SPL GoPro Dome Port and Housing – First Impressions

UPDATE: you can now watch my review video where I compare the SPL Dome Port and housing system with the KNEKT GPLT trigger system.

I’ve had the SPL GoPro Dome port and housing for a few days now, so I’ve put up a short video on the learningsurfphotography.com Youtube Channel.

It explains why you might want to use a dome port with your GoPro camera, how to assemble the housing and dome port, and go through my first impressions of the housing and 5″ port combo after using it for the first time.

There will be more to come on the dome port and housing, including a bit fo a head to head with the obvious GoPro pistol grip alternatives from KNEKT and SP gadgets.

If there’s anything you’d like to know about this housing or dome port, or anything you’d like me to include in the final review then let me know in the comments below, on youtube, or via e-mail at ben@learningsurfphotography.com

I’ve been shooting under/over or split style shots for a couple of years, it’s really hard to do with just your Gopro housing, here’s an attempt I made a few weeks ago:

This was using the regular GoPro Hero 3+ housing, with it's tiny flat front port which is very close to the lens it's really difficult to get a proper over/under shot
This was using the regular GoPro Hero 3+ housing, with it’s tiny flat front port which is very close to the lens it’s really difficult to get a proper over/under shot

And here’s one I took in Samoa using my Aquatech housing, 8″ dome port, Canon 60D and Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens, i had the camera in portrait orientation to get as much above and below the split into the shot:

You can see the Aganoa Beach resort's restuarant, just to my left is a great right hander and sea turtles regularly cruise through the coral under the line up, Samoa is paradise. ISO 250, 10mm, f8, 1/1000
You can see the Aganoa Beach resort’s restuarant, just to my left is a great right hander and sea turtles regularly cruise through the coral under the line up, Samoa is paradise. ISO 250, 10mm, f8, 1/1000

As I explain in the video, what the optional dome port add-on for the SPL GoPro housing does is allow you to capture this kind of over/under split shot a lot more easily, and it really is easy, if you want to read up on this technique or just find out more about using a housing like this one have a read of the links below.

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Comments

  1. Nice!
    Pretty cool gadget, I’ve been taking some shots and videos hand holding the GoPro with a home made stick for it hahaha, and it’s a pain in the a** O:) .
    Let us know a bit more about it, but I definitely think I’ll buy it.

    Thanks again for the good review.

    1. Hi Felipe,
      It will definitely allow you to take photo’s that you would never be able to with just the GoPro standard housing, and the pistol grip housing and design are a huge step forward for shooting surf with the GoPro over any non pistol grip style handle.

      More coming fairly soon, as long as we get some waves here in the UK.

  2. Hello,
    I am Brazilian and photographer of waves and surf. Would you like your Aiding.
    I am in doubt in buying the following domes:

    5 inch dome port attachment;
    8 inch dome port attachment ;

    What photographic difference of each? Pictures where you can see comparative pictures between the two domes?

    Thanks and congratulations for the blog!

    Aloha!

    1. Hi Cesinha,

      I haven’t been able to try out the 8″ dome with the GoPro camera yet, but from my experience using it with my DSLR I’d say the 5″ Dome is going to do almost as good a job of getting over/under shots with the GoPro, you don’t really need the extra size of the dome because the GoPro lens is already a long way from the port.

      I will be updating my review with some more examples and comparing it to the 8″ port on my DSLR housing when I get the chance, hopefully in the next few weeks.

      Ben.

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