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stoneyusaf
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GOPRO Questions
      #1561767 - 01/23/14 05:49 PM (66.194.83.50)

I am considering buying some accessories for my New GoPro before I head to the islands and have some questions - When you were diving or snorkling did you find a need for antifog inserts? Did you have a floaty back or one of the hand held float devices that attached to the camera? I am thinking of getting the one that attaches to the base of the camera. I have one 64GB card....based on your useage (I know you can't guess mine)...but..again..based on your useage was 64gig enough or would you advise that I should buy/bring more? Did anyone use the LCD back on the camera?...can you see it underwater or is it basically useless? Did you use the red lens cover? If so, was it worth it and if not did you wish you had one? Any other devices that you took and used and glad you had while in the BVI OR...were there any accessories that once you got there said "Darn, I wish I had that?" Sure would love to here people's take on this and other things on the GoPro. As many people that indicate that they are buying and taking one I think this may be a good forum to help each other on this relatively new technology.

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bfoxg8r
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: stoneyusaf]
      #1561771 - 01/23/14 06:05 PM (173.227.104.102)

I don't use the anti fog inserts, and I haven't ever regretted it. I do use an extendable pole for underwater filming, and it makes a big difference. It steadies the camera and lets you get a bit closer to some of the fish. Check out the GoPole. I don't use the LCD back or a red filter.
I have several 32 gig cards that I use.

I also have the handle bar mount so I can mount it on the rail.

http://gopro.com/camera-mounts/handlebar...CFYpaMgodGE0A1w

The only thing I use out of the ordinary is a rotating ikea kitchen timer for time lapse pictures.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30066725/

It makes for some pretty neat shots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn_gPWPxGv0

I also take a charger and one extra battery.

Enjoy!

Edited by bfoxg8r (01/23/14 06:18 PM)


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Capnmike
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: bfoxg8r]
      #1561848 - 01/24/14 12:44 AM (50.106.20.80)

Stoney, I have had fogging problems while diving, instead of using the expensive gopro anti fog inserts, I found some "panty liners" and cut them in strips and placed them below the camera in the housing.

I have used the LCD Backpack while diving and it works great but it cuts the battery time. DO NOT use the floaty back door if you use the LCD, blocks the view, I use a lanyard, no float.

I use a 32 gb card, but I bring my laptop to download after each dive. If I am diving I always use the red lens, you will be amazed at the difference, got mine at www.polarprofilters.com/, I do not use the lens while snorkeling. I also have several spare batteries and chargers.

I use a telescoping "trekking pole" with a seat/handelbar mount so I can get range from 22 inches to 48 inches.

I have 2 GoPro 2's, 2 GoPro 3's and a GoPro 3+ and have been involved with underwater photography since 1970. the GoPros have cut my luggage requirement by about a ton.

You are going to love your pictures.


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tradewinds
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: Capnmike]
      #1561918 - 01/24/14 09:53 AM (99.82.251.133)

I have this floating hand grip, which has saved it more than a few times and you can still use the LCD Backpack.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Bobber-Floatin...ds=go+pro+float


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stoneyusaf
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: tradewinds]
      #1561977 - 01/24/14 11:57 AM (66.194.83.50)

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tradewinds said:
I have this floating hand grip, which has saved it more than a few times and you can still use the LCD Backpack.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Bobber-Floatin...ds=go+pro+float


Really appreciate all of the knowledge from both of you guys..hopefully others will chime in...even if it is with more questions so we can all get better. The reason I am quoting this entry is because I was thinking about getting one of these and wanted someone to tell me first hand that it was/is worth it...and that just happened...thanks!!

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FatDaddyK
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: bfoxg8r]
      #1561986 - 01/24/14 12:28 PM (216.54.20.2)

Got a GoPro this past fall and used it extensively while fishing in CO and in NY. Pics and video are wonderful. While I do no have full command of its capabilities yet, I continue to learn through those of you who do. What about the 'macro lenses' out there? Are these worth using or should I "focus" on using the regular lens and red filter? I noticed the red filter advises use under 10 feet in depth. Is use in <10 feet a real issue with picture quality?

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P323
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: stoneyusaf]
      #1562123 - 01/24/14 08:08 PM (200.50.67.101)

Quote:

stoneyusaf said:
Quote:

tradewinds said:
I have this floating hand grip, which has saved it more than a few times and you can still use the LCD Backpack.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Bobber-Floatin...ds=go+pro+float


Really appreciate all of the knowledge from both of you guys..hopefully others will chime in...even if it is with more questions so we can all get better. The reason I am quoting this entry is because I was thinking about getting one of these and wanted someone to tell me first hand that it was/is worth it...and that just happened...thanks!!




