RED DSMC2 Camera Housing
UPDATE: Our RED DSMC2 Housings are now shipping:
If you are a camera nerd like me you have no doubt heard of RED. Launched by Jim Jannard, the ex-CEO of Oakley, they make a big impact with the RED ONE in 2007, followed by the much loved Scarlet and Epic cameras. The recent announcement of the DSMC2 cameras, Weapon, Scarlet-W and Raven, continues the tradition of RAW video capture on that lovely Dragon sensor.
I’ve been following RED since their beginning; however their cameras have always been out of reach for me because of their hefty price tag. The introduction of the Raven has seen RED become feasible for a lot more people including myself, and I will be adding a Raven to my personal camera bag very soon.
One of RED’s selling points is the modularity of the camera system. Love it or hate it, the modular system means once you buy the brain, you then have to then spend just has much to get the camera set up with power, monitoring capability, controls and handles.
This means that one RED owner is most likely going to have a completely different camera setup to the next.
Raven with Outrigger Handle and 4.7 inch RED monitor. Photo by @mkbhd
Scarlet-W with I/O V-Lock Module and Red Brick. Photo by RED.
V-Lock or Redvolt? RED module or aftermarket? 4.7 inch or 7 inch? Sidekick or Sidehandle?
The options are almost endless!
Scarlet-W with XL battery module. Photo by @heyfilmthis
For us to design a housing that would fit a variety different setups would mean compromising the tight fitting, sleek design that we aim for.
After tonnes of research, and discussions with RED bomb squad reps & REDUSER forum members, we have configured what we believe to be the most suitable, lightweight RED DSMC2 setup for the water that still provides full monitoring capabilities and controls.
Our RED DSMC2 housing is design for the following configuration:
- RED DSMC2 Brain (Raven, Scarlet-W or Weapon)
- DSMC2 Redvolt XL Module
- Redvolt XL Battery
- DSMC2 Sidekick
- DSMC2 Red Touch 4.7″ LCD
- Wooden Camera Pogo to Pogo Cable (TBA)
All the components mount neatly onto a custom aluminium base plate, with the Wooden Camera Pogo cable allowing the monitor to be placed behind the battery rather than mounting directly on top of the camera brain. This setup allows the housing design to be as slim, light and streamlined as possible yet still providing ample power, monitoring and controls.
All our housings, including our RED housings, are CNC machined billet aluminium, anodised and then powder coated in textured satin black. They feature stainless steel button controls and interchangeable aluminium lens ports,
Our RED DSMC2 XL housing is front loading, with a clear acrylic port faceplate secured by 8 stainless steel wingnuts. The camera and monitor are mounted to an aluminium base plate that slides neatly into the housing shell.
The housing provides full control of the Sidekick via stainless buttons and aluminium dials, and monitoring of the 4.7inch screen via an acrylic rear screen. The interchangeable port system suits lenses up to 120mm diameter including the Zeiss CP.2 cine lens.
Of course we can still design and build you a water housing for whatever RED configuration you currently have planned. It just takes a bit longer and costs a bit more than our RED XL housing. Custom RED water housings take approximately 6 weeks from when we receive your camera setup for measuring, and cost between AUD$7000 – $9000 (approx. US$5000 – 6500) depending on the configuration you require.
So, if you are lucky enough to have a Raven, Scarlet-W or Weapon on pre-order (or already in your possession) consider gearing up with the XL configuration above, and register your interest for a housing with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Housings are now shipping!