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It's been ages since I've posted here. Let me give a quick background. I used to have a housed SLR with dual ike strobes to do my UW photography. I really liked it but my kids are now starting the process of getting certified. For the next several years, I'll be diving with teenagers new to diving and don't think I could really focus on UW photography until they all get some experience. With that said, I now have a gopro to record moments relatively easily as they come. So far, I like it. I have been borrowing my brother's L&M sola 800 on the dives. For my next trip, I won't be able to do that but I hate to spend the $$ on a light. Assuming buying a high dollar video light is not an option, which would be better for my purposes? BTW, I have the flip filter system for the GoPro.

 

Dive without a light completely

 

Mount an ikelite mini C mounted (non halogen). I already have the mounting for it.

 

I would think if the dive light worked relatively well, you wouldn't see so many people paying $1000 for specific video lighting. So looking for some schooling here. is it the light temperature, brightness, or something I'm not thinking of? If diving with that light, should I have a specific color filter different than I would typically use?

 

Thanks, BTW, I'm super excited to be diving with my oldest son this year. He just finished his pool dives this weekend. Been diving solo for so long (wife doesn't dive) i can't remember what its like to go on a boat with someone I already know so this will be really special for us.

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Have the filter and light together... Hope u got a screen to the for the gopro...

 

Filter best work when there is enough natural light.. Lights work (sometimes together with a filter) from days with less natural light.

If u plan on using that mini c, I think it's not enough, but the main issue is the hot spot from the light. There is relative cheaper white led flood type light for the gopro that just do a simple job. Just use what u have till u find the light u want

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Buy a used SOLA.....many are listed here and on ScubaBoard. You should be able to get an 800 or 1200 for maybe $200, $250 max.

The miniC won't cut it; not bright enough, and you NEED a wide-angle light.

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Very cool to be diving with your son. That's top class father-son bonding stuff! :dancing:

 

Congratulations, dad!

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Thanks... I thought about the narrow beam angle shortly after I posted this. Would definitely need a flood type light to work with the gopro. I may indeed check on this forum when I want to pull the trigger on one though. I only get maybe 8-20 dives in per year so its getting harder to justify some of this stuff. That's why I sold $6k worth of SLR equipment last year.

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Just saw light and motion has a small light (there's one that's only wide, one that has wide or spot options) designed to go with the GP Heros. I was considering this after getting a GP for the wife to mess around with while I'm off shooting with the DSLR.

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I've diving with my 2 X Archon D11V and Polarpro red filter so far. And it served me quite well. Of course, it'll still be blue if the light couldn't reach the subject.

 

But overall, I'm happy with the 2 X Archon D11V. And I'm also using it for my E-PL3 for UW Photography. Bright enough for macro shot.

 

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