"We understood the need for a new bag," explains Lenzo, "and knowing what the price range was with the existing splashbags on the market, we wanted to get close to that range, but offer a lot more. That's why the bag has an adjustable handle system, shoulder mount, switchable dome and flat ports, an internal dovetail plate, a filter stage, as well as simple glands for monitoring and audio inputs and outputs. If I was in the field and needed to run another cable in there, I didn't want to call the manufacturer for a custom cable that was waterproof. A simple split-gland system was adopted so any cable with a smooth waterproof jacket can slide into the housing—be it BNC, XLR, fiber, AC, triax, etc."
That flexibility has proven true, as Lenzo has used the bag on projects ranging from features to television series to commercials in completely submerged, partially submerged and surface shots in inclement conditions.
Camera exposure to moisture is always a risky proposition, and while Lenzo agrees, he adds, "It's one of the most stressful forms of production, but in the end, if all goes well, as on The Big C and Boardwalk Empire, there's a sense of self-satisfaction that everything went without delays or technical complications, and there's a sense of pride knowing that it's gear I envisioned and helped develop being used to get the job done."
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