GoPro Lens Replacement
After seeing many others do it, I decided to modify my GoPro HD camera to use a non-wide angle lens. The lens is the Sunex DSL355A-650-F2.8 which costs about $50.
Here is a great video I found that walks through how to replace the lens:
A friend has made some adapters for extending the lens on the waterproof cases. I personally like to use the cases even if not going near water as it protects the real lens on the camera and offers lots of mounting options. As you can see in the photos I tightened the original black ring from the housing too much and cracked the plastic in a few places. Will look into solutions so that doesn’t happen on the next case I modify to fit the new Sunex lens.
A WORD OF CAUTION
If you choose to do this to your GoPro, there are 2 times that you need to be extra careful. The first is when unscrewing the original lens. The lens has loctite and will take some force to remove. In my photos, you can see I wrapped the lens in electrical tape and used a good size pair of pliers to remove it. The second time to use caution is when screwing in the new lens. I screwed in the lens a tiny bit then used the HD video cable and plugged it into my TV, slowly screwing it in until it was in focus. YOU CAN CRACK THE CAMERA’S SENSOR IF YOU SCREW IT IN TOO FAR!
The modification was successful and initial video tests look great.