICK
REDVOLT
REDVOLT XL
Third Party V-Locks (contact Gates for compatibility)

DSMC Modules

+1 Adapter Module Pro I/O Module

Displays

RED TOUCH 5 (in RP5 External Monitor Housing)
Transvideo Starlite HD5 (in Starlite ST5 External Monitor Housing)
RED TOUCH 7 (in RT7 External Monitor Housing)
TV LOGIC VFM-058W (in TVL55 External Monitor Housing)

REDMOTE

Camera Control

REDMOTE

Media

Rear SSD Module
Side SSD Module
Side Mini Mag SSD Module