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mhaddon

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I’m trying to decide where or not to purchase the Hero10.

Here is what I’m trying to do. I would like to start a YouTube channel for fly tying (fishing flies). What crossed my mind was to possibly get a GoPro with a head mount. Then it would record what I am seeing and tying. That lead to at least two questions:

1. Probably most importantly, does anyone believe this might be a good approach for recording video of fly tying?

2. I have no idea of how close up to the subject (in my case my fly tying vise) I can record while maintaining focus. A fuzzy or blurred video isn’t an option. Most commonly I would be 12 inches or more from my vise. Will the GoPro focus at 12 inches?

I tried GoPro support, but they weren’t overly helpful. Thank you all in advance for giving this some consideration and providing responses or feedback.

………..Mike
 

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GoPros usually have very wide FOVs. Trying to show something up close will distort the scene a tremendous amount. I'd prefer using a telephoto for that.
 

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From what I can tell the minimum focus distance is around 12". As Sparky points out, it's a very wide lens so probably not the best for macro shots.
 

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The other problem is camera shake and/or constant movement. Not only distracting, but can cause watcher's fatigue.

Best to have the camera stationary for fine detail work like that.

Having built plastic models in years past, holding a camera up on your body while doing the work can be distracting and un watchable.
 

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