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08-12-2007 11:01 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Hatim Saeed

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Hi All.

Looking to buy MAST with mount. Any suggestion and review will be very helpful.

Anyone here want to sell his MAST? Or anyone here who deals in new MASTs? please pm.

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08-13-2007 05:14 PM  10 years agoPost 2
cainebean

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Bird Shots.

Here is my mast setup.

http://aplanding.com/smf/index.php/topic,249.0.html

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08-13-2007 05:19 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Hogster

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My setup

Same system that's distributed by Aero-Photo

Cheers,

David

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08-14-2007 01:59 AM  10 years agoPost 4
BigguyOz

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I went a totally different way, using the "less is more" concept!

I glassed sockets onto 3 34mm diameter glass tubes, so the mast is 4 sections tall, plus a steel speaker tripod adding enough to get the camera mount up to 26 feet, which I have found meets most of my requirements. In order to stabilise this very lightweight setup, I had a 120 degree spreader made from aluminium, and triangulated the pole using 2mm Spectra braided cord. tension is achieved by sliding the bottom collar down the pole and fixing it with a hose clamp. I also add 3 sandbags to the bottom of the tripod which enormously improve stability.

On top is an AskmanAP mount, with R/c and vid downlink. I was initially using an Olympus SP-350 camera with wide converter, but I now use a Canon A640 with wide converter, with AV output fed into the downlink Tx.

On a recent golf-course photoshoot, it was entirely practical to carry the assembled mast lancer-style alongside the golf cart, and then walk it up at the next location. The whole thing, less the tripod, only weighs a miniscule 10.5 pounds!

I am not advocating this as an alternative to a full-on telescopic mast, but as an example of a bit of lateral thinking. My set-up is extremely versatile, yet cost under $500 including mount!

Tony Stott

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08-14-2007 02:52 AM  10 years agoPost 5
MPA

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Australia

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Hatim

It might help if you can give a bit of an outline of the mast you need.

Some options

Is it ?
Fitted to a vehicle, or portable.
How tall do you want it.
What you need of a camera mount for it.
Do you need to use it in all wind conditions daily or can you work around windy days.
Air, cable or push up operated.

The above will fairly closely define the kind of rig you are after and help to narrow it down a bit..

Might help find what you need.

As to my Pole systems being an option.
See my next post on the that topic with some explaining..

Cheers
Dave

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08-14-2007 06:44 AM  10 years agoPost 6
CKY

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Chris

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08-14-2007 07:15 AM  10 years agoPost 7
Hatim Saeed

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MPA I sent you a PM few days ago but havnt recieved any reply.

1) I am looking for a car mounted mast.
2) Mast that can just go up and down without having to do it manually.
3) Can work around wind conditions. But I need a system that can atleast work in 20MPH winds.

Hatim

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08-14-2007 01:29 PM  10 years agoPost 8
FCM

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Great set up Tony! Now that's what I call portable - careful of the power line though

Paul.

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08-14-2007 02:38 PM  10 years agoPost 9
BigguyOz

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Thanks! Actually, there was at least 10 feet clearance in all directions, but it is nice to also know the pole is glass not metal.

Tony Stott

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08-14-2007 05:35 PM  10 years agoPost 10
MPA

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Australia

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Hatim

For what you need, our rigs to sound like the answer.
They are vehicle mounted, the 66ft unit can be run at 55 foot in up to 25 knot winds with standard auto shutter speeds.

Not sure if ytou read other post about available units.
We are going to make some effort to have enough units to supply outside the franchise we sell to.

I will know if we can do this in the next few weeks once we see if we can gewt the volume of supplies needed.
If that happens I will be in touch with you and a few other from here with a brochure to look over.

Cheers
Dave

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08-14-2007 06:18 PM  10 years agoPost 11
MPA

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Tony, re power lines

I have a bit in our manual about it and a decal on the unit with line distance specs.
In all states, minimum distance from lines without a spotter is 6 metre underneath or alongside any standard line.
3 metres with spotter.

Then there is 10 metre for Transmission lines (> 60Lv) with no spotter.
(Spotter is person empolyed to watch clearance during elevation)

I advise owners that this distance is safe working distance from an electrical potential consideration and not physical.
Meaning, that is the safe distance to assure no earthing by the unit of electrical potentia; at the distance.

In the case a mast falls to a line, the distance will be not significant because there is a likelyhood the falling mast will take out an insulator and the line will fall to about 10ft off the ground frying anything that low.

In other words, if you had a line at 15 metre, you could elevate to 15 metre at 6 metre from the line and be legal and safe from contact.
But if the line is 10 metre up, and you elevate to 20 metre at 6 metre distance, you are legal, but not safe from tip over to lines that may knock a line height down to the vehicle height even.

Use that info as you see fit.
Can't say I followed the regs myself at all times, but it is worth knowing.

Cheers
Dave

rvv.com.au

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08-14-2007 07:58 PM  10 years agoPost 12
Hatim Saeed

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THanks Dave

I look forward to hear from you on this.

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08-14-2007 11:26 PM  10 years agoPost 13
BigguyOz

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Thanks for that info Dave. I didn't know that. I usually have a spotter, and the low height of my mast generally means that I comply.

Tony Stott

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