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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. PENPE says:

    For a quick running gear inspection after hitting driftwood, I attached my waterproof Olympus Stylus camera to a boat hook, started the self timer, and aimed the camera with the boat hook. It took a few tries, but I got clear photos of both props and determined there was no need for a haul out. This camera has served us well on numerous saltwater beach and snorkeling trips without problems. The camera costs less the $200 and requires no housing.

  2. T. D. Boyd says:

    I suspect that my sub $200 HD Hero Cam might be easily pressed into similar duty. Bought it at COSTCO and have amazing video of diving at Cozumel last winter. EASY to imagine lots of simple boat hook-based applications to get it where one needs it.

  3. Adam says:

    @PENPE, I did something similar with my Panasonic Lumix TS3. After trying to figure out a good solution for clamping it to the end of the boat hook, I realized I could just use the Gorillapod I already had. I just wrap the Gorillapod’s legs around the boat hook (locking them down with a zip tie if the anchorage is deep), then turn on video recording and sweep the hook around under the boat.

  4. Peter says:

    Seems very pricey…I got an underwater video cam with Sony CCD ,LED’s out of Hong Kong for about $250…good to 50 meters with cable….what does another $500 get me here aside from the pole mount?

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