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Has anyone tried out the new L&M Sidekick or Sidekick Duo for GoPros? It seems like a great little light that won't get in the way or significantly increase the side of your GoPro setup. And it's nice they have the arm adapter so you have control over positioning. And the price is certainly in the right range for a beginner like me!

 

Any feedback?

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It's not letting me see the link, hopefully because I'm not part of the group. What's the name of the group so I can look it up?

Thanks!

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hmm... can't find it...

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GoPros are terribly light hungry, and have a very wide lens.

 

To light them properly, you need a very powerful (to get the amount of light they need) and very wide light.

 

This means that they are expensive!

 

My experience us that 600 lumens (as per Sidekick) will make no difference to your footage from a GoPro underwater.

 

You will be much better served looking at using filters in my opinion.

 

Adam

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2 lights is still only 1200 lumens.

 

I have experimented with 2 x 1200 lumen lights on GoPros and it makes practically no difference underwater.

 

I guess you could buy 4......

 

Adam

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Maybe your 1200 are not really 1200.. Heh. I have success with two 1200 lights. But dun expect it to light up everything... Be realistic...

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I guess it depends on how you define success.

 

I think I am quite realistic in general!

 

Go Pro's need lost of light-fact. They have a very wide FOV-fact.

 

It is not unrealistic to say that 1200 lumens per side is insufficient. Shooting with a 3 chip camera in bright condition would be the same....

 

Anyway, this post is about the Sidekick-not your 1200 lumen lights. 600 or 1200 lumens (in total) will make no practical difference to the quality of footage the GoPro's produce under most normal circumstances underwater.

 

Adam

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Having acquired a GoPro Hero 4 recently, I am also looking at how to set it up. Right now I have a Sola800 and an AdventureX 1200 making somehting like 2000 lumen, and I am hoping this will work for nearby stuff, say, a trumpetfish at 1m. I fear it will be no use for sharks or schools of jacks etc. I am willing to try with filters (any advice which ones?) before plunging into massive video lights. Appreciate any advise.

 

Ajay

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