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#1 WheelsOC

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Posted 05 January 2021 - 06:52 PM

It's a slow-moving forum, and some of the recommended equipment or techniques might not be so useful to new eyes anymore.

 

Several times I've found myself on a walk in a nice park or recreation area with nothing but my smartphone, say on a lunch break, and happen upon a stream with a few fishes darting around. And since they move quickly, snapping one photo can be tricky. So I've often found myself struggling to take videos of found fish.

 

There has to be a better way than "Turn phone upside-down, dip cameras into stream" to get decent photos or videos of fish at the spur of the moment. Not everyone is a full-fledged photographer, and even fewer keep a nice camera rig in their glovebox at all times. Any tips, tricks, favorite bits of portable gear to keep handy? I know boroscopes/endoscopes have exploded in recent years as bona fide smartphone peripherals, it occurred to me that something like that could be nearly ideal (assuming the picture is decent).

 



#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 08 January 2021 - 10:26 PM

I think a GoPro would be a good way to go.  Small and light, you could pretty much take it with you anytime.


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#3 Robert Lamb

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Posted 09 January 2021 - 05:57 PM

I have a Fuji XP, it gets the job done. Isn't amazing quality but I have been able to turn out some decent videos. I'm sure they could be better if I had the patience to figure out what all the settings do. It's also small and fits in my pocket well enough that it isn't bothersome to carry. An extending pole certainly helps maneuver it so as to not disturb the fish as much but I have gotten some decent pictures just by holding it underwater.

This video is while I had it on a stick. 



I got this just holding it underwater

Pair of coosa darters


#4 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 10:06 AM

I have a Fuji XP, it gets the job done. Isn't amazing quality but I have been able to turn out some decent videos. I'm sure they could be better if I had the patience to figure out what all the settings do. It's also small and fits in my pocket well enough that it isn't bothersome to carry. An extending pole certainly helps maneuver it so as to not disturb the fish as much but I have gotten some decent pictures just by holding it underwater.

This video is while I had it on a stick. 



I got this just holding it underwater

I have a Fujifilm XP also and agree with the above completely.

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#5 mirandajoseph549

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 10:59 AM

the water is so clean ... looks very peaceful!
 


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#6 WheelsOC

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Posted 06 February 2021 - 01:07 PM

Thanks for the info, everyone.

I definitely took a hard look at the Fujifilm Xp after the recommendations here.

 

Ultimately I was able to find a good deal on a refurbished Olympus TG-5, which looks like it has some slightly higher-end features, at a good discount that made it less expensive compared to a new Finepix.

Can't wait to try it out at the next creek stop.



#7 Casper

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 03:04 PM

There are a lot of users here of the TG series.

I have used a TG-4 for the last few years to frustration and some satisfaction.  I will often shoot 100s of pictures and only find a few worthy to share.

I bought a TG-6 a few months ago, getting ready for the 2021 season.  Hopefully i will be more pleased.

Good luck!


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#8 L Link

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 04:40 PM

Ewa Marine makes good quality soft housings for cameras, and they also manufacture smartphone underwater pouches, which let you record and photograph underwater using an iPhone. I’m not sure of the pricing, and it may not be applicable to some of the really big phones, but it could be an option.

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#9 WheelsOC

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Posted 11 July 2022 - 07:32 PM

After a prolonged delay, I'm starting to use my TG-5 for its intended purpose.

 

Right now my method is to get video from the camera at the end of a DIY pole mount. Mostly just dipping it into shallow creeks and small streams for the time being, stuff that's too shallow to even snorkel.

One downside is that I have no access to the viewfinder when it's two yards away and underwater, so I have to point-n-pray and check the results post facto.
I'm sure I could also set the timer to try and get clean snapshots after a delay for the camera to sit still and autofocus, which would probably give superior results compared against the stills I extracted from the videos right now.

 

I'm new to photography in general and trying to internalize the interplay of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed along with general digital camera things and stuff specific to my Olympus model. One of the workarounds is opting for video since it takes a lot of the adjustments out of my hands, for better or worse!

 

For the pole, I simply took a 1.25-inch diameter 72-inch long yellow poplar dowel rod and drilled a pilot hole in one end. Then I cut off a section from a 1/4"-20 stainless steel bolt and used a cap nut as a temporary hex-head to drive it into the hole with along with some Gorilla Glue. That gives me a standard mounting point, to which I've attached two super cheap aluminum ball head mounts (which give up to 180 degrees of rotation, 90 from each) to hold my camera at a usable angle on the end of the rod. Around the bolt, I've cemented down to the rod a stacked pair of neoprene washers to put some tension on the camera or ball head mounts and keep them from unscrewing themselves by twisting off.

 

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It's not very elegant or featureful, but it lets me stand comfortably on the banks and dip my camera into the fishes' personal space! And it's sturdy enough to double as a nice walking stick to keep from tumbling down the banks on my way to water.



#10 WheelsOC

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Posted 12 July 2022 - 09:25 AM

By the way, even though I'm still futzing around in the same watershed I'm also washing my camera off with a mild soap between trips. Just to try and minimize transporting critters on the camera from one stream to another.



#11 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 16 July 2022 - 03:53 PM

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