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7 hours ago, Davide DB said:

 

If used for macro, I would arrange the camera on the opposite side

Good advice, thanks!

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I just received the BGNing plate mentioned above. Looks promising and cheap.  I can recycle some of my older strobe arms and ball clamps. looks sturdy to either mount Gimbal/ball head or directly attach to my Aquatica housing which has standard  1/4 inch holes on the bottom.  Macro would be the direct attach approach. clamps and/or a couple levels of short legs would let you tilt towards the subject. Can't wait to get out and try it

shipped from china

https://www.bgningoem.com/Search-+Triangular+Gimbal+Tray+Rig+Bracket+Mount+for+Underwater+LED+Light+Stand+DSLR+Camera+Tripod+Su/list-r1.html

BGNing Aluminium SLR Diving Video Triangular Gimbal Tray Rig Bracket Mount for Underwater LED Light Stand DSLR Camera Tripod Su
$32.32 USD

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I use Inon Carbon Fiber Telescoping arms (legs) attached to ball joints on a tray. Inon also makes an underwater tripod head you can attach those legs to. I haven't tried that yet because I don't pan underwater, but it would probably be pretty darned good if it is of similar quality to the arms. I wrap a weight belt around the legs for ballast. 

INON Arm System [UW Tripod System]

As an aside, I also have a 17" dome port and attach 2 of the arms to  that and 1 to the tray.

 

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I have used a mid-grade land tripod in fresh water... works fine. I'd use it in salt as well, but only if I considered it to be disposable. (It's about 20 years old, so it kinda is I suppose)

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10 hours ago, Manatee said:

Inon also makes an underwater tripod head you can attach those legs to.

I've got this and it's extremely high quality enabling all sorts of positioning. Mind you, it should for what it cost! I bought it as a stand for a strobe with a  snoot.

http://www.inon.jp/products/armsystem/uwtripod.html

I'd guess that this strobe/snoot combination weighs a good bit more than an SLR system essentially balanced for neutral or slightly negative buoyancy. So it should take the weight no problem. Various leg lengths - or telescopic legs - are available

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For that price, it should go into the water itself and bring me the photos :rofl:

Jokes apart, some of the DIY examples posted above are perfect and if needed they could be equipped with telescopic legs bought separately at much cheaper price.

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On 9/15/2021 at 6:48 AM, Manatee said:

I use Inon Carbon Fiber Telescoping arms (legs) attached to ball joints on a tray. Inon also makes an underwater tripod head you can attach those legs to. I haven't tried that yet because I don't pan underwater, but it would probably be pretty darned good if it is of similar quality to the arms. I wrap a weight belt around the legs for ballast. 

INON Arm System [UW Tripod System]

As an aside, I also have a 17" dome port and attach 2 of the arms to  that and 1 to the tray.

 

IMG_7607 v small.jpg

Which length telescopic legs did you go for?  I am about the buy the S (11in to 20in), wondering if that will be sufficient, these look longer in your photo maybe?  Thanks!

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