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11-28-2007 07:31 PM  9 years agoPost 1
46Taylorcraft

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I noticed Photo Higher has some banner ads up top! Nice! Those mounts look AWESOME! Greater mount selection is a GOOD THING.

It's about time someone injection molded the junctions and other bits. That means easy and hopefully cheap parts replacement and lightweight!

so, Who has one of these mounts?

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11-28-2007 07:48 PM  9 years agoPost 2
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I think Ian's got one or a custom version.

http://runryder.com/helicopter/t384378p1/

... But honey it was only $$$

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11-28-2007 07:51 PM  9 years agoPost 3
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Kimberley is a great guy. I like the looks of the mount and would like to hear some feedback as well.


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11-28-2007 07:58 PM  9 years agoPost 4
aambrose

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I would also like to see demo videos showing the functions of the mounts offered (pan, tilt, roll, retracts, etc) -- both of the mount and some video captured from the mount.


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11-28-2007 08:03 PM  9 years agoPost 5
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And I'm sure the customer service will be top notch with nice polite replies.

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11-28-2007 08:13 PM  9 years agoPost 6
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Nice to see. Will improve quality and lower prices across the board. Competition is great for the consumers.

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11-28-2007 08:22 PM  9 years agoPost 7
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Description: Well designed Light weight, ridged camera gymble designed to carry both film and SLR cameras up to 2.5Kg. The gymble is part of the Fly Pod modular system enabling the G3X-AP to be upgraded at a later stage. The camera gymble is adjustable to allow the camera and gymble to be balanced; the carbon fiber tube can also be supplied in different lengths to accommodate specific customer requirements. All moving parts on the gymble are supported with precision ball bearings and there are a total of 4 bearings supplied with the gymble.

The gymble is shipped as a kit to keep shipping cost to a minimum; included in the kit is an assembly manual with assembly drawings, part numbers and instructions to assist with the assembly of the kit.

Specifications:

Weight: 0.79 Kg = 1.74 pounds

Gear Ratio: 5:1 gear ratio on all axes allowing smooth and precise control and we use GT2mm timing gears and belts;

Servos: HS 5645MG with Photo Higher unique output gear;

Functions: - Pan, tilt and roll axes are fitted with absolute positioning digital servos capable of either 180 degrees or 360 degrees of rotation. Quality high torque and high speed servos are used with metal gears and dual precision ball bearings. Both pan and tilt axes are capable of gyros stabilization using either Futaba gyros or the Spartan RC camera Mount stabilization.

Cost: US$800.00

... But honey it was only $$$

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11-28-2007 08:25 PM  9 years agoPost 8
aambrose

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Yeah, but I would like to see a demo video of the mount's functions. Also, some aerial footage shot with the mount. Craftsmanship looks top-notch.


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11-28-2007 09:02 PM  9 years agoPost 9
classic

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800 Bucks AND good customer support??
WOW!!!

Thats going to be hard to beat for a certain manufacture.........

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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11-28-2007 09:14 PM  9 years agoPost 10
aambrose

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Keep in mind $800 is just for the gimbal. A full 360° capable mount is about $1650. Although I like the looks of the mount, I can't justify a switch when the Pro1 does the job for us. No offense to Kimberley.

http://www.photohigher.co.nz/FlyPod-3XR-AP.584.0.html


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11-29-2007 12:01 AM  9 years agoPost 11
phil007

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Keep in mind $800 is just for the gimbal.
That's $800 for the gimbal kit and you build it. Building it shouldn't be a problem if you're flying helicopters but I would think that a gimbal kit would be selling a lot less than that amount. Maybe $800 if it included the camera mount.

Phil

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11-29-2007 12:23 AM  9 years agoPost 12
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The camera mount is supplied with 3 digital servos for each of the axes, retract system including pneumatics and regulator and a total of 14 precision ball bearings are used on the mount. The camera mount is also supplied with a hydraulic dampened roll mount which can be used as a second roll axes or locked in place. The camera mount is shipped as a kit to reduce shipping costs and is supplied with an assembly and operations manual.
In fact i don't remember other mount with this particulars at 1650$

Am i wrong

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11-29-2007 01:49 AM  9 years agoPost 13
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I had corresponded earlier this year with the manufacturer. Sent me some great info.
I really think the modular design is a great idea and selling point. I don't know how often I (we) wrestle with should I by version A or B..no A, no B etc. Great for those starting out, start simple, add capability as you progress. Great idea.
And, there is something to be said for the 'cool' look. Very pro looking which, as one gets further into the commercial side of this hobby does become a desirable aspect of marketing to certain clients.
Glad to see he's getting some attention.

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11-29-2007 03:43 PM  9 years agoPost 14
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Why do his mounts slant backwards as you go from top to bottom? Is it to give a more unobstructed view to the camera if it's sporting a wide lens?

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11-29-2007 03:53 PM  9 years agoPost 15
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Why do his mounts slant backwards as you go from top to bottom? Is it to give a more unobstructed view to the camera if it's sporting a wide lens?
In the "non-retract" version, it's more than likely that the legs are slanted to provide a wider unobstructed pan. I'm not sure if there's a reason to have them slanted when they retract.

