GoPro Pistol Grip Triggers – Video Review Featuring SPL and KNEKT

You might have seen my post about the options you have for GoPro pistol grip triggers, this style of trigger makes it much easier to shoot photos in the surf by offering a more intuitive pistol style shutter release.

I’ve assembled the top four options for anyone shooting surf photo’s with a GoPro and I’ve personally used each one to find out which option is going to be best for you.

Watch the video to find out all about the various GoPro pistol grip triggers:

I recorded the video before GoPro had officially announced the new GoPro Hero 4 and GoPro Hero cameras, but as you can see in the video I can confirm that all three new cameras will work with the KNEKT GPLT trigger and the two new Hero 4 cameras, both the silver and black editions, will work with the SPL housing system too (although you won’t be able to see the LCD screen on the silver edition obviously).

Find the links to the products I’m talking about in the video below, the links to Amazon are affiliate links, the cost is the same to you but I earn a small commission on any purchases made through the link which helps me cover the costs of running the site and allows me to provide more reviews and posts like this one in the future.

If you do end up going for the SPL or KNEKT options please let them know that you heard about the products on learningsurfphotography.com, they have both generously provided these products as review samples and I’d love to work with them in the future to bring you more independent reviews like this one.

Some of the product photos in the video are taken from the following Instagram feeds:

Conclusion

I highly recommend the KNEKT GPLT trigger, after using the product it’s clear that the attention to detail is excellent, it looks great and is simple and effective at what it needs to do, I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with next. The customer service is also excellent and even though it was shipped from Hawaii to the UK it arrived quickly and in perfect shape in a tidy box with instructions.

The SPL is a great housing system, it’s been well thought out and it offers the only way to get a true over/under set-up for your GoPro right now, if you want to stand out from all the other GoPro shooters this is one of the only ways to make your shots look unique.

If you’ve got any questions about the GoPro pistol triggers featured, or if you’ve got a suggestion for a product you’d like to see me review next time let me know in the comments below, or via e-mail at ben@learningsurfphotography.com

Comments

  1. Very thorough review, thank you for considering KNEKT. Our dome is getting close and it will be full featured. Looking forward to getting it out for everyones enjoyment.

  2. Awesome reviews,Has helped heaps with the decision factor. Reckon a little more patience is needed as looking forward to seeing the Knekt dome before start signing cheques :)
    Cheers

    1. Hi James,

      I’ve tried a couple of designs myself, you could probably rig something up if you have enough time on your hands, but honestly, the KNEKT trigger is great value for such a useful, well made bit of kit so I’d recommend buying one off the shelf if at all possible.

  3. great review, i have a sony a6000 with a Meikon housing, do you know which other lenses besides the 16-50 will work and if there’s a dome port that can be used for surf photography? then ones i’ve seen seem to be only for underwater like for diving, not sure if those will work to be able to get part of the underwater and the surfer/wave

    1. Hi Jorge,

      The Meikon site list these lenses as compatible with the housing:

      Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS (Manual zoom available, set camera to autofocus)
      Sony E 20mm F2.8 (Autofocus only)
      Sony E 30mm F3.5 Macro
      Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS (Autofocus only)
      Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN Art (Autofocus only)
      Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN (Autofocus only)

      The only official dome port is one that fits on the outside of the existing flat port, that’s the one you’ve seen that’s designed for diving. It might be possible to sue that dome for over/under style shots, but the widest lens you’ll have is the 16mm, so it won’t be as easy or give as extreme an effect as it would with a fisheye and a dome port on a surf housing.

      If you really want the over/under effect you might be better off going for a GoPro and something like the KNEKT dome port. If you want to use your a6000 for this style of shot the best value way would be the 7artisans 7.5mm fisheye in the Liquid Eye C6000 with dome port.

      1. thanks for all that very useful info, i am taking note :), how would a gopro take pictures compared to the A6000? Would it be better to invest more in equipment for my A6000 versus getting a Gopro plus KNEKT dome port and pistol grip?

        1. The GoPro has less resolution (12MP vs 24MP), and obviously a fixed lens and no manual control of the settings, but for over/under shots in good light it’s pretty much as good as an a6000 with a fisheye and suitable housing.

          If you want to take other types of fisheye photos in a variety of light and have creative control over shutter speed, aperture and focus, as well as classic over/under shots, then the a6000 gives you that option.

          You’ll also be able to take different types of shots with the a6000 by adding a different lens and port, you won’t have that option with the GoPro setup.

          So if you’re happy with the 16-50mm in the meikon and all you want on top is over/under shots, then the GoPro, KNEKT trigger + Dome port is just as good an option (and less expensive) than the a6000, lens, housing, pistol grip and dome port.

          1. thanks for the advice! i will give it a thought, will check if i can get an older Gopro like the Hero3 silver or black and then get the KNEKT trigger and dome

          2. hi Ben, again on that gopro thing, do you know if the gopro 5 sessions would be good for those over/under shots with the KNEKT trigger or should i get another gopro model?

          3. It looks like you can get a dome port that fits the hero 5 session, but not a pistol grip.
            I’d go for one of the non session cameras if you want to use a pistol grip and dome.

  4. Hi! Is this still the best dome, or have other great ones come out? (Asking because if the price).
    Also, would I use the dome for full underwater pictures as well? If I had a GoPro 5 or 6, I understand those are safe up to 30ft without a housing…. so am I correct that:
    – I could shoot above water, under/over shots, and underwater with any GoPro in a dome?
    – I could shoot above water, underwater, but no under/over shots without a housing with a GoPro 5 or 6 but not with an older model?

    Basically, my main goals are to take above water (while in the water (wet) shots, and underwater shots, and to have high quality photos and videos, be hands free sometimes and a trigger the rest of the time (will be swimming or very unstable on a surfboard), and to do this with a minimum investment , while not sacrificing great quality. If possible, I would *like* to be able to do over/under shots, but not if it means another $200 investment. I don’t have any of the equipment yet, so I could save montmey on a Hero3, which you say is very good,but is that not ideal for water shooting since it requires a casing??
    Thanks Much!
    Julie P

    1. Hi Julie,

      I’d check out KNEKT domes, they offer a high end dome for all types of GoPro cameras, and a budget friendly range called BLUline if you want something cheaper.

      You can find most of their products through Amazon.com here: http://amzn.to/2CFsXcM

      They will be able to answer any question you have about their products through their website: http://www.knektusa.com/

      This SPL dome I review in this post was the only one not to use the housing that was povided (or later, built in) by GoPro, the other designs (KNEKT were one of the first) all create a seal around GoPro’s own waterproof case.

      The waterproof case adds barely any weight or size to the camera, so if you want the best value I’d get a Hero 4 silver edition (get the Hero 4 black if you need 4K 30fps video) and an old style dome from KNEKT or any budget alternative that has good reviews.

      That will do everything you need and give you great quality images and video.

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