PolarPro Launches Revamped Switchblade2.0 Red Filter and Macro Lens for the GoPro
Newport Beach, CA (September 22, 2014) PolarPro introduces the all new Switchblade2.0 which has undergone some substantial changes. Already a very versatile red filter and macro lens combination, the Switchblade 2.0 allows Gopro users to film with either the red filter or macro lens independently. Switchblade2.0 also allows filming with both the red filter and macro lens together. This combines some of the best color correction with the most powerful underwater macro lens allowing users to capture ultra-high quality scuba diving videos.
Often when diving there are strong currents, and instances where extra durability is always beneficial. PolarPro has completely redesigned and bulked up the Switchblade2.0 by adding stainless steel rivets and a new macro closure system to ensure durability while diving in the roughest conditions.
Gopro divers were looking for even more magnification underwater, so it was back to the drawing board for the PolarPro engineering team. After months of R&D we designed and manufactured the most powerful production macro lens on the market. The new ultra-powerful macro is 3 times as powerful as its predecessor. With capabilities of focusing between 3 and 8 inches under water, the Switchblade 2.0 provides divers with 10x total magnification.
Maintaining a friendly price point of $69.99, the Switchblade offers a huge value for the price. Whether filming off the coast of California or in the Bahamas, the Switchblade2.0 will help you capture the vibrate reef colors, and detailed close-up shots of aquatic life. This GoPro red filter system is guaranteed for 180 days after purchase.
Why do I need a red filter for my GoPro camera?
The Gopro has an automatic white balance, think of the white balance as the cameras “brain”. The white balance instructs the cameras processor how to record colors. Filming underwater causes the camera to record colors differently. When below 10 feet of water the wavelength of red light is no longer present in the light spectrum. This is because water absorbs that wavelength and it does not penetrate below 10 feet. The human brain accounts for the loss of red light at depth, however the white balance, or the camera’s “brain” is not as intelligent. The cameras white balance does not account for the loss of red light, and thinks that all of the colors in the light spectrum are in front of the Gopro lens. Without the color red in front of the lens, the colors recorded by the GoPro underwater are extremely blue or green.
When you place a red filter in front of the camera, you are effectively reducing all of the wavelengths of light, except for red, which tricks the camera’s white balance into properly recording vivid colors the same way the human brain processes them. It is a very simple problem to fix by purchasing on of our: GoPro Red Filters.
What does a macro lens do for the GoPro camera?
A macro lens is designed to act in the same way as a magnifying lens. It shortens the focal length of the GoPro lens allowing you to film subjects closer to the camera. As the Gopro comes out of the box, it can focus from about 14 inches to infinity while underwater. If you are trying to get the camera closer than 14 inches to underwater subjects, it will be out of focus. By adding the Switchblade2.0 macro lens you reduce the focus distance from 14 inches to 3 inches. This means with the PolarPro macro, you can get the camera as close as 3 inches to what you are filming underwater. Keep in mind that the macro will effect how far the camera can focus, so if you are trying to film something further than 12 inches away underwater with the macro on, it will be out of focus. The macro is for filming subjects between 3 and 12 inches from the lens, underwater. The GoPro macro lens on the Switchblade2.0 is perfect for filming small creatures and aquatic life along the reef.
What is the best GoPro housing for scuba diving?
Currently GoPro offers two styles of waterproof housings for their cameras. The first is what most cameras come with, the standard housing which is rated to 40 meters deep. This housing is good for filming above water, as well as shallow depths. We film with GoPro cameras almost daily and we only use these housings when filming above water or shallow water snorkeling. A majority of the GoPro cameras we flooded over the last year, have been while filming in this standard housing. We recommend the Gopro dive housing. This housing is more robust and the latch system is designed very well. The dive housing has 8 small screws on the front of the lens bezel, and is rated down to 60 meters. PolarPro offers the Switchblade2.0 as well as the dive filters in both the standard housing as well as the dive housing, make sure you order for the proper version, as they are not the same size.
At what depths do I need to use a red filter with my GoPro?
As explained in the above section, most of the time red light loss occurs around 10 feet underwater. Every dive sight has different water conditions and furthermore every dive sight’s water conditions are always changing. A good rule of thumb is to put the red filter on when filming below 10 feet. The higher the water visibility the deeper red light will penetrate down into the water column. Also, the brighter it is outside the deeper red light will reac. Sometimes when filming in 100 foot visibility under the bright mid-day sun you may not need a red filter until 15 or 20 feet deep. We always put the red filter on right when we jump in the water, as long as you are filming with the GoPro pointed down away from the sun, you can usually get away with filming up to 5 feet deep. There is also a max depth to use the filter at, which has to do with the GoPro’s ability to record in low light. Even the newest GoPro Hero3+ can usually only support depths of 85 feet or so before you need to start using video lights. At these low depths, there is not much ambient light and the GoPro struggles past about 85 feet. A good rule of thumb depth range for our red filter is 10 to 85 feet.
Why is the Switchblade2.0 the best red filter for the GoPro?
PolarPro has been making camera filters designed specifically for the GoPro camera for four years now. We have 6 generations of red filter testing and each one gets better and better. We know the weaknesses and strengths of the GoPro like the back of our hands. The Switchblade2.0 uses the proven PolarPro red filter formula, which is not as easy as making a red piece of plastic and selling is as a red filter. There are many red filters on the market now, but none that have the years of color targeting and product engineering as the PolarPro Switchblade2.0 does. In addition to our leading red filter, an ultra-powerful macro is added to the Swithchblade2.0 for even more versatility, something not found anywhere on the market. The Switchblade2.0 is also the best red filter on the market because of the PolarPro support team, which provides you with prompt answers, returns, and a 180-day comprehensive guarantee.
Polar Pro is a leading manufacturer of accessories designed to improve the GoPro® filming experience. The company, which was founded in October 2011 at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with the creation of a small, polarized filter. Since then the company has experienced explosive growth to selling over 500 locations worldwide. With a dynamic team of young, and innovative employees constantly filming. For more information, visit polarprofilters.com, and stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.