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sibingai

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GoPro Underwater setup for macro
« on: 20 May 15, 10:49 »
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  • Hi peeps,
    care to share pictures how you guys got all those stunning pix from your Gopro shots underwater??
    Care to share the pix of your setup and also the stuffs/adapters/filters/macro lens brands models etc etc?

    Do we need to install red filter when fixed with the macro lens?
    Do we still need lights underwater?

    I tried some setup but still the pix quality sux. Haissshhh..

    Alvin Ho

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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #1 on: 20 May 15, 11:26 »
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  • If you are looking for macro stills/video i wouldn't recommend gopro as a solution. it is great for top side and u/w wide videos and maybe stills.

    I have tried the backscatter macro lens. looks great on the promo videos but when i used it in lembeh, i found it hard to video smaller critters and the LCD bacpac is too small to confirm if the subject is in focus. As a result, quite a number of macro subjects i shot on video were OOF. I then attached a FIT +10 macro lens which is a lot more powerful. With that i could video normal sized nudis but the OOF problem was still there.

    If macro is your thing, do consider the Olympus Tough series. I just got the TG-4 to play around and let the wife use after seeing some impressive results from the camera. Tested on land and i could take pictures at max magnification in microscope mode of 4mm across the frame. Mighty impressive.
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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #2 on: 20 May 15, 11:37 »
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  • heya!!! thanks. But im not a video guy.
    My skill sux on both video and photograpy.
    But my aim now is just to a pretty decent beautiful pix of Nudis, Pygmys, and those small beautiful crabs.
    Also,i cant afford more bigger rig for a cam. so am using only my GoPro as now. Heh.

    So,its not worth getting the backscatter macro/red lense in this case?? or what setup should i use??
    Do i still need lights??

    Thanks



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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #3 on: 20 May 15, 12:31 »
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  • heya!!! thanks. But im not a video guy.
    My skill sux on both video and photograpy.
    But my aim now is just to a pretty decent beautiful pix of Nudis, Pygmys, and those small beautiful crabs.
    Also,i cant afford more bigger rig for a cam. so am using only my GoPro as now. Heh.

    So,its not worth getting the backscatter macro/red lense in this case?? or what setup should i use??
    Do i still need lights??

    Thanks

    Looks like you're into macro stuff, then a compact camera will suit u much better. Gopro was meant to be a wide angle action cam so the lens is the limiting factor. Sure a powerful macro lens will yield pretty ok results but a normal compact camera will do that job much better. the reverse is same, compact cameras don't really do good wide angle stuff compared to the gopro.
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    Sony A7R2, A6300 Sony 90mm Macro, Nauticam Housing
    Inon Z-240 Strobes, Weefine Video lights, FIT Focus lights

    kebosatu

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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #4 on: 20 May 15, 12:43 »
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  • Hi Alvin, just wondering if there any way I can see your tg-4 results? Are you sharing it somewhere. This camera seems like quite a news today.

    Thx

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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #5 on: 20 May 15, 13:49 »
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  • Hi Alvin, just wondering if there any way I can see your tg-4 results? Are you sharing it somewhere. This camera seems like quite a news today.

    Thx

    Only on land so far. FB pics are in the comments. just did some testing on flowers, will add it to the comments section as well. Rough measure, i did a test on a ruler and @ max magnification (camera almost touching the ruler), i can fill e frame horizontally @ 4mm.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152799701012341&set=a.452702762340.251656.547632340&type=1&theater&notif_t=like
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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #6 on: 20 May 15, 13:58 »
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  • If you ONLY have a gopro to use for macro, use a macro lens like micromate mini.  Use video lights.  No red filter.  Use the LCD screen to ensure your subject is in the centre.  Set the camera to narrow mode. 

    This is probably the best setup possible for macro with a gopro.  You will encounter some difficulties like what Alvin mentioned on focusing.  This will need practice and trial and error to judge how far you need to be from the subject to get a good focus.  Different lenses may have different focus distances.  I think a macromate mini needs to be 3-4 inches from the subject.  Any nearer or further and you will get OOF.  I also recommend a base or a tripod kind of thing to keep your gopro steady.

    One more thing.  This may get you a pretty ok macro video of nudis or subjects which are approximately an inch or larger in size.  Any smaller and you may need a more powerful lens or start stacking lenses hehe.
    « Last Edit: 20 May 15, 14:02 by bwkoh »

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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #7 on: 20 May 15, 14:29 »
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  • Only on land so far. FB pics are in the comments. just did some testing on flowers, will add it to the comments section as well. Rough measure, i did a test on a ruler and @ max magnification (camera almost touching the ruler), i can fill e frame horizontally @ 4mm.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152799701012341&set=a.452702762340.251656.547632340&type=1&theater&notif_t=like

    Thanks,Alvin!


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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #8 on: 20 May 15, 14:35 »
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  • And for wide shots, a red filter is essential.  I use 1080p at 60 or 30fps almost all of the time.

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    Re: GoPro Underwater setup for macro
    « Reply #9 on: 20 May 15, 17:37 »
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  • my nephew has similar difficulties trying to capture macro shots with his GoPro & macro lens & think he has almost given up ...  :(