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christwigg

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Shaft Camera Recommendation ?
Posted: 22/06/2017 10:43:30
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Has anyone got any recommendations for a Go-Pro style camera for dropping down shafts ?

In the sub-£100 category if possible as theres the distinct chance of it getting wrapped around debris and being lost.

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mikehiggins

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Posted: 22/06/2017 11:38:21
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A few years ago when the late Brian Webb and I were working on our Middleton Flats project I built a housing from scrap wood and aluminium angle which we used to drop my compact camera down shafts. We had faffed about dropping a couple of shafts only to find that they went nowhere so we used the camera to save unnecessary work. Basically it was a rectangular box open at one end, with a sliding lid and a plastic tube underneath containing a Fenix torch. There were wooden slots at the open end into which the camera fitted. You opened the sliding lid, slotted in the camera and switched it on in video mode, closed the lid, turned on the torch and lowered it down the shaft. You pulled it back up and, hey presto, you had a film of the shaft. Cheap and cheerful but it worked and as, like most people, I already had a small camera the cost was nil. IP: 81.129.137.66
Morlock

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Posted: 22/06/2017 11:49:00
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These work well and the older models used to be around £50



https://www.mobius-actioncam.com/

Edit: shaftcam frame, just bolts bits on.

IP: 86.183.226.59 Edited: 08/09/2017 19:22:28 by Morlock
Andy Mears

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Posted: 22/06/2017 13:37:07
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Hi, I have used a Runcam - I think I paid just under £70 off E_Bay on a drone. Brilliant bit of kit - very good resolution. Also very easy to use a radio link for live video.
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ILT

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Posted: 22/06/2017 14:14:34
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Plenty of sub £100 gopro clones. My son uses a couple of 30 quid clones on his quadcopter platform and apart from a bit of flicker occasionally the results seem as good as my gopro (biggest waste of money ever).
An advantage of the go-pro clones is that they fit all of the gopro accessory clones too ;-)
IP: 81.101.107.191 Edited: 22/06/2017 14:15:16 by ILT
RAMPAGE

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Posted: 22/06/2017 14:17:03
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Be careful googling for "Shaft Camera".

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christwigg

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Posted: 22/06/2017 14:57:59
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Also from having viewed vomit-inducing attempts by friends, any advice on minimising the spinning Time-Tunnel ?

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Morlock

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Posted: 22/06/2017 15:24:33
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Use double 8 plaited 6mm nylon cord, run off spool and find somewhere high to run pre-twist out then rewind onto spool by only rotating spool, (not the usual hold spool and auto twist as one winds on).
Problem is, if you want to rotate the camera one revolution from the surface it takes a while to get to the camera end, usually then over runs and oscillates a bit. Perhaps flat tape may be the ultimate answer.
IP: 86.183.131.115 Edited: 22/06/2017 15:29:10 by Morlock
robnorthwales

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Posted: 22/06/2017 15:25:45
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A pair of lines to stop spinning. Though it probably does increase the possibility of getting caught on something. IP: 92.24.165.164
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Posted: 22/06/2017 22:02:38
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IA Recordings on here have much experience of this - perhaps they may have suggestions ? Roll Eyes

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Posted: 22/06/2017 23:17:10
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I'll upload some stills from the new one I just bought, specialised for low light situations. quality is brill, was under your 100 squids budget too. just used it tonight as it happens in a shaft we are laddering, results are better than the gopro I used to use



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Posted: 22/06/2017 23:20:32
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I'll send you a link to some vid chris


should also mention these were lit with nothing more than my cap lamp which is an Oldham and has one of Mr Mikes retro XP drop ins

and as for the spinny round nonsense. ballast and a couple of swivels. I used a lead fishing weight and some big sea fishing swivels. loads here if you need either.

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IP: 194.75.220.77 Edited: 23/06/2017 00:10:53 by ebgb
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Posted: 23/06/2017 07:08:41
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Cracking! Cant wait to see more!!! Thumb Up

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