I'm on the boat here now, and I love the bobber for snorkeling. I don't know how you would hold the GoPro Hero3+ without it, unless you had it on the pole. You quickly find an optimum angle to adjust the camera to, and it is easy to hold and point at full arm's length as you are snorkeling. I lucked out and found some great deals on a bunch of 32GB SanDisk Extreme Plus before Christmas. I prefer to just turn the camera on when I get in the water and turn it off when I get out, because I frequently discover things I want to shoot and there isn't always the time to punch the button. I set the camera to never turn off when snorkeling. I prefer the battery bakpak to the LCD when snorkeling. The GoPro field of vision is so great, at arms length, how can you miss? With the battery bakpak there's no need to worry about running continuously. The Wasabi batteries (2ea with charger) work fine, and at $20 for the kit, I've got 6 Batteries, 3 chargers. I just change everything out between same-day "dives" and put the used ones on charge. Copy the data to laptop via USB3 micro-card reader as needed. It's a slick camera; great pics/video, and no worries about the boat action shots in the rain or spray.
Gary


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saildoggie
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: P323]
      #1562132 - 01/24/14 08:39 PM (108.0.79.228)

The get a lot for the bobbers, I use the handlebar mount from Go Pro on a short piece of PVC pipe, only takes about 2" of foam noodle, the kind with the hole in the center, glue an end cap on and you have the same thing for maybe 25 cents.

I also use a 2 section PVC pipe instead of those expensive ones on the market.
The wifi remote is my favorite gadget.


Kite cam wifi remote:



Edited by saildoggie (01/24/14 08:56 PM)


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TackingAg
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: stoneyusaf]
      #1562204 - 01/25/14 09:01 AM (72.183.127.20)

Welcome to the GoPro club, Stoney. You'll love it.

We used a 64GB card for our entire recent 8 day trip and had room to spare. I regretfully had also brought my laptop to back up video just in case (also needed it for a few things prior to landing in the BVIs - but never afterwards!). But I never had to fire it up to move over files.

No fogging to think of. No red lens. Did not have the LCD backing and everything was surprisingly in frame when I went to look at it later. I bought two extra batteries ($20/each), but I think I could have gotten away with just one backup.

My biggest recommendation is to get the camera at least a month before so you can get to know it before all of the fast and exciting things happen on your trip. You'll want to figure out which settings you really like (Wide, SuperWide, ProTune or not, etc.) The iPhone/iPad app is great and the wireless remote is good, but you should learn how to use it with just the buttons on the camera. You won't always have time to fumble with the app, you'll want to be familiar with the camera buttons while underwater, and using the remote/app with the camera WiFi on is the #1 drain on the battery - so be sure to keep it off as much as you can. I call it the blue light of battery death. But it was fun at night to play back some video on the iPad using the app. Easy - no file transfers, plugging anything in, etc. You don't see the HD version while playing on the app, but it's good enough for that particular time.

The GoPro editing software/studio is the best I've used compared to iMovie and similar Windows editors. They get it and know that of all of the video that you take while floating around or sailing, you'll just want to clip out a few parts of it. Converting to the output of your choice is as simple as it gets.

My recommended "must haves" are the following.

GoPole - the longest adjustable one you can find. Used it mostly for snorkeling.

GoPro Jaws Clamp

The Jaws clamp is awesome. No fuss with setting up the handle bard clamps that come with the camera. Move the camera around wherever and whenever you want. I found it really useful to clamp to the table in the cockpit while underway so it was always secure and within arms reach so I was ready when then dolphins came swimming by!

GoPro Dual Battery Charger

I looked at several knock off chargers, but I ended up getting this brand version. I wanted something that had a USB plug for the 12v charger and would power up both batteries at the same time (mostly overnight).

Of course, you'll drop a little more money on a microfiber cloth cleaner and a back for all of these gadgets.

Also, one of the arms on my flat quick release buckle broke during the trip. That would have sucked if the other one had also broken and I hadn't been able to connect it to the Jaws. So I'd recommend also taking the raised buckle that comes with the camera even if you think you won't use it. Here is what I'm talking about - Flat Quick Release Buckle

You've seen it before, but here is our video from the trip last month. I'll be watching it for a lifetime! BVI Video

Again, shout if you find yourself running through Austin sometime. I'm happy to discuss over lunch or a few shots of rum.

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saildoggie
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Re: GOPRO Questions [Re: TackingAg]
      #1562221 - 01/25/14 09:46 AM (108.0.79.228)

AVS4U is another editing program that is free or just $19 and super easy to use.

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