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Using a GoPro camera for diving, give me some new ideas

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by 12th Man, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. 12th Man

    12th Man Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: J&D Ranch North Central Texas
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    For the past ten years I've been using my Go Pro with a red and pink filter for diving. Currently I have a GP 5 on an AquaPod mini hand held stick. The setup is simple to use underwater, easy to carry when I travel but I know there's better solutions. My wife and I were just in Belize for two weeks diving. On a shelf dive I was down 125' and my videos are just too dark at that depth. I've never added a light setup for the GP. Under 100' my GP does a great job.

    I'm not looking to break the bank or come up with a camera rig with lights bars. I am just looking for something that's better than what I have and easy to dive with. What are some recommendations and cameras y'all are using?

    Thanks in advanced!
     
  2. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denton, TX
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    Could continue to use your hand held stick but maybe mount a light to it. Doesn't have to be some elaborate, expensive light. You really just want something that has a decent flood pattern to it, as opposed to a spot pattern with only a 10-15 degree spread. I can't really comment on which light to use because I have a dedicated video light (3800 lumens) on an iDas tray system that I use, so although it's not all that complex, it's not quite as simple as you're looking for.

    Alight similar to this one from Big Blue would probably suffice, although you may have to a bit closer to your subject to really light it up well.

    1200-Lumen Extra-Wide Beam LED Dive LightSKU: AL1200XWP-II | Bigblue Dive Lights

    Googled (mind out of the gutter!) and found this that actually would probably work perfect for what you're looking for and not overly expensive.

    Home
     
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  3. 12th Man

    12th Man Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: J&D Ranch North Central Texas
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    Many thanks, that's a great idea for just adding to what I have.
     
  4. Aviyes

    Aviyes Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Utah
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  5. AdamSa

    AdamSa Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Malta
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    First get a proper tray, you will see a huge improvement in your footage; with significantly less shake your footage will look much better.

    If your budget allows it also consider getting a pair of lights. This will also drastically improve your footage. I use a very budget friendly setup using a cheap tray and video lights all off ebay. The whole setup (minus the gopro) costs around 150 Euro.

    This is what it looks like:

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    If you want to see the kind of footage that I am able to get with this setup, link below:

    Adam Sant
     
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  6. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Victoria, Australia
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    I've been using that exact light with my GoPro for 2 years, does the job.
     
  7. Divectionist

    Divectionist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Gold Coast, Australia
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    Here is my unpopular idea: leave the thing at home :eek:
     
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  8. Pearlman

    Pearlman Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bangalore
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    Which light is that? Two lights + tray for less than 150EUR? :eek:
    I've been robbed!! :no::shakehead:
    P
     
  9. AdamSa

    AdamSa Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Malta
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    Well it's all chinese to be fair...but for what I paid, i'm very happy with the results! I'm using the lights discussed in this SB thread: cheap chinese video light review
     
  10. Tripophobia

    Tripophobia Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Shanghai
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