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Best way to hook up camera to BCD

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Viper12161, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Viper12161

    Viper12161 Angel Fish

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    Picked up a cheap little under water camera from Amazon and I'm trying to figure out the best and safest way to connect it. I picked up a Snappy Coil for it but not sure what the best way to connect that to the BC is. He camera came with a bunch of connectors that go to the waterproof case. So not sure if I should just connect the ring directly to the case...or use on of the connectors to the case and then put the ring into that. Pic shows the connector on...so ring would go to that...or the clear pieces right on the case.
     

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  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    tie a bolt snap to the mount. Same way you tie a bolt snap to a regulator hose, light etc. Clip it off when not using. You can use a hair band stolen from your wife, or make one out of bungee around your wrist and clip it to that when using it so you don't drop it.
     
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  3. loosenit2

    loosenit2 Solo Diver

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    looks like a gopro style mount. You may also consider mounting it to an extendable "selfie stick". Many folks use extendable sticks like that to get the camera where they want it to take a picture/video. Without the extendable stick you have to have very good control of your buoyancy to get the camera where you want it to take the picture.

    Not advocating for any brand in particular but these are what I am referencing https://www.amazon.com/s?k=underwat...832281&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_960uqwqnpy_b

    For mounting it you can use a bolt-snap like @tbone1004 mentioned or a lanyard that always remains connected to your BCD like this. The advantage of this is it is always connected to both the camera and BCD so if you drop the camera/selfie stick it is always connected. Either solution works well. 51qu4RbALwL._SL1001_.jpg
     
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  4. Viper12161

    Viper12161 Angel Fish

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    Thanks!! Yep, Loosenit...that's exactly what I have. What I am trying to figure out is that metal ring on the right side there...and if I should put that on a mount...or take the mount off the camera, and just attach it directly to the case itself. The camera came with about 15 differnt mounts...I picked that one as it was straight and had the holes for me to put the ring through. Definitely like the idea of it being attached to me at all times.
     
  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @Viper12161 if you're using the one pictured above, just put that ring through the holes on the mount directly. It may be somewhat annoying to hand-hold though so looking at something like a selfie stick is probably a good idea
     
  6. Viper12161

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    Roger that. Thanks!!!
     
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  8. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    That's what I prefer. After swapping that puny carabiner for a large size boltsnap.

    I also tie a bolt snap directly to the rig.

    If I'm shooting and stuff happens, I can just drop my rig. It's still attached to me with the lanyard.If I'm done shooting or would like to have my hands free, I clip the rig to a shoulder D-ring and can basically forget about it.
     
  9. BoundForElsewhere

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    I use one of those stroller carabiners meant to hold grocery bags, like this:
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    I loop the velcro tabs around the arm / light mount and then snap it into a d-ring if I'm not using it. Obviously this would not work with a big rig but works great for a Sealife or go-pro set up.
     
  10. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I also use a goodman glove or tank mount for the go-pro when doing video. I should warn you though, I suck at both stills and video so don't take my word for it. I found the best method for anyone is whatever works. You're going to have lots and lots of straps and doo-dads before you find the perfect system for you.
     

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