How do you keep your scuba camera attached to the bcd? Is a retractor good enough?

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asked Jan 26, 2018 in Scuba Diving by frontbeast (2,220 points)
How do you keep yours. Big or small. Is a retractor good enough?

4 Answers

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answered Jan 26, 2018 by dnadavis (545 points)
I don't attach mine to my BCD.  I just use a wrist strap that floats that way if I happen to lose it for any reason it simply floats to the surface or in most cases just hovers for a moment or two before heading up to the surface.

If you have a larger setup then most folks do tether it to their BCD using a retractor, but you have to be sure the retractor is as long as your arms extended or you will need to unclip underwater to use the camera well.
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answered Feb 5, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)

I use a spring coiled lanyard with a quick release buckle similar to this one. The buckle keeps everything streamlined when the camera isn't in use, but the coil has plenty of length once you are ready to use the camera. 

I found that retractors don't have enough tension for my camera, so they tend to feed out line, especially when swimming. 

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answered Mar 5, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
Oh, the cameras that I have lost. Cameras and or go pros are really expensive. Once I get ready to jump off, I attach a lanyard and hold the camera. If not, it goes into my ninja pocket that I can confidently secure.
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answered Mar 10, 2018 by Happykayaker12 (95 points)
I have mine attached with a carabiner.
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