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    Best results with GoPro

    Any one got any thoughts about best settings/set up for GoPro underwater. I have used mine (GoPro4 Silver) on 2 trips now - one to Philippines other to Raja Ampat. A red filter has helped lift colours enormously, and a PolarPro Macro lens has helped with critter close-ups. Generally closer shots work well, further off - can be a bit grainy - but his could just be coral jizz and other particles in the water.

    Video settings: 1080p FOV Medium
    Photo settings: 7MP Medium

    One other thing, for anyone who hasn't encountered this. I have experienced the camera locking up, repeatedly. to the point it was unreliable and eventually GoPro replaced it. Seems to be a common fault related to software/firmware and possibly to not using the recommended (expensive) SD cards. Their web forum is good at talking you through this and directing you to help.

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    I'm no expert in video but I did buy a good SD card for the same camera and
    have never had problems with it locking up.
    Would changing the FOV to wide and getting close help as it removes the amount
    of water between you and the subject ?
    I only use my camera in UK waters and use lights so colour is generally not a problem,
    on the few occasions I don't use lights I find that holding a yellow card in front of the
    lens helps correct the colour cast but it will require doing a few times during the dive.

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    I've not had any problems with my latest 3+ and SD cards but my first 3 was an absolute ****** for locking up. GoPro blamed it on cards (and to be honest a crappy card will struggle) and there was a bit of a battle as the cards they were selling were crap but these days super fast cards are much cheaper than they were 3 years ago and I have just bought the best card I could find when I needed a new one.

    The Polar filters seem to be about the best but they break really easily - I'm now using "3 for a tenner" plastic ones off ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Morgan View Post
    I'm no expert in video but I did buy a good SD card for the same camera and
    have never had problems with it locking up.
    Would changing the FOV to wide and getting close help as it removes the amount
    of water between you and the subject ?
    I only use my camera in UK waters and use lights so colour is generally not a problem,
    on the few occasions I don't use lights I find that holding a yellow card in front of the
    lens helps correct the colour cast but it will require doing a few times during the dive.
    Yes, lights are probably my next move. Certainly will help with taking close ups to the next level - not so sure about big stuff in the blue. What set up are you using for lights? Any recommends?

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    I use an Archon D34VR as the main light and an Archon D11V for a fill light.
    The colour temp is slightly different between the pair but it's only noticeable
    when very very close shots are done.
    I will probably get another D34vr at some stage but I have to say that for
    the price the D11v is a fantastic light, you could do worse than buying two
    of them.

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    The Archon D11v are good wee lights. I have two of them.

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    With 2 lights in there a bright spot in the middle where they overlap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Morgan View Post
    I use an Archon D34VR as the main light and an Archon D11V for a fill light.
    The colour temp is slightly different between the pair but it's only noticeable
    when very very close shots are done.
    I will probably get another D34vr at some stage but I have to say that for
    the price the D11v is a fantastic light, you could do worse than buying two
    of them.
    Thanks to you and Zubar - I'll look into those

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    A bit but only slightly, they are not very wide angle but wide enough, mine are on an Ultralight tray, but some arms would help. Not bad for the price.

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    Bang for your buck the Archon D11v are a great little light.
    I have my lights on a home made tray with locline arms that
    I set at about 90 out so the lights are about 2' 6" apart and
    have no bright overlap, the only problem I have is the difference
    in colour temperature is noticeable in close up shots.
    The light spread is 110 so slightly narrower than the GoPro but
    with careful positioning two lights solves that.
    At some stage I may get a second D34vr but when you consider
    you could have eight D11v's for the price of two D34vr it puts it
    in perspective.


 
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