WATERPROOF SURF HOUSING FOR DSLR & MIRRORLESS CAMERAS
The GDome XL Surf 3 is focused on water-based content creators that need to shoot with a pistol or trigger grip (one-arm operation) in extreme conditions. The GDome XL Surf Bundle is the perfect housing for any surf or water-based photographer looking for a universal water housing for their DSLR or mirrorless camera without breaking the bank and yet getting a comprehensive surf-focused water housing kit that can be used for a number of different camera brands and lenses. As our housing is universal, you will not have to buy new water housing or ports as you upgrade your cameras and lenses (as long as they will fit in our housing).
Advanced underwater photographers and videographers that already have professional kits could use the GDome XL for unique, specialized camera bodies or lenses that are not compatible with their current housings or port configurations. Rental houses or individuals will be able to rent out the GDome XL, and given the current rental rate charged for underwater housings, this could be extremely profitable.
The world's first universal semi-rigid modular underwater housing
You might think this is not unique, as there are a number of housings that can do this. These housings are either completely "soft" (made from a rubberized or PVC material), meaning that you cannot add dome ports, lens extensions, or even lights and GoPros to the housing. The 'hard' housings have extremely limited functionality (no ability to change settings or functions).
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Get To Know The GDome XL
The world's first universal semi-rigid modular underwater housing
Yes, this is a loaded description, so we will need to break it down for you so that you can really see the value of this universal underwater housing.
When we say that the GDome XL is a universal water housing, we really do mean it! The GDome XL will work with almost any mirrorless or DSLR camera right out of the box (check the internal sizing chart to confirm this, as cameras like the Canon 1D could be too tall for our housing).
You might think this is not unique, as there are a number of housing options that can do this. These housings are either completely "soft" (made from rubberized or PVC material), meaning that you cannot add dome ports, lens extensions, or even lights and GoPros to the housing. where the 'hard' housings have extremely limited functionality (no ability to change settings or functions).
Our housing is considered semi-rigid, as the housing and ports are injection moulded, and only the rear screen is made from a flexible membrane. We also include a solid backdoor that is individually pressure tested to 18 m before leaving our office. Having a flexible rear screen allows us to give the user full access to the camera's rear functionality.
When it comes to modularity, the NEW GDome XL Surf V3 is fully modular, as you can interchange ports, the side handles, and even remove the bottom pistol grip and use the optional side trigger system. Included in the box is a 55mm port adapter with a flat lens element, as well as a 40mm dome port extension adapter and dome lens element.
Our 80mm extension port (Optional Extra) is fully compatible with the dome port adapter if you need a further extension to your GDome XL. This port is stackable, so you could add two or even three of them depending on the length of your camera lens.
Our housings and ports are injection-molded with glass-filled nylon, which is one of the strongest engineering materials on the planet. Our backplates are injection-molded from high-impact polycarbonate. All of our bolts are 316 stainless steel to protect against saltwater corrosion.
Our seals are custom-molded specifically for us from silicone. Silicone has close to zero memory, excellent resistance to weathering and UV exposure, and lasts approximately four times longer than rubber. We do not use glued seals in the GDome XL.
Clips are convenient and efficient; however, the bolts we use are failproof in rough conditions and cannot be easily opened when in the water. We have never had an XL leak due to a product fault as all of the parts are precision moulded (so there is no room for errors), we do not glue our seals, and we pressure test each housing with the solid backdoor to 18 m before leaving the office.
The only real chance of a leak is if you do not tighten up the screws on the ports or backplate when using the housing. Another key feature of our housing is that the camera sits on a heightened baseplate, so even if water does get into the housing, the camera is lifted away from contact with the water, allowing you to get out the water and get your camera out without damage.
NEW 2 STAGE PISTOL TRIGGER GRIP
Our new trigger is fitted with an IP69K waterproof button that triggers the camera’s shutter via a wireless shutter hub. The wireless shutter hub has a female 2.5mm aux jack, and the male 2.5mm camera-specific jack attaches directly and is connected to the camera's remote port. A pistol grip allows you to hold (and trigger) the camera with only one hand, which makes it easier to swim with your housing, especially in heavy surf conditions. A side-trigger system allows for a more stable two-handed grip on the XL camera housing, enhancing control and minimising shake . The XL3 comes with your choice of a pistol (Surf) or side (Fusion) trigger grip.
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The membrane back plate system has been a game changer for me. Swimming in the ocean mainly around sunrises gives me the ability to change settings as the light changes. Being able to adapt to fast changing conditions is when the best work happens
Thanks for this awesome review, Pierre!
We are a huge fan of your work (https://www.instagram.com/pdvimages/) and are beyond proud to know that you are using one of our XL 3 Housings!
We appreciate you!
Have been using the XL surf housing with the dome and flat port for a year or so now and it hasn't missed a beat. Over that time I've had different camera upgrades and I've not needed to change the housing which has been great. Solid and robust and the flexi back door is invaluable when you need to tweak camera settings.
This review is a little bit biassed, as I am the cofounder and developer of the GDome XL range. I started using the GDome XL Surf with my 5D iii and am now using it exclusively with the Sony RX10 iv. The XL requires the 80mm extension port for the RX10 IV. I mainly shoot with the flat port on the 80mm extension port; it is easy to keep water droplets off, and I can still shoot split shots due to the gap between the camera lens and flat port. I have seriously pushed the housing in big, heavy waves, and yes, I only use the Flex back door. It is unbelievable how strong and flexible that membrane is! If you want to see more content, I have taken with the XL, or if you have any direct questions, hit me up on Instagram @BrettEagleZA
Construction is good I have questions on the wiring of switch when use supplied cables and camera is switched to photo it starts video it does not shoot stills trued two different cameras ,any suggestions??
Thank you for the 5-star review.
The shutter function varies from brand to brand; it sounds like it is a camera setting.
Please reach out to the support team, and we will gladly troubleshoot with you.
This works, but you have to be careful. I have taken some great shots with it. It is suited for surf shots for sure, you cannot take shots two feet down easily due to buoyancy issues. I really like it for what I do.
Thanks for the 4-star review, Robert.
While we would have loved it to be 5 stars, we appreciate your honest feedback.
The XL housing is definitely buoyant out of the box. We have designed the ports to accept internal weights in order to allow our users to adjust the buoyancy of the housing. This will add to the weight of the housing, which is not ideal for those wanting to shoot surf photography, but for someone like you who shoots whales and needs to shoot under water, it is definitely the way to go.
Please drop us a line, and we will schedule a call to assist you in getting your XL dialled in for your use.