Good camera for taking pictures of our tanks

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  1. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

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    There isa so much to learn on a DSLR. Im still learning all the features on my new camera.


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    Here's a video I took with a GoPro Session. Not too bad but its closeups are blurry.

     
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    Vincent - That is great! I brought home our GoPro over vacation to figure out how to use it for just the same purpose! Nice! I am very interested in your setup - were you holding it by hand or on a stick? Was it difficult to avoid crashing into corals?
     
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    I hand held it. Was every easy to maneuver. Bear in mind I have a Session which is about 1/2 the size of a regar GoPro.


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    There's no macro lens attachments to get the focusing distance closer? You already were pretty close.
     
  7. scuzy

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    Hard to attach a macro lens to a go pro under water


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    has anyone used orange gel filters for quick pics with iphone? any recommendations?
     
  10. kinetic

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    Before getting those, I'd recommend trying to download camera apps that can manually adjust white balance and tint before taking the shot. They help a lot more than just gels, and you can even fine tune it to whatever lighting you have.

    I use the app Manual, but there are a bunch of others as well.
     
  11. rygh

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    My best shots are with my old Olympus Tough underwater camera.
    It has a couple of underwater white balance settings built in, and a good macro.
    You can get right up to the coral and take great shots.

    Another tip:
    If your tank has easily programmable lighting, crank up the white a bit before taking shots.
     
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    same here
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    works great and takes pretty good macro shots.
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  13. coral4me

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    I like using the AquariClip lens on my IPhone. It has a built in orange gel filter. I saw someone at the Coral Farmers Mart showing off a similar clip on lens but it was macro with the orange gel filter.

    https://www.aquariclip.com/shop/aquariclip
     
  14. rygh

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    That filter does look nice. May get one.

    The big issue:
    Camera sensors are Red+Green+Blue. ( Bayer - R/G/G/B)
    The huge amount of blue light ends up pushing the blue sensor near saturation.
    Once that happens, the color calculations become a rather non linear and error prone.
    White balancing and photoshop can make it look less blue, and better, but you still have poor color resolution.
     
  15. NanoCrazed

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    I find yellow filters work better than orange so you may need to consider trying both depending on your light settings

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    I have the polylab one. Comes with a macro lens and 2 filters.

    I use that sometimes in conjunction with and app like Aquarium Cam.


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    The color of filter that is best suited depends mostly on the spectrum of light that’s being emitted.
     
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