No doubt it's a nice looking mount and I'm sure it performs well. Also, I know Kimberley is a really nice guy. I'm not here to bash him, the mount, complain about the price, or say the competitors' mounts are better. I'm just saying I can't justify switching (or adding another mount) for that price. It would have to deliver some killer video footage in order for me to entertain the thought of a purchase. When you compare the basic functions needed by a mount (stills, video, 360° capability, durability, weight, etc.), there are other mounts which deliver these functions at significantly lower prices.

Again, I haven't seen any video footage shot with the mount but even if it was superb, it would be hard to justify that price for me when the mount we're using can perform similarly. I think the custom retract system is really cool although there's nothing showing how well it works. I'm sure Kimberley has considered everything (materials, manufacturing, marketing, etc.) and arrived at his prices carefully. Kudos to him for his ingenuity and a great looking product and giving us another choice!


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11-29-2007 04:02 PM  9 years agoPost 16
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I don't think his specific target audience are those who already have other manufacturers mounts. If it were his price point would have likely been a little lower.

Sure there will be some who already have AF or HCS mounts and will buy his (I'll probably buy something )

In my opinion it is THE most professional looking mount ever. If itr performs as well as it looks the price tag for serious AP'ers is almost moot.

And to have a pleasant voice on the other end of the phone when ordering or dealing with tech issues would be worth an amount much higher than what the mount costs.

All Hail Photo Higher for bringing to the market what appears to be a well engineered and extremely aesthetically pleasing camera mount! Now if they would start working on some front mounts we'd have the best of both worlds!

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11-29-2007 04:47 PM  9 years agoPost 17
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I don't think his specific target audience are those who already have other manufacturers mounts. If it were his price point would have likely been a little lower.

In my opinion it is THE most professional looking mount ever. If itr performs as well as it looks the price tag for serious AP'ers is almost moot.
Even for a serious person starting without a mount, it's a smart business decision to compare the features, quality, and prices of the mounts offered before making a purchase. If they can get another mount that performs just as well for a significantly lower cost, then odds are they will buy it. I don't want anyone thinking I'm bashing the mount or Kimberley. I just think a serious (and smart) APer will consider all things including the price rather than the "hey it looks cool" aspect. Not being a smarta**, but show me how this mount is heads and shoulders above what we already have when it comes to what it can deliver our clients. Show me why it's $800 better and I'll consider one. Show a new (serious) guy who is just starting out why they should spend $800 more when that money could be used on other equipment.

It always amazes me how some people say that if you're a "serious" APer, then the cost of things shouldn't matter. IMO, it's exactly the opposite. If you're serious about what you do, then you should weigh everything before making a purchase decision. I think that's just an excuse to justify spending money willy-nilly.
And to have a pleasant voice on the other end of the phone when ordering or dealing with tech issues would be worth an amount much higher than what the mount costs.
Obviously you're speaking from your experience and not everyone has had the same experience. In fact, I've had great conversations with all the mount manufacturers I've dealt with. You're just trying to get a dig in.
All Hail Photo Higher for bringing to the market what appears to be a well engineered and extremely aesthetically pleasing camera mount!
I couldn't agree more.


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11-29-2007 06:03 PM  9 years agoPost 18
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obviously, alot of work went into this new mount. And with that, I'm sure there were alot of expenses. Hopefully, he sells alot of them and is able to bring the cost down closer to the competitors. Group buy maybe

As for weighing cost verus capability, you are correct that the less expensive mounts are capable of delivering the same end result (all other things being equal) However, lets face it, we have all purchased things we don't need just because of the cool factor...(I just sold my Porsche 997S and bought a Prius that I can get my helicopters in.

If Kima gets to the point where he can sell these at a lower price point, look out HCS and AirFoil.

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11-29-2007 06:39 PM  9 years agoPost 19
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obviously, alot of work went into this new mount. And with that, I'm sure there were alot of expenses.
I'm betting this is the case along with the fact that a lot of the parts on it are custom built. Again, it's a great looking mount. I'd love to see some video footage from it (and of it in action).


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11-29-2007 10:00 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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In my opinion it is THE most professional looking mount ever. If itr performs as well as it looks the price tag for serious AP'ers is almost moot.
Damn straight.

It seems some folks are intent on justifying everything in simple dollars.
With scant regard to their professional image
Kinda odd whan photography are all about "image".

If you dont mind looking amatuer, fine but you are not setting your sights higher so never expect Pro rates to come your way.

Cheap skates get cheap skates.

Sure you can use a pocket rocket to point and shoot, all those professional that have a 1Ds are wankers right.

You dont need to spend that much when you can do Pro work for Pro rates with your pockoet rocket you got off Ebay for $200

And sign writing and business cards, who needs it, you can scrawl your name on the back of toilet paper for the client..

Why wash the car, dirt doesnt matter
Hey why own one, you can cycle to the job with your helo on your back, and if you dont have a bike, borrow one.

We all know the clinets will not care how you look, and what camera you use, and don't care if your gear looks like it was made with a shovel.
Youll be getting the high dollar jobs anyway.

Won't you ??

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