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So Rich, I really like this blackout case. Really cool. >> Yep. >> But as you mentioned, the big problem I find with GoPros is that you get out there, let's say you know, whenever you're surfing in Tahiti or something like that, right? >> Yep. >> And you know, you have this incredibly bright sun, reflective water, and what do we do on a traditional video camera, or even a DSLR style camera is you'll do like, hey, let me put some ND on there. You know? Put on any filter to kick down some of that light, because you want the sa-, . you know, correct exposure. And that's traditionally been a very difficult thing to do on GoPros.
Until, you know, some third party manufacturers kind of got into the sort of the whole GoPro scene and decided, we can help. And I have an example of that. This is the older GoPro, GoPro style case, the double buckle there, clear case. And I actually have an ND filter, or sort of, almost looks like a ND lens, if you will. >> Right. >> On the outside of this case. And this is made by Fotodiox. And the cool thing about this one, is that it's sort of a self-contained unit. It just attaches on and off the case itself, and this provides some neutral density.
The actual number on this one I'm forgetting off the top of my head. >> They make them variable. >> Well not variable, but in terms of their strength. >> Sure, it's not variable, but different options. Right, right exactly. Which is really nice, so you can get. So you can get a nice, wide-open exposure, but not over-expose by kicking down some of that light with a neutral density. >> And if you're using the older style case, there are other ones out there. Now this particular one, I've actually got a slight crack in, because we took it to a skate park and then hit it, impact. So this is a glass filter inside of a plastic frame. >> Yeah. >> It worked well, but you see it's already starting to pop out. We definitely beat these up.
But it snaps over the old style. So if you are modifying your case, sometimes people screw in gels here. >> Yeah, yeah, yeah. >> For underwater shooting. That would work, but there is one more out there that I like. And this is for the newer style case. >> Yep. >> It just snaps right on the front. >> So it's almost like a holder on the front there to snap on. >> Yeah, yeah. So we'll just get that in there. And it snaps over the top, really snug. And then, you could take really any standard, I like Tiffen filters, but a 55 millimeter filter, and thread that on. >> You know what? This is why I like this, is because you're not just limited to neutral density.
Which is probably what most people are going to be using these for. >> Polarizer, shoot through glass. >> Polarizer or even a, a variable ND. Now, I don't know if they make them in, variable NDs in this small size. >> Oh, they do. >> Do they? Okay, good. I mean, this is going to provide you a lot more flexibility in terms of your shooting. You can even put a grat on there, or some. You know if, I don't know if you'd do a interview with a GoPro, but you could put like, you know, the Barbara Walters effect. >> The old Pro Miss effect. >> The old Pro Miss effect on there. >> Yeah. >> Something, like, of that nature, right? So really really flexible. And I think that this is going to kind of, eventually, the more that these options come out, Rich, I think they'll sort of take the GoPro from sort of the action camera, enthusiast kind of level camera and make them a more legitimate option for doing all sorts of recording.
Because now you finally have a lot more control over the actual image by using these adapters and filters the image. >> And there's one more thing to look at, which is actually swapping out the lens on the GoPro in an unusual approach, but we'll take a look at that next.
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