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Gates Underwater Housing for ARRI ALEXA Mini

Gates Underwater Products
Abel Code: gatesmini
Compact 4K underwater housing designed for the ARRI ALEXA Mini with (12) assignable controls, adjustable buoyancy and trim, plus an external monitor housing and Seal Check, among many other features.
Key Highlights
  • Depth rating of 250ft
  • Dive housing for ARRI ALEXA Mini camera
  • Weight in air: 17 lb


Supporting over 70 PL mount lenses, the Gates ARRI ALEXA Mini housing is an integrated underwater workhorse. The seasoned professional will recognize many Gates signature features:

  • Clean, uncomplicated, user friendly design
  • Gates Precision Ports for clear, sharp images
  • Seal Check II to verify housing integrity before entering the water

The rental of this Gates Underwater Housing for ARRI ALEXA comes with Dome or Flat Port, Port Extenders, Seal Check, and On-Board Monitor Underwater Housing.

Gates familiar mechanical Focus / Iris / Zoom controls provide precision handling of hundreds of PL, Canon and Nikon lenses with the same Lens Gear Drive system as MINI’s relatives in the Gates cinema-grade family.

Reaching the far corners of the world, Gates housings are tasked with the most demanding projects extending from marine research and military, to television and cinema productions. Experts know that failure is not an option, so they never take a chance, they take a Gates.

Durable Chassis

"Bulletproof" machined aluminum, black type III hard anodized finish which is sealed with a nickel-acetate process.

A rolling travel case with retractable handles holds your Gates Underwater Housing when travelling or not in use.

Starlite HD5 Compact External Monitor Housing

The Starlite HD5 Compact External Monitor housing is included with the MINI housing.

Designed specifically for the Transvideo Starlite HD5 (not included).* The HD5 is a compact 5" (25mm) HD display with corner controls for peaking, vectorscope, and more.

Extensive Lens Support

Over 70 PL mount lenses are supported in the ALEXA Housing. Explore the Gates lens support table to see what is compatible with this underwater housing for ARRI ALEXA. In addition, Gates posted a list of recommended lenses for us with Gates SP80 / FP80 Port System.

Dome or Flat Port Options

The rental of this underwater housing for ARRI ALEXA includes a choice of either an FP80 Flat Port or a SP80 Standard Dome Port.

Flat Port - Due to its larger front element, the FP80 supports a variety of medium to macro lenses, including external zooms. This is a simple, versatile port option for a wide variety of lenses. Gates makes both acrylic (Perspex) and glass versions of this port. Shade coverings may be included. An anti-reflective coating on the BK7 glass element may be included.

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 is field serviceable/replaceable.

Adjustable Controls

Set the Focus / Iris / Zoom control just the way your like it: 

  • Close
  • Mid
  • Stacked

Adjustable knobs make fine lens adjustments easy.

User-Assignable Controls

This housing delivers direct access to multiple camera controls. You can assigned up to (12) controls, including:

  • White Balance
  • Frame Rate
  • Toggle between Zebra & False Color
  • Peaking
  • Framegrab (during standby only)
  • Prerecording (on/off)
  • Overlay Menu (on/off)
  • Record start/stop
  • Multiple EVF and Monitor controls, and many more

See full list of functions available.

Adjustable Handles

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

Seal Check

As the name implies, Seal Check confirms seal integrity before entering the water to protect your valuable lens and camera. It takes only a few short minutes to use and will provide you with a go/no go decision. Seal Check runs on (8) AA batteries.

Quick Media Change

FLip up the V-Lock battery for a CFast media swap when not in the water, of course.

Field Serviceable

Gates products are nearly 100% serviceable in the field. Call your AbelCine Rental Agent for additional options.

Clean & Uncomplicated Design

User friendly controls are 100% mechanical. There are no complicated mechanisms or electronics to fail.

Precision Ports

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

Adjustable Bouyancy & Trim

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



* IMPORTANT NOTE: Actual contents of rental kits are variable, based on client requirements and availability. Please contact your AbelCine Rental Agent for details, or to request a specific configuration.

What's in the Box

  • 1 x Gates Underwater Housing for Arri Alexa Mini


Key Highlights

  • Depth rating of 250ft
  • Dive housing for ARRI ALEXA Mini camera
  • Weight in air: 17 lb
  • Choose Flat or Dome Port
  • Shell housing for on-board monitor
  • Adjustable buoyancy
  • Rolling travel case


Battery Mount Type:
Battery Chemistry:
Alkaline - 8 x Alkaline - or rechargeable AA batteries (for Seal Check)

Camera Lens System

Camera Lens Mount:
Canon EF

Compatibility - Camera



Buoyancy Notes:
Fully adjustable buoyancy / trim
Depth Rating:
76.2m - 250 feet
Housing Controls:
Other - Power on/off, Direct lens coupled (manual): Iris, Focus, Zoom
2 x Record / Standby - (Remote & Manual)
12 x User Key - Assignable

Support for Every Production

Facilities in NY & LA designed for maximum comfort and efficiency

We are accustomed to working with productions and budgets of all sizes. Need a complete camera system specifically tailored to your needs or a few accessories to complete your kit? We’ve got you covered. All our gear is meticulously maintained by our on-site technicians, and we treat all jobs with the highest degree of care and attention to detail.



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